ELLIE_G's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELLIE%5FG ELLIE_G'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/ Norwalk Virus got in the way my plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582785 I am so excited that last don't feel like vomiting! <BR> We have had a sick house hold for the last 4 days with various children succumbing and then my husband and me to this horrible virus. I was excited about starting this BLC this weekend but am wiped out! <BR> <BR> Last time I lost weight well - slowly and steadily - I started these BLC and it really helped me to stay focused and committed. Hopefully I will do as well this time. My challenges are a little different now. My job is very... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:02:14 EST People (can) Suck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072307 I was going to say people suck but then decided that is a nasty generalization! <BR> <BR> I love being a veterinarian and I love dealing with people an dtheir pets (in general) but I HATE dealing with staff! That is just not me. i can talk to people one on one and reason and discuss til I'm blue in the face but when dealing with people who are disrespectful or just plain stubborn and closed minded.... my brain wants to explode and I want to tear my hair out. <BR> <BR> I have one employee wh... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:45:01 EST My 12 Week Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060971 I havw made so many plans over all the years I keep trying to lose weight.... <BR> <BR> Essentially: <BR> <BR> 1. sleep well <BR> 2. exercise daily <BR> 3. eat healthfully and regularly <BR> 4. go to the gym for weights and swimmimg <BR> 5. journal rather than eat when i feel stressed <BR> <BR> None of this is new.... it is about getting back into good habits and sticking to them; one day at a time.... <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:39:04 EST New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824838 So here's the plan: <BR> <BR> This is a bad time to start - Passover is a bonanza of carbohydrates and on top of that I am menstruating.... as soon as that is done I am on!!! <BR> <BR> I am looking at things in little steps: 5 lbs a month is not scary and completely doable. April to Dec will have me in 180s and by next summer I can be to goal weight. I know what to do... I just gotta do it! <BR> <BR> Gotta go get things done! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 18:14:21 EST Slightly Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732159 So here I am in February and not down the amount I wanted to be.... I'm eating ok but I'm having a hard time exercising. I'm bouncing at the same weight now for like 2weeks. <BR> Have to get back to exercising again! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:42:51 EST Slightly Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732158 So here I am in February and not down the amount I wanted to be.... I'm eating ok but I'm having a hard time exercising. I'm bouncing at the same weight now for like 2weeks. <BR> Have to get back to exercising again! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:42:49 EST Back up ....... need more time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692397 As I expected, that 203.6 didn't stay... I was back up to 206 thid morning. I guess that is okay. I had 2 really stressful days at work... I have staff issues and people are not getting along. They all need to be adult about things and I keep hearing about things and I realize I'm the boss anf it's up to me but then that makes me frustrated with things. I am trying to make evryone happy but ending up being unhappy myself. <BR> <BR> i exercised today at least, even though I didn't eat great.... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:11:39 EST 203.6!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688072 I was a little surprised this morning the I was 203.6..... I mean, WOW! But then, let's think: the day before I had worked from 8:30 to 10:40, did not have much in the way of meals, drank lots of water, and went straight to sleep when I got home. Got up and weighed myself.... <BR> <BR> So I'm sure to be up again tomorrow, but I haven't been even close to this number in all of 2011.... <BR> <BR> Progress towards my goal! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:13:33 EST The Start of Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682737 I am trying not to make much of my success so far. I've had a couple of people tell me that I look like I have lost weight..... Makes me happy and a little nervous too. I don't want to feel like I can give myself permission to slack off and I also feel like i need to hold myself back from deciding to push myself harder and harder. I have been doing moderate card each night. Not at the intensity or with the stamina that I used to have. <BR> <BR> I have started doing some basic crunches. I ha... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:10:17 EST the ABC's of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519486 ABCs of Me <BR> <BR> A - Available or married? <BR> Married <BR> <BR> B- Book? <BR> I read a lot...... mostly regency historical romances, paranormal romances and good science fiction <BR> <BR> C- Cake or Pie? <BR> Pie <BR> <BR> D- Drink of Choice? <BR> Water..... I'm trying very hard to resist diet coke..... <BR> <BR> E- Essential Item? <BR> watch.... I feel naked when it is not on my wrist <BR> <BR> F- Favorite Color? <BR> Blue - in many shades! <BR> <BR> G- Game to play o... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:43:40 EST May 15 - Back up!