DANCEJONES's SparkPeople Blog DANCEJONES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Crisis Mode I'm kind of in a crisis. During the past 3 months I've gained about 15 pounds. Two weeks ago I hit the reset button and I thought I did very well the whole week only to find that my scale said I gained 3 pounds. That really threw me. I'm hitting the reset button again and plan to be stricter with myself. We'll see what happens. I have to make this work. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 20:35:47 EST Making changes, feeling encouraged I listened to "Extreme Transformation" by Chris and Heidi Powell. Since finishing the book, I've changed my morning so that now I drink 12 ounces of milk with protein powder as soon as I get up in the morning. <BR> I also stopped using dining out as an excuse to "eat whatever I want." I've finally learned that it's important to make good choices when eating at a restaurant as well as at home. <BR> I'm also drinking a lot more water than I had been in the past. <BR> I plan to weigh myse... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:40:00 EST The next level I spent two and a half weeks in Hawaii in January and gained at least 10 pounds. After I got back, it took me another two weeks to get back on track with my eating. So in all, I probably gained 15 pounds. Eventually, I got back on track with my eating and dancing and working out. Now, I'm only about 3 pounds heavier than I was when I got on the plane on January 7. <BR> <BR> It's a relief for me to know that I have the skills to get back on track after a prolonged slip. I never had that ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:21:30 EST Stalling I've had a bit of success losing 29 pounds since November of last year, but I'm stuck where I am because I'm having a hard time cutting back, or eliminating snack foods. I know I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I can't seem to force myself to do it. <BR> <BR> I know you're thinking that one shouldn't have to "force" oneself to eat healthy, but that's exactly what it's going to take. I don't like savory foods, especially vegetables. In fact, I'd rather go without eating than ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 20:21:50 EST A watched pot Okay, the last time I blogged I lamented that I had gained back 10 pounds of the pounds I've lost in the last couple of years. I took the reins and have lost 4 of the 10 pounds that I had gained. I lost those 4 pounds all last week and I was ecstatic. This week I've added an extra day of exercise, cut down on sugar and I've only lost a total of 4 ounces. WTF!!! I don't understand what my body is doing (or not doing). But one thing I'm going to stop doing is weighing myself everyday. That... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:28:55 EST Stop the slide I gained 10 pounds in the last two months. I will stop this slide right here, right now and recommit to getting back to reaching my goal. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:29:53 EST Best foot forward Ever since I started dancing again my progress has been slowed by problems with my feet. I have bunions with bone spurs growing on both big toes, plus the irritation is causing something called sesamoiditis. In everyday life, the pain is not debilitating but it's bad enough to keep me from progressing in my ballet classes. I can't go on releve without a lot of pain so I'm going to have minor surgery some time soon to correct this. I wanted to avoid going under the knife, because 1) I'm a ... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 08:39:22 EST Another set back Well I was doing pretty well until this past weekend. After vacationing in St. Augustine, I weighed myself last week to find I had not gained any weight. That was a definite a victory considering all the DQ I had. I was determined to workout everyday this weekend and eat correctly, but alas, I did none of that and I started a downward spiral of having ice cream and cake everyday. I'm disappointed in myself and discouraged but I know today is a new day and I need to start again where I am.... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:39:37 EST Shaking things up For the most part I've been doing well in sticking to my eating plan, but yesterday I had an attack of craving that I did not resist. I took a trip into town yesterday. Before I left I had a cup of yogurt and a banana for breakfast. While I was in town I started getting hungry. Instead of getting a fast food meal, which is what I would normally do, I bought a box of cereal bars from a drug store. I was pretty proud of myself. However, the bar tasted so good, I immediately began to crave ... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:42:25 EST Feeling Optimistic During the last few months I've been doing great in my quest to become the dancer I was in college. I was getting stronger and more flexible every week. But in May I found out I needed surgery that would put me out of work and dance class for a month. Well, I had the surgery on June 1 and I'm healing slowly. What's so frustrating is that before I found out I needed surgery I had planned on attending an intensive summer ballet program and I had hopes of making great leaps (literally and me... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 07:33:04 EST Need to kick it up a notch I lost another pound. That makes 13 pounds since I joined SP in September 08. This isn't earth shattering but what excites me is that I haven't gained any weight since I joined. This is pretty remarkable for me. I was the queen of the yo-yo diet. I don't remember the last time I've gone six months without gaining any weight. My next goal will be to speed up my progress. If I can just stay disciplined on the weekends I know I can do it. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:47:21 EST Progress too slow I'm moving at a snail's pace in my quest at adopting a healthier lifestyle. I keep falling off the wagon. I need to recommit myself to my health and my career. How many times have I told myself this in my lifetime? The other alternative is to give up and allow the decline. I can't do that. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to purchase a treadmill soon. I think if I can walk every day it will help. Mon, 9 Feb 2009 09:43:16 EST Falling off the wagon I spent a week on vacation in Cocoa Beach, FL. While I didn't go completely crazy, I didn't keep track of my calories and I ate pretty much whatever I wanted. I return home on Nov. 8 and will get back on track immediately. Fri, 7 Nov 2008 16:32:48 EST