GORIANA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GORIANA GORIANA'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/ 2014 Mid-Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736868 It is time for the half year assessment. Let’s look at how things are going: <BR> 1) Intuitive eating: <BR> a. I am thicker and heavier than I was at the end of last year. The smaller pants I bought in December sit in the closet. I think this is mostly due to eating out and not cooking at home. <BR> b. I am learning to eat for hunger. Slowly I am undoing the habits of the past. I’m taking small steps, but I’m stepping towards my goal. I’ve found myself tossing yucky food that seemed good when... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:48:09 EST Joyful June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706971 How did May go? Well, it is hard to tell. I don’t exactly know how to measure the changes I’m trying to make. I’m going to make some goals for June that are easier to track, so I can feel awesome about checking off that I’ve done them. I think I need to feel good, especially in unstructured time like the evening, to make the nutrition goals easier to meet. <BR> <BR> The evening, after work, is one of the most difficult times for me to eat properly. Sometimes I eat my feelings. I need to shif... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:48:31 EST I don't like Sundays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693615 On Sunday I felt a push to have too many treats because I was resenting that I had to do a bunch of chores to get ready for the week. The contrast between the fun weekend and the onerous work week was especially obvious because I just got back from a three day visit to a resort. <BR> <BR> It was my first lounge-style vacation. It was great. I took some books and nail polish to fill in the free time, but I never got to them. I filled my time with the newspaper and visits to the spa. When I w... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:11:25 EST The Connection Between Food and Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683437 How could you have missed it? Back in the late nineties when you decided to do something about your expanding girth, you read a book that talked about it, and you dismissed it. The book said that people with extra weight had “issues.” That is not how it was put, but that is how you took it. <BR> <BR> You said, “No. Not me. I do not have issues. I just like to eat.” <BR> <BR> Then, you jumped to the chapter that talked about exercise. That is where you jumped in with gusto. Yeah, you lear... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:16:54 EST Race Day Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661879 You signed up for a 5k? Hmm. This seems out of character. How did this happen? <BR> <BR> This is the question I'm asking myself. <BR> <BR> A coworker suggested signing up for a 10k, but it was too expensive and I don't like running. The idea seemed to grow some roots, though. When I saw the 5k training programs featured on the daily SparkPeople blog, I decided, why not do this...just to have a structured program that pushes me a little further than I might push myself. <BR> <BR> Then, I... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:27:45 EST 2013 In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661137 Finally I am reviewing how I did with my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> I had five goals for the year: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186892 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> Swim 75 miles in the year. <em>42</em> <BR> But I have good excuses! <em>334</em> things got difficult for me and my family mid year. <BR> I am happy I managed to do about half the distance. I did what I could. There is the lesson: be flexible and do the best you ca... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:06 EST April 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656234 March was a weird month. One morning I woke up with what turned out to be vertigo. I thought I was having a stroke. The after affect is that I’m confused about my options for physical activity. The ER doctor told me to mind how I move my head. I haven’t done a push up or a burpee or a crunch since. I also didn’t try trampoline aerobics because I just don’t know if that is wise. However, I feel better and haven’t had any dizziness since the incident. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, once I got... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:12:20 EST March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638633 In January I had some ideas about what I would be working on in March. Now, I see that this is still a rebuilding phase. Last month, I had some trouble with basic things, like sleeping right and eating too much. I also eased up on the workouts. I caught this deviation after I saw the scale creep up. Yay for feedback! <BR> <BR> I have rededicated to logging food. I hope that someday I do not have to do this. That day is not here yet. <BR> <BR> To get back the workout mojo, I am doing one of... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:34:13 EST February, 2014. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614146 January review: <BR> My main focus for January was to get back into the swing of things and to focus on SLEEP. I went to bed at 10am most ‘school’ days. I’ll need to keep this up. If I get out of bed by 7am, all is well. Maybe later, I’ll try for an earlier up time. For now, 7am works. <BR> <BR> The other big push in January was a return to the pull-up bar. I am determined to get one unassisted chin-up this year. If I can make that a pull-up, that is all the better. In the mean time I will ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:01:41 EST In and Out of the Pool. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588383 I always enjoy the feeling after I swim. So why do I hesitate to make a swim happen? I am in a new community. I’m a bit intimidated by the swimmers I saw when I visited the local pools. I saw them on deck in their little speedos and thin strapped suits. You could see the hip bones on the guys and the ladies had muscular thighs and lean bodies. I wear a granny suit, I am not lean, and I still feel insecure as a swimmer. I have been swimming for almost three years, but I am slow. A lot of lap s... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:55:10 EST January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587211 January will be the month to figure out where I am and assess and measure: <BR> Time for one mile <BR> Pushups in one minute <em>248</em> <BR> Squats in one minute <BR> Crunches in one minute <em>248</em> <BR> Hang or pull-up or chin-up time <BR> Sit and reach <em>248</em> <BR> Body Measurements <em>248</em> <BR> Step ups <BR> <BR> Also, I need to buy <BR> new swim gear, <BR> new sneakers, <BR> and a book to help with intuitive eating. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Week of Jan 6... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:29:15 EST 2014: Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585726 The year’s theme will be focus, because I need to focus on one thing at a time. Things get chaotic when several tasks are managed at once. If I’m mindful of what I’m doing, I can complete the task at hand better and faster. If I put my attention to the moment my thoughts will not make me anxious. I want to be in charge in 2014 and focus will get me there. <BR> <BR> (The tabs don't work, so below looks funny.) <BR> <BR> These are the things I will work on in 2014: <BR> 1) Intuitive Eatin... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:49:17 EST Hello 2014. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584824 It’s the second week of 2014 and I feel behind. I was away from the computer because I was away from work. I need to review how 2013 went and make plans for the rest of 2014. Right now, I feel like I’ve slept through the beginning of the year. I learned something, though. <BR> <BR> I took two weeks off from work from the Monday before Christmas. My plan was to get to those house chores that have been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. I did not. I felt somewhat guilty about this and that caused... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:14:51 EST Week 41 and the Rest of 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510995 Can you believe this is week 41 of only 52 weeks in a year? It is time to get in gear to finish the year on a high note and accomplish as much of the three remaining goals for 2013. Ultimately, my main objective is to get to goal weight, finally. The goals below are in support of that and also so I can get stronger. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <BR> On swimming 75 miles in 2013: <BR> I’ve realized that getting all... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:26:29 EST Third Quarter Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502701 At the beginning of the year I set out to accomplish a few goals. This is how it is going. <BR> <BR> Goal: <em>237</em> Swim 75 miles in the course of a year. I swam 55 in 2012, and I want to swim more in 2013. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year I had an injury that got me to a slow start. I have swam 33.8 miles for the year. Then, I moved. Things slowed again. I did not swim like I would like in all of September. <BR> <BR> I did not see this move in my plan. This new commute hav... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:22:32 EST Urge Surfing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480653 Did you realize urges ebb and flow like the ocean? I never noticed that. Sometimes my impulse for cake feels so strong; it seems like I NEED TO EAT CAKE, NOW. Then I came upon the concept of ‘urge surfing’ in one of the books (“End Emotional Eating” by Jennifer L. Taitz) I’m reading. This concept tied in nicely with what I’ve been reading about meditation plus it gave the practice a nice name and now I can create a SMART goal rather than have a hazy notion of something I want to try. <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:46:47 EST Week 36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474888 I had a pretty good week: I did my workouts, I ate well. Maybe that is because I was able to be selfish for half the week with my husband traveling. Maybe the books on emotions helped too. <BR> <BR> I did find myself reaching for anything to stuff in my mouth when things got a little difficult . I was able to ‘see’ that I wasn’t hungry. The ‘speed bump’ helped slow me down and I’m sure I did better than I would have in the past. I’m not over emotional eating yet, but it feels like progress.... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 18:08:34 EST What Emotions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467099 Do you know what you are feeling? I have trouble identifying that. I did not know I had this problem identifying emotions until I began reading a couple of books on emotions and eating. <BR> <BR> Both books describe that if we do not allow ourselves to feel our feelings, we could end up eating our feelings. Maybe that is why I eat when I’m not hungry. I chalk it up to old habits. The books describe that often we use food as a coping mechanism to drown out emotions or to sooth them. <BR> ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:38:08 EST Six Years of Sparking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463133 My weight was on the way up when I joined SparkPeople six years ago today. It continued climbing for a few more years before I really made the choice to keep trying, no matter what. Now, I am less than ten pounds from goal. I’ve lost about thirty pounds. It has not been an easy road. Since 2010, I’ve only gone down or maintained. That is a big accomplishment, for me. I haven’t figured out any secret, but I have learned that the most important thing is to just keep going. <BR> <BR> Before j... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:38:28 EST Week 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462242 Last week I accomplished all my goals! <BR> <BR> This week I am still finding my way around my new commute, so I'll keep it very similar to last week. I’m going to see what workout time makes more sense with my new commute schedule. I like AM workouts, but I don’t have that much time in the morning. PM workouts, if not too late can help sleep, so it is all good as long as it gets done. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm debating if it's time to end my ties to my (once) local community college. The school... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:44:56 EST Towards Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455547 Last week I can claim success in the sleep department, which means everything was easier. The weekend was a surprise and I got in only one walk/run and one strength training & pull up session. Everything else was right on track. I even advanced a bit in my pull up program as I did some negative pull ups (palms face away from body) which is much tougher than a chin up (palms face towards body) <BR> <BR> Next week I’ll need to continue sleeping and waking early so I can get my 2x a week mornin... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:50:27 EST Sleeping & Burning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448027 Last week I ate a few too many greasy foods because I was tired and sleepy and I probably underestimated the foods’ caloric impact. In addition, I skipped a couple of days of workouts and I had way too much wine on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe I was celebrating that I met one of my year’s goals: to run a mile in one shot. (Also I was celebrating my new house!) <BR> <BR> In any case, my belly was puffy on Monday. Luckily, I corrected course in time to not lose the ground I’ve gained in the las... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:55:52 EST Wind in my Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440439 <em>437</em> Things are lightening up around here. I lost a tiny bit of weight and I feel less anxious as pressures from work and life have eased up. I enjoy working out and it is more fun that it had been earlier in the year. <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> I let my gym membership expire in spring and only since then have I started to take advantage of the wonderful resources available in my beach community. As I took to the trails yesterday I realized how much more pleasurable it is to get a w... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:43:39 EST Only the Real Thing Satisfies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432198 Week In Review <BR> I did not eat very well last week. My lunches had too much simple carb (rice) and salt (sausage) and not enough fiber (vegetables or whole grains) and lean protein. I felt week. I ached for a burger. I think my body was wondering where all the protein I usually get went. I didn’t have any meat in the house, so I thought maybe a slice of pumpkin pie might do. It probably had enough fat to hold me. It didn’t. I went to get that burger anyway. <BR> <BR> I learned that I sh... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:21:50 EST High Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425260 Week 28 In Review <BR> <BR> It was another blurry week. It was also a week of anxiety and sleepiness. I need to focus on getting that under control next week. <BR> <BR> Again my workouts where not of the intensity or duration I would like, but I did get my minutes in, here and there. I didn’t hit the goal of 300, but It was close. In any case walking isn’t as potent as swimming for my agenda, so I need to get to the pool. <BR> <BR> Additionally, my eating seems to be getting better. Since ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:24:43 EST Feeling my Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416864 Week 27 In Review <BR> <BR> This week feels like a blur. I got in my fitness minutes where I could, but it seems a little haphazard. It certainly wasn’t as ‘hard-core’ as I would like. My weight situation is stagnant, so I’m happy for that. (No gain.) I did aim to eat according to my body’s needs and maybe I’m finally learning how to do that. <BR> <BR> I tidied up the house a bit, but every week repeats the same pattern of mess. <BR> I did try the 10 squats before snacking again and it real... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:50:30 EST Week 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409825 Week 26 In Review <BR> <em>248</em> I lost a little weight. Yay! It was a difficult week. There was a lot going on, yet it all worked out. I even got myself back to the pool. When I couldn’t get a ‘complete’ workout, I walked a few minutes, and it’s true: those minutes add up. <BR> <BR> I learned that when I have a lot to do, I don’t graze. I guess that adage about idle hands is right. I get snacky when I’m bored or when I want to drown out some tension. If I deal with the issue and keep ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 16:27:41 EST Week 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402530 Week 25 In Review <BR> <em>248</em> Last week’s results are similar to the week before. The only challenge was that I was out of the house more than usual, and the calorie counts went up and the fitness minutes were not as strenuous. I am going to develop better tactics for these kinds of days. Wednesday and perhaps Thursday will be one of those days. Lucky me for getting a chance to plan an “off” day! <BR> <BR> Next week’s plan: <BR> <em>30</em> Continue with last week’s actions, with... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:16:32 EST Week 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395813 Week 24 In Review <BR> <em>475</em> Planned snacking has worked on most days. I feel satisfied and also in control. I need to continue planning my afternoon and evening snack. <BR> <em>387</em> It is eye opening to look at the food log the day after. I had several good days, where I stuck to plan and it went well. On the days it did not go well, it was because I did not have much of a plan or strategy or simply went with the flow. <BR> <em>386</em> I only swam 2x last week becaus... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:19:40 EST Week 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387063 Week 23 In Review <BR> <em>475</em> Eating only one serving of a ‘treat’ per day was tough. I found myself having something in the afternoon, and also in the evening. It was only one serving each time, though. (That is progress for me.) I debated what to do about getting this down to only one treat, then Coach Becky, the SparkPeople Nutritionist posted a blog ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_to_conquer_your_snack_attack </link> ) about snacking. What perfect timing!... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:35:13 EST Half Year Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381783 This is where my 2013 goals stand: <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> Swim 75 miles in the course of a year. Last year, I jumped in with others on a SP team that had a goal of 100 miles. I learned that was a little too ambitious for me. I made it to 55, though. This year, I’ll aim a little higher. <BR> <BR> Status: 24.8 mi completed to date. <BR> <BR> Goal for this quarter: Since my shoulder injury took half a year to heal, I’ve not swam as hard as I could at the end of last year. Now, it feels ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 19:14:52 EST It's not my party, and I'll eat (or not eat) what I want to. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380746 I have a party to go to this weekend and it's a good time to review my rules for parties/eating out: <BR> <BR> BEFORE <BR> <em>311</em> Workout <BR> <em>387</em> Look at the menu, if possible <BR> <em>301</em> Eat lightly through out the day <BR> <em>274</em> Drink lots of water. <BR> <em>490</em> Eat a little protein/carbohydrate snack before the drive to the party so not to arrive famished. <BR> <BR> DURING <BR> <em>220</em> Focus on the people, that's what the get toge... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:41:10 EST Week 23, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376772 Goals for the week <BR> <em>475</em> Eat a maximum of one serving of an indulgent item per day. This can include cake, cookies, chips, wine, or a hamburger. Also, this includes a maximum of one meal ‘out’ per day. <BR> <em>210</em> After one indulgent serving is consumed, eat a crunchy vegetable or fruit if impulse for snacking continues. <BR> <em>203</em> Read and reflect on an article in the series Mind Over Body: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>mind_over_bo... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:55:19 EST Flour Fixation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373937 I leave May as I found it, weigh-wise. That puts a panic in me because the year is at the half way mark and I would like some tangible evidence that I’ll be at goal by year’s end. It’s only ten pounds, for goodness sakes. Why am I having so much trouble with these last ten pounds? <BR> <BR> Maybe it’s time for a little perspective, because I have slowly lost almost thirty pounds, so I must have learned something along the way. Over the last decade I have gotten into the habit of physical act... Fri, 31 May 2013 18:50:09 EST May 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347536 Discoveries in April: <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> I have adjusted my calorie range to be very ambitious. I have had a high upper limit and I get right on it every week day and substantially over on the weekend. I need that line to be low (but still healthy) because it turns out I like to get right to the line. It’s a little mind game, but it worked the last week in April, so I will stay with it. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Last month I lost the 0.8 pound even though I went up in the middle o... Mon, 6 May 2013 14:43:50 EST April Goals 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310539 I am working on these things in April: <BR> 1) Eat at least 2 fruits and 2 vegetables servings every day, with a special push for weekends! <BR> 2) Weekly average of calories is within recommended limits. <BR> 3) At least 20 minutes of physical activity six of seven days. (More is ok!) <BR> 4) Lose one pound. (Currently 167#) (Yikes, did I just post that?) <BR> <BR> Week of April 1st <BR> 1) Track fruit and vegetable consumption each day. Have a carrot during the weekend. <BR> <... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:04:53 EST First Quarter Results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307678 Some people asked if I lost weight. I said, ‘Maybe a pound or two.’ That is what the scale shows. I’m not sure what they see. Maybe my face does look thinner, but my abdomen feels the same. Nonetheless the first quarter is done and it’s time to look at the year’s goals and see what needs to be done to continue with a good year. <BR> <BR> I am happy with my fitness goals. I am a little bummed that my shoulder is not yet back to where it was at the end of last year. I’m going physical therapy... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:28:49 EST The Next Choice in Becoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295154 This year’s goals are mostly on track except for calorie consumption. Then a few days ago I decided not to graze in the evening. It has helped me meet my nutrition goal for the last few days. <BR> <BR> I think giving up grazing is doable because a few years ago, I gave up snacking at the office. It was that simple. I just decided that habit didn’t belong to the person I am becoming. Timing matters, I think. Now, I’m ready for the next step in my becoming me. <BR> <BR> Not grazing during th... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:47:56 EST Week 12's Joy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291307 What happened to week eleven? It happened. I haven’t found the ability to pause time, yet. <BR> <BR> After I returned from my business trip during week ten, I felt tired and overwhelmed by all the things I want to do. I don’t fret about what I need to do too much. Sometimes I let things slide. The laundry piles up. I’ve also been known to let my payments get late. It doesn’t bother me too much. Yet, it does bother me a bit. <BR> <BR> I like order. I just don’t enjoy the planning and the w... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:12:19 EST 2013, week 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269992 I am posting this a little bit early because I have a few moments in preparing for next week and I'm not sure when I'll have another chance. Next week I'll be traveling and that will make somethings easier and others harder. <BR> <BR> Week 9 review: <BR> The fitness routine is going well. Watching less TV is also going well, and I really enjoy those days w/o TV with my honey. Eating produce is easy if I have them at home. The only difficulty is still eating well. This week it wasn't baked go... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:35:11 EST 2013, Week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262778 Week 8 review: <BR> The fitness routine is going well. The classes during the week keep me focused as I am unlikely to miss them. On other days, I find ways to work out or take a walk. I did at least a 30 minute walk each of 6 days. On most days I did much more. <BR> <BR> The nutrition routine is still my challenge. I am happy that I incorporated more fruits and vegetables plus healthy snacks. I ate too much on Wed, Friday, and Sunday. On Wed. it was mostly due to an after swim mini-binge. ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:43:13 EST 2013, Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255049 Review of last week's goals: <BR> Oh, man. It was going well, and then one of those viruses going around finally hit me. The good news about that is that food cravings go down. I got to stay home from work two days. Another good thing about it is that I spent some time on this website and found out that I had been targeting the wrong calorie goals. They were based on old targets for weight. I am now below that weight, so the auto-generated nutrition plan was trying to fatten me up. Whew. I'm... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:27:40 EST Is thumb sucking better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252794 There are two things I do to spin time that don’t serve me well: <BR> 1) Graze on high-calorie/low-nutrient foods <BR> 2) Watch TV/Surf the internet <BR> <BR> When I engage in these activities, it feels like I am doing something. I guess I am avoiding the tasks that require more of my mind. Or maybe they sooth my anxiety about the list of tasks that need to get done, but I don’t feel like doing. These activities have bad outcomes. I gain fat and my task list grows. Maybe sucking my... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:16:48 EST 2013, Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246800 Review of last week's goals: <BR> <em>128</em> Workout in the AM 3x this week. <BR> Tuesday, Thursday <em>39</em> no third day. Oh well, better than week 6. <BR> <em>180</em> Cook a couple of dishes for lunch this week. 1x <BR> <em>248</em> Monday (Kale & Tomato and Peanut Noodles) <BR> <em>256</em> Pack my lunch and workout gear the night before. 3x <BR> <em>248</em> Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday <BR> <em>237</em> 200 minutes of cardio over 5 days <BR> 30 Monday, 45 Tuesday... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:43:02 EST Dear Sleepyhead, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239009 Ben Franklin was right, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not the last two, but the first one sure is true. When you wake up early, you get your workout done and get your heart and body healthy. <BR> <BR> The last week or two (or fill in the dates) you’ve been a sleepy head. You haven’t gotten to the gym at 6:30am because it is still dark when the alarm rings and the bed is so comfy and if you just lay still, you can squeeze out ano... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:22:15 EST 2013, week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237496 Review of last week's goals: <BR> <em>248</em> I worked out on 6 days! And I got some extra minutes. Many of it included walking. I am learning that just fitting in what I can is good too. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Strength training completed! I also added a few more upper body sets as my shoulder is coming along. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> My average calorie comsumption for the week is high. I ate too many of the baked goods in the house. And now...Girl Scout Cookies. Yikes! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 16:46:16 EST 2013, week 5. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227670 Last week’s goals included 135 minutes of cardio. I did 180 minutes. Additionally I completed strength training on two days, as was my goal. As this website considers those minutes too in determining my calorie ranges, it keeps giving me warnings about too much exercise and not enough food. <BR> <BR> By the way, I think my calories were ok. In fact, my weekly average was on target with the suggested ranges. That means I’m 75% complaint for the year! The averages are near the top of the rang... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:39:48 EST Sour Pusses, Be Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227665 I can control you. You can control me. You can be a stranger. You can be a good friend or family too. Did you know we have this impact on each other? I’m sure you do, at least to some extent. It took well into adulthood before I knew. <BR> <BR> Clerks and others did not treat me very well. Once I asked a friend what to do about it. I assumed I would get some sympathy about ‘those’ people. Instead, she told me that nine times out of ten, it was my fault. Well, that isn’t exactly how she put i... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:37:22 EST 2013, Week Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217305 <em>474</em> Last week was better for nutrition. My weekly calorie average is just within the upper limits of my suggested range! That means I'm now at 66% compliance for the year. I must add that I ate out often, so while I logged everything, there is the possibility that the numbers were not quite reliable. The scale will tell. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Now, I am in the habit of tracking every day, so the next goal should include my target ranges, and better snacking. My snacks were not... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:02:21 EST 2013, Week Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208465 Last week was good for cardio. I did two beach walks (Th. & Sat.) and other machine workouts several times (M & W) a week. I reached my goal of 60 spm for 15 minutes on the stair mill on Monday, but I was too full to do it on Wed. My morning snack needs to be lighter. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I did two lower body strength training (Tu. & Sun.) sessions, and my shoulder is still a bit sore so I did no upper body training or swimming. Wah, I want to go swimming! I’m going to give it one more ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:41:51 EST