FATBUSTINMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FATBUSTINMOM FATBUSTINMOM'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/ Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507878 I decided to try getting back to my Turbo Fire workouts yesterday, despite not being 100% sure if my foot was ready. Thankfully, the next workout on the schedule was the Low HIIT 20. "HIIT" stands for high-intensity interval training. It was low impact, which was the perfect workout to start back with. It went great! I was surprised that it was actually a bit easy, for a change. I still broke quite a sweat, but I wasn't huffing and puffing and wondering where I could get an oxygen mask. That'... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:57:15 EST How the wedding went http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506998 The wedding on Saturday was beautiful, and we are so happy for my husband's friend! It wasn't hard to eat healthy at the reception. It was Mediterranean food. And the wedding cake was strawberry shortcake! No wonder the bride was so thin (a healthy thin). I bet she was the one who picked the menu and the type of cake. :) <BR> <BR> The rest of the weekend was so-so. I got some good exercise with swimming on Saturday after the wedding, but we stopped at a restaurant for dinner and though my me... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:42:35 EST Going to a wedding tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504861 Today I did pretty good overall, though I did go over my calorie range goal a bit more than I would have liked, because I was just too hungry. At least I went over my goal with healthy food. <BR> <BR> This is going to take some getting used to. I'm wondering if I don't need to up the protein and back off the carbs some. Maybe I'll try that starting on Sunday, as tomorrow I have a friend's wedding to go to. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to just let loose and eat whatever I want, however. I will e... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 00:01:55 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504403 At this point, I am celebrating every small victory. Yesterday I accomplished my goal of going to the park for one hour, AND, stayed within my calorie range! It wasn't easy. My plan was to stay between 1500-1600 cals, but I went a bit over that. It's okay, though, just means I won't lose quite as much this week. On the way to the park this afternoon, I became VERY hungry, so I stopped at a convenience store and picked up a string cheese and LifeWater Zero. I figured it was better to go over m... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:30:27 EST Not a failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503447 Here I am, starting once again. I could easily say that I'm a failure at losing weight, and I HAVE said that to myself many times. But it really isn't true. Failing at something that you COULD succeed at if you simply follow the rules is only TRULY failing if you give up altogether. Up to this point, after having gained all the weight back that I lost, and then some, I have not yet made the decision to follow the rules. Until today. <BR> <BR> I realize now, after reading something on a Blog... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:01:08 EST Journal: Try, try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436443 Days 4 & 5 of the Inferno Plan went up in flames, so to speak, but not because I didn't want to stick to it. Life happened, and I had no choice but to go off the plan. But I felt so good after only 3 days on the plan that I can't WAIT to start over tomorrow! I think it will be better to start on a Monday and end on a Friday. That way, I can enjoy the weekend. <BR> <BR> And can I just say, I'm pretty sure I'm officially addicted to ice cream and soda. I never thought it would be so hard to d... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:32:31 EST Journal: Day 1 & 2 of 5-Day Inferno Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431789 In my Turbo Fire workout kit that I ordered awhile back, a 5-Day Inferno Plan was included. At that time, I ignored it when I saw daily calories: around 1200. I had tried 1200-calorie plans before, only to wind up being so hungry that I wanted to eat my arm off. <BR> <BR> But two days ago, I remembered that the Turbo Fire workout had included a "Prep" Schedule of workouts for beginners, and since I've been wanting to start exercising again now that my foot is better and walking is not too de... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:33:25 EST MAJOR wake-up call~couldn't pull myself up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423453 I have struggled. A lot. Been close to my goal weight, only to have an injury, then a recovery, then another injury. Disappointment got the better of me and well... here I am, pounds back on and out of shape again. <BR> <BR> Today was a good example of just how out of shape I have allowed myself to get. I decided today that I would swim some laps since I was taking my daughter to the pool today anyway. My goal was to do 5 laps in the Olympic size pool. I didn't think it would be that big of ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:03:45 EST Time to simplify again with my "Roll-over" plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286524 I've been struggling to keep track of my calories lately, especially with "life" happenings. