GORDONBE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GORDONBE GORDONBE'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/ Reasons to give up sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665965 1. It makes me feel sick and tired after I eat it <BR> 2. I feel wider and softer around the middle the next day after eating a lot of sugar <BR> 3. I know it's creating insulin insensitivity and fuelling inflammation in my body Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:34:34 EST Sep 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487238 It's been a while ... but here I am. <BR> What does 6lb in 6 weeks look like? 21,000 calories. <BR> <BR> *Reduction from Moving* = 9,120 (43%) + 13,020 (62% sedentary motion) <BR> 1,380 = Pilates Classes (6 classes @ 230 calories in 75 minutes). <BR> 1,800 = 5 sets with 2 reps + 10 min stretching (3/wk for 6 weeks, 100 calories in 40 minutes) <BR> 3,890 = Elliptical Trainer (4/wk for 6 weeks @ 162 calories in 20 min) <BR> 550 = Nordic Walking twice @ 276 going 3.5 mph for 45 mi <BR> 1,500 ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:33:12 EST Daily Motivation Day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266921 Think about the last time you got off track with your diet. What caused you to get derailed from your good intentions? Its normally at gatherings or the notion of "treats" - things I don't have often like nanimo bars or cupcakes. <BR> <BR> Imagine rewinding the memory, but taking a different path where you make better choices. I know they say eat first but that's hard. If it's family, I could bring a container to enjoy something the next day instead, or I could plan for "treats" so they're ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:27:22 EST Daily Motivation Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266384 Imagine calling a friend to offer encouragement during her weight-loss journey. Now imagine giving yourself the same advice. <BR> <BR> You're eating well. I know carbs aren't an issue, but are you getting enough protein, fibre and water? What about exercise? Why aren't you prioritizing the time?? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:11:29 EST Daily Motivation Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265239 Imagine that you decline someone who offers you a tempting treat because you know it won't fit into your food budget for the day. What do you say? How do you remain firm? How does it feel to know that you are in control of what you eat? <BR> <BR> Even my staff have commented that I'm my own worst enemy. I struggle to say no to sweets, even when I know they are wheat based and I'll feel sick. I'm still really struggling with this - I don't remain firm, and I don't feel in control. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:07:25 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263896 visualize yourself in your favorite place in the world - Jake's beach in Del Mar, CA. Breathe deeply and take in all the positive energy from that place to carry with you today. Salt air in the lungs, sand under foot. Feeling full of energy to walk for miles. <BR> <BR> How can you use some of that good energy to help you reach your goals? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:34:35 EST Daily Motivation Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261847 Imagine looking at your reflection on the day you reach your goal weight. How does it make you feel? Spend 30 seconds reveling in that feeling—and then go out and conquer your goals to make it a reality! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:46:58 EST Daily Motivation Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261846 Imagine that you're out to dinner and you order one of the healthiest options on the menu instead of your usual order. How does it make you feel to have made the healthier choice? <BR> <BR> I often do. My issues is not as much what I eat, but rather how much! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:45:11 EST Daily Motivation Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259640 Imagine holding the amount of weight you want to lose as dumbbells in your hands. Then, visualize yourself walking, dropping the weights little by little and eventually running--completely free of the added weights. <BR> <BR> the weight isn't a burden to me, it's a frustration. It's not fitting into clothes, feeling embarrassed to be naked in front of my husband, but more than that, it's the activity level - having to reduce the weights in class because it's just too heavy, or not being abl... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:57:05 EST daily Motivation Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259327 visualize yourself completing a workout that you previously couldn't accomplish. How does it feel to know that you gave it your all--and actually finished it? <BR> <BR> That's a 10km run/walk and I look forward to doing squats and lunges pain free again. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:04:43 EST Daily Motivation Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257126 Imagine going to bed later tonight and reflecting on the day, feeling totally satisfied with the choices you made. Isn't that a better feeling than regretting that you didn't do your best? What small steps can you make today to end the day with satisfaction? <BR> <BR> What does not doing my best mean? I work hard, I plan my meals and pack a lunch and appropriate snacks. I guess it's not buying a snack at the cafeteria or having a large helping at dinner ... I don't know. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:57:48 EST Daily Motivation Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256513 Not relating to this one at all: visualize that you have reached your goal weight. What will this feel like? Imagine shouting it from the rooftops to everyone you know. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't do that. In fact, I doubt anyone but my sweetheart would notice. It's not reaching my weight but demonstrating my strength goals. If I could be comfortable in downward dog and not be out of breath after the 100 in Pilate's, now that would be satisfying! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:04:14 EST Daily Motivation Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256512 Not relating to this one at all: visualize that you have reached your goal weight. What will this feel like? Imagine shouting it from the rooftops to everyone you know. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't do that. In fact, I doubt anyone but my sweetheart would notice. It's not reaching my weight but demonstrating my strength goals. If I could be comfortable in downward dog and not be out of breath after the 100 in Pilate's, now that would be satisfying! