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/ Staying off the Train and other Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216334 Last time I was on here, I described the 'Night Train' of eating too much. <BR> I board this train when one 'snack' leads to another then another then another until things get out of control and only total disgust and over consumption stops the train. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208786 </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the awareness of this habit. It was only by looking at what I do and giving it a name that I have been able ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:52:27 EST Night Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208786 *Recently I revisited Guns and Roses, "Nightrain" about a fortified wine by the same name. Boy can I relate: <BR> "Loaded like a freight train. Flying like an airplane. Feeling like a space brain. Ready to crash and burn. I never learn. I am on the night train never to return. I am on the night train so I can leave this slum." <BR> <BR> (Tried to add a link to the video, didn't work.) <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyf8<BR>oRF6Trg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Too often I fall int... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:03:10 EST Stop Looking for the Bottom (You can't swim with your feet on the floor) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190735 Today marks five years since the first time I swam the length of a pool (25 yards) doing the freestyle without stopping! I am still as excited about swimming now as I was then. I can hardly believe my luck on finding swimming. It was a fluke. Independently from each other my husband and a friend decided they wanted to learn to swim and needed company. <BR> <BR> First I joined my friend in an indoor heated Olympic sized pool in early 2011. My friend and the instructor were already in the poo... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:54:54 EST February review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119047 Here is what I've done last month to achieve the goals for the year: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> I'm not sure I'm preparing well for this. I've asked another teammate for suggestions. Maybe I can get company to practice in the salty water once the water temps are warmer. <BR> <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> I made great strides here. I've even lost a little weight. I'm walking most mornings. It helps. In the past I would have thought the 20-30 minutes I take... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:30:14 EST I must remember this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096544 "Don't beat yourself up." <BR> <BR> You've heard that, right? I have. It never made any big impact on me. I always told myself that I was cool with myself. Well, I don't think I was. I never got too upset about eating 'missteps', but I always get on myself in other missteps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was in a funk over not pushing hard enough in a professional project. I spent less time on it that I had planned. Then, I couldn't let that 'failure' go. I saw myself as a big mess; incapable of s... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:07:50 EST January review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094339 Here is what I've done last month to achieve the goals for the year: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> I'm swimming with master's team. I've asked veteran swimmers for suggestions. <BR> I think I need to work on the mental aspects of this...and get more time in the pool. Once a week doesn't feel like enough. <BR> <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> I've got a better handle on my eating. I've found a way to remember taking my vitamins. I've gotten more regular at gettin... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:29:36 EST 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061318 Last year was a dud and it made me sad. This year will be better if I include these things: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> 3) A job I love. <BR> 4) One month+ in Italy <BR> 5) A fabulous marriage <BR> 6) an abundance of friends & family relationships <BR> 7) peaceful home life <BR> 8) order <BR> 9) artistic, creative, exciting endevours Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:28:49 EST Oct. 2015. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009381 September Goals are going well. I'm back swimming regularly, and that is a big bonus, because I do enjoy the water. I'm extra buoyant and I want to check some of this girth, so now I want to focus on nutrition. <BR> <BR> This month, I'll try Nutrition Diva's tips to overhaul my diet: <link>www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fit<BR>ness/healthy-eating/how-to-overhaul-yo<BR>ur-diet </link> <BR> She suggests eliminating sugary drinks, eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming less process... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:45:30 EST Let's Try Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994836 My last posting didn't stick because unexpected things came up. I guess there will always be unexpected things. These were just bummers: A young cousin passed, a big layoff. I hope I can figure out how to move past them more easily in the future. For now, I'm ready to go at this again. They have been slightly revamped: <BR> <BR> Swim 3x week with swim team. <BR> weekend and M, W. <BR> <BR> Track food 3x <BR> <BR> Work: decide focus for day and dedicate at least 4 hrs to it <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:35:16 EST Week 24, 2015; know any teas good enough for indulgence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945599 Last week it felt like time to start again. I decided a focus. The focus will be career, nutrition, and movement. I was aware of these things last week. <BR> <BR> The toughest thing has been eating too much calorie dense foods in response to emotional stress. Last week I swapped cookies for some indulgent (expensive and delicious) berries and Greek yogurt. I like the taste and letting myself spend on the extra good stuff feels indulgent. During the day it is easy. Had trouble with the nigh... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:55:21 EST Where has all the focus gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894017 It is day 75 of 2015 and I’ve yet to review last year or plan this one. Let’s see what I hoped for 2014: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585726 <BR> <BR> First I hoped to focus more and then I was all over the place. Next, I turned to fitness and intuitive eating. It doesn’t look too good there either. I’m ten pounds heavier. Now I can recognize myself overeating, but I still have trouble turning down the relief of baked goods. The bottom li... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:23:32 EST A breakthrough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833428 Why have baked goods lured me back for seconds, thirds, and fourths? It happens too often. Because moderation hasn't worked well for me, I decided to just say 'no' to baked goods for a while. I threw in no fried food just for kicks. The goal is to go a week and maybe a month without. The hope is that baked goods will lose the hold they have on me. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting, so I've gone only a couple of days. Yet I had one good day where I remembered to say 'no'. I was at an amusement pa... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:49:44 EST All I want for Christmas is to give relief to my pants' seams. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825963 It is December. Already. It is time to look at 2014 and to think about 2015. I am reluctant to examine my accomplishments for the year because it feels like it was one stumbling block after another. Right now I have a sore right forearm and a cut up left index finger that keep me from meeting certain fitness goals, like swimming and pull-ups. Also, my weight is up. <BR> <BR> Weight vigilance is difficult. I want to abandon the focus on weight, but I certainly don’t want to be 200 pounds. I g... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:30:08 EST What now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810829 October was another tough month. I did ok with some of my goals, and not so good on others. I neglected the garage clean up because I need my arm and back in top shape for that. Something happened to my back and then my forearm. This also impacted my workout goals. I let it get the better of me and I was bummed out most of the month. <BR> <BR> I need to find my mojo again. It is tough because the year is almost out and I have to think hard to find things that are better than in the beginnin... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:22:26 EST Oct. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789979 Sept. was ...long and hot. <BR> <BR> My honey thinks that because I was grumpy once Sweet September was bust. I disagree. I know that hunger or sleepiness or feeling frazzled are not good states for me. He gets that, but he thought magically I would be sweeter even at those times. Overall, I was. One day I wasn't. I'm human. I'll keep being as sweet as I would like others to be and I know that there will be times I miss the mark. Oh well. That will make me prouder for the times I hit the ta... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:28:56 EST The Art of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787041 "Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me." <BR> <BR> --Chris Prentiss from "Zen and the Art of Happiness" <BR> <BR> Somebody recommended this book to me. I appreciate the message that it does no good adding negative thoughts to every situation. The author suggests we should ask ourselves "What good will come of this?" when we get into situations that might seem negative, on first look. <BR> <BR> The thing that confuses me about this way of looking ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:11:01 EST Sweet Sweep September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768892 My list of resolutions for August was long. Overall, I am pleased with how it went. Some things, like packing for tomorrow, cooking, and cleaning were a challenge. On the other hand, exercising and turning off the TV and doing fun things were easy. The big pleasant surprise was that turning off the TV and engaging in ‘joy’ talk made my husband very happy. I felt good too. It creates a loop of happiness. I want to explore this a bit more in September. Towards that end, I want to be sweet i... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:10:02 EST August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753165 This year is past the half way mark and I it feels like I am spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. I hope I’ve learned something about what eating for hunger feels like. Now, I will focus on the ‘easy’ stuff: Action. These are my ten actions for August. <BR> <BR> 1) Turn off the media (TV, computer, cell phone) by 9pm Sunday-Thursday. <BR> 2) Lights out and sawing logs by 10pm Sunday-Friday. <BR> 3) Hit the fitness center by 6:30am on Monday(Swim/Walk), Wednesday(Swim/Walk), Thursday... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:40:51 EST 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