FIREBUG32's SparkPeople Blog FIREBUG32's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community yeah back on track! So happy to report lost those two pesky pounds.. weigh in this am 189! Next goal to work towards.. in the 170's. <BR> <BR> Why is it so hard to lose? My body is just hanging on to this fat! Oh well. I'll just keep plugging along. I will do this, it will take on habit at a time to change. Working on them now.. <BR> <BR> ! stop eating by 8pm <BR> 2. including up to 5 fruit or veggie servings <BR> 3Active /exercise most days <BR> all food and activity daily <BR> article... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:23:20 EST Frustration.... So those two pounds I lost last week.. are back.. frustrating. <BR> Yes its frustrating but I only have myself to blame. <BR> <BR> To make it easier for me to stay on plan. I have created several food groupings of the typical foods I eat. <BR> <BR> I am not getting enough fruits and veggies in!!! So will begin to day on monitoring that along with stop eating by 8 pm at night. Avoiding alcohol and soda. <BR> <BR> Exercise 4 days a week! Need to decide the hows and whens to make it... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:32:05 EST Not Perfect this week but lost 2 pounds! I lost 2 pounds. I'm happy to report. I can honestly say I truly begun my journey thursday after training with Bill. I complained how I haven't lost weight although I am feeling stronger. <BR> <BR> I answered my own gripe/ question . I know why I'm not losing. I'm eating to much but refuse to see it. or acknowledge it. It may not be the usual over eating, because I am not gaining. But I am not losing either. I also could stand to go to the gym and work out more. Last week I only... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:40:29 EST feeling better week by week! A new beginning So its been a while. I've been muddling through and continuing even when I didn't feel like it. <BR> I've come to a turning point in my relationship with my body, mind and spirt. <BR> <BR> Let me first say, I have not lost any weight. Thats ok, because I am feeling better physically , and stronger and feel more in control of my thoughts and feelings. <BR> <BR> The act of being physically active and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone has many benefits in ways you may not see init... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:48:17 EST 12/13/14 I love this date! A perfect one to get going. Hi , Its me again. Just the lady that just can't seem to get her self doing what she needs to do! <BR> <BR> I have not been making my health the priority! Everyone and everything else just takes over. So today I'm changing some things, I'm going to write everything down in a note book and then post to sparks later in the day. the phone thing works great on the fly but you surely can't spend time on reading blogs and or doing what i'm doing now. <BR> <BR> Coming on sparks later in th... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:10:45 EST I'm back after a tough few months Hi , I'm back, finally feeling like I can get back to life. Sometimes life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. I've had to step back and gather my strength to carry on. <BR> <BR> So back to getting in the groove. I've decided to begin a new journal. " move more eat less" which will be my mantra going forward. No crazy diets.. just plan eating well. Posting food will be imperative to review what i am doing calorie wise , but also increasing my activity level. <BR> <BR> Actually ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:51:12 EST Update on whole 30 week 3: what I have learned about myself so far. I got on the scale this morning.. 12 pounds total I've lost so far. I am very hopeful that this is the key to my finally releasing this poundage. I'm learning a lot about myself and how food affects me. <BR> <BR> Although I do think about the foods I have cut out. I don't crave them at all. <BR> I'm learning and seeing there is a different way to relate to food. <BR> <BR> Before. food was anything but fuel. I used it when I was sad, bored,nervous I would sooth my emotions.. and ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:23:39 EST "It starts with Food" Finally some success... This book which was recommended by a friend... has really helped me. It talks about inflammation in our bodies and how the foods we eat have a direct correlation to how are bodies feel. <BR> <BR> It talks about eliminating certain foods.. that cause problems... to eat the foods that help with psychological health, hormonal health, and have a non addictive quality.. and you and I both know what those are. (sugar/carbs) <BR> <BR> I have stuck to it... the first 3 days where diffic... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:11:30 EST December Goals Well. Its december 1st and I need to write down what I plan to accomplish for This month. <BR> I will: <BR> 1. Drink 6-8 cups of water daily <BR> 2. Post all my food daily <BR> 3. Excercise daily with a minimum of 10 minutes of activity. <BR> <BR> The way I look at it. If I don't make an effort to go to the gym or do a class. If I force myself to at least do 10 minutes. That is at least 10 minutes of activity I probably would not have done! <BR> So here I go. It is the end of the d... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:07:08 EST Hydration and cutting back on coffee I must say I love the NEW start page here at spark. It is so customizable to just zero in on what you want to zero in on… our focus for the day/week/ year. Its truly a perfect spot to sum up how well we are doing or not doing. <BR> <BR> So what am I focusing on? Hydration. My short goal is to drink my water, religiously. I found a water bottle that holds 3 cups of water. All I need to do is to drink 2 to 2 1/2 of these and I have downed 6-8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> Also I will be on... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:02:58 EST Discipline? I need to…. What is discipline? Some thoughts from a very frustrated chubby lady. <BR> <BR> I need to make sure its a really good reason for losing, when it gets tough it has to get me through the hard spots. Those times I just don't feel like it or let my life step on my toes. I just decide "not today" I'm to ________( fill in the blank) <BR> <BR> I need to make sure I do one small thing over and over again. Baby steps! Every single day till it is ingrained in me. I've been living this way for ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:31:30 EST New frame of mind I've decided that Life is too short to be a perfectionist, overly critical , and be a all or nothing kind of person. YUP... It seems to me I start and stop, my health goals over something as simple as I miss one work out or eat one thing that is "not" on that list.. or not eat in my calorie range . <BR> <BR> So I am working on changing that way of thinking. This week i've lost 1 pound since last week! I'm happy with that! If I do this every week I could easily get to my goal wei... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:09:55 EST Time to get to it....and a sign its time Its been a busy summer. Working many hours..and vacationing. Getting ready to go on vacation is time consuming. Coming back is tough, because you have to get back in the groove. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say for the past 3-4 weeks.. I have done nothing for my weight lost. I went a couple times to the gym... but that's it. Of course I've gained back a few pounds as of yesterday I was up to 185 again. This is where my body seems to be at its happiest. sigh... <BR> <BR> Well i'm not happ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:03:07 EST I'm still at it!!! Day 8 Hey there... guess what I had a great beginning of last week! and then had a little shaky end of the week into the weekend.... <BR> <BR> I've come to a huge conclusion at least for me... When I don't work out and give myself 3 or more days off from the work outs.. I start to revert back to the old habits. yup! When I exercise, something about it just changes my whole out look and thought process. <BR> <BR> I had originally thought i'll work out 3-4 days in a row then take some days... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:48:08 EST Two Days into it. Still motivated. Only two days. But feeling like I'm doing good. Planning the night before.. sched my work out time and packing up my food in my big Lunch bag for the day. This is making a huge difference for me. <BR> <BR> No more going to the cafe.. or the cafeteria ... I just get crap there. <BR> <BR> I haven't stepped on the scale and I don't plan too.. I'm waiting the full two weeks. I can do this for two weeks. The goal is hopefully it will get easier by the end of the two weeks. <BR> After ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:25:58 EST Sparks Solution: 14 day program So just saying. I have decided to stop "trying" to lose weight. I am going to do it! Having made this decision, after reading through some the new sparks solution book. I purchased as a nook copy, and was so impressed I've decided to buy a hard copy. I want to beable to put physical tabs and have it my kitchen to look up the recipes and scan and print them including the shopping lists. <BR> <BR> This book just settles in and tells you what to do... I guess I need that. It does n... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:21:32 EST Got to start somewhere! Yup... its the start and stop thing that has me crazed. I get all revved up and start out gang busters. Then My life , my habits, my emotions mess me up. It pulls be right back to the old way of being. Of not being careful, throwing away all my healthy "new" habits. <BR> <BR> So Today: I've concentrated on two things. <BR> 1. Posting my food and being ultra aware of what and how much. <BR> 2. Eating at the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thats it..this is where I am starting. I wen... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:14:07 EST One Day at a time. Well today I cancelled my weight watchers subscription on line. It just didn't do a thing for me. I read that some liked to treat the points as a game. I tried.. seriously but I need to know what my calories are.. so just back to posting my food. <BR> <BR> I need to take it one day at a time, one meal at a time. Pay attention to what and how much.. BUT also what is going on in my head... The why of what pushes me or takes over that I just can't seem to control the food eating urges.. ... Fri, 17 May 2013 20:01:05 EST Week 1 : new commitment new start I need to start somewhere. What I have been doing is not getting me where I need to go goal wise. So I feel like I beginning anew. A conscious effort, a day by day minute by minute mentality. To bring this to the forefront of my mind. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of letting others sway me, of even me self sabotaging myself. Why don't i stick to it, why do I get lazy and stop. I'll never lose these 40 or so pounds doing what i'm doing now. <BR> I tell myself I'm not eating that bad, or w... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:15:08 EST Reviewing what i"m doing... Hi Spark friends. I am just not getting anywhere. I've lost 15 pounds. Most of that is due to me consistently exercising. How great is that? <BR> <BR> But.... I am definitely maintaining.. I go up 2 pounds.. I go down 2 pounds.. This would be great if I have hit my goal. <BR> <BR> So I sit here today, I have a day off and i'm renewing my efforts. I'm making a commitment to me and sparks. I have a nice compilation of meals in my "group" section on the food posting. <BR> I nee... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:21:53 EST Do I dare? I'm posting 2 pictures.. before and after Not sure if you can really tell I've lost 15 pounds.. but I do know I do not feel like the same physcially of the before picture.. I'm less round and puffy.. I'm slimming down but not so much that people "notice" the change.. I'm hoping to add a 3rd picture the end of june.. to see the changes happening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:00:59 EST Whoa... when did that happen!!! 15 pounds lost!!! Hey there.. I have news.. I've lost a total of 15 pounds. I've been struggling squeezing a pound here and there for so long. So it seemed that when I weighted in today.. and lost 1 more pound, I was happy of course.. <BR> <BR> But then sat down and calculated from my being weight It was a total of 15 pounds. Very hard earned 15 pounds lost. Being older (50's age group) and working full time.. This is not an excuse but more of why it is a bit tougher to lose the weight. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:28:17 EST Happy Holidays.. Happy holidays to all my friends here on Sparks. Its been a frenzy of shopping and wrapping, and cooking. It is done now. Presents are opened.. we all have full bellies from eating a fabulous meal, and of course some goodies to pick on for the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I am not big on doing the "big meal" it is alot of work for 15 minutes of chowing.. but thats ok. I feel my family appreciate it and do help to clean up after all is said and done. I got a present from my husband that will... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:37:20 EST My heart goes out to Newtown connecticut My thoughts and prayers going out to all those touched by this horrible shooting at an elementry school in Newtown connecticut... Why or how someone can do this is beyond my comprehension. <em>220</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:45:07 EST December 1st New goals. I always like the beginning of a month.. Day1 I look forward to the following 31 days to make more changes and make goals. Last month I did pretty well following my plan. I had slip ups, but plan on putting it behind me.. and moving forward. <BR> <BR> So I measured my body today. Everything stayed exactly the same.. Not sure why? I've gained 4 pounds these last 2 weeks.. could it be due to thanksgiving.. and celebrating two birthdays? Possibly. I wonder if I used the fact I was exerc... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 20:26:16 EST OK Needing to get serious.. well.. after my birthday wednesday and thanksgiving yesterday.. I actually was brave and met with my trainer. I ate things.. like pie, turkey,gravey, and all the fixins some alcohol. Birthday cake.. both days.. and no physical activity other than to shovel food in. <BR> <BR> So knowing all the while I would have to work out today. I knew it would be tough, I was right. But it snapped me back to reality.. why I am doing this and basically it reeled me back in. If I didn't go today i... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:51:40 EST Sparks coaching.. here I go. Has anyone else signed up for the sparks coaching? Well I did today and look forward to the daily tips and coaching that this will offer me. <BR> <BR> Time to focus on the food portion and immerse myself in the process. The last 3 1/2 months dedicated to making exercise a habit and a part of my life.. check! I love it and will never go back to what I use to do.. which was nothing.. I need to remember how that felt and push myself to go to the gym or do something active. My body fee... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:17:56 EST Hostess liquidating.. i'm sad I'm sad because all those people are going to lose their jobs.. I'm very frightened in what is happening around me. Don't know how many people will be affected but my prayers go out to them. <BR> <BR> Interestingly I was a bit sad also to know that we will not be seeing twinkies on the shelfs and cup cakes.. ect ect.. People are buying everything right now.. hoarding these treats.. <BR> <BR> I honestly have not bought any of these in years. Don't even want them, wouldn't want them.. ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:15:41 EST Hanging in there.. Well here it is nov 9th...I just met with my trainer yesterday and he has set me up for the next two weeks... I'm feeling much stronger. <BR> <BR> Have I lost more weight? NO... Have I lost inches... NO... Sooooooo <BR> I had a chat with Sean, he feels with the way I am training I should be losing wieght no doubt. But the food portion of this equation needs to be reeled in. I am not horrible but the night time eating is messing me up... So I have gone back to posting my food and keeping... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 19:51:21 EST Starting the month off right Well... its nov1st.. I went to the gym and did my strenght training and did 1 mile on the Treadmill.. yeah. I am undercontrol with my diet. Really want to do well this month. <BR> <BR> I might come and blog each day this month, only to help motivate myself. The exercises I am doing are just perfect these two weeks. They are challenging but I'm not doing anything to aggravate my knees. Things where getting pretty painful. So I spoke to my trainer, and he totally backed off on the squ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:07:29 EST I am so frustrated,time to reflect , time to move forward. Here is the deal. I measured and weighed myself this morning.. I'm the same as I was a month ago! So apparently I really need to shake things up. My trainers "idea" was to up my metabolism by building muscle. So I probably do have more muscle than I started. I've lost 10-12 pounds depending on the day.. I weight in.. I've been weight training for 3 months going at least 3 days a week sometimes 4 days. I work very hard when I go, I feel it the next day. I do cardio along with those s... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 06:46:26 EST 2 MONTH MARK:NOW WHAT??? October.. food challenge!!! Ok... so here is the deal. <BR> <BR> I've been working my butt off religiously. Every other day, doing my strength work out, along with 20 -30 min of some aerobic exercise. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say in those 60 days... I have lost 12 pounds... and a proximately 2 inches around my waist. I'm thrilled... BUT feeling so stuck right now. <BR> <BR> I think my laziness is affecting my goals.. to lose weight and shape up. The food thing is what is holding me back.. DARN IT... My tr... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:47:54 EST day32: better.. Well calorie wise.. I did better today... 1650 still over a little bit. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym today and did my 1 hour or so of weight training, and 25 min run/walk on the tread mill. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:19:16 EST Day31:keeping track of my food We I had a great work out with my trainer yesterday.. I feel a bit sore in a good way. I can still move but feel my muscles that worked. Its perfect. <BR> <BR> The next two weeks my focus.. is to post my food and post my calories for the day. My goal is to stay under 1500 calories. I am definitely doing well with my work outs.. pretty much every other day with out fail. <BR> <BR> Now its time to watch my caloric in take. and to be more aware of what I am eating.. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:30:10 EST Day 30: A reason to be Happy! I've lost 12 pounds! <em>334</em> I'm not going back... only forward. <BR> Gonna keep doing what i'm doing.. and moving forward. <BR> Thats my story and I"m sticking to it! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Meeting with my trainer today.. time to change it up.. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:18:51 EST Day 29: Keep plugging even though.... Well the good news is a lost 1 pound this week.. the not so good news.. my measurements have not changed since the last time I did it.. GRRRRR <BR> <BR> So I guess.. I'll just keep trudging along. I feel good physically and mentally so that in it self is a motivator to continue.. I'm not stopping now. Something has to give, how can it not. I'm working so hard, I've nearly cut out all sugar. My meals are small and spread out through out the day. <BR> <BR> have a great day .. i'm off... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:31:37 EST Day 22: Needing to get the food situation undercontrol! OK... so yup I am doing really well going to the gym and being active. And I'm seeing improvements.. but you know what? I've lost 10 pounds and a couple of inches Since I started.. but as far as my weight lost.. seems to have come to a stand still. I know I'm making muscles.. but its hiding under the fat. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So Its time to get my act together.. I've been "ok" you know.. but lately not posting the food as much.. splurging just a little too much.. not knowing how... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:42:55 EST Day 20: I'm still at it.. what is motivating me now Here I am about 6 weeks into being a new member at this gym and working with a trainer. It is finally feeling "normal" to me. Having this activity be a part of my weekly activities. <BR> <BR> In the beginning it was all about trying to keep up with my trainer, and getting good grades from him in how I was doing. <BR> <BR> Now its more about me. Although the weight is not "falling off" from all the excerise I'm doing. What I am noticing is what is motivating me is different... <B... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:28:05 EST A day of remembrance Thinking of all the people who lost their lives on sept 11 2001 and of their families who must endure the heart ache. A country for ever changed... <em>220</em> You are all so in my thoughts today.. Diane Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:19:38 EST Day 12 Its Getting easier Easier in going to the gym, with out to much thinking I just go now. There was a time where I would decide.. I just don't feel like it.. and not go.. but now. It's just what I do. No talking me out of it. It has become part of my week.. yeah! <BR> <BR> Today.. I found I was a little bit under the weather.. I did my work out and put as much into it as I could. but once I got on the treadmill.. I just feel wiped out. so I just walked , no jogging.. so to increase the intensity.. I ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 20:21:45 EST day 10 Pile of sweat today! I've missed a few days of blogging. Long weekend. Relaxing . Back into the groove today. <BR> I went to the gym after work.. and did my strength training which takes me a little over an hour.. I really try to push my self to muscle exhaustion.. so I'm tired.. a good tired. <BR> <BR> I also afterwards hopped on to the treadmill... so excited. I walked/jogged 2 miles. <BR> I actually jogged a full 1 1/2 miles and walked 1/2 mile.. My goal right now is just to get to doing a total of ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:40:13 EST Day 7... Time well spent... I think Well its about noon time.. and i've spent a considerable amount of time at the computer this morning.. <BR> <BR> I have hunted down a few recipes that I feel would work for me. In terms of ease , enjoyment, and calorie range. I've printed them out. and i've taken the time to make either a "food grouping " out of the recipe or.. just put it in as a favorite with a title with the nurtiental values for that serving. so I can just easily pick it from my list and pop it into my food planner. ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:54:53 EST Crappy food day... bla day 6 I DID NOT do so well food wise today.. so this weekend spending some time with cook books and comeing up with quick easy recipies/ideas for breakfasts , lunches and dinners and 3 small snacks. Time to simplify make it easy , make it doable. <BR> <BR> Plan plan plan.... my moto.. <BR> Today was my day off from the gym.. tomorrow will be going back. <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:59:39 EST Day 5: I had a great day at the gym today. I did my strength training work out. and 20 minutes on the tread mill.. 1.3 miles 20 minutes. Jogged a total of 10 minutes and walked the rest. <BR> <BR> What I like about working out and using a trainer every two weeks and changing up my work out and working out on my own.. <BR> <BR> I am learning to PUSH.. myself. I write down all my reps.. and my weights I want to see inprovements.. <BR> <BR> Also I'm learning all kinds of "NEW" exercises and ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:19:18 EST I'm sore day 4 Its the kind of sore I know I feel i've done some work. Tomorrow i'll be back in the gym doing my session on my own. Finally feeling like I have a handle on this work out thing.. <BR> <BR> I feel like its part of my week. Love walking into that gym with a plan and know what I need to do.. feeling sweaty and knowing all the good i'm doing for myself. <BR> <BR> Sad part is I look in the mirror and really don't see a change. sigh <em>234</em> but I feel stronger more energetic. My clothe... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:39:44 EST Back in the Groove day 3 My 3rd Session with trainer today. So a new set of exercises for me to work on for next 2 weeks. I made him aware of my knee "seems" to be acting up.. but seriously once I got going it was fine. I really need to be careful of what I tell myself and what I believe I can or can not do. I need to push myself, no self doubts.. <BR> <BR> I felt good.. he is pushing but he's careful not to over do. Cautious and we (I) are working up to more intense exercises.. building upon previous wee... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:43:09 EST day2 emotional eating Today was a defiently a day of emotional eating. I need to center myself and not let other people upset me... <BR> calories today 1875... <BR> No I'm sore from all the major yard work this weekend. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:19:25 EST I need to RECOMMIT.... DAY1 This Tuesday I have my 2nd training session with my trainer. Although I have been dedicated to doing my training sessions.. I have seen that its just not enough. NO EXCUSES... I need to recommit and up the efford! In my exercise and nutrition! <BR> <BR> I will blogging daily to chat about my challenges and successes. I need to stop weighing my self daily.. I also need to work out more.. along with my 3 strength session and aerobic. i will add 2-3 other days which will be just aerobi... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:07:30 EST Two weeks... what I have learned so far ..10 things I can do.... I've learned: <BR> <BR> 1. I can voice and can speak up, to do what I need to do. When people in my life offer,intice or suggest eating certain foods and situations. <BR> <BR> 2. I can stick to a plan. It gets put on my calender on sunday When , where and what my exercise routine will be.. If its on there! I GO... no matter how I feel. Believe me I've had days where it was iffy.. but went and ALWAYS felt great afterwards.. <BR> <BR> 3. I can keep my calorie range in check... 1400... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:20:53 EST Went to the gym today.... Well, I was brave today.. After work I headed to the gym. Saturday afternoons are a perfect time to go. Because its quiet , and for someone like me who is not sure what she is doing.. this is what I needed. <BR> <BR> Any how It went well.. I remembered (i think) all the details. and followed through. It took total 1 hour and 10 minutes.. I was worn out by the end, even a little nauseus.. I know that is not a great thing to happen.. But my body is just not use to this level of activi... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:26:55 EST