GONE-BIKING's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GONE%2DBIKING GONE-BIKING'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/ SUGAR IS MY ENEMY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628536 Would I hang out with an enemy day after day? NO! So why do I continue to eat junk that I regret eating immediately afterwards, and what is it going to take for me to STOP??? Those are the million dollar questions. <em>230</em> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:18:50 EST Getting back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599123 I've learned that I can't exercise away a bad diet, and sugar is a slippery slope. Unlike previous years, I am not going to vow never to eat sweets again, but I am getting back to the basics of tracking my food and exercise. It's too easy to eat a piece of this and a bite of that and soon I find I've gained 5 pounds. Tracking my food, although time consuming helps me to not eat too much, but also to not eat too little, and it causes me to make wiser choices. I am stepping off the ride and... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:01:15 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282346 I added this blog so I could have this amazing story at my fingertips. What an inspiration this guy is. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla<BR>yer_embedded&v=8SbXgQqbOoU <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:34:06 EST Quitting the fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251447 I've had enough! I'm throwing in the towel on trying to be a certain weight, and trying to eat perfectly. It makes me obsess about food and eventually binge. So what if I weigh 120 instead of my desired 115? So what if I have a little belly that rolls over my low-rise jeans when I sit? The cost is too great! My family and I stress when we make plans to go out to eat for a birthday or other occassion worrying about where we can go so I can find something to eat. I'm healthy. I have eno... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:32:29 EST Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127324 I have created a challenging for myself. For every day I do not eat candy I will put $3.00 in a jar. If on any day I eat candy, I must remove $3.00 from the jar. On December 23 I get to buy myself something for Christmas with the money in the jar. <BR> <BR> I will build from there. Day one is looking good! <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <em>240</em> my kitties Tommy and Jack said they're going to help me. <BR> <BR> 11/11/2012 - 5 days without candy <em>244</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:56:08 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088379 1. Balance carbs and proteins at each meal <BR> 2. 200 maximum dessert calories per day <BR> 3. Yoga - minimum 2x week <BR> 4. Weights - min. 2x week <BR> 5. Cardio - min. 5x week for at least 30 min. <BR> 6. Write in journal daily <BR> <BR> READ DAILY: <BR> * I will not judge myself based on what I weigh <BR> * I will not compare myself to others; I am my own person <BR> * I will strive for healthy not skinny <BR> * I will eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied <BR> * I will ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 21:38:59 EST 50 is getting closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087207 The days leading up to my 50th birthday are going too fast and my progress too slow. I feel fat, tired and unmotivated. It's getting dark before 7:00 which has brought my weekday biking to a hault--this saddens me. The time between October and January is my most difficult. Candy is on display everywhere, and social events have picked up. I'm frustrated and disappointed at my lack of control. I cannot afford this attitude, especially as the summer season ends. This time of year is when ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:43:47 EST Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068966 I've done much better the last couple days with sugar cravings. One suggestion I read recently said it was better to eat a dessert in the middle or immediately following a meal so it doesn't spike my blood sugar level. I've been doing that as well as being more diligent about making sure I'm getting enough protein. Also, I've been eating more mini meals every 2-3 hours. It "feels" like I'm eating too much, but I don't get really hungry and the scale finally made a downward move. Things a... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:08:15 EST I just want to stop thinking about food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065512 I am mentally exhausted. I'm so tired of thinking about food, logging food, planning ahead, thinking about what I can and can't eat, packing my breakfast and lunch. I just want to be "normal" and eat when I'm hungry and not eat when I'm not. It sounds so simple, yet it is obviously very hard, at least for me. I lost weight several years ago. I was doing great with both diet and exercise for so long, but something happened over the last year. My emotional eating is out of control. I make ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:54:25 EST Good Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059348 I hiked Interstate State Park with my daughter yesterday and we had a wonderful day. Besides a beautiful hike, we had a picnic lunch and good conversation. Today is another perfect weather day. I rode my bike for 25 miles this morning and then went to work on some yard work. Taking a breather for laundry at the moment :o), but definitely plan to get back outside for a walk today. It's just too nice to be inside--I wish this weather would last forever. <BR> <em>295</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:12:21 EST Pity Party is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056585 Last night I was eating while feeling sorry for myself. Everything has been going wrong lately and I was getting very down about it, but last night I was surfing around some Sparkpages looking for motivation and found it. It hit me how stupid I was being waiting for the tide to change. What if it doesn't? Is this who I want to be? No! I want to be the kind of person who can keep her sense of humor and see something positive in the face of bad times. I picked myself up off the couch aro... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:29:59 EST Out of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055246 I feel out of sorts with my workout room torn apart. I have no place do my yoga, kickboxing or stepping unless I move furniture about until new flooring is put down. I know it's not a long-term solution, but right now I just want to throw down a carpet remnant and get everything put back together. I shouldn't complain because I can still get to the treadmill and exercise bike and of course I can go outside. Today was very hot and windy, but I got out early for a run/walk combo. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:46:11 EST Foiled Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050399 I went downstairs to workout and discovered the plumbing problem extended to my workout room. Apparently, the leak started before this morning, because the water in the utility room was obviously floating along the floor to the next room. The carpet in my workout room was completely soaked wall-to-wall! My husband and I spent the last three hours taking turns sucking up water from the carpet that will have to be taken out. The hits keep coming. At least nothing major got damaged. I di... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:27:25 EST Not what I had planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050095 I seems like a black cloud has been following me. I was going to bike to the library today (30 miles round trip), but I woke up to the forecast of 30 mph winds so I got ready for a run instead. I laced up and went to my workout room to warm up and was greeted with an unidentified sound. I thought maybe the water softener was going through a cleaning cycle, but decided to check on it. Nope--its was a pipe leak in the utility room that was spraying against the workout room wall. Ugh! Satu... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:59:10 EST Excellent workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047794 I did one of my most difficult workout videos tonight--the Reebok Intense Intervals workout. It's been a while since I've done it, but it's been raining since I got home from work, so I took to the basement for an indoor workout. It felt good to work off the frustration of my day and burn some of the sugar overload. People keep telling me if I make a food totally off limits that I will obsess about it and end up binging, but I am learning that I am incapable (at least where I am now) of h... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:25:26 EST Time to get serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046972 Julie, enough is enough! I don't know what has gotten into you lately. You've been losing your grip on healthy eating and you need to take back control! Sugar is your problem and Halloween through New Years is your most difficult time of year, so get it together NOW! Do you want to put those extra pounds back on? I'm sure you don't. Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Sunday - plan meals for Monday-Friday and go grocery shopping <BR> 2. You can be flexible (but healthy) on weekends <BR> 3.... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:27:13 EST Trying to act like a "normal" eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040552 My daughter and I went to an apple orchard today planning to walk the 5 miles of trails they have and pick our own apples. We got there to find out they only open their trails during pumpkin season, and they were not allowing people to pick their own this year. I was very disappointed and here began my inner turmoil. My daughter came home with me and her husband joined us later for a BBQ. They left to go home and I cleaned up and it's already 8:50. I haven't worked out today and I drank ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:06:31 EST Caffeine Awakening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037638 I donated blood today and learned what caffeine (at least in coffee) does to my blood pressure. I was shocked! I only had half of a medium Starbuck's iced coffee over the course of three hours before my appointment. My blood pressure was 158/80 something (can't remember the exact bottom number). Anyway, I'm usually about 118/75. I actually asked them to take it again because I couldn't believe it. The second time it was over 160. <BR> <BR> I'm going to swap it out for green tea in th... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:56:48 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036642 I came across a book title today called "Conquer Your Food Addiction - The Ehrlich 8-Step Program for Permanent Weight Loss" by Caryl Ehrlich. I read the sample Nook book and I'm curious. I've purchased several books and workbooks about emotional eating and haven't found them to be especially useful. The workbooks in particular attempt to dive so deep into my emotional history that it stresses me out just reading it often leading me straight to the cupboard. I just posted a question on th... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:42:45 EST Monday Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033909 Why are Monday's so difficult? I would rather move rocks than face work and food on a Monday. Why? How is Monday any different than any other day? Am I just not equipped to deal with the demand after the ease of the weekend? If I had Mondays off, would Tuesdays become the difficult day? Food for thought. <BR> <BR> I have definitely blown in today. I've eaten way too much and I'm thinking about what the scale would say tomorrow If I hadn't gotten rid of it. I feel fat and bloated yet ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:24:48 EST August 25, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030948 Today I am thankful for the health and strength of my body and all it allows me to do physically. I participated in a walk for mitochondrial disease today and it was incredibly sad to see not only my young relative who is living with it, but all of the other families that are also living with this disease either themselves or through a family member. <BR> <BR> I'm glad today that I got rid of my scale because it seems so ridiculous to me that I invested so much emotion and self worth in a... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:52:04 EST Scarying Thing Happened Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029897 Oh my! I got rid of my scale today. It scares me to death, but I am so sick of "feeling" like I've gained 50 lbs when I'm up 2. The fact that I can wake up "feeling" thin and be excited to step on the scale, see that I've actually gained (water or other) and have my mood and self esteem plummet should have made me do this a long time ago, but it's hard to let it go. Five years ago when I lost twenty plus pounds that I have gained and lost countless times over my lifetime, I swore I would ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 22:25:35 EST August 22, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027060 I am starting an I'm thankful for. . . journal. Today I'm thankful for my fellow SparkPeople who were kind enough to take the time to send me some words of encouragement. I hope their kindness comes back to them tenfold. <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:05:02 EST Learn to make the best of today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024994 Struggling again today. I cannot seem to lose the cloud that settled over my head. I feel sad. I think maybe seeing the age of 50 in my headlights is making me review my life, and I don't like it. Is the price I pay for a little security worth it in the long run? I want to make a career change, but instead I keep picking up the pieces from my husband's career changes. I'm tired of being the responsible person, but I have to find a way to lose this bitterness. I have to stop thinking "... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:50:12 EST August 20, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023662 I feel depressed today. I wish I was home already so I could crawl into bed and go to sleep. <em>39</em> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:32:27 EST August 19, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022089 Yesterday was a tough day! I had a family picnic to go to and had plans to go out to dinner. The picnic actually went better than I thought. I had a grilled turkey burger and we brought a fruit bowl and veggie tray that I munched on. Good thing we did because the stuff other people brought was not light. Dinner was a bigger problem and I started to panic about what I ate on my way home. I so desparately want to win this war with food, so I acknowledged how I felt and just lived with it.... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:13:33 EST August 16, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017855 Good lord! It's only 9:00 and I'm stressing. I ate a very light dinner last night because I wasn't hungry, which resulted in a grumbling tummy this morning. I decided to have an egg sandwich for breakfast, which I usually enjoy, but today it feels like a large ball in my stomach. I'm sure it will pass, but I hate waiting (ugh). Work on your patience! <BR> <BR> I have a family reunion for my husband's side of the family to go to on Saturday and I'm already stressing about what food is g... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:06:22 EST One day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017288 I had a little setback yesterday, but I did some things right as well. Instead of considering the whole day a failure after eating mindlessly at my desk while working on a tight deadline project, I thought about it, figured out how I could prevent it happening in the future and moved on. I didn't end up eating dinner until 9:00 because it took that long before I was hungry again. <BR> <BR> Today went well and I had another breakthrough moment. There was Chicago mix popcorn ordered for o... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:03:23 EST August 13, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014348 I made it through a Monday without binging on sweets. Wow! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:37:29 EST August 9, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008017 Time to get serious! I have a choice. I'm in control. I decide what I put into my body. <BR> <BR> I want to be a healthy person more than a skinny person. It is my goal/challenge starting TODAY to overcome my obsession with food, diet, image. . .. I will focus on healthy. I will focus on making wise, mindful choices a day at a time. I am kicking the scale out, so I stop juding myself on what the scale says. It amazes me what two pounds (water weight or otherwise) does to my brain w... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:07:46 EST THANK YOU SPARKGUY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534091 I think I started my journey of healthy eating (not dieting) in the beginning of 2007 and met my weightloss goal later that year, and yet I still come back to SparkPeople. It keeps me grounded and reminds me this isn't a temporary thing. There are days when I think maintaining is harder than losing the weight was because there isn't that weightloss incentive, but then I remember what it was like feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Nope! I'm not going back there. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:14:14 EST September 23, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500533 I'm finishing a book called "Locked Up For Eating Too Much." It is a diary of a person who was in treatment for six weeks for what they call food addiction. They compare people who can't stop eating to alcoholics and actually go through the AA program. I don't think I'm addicted to food, but I'm a big emotional eater. One thing I do believe that they discuss is that people become "addicted" to sugar and flour. I am all too aware that eating sugar causes more sugar cravings. When the per... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:06:01 EST A renewed commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943454 Ok, it's not January 1, but at least it is still January. I am beginning a renewed commitment to a nutritional diet today. It is a new day with no mistakes--I love that! I made it through Halloween, but shortly there after I connected with my old sweetheart - sugar. Sugar has never been kind to me. I should have never welcomed it back. My life will go on without it and be better for it. <em>306</em> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:31:22 EST Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773407 <em>39</em> I FEEL LOST Tue, 9 Nov 2010 17:18:38 EST Disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3004234 March 15, 2010. I have been on a downward spiral for some time now, but couldn't bring myself to write about it. I'm disgusted with myself. I'm losing my sanity. I have binged in the grip of frustration and unhappiness, and I swore I would never ever do that again three years ago when I learned how to lose weight sensibly. It took me FOREVER to get my metabolism to work properly again, and yet I am risking all of this for what? I must get a grip on myself. I know by escaping with food ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:57:45 EST January 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701332 Another year gone by and I have maintained my weight loss and my exercise program. I feel great! I had the flu shortly after Christmas and was too weak to work out for four straight days. When I told my husband that I lost four pounds that I needed to get back, he said he was shocked--it was the first time he ever heard me mention pounds lost in a negative way. I have turned a new leaf! I didn't freak out, I eased slowly back into my exercise routine being careful not to push myself too ... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:53:44 EST August 17, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2322337 <em>198</em> <BR> I am struggling with emotional eating. I'm not happy with my job right now and while I'm here, I think about food constantly. I realize that by giving in to the emotion, I will only feel worse, but it is still a struggle to resist. I don't know what to do to change my situation. Rachael still has two years of college, the economy is still in the dumps and jobs are hard to come by. Thus, I must continue on my current path. I wish feeling blue made me lose my appetite.... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:00:46 EST May 13, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2059003 It's been a little over two years now that I've maintained my weightloss. I have been going through some tough emotional rollercoasters lately and have felt myself slipping into the old "eating will make me feel better" misconception! I'm so grateful that Spark is out there for me to fall back on. I have begun logging my food and exercise again to keep myself accountable. I know logically that food will not eliminate my pain and frustration--after the temporary numbness, it will make me f... Wed, 13 May 2009 13:17:59 EST Halloween success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=835053 Well, Halloween has come and gone. It was tough and I ate more sweets than intended, but I kicked up the workouts and the weight remains off. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I will get up early and hit the gym for a long run. I plan on biking at home for an extra 40 minutes or so later in the day to offset the extra eating. This is not to say that I plan on piling my plate high, but I do plan on having pumkin pie. Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without the whole meal experience. <... Wed, 21 Nov 2007 13:44:41 EST Rough Times Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=743088 Today is September 12. I am so completely thrilled about the fact that I was determined this past January to take the extra weight off and I did just that. I'm also thrilled that I have managed to keep the weight off. HOWEVER, I am scared at the thought of the upcoming holidays--these are my most difficult times--Halloween through New Years. There is always so much food, the weather is getting cooler, which makes me crave comfort foods, it has started getting dark much earlier which makes... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 22:52:17 EST Self made barriers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=508282 Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them. <BR> <BR> - Frank Tyger <BR> <BR> This was a Spark quote I received and it really hit home. I am definitely my own biggest obstacle. I dive head first with full strength each time (yes, I've done this repeatedly) I've set out to lose weight. Then I start hearing myself say how difficult and disrupting it is to try and maintain the healthy lifestyle. It's ridiculous! It is a matter of making good c... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 21:18:07 EST March 18, 2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=472827 My husband and I just got back from vacation a couple days ago. I'm happy to report I didn't gain any weight. I worked out 8 of the 10 days and focused on portion control. Our cabin was six flights below deck so I took the stairs often as well. I tried many things--desserts included, so I didn't feel deprived at all. It was a good lesson for me to know that I don't have to be hungry all the time in order to maintain my weight loss. In the past, I've always been so anxious to get off the... Sun, 18 Mar 2007 20:34:08 EST February 18, 2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=431616 Yipee! I'm in the 120s! I really kicked up my workouts this week and it paid off. Earlier this week I did 90 minutes of circuit training and thought surely the scale would move so I stepped on the next day (which was not a regular weigh in day) and found it didn't. The next day during my warm up, I noticed my ankles were puffy and knew then that I was retaining water. I guess I need to watch the amount of canned goods I eat as they are usually high in sodium. <BR> <BR> For pusposes of... Sun, 18 Feb 2007 11:53:09 EST February 2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=424954 It's been a little over a month and I'm down 9 pounds. I'm fitting into pants that were too tight before and that feels good. It is still a struggle to resist sweet things and although I know it's important, I haven't found the time yet to plan my meals out in advance. I think that's key to continued success, because I am ending up on the high end or a little over my calorie count too often. I have been doing very well on the workout side of things. It makes me feel so much better just f... Tue, 13 Feb 2007 09:50:20 EST 1/17/2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=383507 I just finished an excellent workout and feel great! I did 60 minutes of interval training. I wasn't very pleased to see the roles of fat still collecting when I perform an ab crunch, but what the heck, it's getting better. I was pleased that I was able to decline cake at work yesterday and carmel corn and M&Ms today. Unfortunately, people are always brining food to share to the office, so it is taking every bit of my willpower to eat what I bring and only what I bring. I'm glad to repor... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 00:12:49 EST 1/14/2007 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=377608 It's been just over 10 days and I feel in some ways that it's getting easier and others more difficult. I'm glad to be exercising again. I always feel healthier when I do. My sugar cravings have greatly reduced, but I still think about sweets and miss them. We are planning a vacation in March so now I have even more incentive to lose the extra pounds, though it brings more pressure with it to speed up the process. My original goal was to lose the weight by April 1. I don't want to gain ... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 23:12:37 EST