ENCINOJIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ENCINOJIM ENCINOJIM'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/ What's Changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137632 I'm starting to get to the point where the scale is slowing down. I knew this day would come, so today I'll write a little bit about what I'm thankful so far in my Spark Journey: <BR> <BR> 1) Better Mood- I have more energy, I feel better, and I'm enjoying things more than in the past <BR> 2) Auto Pilot- Making healthy decisions is almost in auto-pilot for me. Skipping breakfast isn't an option like it was in the past. I don't even consider going out for lunch. Soda? No way! These ar... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:07:06 EST Quick Entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135807 Everything is going splendidly here. I'm continuing to exercise and eat right. I've got a couple big milestones coming up once I hit 233 lbs (3 lbs away): <BR> -My BMI will drop to 29.9- and I will no longer be considered "obese" according to that metric (only "overweight"...so there is still room for improvement) <BR> -I will have lost 5% of my body weight. <BR> <BR> Stay tuned.... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:24:29 EST Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131677 So i went into SF last night to visit with a college buddy who is in town for the weekend... need I say more? We ate unhealthy, drank too much, but had an awesome time. <BR> <BR> You may be thinking that I'm disappointed and down on myself for making those poor choices. Not necessarily. In the past, I would have let last night's indiscretions carry over into today by going out for an unhealthy breakfast, which would lead to more poor eating habits while sitting around watching football, ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:20:18 EST Alone Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129933 I have the house to myself this weekend with my Fiance out of town. So, I'm going to start the weekend off right by walking 2.3 miles to the movie theater to check out Wreck It Ralph. I've never gone to see a movie alone before, so this will be an interesting experience! <BR> <BR> Aside from that, I'm planning on going for a couple of long runs this weekend in preparation for my January marathon. I'm really excited to get up early tomorrow and hit the pavement, a feeling I haven't experi... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:09:16 EST Nothing Really New to Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129063 Another day of eating healthy, 6.75 mile run today. I'm starting to improve my pace per mile, and I'm managing to do so injury free. All and all, I'm feeling pretty darn good! <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:11:09 EST Star Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127878 I'm writing this post while enjoying a good episode of star trek (original series, of course). I went for a 4mile run this morning. It felt really good :) <BR> <BR> All day I've been good with making healthy choices. After 10 days back on the healthy wagon I couldn't be more proud of my choices. I need to continue with my dedication to eating healthy, exercising, and spark people. <BR> <BR> That is all, <BR> Jim Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:55:24 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122749 So, I've been reading a lot on SparkPeople about the scale and using it as a metric for progress in improving my health. I already knew a lot about the pitfalls of using it as my only metric for health, but this time it is driving me to action: <BR> -I'm going to cut down on my number of weigh-ins from daily to every other day (I know I should only do it weekly, but spark people is all about making small changes, and I don't think I can make it an entire week without knowing). My eventual g... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:56:00 EST Mid-Day Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120467 I feel like I need to get my thoughts down on paper so I don't beat myself up over this: <BR> <BR> So, a co-worker and went out to lunch today, it wasn't planned, and I had about 1,000 calories (More than the 500 I was planning on having). I did everything possible to make the meal as healthy as possible- I had a salad instead of a creamy soup, I ordered the grilled vegetarian sandwich (on whole wheat, minus the cheese). Part of my job involves having these impromptu get togethers to maint... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:52:32 EST I'm playing with silly putty right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119612 -I haven't played with silly putty in 20+ years, it isn't as fun as I remember it <BR> -I had a healthy eating today, but I'm really hungry right now and I'm trying to fight off the urge to binge at dinner. I know I can do it :) <BR> -I went for a 4 mile run (@11 min/mile). It felt great! <BR> -I finally gave in to my co-worker's pressure and signed up for CrossFit today. I'm starting on-boarding this Friday <BR> -Looking forward to day 4! <BR> <BR> Jim <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:27:42 EST Safe and Productive Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118536 My goal is to keep my entries short and sweet <BR> <BR> -Overall, a second healthy day :) <BR> <BR> -I didn't have my afternoon snack and I definitely felt the lack of calories come dinner time (I refrained from binging...but lesson learned on having the afternoon snack) <BR> <BR> -In the past I've had problems with an all or nothing mentality (either I'm eating healthy for weeks/months straight, or I'm binging). I need to take everyday one day at a time and realize that if I do fall off... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 23:44:16 EST day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117343 Feeling good today. Just trying to get my healthy habits back on track...one day a time <em>244</em> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:36:56 EST