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm going back to a plan that worked for me awhile back when I did it. <BR> <BR> What I do is divide my total calories for the day into certain amounts for each meal/snack as follows: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 400 cals (including any sugar in my coffee) <BR> Mid-morning snack (if hungry) 100 cals <BR> Lunch: 400 cals <BR> Afternoon snack: 200 cals <BR> Dinner: 400 cals <BR> After d... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:23:25 EST Be reckless, take risks, go fast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280204 Simply put, yet so profound. "Be reckless, take risks, go fast." That was the answer given by a professional snowboarder today on TV who had just won a race, when asked how he did it. <BR> <BR> Normally I wouldn't agree with being reckless, but I don't think the snowboarder meant it in the sense of being careless; rather, more in the sense of having, "reckless abandon." <BR> <BR> Going faster down a hill on a snowboard, especially when you come up on a curve, can feel pretty scary, I'm sur... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 14:32:59 EST Conquered the big bridge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278748 Last night was pizza at Pizza Hut, as you may know if you read my last Blog entry. I decided on the Pepperoni & Mushroom Personal Size Pizza (6"), which was 570 cals. Not great, but not too bad, either. I ordered the Veggie personal size pizza for my daughter (that Pizza Hut wouldn't allow substitutions for the free pizza). She ate it without complaining one bit about the veggies (which were big chunks, by the way. Yay!) Water to drink. <BR> <BR> Afterward, I wanted ice cream. For some reas... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:05:03 EST Weigh-in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277298 171.5 <BR> <BR> 1/2 lb loss this week. Could have done better, but I'll take it. Earlier in the week, I had shown a 2.5 loss already, but I didn't stay consistent with tracking my cals, so.... <BR> <BR> At least I still lost "something." And at least I've been consistent with exercise. *Pats self on back for that* <BR> <BR> Consistency with tracking my cals is something I'm still working on. I do good for a few days, then slack up. Can anyone relate? <BR> <BR> My problem is that I view tr... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:10:21 EST Not giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267648 I'm back... again! It's been an up and down battle over the past few months, and now I'm back on the up side. I figure if I just don't give up, eventually I'll reach my goal! <BR> <BR> I'm now about 27 pounds away from my goal weight. I'm 5'8" and currently weigh 172 (as of this morning). My goal weight is 145. I had re-set that to make it 135, but changed my mind again when I wanted to be more realistic. LOL. 145 is well within the normal range for my height. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <BR... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:44:10 EST My Thanksgiving Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145122 It's been awhile since I've posted. Before I talk about Thanksgiving, here's quick update: I decided to become a health & fitness coach, even though I'm not at my goal weight yet. I figured it would give me accountability, more knowledge about health and fitness, and real motivation to be a good example to others. <BR> <BR> I started doing a workout called, Turbo Fire. Oh my word, is it ever intense. It ain't for wimps, that's for sure! Which is one reason I love it so much. I LOVE a challe... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:11:53 EST Doing better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094055 So the fierce hunger I had Monday subsided, thankfully, and I'm doing better. I had a talk with a good friend of mine yesterday and she really inspired me. In so many words, she reminded me not to allow negative self-defeating talk, and to start using positive, uplifting self-talk. For example, instead of: You'll never be able to do this. You'll always fail and make bad choices so you may as well just give up," say THIS: "You WILL do this. You are an awesome woman who makes GREAT choices for ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:24:17 EST So hungry today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091294 So as I mentioned in my first post today, I'm starting over for the umpteenth time, this is IT folks, for good, full speed ahead, no turning back until I REACH my goal weight! <BR> <BR> Enter hunger. <BR> <BR> Breakfast eaten, added granola bar = still hungry. <BR> Lunch eaten = still hungry. <BR> More water = still hungry! <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Both meals had plenty of protein, so I know that's not the issue. Maybe my body just needs more calories today for some reason? Eith... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:39:56 EST On my mark, get set, go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091125 Here I go again! Latest weigh-in was 168.5, which was about a week ago. Meant to weigh in this morning, but didn't, so will try to remember to do it tomorrow morning. I am going to get down to my goal weight of 145 lbs. if it's the last thing I do (I'm tall, 5'8", so 145 lbs is on the slender side for me, and maybe once I get to that point I'll try for less, depending on how I look and feel). <BR> <BR> So I went to my nutrition tracker this morning to see what SP suggested I eat for breakfas... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:32:34 EST Like learning to walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006552 I've come to the conclusion that for me, learning healthy eating after a lifetime of poor eating habits is a lot like learning to walk. <BR> <BR> Once a baby learns that walking can be a good thing--that they can move faster, explore new things, do more things--they start trying really hard to do it. But it's scary at first. They aren't too sure about this new thing called walking. It requires balancing skills they've never used before, and it means letting go of all they found secure to tr... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:48:45 EST Being in control of what I eat (and how it affected Cheat Day) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001851 At the start of last week, when I decided it was time to get my eating habits back in line again, at first I wanted to fight it, like so many times before. All I could think was, "Oh great, here we go again. I'm going to have to be controlled by a food plan and not eat what I want. Waaaa." <BR> <BR> I didn't want to feel like I was being controlled by something. I wanted to be the one in control. To say what, when, and how much I wanted to eat it, with no limitations. <BR> <BR> But then I ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 11:47:16 EST Weigh-in Day (lost 2 lbs!) and Review of past few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000603 Today was weigh-in day and I almost forgot to weigh in! Haha. What reminded me was when I was putting my shorts on after I first got up. I noticed they were looser than usual, and that's when I remembered, "Oh yeah, today is weigh-in day!" So off to the scale I went. When I stepped on, I was holding my breath, hoping for at least a 1 lb. loss, then was pleasantly surprised that I had lost 2 whole lbs! <BR> <BR> Before I started back to healthier eating again last Saturday morning, my weight... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 11:18:37 EST Monday's Food Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994024 I don't have time now to type out all my food from today, so I will just talk about total calories and make a few notes. <BR> <BR> My total calories today were 1,711, which is 161 over the max recommended. Not exactly the goal I had in mind for today, but I'm not going to sweat it. That is still waaaay below what I was consuming before, and because of how tall I am and the calories it takes to maintain my current weight, I will still lose weight at 1,711. In fact, I know from past experience... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:51:30 EST Sunday's Lunch & Dinner ~ went over calorie limit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992481 LUNCH: <BR> Cheese and hummus sandwich <BR> Baby carrots and ranch dip (only about a Tbs) <BR> Banana-strawberry smoothie (made with regular 1% milk this time) <BR> Water to drink <BR> <BR> SNACK: <BR> Yoplait Whipped Strawberry yogurt <BR> Water with lemon <BR> <BR> DINNER: <BR> (This was complicated, explanation below) <BR> 3/4 cup Total cereal <BR> 1/2 cup 1% milk <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1 slice Arnold Nutty Grain toast w/1 Tbs light cream cheese <BR> <BR> Then later: <BR> Cheeseb... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:04:14 EST Sunday's Breakfast ~ My "best friend" Mrs. Dash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991440 You know what's really good on an egg? Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb. YUM. <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: <BR> 1 pre-cooked round egg patty, from frozen (received a big package of them from mother-in-law. Have no idea where she got them, but they're convenient because I can just throw one in the microwave for a minute and it's ready to eat) <BR> 2 slices Arnold Nutty Grain bread (80 cals per slice), toasted <BR> Light cream cheese, 2 Tbsp <BR> 5 oz. lots o' pulp orange juice <BR> Coffee <BR> Plenty of water... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:36:28 EST Saturday's Food ~ Did great, even with going to the mall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991083 BREAKFAST: <BR> Strawberries, fresh, 12 large <BR> Cream of Wheat, cooked with water, 1 packet <BR> Coffee, 3 cups (half-strength Espresso--believe it or not, Espresso has less caffeine than regular coffee. I added about 1/2 packet of Sweet n' Low to each cup) <BR> Milk, 1%, 1 cup <BR> Plenty of water, both before and after breakfast <BR> <BR> Breakfast was very filling. I had never tried strawberries in Cream of Wheat before. It was very tasty! <BR> <BR> LUNCH: <BR> T... