CRAZYCATHIE's SparkPeople Blog CRAZYCATHIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Focus on Fitness!! The "hopeless" feeling of the last post has been taking awhile to go away, though I've been "slugging away" at it anyway. But finally today, a new idea is coming to me. <BR> <BR> The "new idea" is to actually give in to giving up! Giving up on weight loss (translate: "looking good") that is. Instead, I should focus on FITNESS! Rather than tracking calories, I really need to track whether or not I've had fresh fruit, water, and done enough exercise. At my age, why in the world am I concerned ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:17:45 EST Will I ever find that Key? Staring at the food tracker this morning... realizing what I really need to do right now is journal... <BR> <BR> I've been tracking my food for at least a couple of years now. Too bad it wasn't "magical", and could take off my extra weight by the very act of doing it! I've been exercising as well, and thank goodness there is that improvement in fitness to cheer me up when I can't seem to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Every once in awhile I just feel so sick and tired of putting those same pounds b... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:51:18 EST Goal-tweaking Wow... so long since I blogged here! Sometimes it's hard to think of something to say, especially when I do journal every day already ( <BR> <BR> Had a very bad cold last week, so got out of all the exercising. I guess visits, parties, and other things also contributed to the disruption of that schedule. Then it was so hard to get back to it! So I had to bring down my exercising goals, for the summer. Still doing Nicole's strength training, but not as much aerobics--although ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:01:56 EST Not obsessing! It's not *quite* so bad when you gain weight, if you know exactly why... and I do know why. <BR> <BR> But when I looked back at my record (I keep a repeating task on my calendar, and update it every time I weigh myself), I encouraged myself that after all, it's only been since March that I was this weight before. Not too long before that, I was even 5 lbs heavier than this! Three pounds can come off again in 1 or 2 weeks... *just like that*! <BR> <BR> I started to think that it would be so ... Sat, 28 May 2011 08:14:30 EST Need tactics for resisting summer favourites! Oh boy, summer's coming... ice cream, vacation treats... eating out... <BR> <BR> I'll just have to have small-calorie meals whenever possible. I've started using the "Note" function on the Nutrition Tracker page to make a note of how many calories I've gone over for the day, so that hopefully the next day I'll make up for it. <BR> <BR> It's not that I'm an emotional eater--I just LOVE food! :) There are just so, so many good things to eat, that are high-calorie. It's a really hard, slow job... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:29:32 EST Finally! Well, it has FINALLY come (and gone!)--that LAST night I was waiting for! Funny thing is, I don't feel as jubilant as I thought I would... maybe because there are still several little things to finish off. But, no more big planning to do for Club House! <BR> <BR> Our midweek children's ministry has been going for 15 years, and last night was the final closing celebration. It went well, with everyone hugging me and thanking me at the end. Most of our current kids were there, few as they are! ... Thu, 12 May 2011 07:48:53 EST Tomorrow, tomorrow! How can I be such an old lady, and feel like a child! I keep looking at my calendar (because it happens to be nearby) and thinking "I can't wait til tomorrow, can't wait til it's over, oh, I wish it was tomorrow!" Tomorrow will be the LAST (ever) "Regular" Club night. Then I can say "Just one more week, just one more week..." :P <BR> <BR> You know, next Wednesday should really be a celebration--celebrating the last 15 years that we've been running Club House. I should have put together a lov... Tue, 3 May 2011 20:15:36 EST Look to the hills... Well, not a sunny day today, but no matter. We had such a wonderful, encouraging sermon yesterday. It spoke to our church specifically, and to many of those whom no one else knows what agonies/worries they're going through right now, on behalf of our church! <BR> <BR> So, things that once looked so utterly hopeless, are not really looking quite so bad right now. Our speaker reminded us that most of life is lived in the valleys after all, not the mountaintop. I fear I am guilty of expecting o... Mon, 2 May 2011 12:56:00 EST Sleep and cheer up! It's always fun to start typing when you have no idea what you're going to say... :) <BR> <BR> I slept well last night, for a change, and could have slept longer. Sleep is soooo important! When you're tired, you have so much less will power. Plus, the depressing things get to you more... it's interesting how different things can look when you're feeling down. Sometimes, all it takes is a sunny day to let you see it all in a whole different light! <BR> <BR> So, if you don't have a sunny day,... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:09:04 EST just 2 more weeks, just 2 more weeks... Two. long. weeks. left! Funny how when you're "retiring" from something, the last few weeks of it seem to take sooooo long! I just want to clean up the mess left over from it, but can't until it's over. Can't wait to delete that particular repeating task on my calendar, and choose "delete all"! ;) <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the midweek Children's Ministry, that I've been doing at our church for fifteen years. Well, and for almost 10 years before that! I've been the Coordinator/Person-in-Cha... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:07:14 EST New schedules are always good! OK, so we got rid of all the Easter treats rather quickly... kind of a relief to have them gone, lol! I'm sure I gained some weight, but certainly not ALL of it back. I'm totally accepting of the fact that there will always be steps "backwards". The point is to always move forwards as well! :) I'm not even going to get on the scales until the end of the week, when maybe I'll have lost some of what I gained. <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to the Tracking today! Doesn't seem hard at all... if supper i... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:04:51 EST Lenten ruminations... The reason I practise so many Lenten disciplines, is just because I've been doing it for a long, long time... it started with just one or two things. And I don't suggest that everyone should be doing this. I just like to do it because it reminds me of what Jesus went through, what others have to go through in other countries, reminds me to pray, etc. etc. I thrive on demonstration lessons! :) <BR> <BR> So how did I do this year... well, over 7 weeks I only lost 3 pounds, so it certainly wasn... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:55:49 EST fasting experiences Fasting is not recommended for the purpose of losing weight, and that's not why I do it. In fact, I find that it's very difficult to do, UNLESS I'm doing it for the purpose of prayer. <BR> <BR> For Holy Week, I fasted a different meal each day, then all day on Thursday (except for one piece of fruit, and liquids of course), and yesterday I fasted coffee! It was a great tool just remind me to pray... I so often skim through prayer items each day, without really thinking about them a whole lot... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:34:55 EST the Cleansing My, the rain is really coming down out there! The worst part is the cooler temps... yesterday's sun looked so inviting, but when we were out for our walk, the wind was SO cold! And this is supposed to continue for a few days, apparently. <BR> <BR> Ah, well, better to get the rain over with so that we can have nice weather for Easter!! In fact, I like it when that happens... the blah part just makes the Easter-ish part that much more wonderful. <BR> <BR> My guys are laughing at me right now,... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:45:27 EST Holy Week is coming! Ahhhh!!! Such wonderful warm temps today! In fact, because it was warm enough for the furnace to NOT come on this morning, we were all able to sleep in (til 8 am), which was much-needed. Sleep is so, so important. <BR> <BR> I'm so looking forward to Easter... next week is HOLY WEEK--YAY!!! I've chosen a different meal to fast for each of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and then Thursday I'll fast all day (except fluids, of course); and on Friday I'll fast coffee--I'll have to get a bit of ca... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:02:48 EST the house-cleaning workout I can remember when I wanted to get all my physical work done in the morning, so I'd have time for all the "fun" things for the rest of the day. Now I'm finding my sit-down things just make me sleepy in the afternoon--better to do them in the morning when the coffee is keeping me wide awake, and I feel more inspired! :) <BR> <BR> Trouble is, the mornings are stretching on pretty long, sometimes. Here it is 12:43, I've had lunch, and am only now thinking about getting up to get the work done.... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 12:49:20 EST Speaking of Lent... Oh my, livejournal is down again! My husband and son got me looking at other options yesterday, so this just confirms that they're right about that being a good idea. <BR> <BR> I mentioned yesterday that I had given up Facebook (a percentage of) for Lent. That's not the only thing I've given up. There are several things--similar time-consuming things, as well as various "guilty pleasure"-type things. I don't do it to be legalistic, but just to heighten the joy of Easter, to remind me that ma... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:01:02 EST blog, blog, blog I'm still finding it hard to sort out which "computer things" I should be doing! The other day I was talking about my Facebook Addiction. I actually "gave it up for Lent"--but only checking it throughout the day; the rule was that I could only check it from my iTouch, on my way to bed at night (I read in bed, before going to sleep). <BR> <BR> Why do I want so much for people to "hear" me? Why does everyone just HAVE to know when something is bothering me? Or, why do I think I have something ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 08:15:57 EST Let's try that again... Wow, can't believe it's been almost a year since I've posted here! You know, it's still on my computer calendar, and comes up every week, lol! <BR> <BR> What with recent upsets at our church, I'm feeling a need for friends to talk to. In Facebook it's too tempting to spill my guts out; it would be good to direct myself elsewhere, just to get my mind on other things. "Think on whatever is good, noble, true.." etc. <BR> <BR> The reason I didn't keep at it before, is just because there seemed ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 08:40:25 EST Thinking about it... I didn't really think that I was one of those "mindless eaters" that they talk about. In fact, I thought, my problem is that I think about it TOO much. When I'm at a party, I tend to concentrate more on which food I should eat next, and how many minutes I should wait before having another. Do you know what I mean--how it's always in the back of your mind that there's good FOOD to be had (instead of "good COMPANY to talk to!") <BR> <BR> However, last weekend we went to a friend's 60th birthda... Tue, 18 May 2010 07:33:07 EST slow but sure? Oh my, not making it for once a month--how about every TWO months? ;) Good to read this and remind myself how it's going, though. I'd completely forgotten about moving on to the next step... although it's only been lately that I've FINALLY got caught up on the emails. Not much further on my goals, but the important thing is that I'm STILL TRYING!! :) Well, and I HAVE lost weight (YAY!!) OH, and the other progress I've made is that I've finally found someone who might like to skate with me in ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 12:09:14 EST monthly (blog, that is) ;) Wow--it's been a long time since I've blogged! But I've determined now to try and do it once a month. <BR> <BR> Still refining/changing the process, though I think I've finally got the goals down... read recently, in one of the many great articles, how the goals should have a time frame--so that's been updated. I was going very, very, slowly; good to go slow, but you still need a time frame for your goal. So I'm trying for one goal per month. After all, my goals themselves are pretty flexibl... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:03:02 EST finally got it figured out Cutting down on the time spent on this website wasn't an option at first, but now that I've got things figured out and organized... so it means I might blog only once a week or so. 'Cos one certainly doesn't lose weight be sitting all day at the computer! <BR> <BR> So it also means I might not get everything properly checked off on the "Other Goal" tracker--I've decided to use my other Visual Rewards, instead; though I would like to think of/set up some more of those (around the house, not o... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:16:22 EST so much to do *sigh* I ALREADY had SO many things to do on the computer... now there's so. much. more. with SP... it took me two hours to get through all the SP email today! I was trying to comment on a team member's page each day, 'cos that seems like a good goal that they have, but didn't get to that today! <BR> <BR> I've GOT to find a way to make it quicker! Maybe forgoe using the Nutrition tool for now... it seemed like such a neat thing, but.. The first week, I wanted to just use everything the meal ... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 23:00:41 EST I love cookies and cake Yeah, I did the Profiler thing. You know, where it says that I'm... what was it... Carb-Crazed, and the other one that fits a little better, just one point below--Portion-out-of-control or whatever it was. Even Emotional Eater fits a little. <BR> <BR> I don't snack a lot or have strong cravings, but I do SO enjoy those rich foods--every. single. holiday. The emotion there is happiness... it's a celebration of the season! And if I'm doing the baking, THAT'S where I snack. You know, clean out... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 21:12:12 EST easy does it I feel like a "cheater", but I'm rather happy now that I've managed to get the daily calorie-goal up! I did it by changing the goal-date... since I'm really not in THAT great a hurry, and I KNOW it's going to be SO hard over Christmas. They always say that it's better to lose slowly anyway. <BR> <BR> After all, it's still going to take some work to get within range. I know what I have to do: have smaller portions of the filling-fatty part of my dinner, and fill-up-the-gap with fresh vegetabl... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:38:43 EST that's IT! OK, I think I've finally figured out some rewards. The "reward yourself every day" thing, has to have something it's connected to--something specific I'm being rewarded FOR. I already reward myself on treadmill-days, and that muffin-for-breakfast really helps to get me out of bed and "at it". <BR> <BR> Rewards need to be for the hardest things (like getting up at 6 am to treadmill). It's not hard to track nutrition, etc., since the new tools are fun to play with! What's hard for me, is givin... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 16:03:02 EST prioritizing Learning new things about this site every day! Today I enjoyed all the newsletters in my email--a great summary of everything, easier to look through than searching it out onsite. Then I signed up for one of the Team Challenges... one of the Teams (the Moms and Dads at Home one) had a button to click, to add it to your "Other/Team Challenges"--and there it was listed with the Fast Track stuff, etc. The other teams had challenges, but they seemed only to be part of a Message Board--harder to t... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 12:55:57 EST goals, rewards OK so that was neat--yeah, the title of a blog post does show up on all the team pages! <BR> <BR> I went to the Holiday Team page, and there are soooo many posts in answer to the goal-challenge. Most of them seem waaaay too high! Baby steps--that's where I'm at! <BR> <BR> So, MY goals for November are two simple things: <BR> --write down something I'm thankful for, each day (if I said just to "think" of something, I'd forget!) <BR> --explore/study/plan the exercises that I will (eventually!... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 22:19:30 EST here a word, there a word, everywhere--words! So there's Message Boards, blogs, friend feeds, status updates, comments, articles, chat rooms, etc. etc.! I've been blogging already for a few years now, but that journal doesn't have a Message Board, or Chat Room... that I know of. <BR> <BR> There are so many things to explore... should I visit my Team Pages every day? Which blogs should I read? What about the Huddles? I still need to click on the "resources" link, even though I've been reading some resources already... <BR> <BR> I just g... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 20:19:46 EST FIRST day... So today: <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: 5 cups of coffee <BR> -thought I should skip eating, since I ate such high-calorie things yesterday <BR> -I drink so much coffee that it (almost) fills me up! <BR> <BR> LUNCH: (going for the fast thing!) <BR> -3 crackers +homemade crackers & cheese <BR> -granola bars (2/pkg) <BR> -herb tea <BR> <BR> ACTIVITY: <BR> -20 minute walk <BR> <BR> SUPPER: <BR> -2 large pancakes <BR> -7 slices turkey bacon <BR> -2 glasses ice water Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:41:03 EST first things first? OK, rather than take the time to figure out all the calories of what I'm eating (the "ultimate" goal), maybe the first step is just to RECORD it! As well as any exercise activity. I know that's important. Then I will more readily see how I've "misbehaved"! :) <BR> <BR> So I guess I'll do that here... until I discover a better place to put it. Although I'm not sure if it's something everyone else wants to read! <BR> <BR> I keep changing my "FIRST" thing, in the Program... I've just changed i... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:38:43 EST