DBALZER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DBALZER DBALZER'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/ W1D2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590776 I did my 2nd day of the C25K program today. It was a little more difficult than Day 1. I'm not sure why I hit the wall a little more today, but I'm ok with it. I know that progress will come from consistency. <BR> <BR> It was a bit easier on my feet and legs as I bought a new pair of running shoes and focused much more on form. I have found that I tend to not run through my whole foot. I am working on that and when I'm conscious of it the running is much easier. None-the-less, it was... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:29:29 EST Winter Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586863 Still a little cold here in Northeast Ohio. The kids and my wife (who's a teacher) are still off due to the temperatures. That makes an extra three days on their Christmas break. Since I work from home most of the time, it's nice having them around the house so much. I really love being with my family. That is one of the main reasons that I have chosen to create a healthier version of myself. I want to be around for a long time to spend all the time I can with them. <BR> <BR> The cha... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:22:01 EST Brrrr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584394 It's Monday, it's cold, and I have to work. Usually a combination that would leave me in a funk. Today, however, I'm feeling pretty good. I am feeling a lot of energy and can't wait to get done with work for the day so I can spend some time doing some homegrown fitness in the basement. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:41:38 EST I Won't Start Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578018 I'm not ashamed of my inconsistency anymore. I'm not going to wallow in my own self-pity again. I'm not committing myself to start something new. I'm simply accepting my mistakes, taking responsibility for my actions and understanding that where I am now is where my journey has led me up until this point. What I am doing is just continuing on this journey, but making some better choices. Making small directional changes. Altering my course a little at a time and just keep moving forward... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:11:12 EST Just Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200810 Today I was thinking about my commitment to start blogging more frequently and realized that I don't always have something profound to talk about and that's ok. I intend to use this not as a source of ultimate wisdom for others but as a journal of my own experiences (the good, bad, and ugly) that I can look back on to remember the journey and more importantly to learn from as I continue toward a healthy me. <BR> <BR> What I realized though in thinking of my lack of profound thought today wa... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:07:05 EST SURPRISE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197036 I have been back on SP for about a week now. I actually have been slowly working into the healthier living for about 3 weeks though. I gave up pop last week as I mentioned in a previous post. I couldn't be happier about it. It made me miserable for a couple of days, but now the headaches are gone and I feel better than I have since, well, the last time I had given it up. <BR> <BR> The big surprise came when I got my new withings scale delivered yesterday. For those who don't know, wit... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:34:23 EST Quick weekend check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192344 It's hard for me to find time on the weekend to spend much time sparking, but thought I would take a minute for a quick check-in. Today was much better with getting over the caffeine. I did still fight a headache, but not as bad as yesterday. Good day of nutrition and physical activity. <BR> <BR> ~Never stop moving Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:43:01 EST Caffeine Free Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189796 It's now day two without the nectar of the gods (my several daily bottles of Mountain Dew). Although I know I need to improve the quality of my diet, my biggest challenge to weight loss has always been my addiction to pop. I can rarely be found without a 22oz bottle somewhere nearby. When I've been successful before, it's always been when I give it up and drink only water and milk. I can't stand tea so that's just not an option for me. Maybe someday I'll learn to like it but so far the t... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:20:55 EST Yo-Yo Whiplash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187937 For anyone that's been on the Yo-Yo, you know what my title is about. It's the emotional and physical pain of working incredibly hard to achieve success and then letting it all go and ending up right back where you started (or sometimes higher than your starting point). I'm tired of the yo-yo. I'm not going to ride it anymore. I'm just going to ride the slide. One steady downward motion til I reach the bottom. <BR> <BR> The point is, I need to learn from the pain of the ups and downs an... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:45:35 EST Another week down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349030 Life has been hitting me hard lately. I don't mean with extremely high stress situations or anything, just REALLY busy. I have not been putting my fitness near the top of my priority list and as a result I have stalled out. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost either. I am completing some projects this weekend and will be ready to move fitness/nutrition back up the priority list. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend. <BR> <BR> ~Never stop moving! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:44:55 EST Family Time Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335747 My family and I just recently tried out a new activity we heard about. It has been around for around 10 years now, but I'm just finding out about it. It's called Geocaching. For those who haven't heard about it (like me), it involves using a GPS to locate hidden containers all around the world. It's a neat activity. At minimum the containers have a log book for you to sign that you found it. Some have small trade-able items, and there are even little tracking items that people put in th... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 16:33:51 EST Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321849 It's been a really hectic week with work, church, my son's baseball games (making up a bunch that were cancelled in the torential rain storms earlier this summer), and so much more. I haven't been able to Spark much this week, but I have kept pretty well on track with my nutrition. Didn't get in a lot of activity, but this week should be better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Never Stop Moving Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:58:41 EST Are you prepared for change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303770 I just read a message board post that got me thinking about my own history with weight loss. When I first came to SparkPeople over two years ago I did something incredible (for me), I lost over 40 pounds. Now there are a number of reasons that I stopped my progress and reversed course and put all of that 40+ pounds back on (then exceeded it), but what struck a nerve with me is the statement that the author made about how she didn't like the attention that she got when she had also lost weig... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:18:21 EST Who am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299185 I just recently met someone here on SparkPeople that sent me a very detailed BIO after we became friends. I wanted to reciprocate and send him my story and as I wrote it I realized I've never really shared so much of my story here. So I decided it would be a good opportunity to share with all of you more about me. KILLRBEE18 (my new friend) is a Seebee in the Navy to provide you some context for the first part of my response. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's my story... <BR> <BR> My father was a... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 21:56:39 EST The Power of Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296923 Some things come easy while some things require more effort than any one person may think possible. The latter is the way I have felt about the monumental weight loss effort that I have in front of me. That is until I actually started doing it. I have often heard that the hardest part of losing weight is getting started. I can attest to the fact that it is true. I am not saying that this journey is ever easy, just that once you begin the momentum begins to carry you on to things that you... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:13:38 EST Celebrating Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287529 It's been a really good week so far. I started off by reaching a milestone of dropping two pant sizes. Today I jumped on the scale and had left the 340's. I am now 339 which means I'm down from my starting weight by 31 pounds. These are great motivators, but the real success is in the life I'm starting to live. I have more energy to play with the kids, work, and accomplish things at home. I am finding that not only am I getting more done, but I WANT to get more done. I have motivation ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:46:49 EST WOOHOO!! PROGRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280126 I had a really busy weekend and didn't get any "formal" fitness time in. However, I did burn an incredible amount of calories. We are putting a new entry way into our house and it includes a new flower bed and sidewalk. So this weekend I shoveled 4 yards of topsoil, 1.5 tons of gravel, and mixed and poured 46 bags of concrete. You could say that I was a little sore and tired, but oh how the calories fried! BURN BABY BURN! <BR> <BR> Last night when we were done, we had to go do some sh... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 09:25:19 EST Funny How That Works... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245604 It's funny how connected we are to our health in every aspect of our life. One of the things that I always told myself was that I got to the weight I had because I had to put so much time into work to be successful. I put in lots of long hours to be sure that I could keep up on all my tasks and projects. I am a software developer/architect, so there is always a lot of pressure to meet deadlines. So that meant MANY hours of just sitting in front of a keyboard. The more I had to do the lon... Fri, 20 May 2011 14:11:51 EST Why do I torture myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241358 Why do I torture myself? Why to I put myself through such misery? I'm not talking about the countless hours of swimming, walking, biking, running, crunches, lunges, lifting, etc... I'm also not talking about thinking carefully about everything that I put in my mouth and tracking every last bit of it. I used to consider this torture. To me it isn't torture anymore. I actually love the exercise now. I desire the feeling I get when I'm done with a good workout. I can't wait for the next... Wed, 18 May 2011 14:49:58 EST Two Voices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225757 Day two of C25K is over. I didn't do quite as well as the first day. I was a little stiff through most of the runs and found I had to stop early on 3 of the eight. <BR> <BR> I was not at all suprised by this. I know that I'm pushing my body to do things that it has NEVER done. It doesn't like that very well and wants to fight back so I'll stop. But I have news for it, "We are doing this either way!" <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not going to complete the C25K in the prescribed 9 weeks.... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:12:51 EST Me? A Runner?? Yeah, Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220606 Well, today I did W1D1 (week 1 day 1) of the Couch to 5K program. I can't believe I did it. I have never been a runner. Even as a child I hated running. I guess it's something that has always been a mental block for me, but today I am a runner... well, more acurately, I'm on my way to being one. <BR> <BR> For those unfamiliar with the program, it's nine weeks to get you from no activity to being able to run an entire 5K. Day one consists of a brisk 5 minute warm-up walk and then you ... Mon, 9 May 2011 13:28:10 EST Friday Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214574 Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> I don't have any profound thoughts today, just wanted to keep my head in this and check-in anyway. I am having a very good day, in fact the last half of this week has been really good. I went to the gym and swam for an hour this morning. I also just completed another 1/2 hour of cardio with the Wii Active. Calories have been really good. Scale is dropping. I'm feeling better about myself. Have more energy! All-in-all life is pretty good right now. <BR... Fri, 6 May 2011 13:26:25 EST Moving right along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4211758 I have had a pretty good week this week. I haven't been on the scale yet, but it should be down (at least some). I am certainly feeling better. I had a little bit of a hiccup the end of last week where I just lost all motivation and wanted nothing more than to raid the fridge for all the nasty, greasy foods I could find. I didn't have the will power to stop the binge, but I did manage to stave it off before it became a full-blown problem. The lack of motivation lingered though the weeken... Thu, 5 May 2011 09:26:11 EST Seeking Motivation Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198378 I'm not having a great day today. Nothing terrible, just not feeling motivated like I have been. I haven't done anything I'm going to regret yet, but I need to find some will power before I do. I am definitely on the verge of a binge today if I don't find a way to channel this somewhere else. I thought I would start by blogging to try to get my head in the right place. Now to get my focus on something other than raiding the fridge and the cupboards... <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 10:54:48 EST Just another healthy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192214 I don't have too much on my mind today. I am busy with work and MANY projects there. Instead of letting all of my focus be there though, I have managed to focus on me today too. I got up this morning and went to the gym to swim for an hour. I also took 1/2 an hour at lunch and walked. Nutrition is in check for the day and I may fit in some additional activity tonight. Overall a REALLY good day for better health and all while having the urgency of work thrown at me all day! I'm giving m... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:55:28 EST Easter Dinner Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189900 I am pleased with how this weekend went. We had two really big Easter dinners planned with family. I didn't know if I could maintain my composure or if I would just give in and pig out. Well I certainly did enjoy myself. I also ate a little of everything I wanted, but only a little. I left each meal satisfied without that miserable stuffed feeling. I went over my calorie budget for each day, but not by much. I also ended up with a four pound weight loss for the week. All in all it was... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:32:40 EST Applebees for lunch? OH NO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184107 So today I was supposed to meet a friend of mine for lunch and he suggested Applebees. I like Applebees, but everything I get there weighs in at over 1000 calories. Not wanting to sabotage myself I decided to go online before I went and do a little research. I found their nutrition information and realized they have a 550 calorie and under menu. I looked over the choices and decided to get the Asiago Perppercorn Steak. It comes in at just 390 calories with the sides (steamed herb potatoe... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:16:56 EST Lifetime Momentum #30 (Life in Moderation) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181862 Another cold day in Northeast Ohio for this time of year. It was only 42 degrees when I went out for my mid-morning walk break at work, but at least today it isn't raining (yet). I had a pretty good day yesterday. Even got in an extra workout last night doing about 30 minutes of cardio on Wii Active. I checked afterward with the BodyBugg and the calories I actually burned were much higher that the calories the Wii estimated I burned. That gave me a bright happy feeling inside. I add a l... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:15:27 EST Lifetime Momentum #29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4179695 After a not so stellar week last week, a mediocre weekend, and a slow start this week, I'm finally starting to gain some momentum today. Nutrition has been getting better each day and appears to be right on track for a good day today. I'm also starting to get my cardio routine back in shape. I have been avoiding the pool the last several days because I'm fighting a cold/sore throat, but I'm starting to make up for it with some good walking. I expect to be back to the pool tomorrow or the ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:00:41 EST Lifetime Momentum #28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174601 It's Monday and it feels like Monday. I have not been doing any specific cardio this weekend, but had a lot of extra things to do. We moved my grandmother out of her apartment and into an Assisted Living facility. She is 93 and has a hard time getting around anymore. The good thing about this move is that she will now have the help she needs all the time. It was also nice because this was her idea. She was like a little kid at Christmas waiting to get in to her new place. The facility ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:05:36 EST Lifetime Momentum #27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165912 Just a quick check-in today. I have been really busy the last couple of days at work and after work. I haven't been able to fit in as much physical activity as usual, but have stayed focused anyway. This is a victory for me. I have a tendency to let all areas slip if one has to. Not this time. I again credit the BodyBugg for this. Even though I wasn't doing the extra fitness, I knew that I would see the total calorie burn at the end of the day and that kept me logging my intake and bei... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:51:53 EST Lifetime Momentum #26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160538 Since I started my latest attempt at weight loss, I'm doing things a little differently. I have to admit that I am a bit of a technology junkie and I love new toys. So when I decided to mix a tech toy with weight loss I figured I couldn't go wrong. I decided to buy a BodyBugg and give it a try. All I can say is that I couldn't be more pleased. Knowledge is power and having that little device actually monitor the calories I burn has proven to be exactly what I needed. I thought about buy... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:51:39 EST Enough Already (Lifetime Momentum #25) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151737 Dear Me, <BR> <BR> Today is the day that I have been waiting for, not tomorrow, not Monday! I am making changes in my life that will impact the way I live now and forever. I am done being the 370lb guy that I let myself turn into. I am done sitting on the couch watching life happen all around me. I'm going to live that life. I am going to enjoy being what I am capable of being. I am going to be strong! I am going to have energy and stamina! I am going to enjoy living! I will no long... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 12:31:43 EST Lifetime Momentum #24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149124 I haven't been sparking lately, and I haven't had any real success with my weight-loss since I've been silent. I find that the accountability I feel when I share my journey here is more motivating than anything else I've done. My life has been the proverbial roller coaster over the past two years and I feel as though my weight-loss effort has been nothing more than a trainwreck. I've come to the conclusion that I need to establish a genuine commitment to maintaining my presence on this si... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 11:14:09 EST Lifetime Momentum #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819134 I just finished reading the latest blog entry from BOTZZZ. If you don't know who BOTZZZ is then you need to check out his page/blog. He is an amazing inspiration to me with his weight loss progress and his in your face honesty about how he's gotten as far as he has. His latest blog can be found here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3818945 </link> . <BR> <BR> The thing that inspired me today was this statement that he made. "Its a mental thing ... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:46:12 EST Lifetime Momentum #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3811867 It's a new week and I am heading into it with a vengeance! I stepped on the scale this morning and was down another 2 pounds. I have not really been paying a lot of attention to the scale, but realized today that I have lost 12 pounds in the last 19 days! <BR> <BR> I hit the pool this morning. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. Normally when I don't get much sleep, I would have skipped getting up at 4:55am to head to the gym but this morning I just got up without even thinking abou... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 11:37:11 EST Lifetime Momentum #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806981 Thanksgiving has come and gone this year, but with one major difference for me. In both of the past two years I was attempting some form of diet when Thanksgiving hit. I either made myself crazy trying to avoid all the things that would break my diet, or I would go ahead and indulge and then feel extremely guilty about it. This year was different. I didn't deny myself any of the things that I wanted. I didn't refrain from any of the family traditions food-wise. Thanksgiving is only one ... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:16:08 EST Lifetime Momentum #20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803409 It's another GREAT day. I finally got my paycheck from work yesterday. I was getting a little worried about it, but it finally came (almost a week late). <BR> <BR> I am working from home today, which means that I spend a little more time in the pool in the morning and then go back late afternoon / early evening for a second workout. I love these days. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home at least once per week, and more if needed. This has been a boost to my fitness ... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:00:35 EST Lifetime Momentum #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3799896 It's Monday! Usually that carries a negative connotation in our culture and certainly has for me. But I found something curious this morning. I woke up at 4:55 am, a full 5 minutes before the alarm was set to go off, and hopped out of bed excited to get to the pool to swim. I remember what this feeling was like last time I attempted this, but it still manages to amaze me. It amazes me how quickly I start feeling better and feeling better about myself. I know that part of it is due to th... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:10:15 EST Lifetime Momentum #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796426 Just a short check-in today. I have had a great day. Went over on my calories today and will tomorrow too with a big family dinner, but it's ok. I'm not beating myself up over it and will be on track with nutrition on Monday. I did get to the pool this morning and swam for 90 minutes. <BR> <BR> Have a great day today and as always NEVER STOP MOVING! <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 19:58:02 EST Lifetime Momentum #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792184 What a day. I have spent almost all day at work trying to help my manager figure out how I can get my paycheck. I just started as a Full-Time employee on November 1st for the company I have been contracting for since March. We happened to have a re-organization of the company on my start date, so this meant that I was hired to report to one manager and ended up reporting to another. In the process though, no-one filed all the paperwork to get me added to the payroll system. Now it's my t... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:29:42 EST Lifetime Momentum #16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789847 Had a really good day yesterday. Went first thing in the morning and swam for 70 minutes. Then I went back in the evening and swam another 35 minutes (105 minutes of swimming WOOHOO). I got up early this morning and made it to the gym as they were opening at 5:30. Spent 90 minutes in the pool this morning. <BR> <BR> Nutrition was exactly at 2000 calories yesterday (top range of my goal, but still within it). With all the calories I burnt, I probably should have actually had more. I rea... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:56:04 EST Lifetime Momentum #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787436 Wow has it been a long time since I've been here at SparkPeople and even longer since I've blogged. I get very frustrated with myself when I end up in these starts and stops. I have had a really busy summer, but that is NO excuse to neglect my health and lifestyle choices the way it has. <BR> <BR> Since I last blogged I did receive a new job. I had to take a contracting position to start with as the company doesn't hire anyone full-time directly. This meant 8 months of no benefits. That... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:16:27 EST Lifetime Momentum #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2786809 It's been a week of ups and downs. I have to say for the most part it has been ups, but the stress of being unemployed is starting to affect my wife as much as it was me a couple of weeks back. She is struggling with it and it's starting to manifest itself in physical ways (headaches, sore/tense muscles particularly in her jaw). On a positive note related to my job situation, I did get a call back to come in for a face-to-face interview at a company that I did a phone interview with last w... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:25:04 EST Lifetime Momentum #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2755328 It was a good day. I started off this morning with a 40 minute stint on the treadmill and then played with the kids for a while. Did another 30 minutes on the treadmill this afternoon. I was a little low on my calorie intake today. I need to watch this as I'm tending to come to far under my goal right now. <BR> <BR> We went to the grocery store this evening and I found something curious. I was actually drawn to the healthy foods. This is truly a miracle. I couldn't believe the things ... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:15:30 EST Lifetime Momentum #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736098 Today was a great day. I never left the house today. I am still a little stressed by the lack of employment, but am learning to make the best of the time that I have at home. I actually worked out 3 times today and WOW do I feel good. I kept my calories in check and am feeling better and better by the day. I am begining to remember how good this healthy living felt last Spring when I tried this the first time. It's amazing how I let my mind convince me that I was in misery when I did th... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:39:32 EST Lifetime Momentum #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2716491 So it's been about a month and a half since I last blogged. A lot has happened in that time. I was sailing right along with the weight-loss/exercise routine/healthy eating/etc... Then December 11th hit and BAM, I got laid-off. I spent about two weeks in comfort food and then the holidays. Needless to say I didn't fare so well. I was down about 10 pounds and am now back up by that same number. I have been doing much better this past week controlling the eating and even getting into a ne... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 19:20:23 EST Lifetime Momentum #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2598052 I had the best workout I've had in a long time today. Swam for over an hour. I am feeling a little sore, but OH so good. <BR> <BR> I was suprised when I hit the scale this morning and found that I was actually down 4 pounds this week. With 2 big Thanksgiving dinners this week I was truly shocked! Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:36:24 EST Lifetime Momentum #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2592797 I have been thinking a lot this week about Thanksgiving and what it means to me. I really view this as a time to be a little intraspective about life and consider the things that we do have to be thankful for. I sat down this evening to watch my Cleveland Caviliers take a beating from the that team down in North Carolina (still too painful to say their names). But what I found interesting is that during the broadcast they had one of their usual insta-polls and this one was on Thanksgiving.... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 22:52:17 EST Lifetime Momentum #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2585295 So far so good. One day back on the wagon and finding it much easier this time to make good choices out of the gate. I kept my nutrition in check yesterday. I didn't have time for a full-blown workout, but still made due with the opportunities I got. I walked for about 20 minutes each 3 seperate times yesterday between other activitites and events. <BR> <BR> Tonight I get a couple of hours to myself and plan to do a full-blown workout during that time. With Thanksgiving this week and my... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 09:29:32 EST