EDENFELL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EDENFELL EDENFELL'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/ Eeek..is it the end of April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678792 I keep meaning to blog but haven't in ages.. <BR> <BR> April has been going well. I've slowly been increasing my exercise minutes which i am so happy about. I'm scheduled to go for spinning today - I used to really resist going to this class but now i'm finding that I look forward to it every week. The music is fabulous and I've figured out how to modify so it works for my current fitness levels..I think I was burning myself out before! <BR> <BR> On the food front I'm incorporating dark cho... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:39 EST veggie overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645609 My latest thing is to eat veggies at all three meals. Today was day 1 of what I would like to have be a streak. <BR> <BR> So.. <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> I had 2 carrots with a small healthy breakfast <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> 2 cups of broccoli with a small healthy lunch <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> 1 cup of cauliflower with a small healthy dinner.. <BR> <BR> I hope lots of healthy things are happening in my body because I'd really love to have pizza just about now.. <em>4</em> <em>4... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:26:21 EST chamomile tea - new favorite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643180 <em>87</em> Happy weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been trying out different night time teas in an effort to substitute late night munchies with tea..i got some Bigelow chamomile tea and am loving it. It's very light but good. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any favorite non-caffeinated teas? I'm looking forward to adding more to my collection. <BR> <BR> I have an early morning workout scheduled for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday sparkfriends. <em>67</em> <em>148</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:37:21 EST believing in self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641517 <em>362</em> It always happens that on days I'm confident in my abilities, have faith in myself and generally kick $butt in all aspects, I do well on the nutrition and exercise front as well. <BR> <BR> I think self confidence and self-belief are so strongly linked to weight loss success. <BR> <BR> I'm adding a self-confidence goal to my March exercise goal ..I want to make a conscious effort to walk into each day with complete confidence in myself and my abilities to achieve all the goal... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:09:09 EST oatmeal love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639537 I've been shunning oatmeal as an option although I know it has a large number of health benefits. <BR> <BR> <em>258</em> Today I decided to give it another chance and made a spicy salty oatmeal with veggies for breakfast (I wanted to have a sugar-free option) and it tasted really good! I think that this version of oatmeal is going to enter my breakfast rotation regularly now. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have favorite ways to prepare breakfast oatmeal? <BR> <BR> Have a great day spark friends... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:00:46 EST A good man.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638916 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456028879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> too cute .. and true! <em>41</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:54:12 EST March..time flies.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636954 <em>2</em> I can't believe it's March 2014! <BR> <BR> I started the day with 50 ab crunches..my abs are letting me know that they don't enjoy being woken up first thing in the morning. <em>41</em> However, I think adding in tiny habits to start the day with is an excellent way to motivate yourself the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>81</em> I've also downloaded a neat free phone app that allows you to make youtube playlists of songs that you can play while working out or at other ti... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:56:48 EST Quinoa madness & 3000 ab crunches in March challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636106 I've been substituting out regular grains with quinoa for the past couple weeks. I've finally figured out a way to make it taste good. I add in tofu, veggies, soy sauce, honey and some other spices to make a sweet and sour quinoa pilaf. I'd highly recommend trying some version of this if you're interested in trying quinoa. I'm finding that I don't like it on its own as a substitute for rice. <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> On another note, I've been inspired by so many blogs about fellow-sparker... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:38:13 EST Bad Poetry about working out :)..yes, I'm procrastinating..should be at the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635470 A workout a day <BR> keeps the jiggle away <BR> <BR> It makes you lean <BR> and very very mean.. <em>234</em> <BR> Let's not forget..a complete machine <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Would you rather be droopy <BR> Or very very firm? <em>344</em> <BR> A huffer and puffer <BR> Or embrace the burn? <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> If you hate working out <BR> And wonder - "where's the poetry in this?" - <BR> (um, there's none..okay, actually) - <BR> <BR> Just go for that run <BR> And find ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:55:25 EST Shallow reason that is prompting me to workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625679 Okay, so I was incentivizing (is that a word? spell check is yelling at me) myself to exercise by telling myself that I want to get healthy, have more energy..ya da ya da ya da.. <BR> <BR> Here is a shallow but oh so much more motivating reason - <BR> <BR> I want to look HAWT.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone else on board with that motive? I mean what's the harm in looking great as well as being healthy.. <BR> <BR> End of Sunday discussion. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's h... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:27:43 EST 6am workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621111 I am not typically a morning person but yesterday on a whim I signed up for an elliptical class for 6am this morning. It was actually great to get the workout out of the way that early in the morning! <BR> <BR> On the minus side, I just came to spark to search for articles on how to stay awake in a healthy way without the help of a million cups of coffee if you've woken up at an unearthly hour to workout.. <em>41</em> ..bad news, there aren't any articles with that title (yet).. <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:56:35 EST Do or not do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614395 Lately I've been feeling slightly mad at myself mostly because I'm having a case of the "do or not do's"..There really is no try. I've been trying for ages but the bottom line is either you stay within cals or not. Either you exercise to burn those calories or not..I mean..there's no in between.. <em>198</em> Sigh..end of rant at self. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's day is going well..! <em>378</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:55:40 EST 10 lb February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613611 Okay, folks, it is Feb 3, 2014..I can't believe that January has just flown by. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that my nutrition & exercise have been atrocious over the past month. I have found every excuse for that but now have run out of excuses so I need to get back to sparking with intensity. <BR> <BR> My goals is to make this 10 lb February with a loss of 10 lbs this month. I know this is going to take a complete reversal in habits on my part but I'm ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I've ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 03:36:51 EST Thoughts before the New Year - it's 2014..really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576619 <em>145</em> My year has sort of gone by in a blur.. I have to say that my focus was not on health and fitness for a variety of reasons. <BR> <BR> 2014, however is going to be more of an intentional and joy filled year. I'm going to let go of all the beating up on self and make this year about the following things: <BR> <BR> #1. Building relationships..this is something that I want to put in a lot more effort and clear thought in..it is so easy to just take everyone around you for grante... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:44:02 EST Lean and Strong - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573834 Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> I've decided to start a lean and strong streak for the new year a bit early.. <BR> <BR> Here is are the 3 main goals: <BR> <BR> #1. ST - 5 days a week, no excuses <BR> <BR> #2. cardio mixed with functional training - 3 days a week no excuses <BR> <BR> #3. food prep - every night for the next day. <BR> <BR> These are simple goals, but they work so here's to a year of success! <em>41</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:51:51 EST Comfort food on special occasions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571662 Today is definitely a comfort food day so I thought I'd take a minute to write about the whole emotional eating thing! I've been struggling with not turning to comfort food automatically during times when it is so readily available. <BR> <BR> I think the most important piece of this is creating an identity for myself as a healthy, lean, fit person who doesn't use food as a coping mechanism or as a way to socialize. I find that whenever I lose sight of that vision of myself as a healthy, l... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:13:36 EST Starting no dairy, no wheat one week diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570027 <em>411</em> I've been having some allergies lately so I'm going to try a no dairy, no wheat diet for a week to see if that makes a difference. I was kind of on a no dairy plan for the longest time any way with the exception of cheese once in awhile..but I'm eliminating that as well. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> The no wheat part is sooooo hard! <em>40</em> My favorite bread is sourdough and I really don't enjoy rye and other non-wheat breads. No bread is so not an option! Anyway, I'm work... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:23:19 EST It's almost Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550058 <em>465</em> This year has flown by. I'm so surprised that it's Thanksgiving already. It is getting colder where I am as well --- brrr! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I'm still recovering from a bout of bad sinusitis which is leaving me tired and frustrated about the fact that I can't do more to get rid of those germs! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> On the plus side, I have no cravings for junk food at all and all I want is soup! <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> On the minus side, exercise... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:00:12 EST Everything Food Represents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545238 <em>147</em> I realize that I need to find healthy cooking rituals. <BR> <BR> Food has always represented so much more than sustenance in my family when growing up. Huge meals represented family, love and tradition. The ritual of getting together and cooking was a huge part of what family meant. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> When I go the healthy route I tend to stop cooking as much and focus on salads, fruits and vegetables. This is a good thing but it does have one con that leads to that ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:14:26 EST Changing Assumptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544825 I've been feeling completely off lately and kind of down about the fact that I've been on spark for awhile and can't get this weight loss thing down. <BR> <BR> It's that word "can't" that keeps coming up that I need to change. I was reading an article on how our subconscious assumptions can fight with our daily goals. So if we've decided in the back of our minds that we "can't" do something and that it's just not going to work out, it turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy..so here are my su... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:14:18 EST A piece of fruit at every meal.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544520 <em>67</em> I've kind of scoffed at the piece of fruit at every meal advice that I've gotten so many times - it just seems like fruit overload.. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Well, I bit the bullet and went for it and I have to say that this strategy does reduce cravings. I think the more fibrous fruits like pears and apples work better than a banana which is more glycemic. Anyone else resisting fruits and veggies? <BR> <BR> I still have my evening workout to go and I *really* am resisting it ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:47:40 EST Sunday check-in - coffee banana smoothie recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543782 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> I've sort of been having an up and down week. Huge problems on the nutrition front..sigh! So to turn that around this week, I've been researching some great healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> Here's one for a coffee banana smoothie I found on pinterest that I am going to try tomorrow: <BR> <BR> Coffee Banana Smoothie - <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> Night before: Slice 1 banana and freeze in a ziplock Brew strong coffee and freeze in an ice cube tray In the mo... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:55:36 EST Foods with Probiotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541883 <em>302</em> I'm trying to add more foods with probiotics in my diet - I found this list to keep on hand: <BR> <BR> 1. Yogurt with natural ingredients with live and active cultures <BR> <BR> 2. Kombucha tea (fermented tea found in Asian grocery stores) <BR> <BR> 3. Miso soup (tofu and vegetable broth soup) <BR> <BR> 4. Soy milk with live and active cultures (this is new on the market) <BR> <BR> 5. Kefir (cross between yogurt and milk) <BR> <BR> 6. Sauerkraut <BR> <BR> 7. Milk with ad... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:26:27 EST Fitness phone apps I'm loving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541096 <em>3</em> I've been experimenting with a few different free apps on my phone for fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> The two that I find myself using every day and loving are "Lose It" and the 7 minute workout app. I was using the spark app but actually find "Lose It" easier and more intuitive to use. <BR> <BR> The 7 minute workout app gives you no excuse for not fitting in mini-workouts during your day. The workout is simple, however, it definitely accomplishes a lot in those 7 minutes. <BR>... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:27:42 EST Tuesday evening blog - fitness goals for November.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533272 I'm down with the flu while planning my fitness goals for the month of November. I'm not sure why but being sick is actually inspiring me to focus on wellness! <em>198</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I recently came across this definition of fitness that I really like. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> "Fitness is the achieving a combination of physical and mental well-being. It is a way of living that includes high self-esteem and belief in yourself. Fitness encompasses choosing to treat your bo... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:26:31 EST Great way to sneak extra fiber into your diet.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525919 So I bought a couple of cereal boxes with extremely high fiber content (fiber one, grape nuts) that don't taste very good to me. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> They were languishing away in a kitchen cupboard until I had a brilliant idea. I added a small scoop to my morning fruit and yogurt smoothie and blended away. This is such a great way to add texture and fiber without having to deal with bland taste. <BR> <BR> I think this is going to be a part of my regular... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:22:02 EST I just got asked this question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524757 "How important are your goals to you?" <BR> <BR> My answer: "Very." <BR> <BR> Response: "Then why aren't you doing something about it right now?" <BR> <BR> I think it's easy to get overwhelmed and give up and not realize that in the process, the goals that are so important are sliding further away from our grasp. <BR> <BR> Kind of a great wake-up call. <em>41</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:34:28 EST My Detox Day Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518626 Last week I was having a tough time getting into gear on the nutrition front so I decided to have a detox day with just teas and clear soups. <BR> <BR> I started the day with green tea with lemon and two glasses of water. <BR> <BR> For lunch I had a clear vegetable soup which was delicious followed by black tea with lemon and a glass of water. <BR> <BR> At dinner I had another serving of clear vegetable soup followed by tea with milk and sugar and another glass of water. <BR> <BR> I thoug... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:00:20 EST Thin for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507290 So these are tips from "Health" magazine on how to keep pounds off for the long run: <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> 1. You have to move every single day. Even if you don't have one big block of activity, you should have spurts of activity throughout the day. <BR> <em>258</em> 2. Maintaining muscle matters = resistance training a few times a week (add in sets of squats and lunges into few minute sessions every day) can increase your resting calorie burn by 100 calories a day. <BR> <em>550</em... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 19:11:43 EST My cheetos confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503881 Well, after a 6 day workout streak, and no sign of weight loss on that scale, I woke up this morning and had a big bowl of cheetos for breakfast..I know, not a good thing. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I had a long conversation with myself and asked myself if I wanted to be the cheeto eating couch potato or a fit, lean and healthy person..the cheetos sort of won out on that conversation but I did go to zumba this evening. <em>413</em> I'm hoping one will cancel out the other! <em>41</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:54:28 EST a small streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499865 Well, I just had a minor streak..I didn't want to jinx myself by writing about it but I'm just so pleased I had to blog. <BR> <BR> For the first time in a long time, I've worked out for a little over an hour for 4 days in a row which may not seem like much to a lot of people but I've been so sporadic with working out lately that I'm happy I fell into a rhythm with this. I've been adding in ST after cardio and then some back and ab exercise..this definitely feels like a more complete workout... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 02:27:48 EST Where did the week go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493197 I can't believe it's Monday in a few short hours. <BR> <BR> I was reading an article on spark about "cardio crimes" that people most often commit and here are mine..apparently I'm *very* guilty <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Not drinking water during a workout at various intervals..I usually don't drink water during a workout - I workout at the gym, go home and then drink water if I remember. <BR> 2. Stretching before a workout - apparently you're not supposed to do this, just warm up. <BR> ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:46:37 EST Back to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479480 I had to take a break from spark for awhile because so much was going on, on the home front. <BR> I feel like I'm finally in the mind space to get back to focusing on fitness. I was really resisting the gym while things were stressful but now that I have more time, I'm actually looking forward to going again. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how sometimes taking that break is exactly what you need to start fresh! <BR> <BR> I was watching Chris Powell being interviewed the other day and I love his si... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:18:25 EST The slightly whiny blog.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434413 Okay, actually this is a full-out whiny blog. I want to complain and complain and complain. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But I won't. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Okay, maybe just a little. I've been working out and eating right but that scale won't move. So then I think what's the point. I'm stressed out about so many things as it is. So why add the additional stress of finding a time to workout..and make that extra effort to cut up those fruits and veggies when it isn't going to make a differen... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:27:05 EST Inspirational quotes for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413644 Some inspirational quotes on change to start the week off well.. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> "People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake. <BR> Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life's biggest mistakes." <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> "If you're not using your potential, it wears away at your confidence." <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> "The time is now." <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> "Don't wait until you can't..do it now because you're worth it and you ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:28:18 EST Ugh tired..and thoughts on embracing fitness & health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409111 <em>351</em> So today I worked out at the gym. I went to zumba class and I have to say once you have back issues they are hard to get through. I was completely stiff during class whereas usually I am really moving in zumba. Also, I'm more tired than usual..hmm..not a good thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after I got home, I watched parts of an episode of Extreme weight loss tv episode..something one of the people on the show who was trying to lose weight really struck a chord. He said he had to em... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 23:10:56 EST Inspirational QOTD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408095 <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The inherent value of every person - regardless of accomplishments, wealth, beauty, number on a scale or fame, - is beyond comprehension. " <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>338</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 01:28:51 EST Sunday thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406511 I can't believe it's been a week since I've written a blog! Last week was kind of a downer week but now I'm back on track and moving towards those fitness goals. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of reading on nutrition and have switched breakfast to whole steelcut oats with almonds and raisins <em>41</em> . I'm going to focus on cutting out sugar from my diet this week. Today I saw someone in a skintight tube dress which actually looked good on her and wondered if she reali... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:38:09 EST It's Sunday..June 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398842 <em>145</em> Time is flying. I can't believe it's close to the end of June. I feel like June just started! <BR> <BR> After a slight bout with insomnia I'm starting the day early. For some reason last night while not sleeping I started feeling a sense of urgency as in..I can't put off living healthy and getting rid of that weight any longer..among other things in my life that I want to get done. If all I needed was insomnia for that kick in the pants then I'm glad that I had it last night!... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 06:22:30 EST Saturday afternoon blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398367 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> Well, over the past couple days I've been increasing my water intake. My strategy is to drink a couple cups of water first thing in the morning and then a couple extra cups around dinner time at night to add to my regular water intake. It's taking some getting used to but it's working so here's to a completely hydrating week. Still debating if decaf. coffee counts! Anyone know? <em>27</em> <em>274</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> On the nutrition front I've been... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:52:50 EST Mall therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389635 <em>81</em> I went to the mall the other day and with nothing fitting right I sort of had this really blue moment at which point I decided that if the shopping thing isn't working out then I was just going to make this a workout opportunity. Sooo I decided to speed walk around this huge mall to get in some cardio. I'm usually not a mall walker because I go to gym classes to get in a workout *but* with a injured and sore back, I've had to be creative about getting low impact exercise in here... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:39:57 EST It's Wednesday - midweek thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387069 <em>67</em> I can't believe its Wednesday already! After a hiatus from heavy exercise I am going to zumba class at the gym tomorrow, which I'm kind of happy about. I'll have to take it slightly easy because I'm still having back issues but it's a beginning.. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm starting the BLC tangerine team challenge tomorrow which looks like a fun way to stay motivated this summer. I don't have a specific weight loss goal - mainly want to get those healthy habits in place so t... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:37:50 EST Happy Sunday! Goals for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383344 <em>311</em> Well, the sun is shining and it's Sunday so what better than to get out and get that walk in. I'm in walk mode for a couple days till I get over back soreness from a fall but I'm not complaining. Back to gym classes mid-week. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> On the nutrition front, today is a new day as well after a lot of back pedaling last week. A veggie and lite cheese sandwich on bakery sourdough bread is on the menu for dinner today with a banana. Also, I'm going... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 12:04:29 EST One good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382896 Today was one good day after 2 days that weren't that good - I had encounters with the icecream carton with in the fridge over the last couple days that i don't want to elaborate on.. <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>81</em> Actually what happened was that I fell and hurt my back and was so stressed out over the whole situation that I dove into this carton of icecream like there was no tomorrow..fortunately, I'm feeling sore but a lot better today and have gotten over my <em>... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 22:50:40 EST On a lipstick kick.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380619 <em>81</em> This has nothing to do with spark - or maybe it does. I saw my favorite brand of lipstick on a huge *sale*..which it's never on sale..so I ordered a number of them in different colors..which I'm sure I don't need. I'm happy but I'm not because this has me wondering - is there some sort of sense of deprivation thing going on. I know I overeat if I'm in diet mode because I feel deprived. <BR> <BR> I also have been focusing on being frugal so maybe the sale just triggered that w... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 18:12:26 EST You can accomplish a lot in a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378007 <em>81</em> <em>145</em> Well, this week has started off slow - yesterday was pretty much horrible in terms of nutrition. Today is going well. I think somewhere in there I sort of just let go of the whole working on a healthy lifestyle thing so getting back to structure is going to take some doing. *But* you can accomplish a lot in a week so this week is going to get me back in the healthy direction I was on through till the beginning of March. <BR> <BR> So..in an effort to get back in ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:35:51 EST It's Monday - Plan for a good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376205 <em>81</em> So this weekend had its ups and downs. I sometimes feel like I can't share this weight loss journey with anyone else because if you're not going through it, you may not actually understand. <BR> It sort of stresses me out because it would be nice to just have everyone around you just get it without being explained. *But* that's neither here nor there and is a good excuse to get into "woe is me" mode which doesn't help anyone especially me..which leads me to the reason for this b... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:14:13 EST Happy Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368521 Today is going a bit better..I think i was just letting everything go and becoming complacent. Today I'm focused on a clean lo-carb diet. I feel so much better when I'm not eating a lot of white flour products. <BR> <BR> New discovery, just flavoring water a little bit helps me drink a lot more water. I found this tropical juice which adds a ton of flavor to water if I just add 2-3 tablespoons to a glass..add some ice and it looks and feels like a treat. <em>274</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <... Sun, 26 May 2013 15:41:07 EST Sigh..and another grumpy sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367917 Off the wagon on blogging already .. I'm just not getting it together on this front .. so need to rethink my strategy.. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Going through a bit of a rough patch..I was hoping to put a structure in place with blogging and reporting stats but need to switch up my tactics because the everyday thing isn't working. <BR> <BR> Off to start over.. Sat, 25 May 2013 21:29:22 EST Blogging - day 2 of 30 - being worth the effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365834 <em>67</em> So taking charge and having the discipline to create the life I want have been on my mind lately. I want to have certain standards for how I treat my health and my body -- because I'm worth it. <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Plan for the rest of the day: <BR> <BR> -- Complete work project <BR> -- Workout <BR> -- Check in at end of day to check off list, report workout stats on this blog and set goals for tomorrow <BR> -- 4 more glasses of water <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Reasons f... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:33:47 EST