COACHMOMMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COACHMOMMY COACHMOMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Back on the Grid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776493 I've been off the "weight loss" and "healthy living" grid for a couple of months now and I know I've had some weight gain. I know if I don't hold myself accountable, I'm only going to "allow" myself to continue on this path of unhealthy snacking, periods of overeating and limited exercise. <BR> <BR> So as I sit here in my uncomfortably tight pants, I figured now was a good time to get back on track and start getting accountable again. <BR> <BR> I had pretty good momentum going into May a... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:33:16 EST Why are we jealous of other people's success . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726325 especially when we're not doing that great?! <BR> <BR> That thought ran through my head last night as DH and I were going on a hike. He is doing great with his weight loss and fitness. He decided last fall (when the doctor told him he had high blood pressure and wanted him to go on medication at 47), that he would try to control with diet & exercise (he has a family history of high blood pressure too). <BR> <BR> He's a big guy (6'5" and usually around 280 - 300 lbs.) and is very active... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:21:06 EST Pretty good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719106 I had a pretty good week since last Monday. I set a "challenge" of at least 30 min. of exercise each day. I didn't actually meet that challenge! I walked on Monday for about an hour with DH and puppy. DD#2 started her basketball/volleyball workouts on Monday - she was feeling fine and didn't have a headache, so she went to both workouts. She said they were both "light" (her words, not mine!) and she said she felt fine afterwards. She even went to the movies in between the workouts! <BR... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:45:14 EST Week of no sweets and concussion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714081 I blogged on Friday about how I can be a little "pushy" and a little negative when trying to "motivate" my girls (or simply to get them to do something!). <BR> <BR> DD#2 got home from basketball camp late Thursday night. They had played 10 games in 2 days and they spent Thursday walking around Nashville and the CMA and then driving home in bad weather & traffic. <BR> <BR> She was exhausted and wasn't going to go to volleyball work-outs on Friday morning. I didn't "push" her to go, but I... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:27:23 EST Encouraging or http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712011 just being negative?! <BR> <BR> I was watching The Breakfast Club last night (teen angst movie from the 80's) and trying to stay awake waiting on DD#2 to get home from basketball camp since I had to pick her up @ the school. They were driving back from Nashville and got a late start and hit some traffic/bad weather, so it was about 11 pm. I was thinking about the "sport-o" in the movie and how the kid complained about his Dad and how he "pushed him". <BR> <BR> It kind of hit home a little... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:33:22 EST Back on Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711229 for 2 days now! <BR> <BR> I went to my Weight Watcher's weigh in and meeting last night and it wasn't too bad. I only gained .8. I know most of the reason for that is the mega water I drink and the fact that I was pretty active (even though my eating was way out of whack!). <BR> <BR> Since I've basically not been tracking anything, I decided to switch over to the Simply Filling plan with WW. I like the "food list" (it kind of reminds me of the South Beach options, but with fruit!) and ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:41:57 EST Off Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709748 My last blog (almost a month ago!) had me "staying the course". I'm sorry to admit, that I'm "off course" now. I went into some detail about my "stress" of the past couple of months in my last blog. But hey, there's always something to stress about and mindless snacking does NOT help! <BR> <BR> And a little TMI, but peri-menopause is also "kicking my butt"! I am hungry all the time and really craving the sweets/carbs! It's also not helping that I get up during the night with night sw... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:34:49 EST Trying to stay the course . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689686 I've been "off the grid" for the past couple of weeks. I've logged on a few times, but really haven't kept anything up. I've also been avoiding the Weight Watchers website and tracking! DH is a little peeved about this since we are paying for the "monthly pass"! <BR> <BR> I'm really just trying to "stay the course" and actually pretty glad I haven't gained everything back I lost this year. I'm still about 8+ lbs. away from being "back at goal", but have managed to maintain the 6 lbs. I'... Wed, 7 May 2014 10:42:32 EST Not surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669024 that I gained a pound at Weight Watchers last night. I missed last week's weigh in while on Spring Break and my eating was out of control. On a positive note, I was very active, which probably accounts for only a pound gain (I even earned my little activity charm from Weight Watchers last night). <BR> <BR> DH, DD#1, DD#3 and friend and I (DD#2 was on a trip with a friend) left for Florida last Wednesday morning and drove straight to DH's niece's house to visit with her and her 14 month old... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:59:33 EST Third Year of Maintenance?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660812 I rarely go online over the weekend, just a quick look at e-mails to make sure I'm not missing anything for my girls' schedules. I was surprised with all the Spark messages congratulating me on my 3rd Year of Maintenance - thank you by the way! <BR> <BR> Once I again I feel a little like a "fraud". I am currently 9 lbs. over goal (hopefully not more after this past weekend - but that's a blog for another time!) and was 14 lbs. over goal in mid-January. <BR> <BR> My first year of maintenan... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:47:25 EST Gained a little, but still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657733 I had my weigh in at Weight Watchers last night. I was expecting a gain - and I had one. It was just a little .4, so I'm ok. I had another weekend of a "crap fest" and not tracking. Again, I'm not sure what it is about the weekends except that I'm off schedule, tired and busy. <BR> <BR> Even though I'm not back to running, I am getting plenty of activity. I spent last Thursday prepping the yard for cutting grass (raking, etc.) I was going to go to the park on Friday, but DD#2 and frie... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:30:29 EST On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652283 I had my weigh in last night at Weight Watchers and I lost 1.8 lbs.! My goal is to be back at my goal weight by Mother's Day which is about 8 weeks away. I have 8 more lbs. to loose, so I'm on track! <BR> <BR> The topic of the meeting last night was "Mix it Up" or how to "spark" your workout. I had joined the Live Life Active challenge (to earn a charm), so I'm still pretty motivated to exercise and get my charm! <BR> <BR> Our leader is very motivating. She lost 215 lbs. on Weight Watch... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:09:04 EST Strange Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649968 With my newly found motivation, I continued with my Weight Watcher activity plan on Thursday. I did about 20 mins. of a "body sculpting" workout that is part of my 6 week plan. I don't enjoy strength training, floor exercises, etc. and I didn't really like this either. It was surprisingly hard (since there really weren't many reps) and I also added in a few other exercises with weights. I have to do this again tomorrow, but I'm thinking about doing my Coach Nicole body sculpting DVD (which... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:02:52 EST Scale and Non-Scale Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646942 I decided to "stick with it" and went to my Weight Watchers meeting last night. I'm glad I went because I got some much needed motivation! I lost 2 lbs.! So since I started back to Weight Watchers on 1/8, I've lost 5 lbs. I'm not going to dwell on the fact that it's taken me 9 weeks to loose 5 lbs. I'm going to celebrate the 5 lbs.! <BR> <BR> WW is very good at recognition and celebrating and my leader is great. I really like her, she's got that "sarcastic wit" and she's enthusiastic, b... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:03:53 EST Decided to stick with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646256 I blogged yesterday about how I'm not "feeling it" and have been eating a lot of crap. I missed my Weight Watcher weigh in last week and have been afraid to get on the scale. After a good day yesterday of tracking and getting in a 40 min. brisk walk with puppy and pushing my great-nephew in his stroller, I decided to get on the scale this morning. Much to my surprise, it showed me down over 2 lbs.! <BR> <BR> As I mentioned before, I have been eating a lot of crap, but I have been exercisi... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:12:19 EST Not feeling it . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645263 I'm having trouble getting in gear and staying motivated! I rejoined Weight Watchers almost 9 weeks ago in an attempt to loose the 12 lbs. I gained last October - January. I wasn't able to go last week, but at my last weigh in on 2/26, I only lost 3 lbs. in 7 weeks. <BR> <BR> I've been eating so much crap and not tracking lately and I haven't been on the scale in over a week! Last night was another "crap fest" and I really didn't want to get on the scale this morning (so I didn't). I on... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:43:34 EST Stressful evening with teenage daughters . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640315 led to a dinner of frozen yogurt! <BR> <BR> Let me preface this with the fact that I have 3 great daughters - 18, 15 & 13. They are mostly respectful, smart and wonderful girls (and healthy - Blessed!). They all 3 do well in school and we are very proud of them. Of course they have their moments, and last night was one of them! <BR> <BR> DD#2 had volleyball weight training after school so I picked her up at 5. I had to drive her friend home, so after dropping off friend, I started tal... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:25:19 EST What is it about the weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638565 that cause me to "loose control" with eating and not track?! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our Weight Watchers topic was how to "manage the weekends". There were several good suggestions (none of which I used) and the leader even gave an example of how a person that takes 7 steps instead of 5 will get to their "destination" quicker - meaning if you track 7 days a week instead of 5, you will loose weight quicker! <BR> <BR> At least I was very active over the weekend! DD#1 had to p... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:32:14 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636139 I had a pretty good weigh in on Wednesday. I lost 2 lbs.! So in 6 weeks, I've lost a whopping 3 lbs.! However, that's much better than the trend I was on prior to that --- gaining weight! I am 9 lbs. away from my goal! <BR> <BR> If I'm completely honest with myself, I haven't been as "diligent" as I was 3 years ago on Weight Watchers when I reached my goal weight. I was so determined to finally loose all of the "baby weight", etc. (my youngest was 10 at the time) and make good health ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:37:12 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633369 so far are not going too well <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> DH and I were going over the calendar last night and I couldn't believe that Saturday is already March! So that means Spring is just around the corner! We've already experienced some spring-like weather this past weekend here in North Georgia (75 degrees!). So that means I really only have about 2-3 weeks before I need to start bringing out the spring clothes. Right now most of my pants will probably be a little tight - so I need to... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:14:05 EST Disappointed with weekly weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629174 I recorded a "gain" at Weight Watchers last night of .4. Now I know that's not much, but I was disappointed because it was my first recorded gain at WW while in "weight loss" mode. I lost 46 lbs. about 3 years ago and became a Lifetime member. During the 6 months it took me to loose the weight, I never recorded a gain. I did have a few times where I stayed the same, but never a gain! <BR> <BR> Of course I've gained while in "maintenance" (currently still holding on to a 12 lb. gain), bu... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:03:37 EST Finally back to routine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627216 Between holidays and inclement weather, my girls have only been to school 1 complete week out of 6 since winter break (1/7). They are back in school today so we are back to routine (somewhat!). <BR> <BR> The weekend was great! DH and I were going to go on a "date" on Valentines Day (dinner & a movie), but we decided everything would be too crowded. He took DD#2 & #3 to the park to run when he got off work @ 2:30 and they stopped by Subway (nothing says I Love You like a yummy sub filled w... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:55:31 EST Finally back at work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623904 Like a lot of the country, North Georgia had a major snowstorm Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. Our county got about 5-7 inches of snow and a lot of the area south of Atlanta got ice! <BR> <BR> Originally the "first wave" of the storm was predicted to come in Monday night/early Tuesday. After the debacle of the storm a couple of weeks ago, none of the "agencies" were taking any chances - they cancelled all after school activities on Monday and school on Tuesday. We had about 2... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:29:10 EST Great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620220 As I mentioned, DD#3 wants to try out for track next week (Middle School). My niece came by and picked up DD#2 and her entourage for a concert in Atlanta and left great-nephew (GN) with me. My sister (Granny) came by so we headed to the park when DD#3 got home. <BR> <BR> We stopped by the playground first for GN to play a little. DD#3 and I "warmed up" on the "loop trail" by the playground and then we all walked down to the outside track. DD#3 and I ran the straights and walked the curve... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:56:24 EST I have a new project . . . ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617681 at least for a week! DD#3 said the other day that she wanted to try out for track. She's in 7th Grade and you can only try out for sports in the 7th & 8th grade here, not 6th. <BR> <BR> She mentioned last Spring that she wanted to do track in the 7th grade and we tried "training". Needless to say, that didn't go well! She's a lot like DD#1 - not competitive and doesn't like anyone telling her what to do. We actually "trained" for a couple of weeks for the 5K at our church. I believe ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:42:15 EST Weekly Weigh In & February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616935 I had my weekly weigh in last night and I lost 1.8 lbs. My total weight loss after 4 weeks back at WW is 2.6 lbs. No exactly stellar, but it's better than gaining! <BR> <BR> I'm a little disappointed in my progress so far since I wanted to be back at goal by the end of March. It's certainly been slower than my weekly losses 3 years ago. I met my goal on 3/30/2011 and became a Lifetimer at WW in May of 2011 (I know all of this because I found my weight trackers!). <BR> <BR> I looked ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:13:48 EST Weight Loss Shows?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615830 Attn: Biggest Loser Spoiler Alert* <BR> <BR> DD#2 had her final basketball game last night. Her team (JV) won the region and region tournament (20-1) so she had a good year. She was a little disappointed with how much playing time she got and she only started a couple of games. But she did get to play quite a bit and there is a phenomenal group of Freshman players this year (DD#2 is a Sophomore). They have 5 Freshman girls on the Varsity roster, 2 that start and 1 other that gets a lot o... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:14:57 EST Super Bowl or super indulge?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613951 My kids were still out of school on Friday for the 3rd "snow day" or "inclement weather day". Even though the temperature eventually got up to the high 40's on Friday, the morning started out way below freezing and all the side roads were still bad. Most of the school systems were still "playing it safe" after the disaster that some experienced last Tuesday. <BR> <BR> DD#2's basketball game was cancelled Friday, so she wanted to run and play some basketball at the rec. center when I got of... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:48:45 EST Missed Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611204 I didn't make it to Weight Watchers on Wednesday for my weigh in. As most of the nation knows by now, North Georgia and the Atlanta area was virtually shut down by our snowstorm. <BR> <BR> I live about 30 miles north of Atlanta and am one of the lucky ones that only lives 3 miles from my work. Our school system decided to initiate the 'early release" schedule early on Tuesday morning, so my girls knew they would be coming home early. My boss left early to pick up his daughters (they ref... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:29:18 EST Busy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607076 with cake! <BR> <BR> My weekend started out busy. DD#2 had a basketball game on Friday. My niece came to the game with great-nephew (GN) and we were going to watch him while she helped my 2 sisters get the flowers ready for my cousin's wedding on Saturday (see previous blog - 62 year old cousin was getting married - her 2nd, groom's first!). My oldest sister is retired and my middle sister is a wedding planner, so they both did most of the planning/work for the wedding. <BR> <BR> As so... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:12:43 EST Lost 6 lbs. ,but don't recommend the method . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604297 without going into too much detail, it's the colonoscopy prep! On Wednesday I was on a clear liquid diet and knew I wasn't going to be able to go to my Weight Watchers meeting @ 5:30 because I had to start drinking the "stuff" @ 5. I had to drink 64 oz. of Gatorade & "stuff" in 2 hours (it was horrible!) Anyway, I stopped by the center after work to weigh and I gained .2 lb. I was a little surprised because I hadn't eaten anything in about 20 hours at that point. I figured it was water w... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:59:47 EST A Fasting Weigh In?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601046 I'm not going to be able to make it to my Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for Thursday morning and have to start the "prep" on Wednesday. I'm really dreading this procedure. I had it scheduled right before Christmas (my 2013 goal was to get a complete physical and I waited until October and there were a lot of different tests!), but I rescheduled because I was so busy and didn't want to be "down" for 2 days. <BR> <BR> Anyway, without going into details (yu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:32:34 EST Simple Start?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595983 I had my weigh in yesterday at Weight Watchers. I started back last week after finding myself 14 lbs. over my Weight Watchers goal (I made Lifetime in 5/2011). I was a little disappointed because I only lost 1 lb. Now I know a loss is better than a gain, but I had weighed myself at home last week and again yesterday and my home scale showed a 3 lb. loss. Also, I usually loose about 3-5 lbs. the first week of "starting back". DS#1 lost 1 lb. and DS#2 lost 4.2 (she's the sister that "sort... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:31:21 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587885 As I mentioned in my previous blog, I decided to go back to Weight Watchers and get back to my goal weight. I lost 46 lbs. and reached my goal weight back in March of 2011. I made Lifetime in May of 2011. Once you are Lifetime with Weight Watchers, you are "always" Lifetime, but if you go 2 lbs. +/- over your goal weight, you have to pay for a meeting (you have to at least weigh in monthly). I continued to weigh each month and go to the occasional meeting for about 6 months after achievi... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:55:37 EST Time to start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584117 2013 was a great year and I have too many blessings to count! I have a wonderful husband, 3 healthy & happy teenage daughters, comfortable home, good jobs, family, etc. I’m also a pretty healthy 53 year-old. <BR> <BR> I started 2013 about 10 lbs. over my Weight Watchers goal (I had made lifetime in May of 2011, so I was disappointed to not make 2 years, but I was determined to get back to goal). I got back to goal by the end of April and had a pretty good summer. I was (as usual) extre... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:16:24 EST How did this happen?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546122 I finally weighed myself. It's been 4 weeks since I've weighed and I knew it would be bad, but I wasn't expecting this. I've gained 5 lbs.! I'm almost back up to where I was back in January (after the holidays). <BR> <BR> I'm a little surprised with this number and I can come up with all kinds of excuses, but I know that I haven't been accountable for what I'm eating and my exercise has been sporadic. <BR> <BR> I now have to face the holidays 10 lbs. above my goal! I can't join the "gai... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:29:17 EST Busy weekend with the baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544248 My niece's husband was in Las Vegas last week for a work thing, so she joined him Tues. - Sun. Since my sister (baby's grandmother) works weekends, we got to watch great-nephew (GN) Friday - Sunday. My sister dropped him off on Friday evening with all of his stuff! <BR> <BR> He's a very good baby, but very active. Since our house is not "child proof" anymore, I couldn't really take my eyes off him (even though we put a lot of stuff out of "harms way"). You also forget that a baby can'... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:28:25 EST Still out of "sorts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541149 I haven't blogged since last Tuesday and I also haven't "recorded" my weight in a couple of weeks. I know I've gained more, but I just don't want to admit how much! <BR> <BR> I'm still "out of sorts". I was thinking menopause (or peri-menopause) wasn't too bad because all I've been experiencing is some night sweats and hot flashes, but lately I've had bouts of "depression" (which is very unusual for me). <BR> <BR> Last week I even missed a day of work (in 6 years at this job, I've only ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:03:42 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532955 I haven't set any goals yet for November (I can't believe it's already 11/5). I'm feeling a little tired and out of "sorts". I'm not sleeping well because of the "night sweats" and now our elderly dog (she just turned 12) is starting to wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside. She's a really good dog and it's kind of sad to see her aging. Anyway, for the past 3 or 4 weeks, she scratches at the door to go out about 3 or 4 am. You can't ignore her because she'll just keeping sc... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 12:50:09 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528244 It's been a while since I blogged. As usual, life has been busy! I set a goal of loosing 3 lbs. from Halloween to Thanksgiving and I'm not doing too well! <BR> <BR> My eating is still out of check - darn you Halloween candy! My girls are all teenagers, so no one is going Trick or Treating tonight. DD#3 is having a party tomorrow, so that should finish up all the candy we have - I'm putting the spell book candy dish on the table as decoration hoping the kids will eat it all! <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:46:01 EST Running Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521203 I had signed up back in September for a C25K running program at a local park. This is the same program I completed before about 2+ years ago (after I had lost most of my weight) and that's what started me running and is also what is helping me maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> The girl that leads the program is a runner and a teacher/coach. I really enjoyed doing the program with a group (and my sister and DD#1) and that is also what kept me from quitting (it was hard!). I've been wanting to... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:32:14 EST Work is my http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520442 I just finished my lunch here at work - tuna with celery & red pepper sticks , cheese stick and grapes (and my 1 Diet Coke for the day!) and I got to thinking that work is my healthy eating prison, oops, I mean haven! <BR> <BR> I work in a small office with just me and my boss (who is rarely in the office). I work a 7.5 hour day, so I eat lunch at my desk. I bring my lunch just about every day. Maybe once a month I'll go to Subway or get a salad somewhere. I always pack something healthy... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:15:52 EST Not so bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516152 I blogged on Tuesday that I was dreading my weigh in yesterday. Turns out, it wasn't so bad, I ended up losing .6 lbs. I got a nice comment from 4A-HEALTHY-BMI about revisiting my "Why" for maintaining. The reasons for losing and maintaining the weight are still the same . . . I like the way I feel and the way I look. I have a lot of energy and at 53, I have never been on any type of medication. The only health complaint I have right now is sleep interruption from the "night sweats". ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:47:18 EST Dreading the Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514325 Tomorrow is my weekly weigh in and I'm dreading it again! I'm thinking of "skipping it", but what good will that do?! Who is really going to know (or care) except me?! So weigh I will and just go from there. It's my gauge to keep myself "in check", although that hasn't been working too well lately. <BR> <BR> I'm already 5 lbs. over goal and I don't think tomorrow will show any kind of loss. I just seem to be "out of control" with snacking! Going "low carb" usually works for me and curb... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:46:36 EST Still disappointed . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509077 I haven't blogged in a while. Mainly because I've been really busy, but also because I'm still disappointed with myself. I'm not doing too well in my quest to get "back to goal again"! I'm up 7.2 lbs. from "my lowest weight" that I recorded back in June and I'm now 5 lbs. over goal! <BR> <BR> I was pretty consistent with my running last week, but I haven't run since last Thursday. I spent all day Saturday doing some major yard work. DH wanted to re-seed the "lawn" (which is about 1 acre... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:08:20 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495765 I'm a little disappointed in myself! I did so well Monday - Thursday last week and then let the weekend "blow" my efforts. I weighed in this morning and I gained 1.8 lbs. (of the 2.2 I lost last week). So, instead of losing 4 lbs. in September, I gained 1.4 lbs. I know, September is not "officially" over, but my next weigh in will be 10/2. <BR> <BR> I wasn't even going to record or blog about the gain, but this is my method of accountability to myself, so who am "kidding" or "fooling"? ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:32:50 EST "Off" Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493805 I was a little off this weekend with my eating. I had a really good week with only eating lean proteins & veggies. I was a able to squeeze in a run on Wednesday and was supposed to play tennis with DD#3 on Friday for a little exercise. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my blog on Friday, DD#3 is hitting her teenage years hard! She had a big "meltdown" on Friday. We were going to play some tennis, do a little shopping and have a Once Upon a Time marathon. DD#1 was spending the night with a f... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:15:29 EST Ready for the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491150 This has been a really long week! I managed to squeeze in a run on Wednesday. DH has been working nights, so he didn't want to go. He started grilling out chicken & turkey burgers and he said he would take DD#3 to youth group, so I was able to run earlier than I planned. I ran the "hilly trail" because I didn't have a lot of time, but I wanted to get in a good workout. I ran the entire loop (1.6 miles) and walked a little, so I got in about 2 miles (did I mention how hilly this trail is?... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:00:53 EST Cut out the junk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489227 I had my weekly weigh in this morning and I lost 2.2 lbs. For the past 2 days I've only eaten lean proteins & veggies (1 apple), so cutting out the junk food and "bad" carbs really helps! Also, as I mentioned in my blog yesterday, cutting down on the processed food cuts down on sodium! <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh myself Monday morning, so I'm not sure what damage I did over the weekend. I decided to stick to the weekly Wednesday weigh-ins. <BR> <BR> I'm really pleased with the loss and gla... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:51:46 EST Controlling high blood pressure with diet or is it hereditary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488401 One of my goals this year was to get physicals for everyone in my family, especially DH and I. Sometimes when everyone is "healthy" it's hard to squeeze it in, especially with dentist, orthodontist, and dermatologist appointments - who has time! (ah 3 teenagers!) <BR> <BR> DD#1 had hers about a month ago (she needed some vaccination boosters), DH had his a couple of weeks ago, DD#2 gets annual physicals for sports. That leaves DD#3 and me. DD#3 just turned 13, so she will also need some b... 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