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 23:09:29 EST My Plan for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990583 So now that I'm moving forward again (see previous Blog Entry titled, "Green means Go!"), I have put a plan in place to give me every possible chance to be successful. It's very simple. I like simple. <BR> <BR> 1. Track calories and keep a food journal. If I eat out somewhere, it must be somewhere that has the calorie count available to look up online ahead of time. <BR> 2. NO SUGAR (with the exception of Cheat Day). If I want something sweet, I will have fruit and/or natural sugar only (suc... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:15:47 EST Green means "Go!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990529 So even though the stoplight turned to green a long time ago, telling me to, "Go! Move forward! Make progress toward a better you! New and better horizons await you!" I've been sitting there, refusing to move, comfortable sitting right where I was, not exercising much and eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Horns have been honking at me, others have whizzed past me and moved on, yet I still refused to move. Until today. <BR> <BR> I'm finally ready to stop being so lame now and GO. I... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:29:05 EST Running is out... now to figure out what will be in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939114 Looks like running is out for me. I'm not letting it get me down this time. I gave it my best shot, and apparently my body just doesn't like long term running, so time to find something else. <BR> <BR> I've narrowed it down to: <BR> Cycling <em>332</em> <BR> Swimming <em>237</em> <BR> Zumba <em>335</em> <BR> Jillian 30-Day Shred workout <em>320</em> <em>34</em> <BR> (I think without the running I might be able to handle the aerobics part of the Jillian workout). <BR> <BR> Or maybe... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:34:14 EST This Insane Journey I'm on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939094 I had written out this long Blog entry about starting a 30-Day Healthy-Food-Only challenge, asking if anyone wanted to join me, but then... what did I do? I walked over to the kitchen to get something for my daughter, and saw the chocolate cake sitting on the counter. Then I remembered the Reese's Ice Cream bars in the freezer. <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed not one, but two helpings of chocolate cake and a Reese's ice cream bar, then deleted my "30 Day Healthy Food Only Chall... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:20:46 EST Yesterday's Run; discovered a new drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928807 After not running for about 6 days, I finally got out there again yesterday evening, when I finally felt like running again. I started out intending to run 3 miles, but wound up only running about half that, a little less actually - about 1.25 miles, then walked the rest of the way, making my total distance about 3.6 miles. <BR> <BR> It seems that I'm having some hip issues again, which is what put me out of running the first time around, so I wanted to be careful not to overdo it. Foam roll... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:28:29 EST Weigh-in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919933 166.5. Still just a pound lost for the week, but I'm okay with it, at least the scale is moving back in the right direction now. <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:54:39 EST 3 mile run, 2 mile run, and the scoop on my food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919550 Yesterday evening I ran 3 miles, then this morning, 2 miles. Normally I don't run two days in a row, nor do I normally run on a Saturday (my run days are Mon, Wed, Fri), but I wanted to make up for a shorter run on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's run went pretty well, except for my stiff and heavy-feeling legs, which made it a bit difficult. Then at bedtime I had some pain near my tailbone and down into my leg, but ibuprofen finally gave relief. This morning the pain was gone, and the 2 mil... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 23:30:14 EST Ran tonight in a thunderstorm! And a pound lost. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915466 I didn't get to run this morning because of storms in the area, but tonight all was calm when I headed out to run. It was almost dark, so I took my tiny flashlight in my pocket in case I needed it on the way back. <BR> <BR> As I was doing my warm-up walk, it started to rain very lightly, but I didn't think much of it. I figured maybe it would just be a light rain, no big deal. I felt really good tonight once I started running, and was bookin' it. I was trying not to run too fast, since the S... