DAJAMOGU1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAJAMOGU1 DAJAMOGU1'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/ A quiet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289527 I am so thankful for today. I have had a very busy month, having to work for 4 Saturdays in addition to M-F regular hours. Working a 6 day week is not my norm! That meant that Sunday was spent trying to get the laundry done and preparing for the upcoming week. Needless to say, sticking to my newly formed healthy habits became a challenge. <BR> <BR> But this weekend---no Saturday work, no company, and no big presentations to prepare. So yesterday I caught up on housework, enjoyed the beauti... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:28:14 EST This is my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288588 When I started Spark (for at least the 4th time) 3 months ago, I wanted to be nose to grindstone, never cheating, and doing everything: blogging daily, tracking all food daily, exercising daily, etc. In other words--do it all! <BR> <BR> Well, I have found that my journey has not been as I had planned back then. Have I "cheated"? Yes, when I let emotions take over or when I tell myself I "deserve" it ("it" being ice cream, cookies, pizza, etc.). Have I tracked? Yes, but not daily. Have I do... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:16:25 EST Looking back, moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275396 I took some time last night to look back over the last 2 1/2 months. I started with Spark in December and was highly motivated and successful. Then it happened. Work got busy, the weather was too bad to walk outside, and I got sick. My motivation slowly was wearing away and I could feel myself getting sucked back into bad habits. I'd have glimmers of motivation again, and would do well for a day or two until things got busy again. <BR> <BR> So last night i reflected. What worked when I was m... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 06:31:14 EST Whew! Glad last week is over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270699 To say that last week was busy doesn't even begin to describe the week. Long days at work, worked on Saturday for the 3rd weekend in a row, and finally finished everything that needed to be done. It felt so good to go to bed last night with nothing hanging over me and to be able to wake up on my own without having to set an alarm. <BR> <BR> Did my eating and exercise suffer? Yes. But not as badly as they would have before I started Spark People. I tended to grab fast food, but was more sel... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:05:48 EST Handling the well-meaning food pushers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264290 I have struggled and, by my own doing, got off track. I finally got back on track and have bee able to handle taking my own lunch to work to save calories, keeping only healthy food in the house, and doing other healthy lifestyle things. But I have one area that is still very difficult: well-meaning friends who push food or comment on what I am eating. <BR> <BR> Example: "Go ahead and order the hamburger and fries. You've done so well that you deserve to have that!" or "I made a healthy mea... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:31:27 EST A creed to live by . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262887 I like to get up and read a daily inspiration/reflection/meditation. This was today's and it fit what I was feeling as I "recover" from a major slip-up! It came from www.appleseed.org where there are many good inspirational readings. Thought I'd share so others who are feeling themselves struggle can also be inspired. <BR> <BR> A Creed to Live By <BR> <BR> • Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself to others.&#8232;It is because we are different that each of us is special. &#8232; ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:20:14 EST Slip sliding away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261317 I came dangerously close to quitting---very close. I had a streak of days of no exercise and junk food (fast food). So today I realized it was something I'd been battling for some time--and I was losing; not the weight, but the battle. <BR> <BR> I thought about how I felt before this big slip-up. I remember stepping on the scale and feeling so happy that I was at a lower weight than I had been in 5 years. I remember thinking that I had this down pat--I wasn't going to slip. I was reformed! ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:02:00 EST Short but . . .sweet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257052 Yesterday was a rough day for me. I craved any and every kind of food which may be why I noted how many phrases are used that relate to food. It started with someone saying, "I'll keep this short and sweet." My mind went: sweet, yummmm, Dunkin Donuts. <BR> <BR> Luckily I had to stay at the meeting for 2 more hours and let the craving pass. But throughout the day I was hyper-aware of food mentioned. I heard: <BR> You can't have your cake and eat it too. <BR> That's putting the cherry on top o... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:33:12 EST Now the hard part starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255721 I've been with Spark, consistently, since right before Christmas. At first it seemed easy. I was excited and motivated. Also, I had vacation so could really focus. I planned meals, cooked, ate better, and exercised. The weight came off, motivating me more, so I continued. Even when returning to work I was able to keep my new routine. <BR> <BR> Then it happened. The weight loss slowed, I had a few setbacks, and hit a plateau. I got sick and missed a few days of exercise. Old thinking kicked ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:11:54 EST Is it REALLY easier to be unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253908 I had a setback---a big one. I'm talking McDonalds, beer and chips, and cookies setback. As I sat eating, thinking, "It's just a setback. I'll be okay. I deserve this." And on and on. Part of me felt like it was just so much easier to sit and eat and call it fate. After all, who has time to exercise (it's so much work), plan meals (takes so much time), cook (and then have to clean up), and shop (I'm tired after working all day/week). Yes, friends, I decided it was easier to fall back to my un... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:30:59 EST Saturday, lovely Saturday, how I love Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252279 Yes, Saturday is my favorite day of the week. A whole day stretches before me with nothing to do---well, nothing I "have" to do. I get to get up, drink my coffee and read the paper leisurely, and think about how to spend my time. A full 24 hours to spend as I please. <BR> <BR> So, I could sit at the computer all day surfing (I have been known to do almost that). I could clean house and get things in order. I can do my taxes. I can veg out and watch movies. It's up to me. <BR> <BR> But I do... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:58:56 EST NEAT vs exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251342 Heard this on Spark Coach: daily activity is called NEAT and is not the same as exercise. Here i thought a full day of housecleaning was exercise, but it isn't. At first I was disappointed, but then I realized that even if it is NEAT it burns calories. Just standing instead of sitting burns calories. <BR> <BR> Just hearing this has me much more aware of how sedentary I really am during the day. So my goal is to have a full day of NEAT (cleaning house), stand as often as I can, and get some ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:01:10 EST One flight at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250011 Yesterday I did something I didn't think I could do . . .climbed 25 flights of stairs in one day! I didn't set out to do it, it just happened. When I got to work, I decided to take the steps as far as I could. I made 6 flights before I gave up and took the elevator the remaining 2 flights. After I got to my office I was disappointed I didn't rest and then walk the last two flights. <BR> <BR> So, the rest of the day I only did the stairs. I found reasons to go from my office to 1st floor and ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:12:20 EST Rainy day . . . . do I or don't I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248607 I was looking forward to today because I'm having lunch with a co-worker. Not only would I have good company for lunch, we planned to walk to a great place for getting healthy lunches. So I'd have exercise and good food. <BR> <BR> So I wake up and -----it's raining! Forecast to rain all day :( <BR> <BR> My first thought was: Oh no! Now we can't walk. <BR> <BR> Then I realized that it is supposed to be warm (in the mid-50s) and a steady rain. Steady does not mean heavy. There is no wind. A... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:07:21 EST The saboteur http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247321 Yes, I have met the saboteur and it is me! Not always, but often it is my own thinking that sabotages my efforts. It goes something like this: <BR> "Wow! I've lost 15 pounds total. See, it's easy, so I can cheat a little and get back on track." OR <BR> "I deserve that pizza because I've worked so hard." <BR> Or, after not losing, "See, all that work and I still don't lose so I might as well give up." <BR> <BR> My own thinking takes me off track. So how do I deal with a saboteur when it is ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:59:09 EST On the road again . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245982 I have a busy week ahead of me that involves lots of travel. It's the type of travel where I will be going from office to office in different towns. That means I am never really sure where I will be for lunch. <BR> <BR> In the past, I've just found the nearest fast food place (or in small towns, the nearest popular cafe) and eaten whatever is quickest to serve. Can you say lots of fat and calories??? <BR> <BR> So I hope I have prepared for this week. i got a lunch kit that I am taking with... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:07:40 EST Walking with pride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244995 When I woke up this morning I was a little down on myself. I had eaten more than I should have yesterday and did not exercise. I was beginning to feel like I could not do it---I really couldn't lose the weight and get in shape. After all, I had tried before and failed. Why should it be any different this time. <BR> <BR> Then I logged onto Spark and really read the postings, read some articles, and thought about what they all had in common. And what I found was that they all continued even wh... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:15:53 EST One short month ago . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216115 One month ago I decided to try Sparkpeople again---I had tried several times before but stopped after a week or so. I don't know what was different this time, except that when I got on the Spark site I saw the Fitbit. As I read more I decided to get one for myself as a Christmas present to myself :) <BR> <BR> My Fitbit arrived December 21st and what a month it has been! In one short month I have cooked more meals (and healthy meals) and exercised. I have only had fast food once in that month... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:03:43 EST A pleasant surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214437 I had a very pleasant surprise this morning. It didn't start out to be so pleasant. I overslept and needed be dressed and out the door in very few minutes. I grabbed my jeans and got quite upset---they wouldn't zip! Because I was in a hurry, I did what I have learned to do---laid on the bed and zipped up the jeans, berating myself the whole time for the "cheat" day I had earlier this week. <BR> <BR> When I returned home 2 hours later and changed into my housecleaning clothes (sweats!) I rea... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:58:59 EST Why should I lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189496 I have asked myself this question several times. I know it's healthier and more acceptable socially. In the past I have listed all the reasons I should lose weight: to make ex jealous, to look good at my son's wedding, for a job interview, etc. I'd do okay, for awhile, but when I realized that my ex didn't really care, or that I'd set unrealistic goals for the events I wanted to look good for, I gave up. Not only did I give up---I compensated for my sense of failure by eating! So any weight I... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:06:34 EST Me, waste time??? You bet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177413 My Spark Coach program suggested I blog about how I'll find time to work on getting healthy as opposed to wasting time. My first reaction is "Waste time? Who has time to waste?" I feel like I am always running to get things that need to be done, done, and I never catch up. <BR> <BR> However, this week I am on vacation and within 2 days of no work and more sleep, I am a completely different person! I have more energy, I am more motivated to focus on my health, and I just plain feel better al... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:17:04 EST Christmas Eve Walking Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175446 Okay, it wasn't really fun, but I'm pretending it was! I thought I was going to be okay spending the holiday alone. It was too expensive to get back to where the kids are, plus they are all in other places now. Then, as I sat here and listened to the music, heard neighbors greet their guests, and started thinking about how lonely I was, I was near tears! <BR> <BR> I also realized that I was no where near my goal for steps per day, using Fitbit. I felt a real sob fest coming on. Instead, I ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:06:48 EST