DCIRRE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DCIRRE DCIRRE'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/ Another 5K Under My Belt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155074 Saturday arrived, and, although sleepy due to uneasy sleep, I rolled out of bed and got ready to rock. Shower, favorite workout clothes, hair pulled back, and mittens, hat, and hoodie ready. Got the kids up and ready, and we were off to the middle school where the Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5K would begin. <BR> <BR> I nervously joked with the other runners in the gym and from my church, pinned on my bib, re-pinned my bib to prevent the zipper from burning out my chip, and paced and ge... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:38:42 EST You've Come a Long Way, Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085351 As I write this, I have hit the 20 pounds lost milestone. I am thrilled! I've given away my "big" clothes, bought some new ones, and am trying to figure out some undergarment sizes, since they are now too big, also. My self-esteem is soaring! Even though I have not gotten to my goal weight, the changes in my person, not just my body, are amazing to me. People comment on my changes, and it's not usually based on weight. I am happier, more outgoing, more confident, and ready to tackle more chal... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 14:33:52 EST January Challenge Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722420 So pleased to report that I lost 7 pounds and 6.5 inches in January! Momentum really helped keep me going, although I found myself changing up on the exercise...not sure if it was good or bad. I started the month with daily strength workouts (targeting one area of my body each time) along with daily minimum 10-minute cardio. <BR> <BR> As the month progressed, I upped my cardio length, but did them only 4 or 5 days instead of 6 or 7. Strength training dropped to 3 or 4 days, still targeting o... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 19:37:07 EST Finding out how amazing exercise really is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692804 Skipped two days of workouts this week. Well, not exactly...the first day I was helping my daughter with her heavy cleaning so I at least burned calories. But I didn't get my strength routine or usual cardio in like I have been for several weeks. <BR> <BR> Surprise, surprise...those two days I had ZERO energy, felt lousy and somewhat depressed. I didn't realize how important exercise had become to me, not to mention how vital it was for my feeling healthy. Funny, before I got serious about ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:14:36 EST Week Two of Jumpstart Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683050 So I just finished up week 2 of the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge. So pleased to find that the scale reflected my hard work this week: another 2 pounds lost. The bigger news: I wore a pair of pants I have not been able to wear in over a year, and a skirt that didn't fit me last month fit well two days ago. Also, I can wear my rings again! HUGE accomplishments for me, and I'm finding that is even more important than the number. <BR> <BR> Although it's only been two weeks on this challen... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:40:42 EST Week Two of January Jump Start Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668563 So Week Two begins today. Managed through Week One rather well, although water drinking really dropped off over the weekend. I lost two pounds in the first week, so I am very pleased with my efforts and the results I am seeing. <BR> <BR> I have been including my family in my workouts more, inviting my eldest daughter and two sons to work with me on different occasions. I also don't feel like I'm "on display" when I work out with a video. Sometimes my younger children or my 15yo son will join... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:47:33 EST Managing Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658364 Went over my calorie goals today. Normally that would put me in a funk, and I'd probably eat more, because "what's the use, anyway?" Today was different, though. My hubby and I went out to eat at a local restaurant we had received a gift card to, and I was good and looked up on my mobile app how many calories was in the dish I KNEW I wanted. I decided to eat no more than half, and then eat a lighter supper. <BR> <BR> I was good, and ate only half. At supper, though, I couldn't seem to stop. ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:04:37 EST New Year's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649851 Enjoyed a great day with family...relaxing and getting things set for the new year. Not surprised that I went over my calorie goals today, because I didn't track immediately, and DID NOT check out how many calories were in the yummy eggnog until I was more than halfway through! Oh, well. I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I'm just glad that I AM paying attention, tracking, and working toward a healthier me. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to exercise tomorrow, get back on the tracking wagon, and... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:35:02 EST New Year New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647112 Got a jump start on the new year by seriously tracking my food, activity, and water intake. Got the SparkPeople app for my smartphone, which makes it so much easier to track. I find I don't go over because I track the minute I'm done eating (or just before, if I'm trying to stick to a number). No more accidents because I didn't track until the end of the day. It has motivated me so much more than before. <BR> <BR> I went to a wedding today, and carefully thought about what I would eat (heavy... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:35:58 EST Unexpected Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3489485 I met a friend at a popular store today that I hadn't seen in a while. Her comment to me was "How are you feeling? You are looking very happy." That was HUGE for me! I gave up drinking diet sodas 10 days ago (what a great streak!) and I really feel a difference. I craved one today, but after 2 sips, I poured it out. I no longer like the stuff! <BR> <BR> My weight has not gone down, but it has not gone up, either. And apparently the eating better and giving up all diet drinks has had a positi... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 20:15:44 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3348822 Was so disappointed by my weight check on last Monday that I just gave up! The scale didn't move much (only 2 tenths gained) and I hadn't worked out much that week, due to schedule and, frankly, attitude. I was surprised at how much it bummed me out that it hadn't miraculously changed for the better for me. A couple of days ago I read the motivation series that talked about emotional eating and not letting the scale dictate my emotions. The articles were very helpful and encouraged me to keep... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:53:35 EST Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3296963 I am a list checker. I like to have a list, and I like to check things off the list, even if the list is only in my head. Although I have some long-term goals, I work better day-to-day with shorter-term goals. I tend to get overwhelmed by looking at the big picture, and need tiny victories to fuel me onward. There can't be very many goals, either. Short, simple, to-the-point, and not over reaching. Today my goals are to mow the lawn (done!), do two loads of laundry, and drink my 8 glasses of ... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:30:10 EST Stress and eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290010 I'm not sure why, but I have been down most of today. I guess most of it is that I'm a "fixer." I don't like people to feel bad or get taken advantage of, so I want to (try to) fix the problem for them. Of course that means that I have more stress than I might normally experience. Sometimes I just feel carried away by everything, then I want to do nothing. <BR> <BR> Usually, when I feel this way, it's high fat, sugary, salty, ANYTHING food. I have eaten until I feel sick to my stomach. But ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 19:02:17 EST Starting another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284193 This morning's weigh-in was reaffirming! I lost a pound and a half, and I was glad to see the scale finally going DOWN. My workout last week really paid off, and I think I would have done better, but my eating needs working now. I still eat when I'm bored or thirsty. Sometimes I eat just because a food looks good, whether I'm hungry or not! I'll make that my focus this week. I plan to do cardio at least 5 days this week and strength training 3 days. But my main focus is going to be my food. I... Mon, 31 May 2010 08:27:56 EST Plugging away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3274607 Today was a better day overall. Baby is feeling better, but not terrific yet. He took a good nap, though, which gave me some de-stress time. <BR> <BR> Was worried about being hungry after seeing today's breakfast plan, but SparkPeople know best! The balance of protein and carbs kept me going great. I discovered that, when I thought I was hungry, if I got moving and did something, I wasn't hungry at all, but only bored. A KEY! Now I need to remember that and try moving around (cleaning, laun... Thu, 27 May 2010 17:17:55 EST Difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3268978 It's going to be hard to get in a workout today. Three of my kids are sick with a 24-hour thing that's going around, and the baby's cutting two top teeth. My hubby and I have been up most of the night with him already. He'll be in his Moby all day. Thankfully my husband and I have already gotten sick and are fully recovered, but if the rest of the kids get sick, I'll have my hands full! <BR> <BR> At least I will be able to walk, which I know will also do the baby some good. Let's hope the ra... Wed, 26 May 2010 07:04:19 EST Being sore never felt so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3266109 Worked out hard yesterday and I'm feeling the effects today. Instead of grumbling about the sore muscles (arms and chest especially), I have a smile on my face! These sore muscles tell me I actually did something to better myself. I used the poor things like they haven't been used in ages, and I intend to keep it up! I know the soreness will pass as they get used to moving and working. <BR> <BR> When I worked out yesterday, although I was sweating and breathing somewhat hard, the 10 or 15 mi... Tue, 25 May 2010 10:53:59 EST Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3262309 Took the fitness self-test today. Was happily surprised by some results (apparently lifting all those babies has made me strong!) and disappointed by others (I'm not as aerobically fit as I thought I was). But it's a good starting point for me, and I can only go upwards. The test motivated me to get in my workouts. <BR> <BR> I am finding the tracker to be a good thing for me (both food and exercise). I am thinking much more about what goes in my mouth: do I really want to track eating this? ... Mon, 24 May 2010 10:45:55 EST New to all this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3249751 I have never done this, but I am willing to try anything that will help me reach my goal of losing over 50 pounds. I struggle with eating for comfort, although before I had kids I was always skinny. I remember not liking to eat anything and always being told I was underweight (or close to it). Now at 200+ pounds, I cringe when I think how "fat" I thought I was! Movement is hard to fit in, but I like it well enough when my kids aren't watching me work out like it's a movie! I tend to defeat my... Thu, 20 May 2010 10:20:55 EST