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3233086 So this week I weighted myself on Wed - i was so happy! Down 3 lbs! Yeah! <BR> <BR> Then... Thusday - back up to 200.8! then Friday 201.8!!! Then this morning 202.8!!! I know that it is salt, and drinking not enough, but man is is disheartening.... disappointing.... discouraging! <BR> <BR> I had another very busy week and will be having another busy week next week. My husband, who is loving and supportive, said to not try to loose weight during this busy time at work.... I'm putting in like... Sat, 15 May 2010 18:08:34 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3220479 I've worked out every day. Yeah! <BR> <BR> I'm still stuggling with food. <BR> <BR> I was just sitting here and going through my history in the reports. I shake my head sadly.... how did I manage to regain nearly 30 lbs? In 9 months? And no baby to show for it this time... oh, wait.... I guess you could say my business is the baby I now have. The first 4 months were tiring and sleepless and stressful and full of changes and adjustments.... hmmm.... like motherhood the first time around....... Tue, 11 May 2010 23:56:43 EST Day 5 - Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3212592 What a BAD, BAD day diet wise! <BR> <BR> I slept in..... My husband woke me at near 10am, because there was a male ans female goldfinch sitting in our redbud tree and they were still sitting there after the kids admired them and after the dog went out so he figured I'd want to take advantage of the photo op. I did - I stumbled out of bed, squished the drawn mother's day cards my daughter's left for me, threw on a robe and went out into the backyard to take picture in bare feet. Several photo... Mon, 10 May 2010 00:15:51 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3209513 still struggling with the eating thing.... not unhealthy but my portion sizes are atrocious!!! <BR> <BR> I am down to 200 as of this morning, however, the way I ate today, I'll be back at 212 by tomorrow morning... <BR> <BR> I am exercising and getting my water in! Yeah, me! Sat, 8 May 2010 23:43:59 EST BLC Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3203712 excersise ok <BR> food BAD <BR> weight loss? we'll have to see about tomorrow, however I did lose weight from day 1's efforst. <BR> <BR> it is very late and day 3 has technically started.... bed time for me - long past it! Fri, 7 May 2010 01:43:09 EST BLC Round 13 - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3195951 Okay, it's not really day one - it is he night before, but it is so late it is day one. <BR> <BR> I'm psyched to go and to work out and to drink lots and to eat properly and well. <BR> <BR> I need to re-develop all y good habits that somehow left me when I got stressed and started to regain all my weight. <BR> <BR> I'll check in again once I'v had some sleep and it is officially tomorrow! <BR> <BR> So, officially - the end of day 1. I ate too much, got lots of exercise and ended up feelin... Wed, 5 May 2010 00:31:11 EST Jan 6 - Stress Management - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2707604 Anyone who reads this will say, "What! Why'd you bother to write?!" <BR> <BR> I just waned toshare. <BR> <BR> Today was my third day of being my own boss; 3rd day where I missed lunch (and over ate BIG time when I came home); 3rd day of being to tired to exercise when I came home nearly 2 hours later than my "end of day". <BR> <BR> Also, my third day of quiet smiles that pop up at odd moments when I think of my great staff, and MY OWN BUSINESS..... I have achieved my dream (that I've had f... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 01:13:48 EST Jan 3 - Stress Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2688618 I had a stressful day today. <BR> <BR> The kids go back to school tomorrow. My husband watched football for a chunk of the day. I was on the computer and getting stressed with all the stuff about my (future) business - final details - everything closes tomorrow and (assuming all goes to plan) it will be my business as of tomorrow afternoon. <BR> <BR> I ate good stuff today, just way too much of it. I felt my NEED to manage my stress by eating crap. I wanted to fill my mouth rather than ver... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 21:43:11 EST Jan 1 - Scarcity of Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2678965 Today was a day of organizing. My husband organized the basement. I was occupied upstairs. <BR> <BR> We have an "office" / "library" in our house. It is a small room with a big (long and shallow) storage closet. Along three walls we put in Ikea floor to ceiling bookshelves (except where they are under the window). We (read I) organized all our books on them: when we moved here we took all our books (including textbooks, and books from our youth in our parents' basements) and stored them on t... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 01:25:17 EST Life Happens if we let it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2595382 So.... here we are at the start of December (almost). <BR> <BR> Just over 1 year ago - Oct 2008 - I was 206 lbs and commited to getting the weight off. I started being active on SP, thanks to BIGGIRL208 I joined the Biggest Loser Challenges and I did amazing until June. In my work, things get crazy in May and stay crazy until mid August. Then the kids are off camp and summer weekends are full of family trips and although momentum carried me through for a while, then I lost it. <BR> <BR> Wh... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 11:31:10 EST Care and Management of A Stressed Out Ellie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2531601 Wow! November is already here. Where has most of 2009 gone? <BR> <BR> Intersting reflection on the past year: I was focused and really working hard from last November to April, then I held steady, then I back slipped during summer vacations and family trips, then I held steady and now I've slipped again.... Yesterday morning I was 185.6 lbs. I haven't been there since January 2009. That kinda sucks. But an interesting comment on my life. When work is steady, when everything is going the way... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 15:56:45 EST Re-viting the Past - in a Good Way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2434170 My husband and I went to a dinner party at the home of one of my classmates from University. <BR> <BR> Interesting experience. It has been over 11 years since I've seen some of those people. I was excited but nervous too. I was worried about who to talk to and about what..... not about how I looked. It was a nice change! <BR> <BR> Generally at parties I'm worried about how I look to other people. Most of those people hadn't seen me in a long time. In final year of my second degree I was at ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:06:13 EST Need to get back on track.