DIANN111's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIANN111 DIANN111'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/ March 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269850 March 2013 Goals <BR> <BR> I am right on track. I am down almost 8 pounds in two months. I am actually down exactly 10 pounds since 12/27/12. I lost two pounds between 12/27/12 and my "official" weigh in on Jan. 1, 2013.  <BR> <BR> I did pretty well in February on the weight loss. Day to day and week to week, it seems really hard and really slow, but when I look back over the last two months at my progress I am very pleased. I then project those results out for the next couple of months and... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:02:46 EST February 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240136 February 2013 Goals <BR> <BR> I did really great in January. My goal was to lose 4-5 pounds and I lost 4.4 pounds! Right on the mark! <BR> <BR> I think I will go back to setting and posting monthly goals. I feel that I have a routine that is working for me. I don't need to make any drastic changes to it at this point. <BR> <BR> My main goal for February 2013 is to lose another 4-5 pounds. I am off to a good start already. Today I weighed in at 155.0! I am now down a total of 6 pounds from ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:43:58 EST 2013 Week 4 Review & Week 5 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228760 Week 4 has come and gone.  I think I did good!  I lost another pound in week 4!  I have lost 1#/week for 4 weeks in a row.  That's exactly what my goal was.  I wish I could lose weight faster, but I can't eat any less or exercise any more than I already am.  I am using the food tracker diligently and accurately.  I am still eating way less than 1200 calories to lose the weight.  I am still trying to get my activity and metabolism up enough to be able to eat even the minimum 1200 calories set ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:43:25 EST 2013 Week 4 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221655 After reviewing last week, I have decided on the following goals for this week: <BR> <BR> Weight loss is still my top priority. I have lost 3 pounds in 3 weeks, so I am right on target. If I continue at this pace, I will reach my goal of weighing 140 pounds by the beginning of June. My birthday is in June so that provides a little extra motivation for me to keep going!   <BR> <BR> I will continue to use the food tracker. I am surprised at how easy it is to use and such valuable information.... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:52:58 EST 2013 Week 3 in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220181 OK...Week 3 in review (1/15/13-1/21/13) <BR> <BR> My goal was to strength train 2 days. I met this goal!  <BR> <BR> My goal was to do cardio 3x for 20-30 minutes and an additional 2 days of cardio, even 10 minutes. I only did 2 days of full cardio and 1 day of short cardio. Need to work on this. I know how important cardio is for weight loss. <BR> <BR> My goal was to do lots of stretching, yoga and foam roller work and meditation. I still need lots of improvement in this area as well. <BR>... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:11:52 EST 2013 Week 3 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210081 After reviewing last week, I have decided: <BR> <BR> My highest priority goal right now is weight loss, so I will focus most of my energy towards that.  <BR> <BR> I will do 2 days of strength training this week.  I will stick with the same 3 exercises and continue to increase reps and sets. This seems to work well for me right now. I plan to get to 3 full sets and then eventually add other exercises to the routine. I am choosing to do only 2 sessions so I can spend more time and energy on c... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:24:03 EST 2013 Week 2 in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208476 OK...Week 2 in review <BR> <BR> <BR> Good news: <BR> <BR> My goal was to strength train 2-3 days. One exercise each for upper, lower, and abs. I chose counter pushups, knee-ups and squats. I met my goal and did ST 3x. I found a safe baseline to start, then I increased my reps and finally got to 2 sets of each exercise. And I did it without hurting myself!!!   <BR> <BR> My goal was to do cardio 3x/week for 15-20 minutes. I only did 2 days of actual cardio (15 min/20 min).  The third day o... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:46:02 EST That darn food tracker really works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198851 So yesterday I complained about only losing 0.4 pounds after my first week. My goal is to average at least 1 pound per week. I don't want to change my weight ticker unless I am down a full pound or more. I set a goal to use the food tracker this week, at least for a few days. After only 1 day of weighing, measuring and tracking, I somehow lost the rest of that 1st pound! Coincidence? I don't think so!  <BR> <BR> I hear over and over again, that people who use the SP food tracker are successf... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:28:09 EST 2013 Week 2 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197246 After reviewing last week, I have decided: <BR> <BR> I will do strength training exercises 2-3 times this week. I plan on doing one exercise for upper body, one exercise for abs, and one exercise for lower body. I am planning on doing counter or bent knee pushups (upper), knee-ups (abs) and squats (lower). I will do only as many reps/sets as I feel comfortable with to start. I need to find a safe baseline to work from.  <BR> <BR> I will do cardio based exercise at least 3 times this week.  ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:10:11 EST 2013 Week 1 in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196952 OK...Week 1 in review <BR> <BR> <BR> Good news: <BR> <BR> I exercised...a lot! I am actually starting to feel a bit firmer! WooHoo!  <BR> <BR> I ate light and healthy. I do notice that I am feeling better physically and mentally because of that. <BR> <BR> I participated on SP quite a bit.  I made some new Spark Friends. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> I made a point of reading motivational and educational articles, etc.  I know that helped keep my enthusiasm up all week. <BR> <BR> I have started wor... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:44:47 EST January 2013 Fitness & Weight Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184163 <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> <BR> 20 minutes (or more) of actual cardio and/or strength training most days of the week. <BR> <BR> 30 minutes (or more) of some other type of activity, such as house cleaning or yard work, most days of the week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> <BR> Get my weight down 1# (or more) per week.  That's 4-5 #'s by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> SW: 161  <BR> GW: 157 or less <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems reasonable!  I'm going to make monthly fitness & weight goals so I don't... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:06:03 EST Starting to blog again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182238 It's been over a year since I posted a blog! <BR> <BR> I have noticed that a lot of people who are successful at moving towards their goals are also more active on SP and on their blogs! Lesson learned! <BR> <BR> So Jan 1, 2013 I will weigh in and reset my weight ticker and weight goal. And I will make it public again! I was too embarrassed to watch the weight go up so I made it private a while back and stopped using it. Might as well make myself accountable! <BR> <BR> I will start blog... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:59:57 EST Getting back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635097 I have been veering a bit off course with my eating! Woops! <BR> <BR> So in the spirit of my new found philosophy of never giving up...I am picking myself up, dusting myself off and getting back on track TODAY!!! <BR> <BR> Cleaned out the frig and freezer yesterday. Heading to Whole Foods today to stock up. <BR> <BR> Reviewing all the things that work for me. Water, tracking my food, blogging, staying busy, having fun, exercising, planning my meals, taking the time and effort to prepa... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:09:57 EST 157...Yippee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629084 Finally, I got past the five pound mark! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It is taking longer than I planned...but so what! <BR> <BR> At 5'4" I have to get to 140 just to be in the "normal" BMI range. I would like to get to maybe 125-130 eventually. I will just have to wait and see how I look and how I feel to determine my "ideal" weight. <BR> <BR> If I look too far out there, I get a bit stressed....I wonder how long will it take? <BR> <BR> But I am doing this in a healthy way. Eating... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 10:57:27 EST 5 fruits & 5 veggies a day challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617648 Oh boy...I joined a spark team that has weekly mini-challenges. This week the challenge is to eat 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of veggies a day! This is just what I need! I am determined to improve my diet and lose some more weight. <BR> <BR> I started yesterday. I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on lots of organic fruits and vegetables. I managed to eat 2 fruits and 4.5 veggies yesterday. I need to improve on that a bit. Today I will wash and cut and prep ahead of time. I wi... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:49:38 EST December goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610552 Ok... <BR> <BR> My biggest, most important goal for December is to get rid of another 4 pounds (or more) of excess weight! <BR> <BR> That is a realistic goal for me. <BR> <BR> I have lots of other goals I want to accomplish, but the weight loss is the most important one right now. I have to keep reminding myself of that. Every day and every hour if necessary! <BR> <BR> Which means the ice cream in the freezer is living on borrowed time. Lol <BR> <BR> I will either limit myself to a sm... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 12:22:35 EST Down 4 lbs in first month of SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599968 I am so excited! I started tracking my food on SP one month ago! I started at 162.2. And this AM I weighed in at 158.2! <BR> <BR> My goal was to get rid of 1 lb per week! Realistically, it will probably be a bit slower than that, but so what? I will try to do more, but I want a lifestyle that I can live with! I can live with 4 lbs a month! Or whatever it is...I will not give up! <BR> <BR> I don't know what my final weight goal will be. I have a long ways to go and will revise my goal... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:10:28 EST Tracking my food again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598864 Ok, I confess...I didn't track my food yesterday! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't follow my eating plan exactly either. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I ate turkey, dressing, gravy and ice cream. Yes, I did eat larger servings than I had planned. Ok...I ate too much! But... <BR> <BR> I did exercise for 60+ minutes on my Kinect! <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't beat myself up for eating too much. <BR> <BR> And... <BR> <BR> Today I am right back on schedule and tracking my food and eating he... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:24:50 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597780 I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> For those that don't celebrate Thanksgiving...I wish you a wonderful Day! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:06:55 EST Getting it Done Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596567 Just feel like I have a lot of things that I have been putting off. <BR> <BR> I feel good and energetic! Must be all that exercise paying off? <BR> <BR> So I'm making a list, checking it twice...lol <BR> <BR> Going to see how much I can get done in one day! <BR> <em>216</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:44:59 EST I won an xbox game on my Kinect to Fitness and Health team! Yippee!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595394 <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I won the xbox game "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" on my Kinect to Fitness and Health team! <BR> <BR> To enter the contest I had to post on the pages of 10 other members of the team. Not only did I end up winning the xbox game, but I made some new SP Friends. So I feel like I won twice! <BR> <BR> I added new Xbox friends also, so now I can compete on the xbox leaderboards with them. It's great to meet new friends that have similar interests. <BR> <BR> I jus... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:15:56 EST Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594249 It will be just my husband and myself, so it will be easy to cook and eat healthy. <BR> <BR> We are deciding today what we will eat. Tomorrow we will go to Whole Foods and shop. <BR> <BR> We are going to cook a small organic turkey. Baked potatoes instead of mashed. A small quantity of gravy. A small quantity of organic stuffing with added celery. Some type of veggies? And I will plan on having some of my favorite ice cream. <BR> <BR> I will track all my food. I will continue to ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:43:08 EST Measurements...Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591679 Finally took my measurements...Yikes! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I have been on the SP program for about 3 1/2 weeks now. I have been exercising every day. <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food...even on the days that I didn't eat that great. That seems to be a key for me. Even if I go over my range, as long as I track it all, even at the end of the day, I seem to stay motivated to continue! Tomorrow is always another day!!! <BR> <BR> I have set a goal to get rid o... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 19:57:25 EST Scale starting to move again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589069 Finally the scale is moving a bit. I also noticed yesterday that my clothes are getting a little bit looser. Wish I had taken measurements before I started. Oh well. <BR> <BR> I don't think I did anything different. I will say my attitude has been better the last couple of days. I was determined to hang in there and continue doing all the right things (pretty much). I will say my attitude was helped along by the encouragement I have gotten from others on SP. So thank you all. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:57:32 EST Doing better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587674 I am doing better today with my food choices. Cleaned out the frig and then went to Whole Foods and picked up lots of veggies and lean protein, all good choices! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will continue to make good food choices. I will spend some time planning my meals and snacks ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Today I only had time for a yoga DVD, but at least I got my 10 minutes in! Actually 15 minutes. Tomorrow I will have time to do 60 minutes or more...probably some Kinect games. <BR> <BR... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:24:48 EST Slipping... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585880 I am still doing so great with my exercising, but the diet needs work. I was doing really good, eating properly, tracking everything, feeling really good about the diet, but once I stop losing weight I start to slip. <BR> <BR> It seems like so much work to stick with the diet part. But I know how great it feels when I am losing weight. I really need to refocus. I know I can do this! I am going to review the food portion of the Spark book, clean out my kitchen, make a grocery list and ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:07:18 EST Just barely made my 10 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584287 Busy day, but I got in my 10 minutes of exercise late in the day. Thanks to my SP DVD ! Usually I do 30-60 minutes each day of DVD or Kinect Games. I am starting out easy and will gradually increase the intensity. I am just setting the habit right now! <BR> <BR> I am really proud of myself for fitting it in today! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:17:28 EST Still doing great with Exercise, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581212 <BR> I am still doing great with exercising every day but no weight loss this last week. <BR> <BR> Do I just stay the course and hope that I lose weight over time? Or do I re-examine my diet and make some adjustments? I am thinking maybe I just need to bite the bullet for a couple of days until I get the scale moving again? But I don't want to take my calories too low and then get stuck at that lower level forever! <BR> <BR> It just seems that in the past every time I have added exerc... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 18:42:44 EST Exercise vs Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578470 Really busy today. Got a little off track with my eating, but still managed to track all my food and stay within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> And...I got my exercise in as well! I made sure to do my exercising this morning before anything else! That is really progress for me! <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed in for a couple of days. I am concerned about not losing weight fast enough! I need to get beyond that kind of thinking. But, I don't want to let myself make excuses for not losing weig... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:00:22 EST Help...I can't stop exercising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576768 Just kidding, but actually... <BR> <BR> Now that I've started exercising everyday, I can't seem to stop! It's great, but I don't quite understand it. I have been so inactive for so long. And now suddenly I exercise every day! <BR> <BR> It all started with that 10 minute fitness challenge. I am so determined to get my 10 minutes in each day. Of course, once I start I always go longer! I am just getting started, but I sure hope this trend continues! <BR> <BR> I am stiff and sore, but... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 17:21:13 EST Starting Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574499 Week 1 focus was on diet: Eating healthy & tracking food. Check! <BR> <BR> Week 2 focus was on exercise: Adding the exercise habit to my daily routine. Check! <BR> <BR> Week 3 Goal: Figure out how to do both each day! <BR> <BR> Seems like when I add exercise to the mix, I tend to lose my focus on eating! <BR> Translation: When I start exercising, I also start eating more! Actually, I stayed within my calorie range,upper limit though, which resulted in no weight loss overall for th... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 11:27:04 EST Words & Phrases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572745 Words can be so powerful! I am learning so much here at SP. Here are some words & phrases I have found that I think will be helpful on my journey of Health & Fitness: <BR> <BR> "I" <BR> effective solutions <BR> progress <BR> weight management <BR> satisfaction <BR> healthy living <BR> lifestyle changes <BR> empowered <BR> new challenges <BR> food & fitness strategies <BR> tools to make healthy changes <BR> quality of life <BR> <BR> I am on the look out for positive words & phrases to add ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:50:30 EST Why Can't Everyday be Sunday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571662 I just love Sundays. I spend as much time in the morning as I want reading the paper, getting organized, and now spending time on SparkPeople.com. <BR> <BR> I have such a leisurely day and yet I get a lot done. I think it's more about the pace of the day and the feeling that I am in control. I really could do this on other days as well, why don't I? <BR> <BR> I have done great this past week on my eating and tracking my food. I am slowly losing weight and that helps keep me motivated. <... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:50:36 EST Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570105 I rewarded myself today by going out and buying the new Kinect Sports Season-2 game. <BR> <BR> Usually when I go to Walmart I reward myself with junk. York peppermint patties, M & M's, etc. <BR> <BR> It felt great to give myself a gift that was good for me and will be FUN! <BR> <BR> I am focusing on adding exercise to my routine, so this reward fit right into that goal. <BR> <BR> Then we went to Whole Foods and stocked up on good healthy food, so I can stay on track with my eating ... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 19:51:02 EST Whoa Nelly...Slow it Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568779 Today was much slower. I was more in control of my time. Not ideal, but a nice improvement! I keep feeling like if I could just get caught up with all the extra stuff, I could plan my days better. That is partly true, but then again life just seems to get in the way sometimes. <BR> <BR> I am still eating good and tracking my food. I just need to remind myself that it will take time to lose the weight. I will get there because I am committed to the goal. It is so important to me that... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 19:42:26 EST Too Busy Today ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567178 Didn't stick with my plan completely today...got too busy...caught up in other things. I ate OK and I am going to get my 10 min of exercise in before the day is over, but I just don't feel today was the kind of day I want to have. But I am making progress and tomorrow is another day! <BR> <BR> I am getting a bit tired from the daily exercise, I am not used to it yet. But I will improve and now is the time to push through the initial difficulty of starting an exercise habit. I am still ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 19:13:33 EST Focus on Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564936 I will focus on exercise this week. <BR> <BR> I will read and learn as much as I can on the SP website about exercise and fitness. <BR> <BR> I will start developing a strength training program. <BR> <BR> I will do The Spark: Fit, Firm & Fired Up workout DVD everyday this week, while I figure out a beginner strength training program. <BR> <BR> I will do cardio as many days this week as I can. I will use my Xbox Kinect to keep it FUN! <BR> <BR> I will continue to do my stretching, d... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:04:08 EST Start of Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563492 Today I start Week 2 of the SP program. I got rid of 2.6 pounds of excess fat the first week! I am under 160..hooray!. <BR> <BR> Even more important, I am adding good habits to my life. I am staying motivated and involved in the SP website. I am tracking my food. <BR> <BR> This week I will make a concerted effort to add exercise into my daily routine. Loving life! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 15:18:52 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561921 This is day 7! I am doing really great! Staying focused and staying motivated. Actually refocusing every day as often as I need to to stay on track. Rewarded myself today with Kinect Sports Calorie Challenge add on and Fruit Ninja Storm add on. Nice rewards-exercise related, so that is in line with my goals. Still eating good and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Still feel a little bit overwhelmed by having too much to do in other areas of my life, but I am getting those things taken c... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:33:40 EST 6 days in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560291 Only 6 days in the program and I am down 2.2 pounds! That's great for me! I am a little overwhelmed by everything right now...there is so much to do and so much information. But I am loving it! I over did the exercise yesterday...I will be more careful. Spending a lot of time on the website and a lot of time planning and preparing my meals. But if that's what it takes, it will be worth it. Hooray for me! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:23:25 EST Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558570 Thought I knew so much...learning even more on SP. Relearning alot too. I love the whole SP website and program. So much to keep me focused and motivated. Figuring more of it out every day. I ordered the Spark cookbook and the Spark exercise DVD...so excited! <BR> <BR> Making progress and Having Fun! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Sat, 29 Oct 2011 11:42:24 EST First week of program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557182 I am so excited about this SP program and website. It makes tracking my progress so easy. I am concentrating on my nutrition right now. Weight loss is my most important goal right now. Adding small amounts of exercise and activity gradually. Really focusing on setting up some great habits that will serve me well in my journey towards health and fitness. I am off to a great start! I love checking into my spark points each day. Really helps me to stay focused each day on my goals. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:20:39 EST