EEEEELIZABETH's SparkPeople Blog EEEEELIZABETH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community day 1 ... starting anew i have been sick for three weeks. <BR> the first 8 days i had a fever ..upper respiratory infection....that wasn't going away on antibiotics ... and then it did ... til i got another fever ... ear infection (so immature!) ..... and then just when i started to feel a bit better, my youngest got very ill .... so i wasn't doing more than walking my dog for exercise ..... <BR> <BR> i still have a cough ... and i'm pretty run down ... but i ran today ... two and a half mile walk/jog in 35 minutes... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:07:53 EST still going ... after a summer of vacationy feeling with my children, i am behind on my weight loss .... my weight is no longer below the line on my graph of where i'm supposed to be ... it's a bit above ... but i'm ok with that ... because, though my weight loss seems to have stalled out a bit (i hate the word plateau now) i am rocking the exercise ... i have a plan and motivation and a well used gym membership and a need for a new pair of running shoes ... wow... i've worn out some running shoes! so, thoug... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:02:46 EST half way i started the year with a vague "i'm going to lose weight" .... i exercised more, i joined a gym, i started eating even more fruits and veggies .... and i lost about five pounds .... it took about a month ... and then i lost nothing .. even though i told myself i was still trying .... so .. by march, i was searching and figuring and had LUCKILY bought a spark people book on my kindle just cause i found it on a kindle list ... and there ya go ... i found spark people dot com and slowly and ste... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:21:05 EST wooooooohooooo on the 4th of july..... i did it. <BR> happy fourth of july! <BR> i ran a 5k. <BR> i hadn't run one in 25 years. <BR> my goal was better than 40 minutes and i did it in 38 ... i was hoping i could do 12 minute miles but i did them in 12.30ish ..... <BR> so there's my time to beat for my next one .... <BR> <BR> the best part is that my whole family did it with me ... <BR> husband: 24 minutes <BR> older daughter:36min. <BR> son:37 min <BR> me:38 <BR> little girl: 44 <BR> <BR> yay yay yay <BR> <BR> and ... <BR> ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 16:19:01 EST looks ... my clothes aren't fitting well any more ... every thing is a little too big .. but i'm still wearing it .... i am at a 16 pound weight loss for the year and 13 since early march when i started the spark .... i'm not willing to buy new clothes yet when i know i'm going to keep getting smaller ... yay ... i like that i KNOW i will ... really, there's no doubt in my mind ... i wonder if the risk now is over confidence .... <BR> <BR> when i look at myself, i don't seem to be shrinking ... but m... Thu, 17 May 2012 19:22:30 EST yay! i did the 5k in 5 weeks spark challenge ... and i finished it today ... i was supposed to finish it with a race, but i just ran 5k for time ... and i did it in 35 and a half minutes ... since my goal was do it in 36 minutes, i feel like i won ... my big worry was if i ran a real 5k race on the road with lots of other people, just finishing it wasn't going to make me feel this good ... so ... soon, i am going to start another 5k training program, to work on increasing speed and endurance .... ... Tue, 8 May 2012 10:43:43 EST my new exercise: <link> </link> Thu, 3 May 2012 14:01:02 EST small goals ... and meeting them ... i'm hanging onto a weight plateau ... it's driving me crazy ... it makes me want to eat cookies .... cause if i'm not going to lose weight anyways, can't i have cookies? <BR> <BR> um .. cookies are a metaphor, i guess ... for all the non healthful food i have been avoiding, ignoring, skipping .... <BR> <BR> however.... in spite of wanting to eat cookies in the face of a plateau, i have been making positive strides elsewhere ... like in my 5k my way ... i am on week four day three of a fiv... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:44:17 EST friday nights ... my family ordered pizza and watched tv tonight ... that's our friday night tradition ... not always, but frequently, we order pizza ..... i had half a piece of pizza and a spinach salad ... and i didn't feel deprived or unhappy or put out or anything negative ... i felt proud for making good choices ... i feel like i can do this ... i am nine pounds down ... feeling like it isn't coming off now as fast as it was when i started ... but nine pounds seems so great to me.... WOW ...nine pounds .... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:32:45 EST 5ks and jelly beans today i finished week 1 of my 5k training .... <BR> <BR> tomorrow i am supposed to rest ... but tomorrow, being easter, is going to be a candy day ... so i need to get some exercise in .... and preferably cardio ... and it would make my week easier if i got my 5k training in earlier rather than later ... so i might do week 2 day 1 tomorrow, just to make sure i can get it all in this week ... but, it's makes me worried .... will i be ok without a day of rest like the schedule says ... i'm th... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 22:07:44 EST always thinking ... i guess i've said this before, but i'll say it again ... i've never done this before .... i've never "dieted" ... i've never made a concerted effort to lose weight ... i've lost five or so pounds here or there with a bit of concerted effort and extra exercise ... but i've never had a plan .... i've never tried hard ... i've never said 40 pounds ... and now i've lost 8 ..... <BR> <BR> so here's the thing .. i'm ALWAYS thinking about it ... food .. what to eat .. when to eat it ... water ...... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 21:33:08 EST run, forrest, run ... i joined the spark people 5k club ... or 5k challenge ... it is a five weeks training plan to running a 5k ... i'm doing it on the treadmill not the road ... i tried to start today after working with my trainer ... but my daughter had stayed home from school sick so i couldn't stay away long enough ... so i sorta started it to see how it worked ... and, in reality, to figure out how to do intervals on the treadmill .... so tomorrow .. i'll start for real .... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:12:09 EST emotional eating ... darn ... i want to eat cause i'm crabby .... i wish i didn't feel like eating a chocolate chip cookie to feel better ... i shall not cave in ... darn Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:30:24 EST .... wow, i'm tired! i had a team tennis match this morning ... my partner and i won ... yay... it was hard, we played 3 sets cause we lost the first one ..... but we won .... and then, my biggest win, i left without partaking in all the party food .... i skipped the pinmento cheese sandwich and the heavily dressed salads and the chocolate chip cookies .... and came home and made a healthy spinach salad ... with an extra serving of chicken for some more protein since i worked so hard this morning ..... i always w... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:52:46 EST with a trainer .... before i found spark people, i found a trainer ... really, i joined a gym and got a trainer once a week ..... and the first day there i was measured ... ugh .... i hated it .... <BR> <BR> today, 6 weeks later, i was measured again .... nine pounds down and inches all over the place .... i'm still full of optimism that this is going to work .... i still am having trouble sorting out bits and pieces of my puzzle ... but i can see the big picture ..... it's going to happen .... <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:53:00 EST optimism .... i have never really dieted before ... i've been careful of what i eat for days or weeks or months ... and i've gone on crazed exercise binges ... but really truly, i've never been on a diet .... so this feels a little bit like a diet to me ... when i'm trying to have the right amount of calories, fat, carbs and protein .... i've never kept track ... and luckily, i kind of like it .... it feels methodical and well planned ... and not all depriving like what i imagine a "diet" is in my mind ...... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:43:53 EST exercise i've always been a pretty good exerciser ... i liked exercise when i fit it in ... but now, i write it on my calendar ... it is a plan ... it is set ... i don't have the "i can't fit it in" excuse cause it is set and everything else has to fit in around it ... the only day i've not gotten this to work yet is on sunday .... i need to get up and exercise before church ... but i have trouble getting us all to church on time ... can't imagine throwing a trip to the gym into an already busy mornin... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:40:45 EST slow and steady i just read a bit on a spark email that said "eat a piece of fruit at 3 every day" .... and i had one of those ah ha moments ... i'm supposed to eat before i get hungry ... BEFORE .... and have a plan .. my meals are healthy when i plan them ... i need to plan my snacks too .... and if they aren't on the plan, don't do it ... ok ... slow and steady i'm figuring this out ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:47:34 EST zen <link> </link> <BR> <BR> this is a GREAT blog post on zen habits .... no more excuses Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:12:11 EST weekends ate a giant unhealthy dinner last night ... came home and looked it up on the internet .. oh the calories ... oh the fat ... oh the carbs ... darn .... <BR> but i got up and exercised this morning ... still on the exercise every day track .. so that's some consolation .... <BR> i think i need to look up menus before we go out to dinner ... but since we didn't know, i couldn't ... so, no more of that don't know thing ... make a plan, look it up, stick to it ..... <BR> <BR> restaurants seem... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:31:36 EST one week in ... i signed up a week ago ... on wednesday ... and today, is wednesday ... so i weighed myself ... i lost four pounds ... yay! <BR> <BR> just as nice as that, i've been exercising every day ... i feel great now about what i'm doing and how i'm doing it ... but i'm a bit worried about sustaining it ... i'm an A.D.D. sort ... i start lots of things and don't finish them ..... so now to figure out how to keep it up ... surely this successful week will make next year doable.. right? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:06:33 EST the lorax ... today i went to see the lorax (it was great) .... and i had each kid take a treat in their pocket and i took a water bottle so that we wouldn't feel the need to go to the snack bar .... it was easy to make this tiny lifestyle adjustment ... the trick is to decide to do it always ... not just when i'm newly obsessive with spark people, right? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:27:37 EST third day i've been on spark people three days ... i guess if you spend all your time looking through all the boards and blogs and articles and trying to get spark points, that you aren't eating cookies, so that's good .... i'm tracking food, exercising daily, reading motivating stuff .... <BR> <BR> and the hardest part is not weighing myself EVERY morning and EVERY night .... which i've been doing for a year or so to prevent weight creep .... but, i'm not weighing until next wednesday... which was w... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:33:46 EST nervous ... ok ... i'm nervous to be blogging about weight loss ... it seems all private and personal ... but being private hasn't been helping me lose weight, so maybe this will ... right? <BR> <BR> i am not brave enough to tell you my what's what but will tell you that in the first week of january this year (2012) i weighed 185 pounds .... i'd gained some weight over the holidays but it was five pounds less than i had weighed a year before .... so, one year, five pounds ... that's too slow ... time... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:58:30 EST