GOODLANDGAL3's SparkPeople Blog GOODLANDGAL3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Back In Control Day 6 I've had more days out of control than in control, but yesterday I did alright. It's the night time that gets me. Theresa as you said I need to make up my mind and just do it. Today I will begin again and get the night time eating under control. Just for today.... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:57:42 EST Getting Back In Control Day 5 I've wasted four whole day of not being in control of my eating. Day five is here and I'm in control, finally. There is no better feeling like being in control! <em>521</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:29:42 EST Getting Back In Control Day 4 Still hasn't happened yet. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:37:57 EST Getting Back In Control Day 3 Getting back in control hasn't happened yet. Each new day is a brand new day to begin again. One of these day's I will get it... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:56:37 EST Getting Back In Control Day 2 I blew it! I did great all day and then the wee hours snacking got me. I really blew it! I had a great exercise session and even walked for 50 minutes yesterday. Why would I jeopardize all my efforts. Today is a new day and all I can do is begin again... I will get my snacking under control!! Mary Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:21:37 EST Getting Back In Control Day 1 of getting back in control of my eating plan. Wasn't so bad... I ate healthfully and exercised. I had a little detour and it's time to get on the right path now. I know each day will get easier and I will feel stronger about moving forward. Mary Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:47:29 EST Every Little Thing Is Alright.... Opposed to yesterday when I was so overwhelmed. Feeling much better today... Thanks for all your comments/hugs/prayers. Much appreciated! Mary Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:36:31 EST Every Little Thing Is Going To Be Alright I'm feeling overwhelmed.... My mantra is every little thing is going to be alright. That's it! I'm too overwhelmed to write more... <em>40</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:07:24 EST The Spark I've bought The Spark Book and have begun reading, and finding inspiration. I started my whole program all over again to have a fresh start. So far so good. I have things to work on like snacking in the evening, but I'm becoming more aware of this nasty habit. Spark People has become a part of my life and I cannot imagine not logging into it everyday, and several times a day at that. Thank you SP for making a big difference in my life. Mary <em>252</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:27:13 EST Taking care of me I'm the one that needs to take care of me. No one else can take care of me the way I can. I am responsible for all I say and do. I have to be the very best I can be before I can even begin to help others. My message-take care of you so you can be the best you can be. Mary Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:46:05 EST Losing weight while sick My weight has been up and down 1-2 lbs for weeks until I got sick. I didn't like getting sick but there was a great perk-weight loss. Yes! I've lost 5 lbs. in 1 week. My body needed a jolt and unfortunately it was at the cost of me being ill. I am feeling better and shall move forward with my weight loss efforts. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:12:20 EST Feeling good I'm feeling good and having a great day mentally. I am thankful for everything and everyone in my life. Feeling grateful today. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:00:50 EST Up and Adam... Up at 3:30 am this morning. What the heck! Just felt wide awake so why not get up and exercise lol. Yes, that is what I am about to do. I'm going to do a Leslie workout. My stress is low at the moment, and hoping that working out will leave me relaxed and in a good mood, and ready to take on the day ahead. The stress in my life is easing. Thank goodness. It's all in your attitude I'm learning. And the amount of stress you allow the worse you will feel. You can have a control over it... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:27:13 EST Stress be gone A couple of weeks ago I blogged about being stressed, and boy was I. I am pleased to say that I am feeling much better. Some things have shifted in my life that are making me less stressed. Thank goodness for change. I have been journaling about my stress and I joined a SP stress challenge. Both have been helpful. Before stress sets in I ask myself is it really that important right at this moment? I've learned some stress busting tips and they do help. It helps to blog about it too.... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:55:49 EST Stress I joined a stress challenge today and I'm very happy about it. I need to address some issues that stress me out and I will be blogging about it. I'm hoping by writing out my feeling it will allow me to release some of this stress I have been carrying. Two weeks ago I had violent neck and head pain and the doctor diagnosed me with having stress. I need to pay more attention to my health issues. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:45:36 EST Something Clicked <em>224</em> After struggling with changing or adding a different exercise something clicked. I started swimming to shake things up and it's working. My workout routine was becoming stagnant and I wasn't seeing any results. I found out that you must constantly trick the body in order to see change. I was getting so used to doing the same old thing and what I was doing wasn't working any longer. I have dropped some weight and I am pleased with the progress I am making. Change is a goo... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:22:48 EST Slow Saturday... Today is a nice slow day. I'm liking it very much. My husband is working and it's me and the dog. I worked out this morning and it made me feel invigorated, so I went out and did some needed shopping. Now, I'm baking a home made peach pie. Wondering how to count the calories for this one... I'm in a good mental space today and I'm grateful for that. Hope you all have a great day too... Mary Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:47:33 EST Boring Sunday... This is one heck of a boring Sunday. I'm not complaining though. It's nice to have a quiet day once and awhile. I find that when I get bored I exercise. Now that is a good thing! I was bored the other day and walked 8 miles with a Leslie Sansone dvd. That was a great accomplishment. I have never walked that far before. Maybe I should be bored more often lol. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:47:05 EST Bumps in the road... <em>39</em> Life has handed me my share of bumps in the road at present. I'm trying not to let my emotions control what I am eating. It's very hard! I'm feeling down and not motivated lately. It has taken all I've got to keep on the right path. Why is it so hard to keep to your eating plan when life hands you some challenges... All I know is that I'm not giving in and I'm not about to give up. I've lost 165 lbs and none of it's returning! Life has taken me this far and I'm going a ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:13:07 EST Yeah, 8 miles done... I walked 8 miles with Leslie Sansone dvd's yesterday. This is the furthest walking I have ever done. I gained a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of invigoration. Awesome! Just wanted to put it in black and white.... <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:04:42 EST Lost 7 lbs. since April Yup, I've lost 7 lbs. since first starting SP in April. I contribute a great deal of my success to SP. <em>252</em> I would not have lost this much with being in constant contact. I find blogging, reading articles, watching video's and participating on the message boards a crucial part of this weight loss journey. I can come here anytime day or night and find motivation and inspiration. I've been stuck for several months, and finally the weight came off this past several weeks.... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:24:53 EST Early Riser... I've been up since 2:30 am, and finished a workout by 4 am. And I feel invigorated! I don't mind waking up so early on occasion because it really lengthens my day. And I know I will be getting a good nights sleep. Going to the farmers market this am to see what delicious produce they have. I've been doing more shopping at the farmers market opposed to the grocery store because it's soo fresh. It cost a bit more but I figure I'm worth the extra $. I'm really trying to eat healthier and... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:12:29 EST Thinking too much about it... If we could just sail along in life and not put yourself under a microscope life would be less stressful. I tend to put myself under a microscope on a daily basis. I watch what I eat, drink, exercise, count calories, log all my info and on and on. It would be so much easier if we just lived each day without thinking about it sooo much. Just do what you do and don't look into it too deeply. Just go about your day and try no to stress out about your weight or what you are eating. Sure y... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:38:26 EST Taking a day off from working out... What do you think about taking one day off a week from your workout routine? First, I am happy to say that I have been exercising faithfully everyday )except for maybe 4/5 days) since last July. I have never purposely taken a day off from working out. I feel like I'm missing something if I do. But, on the other hand I had read somewhere that it was good to take 1/2 days off a week to let the body repair itself. I don't know... hmmm. I think I'm going to do what makes my body feel good. ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:23:30 EST SP Blows me away... It truly does! Any question I have can be answered by either SP themselves, articles, blogs and more. There has not been one thing at any time that I haven't gotten an answer to. Just wanted to put it out there.... Not that you all didn't already know lol. <em>252</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:02:24 EST What gets you motivated to exercise? I was in my morning routine-reading SP w/coffee. After doing some reading/posting I gear up for my Leslie Sansone workout. I did my workout, but it took me a lot to get motivated. Some mornings I'm all gung ho about getting started while other days not so much. And today was one of those not so much days. Why is that? I guess there are many factors- tired, bored or just not into it that day. I don't know which one I was. It took all my effort to get this workout in this morning. I k... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:47:58 EST Up one down one. What the heck! It's enough to make me crazy... Up one pound and down one pound. Over and over and over. And I'm sick of it! The scale is driving me crazy or is it just me driving myself crazy. Why does a number hold so much power and even dictate your mood. I don't like that behavior at all. But, that is what I'm dealing with today. I was up one pound and it has affected my mood this morning. I feel discouraged and a failure. I must shake this mood and realize there can be many factors with gainin... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:57:50 EST Thank goodness... My weight loss journey is getting easier. Since I've joined SP with all of you wonderful supportive people I've begun to lose weight again. Lost 5 lbs! <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:17:57 EST How inspiring... I'm up at 4:45 this am and reading SP articles, posts and blogs. I feel mentally inspired and energized for the day. My mind feels as if it had a cardio workout. I'm greatful for SP because I have learned so much in such a short amount of time . I have only been a member since April and I feel so much more in tuned to myself. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:59:48 EST Out of sorts today... I'm feeling down right odd today. I didn't want to get up and that is so unlike me. I am a morning person who springs right up out of bed. So now I'm up and just feeling bazaar. I have a to do list and it's confusing and overwhelming me. I think I should carry out my usual routine this morning. Well, I'm blogging so that is a good thing... Even though it's a boring one and very personal. I'm going to continue on and get my workout in, and then look over my to do list. I would like... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:28:13 EST Another day in my life... Today is a brand new day with brand new opportunities. Let's take advantage of every new day and begin again. It's a renewed feeling that gives you hope to continue moving forward. I'm using my brand new day to be mindful of what I am putting into my body. And starting a new exercise routine to get out of the rut I have been in for quite some time. And it feels so good to try something different. I was apprehensive about trying something new, but when you begin it becomes easier the ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:17:44 EST It doesn't really matter... It doesn't really matter that I am working my butt off to be at a healthy weight <BR> It doesn't really matter that I weigh myself several times a day <BR> It doesn't really matter that I obsess about my weight loss efforts <BR> It doesn't really matter that I snack in the evening hours <BR> <BR> What really matters is how I handle it <BR> What really matters are my actions <BR> What really matters is my positive attitude <BR> My point is it doesn't really matter unless you make YOU a priori... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:28:59 EST About Blogging... I think my daily blogging is keeping my weight loss efforts real. Being that I am writing my thoughts/feelings out loud it seems obvious . And this is a good thing to have a constant reminder of what my goals are. Every day that I blog I feel that it brings me closer to my goals. It's putting it out there for everyone to see and mostly me. It's said out loud and in black and white. I feel grateful that I am able to express myself here. When I first thought about blogging I thought my ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:23:24 EST Geesh, I almost blew it! I made a mini cheese cake recipe I found right here on SP. Made it last night and it made 10 little mini cheese cakes. I ate 4 already! They are too good! I got on the scale this am and my weight stayed the same. Thank goodness or I would have freaked. So, geesh I dodged a bullet. I am upset with my behavior most of all. My mistake was buying the ingredients to make the cheesecake in the first place. I was thinking that I could handle having it in the house, but no. I'm really no... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:32:41 EST Everyday... Gearing up for Leslie Sanson's walking dvd... Everyday it's the same old thing with her. Walk 2-4 miles and feel great. So why am I complaining! I love her workouts, though I think I may be getting bored by doing the same old thing day after day. What can I do to change things up?? I could walk outside, try a different type of video, do strength training for a change or be grateful I can exercise at all. I don't mean to be wanking here, but I do need a change. I have to tell you that... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 11:25:47 EST Being In Control on the 4th... Tomorrow is the 4th of July, wow did that come fast. I'm looking forward to all of the festivities and a bbq. I'm not worried about making poor choices at the bbq because I feel confident in my food program. And I have faith in me! It's so important to believe in yourself and know that you can handle situations that arise. It took me awhile to get to this place and I don't want to give it up. There is no better feeling like being in control, and I love the freeing feeling you get from... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:10:26 EST Clicking... addition to my previous blog from 7/1/13. Why does it take so long for something to click. A habit, thinking about something, change or whatever it is. And then out of the blue you have an Ah Ha moment. And you feel a tremendous amount of relief. I even felt a little dumb thinking about how long it took me to figure things out. Now I'm thinking how long will this last... I know cut out the negativity! And now! But I'm glad that I arrived and it clicked. Can you tell that I am thrilled with my new mind set. It has opened... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:13:04 EST Something Clicked... Something inside my head has clicked. I don't feel the need to snack in the wee hours. And I think it's as simple as not buying anything that will act as a snack. My pantry is filled with canned goods and very little to pick on. Really nothing! What has clicked is that if I don't buy anything to snack on I will not snack. Daaa, as simple as that! I now wake up and go into the kitchen and look around a bit, but there is nothing to snack on, so I have a drink of water and go back to bed... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:03:36 EST Slow Sunday... We went to our favorite Italian Restaurant in Santa Ynez, CA and it was 105 in the shade! We shared a Margarita Pizza and then I ordered linguine w/shrimp as an entree. My idea was that I was going to bring pizza and linguine home and I did. I was pleased that I did not overeat. I actually felt very comfortable after eating. My norm is that I eat too much and feel uncomfortable and overly full. I went out to eat with a plan and I stuck to it. I am very pleased with how I handl... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:48:51 EST Exercise Need some umph to get in some exercise today. It's been so hot here this past week and next week upper 90's. I have gotten into the habit of working out twice a day. Early in the am and again in the late afternoon. I am proud of myself though... It has not been weather friendly for walking, but I do it anyway. I think to myself just push through it and you'll be glad you did. And I'm always happy/positive after I workout. I think you burn even more calories when your heated. Now that... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:26:54 EST NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS My motto used to be nothing tastes as good as thin feels, but I prefer healthy now. I'm not striving to be thin only healthy. I ate healthfully yesterday with little snacking. And the snacking that did happen was fruits and veggies. I was satisfied. It felt so good waking up this am and not beating myself up. I was happy and proud of myself for doing so well yesterday. It gives me motivation to keep on going, and realizing yes, I can do this. And it's not that difficult either. I'm ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:56:38 EST Not feeling so good today. I've been eating for the heck of eating. I swear I am defying myself. Each time I reach for something I ask myself why am I eating and I say for the heck of it. And I proceed to eat and eat. Why am I in such a frame of mind. I keep watching the scale go up and up and up and I don't seem to care. The only positive things I am doing right now are working out consistently and drinking water. Why won't the rest of it fall into place. I am treating myself so poorly. And I cannot tell ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:41:43 EST A Brand New Day For Me I'm in a good mood today because I did not beat myself up this morning. I had a decent eating day yesterday and I'm grateful. It wasn't perfect but a whole lot better than what my usual day's have been like. It was sooo nice not waking up with guilt and feeling negative. Not a great way to begin your day. Now I'm working on day 2 of better eating, and so far so good. I feel motivated and ready to tackle the rest of my day. Now off to workout. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:09:01 EST Eating awful food Went to a dinner party last night and the food was awful. The hostess is surely not a cook lol. I felt pressured to eat it because we were invited for dinner and well you have to eat. She prepared baked chicken breast cooked to death with no seasoning on it. Pesto pasta with way too much pesto. You could hardly see the pasta lol. The green salad was nice although it was covered with too much dressing. I made a fruit salad and that was refreshing. All this complaining.... Don't mean to... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:54:30 EST Too serious I'm taking losing weight too seriously. Everything I think of revolves around my weight loss efforts. I think about it every minute of every day. It is very tiring to think about it that much. Too much energy! I'm giving weight loss much to much power. The scale even dictates the mood for the day. What an awful thing. Why would I let anyone or anything influence me. Hmmm. This is a lifestyle not a temporary happening in my life. I have to think of it as my lifestyle. I have weig... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:08:47 EST Tired of another brand new day. I'm tired of saying "It's a brand new day with a brand new start." It's a lie! To me for today anyway. I say this every single day and yes it's true, but com on.... Every morning I wake up hating myself for snacking the night before. I wake up with that UGG feeling every day. Why can't I break the cycle of binge snacking. Why can't I just stop snacking. It sounds so simple and yet I cannot get a handle on things. Sorry for the negativity today folks... I'm not feeling very positive... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:03:41 EST Chocolate & Peanut Butter What an awesome match. I bought some dark chocolate and realized that I had peanut butter in the pantry. Yup, I combined the two and ate right from the jar. Shame! This is not part of the goals I am working on... I slipped, but have realized that this is not the way I want to go. I've thought about this after beating myself up and came to the conclusion it's okay to have a slip as long as it doesn't continue. I will write this in my journal and keep it handy to read from time to time. ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:57:44 EST Setting Goals I've been thinking about setting a goal for myself for quite some time. I printed out a Goal-Setting Worksheet from SP. So, now I have this sheet of paper and I am apprehensive about making the commitment to make a goal.... lol. Sound strange. I guess not really. If I make a commitment that mean I have to take action and I'm not sure if I'm ready for the challenge of setting a goal for myself. What's the big deal about setting a goal. I can make just one small tiny one to begin with... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:07:24 EST Jillian Michaels I just finished doing a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred: level one workout on YouTube. It was 27 min, and a bit challenging. I did it though, but I did do some modifications. I think I did pretty darn well for the first time. I have always been a little intimidated by her and her workouts, but no so bad actually. I usually do a Leslie Sansone workout, but I need to change things up in regards to my exercise routine. My body is getting used to doing the same old thing. I'm hoping this is... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:10:08 EST What's with that.... Had blood drawn today and received a call this afternoon from the nurse telling me my iron was normal. Okay... Then she mentioned oh by the way your other blood work needs your doctor's attention. I am not at liberty to read you your results, but you may wan't to make an appt. to speak with her. What the heck! She had no business mentioning anything at all to me. Don't ya think! So now I have to wait until Wednesday to have the labs read. I'm thinking that if it's urgent she will cal... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:48:57 EST