FITTEREVERYDAY's SparkPeople Blog FITTEREVERYDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2018 resolution I have one resolution this year. Yep, one. It has many facets but it's a single resolution...I resolve to care for and take care of myself. Managing my mental illnesses falls under this. Eating more fruits, vegetables and lean protein and fewer empty calories falls under this. Exercising within my limitations (I have a broken bone in my leg) is part of this. Being mindful of how I treat others in part of this. Doing what I need to at home and work is part of this...etc. I thought I was changi... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 10:32:54 EST Can’t quite do what I’d usually do.... I have a spiral fracture in my fibula coming into it on Christmas Eve. It limits some of what I can do. Walking isn’t easy (I do have a walking boot and I can walk on it fairly easily on even surfaces but not fast). I’m also not in a hurry to calorie count. I figure I’ll lose what I can just consciously paying attention to how much and what I eat for awhile and then see if I’m into it. Wed, 3 Jan 2018 07:26:30 EST Resolutions I broke all my resolutions but did something more important. <BR> <BR> As we end the year I always find myself thinking of how my resolutions went. I didn’t lose the weight or make the fitness goals. I didn’t even make the reading goal….I spent 2017 mostly struggling with my old foes bipolar disorder and anxiety. I spent it figuring out how to stay alive when much of the year that’s not what I wanted. Instead of time in the gym (which I quit in February citing ill health as the reason) I spe... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:20:00 EST 2017, a goal changer My goals this year changed significantly when I had the fifth breakdown I've had in my thirty-three years starting in February, For twelve years (I was diagnosed right after my first hospitalization for suicidal ideation and my second for psychiatric reasons...the first was a suicide attempt and the hospital wanted to keep me after my physical recovery but my parents weren't into the idea of me being held for another week or so on psych...and I was only 15 or 16 at the time) I've been denying... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:38:06 EST February goals -Mostly tracking and keeping within SPs limits. I'd like to aim for 5 days out of every seven in the very least. <BR> -Keeping up at least 10 minutes a day of exercise. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:18:32 EST New Year's Gifts Instead of making resolutions I'm giving myself gifts as 2017 goes along. <BR> <BR> -The gift of being present in my own life and more reading time because I'm consciously limiting social media. <BR> <BR> -The gift of strength through the practice of mediation and yes, regular strength training. <BR> <BR> -The gift of what I already have through the regular practice of gratitude. (Today I'm grateful for my job, that I can afford a gym membership and that it's snowing again!) <BR> <BR>... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:41:50 EST New Year's diet...not at all what you think. I'm a diet this year, it's a gift to myself and I am enjoying it...I don't expect to lose weight from this diet though, at least not physical weight, maybe weight off my shoulders. I am cutting back on social media. It's something that I've found addictive that has also had the effect of making me rather miserable sometimes (sometimes because it IS addictive and a time waster). I actually started in late December but I'm carrying it through as a New Year's gift (more on that in my next blog).... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:35:39 EST Practicing self control. I got to practice some self control today. I was reading somewhere that the more you don't give into temptation the better. I went to the store today and decided I didn't NEED a treat. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:42:29 EST Some things I learned from a book. This book was somewhat about habits of thin people and things you could do to help yourself naturally lose weight. <BR> <BR> Some of the habits: <BR> <BR> -Looking around the buffet before getting foot to pick out favorites. <BR> -Facing away from food areas. <BR> <BR> <BR> Some of the other ideas: <BR> -Snack only in designated areas and not while doing other things. <BR> -Fill half your plate with freggies <BR> <BR> Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life <BR> by ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:25:51 EST So far, so good I caught a cold at the end of November that actually helped me with my December goals. It sort of reset my appetite and let me reflect a little on my usual urges to eat when not hungry. As such every day in December so far I've been within range and have lost some weight already. <BR> <BR> December is also rounding out to be nice and wintry, while I'm not in control of that I definitely am enjoying it! <BR> <BR> My next hurdle is vacation next week. Vacation is usually a big overeating ex... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:09:22 EST Why weight? My parents didn't do the clean plate thing and in fact I was quite thin until puberty but somewhere along the line I decided I hated to waste food. What I do realize is that either the food goes to waste or it goes to my waist...which is also a waste...I just have to remember that. <BR> <BR> I've also struggled with emotional eating longer than I've had a weight problem. It's particularly an issue on vacation and such because being away from home is not a good feeling for me. Sure, I might ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:52:21 EST Why wait for January? December goals! <BR> <BR> -75%+ within in range days. <BR> -138lbs end of December GW. I'm ready to erase my summer/stress eating gain finally. <BR> -work on mindfulness. Practice everyday! <BR> -Workout at least 3 days a week. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:22:20 EST The flight of stairs Every morning when I come in to work I take a flight of stairs to the second floor, this morning it occurred to me that the steps are fairly shallow but they allow me to ascend to a considerable height. Taking baby steps in fitness and weight loss is like that too, each step is fairly small but they do add up! I'm currently trying to re-lose some weight I put on this summer and it's difficult but I have to remember I don't have to jump to the second floor! (lose it all at once or even get aut... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:07:29 EST I guess I carry my weight well... I've even gained a few pounds because I'm not motivated when it's hot but when I went for my annual lady exam my doctor thought I was a good weight until she checked the actual numbers. It's still refreshing to see 130 something vs 170 something at the drs office. Now to work on the white coat phobia so they stop thinking I have blood pressure issues.... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:55:03 EST Food is losing its hold on me I've been an emotional eater longer than I've been overweight and I think I'm finally gaining the upper hand. I'm realizing food is a very poor way to entertain myself (gone fast, not healthy to eat too much of it) and that it's not really all that enjoyable when I'm not hungry. If I'm bored I'd rather enjoy a good book or something else that will provide a more lasting enjoyment. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:53:53 EST Because sometimes I can't see the difference in the mirror. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first picture is one I took of myself sometime in 2013. The second one was taken last December. Over that time I lost about 50 pounds total. It's insane to see how different I look. What's more insane though is how different I feel. I'm not the same person I was 50 pounds ago. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:11:05 EST Resolutions So I meant to post this earlier but these are my resolutions: <BR> -Hit my goal weight (not that far away!) <BR> -Get up to a 45 minute 10K on the elliptical <BR> -Work on unlearning emotional eating <BR> -Be more focused @ work <BR> -Read 33 books Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:15:01 EST Getting guessed small and it makes me chuckle I had a laugh the other day. I was at work searching the web for a new raincoat (we have random lulls at work where nothing is happening) because mine is way too big (a men's XL....I'm a women's M) and my coworker decided to help. I was going through the sizing charts and he thought I was a 4 or a 6.....I'm an 8. He also suggest a slim cut (which I may do when I buy one....I have a ton of old XL things that make me looking like I'm wearing a garbage goal I'm going to be ready for t... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:08:43 EST More progress photos, same woman, same dress, two years and about thirty pounds later <img src=""> about 165 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> 133 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:16:02 EST The difference 44 pounds makes. <img src=""> - 177 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> - 133 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:50:15 EST NSV I really do love when someone notices my loss. DH told me this morning he's starting to notice muscle definition in my back and that I now have an actual curve in where my waist is. Thu, 7 May 2015 11:43:35 EST No longer obese :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not the best picture I know (photo of a screen after all), but I'm proud of it. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:40:17 EST Walking in the snow I have to say having four inches on the trails makes walking more akin to snowshoeing (which I love and would do every day if I had the chance). It's too deep for my running shoes but i still feel like I'm getting an amazing workout because dragging my feet is not an option. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:11:04 EST New Year (yes very late) Sorry about the lateness. I've been massively enjoying the snow that I was really expecting to get starting last month and I've just been wanting to be out more than online. <BR> <BR> Anyway I am fully convinced that I can reach my weight goal this year. It's only 33 lbs away and with hard work and perseverance I should be able to make it. Then my goal will be maintenance and working on my distance goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:21:46 EST A little quiet in a crazy time I work for a college and classes are over so it's quite quiet right now. On break today I decided to head out to the park next to my building to make some footprints on the snowy path. So worth it even for 10 minutes of absolute quiet. Nothing but my own footsteps. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:55 EST Not fitness related but worth a read. <link><BR>l-joyful/# </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:14:04 EST Cool article <link><BR>rt/what-happens-to-our-brains-when-we-<BR>exercise-and-how-it-makes-us-happier?u<BR>tm_source=facebook </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:19:10 EST A different approach to December. I think right now using the nutrition tracker is adding to my stress and not doing much else for me. I also have this thing about not remembering to use it with so much happening. It may help at some point but for me December is not the time to start again with it Instead I'll be doing what helped me to lose weight initially....mindful eating good food in moderation. Keeping an eye on my stress eating (which I suspect is the big reason that I got to this point). Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:42:59 EST Walking! <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>o-better-health/ </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:28:49 EST workout challenge - good link <link><BR>ow?u=84349224ef7a543ab038356d3&id=e347<BR>bff88b </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:23:20 EST December Goals -get in my fruits and veggies -continue my walk/jogs (more snow pics!!!) -add the videos from Jessica Smith's quick fit holiday challenge on top of that -drink my water -for Pete's sake use the nutrition tracker And hopefully be at 145-148 by the end of the month. I've only maintained in December before but I think a loss is possible. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:12:07 EST Walking in a winter wonderland I did another 1.79 mile walk/run in the snow. Would've done more if I didn't have to work today. It's actively snowing today and it's gorgeous! I should explain that is is probably how I am one of the few people I know that has an easier time losing weight in winter than summer. I'm glued to my couch if it's hot...if it's cold..well you know. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:53:50 EST Winter running Pretty cool. Although I find the idea of loping through snow to be enough motivation. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:57 EST First winter run Actually went really well. Packed snow is pretty easy to deal with. I'm still not doing it on ice but I had to try out snow. I think the trails are actually more comfy on my knees with a bit of snow on them even. I've done winter walking forever and also some snow shoeing. It was just time to see if I could jog at all. The nice thing too is zero overheating. It's all of 30 here today and so I definitely did not get hot. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:28:34 EST Walking. I keep thinking I should vary my routine but I think it may not happen right away. I'm loving walking right now. We're on the edge of snow season (we've started having snow vs rain) and not icy yet and snow and cold is something I'm fond of walking much so that I was almost late for work Friday. With my ice cleats I can probably keep up through all but the worst of the ice too...and they make better ice cleats that I could potentially get. So we're looking at spring. ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:04:40 EST Not waiting for January.. I need to get my rear in gear if I want to get off this plateau and I have some other goals in mind too in lieu of self care. <BR> <BR> So here are my resolutions for the remainder of 2014 <BR> <BR> -Working out M-F...negotiable for spending time with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas and sickness, non-negotiable because I have to does not take up a whole day and 10-30 minutes is a TINY portion of a day. <BR> <BR> -Spending less time online. Don't worry I'll still be here.... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:54:11 EST Working out around work This is something I haven't had to do in awhile (being self-employed is different) and it does mean that doing more this month might be hard. I think I'll still commit to 10 minutes a day whether it's a work day or not. I'm thinking 30 minutes max on work days and 45 on non work days (I still have things to do when not at work as everyone does). I'm still going to want to relax and have time with hubby and the kitties after all. <BR> <BR> My best plan so far is probably taking advantage of ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST November goals Hello to November a day early! I'm excited for a new month and am leaving October with some good and bad. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> A chance of snow (ok I don't have control over this but I feel much more motivated when there's a chill in the air than not...I am the opposite of many). <BR> <BR> Possibly a new job (I'm talking to an old boss of mine tomorrow and I think that's what he has in mind to chat about). <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> I got really off track in October. I had a vacation in... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:33:55 EST Getting somewhat on track pre-vacation I know next week is going to be nuts because we're staycationing all week so trying to be serious about my SP journey this week. I have 3 of my weekly 10 miles done and will get in the other 7 before Sunday. I am also FINALLY tracking food again. I'll try not to gain on my week off and all the walking we do should help. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:09:16 EST I've seen this a few places and it looked like fun 1. What's your name? <BR> Kelly <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite sport? <BR> To watch would be hockey. To do? I guess swimming is a sport, right? <BR> <BR> 3. Have a crush? <BR> My hubby <BR> <BR> 4. What's your eye color? <BR> Blue <BR> <BR> 5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To not suffer from anxiety. <BR> <BR> 6. Are you allergic to anything? pollen and grass. <BR> <BR> 7. Have you ever broken a bone? Collarbone when I was about 12, I slipped... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:04:13 EST Hello October! (A day late I know) After tomorrow the weather's supposed to get a lot better (dropping from the 70s to something more seasonally appropriate, hello 50s and low 60s) so I'm considering a walking goal for October (haven't had leg issues recently either, having a cold forced me to rest long enough it looks like). Maybe a mile for each day? I don't get out everyday and I'm willing to walk a mile even if I'm full of allergies or just not in the mood to walk. I'll probably go over but I'd rather set a goal I know I ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:51:06 EST Update on fall 5% challenge The end of September has found me with a chest cold so I haven't been quite as on the ball with my challenge as I had hoped. Still made weight goal plus some ( weekly goal is only -0.9) but I want to be active in my challenge. I am getting better but not there yet. The weather randomly warmed up too which I'm not a fan least the weather will cool considerably by the weekend and I should be feeling much better too. I'm ready to try some new workouts once I can breathe righ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:48:44 EST App recommendations? I'm looking for an app that will record my speed and distance without all the extra stuff I see in most apps. I don't need maps. I don't need a step counter. I don't even need a log of what I've done (I enter it in here after I've done it). I would like something that auto-pauses when I stop. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:28:46 EST Essentially the start of the challenge for me I'm almost never online on Saturdays and Fridays are nutty sometimes so my weigh ins will run Thursday to I'm starting today for all intents and purposes. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to be a pound down but I wasn't sure that it was going to happen because while I've been good about my workouts I've still been eating whatever I can find for lunch (and eating while reading...I need to stop this pronto). We're getting into happy cooking time for me though. <BR> <BR> <BR> It does ge... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17:29 EST One more blog for today I just wanted to share that I'm glad I've started walking/jogging outside on a regular basis. It hasn't just been good for my body. It's been good for me overall. I sleep better. I feel better....if you're thinking about taking up walking it's totally worth it. I just walk around my neighborhood most of the time but it's been enjoyable watching summer turn to fall <em>465</em> up close. I can see the gradual changes the trees are making and watch the urban wildlife (fat squirrels mostly) d... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:11 EST The running thing Well my GPS failed me and didn't track but I ran about an eighth of my walk. I warmed up on the sidewalk and once I hit the park I started jogging (they have a gravel/packed dirt path vs the much harder on the legs concrete) intervals. I wasn't using my c25k app, I just tried to jog between "landmarks" aka jogging to the next tree, walking to the bench, jogging to the park sign, etc. <BR> <BR> Next fall I want to be able to jog the park path (about 0.7 mile so not even that far). Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:14 EST Is it worth it? One of the the things that has been key in my weight loss journey is actually figuring out what I enjoy, I mean really enjoy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was in the vicinity of a Starbucks and I had a pumpkin spice latte. Don't get me wrong I like PSLs but it just wasn't this amazing thing I remembered it being. I think I'm happy getting one per fall, from the cheaper Dunkin Donuts. I felt bad for paying $4 and 200 calories for something I barely enjoyed. I would have preferred to go get some nuts... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:50:31 EST No excuses! We all have our pet excuses. I don't mind going out in the cold, the snow, when I'm a little sleepy...I hate going out if it's supposed to rain. Not even raining, supposed to rain. A good Michigan deluge would be a good reason to not go out, a chance of rain is not. I have to face the fact that where I live 180 days out of the year there is a chance for precipitation and unless it's between November and March that's probably going to be rain. If it were summer I'd have the reason of heat (as ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:05:15 EST Update It's a nice day here in SE Michigan and the breezes are feeling autumnal and I'm getting really excited for my first 5% seasonal challenge. I'm confident that I'll do well since I have so much support here :D <em>252</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:18:52 EST I wanted to share because this was just fun<BR>E <BR> <BR> I got through it with no shin pain too. It feels good to move again. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:44:24 EST