HARMONY_MUM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARMONY%5FMUM HARMONY_MUM'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/ Day 5 of the Healthy Habits Reset - Declaring My Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918012 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I don't say the following words often enough -- I'm incredibly grateful for SparkPeople - and for you. Although I haven't lost any weight, I truly believe that I haven't GAINED additional weight because of all of you - and these wonderful SparkPeople emails - both the automated ones and the weekly one from our beloved SparkGuy. <BR> <BR> One of the most recent emails was a 30 day healthy habits reset. Each day I receive an email with a suggestion on what to ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:20:28 EST Movement on the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893787 I've been working REALLY hard at this last round of weight loss since December. It's sad but true. And even with all my hard work, my weight was continuing to increase. It was incredible! I wondered - how in the world can that happen?! I run 30 minutes, three times a week and I track all my food and I KNOW that I'm eating 1300-1500 calories a day. How in the world can my weight INCREASE? <BR> <BR> This past week, I made a change in my diet and my weight DECREASED by two pounds! What a ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:25:24 EST It's been a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878741 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I can't believe my last blog entry was a year and a half ago! Well, my update is brief: I lost 15 lbs and kept it off for 1.5 years. That's a success. Then I changed my diet and the 15 pounds came right back on. The diet change was a simple one. See, I'm a vegetarian. And I lost weight by eating chicken. I can't stand eating meat, so I went back to eating mainly beans. One cup of beans per meal. No other change. And "phoom", the weight just came flying ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:51:46 EST Running with my old running buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376342 Yesterday, I ran with my old running buddies. I haven't run with them in over twelve years. Truthfully, I'm not ready to run with them. I'm much slower than they are and can't even go a fraction of the distance that they do. I showed up at the regularly scheduled run with the idea that I would start with them, run DOWN the hill with them, and then turn left to continue on MY run while they go straight and continue on THEIR run. But one of my closest girlfriends was there and she encouraged... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:02:46 EST A long overdue blog entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369709 Good golly, so much to say...where to begin? <BR> <BR> I'll start at the most recent - I ran in a 5K race on Saturday! It was a really big deal and I did great and had a lot of fun! My two oldest children entered in the kids fun run and my eldest won! My other son came in 4th, which is really great too. <BR> <BR> I entered as a recreational runner, which means that my time would not be recorded but I can see my time as I cross the finish line. I didn't want my first ever 5k RUN to be ... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:01:32 EST Progress and Re-framing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313702 Admittedly, I'm supposed to be working on our taxes right now. This blog entry is providing a much needed procrastination/distraction from them. (grin) <BR> <BR> I had a great run this morning. On Saturday mornings, I get a full hour to run whilst my boys are in orchestra. I cherish these Saturday mornings - a full hour just to myself. It's pure bliss. Anyway, while they're in orchestra rehearsal, I run/walk/waddle around the campus wall. Lots of folks run or walk around the campus wa... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:01:33 EST Changing Behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311850 First, thank you to my SparkFriends who have checked in on me. I appreciate your thoughts and actions more than you realize. <BR> <BR> I've had this incredible bout of fatigue. It's bone-sucking, brain-numbing and completely debilitating. I know it's not lack of sleep because I'm getting enough sleep. Plus, it's not a tiredness like I need more sleep. It's something else. <BR> <BR> Thanks, also, for all your thoughtful suggestions on what it may be. I think some of them are right ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 19:57:46 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300825 It's true: after more than a week away, I FINALLY got back to the gym. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill (5 MPH pace) and worked up a nice sweat. And I felt absolutely great when I was done. <BR> <BR> On my walk back to my office from the gym, I was thinking about how great I felt and trying to capture the feeling to give me motivation for the next time I try to miss the gym. <BR> <BR> So let me talk about the gym for a minute: There's a woman at the gym. I used to work with her; now ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:08:44 EST I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297955 We read about it all the time here on SparkPeople - that we're able to fit fitness into our days. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there - it all adds up. And they are words said and written by people who either don't have children and full time jobs or where fitness is their full-time job. I don't fit into either of these groups. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, my life gets incredibly busy. Sure, sometimes my life is regular and routine and I can schedule in a workout. But sometimes it isn't. I hav... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 07:42:33 EST What a difference a week makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290044 Wow, what a difference a week makes! Last week I was very demoralized because I couldn't control my eating. This week, I added fish to my lunch and dinner and am trying to drink a lot more water. One or two days, I even got close to that 8 cups per day mark. These two changes seem to make a big difference. I think it's what I needed. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I went to my gym to lift weights. They sell homemade bread there (go figure) and I picked up a load and some rolls for my husband and ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:21:47 EST Demoralized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281594 I'm demoralized. I know I'm exercising well. I also know that I eat well 2/3 of the day. This week, though, I've come home at night and I've eaten over 1,000 calories each night. And I just can't seem to stop myself. Sometimes, I'm not even hungry. <BR> <BR> This mindless eating destroys all the rest of my hard work. Yet I can't seem to stop it. It's frustrating and demoralizing. <BR> <BR> I've searched through the community blogs and support and tips and can't find any help. So ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:46:14 EST My First 5K (in a VERY long time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271141 A few days ago, I got an email. The email was sent to a running group - one that I used to run with prior to marriage and children. I still subscribe to their news - even though I haven't run with them in over 10 years. Anyway, this email announced a "first annual" 10K/5K/5K un-timed family walk. Truthfully, I wouldn't have entered. But the email said that Zola Budd would be there. I watched Zola Budd in her Olympic debut. It was 1984. She is from South Africa but it was the year that S... