DEEGIRL50's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEEGIRL50 DEEGIRL50'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/ Eating My Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451674 I feel awful today. Physically and mentally. I binged all weekend. Why? I'm eating my emotions. <BR> <BR> Father-in-law came home from hospital on hospice care. <BR> I'm nervous over an upcoming vacation. Traveling alone for the first time. <BR> Work stress. <BR> Family squabbles. <BR> <BR> Eating crap won't help. I'm returning to healthier eating today. I need to find better ways to deal with my emotions. <BR> <BR> I found this quote: Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:40:18 EST Stress Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439823 Okay, it's an excuse but I've been trying to eat my stress away. We're having family issues with my in-laws. I'm falling way behind on getting ready for Christmas. My DH is having health issues. I have stress at work. <BR> <BR> {{Deep Breath}} Chocolate and fast food will not help with any of these things. What else can I do beside eat? <BR> <BR> 1. Get enough sleep <BR> 2. Exercise <BR> 3. Read <BR> 4. Make a list and check things off for Christmas <BR> 5. Snack on fruits an... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:14:51 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438474 I weigh myself once a week. Today, the scale showed I lost one pound. I was hoping for more than that. <BR> <BR> Reminding myself... <BR> I had a few slip ups this week so a one pound loss is good. <BR> <BR> I didn't get enough sleep this week. See sleep is important to weight loss. <BR> <BR> My past weight loss history shows that I usually lose weight every other week. <BR> <BR> Hang in there. It's a long journey, but I'm going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> The scale isn't the... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 07:28:15 EST Excuse to Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438184 It was a Girls Night Out last night. We went to a craft party and then out to eat. This morning, I'm fighting with myself over the "I messed up so I should quit." That old excuse. <BR> <BR> I'll try again next month. I knew I couldn't do this for long. I'll never change. It's too hard at the holiday time. I'm going out again tonight. <BR> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> ... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:54:45 EST Food On The Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437853 Food on the brain... I came home from work thinking "what can I eat?" <BR> <BR> Grab a snack? <BR> No wait. Cook my Taco Salad supper. <BR> Ate dinner. <BR> Food still on the brain. <BR> "What can I eat?" <BR> Ate a snack pack of Nutter Butter cookies. <BR> Delicious. Just enough. <BR> A little while later... <BR> "What can I eat?" <BR> I'm not hungry. <BR> Don't eat. <BR> Keep busy. <BR> "What can I eat?" <BR> Have a cup of 25 calorie sugar-free hot chocolate. <BR> Finally, the food stop... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 05:42:46 EST Naughty or Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437594 Definitely Nice! It's nice to wake up and have my meals all planned. Better yet... it's all entered in the tracker already. <BR> <BR> I had time to dance before work. Oh Ya!! That was nice. <BR> <BR> One thing I noticed is that I've fallen back into my poor sleep habit. Watch TV -- fall asleep -- wake up and watch more TV -- fall asleep -- get up and come on SparkPeople -- go to bed in the wee hours of the morning. <BR> <BR> My body needs more consistent sleep. I'm in a better moo... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:54:09 EST Staying Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437205 I was checking in with my team, 100+ First Step Club. We earn a point if we tracked our food for the day. I wrote "tracked and within range." My next thought was: "But, I was high in fat." I stopped myself from typing it because I want to focus on the positive. <BR> <BR> 1. I had a sausage egg McMuffin today. I took the sausage off and broke it into pieces, putting only 1/4 back on. I skipped the hash brown. <BR> <BR> 2. I cooked supper at home instead of having pizza or fast f... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 01:33:17 EST What A Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436884 What a difference a week makes! I cooked all my meals at home, counted calories, cut back on sugar, stopped evening snacks, and focused on better nutrition for one week. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I went out to a steakhouse and ate a bacon cheeseburger and a few french fries. I usually eat a meal like this at least once a week, but tonight it's sitting in my stomach like a big lump. I feel over-full and sluggish. <BR> <BR> I've also noticed the food has more flavor now. I've never enjoyed sugar... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 23:46:38 EST 12 Days of Christmas Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436646 100+ First Step Club has a 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge. I love these challenges because it gets more of my friends to write a blog! <BR> <BR> This is what I look forward to this season: <BR> Looking at Christmas lights; walking in a winter wonderland; snow days; movies; family times; craft sales; book club; mittens; wine walks; tea parties; laughter; gift giving; fireplace glowing; new boots; sweaters; girlfriends; candy canes; snowmen; old fashion letter writing; relaxing moments, ... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 07:42:05 EST Good Bye Holiday Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436358 I had 5 days off of work for Thanksgiving. It was a feasting vacation. I gained weight. <BR> <BR> This week, I really cracked down and focused. I got more sleep. Drank more water. Brought back my morning exercise. Added an afternoon walk. Counted my calories. Ate healthy food. No evening snacks. <BR> <BR> I'm back down to my pre-feast weight. I was telling my husband about my success. "It was worth all the effort." Then I said, "Now, I have to keep at it. I'm a great starter, b... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 07:48:52 EST Distraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435960 The word of the day is "distraction." I like to snack in the evenings. Usually eating enough calories to be an additional meal (or more). <BR> <BR> Definition of Distraction: Something that entertains or amuses you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm doing things rather than eating. Reading, writing, watching movies, and going to bed early. I'm working on getting more sleep this week. I heard that's important for weight loss. <BR> <BR> Comeback Day #3 ... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:33:49 EST I Could... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435659 I could wait and start my weight loss plan on January 1st, but why waste a whole month? <BR> <BR> Day 2 of my comeback... <BR> <BR> Stayed within my calorie range. <BR> Exercised before and after work. <BR> Drank more than 8 glasses of water. <BR> Diet soda only in the evening. <BR> Kitchen closed after dinner. <BR> Increased my fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> I was hungry and it didn't hurt. It actually felt good to know my body needed fuel. I often eat for the wrong reasons (boredom... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:32:54 EST I Promised Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435344 I promised myself that I'd never see 250 pounds on the scale again. This morning, I weighed 249 pounds. That's it. No more. I can't afford another pound. <BR> <BR> Today, I planned all my meals and snacks and entered them in the nutrition tracker. <BR> Today, I closed my kitchen after supper. No evening snacks. <BR> Today, I exercised before work. <BR> Today, I had only one diet soda. <BR> Today, I ate only healthy foods. No sweets or chips. <BR> <BR> Today was a wonderful day! <... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:22:59 EST I'm With Goofy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433967 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/463e153c-6b0c-4ba6-930f-a4c2ba01d32a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Disney movie from 1951. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5942b499-ee9f-484e-bd85-d6ec210c7332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my brain on a diet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c89a8c33-6dc5-4c7d-8e6a-24f640e4de48.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being overweight. I'm going to focus on healthier food. I'm going to workout before eating my Thank... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:22:00 EST One Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429658 One day doesn't make or break me. I failed miserably yesterday. <BR> <BR> From going out to McDonald's for a Big Mac and Fries --- instead of eating the soup I had brought with me for lunch --- to eating peanut butter Captain Crunch and Halloween candy after craft night at the library. <BR> <BR> Why did I do it? Old habits. I used going out to lunch as an escape from the stress and demands of work. <BR> <BR> Why did I have Captain Crunch and candy in the house? The cereal is a chil... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:38:47 EST My Four Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428622 My four goals this week: <BR> 1. Plan and track my meals. <BR> 2. In bed by midnight (6 hours sleep minimum). <BR> 3. No diet soda in the morning (aim for 1 soda per day). <BR> 4. Fifteen minutes of morning exercise. <BR> <BR> To help me stop evening snacking, I plan to brush my teeth after dinner. <BR> To help me get 6 hours of sleep, I plan to put my pajamas on and shut the TV off and read a book at 10 p.m. <BR> To help me reduce my diet soda consumption, I have lemon slices for wat... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 03:09:12 EST Frozen Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428065 I read this quote and I know it's true: "Give up the quick fix mentality. Remind yourself there are no deadlines. Slowly changing your habits to those that support a healthy lifestyle will lead to weight loss." ~Ellen G. Goldman, Health & Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> Knowing that the above statement is true and that a "quick fix" isn't good for lasting weight loss, I want to do something just to get myself started. If I drop 5 pounds, it will motivate me to keep going. I've been stuck in t... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 09:33:06 EST Funny (maybe not) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425825 I'm looking through an old journal. I wrote this on November 19, 2014: <BR> <BR> Another binge day. A thought is rambling around in my brain... is it as simple as choosing to binge or choosing to eat normal? I don't have to be "all in" or "all out." Can I just say to myself... "That's enough now. You can have more tomorrow." <BR> <BR> Fast forward to October 28, 2017 and I could write the exact same blog. I'm the same weight and struggling with the same unhealthy eating habits and st... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:27:11 EST Am I Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425623 Am I back? Not yet, but I want to be. I read this on my dear friend Randy's page: <BR> "We need to 'procrastinate procrastinating!' If we put off the putting off, then we're more likely to get it done TODAY. We can do this!" ~SRWYLIE <BR> <BR> It's the first thing that I wrote in my journal in 2 months. <BR> <BR> Looking back in my journal, I found this entry that I copied down from SERENE-AGAIN's blog: <BR> "It's already September, 2017. How the heck? Anyway, I'll be turning 51 nex... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:43:42 EST Remembering Randy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404474 Randy Duane McCoy, 54, left us all way too soon, July 14, 2017, at Cleveland Clinic. <BR> Randy was one of the original members of 100+ First Step Club and a Wicked Sister. Today is a celebration of Randy's life! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share some classic messages from Randy: <BR> <BR> Your work this week will catch up --- it's just a little behind. Which is what we all want. hehe. <BR> <BR> I was ready for the challenge this time. I faltered a little getting back into the swing of thing... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:21:13 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399743 I had a little misstep this weekend. It involved buying pasta salad from the deli at the grocery store and eating it in my car. Then came the Oreo cookies (double stuff, bought them on sale). Toss in some hot buttered popcorn, popped at home to eat while watching a movie. <BR> <BR> Learned my lesson well.... <BR> <BR> 1. Skipping meals does not work for me. Eat at regular intervals. <BR> <BR> 2. If I'm going to snack on cookies, take them one at a time not four. <BR> <BR> 3. Real... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:17:21 EST I Want That Feeling Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397068 This is my journal entry from Friday, August 4th: <BR> <BR> "I'm feeling really good about myself. Every time I meet one of my small goals, like taking the top bun off my burger or ordering a side salad instead of fries, it's a powerful feeling. Today, I ordered a single scoop of ice cream at the same time I ordered my lunch. If I had waited until after I ate, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have eaten the ice cream. I was full and satisfied." <BR> <BR> There was no perfection. I was at a f... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:15:36 EST I Missed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396646 In January, my sisters and I signed up to do a 20 Mile Bike Ride. I had 7 months to get in shape. I didn't do it. I work in a school so I've been off work since June 10th. I should have been riding my bicycle every day. I didn't do it. <BR> <BR> I still could go on the bike ride. Test myself. See how far I could go. I didn't do it. <BR> <BR> What did I do? I let fear stop me. I was so worried about "could I" and "what I should have done" that I made myself sick to my stomach. The... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 11:20:40 EST I'm Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393114 I lost 4 pounds this month. I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> Some day I'd like to be able to say that I've lost 100 pounds. "What?" I need to lose how much weight? That's enough to make me run to the nearest McDonald's! <BR> <BR> I don't know JAMES, but he left a comment on Tracy's blog... <BR> "Losing weight is like walking a long distance, it's slow and sometimes boring, because you wish you were there faster, but you will get there." <BR> <BR> So, I am happy with my 4 pounds gone.... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:18:48 EST Mini Weight Loss Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391474 I was challenged by the 100+ First Step Club to write a blog about my next mini weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> My mini weight loss goal is to lose 3 pounds which will bring me under 240. It will bring me back to the amount of weight I had lost before my "all-or-nothing" attitude caused me to gain 10 pounds back. <BR> <BR> Instead of trying to change everything about my lifestyle at once, I am setting small daily goals for myself. <BR> <BR> I started with 10 minutes of daily exercise to w... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:33:00 EST Week Days or Weekends Harder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386966 This is a blog challenge for the 100+ First Step Club... Are Week Days or Weekends Harder To Stay on Track? <BR> <BR> "WEAK" days are the hardest. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Friday... the work week is done... let's relax and go out to dinner. It's the weekend, let's go out for lunch with friends. It's the weekend, let's have a football party with lots of food. It's the weekend, let's take a road trip. <BR> <BR> I'd definitely say that weekends are harder. I have lost the attitude ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:55:07 EST Building My Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382741 My confidence has been shattered. I've started to believe that "I can't" lose weight and "I can't" make exercise a habit and "I can't" stick with any of my commitments. I can do anything for the short-term, but it hasn't become a lifestyle for me. <BR> <BR> So, I made 3 small goals for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Cook breakfast at home. I love to go to McDonald's for breakfast. I find it relaxing and enjoy a large Diet Coke with my breakfast. I need to find a better way to start my day. ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:24:19 EST Failing Miserably http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359178 Joined a 10 minute exercise daily challenge. Exercised one day and then skipped the next. Not exactly a streak. <BR> <BR> May Challenge for First Step Club... stay within 100 calories of my SparkPeople calorie range. Tracked one day and stayed within the goal. I didn't even track the next day and was way over my range. <BR> <BR> 5% Spring Warrior Challenge... look for ways to save 100 calories. Example: open faced sandwich. Thought about it when cooking breakfast, but ate two pie... Mon, 8 May 2017 07:23:52 EST Truly Radiant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351861 I heard this on a commercial... "I want to be truly radiant. How about you?" <BR> <BR> It made me smile and I wrote the line down in my journal. <BR> <BR> Then I looked up the definition of radiant. <BR> <BR> 1. Bright and shining. <BR> 2. Someone who is radiant looks very healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> Yes, I want to be truly radiant. How about you? <BR> <BR> Note: *Google images not me, but I like the feeling captured in the pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:07:59 EST Exercise Mind Trick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350008 I picked up a new book at the library tonight. I can't wait to read it. <BR> <BR> I was thinking... too bad I don't look forward to exercising as much as I look forward to reading. <BR> <BR> Mind Trick! It's an audiobook and I can only listen to it with headphones on and feet moving. Yes, I've just discovered the powerful motivation to exercise. Listening to a book while walking. <BR> <BR> If the weather is bad or it's dark outside, I walk in the house. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:48:46 EST Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347330 Write a blog that contains a list of five items you are looking forward to when you hit your goal weight. <BR> <BR> I look forward to not having to check the weight limit before riding a ride or trying a new adventure. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being able to find my size clothing on the rack. It's so disappointing to find something I'd love to wear and then not even being able to try it on. <BR> <BR> I look forward to having more energy and strength to do fun activities. <BR> <BR... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:35:59 EST Beautiful Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345915 I went out to dinner with my girlfriends. We're all, how to say it nicely, big women. We're also fun, happy, generous, loving, sisters, daughters, mothers, so much more than our weight. We dress well and look good. <BR> <BR> Of course, during dinner the conversation turned to calorie counts and should we be eating this and do we want dessert. One of my friends mentioned a lyric from a Ed Sheeran's song: <BR> <BR> "I'm all for people following their dreams. Just remember life is more th... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:10:34 EST Talking Back to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345464 Yesterday, I posted a blog about Date Night and cooking at home instead of going out. I was tempted to stop for fast food on my way home (this is a big temptation when I'm tired at the end of the day), but I stuck to my plan. <BR> <BR> I did have a few slip-ups yesterday. It was Friday Treat Day at work. I try not to participate, but this time I ate 1/2 piece of cheesecake and a handful of almonds. Then after supper, I ate trail mix without measuring it. <BR> <BR> The biggest slip-up... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:34:15 EST Date Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344997 I went out last night with girlfriends to an Italian restaurant. It was a high calorie meal and a very good time. We splurged and had dessert. <BR> <BR> Friday night is traditionally date night. DH and I usually go out for dinner. It's nice to have someone else cook, do the dishes, and serve the meal, after working all week. <BR> <BR> Tonight's date will be at home. We'll be grilling our dinner (pork chop, asparagus, and red potatoes). It's a choice not a punishment. <BR> <BR> Co... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:38:12 EST Salad Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343966 I can still here my mother saying... "You'll learn to like vegetables some day." Well, I'm in my 50's and mother is finally right. <BR> <BR> This is a portion of my journal entry from 12/28/16... <BR> I was thinking that I'll never be able to eat like Lisa (who lost 120 pounds) -- that's not me -- I don't "like" that food. Then it dawned on me that in order to lose weight, I Need To Change the way I eat. Who knows what I will be eating (and enjoying) a year from now?!?! <BR> I need t... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:15:11 EST Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342043 I've been challenged on the 100+ First Step Club to write a blog about my Greatest Struggle in my Weight Loss Journey and what I am going to do this coming week to combat that struggle. <BR> <BR> My greatest struggle is my "All In" or "All Out" attitude. I'm either planning, tracking, eating better and exercising (All In) or I'm going out to eat daily, snacking too much, and riding the couch (All Out). <BR> <BR> This week... I will make a visual collage of all the fun things I want to do ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 03:44:56 EST It's Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337769 Spring Break was my excuse to totally cave in and give up on all my healthy lifestyle changes. I want to blame my family and friends, but it was me. <BR> <BR> My sister and I took a road trip which was my first detour that lead to overeating. Then I had a day when I tracked everything and ate low calorie nutritious food. <BR> <BR> Then my other sister called to do a day trip. I choose to overeat again. At least, we went for a walk afterwards. <BR> <BR> Next day, my girlfriend called ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:57:19 EST Dream, Plan, Execute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335184 I was going great guns and then ran smack dab into a wall. I had set January 1st as my start date. I was committed to losing this weight once and for all. I was being successful too! And then... <BR> <BR> I hurt my back and couldn't exercise. In my mind, I was losing weight because I was burning approximately 500 calories a day by exercising. Take away one piece and everything falls apart <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f394348d-07d6-4e85-974e-195135a20c3a.j... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:21:43 EST My Exercise Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322726 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8c1cb6f-9ce8-4707-b5ed-e740dda36da9.jpg"> <BR> My heart is in it. Two months of exercising every day. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:18:29 EST Slimmer By Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316862 <em>30</em> Slimmer By Summer <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> That's my new mantra! It keeps me going every day. Creating new healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I like how it feels. <BR> <BR> This time it's forever. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e52d259-0e7b-4725-a4d7-b8050eac7818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27f4c02c-8899-4352-96df-eaa65aa92ccf.jpg"> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:59:56 EST My Proud Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314451 I was doing a SparkPeople Everyday Workout video (4 parts). When the second part started, she said and we're going to start with side planks. "Oh, no no no." I can't do a plank of any kind. Time to skip this video. <BR> <BR> Instead... I got down on the floor and gave it a try. The video had different levels for beginners and then more challenging. I was surprised to find out I could do a beginner side plank. <BR> <BR> My exercise is done! I've lost 5% of body weight for the 5% Wi... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:45:48 EST More Fitness Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310642 I've been varying my workout by trying different videos. This morning I searched for a cardio warm up and found a 5 minute easy warm up. My YouTube loops to the next video which was a 28 minute cardio workout for beginners. "Might as well try it." <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Then I switched to some dancing videos. This midwest girl, in the middle of winter, was able to dance at the beach! Now, this makes exercising fun. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKDBgciOzM0 </link> ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:36:20 EST I've Stopped Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310175 I've stopped trying and started doing! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost 12 pounds. <BR> I'm tracking my nutrition every day. <BR> Planning my meals ahead of time. <BR> Exercising daily. <BR> Drinking 8 glasses of water. <BR> Eating one evening snack or none. <BR> Closing my kitchen at 8 p.m. <BR> Trying new and healthier recipes. <BR> Sparking every day. <BR> <BR> I need to work on my sleep habits. Lucky for me that's the focus of our 5% Winter Weight Challenge this week. <BR> <BR> F... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:15:48 EST Week 1 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301876 Remember last week when I didn't lose any weight? I reminded myself to just "do better." <BR> <BR> This morning I really didn't feel like exercising. "I can do it later" thoughts were running through my head. <BR> <BR> I weigh myself once a week on Friday mornings. Nothing is as motivating as success! I lost 6 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> That made me dance. 40 minutes of exercise done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9a80f7e-0365-4f04-8874-c34b94d6f54a... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:18:02 EST Changing My "I Can't" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abef4cc2-995c-406d-96ab-4a8bbb26fcc5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My meals for the day are planned and in the tracker. <BR> My lunch is packed to go to work. <BR> <BR> I have a card-making class tonight. We always go to Perkins after the class. I'm going to eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup after work to hold me until 9 p.m. Then I looked up a healthy option to eat at Perkins tonight... it fits within my calorie and fat range. <BR> <BR> I exercised f... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:56:01 EST Fitness Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300597 <em>335</em> Let's Marvin Gaye and get in on -- just like the say in the song... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nch-cWmkj0U </link> <BR> <BR> This was so much fun. I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> I did 2 miles indoor walking (one with Leslie Sansone and one with Jessica Smith). Then I danced for an additional 20 minutes. Stretched my comfort zone this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4eaf596-cb24-48ff-8ba0-6ec0058a3d86.jpg"> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:41:37 EST Thank You Warriors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299881 Thank you Warriors for getting me up and moving! (5% Winter Weight Challenge) <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to myself to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes a day. I'm putting a heart sticker on the calendar for each day that I exercise. Proud to say I have 17 January stickers (so far). <BR> <BR> Our team is trying to get 9,000 exercise minutes to make it to Australia. Our leader posted that if everyone on the team did 30 minutes of exercise per day, we would make it. <BR> <BR> I'm a te... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:03:27 EST Disappointed (do better) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297182 I'm disappointed that I didn't lose any weight this week. <BR> That's okay. <BR> It just means that I need to "do better." <BR> <BR> My specific "do better" steps: <BR> Eat less fat. When I used the nutrition tracker, I was going over the fat goal. <BR> Get more sleep. <BR> Reduce my evening snacks (one or none). <BR> Continue my 10 minutes a day exercise streak. Add extra minutes when able. <BR> Stay positive. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e85d3c8f-2877-4... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:41:32 EST My First 5% Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294321 I've joined the 5% Winter Weight Challenge for the first time. I'm a Warrior. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited by the possibility of losing 13 pounds in 8 weeks. I know, just joining the challenge, isn't going to take the weight off. I need to do the work, but having a team of people counting on me to do my part is very motivational. <BR> <BR> The actual challenge doesn't start until January 14th, but they set up a practice week for those of us new to the challenge. I'm learning something n... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:57:26 EST New Year Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288861 I joined the Realistic Resolution Challenge. I set a goal of exercising 10 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> I have a terrible head cold and exercising was the last thing I wanted to do, but it was important to me to start the year off on the right foot. <BR> <BR> My solution: I did 10 minutes of chair exercises and danced to a beautiful Hawaiian song. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7zCDiiTBTk </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mAA9qNSTo4 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:59:59 EST