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:06:13 EST A little sad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915107 I haven't been getting much feedback on my Blog here lately. I'm sure no-one out there means anything by it, I'm just a bit disappointed, I guess. This weight loss battle is tough, and it would be so awesome to hear from other Sparkers so I don't feel so alone in the battle. <BR> <BR> Oh well. Maybe I'm just too boring or long-winded. In that case, I wouldn't blame people for not wanting to read my posts. LOL. <BR> <BR> /Pity party over. :-) <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:08:26 EST Ran 4 miles for the first time yesterday! And a wake-up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913651 A few weeks ago, I was feeling very burned out with running. I was seriously considering quitting. But then I discovered the Smartcoach training program. It was telling me to run a suggested pace of a 12:30 mile, which seemed so slow to me! I laughed at the thought of running that slow and thought there was some mistake. But alas, it was right. I had actually been running too fast during my training! I was baffled by that thought. Here I was thinking I had been running too slow! Go figure. Bu... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:23:41 EST Still struggling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900065 I'm still struggling to cut back on the sugar. At least I am back to doing the Ironstrength workout now, which burns mega calories. And I noticed something, too. I have craved less sugar after doing that workout, even for two days after I've done it. I did it on Thursday, ran 2 miles on Friday, then yesterday I had planned to do the Ironstrength workout again, but apparently I strained some neck muscles, because I woke up to a very stiff, painful neck that was also swollen in the back. So I d... Sun, 27 May 2012 14:56:58 EST W2D1 of TYST Challenge: Back to calorie-counting, but MUST cut back on sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895930 Well low-carbing it for two days didn't cut it for me. I guess because I run 3x per week and have just started to increase my mileage? Runners need more carbs, or at least, that's what they say (and my body seemed to agree). <BR> <BR> So I'm back to calorie-counting. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me on a consistent basis. I keep trying to get around it, because, well... calorie counting can be a bit tricky sometimes, especially when eating at someone else's house and you have ... Thu, 24 May 2012 10:25:11 EST W1D6 of TYST Challenge: Low-carb Day 1 of 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893087 Wow, I can't believe it's Day 6 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge already. This week has flown by! I'm ending the last two days of Week One with a bang, as both days I'll be doing low carb (50 grams). Only for two days, though (for those who didn't see my previous blog post). Then next week I'll do it again for two days only. <BR> <BR> So far so good today. <BR> <BR> Upon waking: Water <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 2 whole eggs + 2 egg whites, scrambled, cooked in a little olive oil <BR> ... Tue, 22 May 2012 14:03:01 EST W1D5 of TYST Challenge: Protein vs. carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891691 Yesterday by lunch time I was STARVING. My stomach started growling during Sunday School, and by the time we left the parking lot, I wanted to chew on the steering wheel. But, I was going to be strong, and go home for lunch and get something healthy. <BR> <BR> Insert daughter, saying she NEEDS to go potty, on the way home. <BR> <BR> We stopped at McDonald's. The rest is history. I DID resist the Coke, at least. Just had a McDouble and half an order of small fries. <BR> <BR> Carb-filled bre... Mon, 21 May 2012 16:45:56 EST W1D4 of TYST Challenge: This is not going to be easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889553 Friday when the scale scared me, I was determined to do better. And I did, up until Fri night, when I went to dinner at my brother's house. I was responsible for bringing the sweets and drinks, and I made the mistake of getting fudge-striped cookies. Why? Because I was at the dollar store and saw that they had a package of them for $1, and wanted to save money. I figured I'd probably be able to resist them. Ha. After dinner, I went to get them and brought them out to everyone (we were eating ... Sun, 20 May 2012 10:09:57 EST W1D2 of TYST Challenge: Scary Weigh-in; Breakfast & Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887428 I decided to weigh in this morning and I'm glad I did. It scared me. LOL. The scale told me to get back off. I'm back up to 166.5 now. I'm not sure what the deal is with it always being ".5" something, but anyway, that's the highest I've weighed in a long time. And I am now definitely back into the overweight range. <BR> <BR> It got my attention. And it made me realize, I have got to stop messing around and get serious. So I've decided to go back and follow the Phase One plan from "The Car... Fri, 18 May 2012 14:51:24 EST W1D1 of Recording Sugar Habits & Feelings~Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886368 Dinner was healthy tonight: Salmon with a mustard-herb sauce, grits, and spinach. I did go back for a little more grits, though. <BR> <BR> But then after dinner I was really craving milk for some reason (I had water with my dinner), so I had about a cup. Then I wanted something more. Something sweet. So I had 2 cups of frozen yogurt. I know, I shouldn't have. It was bad enough that I had 2 cups after lunch. But I did. <BR> <BR> How I felt: Like I really need to keep frozen yogurt out of my ... Thu, 17 May 2012 21:25:39 EST W1D1 of TYST Challenge: Recording Sugar Habits & Feelings~Breakfast & Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885932 This morning when I first woke up, I was feeling a little sad. My dad has Alzheimer's and had to go into an assisted living home just before this past Christmas, and though it was a definite necessity, it has had a negative effect on him and I've watched him go rapidly downhill, and is in a stage now that is so painful to watch (he can no longer walk and has to be in a wheelchair). I was dreaming this morning just before waking that he was a little better again and able to walk, and was able ... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:41:01 EST Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885637 I've decided to do SP's Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, instead of giving up sugar cold turkey. <BR> <BR> Week One starts today. I took a quiz to asses my sugar cravings, and the result was that I can keep sweets out of my house, but that I have trouble in situations I can't control, such as a birthday party. <BR> <BR> I agree with that "mostly." However, there is one sweet I keep regularly in my house: ice cream or frozen yogurt. My husband is amazed at how quickly I go through it. The go... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:39:07 EST My day yesterday~trying to find a balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882350 Yesterday I had a healthy breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs with a little less than 1/4 cup shredded cheese on whole wheat toast with 5 oz. of orange juice. <BR> <BR> I took my daughter to school, then came back home and ran 3 miles, had 8 oz. of Gatorade. <BR> <BR> Lunch was healthy, too. A peanut butter sandwich using Smart Balance peanut butter (about 1.5 tbs) and whole wheat bread, and 5 baby carrots. <BR> <BR> Then I dared to have some frozen yogurt. I told myself I would only have one c... Tue, 15 May 2012 10:39:10 EST Rebellion... against myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880097 Only days into my "turning over a new leaf" plan, I found myself rebelling. I didn't want to track my calories anymore, nor did I want to avoid sweets. I wanted my soda and second helping of low fat ice cream and no-one was going to stop me. I just didn't care, and didn't feel one bit guilty about it, either. <BR> <BR> Then Saturday night, I had a wake up call. When my blood sugar bottoms out during the night, it causes me to have night terrors, at least based on past experiences. I knew th... Sun, 13 May 2012 23:51:08 EST Need to loose the 'tude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874621 Today I had an attitude. It didn't start out that way. I started out with a nice, healthy breakfast. Scrambled eggs, a healthier brand bagel (called, "The Alternative"--only 110 cals and 8 grams of fiber!) with cream cheese, and 5 oz. of orange juice. <BR> <BR> Took my daughter to school, came back home and ran 2 miles, did some computer work, went to pick up my daughter from school and--that's when the 'tude started. I was going to go to Wendy's for lunch and I didn't care. I ordered a Jr. ... Wed, 9 May 2012 21:36:56 EST Cavings to Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872703 After giving it some thought, I figured out that yesterday's hunger was the result of 1) Not eating a big enough breakfast, and 2) Not getting enough protein at breakfast and lunch. <BR> <BR> I have discovered over time that for me personally, I do well to eat around a 400-calorie breakfast, and include some protein, and I also do well to eat protein at lunch. So today for breakfast I had 2 whole grain waffles, 1 small sliced banana, 1 tbs honey, and 1 cup of 1% milk. I felt full and satisf... Tue, 8 May 2012 17:10:53 EST Planning ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870803 Elliptical for 30 minutes - done. (Did elliptical in lieu of running, since I overslept and couldn't go before taking my daughter to school, and it was too hot by the time I returned.) <BR> <BR> Tracking food on SP - done. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was a whole wheat pita pocket with cream cheese and raisins. It was pretty satisfying. But my 10am I was hungry again. So I had a small banana. <BR> <BR> Lunch was supposed to be a lentil burger using a wheat roll (as the bun, I guess?), but I had not... Mon, 7 May 2012 15:17:38 EST Turning over a new leaf, of the edible variety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869394 Hi fellow Spark friends, it's me, your long lost Sparker girl. I missed you! <BR> <BR> I'm back now, ready to turn over new leaves, and eat them, too (the edible kind, that is). :-) <BR> <BR> If you're wondering what happened to me, here's the nutshell version: Running is my passion, so when strained muscles prevented me from running for awhile, I felt like a deflated balloon, devoid of all motivation. I tried to find an alternative exercise to replace it, but nothing motivated me like runn... Sun, 6 May 2012 20:34:15 EST Busy busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721152 Been so busy! Will start over tomorrow with the tracking for accountability. I DID get in 30 minutes of brisk walking at the mall today, even some running, while pushing my 56-lb. daughter in the stroller, no less. :-) Fri, 3 Feb 2012 22:01:14 EST