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2285140 It has been a busy and stressful summer this year. Lots going on, work is busy, family issues .... well, I could go on and on..... <BR> <BR> Essentally, I stopped losing, then I maintained.... which at first was okay.... But now I am gaining - for the last 3 weeks I'm up a little more each week..... As of this morning I'm cresting on 180!!! <BR> <BR> What am I doing wrong? I'm eating too much of the wrong things, I still do lots of cardio but have dropped my strength training, i've stoppe... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 22:49:43 EST Pep Talk - Motivation Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2232814 So here we are... at the end of the BLC Round 10 (an SP group). <BR> <BR> I have exercised EVERYDAY fro 12 weeks - total of 7330 minutes of exercise in 12 weeks - that's an average of 87 min per day - almost 1 and a half hours each day. Good for me! All the statistics are now on my side - I should be able to get the weight off and keep it off. In these 12 weeks I've only lost 3.4 lbs (I was 178.2 and had briefly gotten as low as 172 in that time). That low number is a little disappointing.... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:40:41 EST A Crazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2186122 I had such a crazy sat: my husband got called into work at 7:45am for ONE case (and didn't get home until 4:15pm like 5 cases later!!!) <BR> <BR> I embarked on all the shopping errands with all three kids in tow. First the hardware store to buy some stuff and get my paint shaken up (i'm still determined to paint my bedroom during these days I have off!), then the optometrist to get my son's glasses fitted correctly, then ikea for shopping and a late breakfast. While leaving with big ice cre... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 01:41:08 EST My progress so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2178970 So... here I am .... I've goten to 172 lbs. Been here recently, then gained then lost, then gained and now lost again. I can say with a fair bit of confidence that I am now maintaining on the smaller side of 175 lbs, and I think.... hope... no - BELIEVE that I am here for good! <BR> <BR> The last time I was this weight: I had been losing weight for almost a year with Jenny Craig and was trying to get pregnant. I had size 14 pants then that were VERY tight - now, the two size 10s (that I boug... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 00:40:52 EST Not in Stasis... Thanks to the Flu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2125617 So I'me going to the lowest number I have seen since before I got pregnant with my oldest! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> 172 <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty thrilled with the scale this morning. Unfortunately, this is because I cought the somach flu bug and emptied my intstines the unpleasan way! <BR> <BR> I guess the challenge will be not to re-fill them again too quick, or too much.... <BR> <BR> I am heading into a challenging weekend.. we'll see how things go..... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 11:18:02 EST Celebration of Stasis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2113801 That's right - STASIS. <BR> <BR> I am circling the same 5 pounds - up and down and up and down again.... <BR> <BR> WHY? <BR> <BR> I keep giving myself permission to eat what I shouldn't! Like this weekend. I was 172.8 on sat morning. On Monday morning I am 178!!!! What gives? Well, after a healthy, abundant breakfast (460 calories), I gave myself permission to have MacDonald's for lunch (900 calories) with the kids. Then we went for a nature hike at the park for about an hour, then of to... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:42:24 EST Had a Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1946088 I had a rough day today. <BR> <BR> I had a disagreement - arguement with my husband. The fight was about family responsibilities. <BR> <BR> Childcare:On weekends we share childcare is we are not doing a family activity. During the week: I get the kids up each morning -get them dressed (although lately all three dress themselves and I only occassionally need to veto or change choices), teeth brushed, rooms tidied and down for breakfast (where the nanny takes over). I have been the morning pe... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 20:50:47 EST the Worst Thing about being a GIRL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1903578 Hands down, the worst thing about being a girl, in my humble opinion right now (and being a girl, I have the right to change my mind later) is having monthly hormonal fluctuations and periods. <BR> <BR> I have been having crappy food cravings and eating way too much and.... if that wasn't enought, I'm swollen and bloated and retaining fluids.... and now my period is here and I'm having the 2nd worst cramps in the world (I knew a girl in university who had the worst cramps in the world - she ... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 23:32:26 EST In the 170's but time to Re-Focus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1890782 So I wasn't doing to write again until I was in the 170's. I'm there. <BR> <BR> I've visiting the same 3 lbs the last 4 weeks. I've had stuff happening ( my mom had surgery, work is busy, husband's work is busy so I have less time for me at home....). I stopped logging my food - and I'm eating too much - too many calories and when oportunities for junk food arise I haven't passed then by. I've lost focus. I was feeling comfortable and let life's challenges distract me from what I need to be ... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:17:28 EST Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1838895 Just thought I'd share this: <BR> <BR> I have a friend - really my best (non-family) friend. We have been friends for 25 years. We saw each other through junior high and high school and all the teenage angst. We stayed friends while in university and going through our individual challenges. Aside from my husband (who has been at my side for for 19 years) my friend Michael knows me best in the whole world. The last time we saw each other was 5 years ago (he and his partner came for dinner....... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 03:01:26 EST Sliding backwards..... planning to spring ahead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1820282 So I wasn't planning to do another blog until I was firmly in the 170's. I was for close to 2 weeks.... but it felt unreal. I decided it wouldn't be "real" until I was below 175 - I hadn't seen that since before my first child. But the last week has been really hard. I've worked my hours plus my boss' hours and was premenstrual and grumpy and feeling tired each day. I didn't execise at all on 3 days; I had a flare-up of my back injury (possible because I got out of the habit of my daily core/... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 17:01:28 EST Coming to Terms with the Past - Changing Prespectives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1737707 I was planning to make my next blog entry when I got to the 170's (as a milestone/reward - because I hadn't been there in years...) but I had an experience last night that I really felt the need to discuss. I'm sure all of us that struggle with our weight look back on something, some experience, some aspect of the past and know that it would have been very different, much better, if the weight wasn't a factor. For me that has been my wedding. <BR> <BR> Some background: I started my weight g... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:49:14 EST A Brand New Year - a Fresh Opportunity! New Resolutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1637920 I recently saw the Jenny Craig commercial with Valerie Bertinelli saying that for the 2nd year in a row she's not making a new year resolution to lose weight. This commercial made me tear up. I want to be her! I want to greet the new year without re-affirming my commitment to lose weight... without that mental conversation that I always hold with myself - the pep talk - that this is the year..this is when I'll do it. At some point during the year, often when I start thinking about the next y... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 00:46:19 EST Another Step Forward - Cleaning out the Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1600200 I weighted myself this morning..... I was down to 191.2! I know it is still alot, but it is the lowest I have been since before my 3rd pregnancy. I have a long way to go still... but it feels as if I'll get there! <BR> <BR> I think the changes on the scale are the biggest motivation for me right now. My clothes size has not changed however the 16s that were tight are starting to be noticeably more comfortable. I was so happy this morning that it gave the day a glossy, full of sunshine and al... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 19:19:48 EST Week 3: I discovered a NEW solution! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1583082 This is the end of my third week of being "on program". <BR> <BR> I am tracking every day (food, water, exercise). I am journalling everyday - mostly a quick vent-and-let-it-go sentence or so about work or other frustration. I have been exerciseing each day - even if it is just 45 minutes on the cross-trainer in the basement! I go to the gym twice to do weights. I'm making choises about what to eat, not laying down any rules (i.e. no more ____ until ____), and my choises are healthier ones. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:49:15 EST A Second Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1568860 So... the end of my second consistant week. <BR> <BR> I have exercised each day (I will later today..), I made good food choises all week (except today..... darn kids' birthdays), drank all my water, taken my vitamins and did not deprive myself of sleep. Did well. <BR> <BR> I also saved a life (at work) of a very sick old dog with a uterine infection through an emergency surgery. <BR> <BR> I had couple-bonding time with my husband this weekend (since I've been working out late at night...... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 20:33:40 EST Had a good week...... I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1559755 So since I "re-started" I've done well....I thought. Looking back, I had 2 truly bad days - on Friday there was an event at our shul that involved eating unplanned food and then Sat we had relatives visit from New York and again there was EATING. At the end of the weekend I was actually up 3.2lbs! That is the sucky part of the week that makes me feel bad about everything else. <BR> <BR> But I tell myself to not get down about the scale's evil numbers. I did manage to exercise all this week r... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 01:22:09 EST Back at it..... for the last time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1544847 I ha been doing okay and losing weight.... but then I regained it. I have essentally maintained over almost the last 8 months withing 5 lbs abve or below 200lbs! So i know how to maintain this weight! Now to lose it! <BR> <BR> It isSunday Nov 2nd. I generally start things on Mondays but I'll start today. My goals are still the same. I know in my head what I should be doing... I just need to apply everything I know into my everyday life. I had a stockpile of Womens'Health and Shape magazines ... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 14:36:15 EST 1st 10 pounds ...... Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1054361 So, I've been working hard ..... with obstacles and ditches ....... and have finally dropped below the first 10 bls! My next goal: 11 more pounds and I will throw away my old scale. <BR> <BR> Explaination? Well, when I graduated university and started trying to lose the weight I bought a new scale. In the last 2 years I have come to realize that it is 9-11 pounds less than reality. My husband bought a digital scale for us last year. It sat unused in the closet for like 6 months but I took i... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 01:11:55 EST