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:04:13 EST Daily Motivation Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254603 Take a minute today to collect all the negative thoughts or feelings you've been experiencing this week. What could you accomplish without the negativity in your life? <BR> <BR> Most of my negative feelings and thoughts relate to work and my body shape. I don't really believe they limit me - it's been my motivation to make changes. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:38:45 EST Daily Motivation Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251918 Imagine yourself doing something at your goal weight that you can't do at your current weight, whether it's fitting into an airplane seat, riding a rollercoaster or walking up a flight of stairs without getting winded. How does it make you feel to see yourself actually doing it without pain or discomfort? <BR> <BR> I did a yoga session (video) with one of my gf. I remembers when the open hip stretches winded me and I ached but I could do it with ease. In fact I knew the pose names and was a... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:39:51 EST Daily Motivation Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250901 Today, picture yourself paging through a flipbook that shows the progression of your body from the beginning of your weight loss to the achievement of your goal weight. How does it make you feel to see yourself shrink before your very eyes? If you find yourself having trouble today, imagine that every little healthy choice you make gets you one page closer to your healthier self. <BR> <BR> That's an odd one ... don't know how to respond Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:00:06 EST Daily Motivation Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246936 Picture five things you want in your life, whether they are people, goals, experiences or things. How will reaching your small goals today help you achieve those dreams, too? <BR> <BR> These types of ethereal visualizations are a skill that I continue to struggle with. What things do I want in my life - I have a loving husband (not a future thing); I want a less stressful career (nothing to do with weight loss); I am capable and able to do things that I want to do (nothing to do with weight ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:53:58 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245674 Picture the amount of weight you've lost so far in a way that you can really visualize it—maybe you've lost a set of 20-pound dumbbells, a few cans of soup or the weight of your dog! Feel the heaviness of that weight and be proud of how far you've come! <BR> <BR> Wow ... well, that's hard. I've only gained weight since I started in 2009. It's difficult to imagine :( Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:58:51 EST Daily Motivation Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243935 Imagine stepping on the scale to find that your weight hasn't budged. Instead of immediately reacting with self-hatred and disgust, you remain calm and focus on the positive. What other accomplishments can you be proud of? <BR> <BR> Today's visualization is aligned with today's feature article: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1625 </link> <BR> Some ideas are to start the day with a positive ritual, like a sun salutation. <BR> <BR> Their recommendations ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:25:34 EST Daily Motivation Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243140 Yes, I missed a day but that's okay. I had stuff on the go yesterday and I'm here today. Being online doesn't necessarily mean I wasn't able to maintain my goals! <BR> <BR> Imagine calling a friend to offer encouragement during her weight-loss journey. This is G - she's lost so much weight, she's giving away clothes. I'm so proud of her. She faithfully gave up bread, eats breakfast and doesn't eat as much take out. <BR> <BR> I eat healthy but have an issue with portion control. I simply eat... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:01:22 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240780 For today's visualization exercise, imagine that you are a professional athlete and need to keep your body and mind in peak shape. I heard a motivational speaker on this subject - how he treated his recovery from an injury with the same manner and dedication as he did his training. It was very inspirational. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:25:07 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239055 take 30 seconds to visualize yourself sitting in the middle of an open field, feeling the sunlight shine down on your face. Harness that calm, warm energy to put you on the right track for the day. <BR> <BR> Oh how I wish I'd read this in the morning. I was ready for a nap and desperate to go home by 2pm, lol! I did take a few minutes to close my eyes in Viparita Karani (with legs up the filing cabinet) at work and breath until I felt my collar bone open and my shoulders settle back onto the... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:15:26 EST What an excellent comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237384 A setback is when you slip up, get busy, or become distracted from your goals. <BR> A failure is when you decide your health isn't worth the effort. <BR> <BR> What a powerful statement .... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:12:00 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237349 Imagine that you're out to dinner and you order one of the healthiest options on the menu instead of your usual order. How does it make you feel to have made the healthier choice? <BR> <BR> Last week, we ended up at Subway in a rush and I did take the time to read through their poster of healthier fair to make my choice. It was still to much change and I felt ill later that night, but it was the intent that was correct. At a restaurant - grilled chicken on a garden salad with dressing on t... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:50:19 EST Daily coaching Motivation, day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235468 Visualize going in for a checkup at the doctor and receiving a completely clean bill of health. How does it feel to know you did all the right things to live your best life? <BR> <BR> I was getting close - iron was stable, cholesterol was coming down ... and then I had to give up running. I have yet to find an alternative that had such a positive impact on my heart rate (decreasing) and my blood chemistry stabilizing. <BR> <BR> What can you do today to get one step closer to your healthies... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:43:30 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234751 I missed a day of getting online but not of my plan! I will keep moving forward ... <BR> <BR> Visualize getting up and exercising first thing in the morning instead of sleeping in. How does it feel to start your day off on a healthy note? How can you put that extra time in the morning to good use? <BR> <BR> This one doesn't really apply to me because I don't sleep in. Weekdays I get up with the alarm. Saturdays, I wake up when I'm ready and then head off to a yoga-fusion class at the YMCA. ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:47:23 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231961 Imagine reaching your 'fitness goal' and seeing an old friend for the first time since you began your journey. Picture them congratulating you on your transformation. <BR> <BR> My transformation is subtle - it's reclaiming my reputation of being fit, being a leader in fitness minutes for the workplace challenges, and being the one to offer to carry things for others ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:57:21 EST Eating in the evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230675 1. How many meals and snacks did you eat after 5:00 pm? dinner & dessert <BR> 2. How many meals and snacks did you eat during the day? breakfast, lunch, 1-2 snacks <BR> 3. How many total calories did you consume after 5:00 pm relative to the total calories for the day? yesterday it was 28% <BR> 4. What activities occurred while you ate after 5:00 pm? drywall, yoga, watching a show with Steve, computer time <BR> <BR> This isn't my major issue - I use the calorie tracker to determine if I can ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:56:51 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230657 Today's motivation felt a lot like Day 6 - imagine yourself looking at your ''before'' and "after'' pictures after you've lost all the weight. How does it feel to reflect on how far you've come? <BR> <BR> I still feel the same way: I look forward to looking normal again through my face and chin, even the shape around my eyes looks odd and I'm kinda puffy. It's most obvious to me in photos. When I reach my goal weight, I want to redo our family photo! <BR> <BR> However, it's not about wei... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:37:58 EST Today's woohoo motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229439 Stive for progress, not perfection. <BR> Love this! I was in the grocery store on the weekend and there was a woman, who had no assistive devices, but clearly struggled to walk. It could have been pain or a disability but as she passed me I realized how lucky I am. I want to be stronger (and with that, be more compact than I am) but I can breathe and I can walk, and I can eat most things, and I can drive a car, and I have a job, I own my home, and I am loved by my husband and my family, and ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:07:26 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229416 Imagine that you are perfectly content with every aspect your life. What does that life look like? <BR> <BR> Ha! First on my list is that these renovations are done - the house is finished (no exposed pipes, holes in walls, hideous paint colours or pink bathroom counters with gold fixtures). I'm financially stable to go on holiday. I am appreciated in my job and compensated for the hours worked. Isn't that interesting that these are the things that are top of mind. Money & Work (both the me... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:53:38 EST Daily coaching Motivation, day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227277 This one is tough: visualize yourself in your favorite place in the world. Reading in bed in the sunshine is what first comes to mind. It means that a) the sun is shining, b) I'm warm and cozy and c) I felt relaxed enough to take some time to read in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Breathe deeply and take in all the positive energy from that place to carry with you today. How can you use some of that good energy to help you reach your goals? <BR> <BR> These questions are hard for me to answer. I... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:14:23 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225349 Imagine yourself doing something at your goal weight that you can't do at your current weight. How does it make you feel to see yourself actually doing it without pain or discomfort? <BR> <BR> I don't have any weight limiting activities. I have a reasonable wardrobe for this size and my husband loves me. It's entirely a personal goal: having muscle tone and feeling sexy, fitting into the "front room closet" clothes. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:26:32 EST This is what I need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225324 This was on today's Insider: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1778 </link> <BR> <BR> Follow this principle with all unhealthy foods at work: Close the lid on that donut box, move the plate of bagels off the conference table and into the break room (where other co-workers will quickly gobble them up), and take an alternate route so you don't have to walk past the candy dish in reception. <BR> <BR> My challenge is the candy dish on the administrator's desk,... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:10:39 EST Love this Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224450 Today's woohoo was - you are stronger than your excuses! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:02:35 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224432 Imagine looking back on your calendar and realizing that you've exercised every day for an entire month. <BR> <BR> I feel awesome when I reach 1000 fitness minutes in a month. My challenge is the injuries - shoulder, knee, back. At least twice a year something seems to go suddenly wrong. Am I over doing it? I know enough to monitor pain and that's never the issue. I most often wake up "broken" in the morning so it's hard to pin point how. <BR> <BR> In what areas of your life could you work... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:48:11 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222651 Imagine looking at your reflection on the day you reach your goal weight. How does it make you feel? <BR> I look forward to looking normal again through my face and chin, even the shape around my eyes looks odd and I'm kinda puffy. It's most obvious to me in photos. When I reach my goal weight, I want to redo our family photo! <BR> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:02:14 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221960 Imagine stepping on the scale to find that your weight hasn't budged. Instead of immediately reacting with self-hatred and disgust, you remain calm and focus on the positive. What other accomplishments can you be proud of? <BR> <BR> This is a good question. The good news is, I don't weight myself that often so it's not a recurring issue. I judge how I feel by the more practical things: how my clothing fits, how difficult it was to walk to the office or up stairs, how well I'm maintaining m... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:16:37 EST Daily Coaching Motivation, day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219914 Think about 3 things that are on your bucket list. What goal would you go for if anything was possible? What can you do to feel like that in your life today? <BR> <BR> I hate these type of questions ... I'm not good at future imagining so my bucket list is very practical. Thinks I would love to do - run a marathon. How can I feel like that - well, that's my obstacle. I am recovering from an injury and I never seem to make much progress. If I knew the answer to how can I feel that way today, ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:26:22 EST Daily Coaching Motivation, day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218544 It's like they knew that I am going out for dinner tonight with a friend! <BR> <BR> Imagine yourself dining out with friends. You know exactly what you want to order, and you have no problems turning down "tastes'' of your friends' food. How does it feel to be so in control of your restaurant experience? Carry that feeling with you the next time you go out to eat. <BR> <BR> Last night I planned my meals for today and tomorrow to make sure I had a nutritious breakfast and lunch, fresh fruit ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:50:41 EST Daily Coaching Motivation, day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216699 Imagine going to bed later tonight and reflecting on the day, feeling totally satisfied with the choices you made. Isn't that a better feeling than regretting that you didn't do your best? What small steps can you make today to end the day with satisfaction? <BR> <BR> Well, of course it is! but there are cookies on the desk outside my office. I have had one and it will take a lot of strength not to have any more than that! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I preplanned my meal choices using the daily foo... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:02:52 EST Daily Coaching Motivation Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215773 Picture yourself going clothes shopping for your goal size. Think of the joy you'll feel when you finally zip up that pair of pants, or slip easily into that dress you've been eyeing forever! Remember that feeling of happiness and pride whenever you need a boost today. <BR> <BR> These days I've been searching for a size 12-14. In my case, it's not shopping but going into the front room closet where all of my "almost but not quite" clothes are stored. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:55:11 EST Fusion Flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214167 I went to my 2nd pilates-yoga fusion class. I really like the principles and moves of the class but my word it was hard. We did several repetitions of Downward Dog - High Plank - Low Plank and back again. My arms/shoulders could not hold me up for even one cycle! I felt weak and defeated. Not the feelings I had anticipated feeling - satisfied, tired, etc. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:55:21 EST Ideas to strive for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207337 Today's feature SP blog linked to the Little Book of Diet Help. They list "your aim" (on page 5) as the following 6 statements. I think it's a good strategy: <BR> <BR> To feel positive about yourself, your body, and how you look (I draw my strength from my husband who tells me how beautiful and sexy I am all the time). <BR> To eat when you are hungry (this I am good at). <BR> To stop eating when you are no longer hungry (this is the one I'm not good at). <BR> To free yourself from cravings ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:22:20 EST Great class today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100355 Great workout today at Pilates. No one else came so it was a private lesson but my legs were so wobbly at the end that it was hard to change gears driving home ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:12:02 EST Feeling great today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979766 Back is a bit sore, but I felt strong through my core and I had so many compliments today from strangers. I wore my Great Grandmother's necklace that I recently inherited and felt very calm and connected. I don't know if they are related but I was so delighted! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:30:26 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966215 Did two 15 min circuit videos and then my first Nordic Walking lesson. I am so joyful! 75 minutes of exercise and I feel great!! My back is a little stiff - I used ice and took some Advil. Let's see how I feel in the morning. <BR> <BR> I'm at the lower threshold of my calories. All round, a wonderfully successful day :D Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:40:59 EST I don't want to eat cupcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958488 You don't have to take part in the office cupcake party when you remind yourself that you can have a cupcake anytime, any day, if you really want it at the time; it's not a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. <BR> <BR> and yet it always feels like it is. I have cupcakes quite frequently compared to any other sweet/dessert, and yet I get so excited when there is one around. Why? I don't have a clue... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 20:35:35 EST Glad to be back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901231 I was off for a while with an injury and didn't have the energy to be at the computer. Glad to be back, glad to be mobile, and thankful for the tools on SP. This week I put got a 250min trophy and my food today is well within range! <em>252</em> Mon, 28 May 2012 13:00:56 EST Struggling with Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817370 I'm back off my feet. The knee injury was a telling sign that something is still wrong. The issue is in my upper back and left hip, but the pain is referring to my lower back, right at the spine. It's so frustrating to be this immobile! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 19:13:34 EST