FLYINGONBY's SparkPeople Blog FLYINGONBY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Setback I am pretty sure that I, like may spark people, am plagued by setbacks. The last week of my 5k training (which was 8 weeks long, HUGE, accomplishment for me) was completed with a sprained ankle! I was devastated that my momentum came to a screaming halt. Every little setback causes a spiral of overeating (not entire pizza's mind you, more like 3 slices of pizza when I should have 1, etc.) I am trying to focus on not allowing setbacks to throw me too far back. I really do need to listen t... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 10:38:35 EST Trying Something New I have been continuing to struggle with making healthy choices. I have, however, turned a corner. I am reading Robb Wolf's paleo solution and so many things cry out to me. My hubby actually bought the book and with him on board (yeah my partner is my buddy) there is a certain level of accountability. So day 1 for me of a new way of thinking and eating. I will WATCH exactly what I am putting in my mouth today and I will LOG EVERYTHING in my daily nutrition journal! Have a wonderful day ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:55:20 EST Oh Man! Oh man! At least this is what my cheeky 4 year old would say whenever he is frustrated. I suppose, it will work for me too. I keep stopping and starting, stopping and starting, and I cannot seem to really get going. 3 weeks seems to be the funny number. What gets in the way for me? Many things such as family commitments, travel, and illness/injury. How do I prevent it? Well that really is a tough question. If I had the answer, I would already be achieving my goals. <BR> Perhaps I n... Mon, 16 May 2011 09:12:29 EST Consecutive Day Madness Learning to track your progress thoroughly will truly make you accountable! I have tried to begin a long streak, as Chris Downie, the Spark Guy, is determined to get 1000 consecutive days of 10 minutes of exercise, and has inspired me. Though I began on April 16th, my official start date is, TODAY May 1st. For whatever reason, I thought it was being tracked under streaks, and it in fact, is not :( Oh well! I will look at it, as a great head start! So Hello Day 1!!! <BR> PS---still very ... Sun, 1 May 2011 12:29:54 EST 4th Consecutive Days (LOL) The funny thing about shooting for at least 10 minutes a day is that, I get way more than that! I don't actually log all that I do, for instance raking the yard for 30 minutes (though it counts!) Even though it is only day 4 out of a huge number, I feel very committed to this. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:01:59 EST A goal of 1000 consecutive days of 10 minutes a day! What a goal right? Guy posted today, that he is going for a 1000 consecutive days goal of exercising at least 10 minutes a day! I am very inspired by this goal, and am going to join him starting today! Day 1~~~ Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:43:50 EST Commitment I am re-committing myself to spark people! Posting is time consuming, something most of us are short on. Once I got the in the swing of things on Spark People, I started posting, and logging on less and less. This was fine, for a short period of time, then, I just kept hitting road block after road block. I need to re- commit myself, or I simply won't be accountable, and I won't follow through. I appreciate the amazing forum available at the Spark, and I need to use it, so that I can rea... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 11:53:58 EST Like Water For Water Need a little pick me up? Feeling a little sluggish? Are you tired? Getting sick? <BR> Try water! Time and time again, I find when I need a little afternoon boost, or am trying to fight off an illness, what I really need is water! Experts can tell us over and over again to keep hydrated, but this is often easier said than done. I have been alternating my drinks of coffee or juice with water. This seems to help me keep balanced and feeling refreshed throughout the day. No coffee crash ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:39:42 EST Happy New Year I continue to exercise and eat right in an ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN sort of way, I am hoping the new year will bring some new energy to my workouts. I was going strong on the C25K team and plan, but I have a muscle tear in my left leg, SIGH. I have began cardio in a different way for now, but will rejoin the team in a few weeks so that I don't further injure, or even break my leg. This injury is yet another obstacle which only forces me to be more creative with how I exercise. Happy New Year t... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:48:02 EST My Biggest Challenge It's ME!!! I am starting to wonder why I loose steam after so many weeks of intense exercise and major diet reform. I am not sure, but when I trip up it seems to last a little too long. I wonder if it's exertion, exhaustion, or perhaps, will power. I will be paying close attention to myself over the next few weeks. I will look carefully at what cues me to go off the deep end and eat too much junk food, which in turn destroys my energy, and then I don't want to work out! Such a viscous c... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:47:02 EST Reposting Break Up Letter I have to repost this for myself, I have been in a funk for a few weeks and just need a few reminders. <BR> <BR> Dear obstructions, <BR> Get out lethargy, I am done with you! Goodbye overeating, you have done me no favors! Goodbye eating as an activity. I am now eating to live, and not living to eat. Goodbye guilt. I am no longer willing to fall prey to your deception and mistreatment! Goodbye junk food, I never loved you anyway. Your lack of nutrient value speaks for itself. Goodbye... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:03:35 EST The Dog Is In This Too The dog is in this too, so is my family, my friends, my neighbors, everyone. I need encouragement, work out buddies, healthy ideas, anything. I feel like an open book, because really I am. I am proud of moving forward, and I am willing to share it with anyone who is interested. I am open to new workout ideas, going for a quick jog, sharing a funny story or article. The dog wants to take a walk? I'll do it? Someone has practice or lessons at the Y? I'll take them (and sneak in a few lap... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:26:25 EST To Log Or Not To Log I have been faithful to exercise and food all week. Yesterday, however, my body needed a break, and frankly so did I. I decided not to log my food intake yesterday, using the EXCUSE that it would be too time consuming to log all of the ingredients that went into my lunch. I didn't think it was an excuse at the time, but looking at it now, it was! <BR> I made poor choices the rest of the day. I had a few glasses of wine in the evening too (which I haven't done in a really long time.) <... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:48:19 EST Getting to Saturday! Yeah! The weekend is here! That means I am just as busy, and the focus is still on the kiddos but in a more rewarding way. We get to attend soccer games, and activities as a family, hooray! <BR> <BR> I made it through Wednesday this week without any slip ups or mishaps! It was crucial for me to log my food (prior to eating new meals if I didn't know the exact breakdown.) This was important for me because several times, I realized I could eat something else, get more nutritional value,... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:31:28 EST Why Wednesday? I can't really put my finger on it. I start every week like a champ. I don't slip up too terribly on the weekends and try to sneak in at least a little exercise. For whatever reason, come Wednesday, I start slipping up. I miss workouts on Wednesday, I overeat on Wednesday, I am grumpier on Wednesday, and here is the real kicker, I REALLY LIKE WEDNESDAYS! Not because I slip up, but because I don't think of it as a "bad day." I am going to try my best this week to EAT my calories from PRO... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:15:53 EST Saying No to excuses! I have struggled with this so much. The kids are sick, I have no internet service, I am traveling. Well the reality is, as I was traveling it was very difficult to track everything, though I did watch what I ate (most every meal.) I need to remind myself everyday, that 10 minutes is all it takes to work into something more, something better. Everyday, a good decision in the morning is the beginning of many more decisions to be made throughout the day. I can do this! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:00:42 EST On the Road Again Well back on the road. Will be checking in, but a much needed break is coming. I injured myself. I felt great! Then, I had a massage! I could barely walk for 2 days and was in agony. 6 days later, I feel like someone has punched me in the back, but I am able to start exercising again. Have a great week friends. I will be back Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:39:40 EST Getting Back On Track It is so hard to be so motivated and then something happens that temporarily throws you off track! I am trying to get back into the swing of things but I have so many excuses! Family coming into town for a visit, taking a big trip soon, shopping for school for kids, kids starting back up at school, kids schedule, etc. I guess I need to revisit my goodbye letter and draw some inspiration there. I am struggling with excuses today, but I won't let it completely derail me, I refuse! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:02:15 EST Back Home Ok some valuable lessons learned. I stuck with the program for the most part. The most valuable lesson I learned is that I need back up plans for my back up plans. I wanted to work out, and use spark videos and the hotel gym. Well I was traveling with kids solo, and I realized, I didn't want to leave them in the room alone, ergo not hotel gym. Then of course, no wifi offered in the hotel, oh man! I was able to do some exercises by memory, but I didn't want to get on the hotel floor to do... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:58:47 EST On The Road Okay! Here we go a big test! We will be on the road for a few days! I am very hopeful that I will still be able to log information, and keep with the excellent progress I have been making! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 02:13:23 EST Friends and Community I never thought I needed the help of others! How silly am I? I felt like this was my own personal struggle, and journey. Something to be held privately, in shame and in guilt. I could not have been more wrong! I have been completely surprised by how helpful and important it is to be involved in the spark community. There are so many people going through the same struggles and the same issues. I am so grateful to have made this very important step, and I look forward to the many bonds a... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:07:01 EST We are through, get out goodbye! <BR> Dear obstructions, <BR> Get out lethargy, I am done with you! Goodbye overeating, you have done me no favors! Goodbye eating as an activity. I am now eating to live, and not living to eat. Goodbye guilt. I am no longer willing to fall prey to your deception and mistreatment! Goodbye junk food, I never loved you anyway. Your lack of nutrient value speaks for itself. Goodbye to all of you, you are not my friends and we are through! <BR> I'm over it. <BR> Flyingonby Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:33:38 EST Excited for changes to come! I am very excited that our web page is up and running, and hope to have it completed soon. The name of the site is <BR> <BR> <BR> The website is for anyone interested in visiting or planning to visit some of the pacific northwest's finest resorts. Enjoy, and remember to visit us at northwestresortandspa! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:30:16 EST