CSHOWALTER2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CSHOWALTER2 CSHOWALTER2'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/ WIAW #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634930 For some reason I've been kind of down this week. Not any particular reason why. I'm feeling warn down from my calorie counting and keeping up with steps. Maybe this is just the residual of getting over my cold but I've been really struggling staying motivated to get my steps in, be active, and restrict my eating. I guess it just feels like a lot of work without my reward or joy lately. I keep reminding myself today that the scale IS still moving and I haven't platued and there are resul... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:18:31 EST WIAW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628862 WIAW - What I Ate Wednesday <BR> <BR> Several blogs I follow dedicate wednesdays to documenting what they eat and sharing with their viewers. I don't have a following, nor do I belong to this elite group of food bloggers, but I thought it'd be fun to share what I'm eating at this time. Food makes up half of our battle in losing weight. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I started with a green smoothing. I probably have a smoothie two to three times a week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:38:44 EST February Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621635 I'm about halfway to my weight loss goal. I've been pretty satisfied so far on this weight loss journey so far. In the past I've hit some pretty bogus plateaus that have been extremely frustrating after working so hard to cut back calories. This time around I purchased a Fitbit monitor. It seemed like a lot of money for something to tell me if I was walking enough, but it's really made a difference for me. I can see on some days when I haven't walked my dog as far, how little I'm moving ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:44:55 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602941 This week I've been really compelled to one up my healthy efforts with three additional challenges to myself. <BR> <BR> 1) Eat at least 2 servings of leafy greens daily. <BR> 2) Take good belly + multivitamin shot daily. <BR> 3) Do not look at my ipad/iphone when I get in bed to fall asleep. <BR> <BR> #1 Leafy Greens Challenge - <BR> <BR> This has actually turned out to be pretty awesome. I proud of the fact that in one week I have devoured two bags of spinach, a bag of kale, and four ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:26:51 EST Weight In After Travel (Or the Beauty of walking a lot and drinking lots of water) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593666 Well despite a few indulges and one night of binge eating that I shouldn't have done, I still managed to weight less on arrival back home! I am contributing the fact that I did not let my eating mistakes guide the rest of the trip or make me stop all my good habits I started at the beginning of this year. <BR> <BR> The other things that I've been doing which I think help tremendously are the fact that I walked a lot on my trip. I was short 1,000 steps yesterday but I was also on a plane... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:20:00 EST The pitfalls of traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590656 Sigh. I am traveling this weekend. Which I love to do. The problem however is the nonstop going out to eat. I have actually done better than most occasions. <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> - I missed breakfast trying to rush to the airport. <BR> - I did get a 20 minute HIIT workout in however. <BR> - I ate a wonderful Spinach Quinoa Wrap (Thank you portland airport) for lunch. <BR> - I chose a lemon chicken salad for dinner. <BR> - I drank tea or water for my in flight beverages. <BR> - I had... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:10:55 EST 2013 In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582575 While it can be discouraging to see how I haven't been consistently following my goals over the past year, I thought I'd review the positive points in 2013 for me: <BR> <BR> 1) I lost 3 lbs. While I wanted to lose more, the fact is I am three pounds lighter than I was a year ago when I came here to spark people. And I think that is something to celebrate. I did not gain weight. <BR> <BR> 2) I finished my Master's Degree. Yes, it took 4.5 years going part time while working full time, ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 02:36:08 EST A Healthy Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578906 I have found my way to Spark People two different times over the past three years. I'd like to stop doing this pattern of finding myself having put on extra pounds and recognizing I'm not being healthy. I want to actually commit to being Healthy and actually acheive my goals for once. I hate that New Years resolutions are often quit and given up on. <BR> <BR> I want to improve myself and see that in one year from now I actually did follow through. <BR> <BR> I want to quit making excu... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 03:13:13 EST Gearing for a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575719 I hate that I've become a yo-yo dieter. This is my third time to start back up again on Spark People. I get myself well under control and then the holidays hit, I gain weight, and I come back. I want to finally and truly reach my goals while not giving up. