DEE-CHAN's SparkPeople Blog DEE-CHAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Blackberry! ...and I'm having a good time playing with it. If there was an app where I could synch my planner here, I'd be all set! :) <BR> <BR> Went to the gym last night and really pushed myself. Tonight, I'm going and seeing how I like their yoga classes. Flexibility is a missing ingredient for me. I don't think yoga burns up that many calories, but I need to get more flexible and stronger that way, so... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:07:23 EST Continuing to shrink... I admit to being really slack about journaling, and I need to keep better track of that. In my defense, insanely busy does not begin to cover it. Now that the convention is over, I can start to track things again. Also in my defense, things continue to progress. Insanely busy or not, I've been good about the gym and my food intake. I just haven't had time to record it. <BR> <BR> Recorded or not, the numbers aren't lying. Nor are my knees. They hurt much less than even six weeks ago, and ther... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:51:37 EST Moving and visit results I wasn't sure how easy it would be to stay on track with my boyfriend visiting. I think it would actually have been easier had he not been sick about half the trip, poor guy! :( Note up front here that I am NOT blaming him. But he didn't physically feel like going to the gym with me, and I didn't want to be away from him when we only have limited time together. <BR> <BR> At the same time, we were moving and I had a birthday party in there! So a couple of days, I did "blow it" by a couple of ... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:07:25 EST Feeling bummed today... I don't know why this bugs me as much as it does, but it is: yesterday I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. <BR> <BR> In practical terms, this changes a whole lotta nothin'. I'm still going to the gym, there are no exercises that are offlimits for me, I'm still primarily doing water exercise, I still shouldn't really wear dress shoes, and I still need to get smaller. The only real thing that's added is 500mg of Aleve twice a day. Big deal, right? <BR> <BR> But it still sucks t... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:14:14 EST Miscellaneous goodnesses 1. My tooth is not hurting nearly as badly today. I think the nerves are starting to heal. I was able to take a different medicine last night to get sleep. <BR> <BR> 2. I did go to the gym last night, and did everything on my list of strength exercises. Then I water walked and jogged (20 minutes each). Then I hot tubbed. Me=Sore! But happy I pushed through it. <BR> <BR> 3. Cross-stitching continues apace. I'm making real progress on a couple of UFOs (UnFinished Objects, for those not famil... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 10:02:39 EST Reset my streaks... I just feel like starting them all over. Part of that is due to my exceeding the limit by about 200 kCal last night (family event), and part of it is just that they all had different start dates and I didn't feel like it was giving a good picture of where I am. I am a little disappointed that I went over last night, but considering going over by 200kCal is still less than 2000 kCal in the day... I don't feel TOO bad. Just bad eough that I don't really have the urge to repeat it. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 13:20:23 EST Dental issue (mostly) dealt with... Sure enough, there was a problem with my bite. They fixed it, and now I just have to wait for poor traumatized nerves to heal. In the meantime, I have my personal trainer appointment tonight. My knees are feeling much better than last week, despite adding water jogging to my aerobic routine. We'll see how it goes! (I'm honestly wondering how much of that is due to my taking advil and aleve for the dental problem...) <BR> <BR> I did end up going to the gym last night, but I quickly became awa... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:40:38 EST Mass chaos, incoming! Today I woke up late because my alarm clock didn't go off (I use my cell, and the battery died while I was sleeping. Oops.) Luckily, my husband had his set for the time I need to be out the door. I made it to work, logged in, and was ready to take calls with 20 seconds to spare before I had to be on the phones. <BR> <BR> My niece has arrived from out of town. I was hoping to get to spend some time with her tonight, but it'll have to be later in the evening. Why? Because the dental surgery I... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 15:22:26 EST Working out today... I am determined to succeed. The hypnosis I'm doing makes that so much easier. But that doesn't mean my conscious mind is 100% gung-ho - far from it! Today was a great example of that, and how trusting my unconscious urges is helping me now. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to go to the gym today. I had dental surgery yesterday and, to be honest, I slept like utter dreck last night. I woke up in pain and ibuprofin has been my Best Friend today. But I promised the little one she could go to the "playpl... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:22:40 EST Happy...! I weighed myself last night for the first time in ten days. 272! I'm very happy about this. Couple that with a radio show I did and I'm feeling really good about myself. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 20:05:57 EST And we're off! I didn't want to stay at work and eat in the cafeteria today. I really had other things in mind to do. For one thing, my 101 Things in 1001 Days list needs to be updated. Things that were important to me a year ago just... aren't now. I wanted to log into LiveJournal and grab my old list and see what changes to make before starting fresh. Normally, this would feel like a failure. In this case, given the circumstances, I think it's a great new opportunity to see what's really important to me n... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:25:45 EST New Year's thoughts... My new year is technically in October/November, and it wasn't so happy. I hadn't discovered my infection yet, I was feeling huge and depressed and unloved. <BR> <BR> And last night I discovered how damaged the infection's side effects left me. I went to a party and I felt really out of place, unsocial. I can usually handle people drinking, but not last night. Last night all I wanted to do was hide. It's not at all like me. I ended up reading stories to the little kids who were valiantly atte... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 22:34:49 EST Another night at the gym... Oh, man, was I ever tired last night. I mean, exhausted. I worked 0715-1930, then put the kid to bed, then packed for the move for a while. At that point, I was so wiped I didn't want to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> But my husband said "You've been working hard. Why don't you go soak in the hot tub?" <BR> <BR> So I dragged my sorry butt out the door, put on my swimsuit, got out the waterproof mp3 player, got myself into the pool room at 2115... and the hot tub was closed for maintenance. <BR> ... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:58:46 EST OK, I sneaked onto the scale... ...just once, last night. I wanted to see how much damage, if any, the holiday and two days without exercise had done. While I'd stayed on-plan, I was more worried about the two days with no cardio. <BR> <BR> Apparently the water weight decided to go away. The scale said 273. Allowing one pound for differences in clothing (I was wearing sweatshorts instead of sweatpants), that's still down 4 lbs from last week and 6 from the start. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I'll show the same results Tuesd... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 09:21:20 EST Christmas was awesome. I got a new coat... it's a bit tight right now, but in another couple of weeks it won't be! And I got a waterproof mp3 player. I'd requested one in order to have my music while water walking at the gym. I think that'll help keep my intensity up. Also, I like my music better than what plays on the gym speakers on any given day. <BR> <BR> I skipped two days of exercise this week, since the gym was closed and home was too chaotic to get in a video. But I stayed within my calorie limit both day... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 08:03:45 EST First two pounds burned! And Personal Trainer session Still feeling water-weighty, but that'll resolve very soon. The good news is that even feeling bloated, I'm down two. <BR> <BR> Last night I walked 15 minutes on the treadmill, did arm strength evaluations with my PT, and then water walked for 45 minutes. I am so proud of me! I was wiped by the end, and the sauna and the hot tub felt fantastic. But I did it. There's no excuse for me to walk less than 45 minutes or skip strength training on Friday, when the gym opens back up. <BR> <BR> Now I... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 10:32:21 EST Notes from the journey 1. I went to the gym last night at 20:45. I had gone to my therapist appointment, gone home and eaten, and it was soooo tempting to stay home. Instead I went and walked my 40 minutes. GO ME! <BR> 2. Weigh. In. Once. A. Week. Not twice. Water weight fluctuates, and I need to just get over it. Nothing will sabotage me faster than daily weighing in. Trend, not numbers. <BR> 3. Kashi Go Lean Crunch plus Yoplait Light Fat-Free Raspberry. Holy cow, is that ever yummy! <BR> 4. I have not touched an... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 09:32:05 EST 40 minutes of water walking! I'm so proud of me. I'm taking the advice to work on depression with exercise to heart. I'm also honestly wondering how much my body is really capable of doing. I tested it a bit yesterday water walking for 40 minutes. 40 minutes again tonight, and then my first land workout with my personal trainer. <BR> <BR> I do feel a lot better since I've been exercising. That'll only help my therapy. Speaking of, appointment with the therapist tonight... my first in a while. I have a lot to talk about... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:14:24 EST This was not what I had planned for the day! This morning I'm eating my healthy breakfast: a whole-wheat English Muffin with lowfat peanut butter, at about a quarter of the serving size because the whole serving size is huge. I finished the last bite and then my tongue hit something sharp. <BR> <BR> A quarter of one of my teeth is gone, down to the gumline. (Possibly below.) I'd had dental work done on it last week with a followup appointment on 3-JAN, but it looks like the tooth structure was compromised by the infection. In to the de... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 11:32:48 EST So here we go... ... a new tool, a new toy, a new way for me to feel like I'm accomplishing something. If all goes well, I'll be dumping Weight Watchers and going with this. <BR> <BR> This is a post made over on the 100+lbs on Weight Watcher's today, just to start things off: <BR> <BR> 12/18/2008 10:28:41 AM <BR> <BR> Tuesday night was my appointment with the personal trainer. (I'd just joined Gold's Gym, coincidentally the same one Heba from Biggest Loser attends... didn't know until I walked in the d... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:59:50 EST