DCBOHART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DCBOHART DCBOHART'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/ My Third Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2222423 Each time I do this run, it seems SO hard at the beginning... then as I'm on the way back out, and it's easier, I am reminded that it's deceptively flat; it's actually a gradual uphill the whole way in! I shaved another minute off my run today, did it in 39 minutes. I actually went further than that, but I just timed the section that is my "normal" run. <BR> <BR> When I got beyond the "signs" (the info signs that are the turnaround point on my usual run), it turns into a lot of single-tr... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:01:40 EST My Second Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2193247 The Spring Creek trail near my house is SO gorgeous any time of year. Sometimes I think I should mix things up more and go other places to hike/walk/run. And I do, some. But it's so easy and so beautiful! <BR> <BR> Today was my second time out with my new running shoes; I cut a minute off my time from last week (I think; I tried to adjust for the few times I stopped to take photos). It's uphill on the way in; running on the way back out is definitely easier, but I try to mix it up, run s... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:50:57 EST My SparkPeople Journey, By The Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1606802 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/1/b112599760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a day for celebration! No, I am not quite at my goal. But my 1-pound loss marks 25 pounds lost since I joined SparkPeople! So being the numbers person that I (sometimes) am, I thought I would look to see what else that means! <BR> <BR> Pounds lost: 25 <BR> Days since I joined Spark: 456 <BR> # of days it took me to lose each pound, on average: 18 (yikes!) <BR> # of pounds that I have had to lose THREE times ... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:51:13 EST Grumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1582064 Yeah, that's me. I feel grumpy. And because I feel grumpy, I'm sick of Spark People. I'm sick of worrying about my food. I'm sick of going to track my dinner calories before I decide whether or not I can have something small for dessert. I feel a bit sad, and I just want to eat. I don't want to change my lifestyle. I don't want to be healthy. Tonight, I just want to be bad, have cake, or an ice cream sundae, or some of the (still) leftover Halloween candy, and not care. <BR> <BR> But... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 23:55:53 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1544964 I think all moms of little ones have a mixed bag of challenges when it comes to weight loss. One the one hand, it is sometimes possible to share a meal with a preschooler, therefore eating less yourself (and they are still quite happy, and full). On the other side is the tendency to finish what they do not. <BR> <BR> My DD wanted a hot dog for lunch. I rarely eat a basic old hot dog (if I have one, I prefer it smothered in chili and mustard...). I was busy taking down Halloween decoratio... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 16:01:06 EST Another Learning Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1525441 What is this whole journey but a string of learning opportunities, one after another? <BR> <BR> Isn't it amazing that, despite how much we learn, we still make some profoundly bad choices? I have a sweet tooth, and I learned years ago that, when trying to lose weight, the worst thing I can do for myself is try to go cold turkey without desserts. But I have learned recently, during my time on SparkPeople, that one bite of a dessert tastes as good as several bites. <BR> <BR> So why, oh WH... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 23:24:26 EST Happy Anniversary To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1454182 Happy anniversary to me! A year ago today, I was web-surfing (which is actually quite unusual for me) and found a mention of SparkPeople on a stranger’s blog about weight loss. I checked it out… and the rest, as they say, is history. <BR> <BR> I’ve been thinking about this momentous day for a couple of weeks, thinking about what I wanted to say. I’ve had all sorts of great ideas, most of which have all disappeared out of my head. So I’ll just start here: <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Tha... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 19:47:29 EST What I've Learned: An Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1405482 One of the things I love most about SparkPeople is how much I've LEARNED! I've learned so much about the foods that I eat, and how they break down into carbs, fats and proteins. I've learned that the days that I feel best at the end of the day tend to be the days that the little circle graph of my fat/protein/carb breakdown closely matches the 30/15/55% goal that I'm aiming for. <BR> <BR> But most importantly, I have learned how to be nicer to myself. <BR> <BR> I have learned (it's a LON... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 01:18:29 EST Calories... I don't like them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1373170 I'm really struggling to stay within my calorie range, ever since I re-assessed and changed my goals to get things moving again. I still am not aiming for aggressive weight loss; it's still very slow and steady. And I'm doing great on exercise. But I just can't seem to stay in my calorie range! Who am I kidding, I had a hard time staying in it before, when the range was higher! I guess if I'm going over, but by just a small amount, and the range is lower, then overall, my calorie intake ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 00:39:47 EST Note to self: Remember to mix it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1352330 You know, there's lots of articles on SP about plateaus, boredom, and the need to mix up your exercise, for all sorts of reasons. I've read many of them, they're really good articles! And I kept thinking "oh, but I am!" Some days I walk (faster, slower, longer, shorter), and some days I do dance DVD's, and because those are different routines, I figure that automatically mixes things up. And I'm sure it does. <BR> <BR> My best friend just sent me a new workout DVD; she's a long-time fitn... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:35:16 EST How Things Happen In SparkLand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1338811 OK, so on one of my teams, a challenge was posted. I've never actually done a Spark Challenge before, of any kind. It was to find a team member's page (someone you don't know), learn about them, post a comment to them, and then return to the challenge board to "report back." It sounded like fun, but I have to say, I went through a bunch of pages before I found one that I actually felt like I LEARNED something about the person. Felt a connection, so to speak. And I found Adrianne (aka JIN... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 17:00:21 EST Am I The Cart, Or The Horse?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1333956 Sometimes, many times, the time that works out for me to workout, is when DD sleeps... around 3-4 in the afternoon. The fact that this coincides with my body's natural sleepy time in the afternoon can sometimes be tough. Sometimes, I rally: the workout gets me energized and I feel so much better afterwards. Sometimes, like today, I feel like I've hooked myself to a horse and am being dragged through the workout. <BR> <BR> And then I realized... if that's true, who's doing the dragging? ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:27:46 EST The Ups & Downs of Sparking: UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1323640 I've been meaning to post this for a week or so; it seemed to balance out tonight's "DOWN" post well! <BR> <BR> I have a relatively new friend, Leslie (she actually joined Spark in December, MURFNLES, but has totally fallen off the wagon the last few months). My DH was out of town, her DH was working, and I was at her house for dinner. Our girls were all playing upstairs, and she and I were talking about weight loss, comparing histories: pregnancies, marriage, who gained weight when, and w... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:16:41 EST The Ups & Downs of Sparking: DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1323616 OK, so I was going to post the "UP" post first, but I've always been one of those people who, when you ask "which do you want first, the good news or the bad news", I always say the bad first. <BR> <BR> So what the heck happened to me today? The morning got crazy, and I got frazzled. When I finally got to get out of there and take our DD home (we own our own business and sometimes she is there with us) I suggested ice cream on the way home--some fun, relaxing time together, something speci... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 23:07:27 EST Today Is Lousy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1300050 Today sucks. <BR> <BR> I'm tired. So very, very tired, from 3 weeks of not sleeping well. I am not handling 6 days of single motherhood very well. The puppy is exhausting me, our daughter is exhausting me, just getting through the day is exhausting me. I'm counting the days till my DH gets home, even though sometimes, a break is kind of nice. I'm trying hard to not collapse into major emotional eating (like I collapsed into tears earlier). But it's hard. I will eat a halfway decent ... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 20:27:10 EST Bare Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1296226 When I was a kid, I never had shoes on unless necessary. I remember feeding the dog, walking across the front porch, skirting along the snow that had drifted in, in bare feet. Until I moved out of the house, my mom complained that my shoes were always scattered around the house, and I could never find them, because I took them off the first place I stopped. I remember the summer that my parents had an addition put on the house; my mom made me wear shoes when I went outside because of all t... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:36:47 EST Emotional Eating And My Three-Year-Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1165338 I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> Our daughter is three, nearly four, actually. I've been very conscious to try to not set her up for food issues with the "clean the plate" club and such things--not treating sweets as rewards, etc. But it drives me crazy because she is the pickiest eater around. She's not a junk food kid, and the few things she does like to eat are good, reasonably healthy things. But she will not try new things. She refuses. The only way to get something into her mouth that sh... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 16:38:22 EST Tired Super-woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1067676 OK, I definitely hit a plateau in February. Sometime early in the month, the scale showed 141, and then it bounced back up to 142-143 and refused to move. I think my body was totally in hibernation mode: our long, gray winter was making me feel sluggish and unmotivated, and even though my exercise was still there, my calories were up and I just felt hungry! <BR> <BR> Quite accidentally, I had a mini-streak of exercise last week. Thursday, I did a dance DVD in the morning, and then a frien... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:01:58 EST Forgiveness and Core Stability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=938411 So here’s what happened: I was recently at a business meeting, and we were discussing a recent ex-member of our group, and various business stuff. I made a comment about this woman that I should not have made; technically, it’s justifiable and true, but I consider her a friend, and I should not have said what I did. So of course, Murphy’s Law being what it is, my comment got back to her. Just before I went to bed late last night, I got an email from her, the subject was “say it is... Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:07:12 EST Tracking The Hard Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=922598 OK, so I just got back from vacation. It's remarkably relaxing to be away from my computer for 5 whole days... and stressful, to not be able to quickly keep track of all my calories and exercise! There was a computer in the lobby of the hotel, but the only time I managed to get to it, it was occupied. <BR> <BR> SO... the first day, I grabbed the notepad that seems to be in every hotel room (I have to say that Holiday Inn Express has one of the sorriest excuses for a notepad I've ever seen... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 01:40:01 EST Jeans That Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=874243 OK, so here's the thing. I have worn the same LL Bean jeans for, um, a lot of years now. I always have a hard time finding jeans that fit (what woman doesn't?) so when I find something, I stick with it. As I gained weight over the years, I would reluctantly buy the next size up. <BR> <BR> So a year or so ago, my size 12 jeans were starting to wear out, and I needed some new ones. Ordered 2 pairs from LL Bean. They arrived. They (gasp) didn't fit! Same jeans as the worn out ones. Yi... Thu, 27 Dec 2007 18:13:03 EST