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:00:27 EST I've made it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310217 While I wish this post was an "I made it through my weight loss goal," it's actually about the fact that I finally got through graduate school. I finished my major research project and passed my oral examination on Monday. I still have 80 hours of a practicum to make up, but that will be come easily and (for the most part) stress free. But this is an accomplishment for me. It took five years of hard work in addition to working my full time job. Good things don't come easily or quickly. ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:24:48 EST First Day of Spring - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293947 I just have to say, the ground hog was way off this year. Here it is the first day of spring and it's 30 degrees outside. Last year at St. Patrick's Day we were drinking green beer outside in 70 degree weather. Weather Forcast? Next four days ... snow, snow, and rain turning to snow, and snow. Sigh! Okay, enough whining. <BR> <BR> So what does a girl do on days she wishes it were warmer? Plant seeds for the garden of course! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:32:51 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287680 Life has been busy! Fishing up my research project for grad school. I finally hit 155 pounds this week on the scale! Super proud of that. I may be a slow loser, but at least I'm still losing. I also finished my 30 days of the 30 day shred. It may have taken me 2 months to complete, but again, i'm proud that I did it! <BR> <BR> I'm almost at my halfway point for weight loss. Clothes are feelings better! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:59:22 EST Diets - not the calorie restrictive kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273488 This week for some reason I've been pondering the diets of people in culture. <BR> <BR> Since my independence as a woman I've been asked many times if I'm a vegetarian. While the answer has always been no, I've taken pride in that question being asked. When I do buy "meat," it's fish which I've been informed by many that it's not truly not considered a meat. weekend I was asked by a friend since high school, "you're mostly a vegetarian, right?" I thought this was actually a great way to... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:19:28 EST Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265057 This past week has been a week full of extreme crazy winter weather. Last Thursday and Friday we had a snow storm that landed us with about 8 inches of snow on the ground. Pretty crazy when you're state is in a draught and the yearly average is about 14 inches of snow. Then again this morning we were pelted with another round from winter storm Rocky. I woke up at five this morning with absolutely no power along with a good portion of the town. While I should dread snow, I'm still much a ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:48:34 EST Hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261385 Well this week the scale finally followed all my hard work. It was nice to finally see that number go down! <BR> <BR> I must say that with the weight loss though my body has become extremely hungry. The past few days I "can't get no satisfaction," eating that is! It's been horrible. I've been hungry of what feels like every moment of each day this week. Its been so bad I've had to tell my self wait this much time before you eat. My calories have been gone before I know it and then I... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:30:43 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252639 Well as anyone who's been keeping up with my blog knows that I've been frustrated that the scale number has not been improving so I decided to take some photo's today and compare them to previous pictures to see if I could notice any progress. Well I am happy to say that I felt much better looking at these photos! While it's not a drastic "oh my gosh!" photo, I feel good to know that my middle section of my body is slowly reshaping itself. Hopefully in the future I can look forward to seein... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:12:52 EST Workout Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249112 Last week I wrote about how I've been really convicted about getting a workout buddy and how I don't have anyone in my life who's also working towards the same goals as me. <BR> <BR> Well while I don't have anyone actively trying to lose weight, I do have friends that are interested in working out! I made a date to do a workout video with one friend this week. What's funny is that as I mentioned it in front of other friends they were also interested and it turned into a group of four yes... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:03:09 EST Discouraging Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243820 Sometimes I hate that the scale is used as a measurement of success. My goal is to get to a 140-145 weight range. <BR> <BR> This week I thought I was doing excellent. I have worked out 6 of out 7 days this week. I have eaten lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. I have contained my portions. My fitness minutes more than they have been the past four weeks. I also do not count my calories burned while working out. According to spark people I've burned about 1200 calories. Yet when I... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:36:34 EST Weight of the Nation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239452 I've been watching the weight of the world - the HBO series on obese epidemic. Pretty motivating. My husband decided to start counting his calories this week as a result. Most of it is information I've heart already. <BR> <BR> They talk about 5 steps to lose weight: <BR> 1) Start with small steps. <BR> 2) Make sure your goals are realistic. <BR> 3) Seek support from those who can relate to your struggles. <BR> 4) Keep portions under control. <BR> 5) Track your caloric intake. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:42:51 EST Eating and other observations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234579 Eating healthy is getting much easier. A month ago when I started buying stuff to make salad every day I was worried about the produce going to waste. Now 5 weeks later, I am going through my salad supplies in 3 days. (I'm going to have to buy more!) <BR> <BR> I have now lost five pounds. I'm about at the rate I'd like to loose at. It's so frustrating that it takes so long to lose one measly pound. But I keep reminding myself that this is not something I'm doing to get to a number, thi... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:19:31 EST Week 2 of Jillian's 30 day shred and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224374 Well I am officially two weeks through Jillian's 30 day shred. I haven't done it - just 4 days both weeks. I am sore every day pushing and stretching more muscles. So far I haven't lost any inches and weight loss has been slow. But I feel more physically fit and I love having some definition to look at. <BR> <BR> I think the best new established habit has been packing my lunch. I really think that's what's gotten me into trouble over the past two years. I used to always bring my lunc... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:55:13 EST End of Week Analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214175 Well this week has been challenging for me. I have felt sore throughout my body using the thirty day shred. Sadly though, I gained two pounds this week. I hope that it's muscle and I hope that I can see a difference on the scale next week. I know it's not about numbers, but it does make me feel like I'm doing something wrong when the number goes up with all my hard work. <BR> <BR> Yoga has been amazing more me. Mentally when I get home and do this, I feel more alert and aware yet calm a... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:59:32 EST Exercising - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207462 Okay so I've now accomplished three days of excercize. I have to say that walking on the treadmill even when it's in front of the TV to a show I like is still pretty boring and it doesn't feel like there's much to pump me up. I think walking to upbeat music might be more engaging than just walking to TV. But I do need to remind myself that it's better than sitting idol. <BR> <BR> I started Jillian's 30 day shred. I am sore on day two, but I found myself to have more endurance today than ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:41:43 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203601 Wow am I so out of shape! My treadmill's delivery got delayed so it didn't get in until last night. I got it put together fairly quickly. This morning was the first morning I got to walk with it. Boy an I out of shape. All I did was walk for 45 minutes but I'm already sore two hours later! Its on a slight incline so I felt like it worked some of my lower back muscles in addition to my legs. I guess its good that I got this though so that I can be more active and not feel out of shape f... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:45:18 EST Getting Organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191560 I've always been a very organized, goal directed person. But one of the things that goes by the wayside is organizing my health when things get busy and I drop all my healthy habits when I get stressed. One key I've noticed is that I was doing great up until November when I started really getting overwhelmed with school work and the holidays and family stress. I sat down this week and planned out three weeks of rotating meals I enjoy and love and are healthy and wrote out the grocery list ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:40:31 EST A New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184006 My mantra for the 2013 year is "Make sunshine in my corner." Basically meaning, where ever I am I, I'm going to seek to make something positive. I may not be able to light up a room, but I can put some light in the corner that I am at. <BR> <BR> Well, it's officially more than five pounds. I've basically put on all the weight that I lost. That's okay. A new year is a great opportunity to make some changes in my diet, lifestyle, and routine. I am going to purchase a treadmill I looke... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:54:55 EST Very Long Overdue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175983 Phew! I am so glad I have made it through this semester. I got way off track and busy back in mid October and never got back on the wagon. I gained five pounds back. <BR> <BR> But here I am recognizing the need for intervention. I will be leaving my job in one month and hopefully moving to the Pacific coast here early summer. It's nice to know a fresh start is on the way. <BR> <BR> Things I need to do: <BR> -Eat More Fresh Fruits and Veggies <BR> -Be more positive <BR> -Be more forgi... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 17:15:17 EST I got asked THAT question.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136721 So i got asked, "What's your weight loss secret?" today! It's the first time ANYONE has commented on my weight loss! What a great feeling. I actually had been feeling disappointed because even though I've lost 15 pounds, I don't "feel" like I'm getting any thinner. But what I feel and what reality is are two different things. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the next person asking me THAT question! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:57:53 EST Phew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127740 I feel like the past few weeks have been quite a rush. I have been so busy with school and with work that I have not really been able to slow down much to care for myself. I have not cooked a meal for myself for a whole week. It's been boxed, frozen, or fast food. I cannot wait for this semester to be over. I am really glad that this is my second to last semester in grad school. I am looking forward to not spending all my free time working. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:44:18 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115446 Feeling extremely bloated this weekend. Had a halloween party and I definitely overate on my calories allotted for the day. It's disappointing, but at least I recognize the leftover feeling from it -miserable and uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Today I'm meal planning for the rest of the week and looking for some yummy recipes to make. <BR> <BR> Last week I honestly didn't cook too much. <BR> <BR> I cooked twice and because it was just me I had a lot left over: <BR> -Vegetable Curry - good. I ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:08:12 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105997 Well I've made some progress in several areas of my life: <BR> 1) I figured a time line for leaving my current stressful job and it will be much sooner than I originally anticipated. Thankfully now it's just a matter of figuring out details and logistics. It's okay to admit that this job is not for me. I am not a failure for discovering that. And furthermore I have made much progress in that role than many other did. <BR> 2) I am down 2 pounds this week which was very unexpected. I was a... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:41:00 EST Low Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097356 This week it's really become apparent how hard I am on myself. I really do not think high of myself at all, especially at work. Two years ago I was asked to take a middle management job. I honestly didn't want it but everyone at work including my boss and husband assured me that I would be much better at this than I realize. I took the job and have regretted it since. While I may logically know the right decisions to make, emotionally it really sucks because I just want to be friends wit... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:26:41 EST A Harvest to Cook-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094465 So this week I have been cooking up several recipes from Chef Meg's cookbook and the Spark Recipe's website. I have to admit that some are ehhh but some others are awesome and it's been nice to find some great food to add to my repertoire. I've always considered myself a veggie person, but I'm cooking with some vegetables that I've never cooked with like EggPlant and Kale. <BR> <BR> So far two new recipes that are keepers and will be repeats are: <BR> -Crispy Garlic Kale with Chroizo Bean... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:14:00 EST October - It's already busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091648 Phew! Does anyone feel like the fall just rushed in? I have found myself SUPER busy this past two weeks. I'm really hoping for this next week to settle down a touch. <BR> <BR> With two weekends in a row of not eating at home or being able to prepare my own meals, I have found it difficult to accurately track and count my calories. And dang those starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes are way too tempting for me when I'm out and about! <BR> <BR> Well I'm back home and I took today off work... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 17:30:12 EST The end of the september era! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080954 Hey SP! Had a BUSY week this past week. I have another BUSY week ahead of me! Spent the weekend camping to celebrate my husbands birthday and I am going for a three day weekend trip this upcoming weekend. <BR> <BR> Despite the business, I lost 3.0 pounds this week. I think that hugest thing that kept me with my weight loss plan was just being diligent to pack my lunches this week. I didn't have the time to exercise like I would have wanted, but it doesn't seem to appear from the scale t... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:12:04 EST Staying Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072074 Not too exciting news this week. I've been really busy with school work. This week probably won't be any better. <BR> <BR> Let's see: Challenges this week have been people shoving food in front of me, social functions involving going out to eat somewhere, and the cooler weather making bike riding somewhat not so pleasant. <BR> <BR> I've already bloged previously about food being put in front of you with my entry, "I ate a donut!" <BR> <BR> I don't usually go out to eat, but I went out t... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:43:07 EST I ate a donut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065335 You know the inevitable moment that when your tempted with a food that everyone keeps telling you to eat? <BR> <BR> I'm not even a huge fan of donuts. I never buy them. I even turned down the Krispy Kremes that were free and being handed out after running my four mile race. <BR> <BR> But today during a three and a half hour meeting? When the box of fried frosted bread was just a seat away, I finally couldn't resist after 2 hours. I broke down at ate it after eating my healthy breakfas... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:33:52 EST Officially One Month In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061318 Alright so I'm officially one month into my weight loss journey. I have lost 4.2 lbs which I think is a good steady pace. <BR> <BR> I think what I've decided is the hardest thing is keeping steady and trusting that what you're doing is working. What I would like is to see a drastic change within a month, but the reality is that I didn't just put on all this weight in a month, I put it on slowly over the course of five years. I should feel lucky that it's not going to take five years to... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:15:07 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054887 So here is the start of week 3. This weekend I traveled to upstate NY for a wedding. Traveling always makes being healthy a challenge. I managed to get in 8 miles of walking on Friday. Saturday however I ate a lot of calories at the wedding I attend. An extra days worth to be exact. I don't know what happened. I know that I was planning on eating about 2000 (500 over my daily "allowance") but when the food was just served right in front of me, I struggled to say no. <BR> <BR> Now th... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:27:10 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043129 So this Labor Day weekend has been a challenge and I was concerned with all the family, meals, and going out to eat that I didn't accurately capture my calorie count and didn't truly stay within my budgeted meals. However my weigh it on Sunday proved me wrong. I lost 1.1lbs. It's weird, but I already notice that my clothes are fitting better. Is that possible after a three pound weight loss? <BR> <BR> Another success this weekend is that I got in a tif with my husband. We were supposed ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:03:15 EST Being Graceful To Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036547 I missed my morning bike ride this AM. I woke up slightly late, and I was supposed to pick up a package after work. My package pick up got cancelled and for some reason I have found myself feeling guilty about it. I need to learn to be more graceful to myself. Right as I was leaving work, my neighbors were waiting at the bus stop. By not riding I had the opportunity to help someone else out. But despite that fact, I still feel like I'm weak for not biking today. I need to learn to reco... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:23:17 EST Weigh in after 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035013 I did a weight it today. Tomorrow will officially be one week since I took my "before" pictures and did measurements. I am happy to report that I lost 2.2 lbs. I feel like I've been eating good portions. I haven't felt starved and exercise hasn't been too exhausting. My plan has been to loose 1 pound a week so I'm a little nervous that I lost more than that, but I guess I need to remember that I'll probably plateu at some point. I also am really trying hard NOT to focus on the numbers. ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:35:11 EST Day 1 of commute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033556 Today I biked to work this morning. This is my goal to try to bike until it's below 30 degrees (I just don't know that I can motivate myself when its that cold! <BR> <BR> I was a little nervous because I haven't received my bike lights yet (since I go to work before the sun rises), but there was some sun peaking out and I wore a thin white jacket. My bike ride is pretty simple - it's 2.5 miles (five miles round trip). For my ride to work I bike down one of the busiest roads in Lawrence,... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:00:11 EST Starting for real this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030578 I have often felt bigger in my life. My whole family has been bigger. Growing up my mom was active and ate mostly healthy. She inspired me to eat vegetables and fruits. However she loved to cook and bake and eat. My whole family loves to eat. My grandparents are the only not overweight people in my family. They work at it. My grandmother used to run a lot up until about 10 years ago and my grandpa still walks daily. They have salad for dinner every night. <BR> <BR> Growing up, I did... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 13:57:44 EST