DUXGRL1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUXGRL1 DUXGRL1'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/ EE (Emotional Eating) Observations and Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643785 Since my last blog I've been doing a little bit better. I have decided to stay off the scale for a while so I can concentrate on getting my eating habits to be more the way I want them to be and I'll worry about the scale later. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still figuring out what I would like to change and try. I read an interesting article in Self magazine about why crash diets work, not recommending crash diets pre se, but some of the elements that work that could be applied to a sensible diet. ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:41:07 EST Long Overdue Update: The good news and the bad news...trying to figure out next steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630983 <BR> <BR> This is a long, long overdue update about how I am actually doing with my weight. I am struggling, at a stuck point and doing a lot of soul searching. This is probably going to be a long, rambling blog. Please bear with me. <BR> <BR> There is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I have maintained my weight loss (As of last weigh in, 54 lbs...it had been 58 lbs) for over a year within a 5 lb range, which I have never been able to do before...when I have lost wei... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:02:23 EST Merry Christmas and will be Back Soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571527 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811313295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to my Sparkfriends. I have been swamped with work since November, and then holiday stuff as well, so I have been WAY out of touch. But I'll be back soon and am looking forward to catching up with all of you soon. <BR> <BR> I did get have a great time with my camera this month, though. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1013065012.jpg"> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:21:51 EST Remembering.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1254888873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I live in Arlington, and there are many big flags like this on our county government buildings on 9/11, about a 10 minute walk from where I live. Went to see them last night because my daily commute does not take me by there. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:41:52 EST Had to share with my Spark pals...my new toy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450246 This blog is not going to be about my latest weight, or how difficult a week I have had food-wise, (although I could write about THAT!) LOL, but about my new toy! I had never heard of a machine like this, but my SO saw a high end one on a cooking show and we found that there were a lot of affordable ones on the market. I love to cook and am a sucker for cooking gadgets, and anything that gives me yet ANOTHER way to prepare vegetables is great in my book. So tonight I used this for the first t... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:55:10 EST This was not the blog that I hoped to write today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427092 Short and sweet. Monthly weigh-in. THIS was the day that I had hoped to announce that I had FINALLY made it to a normal BMI. It would have taken only a 2 lb loss. Instead, I am UP 2 lbs. I feel frustrated and disappointed and part of me feels as if I will NEVER get below 175. Rationally, I know that it has been as hot and humid as @#$$ here all week and last year when it was like this, there was a gain on the scale, too, despite all my water drinking, but still...... <BR> <BR> It is what it ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:40:51 EST It's been too long, but here's an update!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402767 It has been WAY too long since I blogged. <BR> <BR> The past 6 months have probably been the hardest of this weight loss journey. In the beginning of January I was 175 lbs, 10 lbs from goal. I know I have said this before, but I thought that it was going to be a piece of cake with only 10 lbs left. NOT! I got off track and feel like I had a backslide, but I am doing a lot better now. I still am 10 lbs from goal at 175 lbs. The bad news is that I am still 10 lbs away from my goal and am not ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:08:06 EST Update and a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305517 Time for an update. I have been meaning to blog before this and just didn't get around to it. Happy Easter tomorrow and belated Happy Passover to those who celebrated that. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself today. I never blogged after my last weigh in, but I was up 3 lbs from my previous weigh-in, from 175 to 178. For this weigh-in, I am still 178, and I'm really happy about that, because I had a rough month. I feel like I am struggling now that I am close to my goal, struggling with motivation, b... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:02:50 EST Short but Sweet NSV. GS Cookies and Fro/Yo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261918 Yesterday, bought some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. (I was a Girl Scout many years ago so always like to get at least one box) To go with it, got some Ben and Jerry's frozen Greek yogurt. I opened the GS cookies and took 4, gave the rest of the sleeve to SO. I had a 1/2 C portion of the fro/yo, told SO he could have the rest. I budgeted this desert in. I guess this is how normal people eat! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:50:35 EST Challenges, Including the Evil Thin Girl, NSVs, and Upcoming Reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253966 It will be time for the monthly weigh in soon, and with 10 lbs to go till my goal, I realize now that it is not going to be a walk in the park to get there. That is partly due to challenges and partly due to the Evil Thin Girl, who is a challenge of her own! <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenges: Still living with SO, although I am finding that I am getting used to it and am enjoying aspects of it, although it is not an ideal situation. (I have started looking for a new place to live, would like to get... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:20:57 EST Monthly Weigh-in and LONG Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224512 First of all, this week I have finally gotten back into reading blogs for the first time in several months; I am trying to read them daily as they come in instead of saving them all for the weekend as I have done in the past. I have so enjoyed catching up and the daily motivation helps, too. I missed you all! <BR> In this blog I will try to give you more of an update on what has happened the past few months with me. <BR> <BR> Today was my monthly weigh-in, and I stayed the same...175 lbs. I ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:54:52 EST Happy New Year, Second Sparkversary, Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199472 Hi everybody. This is not going to be a long blog, just a quick update. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year first of all. I hope that your holidays were all you wanted them to be. <BR> <BR> I am so sorry that I have gotten so out of touch with everything that is happening with everyone, and have not gotten to read blogs in a long time. I am not sure when I will be able to catch up, I am just hoping that someday I will be able to. Things have been very difficult here and I will not go into all the deta... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:58:46 EST Happy Holidays to all my Spark Pals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174245 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719242515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been so out of touch. Hope to be able to catch up soon. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:24:44 EST Monthly Weigh in and Quick Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155274 Just a quick update and hello. <BR> <BR> Hope the holidays are going well so far. I just drank...a skinny version of eggnog I made up! <BR> <BR> Almond milk <BR> A couple of drops of eggnog extract (I have also used sugar free eggnog syrup) <BR> Stevia <BR> <BR> Not completely the same, but a skinny facsimile! I WILL drink the real, full calorie version, but trying to put it off as long as possible. <BR> <BR> I was THRILLED to lose 2 lbs in November, even with Thanksgiving. I ate a lot f... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:56:22 EST An Interesting Thought and Some NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151005 I have been having a hard time emotionally the past couple of days...something really difficult is coming in a week with my SO and I have no idea how to stop it or what to do about it. <BR> <BR> But I have been doing well this week on my plan, both with eating and exercise. I have been doing extra exercise and eating at the lower end of my calories to make up for Thanksgiving and will have a weigh in soon. Even at Thanksgiving, I made sure to get a lot of extra workout time in. <BR> <BR> An... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:02:59 EST Monthly Weigh In :(, The Holidays, and Other Stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122742 After my triumphant lululemon experience, my weigh in this month puts me up one pound, back to 180, which is very frustrating. I did not have a bad month, I pretty much had a normal month, if anything, I exercised more the last couple of weeks because I am really busy at work and wanted to make sure that I got a good workout in case I did not move around at work as much as I wanted. Also, it has cooled down, so I have managed to get some good walks in at lunch at work. But I feel like I am on... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:49:53 EST Finally Some Pix...Before and Almost After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115673 Some pix that I wanted to include last time....me in my new Lulu jacket (see last blog entry) and ALSO some before pix, which are worth a thousand words! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210224427.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874483515.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962086152.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783355711.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:13:05 EST Today was my reward for almost 2 years of hard work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106355 <BR> <BR> Well….it’s certainly not the only reward, there are others that are a lot more important, like better health, more energy, more confidence, but it was a BIG one for me. Today made all the hard work worthwhile. <BR> <BR> (I am so far behind reading everyone’s blogs and I apologize and hope to catch up soon, but this is something that I simply MUST blog about. I had hoped to include a photo with this but the cable that goes with my camera seems to be on the blink…at least I hope it... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:47:44 EST Weigh in and Update...170s for first time in at least 20 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082815 I had wanted to blog before this and have an idea for an additional blog that I want to post soon, but want to at least check in now. <BR> <BR> Happy Fall, first of all. Hope you are enjoying it and here is a photo from my beloved farmer’s market. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174107754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My monthly weigh in found me down 2 pounds and in the 170s for the first time in almost 20 years! I also measured myself this weeke... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:31:11 EST Weigh in and Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040387 Wow, can you believe that it’s September already? While I like the extra light and abundance of veggies at my farmer’s market, Fall is my favorite season when it cools down and the leaves change. Here are some veggies from the farmer's market: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909810195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I didn’t mean to not blog for a month…for the second time! I marvel at all of you who constantly have interesting blogs! <BR> <BR> I had my monthl... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:29:53 EST Frustrated and Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000879 For this first time in this weight loss journey, I have a 4 lb gain, and I am frustrated because there is no clear reason why. (It would be easier if I knew that I had had a really bad month) I feel like an idiot saying that, but I have not really done anything differently this month that would make me gain weight. I actually weighed myself last week and the weight was the same (up to 185 from 181) and I actually ate at the lower end of my calories for most of the week, and it didn’t matter. ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:22:25 EST It's Been Too Long, 52 lbs, and Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971619 Well, I didn’t mean for it to be so long since my last blog. I don’t feel like I have a lot of interesting things to say as often as I would like, but wanted to check in. I do enjoy other people’s blogs, though! <BR> <BR> On June 30, I finally broke the 50 lb loss mark, 52 lbs to be exact, and I REALLY wanted to post a blog about that, but like many others in the VA/DC/MD area that weekend, I lost power, so I couldn’t do it, and this is really the first chance I have gotten where I had some ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:55:41 EST Update: A Mélange! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883093 <BR> It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a blog so I thought that I would do an update. It’s been a mixed couple of weeks since my last weigh in. <BR> <BR> I’ll start with the bad news. I’ve been under a TON of stress between my job and my personal life, and with that has come emotional eating. I have gone over my personal calorie ranges on about 5 days since my last weigh in. I KNEW it was emotional eating and I DID IT ANYWAY. This past Sunday night I even felt like I just did not care... Tue, 15 May 2012 19:41:20 EST Disappointed but trying not to be too discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856252 Today was my monthly weigh-in, and I found out that I lost 2 lbs. This was disappointing because I did SO well this month, and after losing 1 lb last month was hoping for at least my usual 3 lb loss, hopefully more. I was good about exercise as always, stuck to my calorie guidelines every day except one, when I went over by a couple hundred calories. (Easter) I feel like I got back on track with motivation, too. I did this all despite all the craziness and stress that I discussed in my blog a... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:58:54 EST OMG….I didn’t know I could do that! (and general update!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829381 This morning I ran for 5 minutes, 3 times on the treadmill! I have never been able to run for 5 minutes without stopping before, even ONCE! The longest that I have been able to run without stopping up until today was 2 minutes straight. I’ve been inspired by my Spark pals and other blogs I have reading recently…thank you for inspiring me! (THESHELBSTER, I am especially thinking about YOUR progress with running!) <BR> <BR> Things are going a lot better so far this month. I feel motivated agai... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:23:43 EST Remotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819051 Since my last blog, I am feeling re-motivated, just about the idea about getting back to what was working for me before. <BR> <BR> Last night I sat down and looked over my food diary for the past month. I keep one on paper, and at the top of each page I put the total calories for the day, along with stats from my Fitbit (calories burned, steps) and what exercise I did, and calories burned for that. I also try to do a spreadsheet every week listing some of this information so I can get a bigg... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 18:50:05 EST It is What it Is…One Pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814214 Well, again, it has been longer than I wanted it to be in between blogs, but here I am with an update about my monthly weigh-in, which was today. I lost 1 lb this month, bringing me to 189. I kind of hoped for more, but then looking back at my month, I am not surprised, Another tough one. Here is what happened: <BR> <BR> 1. Again, longer hours at work <BR> 2. SO still having problems which is stressing me out <BR> 3. Sleep deprivation for about 2 weeks. <BR> 4. Lack of motivation with all th... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:23:14 EST 5 Potato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782682 I don’t feel like I have many food victories lately, so I have to celebrate this one! <BR> <BR> My SO and I were driving home from shopping (including some food shopping) tonight. He bought a bag of potato chips, which he had me open and hold for him on the way home, so he could eat them. Of course I was invited to have some. <BR> <BR> Now, I love potato chips (and these were the really good kind, crunchy and made with olive oil!) and French fries and have successfully worked them into thi... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:35:45 EST Size 14 Jacket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780843 I have not had an easy time lately, due to some ongoing emotional stuff, working more than usual and not getting enough sleep…this may sound strange, but lately I have been stretching my legs in my sleep in a way that gives me a cramp that wakes me up…has that happened to anyone else? <BR> <BR> Anyway, my eating has not been as regimented as I would like it to be, and it is hard to find that spark of real motivation lately. But my exercise is non-negotiable, so that has been saving me. <BR>... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 15:25:07 EST Monthly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768229 Today was my monthly weigh in. I lost 3 lbs, and am now at 190 lbs, total of 43 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> Considering the fact that Feb. was not an easy month and that I felt like I was kind of hanging on and going through the motions, I am very happy with this loss. <BR> <BR> Incidentally, 190 is the weight on my DRIVERS LICENSE! When I had my picture taken over a year ago, the woman asked me if there was anything that I needed to change on my license, LOL! <BR> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:22:55 EST Exciting Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762211 I made an exciting discovery today. Many days at work, I will walk around my office campus once during the morning, and once during the afternoon. This takes under 10 minutes and I know from my Fitbit that I burn between 50-60 calories doing it. At lunch, if I have time, I go for a 30 minute walk, and I generally burn between 180 - 220 calories doing that. <BR> <BR> There is another option to