DEEDAWN2013's SparkPeople Blog DEEDAWN2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Small Successes I have worked out Monday - Thursday this week. One more day, and I'll have my five days in. <BR> <BR> I tried a food that I thought I hated, and I loved it. Just tried a different variation. Woohoo for Chobani Strawberry Greek Yogurt! <BR> <BR> I found an amazing wrap that is only 90 calories - and it is big, too! FlatOut Wraps (Light). The Italian Herb flavor is great. <BR> <BR> I've already planned what I am eating tonight when I go out to eat with a group of friends. Red Robin actually ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:04:39 EST A good day I was a bit spoiled today. 2 inches of snow in my part of Ohio equals a snow day, so I got the morning off work. Oh yeah! <BR> <BR> So what did I do with my extra time? I got up and exercised! Yay me! To be serious, that really was quite an accomplishment for me. I had just done three miles last night and was actually a little tender this morning. But I got up and got my pilates/yoga blend workout on. I actually felt incredible today and quite a bit of work done this afternoon, too. <BR> <... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:17:11 EST Weigh-ins It's really no secret that I am a bit of an obsessive person. And it is no different when it comes to my weight. I doubt there is a week that goes by that I don't weigh myself at least 7 times if not more (and probably up to 14 times). <BR> <BR> At first I thought this was know, I'm just checking in on it (the weight) to make sure that everything is going ok. (ha!) <BR> <BR> So like usual, I weighed myself yesterday morning - 150.4. Not great but not terrible. This morning, I weig... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:36:10 EST Slowly learning (warning: long, honest, and emotional post and a little bit of belly-aching) I'd like to rant just a little bit: <BR> <BR> Is it possible to eat right/lose weight *and* still stay above my anxiety and depression? I get so overwhelmed sometimes with just life that the thought of trying to count calories and fitness minutes completely overwhelms me. What am I missing? <BR> <BR> OK, rant over. Now time for honesty. <BR> <BR> This whole "healthy lifestyle" experience has been a real struggle for me. <BR> <BR> I suffer with depression and anxiety and while I may feel g... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:58:39 EST And on a happier note. *serious happy dance going on here* I finally found a breakfast food that I love! Like I could eat it multiple days a week and not get bored kind of love. :) This is a huge barrier broken for me. Something about breakfast was always a huge hang-up for me. <BR> <BR> So...introducing: Aldi's Fit & Active Vanilla Yogurt (no fat) with Fiber One Chocolate Cereal. This breakfast totals out at 180 calories. Woohoo! And the yogurt only costs 0.39 at Aldi's (another score). Now I have enough calories to have cream in my coffee AND I g... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:39:54 EST Binge-eating I never thought of myself as a binge eater, but tonight I realized different. <BR> <BR> I knew I had gone over my calories for the day but didn't feel too badly. I was just over by 150 or so. So this evening I had a huge craving for chocolate. Nothing else would do. So I was going to eat a few semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Once I started, though, it was all over. I had some chocolate, a glass of milk and then repeated the whole process. <BR> <BR> On top of that I didn't work out tonight. I... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:34:16 EST Here for the long-haul So I took a little "vacation" last week (and part of the week before). *groan* Not a good thing. <BR> <BR> Perhaps it is sacrilege to admit here, but somewhere in my mind I started thinking that counting Weight Watcher points would be easier than trying to keep up with calories/carbs/proteins/fats, etc. And I suppose it is in some ways. Anyway, I tried it and kept finding myself getting confused between number of calories and Points Plus value. I would choose an item low in calories and the... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:04:31 EST Being honest The temptation for me tonight is to gloss over the fact that I failed this weekend. Big time. I suppose there isn't any lasting damage done as I have (as of this morning) lost 5 lbs, but I'm starting to re-think some of my previous ideas. <BR> <BR> For a long time I thought it would be nice to diet and then have "cheat days." I actually did that on Weight Watchers for a while and still lost weight. But what I am realizing (after cheating pretty big on Friday - check out my nutrition tracker... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:25:36 EST Little victories Today I'm reveling in the little things...the skirt that fit again that I wore to work today, actually tasting and really enjoying the Small Diet Pepsi I drank today (instead of quickly downing a larger size and still wanting more), realizing that I drank 50 oz of water today with no difficulty, seeing the scale down 3.6 lbs. These are things that are making the learning curve worthwhile. <BR> <BR> Two days ago I was SO READY to give up for the hundredth time. Why bother? Why keep trying? I... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:03:23 EST Tired. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Learning new habits is exhausting. <BR> <BR> If I ever felt like saying, "Pshh. Who cares," it would be tonight. I am kind of at a loss as to how to work all day, keep my house clean, do my homework and also feel like fixing a satisfying (and healthy) dinner. Maybe I'm weird, but eating salads and fruit morning, noon and night isn't going to cut it for me. <BR> <BR> So what did I do tonight? I went to Wendy's. Fail! <BR> <BR> But I suppose I should look at the b... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:47:11 EST Diet Madness <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Some days my head starts to spin from all the diet information available to me. Low sugar, low fat, low carb....and suddenly, "Agghhh! I can't figure this all out!" <BR> <BR> Anybody else know what I mean? <BR> <BR> I'm struggling to define the best way to eat for me. I suppose I am still at the stage where I need to try different things and see what "works" for me, but I want to do more than lose weight. I, I NEED to be healthy. And this means that I ne... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 19:33:32 EST