CONNIE48036's SparkPeople Blog CONNIE48036's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 9 of Challenge Today my challenge was to drink nothing but water, which I have. Tomorrow is to exercise first thing in the morning. That may be more of a challenge but I will give it a shot. Feeling good about my accomplishments! Yay! <em>521</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:54:22 EST Day Four of the Small Changes Challenge Still on track! Four whole days! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Have lots of motivation from Rhonda and my fellow Spark Team members. Down 11 pounds since 1/1, feeling good. Went down 8 steps today - steps are always hard for me - and I think it hurt just a little less. <BR> <BR> On to day 5 tomorrow. Have a great night, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Connie Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:10:53 EST Day Two of the Small Changes Challenge Day 1 was easy; tell someone about your goals. Of course, I chose to tell Rhonda; she already knew some of it but shared with her my excitement about being back on SP, participating in a couple of SparkTeams, and the challenges available. <BR> <BR> Day 2 is to exercise for at least 10 minutes. My newly found 11-minute chair exercise video will fit the bill nicely. <BR> <BR> Off to the (exercise) chair! <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day! <em>381</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:30:49 EST A new year, a new me! So it's the 12th day of the year. I am down 7 pounds; while that's great, it's a challenge to keep it up day after day. So here's my plan... <BR> <BR> I have a very wonderful, loving and supportive partner, and that's at least half the battle. <BR> <BR> I just joined the 28-day Small Changes Challenge on SparkPeople. Day one: Tell someone about your goals. I just told my partner, Rhonda. <BR> <BR> I also found an 11-minute sit-down exercise video on SP. I added it to my favorites. ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:47:46 EST Another year Tomorrow is my 52nd birthday, and I must admit I'm sorry I wasted another year not being diligent enough on my food plan and exercise. Had I followed it, I would have been at least 75 pounds lighter. However, I am not going to dwell on the negative but rather focus on the positive, the 16 pounds I have lost since Jan 6. It's a slow process but the only alternative is to continue to feel lousy and die too young! <BR> <BR> I have promised myself I will splurge a bit for my birthday dinner... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:41:42 EST Busy busy Hi Friends, I missed adding my food into my tracker for a couple of days but stayed on my program. I have lost a total of 2.5 inches in the last couple of weeks even though the scale doesn't show a loss. It's very frustrating to not see that scale move but that's why I started measuring myself; it's a shot in the arm when the scale seems broken! :) <BR> <BR> Busy with work; they have given us some OT in the past few weeks so I have been taking advantage of it. It's harder to eat proper... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:51:17 EST Hard day at work - but staying on track Busy day at work, some problems with a few accounts but working through the issues and being successful both at work and with my food plan. I'm feelin' good and stayin' good. Happy Hump Day! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:57:52 EST Hungry today!! Everything I see I want to eat! Every commercial, every food in the fridge, everything in the pantry! I must have swallowed a tapeworm! <BR> <BR> But I'm on track, maybe a tad over in the carbs. Need a protein snack tonight. I'm terrible about eating before bed but I find I can't sleep if I'm hungry. Going to find some veggies and tuna or something. Have a great night! <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> <em>370</em> <em>485</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:43:25 EST Here I go AGAIN Starting to sound like a broken record. Sometimes I feel like such a failure. But I have to keep trying - FOREVER. If I give up, I will be a failure! <BR> <BR> Back on my program again. I managed to stay within 20 pounds or so of my lowest weight but have been slowly heading in the wrong direction! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So, I'm starting again - one day at time, one pound at a time. I keep praying, keep on truckin! What else is there but hope and effort in this difficult journey... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:20:57 EST A new goal reached! My several-year goal has been reached! I've gotten below a specific weight I have been stuck above for years. I'm going to continue the trend and do it this time! Thank you to those who have been supportive and staying in touch, offering help and friendship, writing to me and keeping me going. You are all a great family! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! <em>104</em> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 14:57:05 EST Another failure but TRYING to be more positive I'm probably not in the right frame of mind to be writing, but here goes anyway. Maybe, if nothing else, it will serve as an outlet for my frustration. <BR> <BR> I have been up and down for the last several months, both my weight and my depression. This morning I weighed only a few pounds less than I was before, still not much closer to my goal than I was 6 months ago. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Today I found out my job is on rocky ground. Actually I have known it for quite some time, bu... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 20:08:20 EST One week on metformin Hi fellow Sparkers. Well I've been on metformin for a week. Started the second pill per day yesterday. My doc told me to work up to 4 a day. The first few days were rough, felt kind of nauseated and had tummy ache and felt bloated. Seem to be getting used to it now. Trying to learn about the glycemic index and how to eat right. Seems I stay within the calorie range but not sure how many carbs to have, etc. Still need to see a nutritionist. Well hope everyone has a nice week. I'm thr... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:38:24 EST Started diabetes med this morning Hello friends, <BR> <BR> I started metformin this morning. As my doc explained it, it doesn't lower my sugar, it just helps the insulin my body makes work better. I am sticking to my plan quite well. I rarely go over 1600 cals a day and watch the carbs, fat, and protein too. I'm feeling decent. The depression comes and goes but I have more good moments now. Thanks for sticking with me! Talk to you soon! Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:36:51 EST I've been away... Hello, friends.... <BR> <BR> I'm back after a nearly 4-month absence. Reasons are many but here is the low-down. <BR> <BR> I had a family crisis and went into a deep depression. I went off my plan and ate for comfort. Bad, Bad, Bad! I was diagnosed with diabetes in early April which made me even MORE depressed. I have been in therapy, trying to get myself back together. I have wanted to come back to Spark People for a couple of weeks but have been afraid to make a commitment that I'm ... Sat, 31 May 2008 16:33:34 EST 2/18/08 - Week Two - Two days late in posting Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't do so well this week. It was my birthday on Valentine's Day and I went back to my old excuse of "Hey, I'm going to celebrate to I have to eat!" I didn't do as badly as I have other years, though. I had some reduced sugar cake and no-sugar-added ice cream but I didn't go crazy. I ended up losing 3 pounds for the week but had I had the self-control I should have had, I would have done better. Oh well, it's a new week, I'm trying not to beat myself up o... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 19:51:51 EST First week I changed my page title from Desperate To Lose to On My Way. Even though I have a very long way to go, I feel motivated and determined to do it this time. I wanted the title to be more positive because I feel more positive. I lost 11 pounds this week and even though part of it was because I was sick, I know I stuck with my program and did well. I'm proud of myself for the first time in a long time and I plan to continue this great feeling. Thanks for reading and see you around the boards... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 12:13:53 EST