the shorter walk. If instead of just going around the campus, I also run up some stairs in back of ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:11:14 EST Just Checking In…I’m Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756846 I didn’t mean for it to be so long between blogs. When I started blogging, I had not really decided how often I would do it. My idea was that it would evolve and I would see if I would do it at regular times or just when the spirit moved me. I have been pretty much doing it when the spirit moves me but really meant to check in at least a week ago! I have been trying to read everyone’s blogs that I have been reading regularly but a few days ago, even got behind on that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:33:22 EST This week did not go as planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731340 Well…. <BR> <BR> This has not been the easiest week. <BR> <BR> I ate more than I wanted to at least 2 nights this week, and so far have not accomplished everything that I wanted. I didn’t even post any goals. <BR> <BR> I think that I know why, though. <BR> <BR> This is the second week in a row where I had to work late 3 nights in a row, and this is going to continue for a 2 or 3 more weeks, <BR> <BR> Working a long day, then having to sit FOREVER in traffic after that, all I want to do w... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 21:10:26 EST 40 lbs gone and weekly goal update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722125 So I had my monthly weigh-in today. I lost 1 lb, which brings me to 40 lbs lost. 10 more lbs (183) will make 50 lbs and 20 more lbs (173) will not only make 60 lbs, but will also be a big milestone because it will mean that I will have a NORMAL BMI! <BR> <BR> I would love to be in the 180’s for my next weigh-in in March. Not sure that is realistic, since I tend to lose 3 lbs or less per month, but we’ll see. I can’t remember the last time I got on a scale and saw a number under 190…I think ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:05:43 EST Another Non-Scale Victory: Dealing with Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719331 Today, during the last hour or two of work, two people did things that made me very angry. <BR> <BR> One situation is one that probably can’t be changed, one of those “it is what it is” situations, without me leaving this job. But someone treated me in what I felt was a patronizing way. Because of who he is in the chain of command and mostly what the situation is, I can’t change it. <BR> <BR> In the other situation, someone treated me disrespectfully who really shouldn’t have, and this is ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:02:14 EST THOSE jeans, goals for week, and weigh-in coming up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713002 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> This morning was one of those mornings when I was considering putting off my trip downstairs to the gym until tonight. It was SO hard to get going…I had a couple of days like that last week, too. But once I got there and got going, it was one of those days where I really enjoyed it and was so glad I went. But really, as I once read in an article here on Spark, are you EVER SORRY that you went when you are done? Never! <BR> <BR> Well, last night I sort of did what I ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:50:44 EST lululemon top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708898 Things are going better than a few days ago, thank you for your support and suggestions! <BR> <BR> Now onto a more fun topic. <BR> <BR> Everyone has a garment that symbolizes that they have finally reached their weight goal. <BR> <BR> Besides the jeans that I used to wear over 20 years ago that I was also able to briefly zip up during my most recent skinny period in 1998, (and I was not as slender then as when I used to wear them all the time then, either!) there is now the lululemon top.... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:45:13 EST A rough patch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702009 This is not the blog that I had planned to post tonight, (I have another one I wrote that I’ll post soon) but it is probably a blog that I need to post. I am not eating now, I did stop myself a couple of hours ago and started doing other things, including writing this! <BR> <BR> I’ve been eating more than I wanted to the past few days, and am not sure why. It isn’t awful, but it is more than I wanted. I feel like there is something bothering me but I am not sure what it is, and I am dealing ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:12:19 EST The Dreaded Elliptical…a non-scale victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689879 I’ll admit that this blog came in handy today. I used it to bribe myself to stay on the “dreaded elliptical” for longer than I ever have been before, 30 minutes. I told myself that if I did it, then I could blog about it. <BR> <BR> 30 minutes probably doesn’t sound like much, and for a lot of people, it isn’t. But a year ago, I could do 1 minute, maybe 2 minutes at the very most. <BR> <BR> I live in an apartment building with a small gym. There are 3 treadmills, 3 variations on bikes, one o... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:07:13 EST The silver lining to working today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683576 .....is that I was the ONLY one in my apartment building gym this morning, which has been extra crowded lately! <BR> <BR> Winter/January blaahhhhhs were kicking in this weekend, a couple of weeks late. This makes me want to eat, and I ate more than I wanted on Saturday. <BR> <BR> How do you all fight the blaahhhhhs? <BR> <BR> Have a great Monday! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:57:54 EST DUXGRL1: No longer lurking in the shadows! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679123 A year ago (Jan 2011) I found Sparkpeople on the latest (and so far, most successful, and hopefully LAST) weight loss journey of my life. <BR> <BR> I decided to celebrate my “Sparkversary” month by FINALLY creating a Sparkpage and starting to blog. I have been lurking in the shadows for a year, but have been so inspired by reading people’s blogs that I decided that maybe, in addition to using my blog to motivate myself, (I am a little over halfway to my goal weight) I could pay back those wh... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 20:52:27 EST