DRCLANKY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRCLANKY DRCLANKY'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/ Seeking Advice to Get Out of The Danger Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100121 I can feel it. I'm entering the Danger Zone. Every time I let my eating get out of control it always starts the same way. It'll be a busy time in my life, either socially, with travel or at work (or all three these days!). Maybe the increased travel or work will start interfering with my workout schedule. I'll find myself not having the time to go grocery shopping as often as I'd like or to make myself proper meals for dinner. Next thing I know I'll find myself mindlessly snacking. Often I'll... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:27:41 EST A Little Help From My Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054601 Yesterday I had one of "those" runs. The ones that, even before it starts, you are already exhausted and dreading the next hour of your life. The ones during which you spend the first 5 minutes telling yourself that you'll settle into your stride and feel better. The ones where you spend the last 50 minutes realizing you're not going to settle into your stride and feel better today. <BR> <BR> My ultimate goal is to run the famous San Francisco Bay to Breakers race in May (12K) so I'm trainin... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:43:01 EST The "All New" Stay-cation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044134 My boyfriend, and I live in San Francisco and had intended to get out of the city and do some camping for the Labor Day long weekend. As often happens with us, we just never got around to planning it and before we knew it the long weekend had arrived. Since we had kinda forced ourselves into a staycation, my boyfriend suggested we make the most of it and do an "all new" weekend, doing things that we had never done before in SF! (Aside: One thing I love about SF is that I think you could do an... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:42:40 EST The Importance of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037777 I've said it before and I'll say it again, I need my beauty sleep! <BR> <BR> Over the last month I haven't been keeping up with my SparkPeople very well. I've been tracking food and exercise only sporadically, haven't been reading any blogs and didn't even log my last weigh-in (even though it was a half pound loss!). The worst part though is that I have not been keeping up with my running and have started sneaking junk food back into my cupboard. Part of this is general business lately. A l... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:18:37 EST Lesson Learned..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009738 ......hopefully. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks I've been eating above my calorie goal and haven't been recording it. It showed on the scale this morning with a zero weight loss week. At least it isn't a gain, I tell myself! I think the only thing that kept me from gaining was that I have been keeping up with my exercise during this time. <BR> <BR> What gets me though is "why"? <BR> <BR> Why have I stopped recording what I'm eating? <BR> <BR> Why have I suddenly started mindlessly snacking ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:50:23 EST Say 'Yes' to the Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998080 I'm going to a wedding with my boyfriend in 2 weeks and we're going back to his hometown where I'll meet all his friends for the first time. I'm super excited and the wedding has served as extra motivation for my weight loss. Yesterday I tried on the dress I'm planning on wearing and was pleasantly surprised! <BR> <BR> At Christmas, this dress was one I had pulled out of my closet as a possibility for all the seasonal parties. I quickly put it back in the closet when I found it too tight, we... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:48:32 EST 27:50!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994989 I'm so proud of myself!! My running buddy and I completed our 5K in 27:50!! I smashed my goal of under 30. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I even met my weight loss goal of losing 5 lbs before the race. In fact, I lost 5.5 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> The race definitely pointed out some of my weaknesses, the main one being pacing. We had calculated ahead of time that we wanted to hit the 1 mile mark by 9:30 and the 2 mile mark by 19:00. <BR> <BR> As often happens on race day, we flew out of the gate at a bit ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:21:49 EST Nerves!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988140 The date is fast approaching; my 5K race is on Sunday morning! <BR> <BR> This is only my second race ever (the first being this same race that I ran last year). I'm really excited for it because I remember it being a really fun experience last year, but I've got some serious nerves happening here too. I guess this is because I put some pressure on myself by setting two goals for the race; <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 5 lbs by race day <BR> 2. Complete the race in under 30:00 <BR> <BR> Looks like I'm ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:42:54 EST What We Say In Krav Maga... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965770 I'm happy to report that I had a much better second week than first and lost my target weight for the week of 1 lb! If I keep with it, I'm on track to be under the 200 lb mark by the end of next week!!! I'm incredibly proud of myself for (mostly) sticking to it even though the first week didn't yield the results I was hoping for. <BR> <BR> [pauses typing momentarily to pat self of back] <BR> <BR> In addition to the numbers on the scale I'm also noticing something that seemed like it would N... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:46:07 EST Bouncing Back??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953861 I do this every time I start a new diet. I convince myself that saying the words out loud "I'm going to start watching what I eat" is enough to magically make the weight dissolve off me. <BR> <BR> Well, surprise. It isn't quite working like that. Turns out, this might just take a little hard work. <BR> <BR> When I stepped on the scale after the first week I was down 0.5 lbs. I was disappointed because I'm trying to lose 1 lb per week (while secretly hoping that 2 lbs/wk will disappear). Th... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:30:30 EST Paying It Forward And Getting It Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945002 It's amazing how much support you can get from all sorts of sources if you just tell people what you're trying to do! <BR> <BR> Last year I decided to take up running and run a 5K race. Having never ever ever ever ever been a runner or considered myself even vaguely athletic, the very thought of it was intimidating. I picked a race date that was months away from my training start date because I just couldn't conceive of being able to run that distance. <BR> <BR> But a funny thing happened... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:31:25 EST A Thousand Words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941797 I'm sure you've heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" but the other day I realized that what's NOT in a picture can say a heck of a lot too. <BR> <BR> I was taking some time to get familiar with the Spark People site, scanning around at blogs and success stories and trying to keep my motivation up. I noticed that many people posted pictures of themselves along their weight loss journey and I thought this was a great idea. I started scanning around on my computer for a recen... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:39:46 EST The Beginning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939191 It's time for a change so I'm giving this a try! I've struggled with my weight my entire adult life and while I've never been obese, I've been getting closer and closer as I get older. Since I hit my 30's I've noticed the difference and it's a lot harder to lose the weight. I recently calculated my waist:hip ratio and found that at my current measurements I'm at high risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure and all that other nasty stuff. I've done Weight Watchers off and on for the ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:48:55 EST