DR8561's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DR8561 DR8561'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/ Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137255 I took a break of over a year from SparkPeople. I switched to the mobile app mySugr Pro, mainly because SparkPeople didn't offer blood glucose tracking that was as detailed as I wanted at the time. My weight crept up a little (17 pounds), but not back to where I started. Over time, I found myself less motivated, more depressed, and a lot more sedentary. Some of this was due to personal issues - my husband lost his job (through no fault of his own), my mom was showing more and more signs o... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:46:12 EST Feeling Sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672690 I took a weekend away with my DH this past weekend. We didn't go far, just to a hotel the next town over, but we needed some alone time (which can be rare as hen's teeth in my house). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448885455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a pleasant weekend, checking out the local flea market, going to the horse races, and out to eat. My DH kept commenting on how much weight I've lost and a stranger at the flea market called me "striking". I choose to b... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:58:18 EST Food Addict Relapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668069 I went on a binge last night. I'd been doing so well. Since I was diagnosed with diabetes in January, I've been closely monitoring my carbohydrates and my blood sugar. I hadn't even been having cravings. I let a little bread creep into my diet - a biscuit when I knew I'd be going to the gym, low-calorie whole wheat bread for a sandwich, some chips here and there. I should have seen it coming but, like any addict, I'm an expert at fooling myself. <BR> <BR> So last night I'm eating dinner... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:20:07 EST More good test results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656058 I saw my Dr. on Friday (I got my A1C results early). He was very pleased with me. Not only is my A1C in a good place, my cholesterol numbers are much better as well. Now, instead of going in every 3 months, I only have to go in every 6. I've been working really hard to manage my blood sugar and get in better shape. It's nice to see the numbers reflect that! <BR> <BR> I've got 20 years' experience in Tech Support, troubleshooting problems, so I used those skills to research answers for m... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:40:49 EST Good Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652240 I'm still working on rebuilding my strength after dislocating my shoulder. I feel myself getting stronger, but still have to be careful with the exercises I do and the weight for each. Some are a lot easier than others. <BR> <BR> I got good news this week. I had blood work done on the 1st. In January, my A1C was over 10 (it is supposed to be less than 7). It is now 5.9, thanks to a fairly strict low-carb diet. This means my blood sugars are consistently much better. <BR> <BR> I'm also... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:26:24 EST Drama, drama, and more drama. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630252 I haven't been on Spark since November. I managed to dislocate my shoulder (in my sleep, no less) and that made for a long recovery. The Dr. prescribe physical therapy and advised me that if the shoulder goes out again it will mean surgery....and that surgery can potentially leave me with a frozen shoulder. So I have to keep up the exercises for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> While I was going through physical therapy for the shoulder, I was diagnosed with Diabetes (type 2). Metformin di... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:56:34 EST Derailed by Stress & Hormones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540833 It has been an eventful few weeks for me. Mom had surgery on 10/16 to repair a problem caused by her osteoporosis when she broke her leg last winter. I walked a 5k I was completely unprepared for on the 26th (my knee had been giving me problems since before Mom's surgery and I hadn't been exercising). After 2 long days of very sore muscles, I was feeling better. Mom was recuperating in a good rehab center and all was well...until I dislocated my shoulder. <BR> <BR> This shoulder has go... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:10:16 EST My First 5K - Aruna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525367 On Friday after work, I walked my first 5K, to support the Aruna Project. I'd been having some issues with my right knee for a few weeks now, so I knew going in that I wasn't going to set any speed records. My goal was just to finish. <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> I started last (not wanting to hold anyone else up) and maintained my position for the whole race! My son walked with me and had a nice conversation with the police officer (who followed us on a Segway as support for the race)... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:02:27 EST Last Week / Lost Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486915 Late Friday (the 6th) my step-dad passed away. He had been in a nursing home for the past 2 years with Alzheimer's and a bad heart. He passed quietly and Mom, most of his kids, and myself were able to be with him. Saturday was a flurry of phone calls while arrangements were made. Monday evening, Mom and I traveled to Kentucky and the funeral was held on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We traveled back on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, we had to go to a visitation for my sister's nephew who died in an... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:43:58 EST Jungle Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477828 One of my biggest frustrations this year has been the jungle that is my back yard. My husband and sons have been saying that they're going to take care of it, but never quite got around to it. Sooo, I went out after work and started trimming back trees that were growing over, through, and outside of our fence into the alley by our house. <BR> <BR> My older son came out to help, then my husband and younger son pitched in when they got home from work. After an hour and 45 minutes, we made ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:18:00 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476580 Yesterday, I found myself munching all day. I used Atkins bars and gum to keep from losing it completely. Dinner was a low carb/low calorie meal of green beans, red potatoes, and ham - all cooked in the same pot with chicken broth & pepper. I ate a 2nd plate that I really didn't want because all the leftovers wouldn't fit in the bowl. It was less about not wanting to throw away food and more about wanting to chew something. The only saving grace was that this meal is a lot better for me ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:36:01 EST Weigh-in Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471550 I'm down another 1.6 pounds this week! Moving in the right direction again. I'm working to un-do a 12-pound gain and get back on track. 3 down, 9 to go and then I'm back to working on my original weight-loss goal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539271499.jpg"> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:34:06 EST Weigh-in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464702 I weighed in this morning and I'm down 1.8 pounds. I'll take it. <BR> <BR> On another note, I just finished a really good book - "Honey, Do You Need a Ride? -Confessions of a Fat runner" by Jennifer Graham. Feeling inspired, I told my family that I was going to go for a 3-mile walk this morning. My (grown) son looks at me with astonishment and says "Outside?!?" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1253512617.jpg"> <BR> My workouts have been on an exercise bike in the... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:50:18 EST Day 7 - Not So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464132 Yesterday was good until evening, around suppertime. I started feeling really tired. My dh offered to go get us some dinner, but I didn't want fast food to ruin my momentum. So I had turkey, provolone, celery, peanut butter, and an apple. The apple isn't on phase 1 of South Beach, but I know from previous experience that it won't spike my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Today, I had to rely on what I had at work for breakfast - Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt, raw broccoli, and cauliflower. Yes, it w... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:21:42 EST A Little Improvement - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463070 I noticed yesterday afternoon that I had more energy after 5 days of low-carb eating. It was my dh's birthday and we celebrated by going to Golden Corral. I did a good job of staying on my eating plan (even though we had to sit next to the dessert bar). Afterwards, I went home and did 30 minutes on the exercise bike. Feeling good has carried over so far today. My blood sugars are also a little better (not there yet, but in the right direction). <BR> <BR> My anxiety and fatigue may hav... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:48:31 EST Day 5 Since My Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462017 Today is day 5 since I started my South Beach-get-my-blood-sugar-under-control program. The first couple of days, I overdid it with the nuts, but kept to foods on the program. Monday, I didn't eat enough. Yesterday I ate enough but still had a low blood sugar crash before dinner (even though it tested high, I felt better as soon as I ate). <BR> <BR> I'm definitely a carb (sugar) addict. When I let myself slip ("just one won't hurt"), it isn't long before I slip all the way down the hil... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:58:37 EST A new goal: 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457057 I've been dealing with injuries and an emotional roller-coaster since November. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1427588129.jpg"> <BR> My pattern has been to start a program with great optimism and energy. At some point, I'll hurt myself or get frustrated because I'm not seeing the progress I want, or push too hard in one area and completely lose balance. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1283855784.jpg"> <BR> I recently watched "Extreme Weigh... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:31:47 EST Feeling Fragile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404531 I've been feeling fragile, emotionally, for a while now. Maybe it's because I've hit middle age and can feel the time slipping away. Maybe it's the physical setbacks I've had over the past year and the official diagnosis of EDS* and arthritis. Whatever the reason, I feel more tentative and more easily broken than before. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204412378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God has been working on me as well. Over and over, the message of letting go and tru... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:21:08 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401115 Today makes 1 week of being back on Spark. Yesterday was much better for me. I made some good food choices, did 30 minutes on the exercise bike after work, made a good dinner, then did the dishes. Once that was done, I was ready for bed. I'm hoping to make this a routine on work-days. Weekends are still an issue - I need to set a routine there as well. <BR> <BR> Blogging daily and tracking my food and exercise is helping me to focus. I have a lot that I want to accomplish: <BR> <BR> P... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:08:58 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400271 I had another mini-binge last night. I call it a mini-binge because it could have been much worse (and has been in the past). I started well, with a balanced breakfast and a piece of fruit for a morning snack. We had to go to a viewing for the mother of a friend and didn't get lunch until 3pm. Ate a 6-inch Subway chicken sandwich with lots of veggies - still doing OK. Things fell apart after 6pm. I was tired and I think I started eating to stay awake. I had a grapefruit, then a sugar-f... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:35:31 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399054 God is good. I worked up the courage and weighed myself this morning. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> I'm only up 2 pounds since I fell off the wagon. I thought it was going to be much worse. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> My eating over the past few days has been spotty: too restrictive at times and too lax at others. I'm not overly worried about it. This just means I need to work out a rhythm that works for me. It looks like I need to balance my calories heavier during the day and lighter in... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:39:24 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396006 I'm on day 3 of my latest "starting over" with Spark. I went to bed feeling stuffed last night and still finished the day too low in calories, calcium, and fiber. Had a big (BIG) unsweet tea with dinner & woke up about 2:30 this morning. Couldn't get back to sleep, but had a nice cuddle with DH (just pulling my silver lining out of the no-sleep cloud). <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'm REALLY hungry this morning. Trying to get more nutrition throughout the day, because I know dinner won't ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:41:51 EST There and Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393594 I went There, back to my old neighborhood. It started pleasantly enough, with a visit to Mrs. Indulge-Yourself, who shared her chocolate-covered cravings. <em>475</em> <BR> <BR> Soon, Mr. Sloth showed up and we relaxed, putting up our feet. After all, I did have a broken toe that needed healing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1157350446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It wasn't too long before those delightful twins, Moodiness and Depression joined us. They always did... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:34:33 EST Exercising Again :) & late January goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215503 The anti-inflammatories and stretches the Dr. prescribed are doing their job. I was able to do 20 easy minutes on the recumbent bike yesterday. Between that and the sunshine we were blessed with, I felt more like myself than I had in a long time. I did 30 minutes on the bike today with just a little more resistance. I have missed this! My poor knees have regressed since I injured my hip and are not happy with me right now. This too, will pass. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:42:40 EST Blessed Relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198909 I had my appointment with the orthopedist this morning. My imagination had been working overtime, giving me visions of bone cancer (like my dad), surgery (still don't know how we would have handled that), and stress fractures. I didn't realize how scared I was until he gave me the good news. <BR> <BR> My hip joint itself is OK (no problem with the bones). I do have EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - a connective-tissue disorder which causes loose joints) but the main problem was weak muscles... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:11:47 EST Limping into 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186232 I've been away for a while. Since before Thanksgiving to be exact. I lost heart and fell off the wagon but, thankfully, not as far as I've fallen in the past. <BR> <BR> I re-injured my hip just by leaning forward (from a sitting position yet!!) with my leg in the wrong position. I had a sinus infection & went to the Dr. for that. When I brought up the hip, I was asked to make another appointment. Two weeks later, the Dr. looks at me like he's hearing about this for the first time (ex... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:22:49 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123825 I didn't meet my fitness goals for October. I'm still recovering from a hip injury and that may take another month or two. For now, it is non-weight-bearing exercises with low resistance. The good news is that my weight is (slowly) moving in the right direction. I've completed the 2nd leg of my virtual trip, for a total of 386 miles pedaled to Metropolis, IL (Home of Superman)! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60398561.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goals for November ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:00:32 EST Running in my Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098535 I had a dream last night that I was running in a marathon. This is on my bucket list, but I had a setback when I tried to get started as a runner. I was jogging short intervals and felt my hip go out when I stepped down on my right foot then go back in when I switched to my left. I tried too much, too soon. After 4 weeks, my hip is better but still feels stiff and a little unstable. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266013875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up on ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:43:48 EST The 'P' Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093744 This really spoke to me this morning: <BR> <BR> " let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" - Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) <BR> <BR> Patience is not my best thing, especially with myself. I've been struggling with a bout of depression since I weighed myself last week. The scale (which was at Kroger and may not have been calibrated recently) said I'd gained 20 pounds since the beginning of August. I've bee... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:22:19 EST Time to Re-Evaluate....Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085636 I had stopped weighing myself because I was getting too obsessive about it and my mood went up & down with the numbers on the scale. I weighed myself for the first time since the beginning of August and it says I've GAINED 20 lbs. I'm working out harder and more consistently than I ever have before. I'm tracking everything I eat and I'm eating healthier than I ever have. My Spark reports showing calorie differential show that I'm burning more than I'm taking in. I feel better than I have... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 19:27:20 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082406 My goals for October are: <BR> <BR> 1. Repeat 1000 fitness minutes for this month. <BR> <BR> 2. Strength training twice per week (didn't meet this one in September). <BR> <BR> 3. Keep tracking my food and watch the carbs. <BR> <BR> 4. Walk the virtual 5K this month. I had signed up to run it, but can't risk hurting my hip again. It still lets me know when I'm over-doing it. <BR> <BR> 5. Spend more time outside and connecting with friends. This is my favorite time of the year! <BR> Hop... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:01:58 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082396 Below were my goals for September and how I did: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 1000 Fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> - beat this one by 1 minute (yay me!) <BR> <BR> 2. Cardio 5-6 days per week for a minimum 30 minutes each time. <BR> Work on my virtual exercise bike trip <BR> <BR> * done (except for when I hurt my hip & had to rest) <BR> <BR> and start Couch-2-5k (going gently with the running until I'm sure my knees can take it). <BR> <BR> * this is where I hurt my hip, on Week1 Day1 on the 4t... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:55:54 EST Virtual Trip Destination #1 - Santa Claus, IN !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070387 I finally pedaled the 218 miles for the first stop on my virtual trip to Hawaii. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l8221547.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Actually, I passed it for a total of 223.73 miles so far! Needless to say, my hip is feeling better. I'm picking stops along the way that I want to visit in person when I can. It feels so good to complete a goal! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Below are some pictures of Santa Claus, IN: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:09:50 EST Struggling this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069508 I've been fighting a bout of depression this week. My hip is still sore and I haven't been able to exercise like I want. I've done some 30-minute sessions on the exercise bike, but had to keep the intensity low to keep from hurting myself again. Between a lack of good sweaty exercise, shorter days, rainy weather, and a more-stressful-than-usual work week, I'm feeling pretty down and irritable. I'm also bummed that I have to put Couch25K on hold. <BR> <BR> The good news is I haven't tur... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:52:12 EST Couch 2 5K Failure - suggestions needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062070 Last week I did about 1/3 of D1W1 of Couch 2 5K as a test. I have a weak ankle from a bad sprain a few years ago and knees that have given me trouble for years. After my test, I had some sore muscles but no joint problems. <BR> <BR> I tried the full D1W1 today. At my 4th running session, I felt a sharp pain as my hip went partially out of socket. It went back in, but I had to limp home and it is still sore. Joint issues aren't new for me. At various times, I've had issues with both kne... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:44:45 EST To My Fellow Bookworms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052546 If you're looking for a little inspiration, I'd like to recommend the books below. Even if you aren't into the particular sport, there is a lot to be gained from their stories. They're all available on Amazon.com: <BR> <BR> "The Competitor In Me" by Francie Van Wirkus - the story of a woman who juggles marriage, kids, and a job to become an Ironman athlete. She does a great job of describing the training and the events themselves. <BR> <BR> "The Competitor In Me II: Conquer Fear" by Fran... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:48:29 EST Still Peddling Toward Maui http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050121 Long day today. Got up and rushed Mom into leaving (earlier than usual) for the hour-long drive to the nursing home where my Step-Dad is staying. We got back home in time to take my older son to work. A couple of hours later, took my younger son to work, went back to the mall where older son works, did a little shopping, then took him home from work. On the way home, stopped to pick up some things at the grocery then stopped at the pharmacy for prescriptions. I was really tense because I... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 19:23:13 EST "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049849 When I was young, my knee bones grew at a different rate from the sockets they were supposed to fit into. This resulted in dislocated knees when I fell. It happened a lot through elementary school, so often that our doctor taught my parents how to put the knee back in place before they took me to the hospital for x-rays. It was extremely painful until the knee was back in its socket - then it would go numb. Every time this happened, I had to ice the knee and stay off it for about a week. ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:41:18 EST Rest (?) Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041052 I took a rest day from my workouts yesterday. My legs were feeling uncomfortable from my Friday workout. I had a lot of running to do - taking my mom an hour away to see my step-dad who is in a nursing home, grocery shopping, and I was on-call for work from 8-5. <BR> <BR> Mom had an insulin reaction after lunch, even though we had cut back on it a little for her lunch. Sometimes the insulin doesn't seem to work well enough to keep her blood sugar in the normal range and sometimes, like ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:02:57 EST August Goal Results / Goals for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040091 Results for August <BR> --------------------------- <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Exceed 800 fitness minutes for the month - cardio 3 times per week and weight-bearing/toning exercises 2 times per week. <BR> <BR> Exceeded the minutes by 15! Exceeded the cardio - 5-6 times per week (except for 1-1/2 weeks where I was sick). <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR> Really need to work on the ST - failed there. Just don't like it as well. <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> 2.... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 14:06:37 EST A Shift in Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029357 I guess I've had an "Aha!" moment. <em>3</em> <BR> It has been building over the past few weeks and I'm almost afraid to put it into words. I don't want to jinx it. I've spent the majority of my adult life on a roller coaster of diet-binge-diet with only brief periods of being "thin". Even when I was at a normal weight, I saw myself as fat. <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> It was only years later, looking at old pictures of myself, that I could see what I really looked like at the time. <BR> <B... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:10:00 EST Virtual Cross-Country Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015124 As I mentioned in my last blog, I've taken inspiration from IVANASLURPEE and started a virtual trip from Ohio to Maui. The nice thing about virtual trips is you don't have to worry about all the pesky hazards that come with biking that far (like bad weather, bugs, dogs, crazy drivers, and of course - the ocean! <BR> <em>27</em> <em>259</em> <em>148</em> <em>343</em> <em>338</em> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> The total number of miles I'll need to log on my exercise bike to complete the tr... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:41:59 EST Thoughts on Weight Lost, Ball Games, and Stationary Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000700 The "Biggest Loser" competition at work finished yesterday. I went to my final weigh-in, not too confident because the scale hasn't been kind to me since the beginning of June. According to the scale, I've lost 2.6 pounds since June 6th. BUT...the legs of my pants are looser and a pair of shorts I just bought that would have been tight at the beginning of the summer are too big. <BR> <BR> I had measured myself last week for the first time and I'd really been pushing myself the past 2 we... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:40:39 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994875 I didn't formally write down any goals for July. I was pretty much making them up as I went. After today, I'll have 620 minutes of exercise for the month. I've gone from 20 minutes on the exercise bike to an hour. I'm drinking a lot more water and eating a lot more veggies than I was in June. So for August, I want to: <BR> <BR> 1. Exceed 800 fitness minutes for the month - cardio 3 times per week and weight-bearing/toning exercises 2 times per week. <BR> <BR> 2. Get to the point where... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:08:41 EST Losing It for No Apparent Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985155 I get up this morning, a little tired but OK. I put on a skirt and a cute little top I just bought, remembered my lunch, and left for work. There was a rainbow in the sky when I pulled up and, later, some much-needed rain. I was in a good mood and feeling good all morning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762183870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Something happened after lunch. I was feeling stressed-out and REALLY wanted to chew something. I had a couple of snacks I had budge... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:15:45 EST Learning To Feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975879 I've been fat most of my adult life. Even in my thinner periods, my relationship with food was unhealthy and extreme. I didn't get to be obese because I liked to eat (even though I do). Food was my comforter, stress reliever, companion, and drug of choice. There was no need to deal with uncomfortable feelings as long as I could bury them under large quantities of sugar, starches, and greasy goodies. <BR> <BR> Now that my mind has been cleared through a healthier lifestyle, all those li... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:10:00 EST Eat More, Exercise Less??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962757 I started this "biggest loser" competition at work on June 6th. I was pretty sick of myself at the time and needed some motivation to start taking care of myself again. I was really pushing myself, counting everything I ate and working out harder than I had in a long time. After 2 weeks, I had GAINED 2 1/2 pounds. I was a wee bit frustrated, to put it mildly. <BR> <BR> So, I talk to one of the trainers at the gym that is doing our weigh-ins. I told her I was using SP and my calorie rang... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 19:08:03 EST Frustration, Aggravation, and Wallowing in it All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937608 I was looking forward to my weigh-in for our Biggest Loser contest wednesday. I've been tracking my (much healthier) food, measuring everything. I started doing the 30 Day Shred video, which leaves me a panting puddle of sweat on the floor (cry, fat, cry!). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178511046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling stronger, have more energy, my pants are fitting better, and I no longer have to deal with daily heartburn. (I know I keep bri... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:48:49 EST Seeing Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927896 I recently re-committed myself to a healthier lifestyle after a long period of eating junk and acting the part of Couch Potato. I had some disappointments and extra stress in my life (had to postpone finishing my degree, my Mom moved in with us due to health problems, and we've been having money problems). These were my excuses to bury myself in chocolate & television. It wasn't until I started earning some health problems of my own that I came to my senses. <BR> <BR> It has only been thr... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:31:37 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924431 When most of us think about the word freedom, we think of a complete absence of any kind of restrictions - doing what we want, when we want, how we want. When I applied that kind of "freedom" to food, I found myself bound to an unhealthy body that restricted my freedom in most other areas of my life. Carrying around an extra 80+ pounds meant I couldn't participate in activities with my family (or if I did, I slowed them all down). Fatigue, joint problems, mood swings, unstable blood sugar,... 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