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:16:31 EST End of the Spark Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268114 Well, that didn't last long. <BR> <BR> I did great yesterday until I started my work out. Seriously, I planned my food for the day. I brought my breakfast, snack, and lunch to work with me. I made dinner for the children and didn't eat any of it. Really! Had a small snack, then, once my husband came home from work, I went up to our bonus room to work out to a DVD. And that's when it happened. My body was exhausted from the day before. I hadn't realized it until I tried to work out. <BR... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:19:15 EST Spark Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266831 In my last blog entry, I talked about how thrilled I was to be finally losing weight. And illness hit and then family travel. Then catching up from being sick and traveling left me with no time to exercise or plan my menus. So....two pounds crept back on. Ugh. <BR> <BR> So now I'm back at it. I have a spark streak of two days. Gotta start somewhere. But now I get it - I got that AHA! moment - where it's really about spark streaks. Progress isn't linear. Some people can just put their... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:54:25 EST Even more to say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248157 Gosh, it's been way to long since I've posted. I just don't have the time. But I have so much to say! Thankfully, the scale started moving. Finally! I'm so thrilled! I've been working so hard, watching my nutrition and doing my work-outs with no movement at all on the scale. It was demoralizing. So I lowered my expectations, figured, well, at least I'm no longer GAINING weight! And then all of a sudden....movement! Woo hoo! I couldn't be more thrilled! <BR> <BR> And then I got sick.... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:37:11 EST So much to say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224577 Gosh, there is so much to say. I almost don't know where to begin. <BR> <BR> Let's talk about goals this week. My goals are to: <BR> 1. Exercise at least 30 minutes, five times per week. I'm on track to meet this goal. <BR> <BR> 2. 4-8 PM: eat protein, fruit and veggies. Avoid junk food. This one is, by far, the most difficult for me. This is where I usually fail. I'm hungry when I get home so I go straight for the chips. Then I get really tired and have to go lay down as soon as... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:11:00 EST An emotional day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220577 Today has been an incredibly emotional day. In addition to it being crazy busy at work, and having a coworker and dear friend fighting for her life going through chemo and radiation while trying to work full time (out of necessity), one of the puppies I've fostered died. He had "water on the brain" (hydrocephalus). Ugh. <BR> <BR> Then to make matters worse, I had to go to small claims court. I was suing AAA Car Care Centers for charging me $2,200 for a clutch repair and not doing the cl... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:50:45 EST Martin Luther King Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216703 Today is the day we formally remember Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. And what a legacy it is. Each year, I take the opportunity to read his story to my children and I'm in awe of what he did. Moreover, he knew he was putting his life on the life for the principles in which he believed. I'm not a person of his race, but I'm still grateful for his accomplishments. <BR> <BR> Now, getting back to fitness, health, and weight loss. <BR> <BR> As you know, I'm incredibly demoralized at m... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:03:55 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215695 Here it is, January 20th and I've been doing great with all of my goals. Amazing! I've been working out - hard - five days a week and watching what I eat. The first two weeks I tracked EVERY morsel. I ate 1500 calories/day and, in the end, I lost a fraction of a pound each week. This past week I had a lot of work events - which include food and/or eating out. I did manage to keep with my workouts and all my goals - not overeat at night, drink lots of water, 30+ minutes of cardio, work on... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:37:57 EST A New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174964 Here it is, once again, we're nearing the beginning of a new year. And new years mean new beginnings. I know I've been here before, an maybe I over-promise. So this year, here are my resolutions: <BR> 1. 30 means of cardio every day <BR> 2. work on eating better <BR> a. remove the chips from my diet (those darn chips!) <BR> b. find ways to keep me from over-eating at night. <BR> 3. drink lots of water every day <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays everyone! <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:45:03 EST Back to Square One (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091584 Ugh. I'm back to square one again. I just took the family to three days at the Great Wolf Lodge. We just arrived home and I just weighed myself and I'm back to my starting weight - again. Ugh. <BR> <BR> First the good: For the first 1.5 days, I was REALLY good with my eating and exercise. I brought breakfast with me - so my eating was perfect for one meal each day. We ate lunch at the Olive Garden and I chose a meal that was under 500 calories. All protein and veggies. So that was g... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:36:31 EST Those daggone chips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084137 It happened. I ate some chips again. <BR> <BR> I did everything right - almost. I ate my afternoon snack a little later than usual, but I wasn't terribly hungry. But when I prepared my son's snack bags for tomorrow, I just couldn't resist and ate a serving of fritos corn chips. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I'm still within the right calorie range. But those darn chips did so much damage last week. I shouldn't eat them at all! If I could find something else to give my son - I would. Ugh. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:41:37 EST I did it! Two pounds lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081711 Drum roll please.....I lost two pounds this past week! To be precise, I lost 2.6 pounds! I'm thrilled! That means that now I'm only two pounds over my "starting weight" (grin)! <BR> <BR> But in my ever over-analytical way, it's worth looking at a few things I've learned on the way: <BR> <BR> At one point in the week I lost four pounds! The thing that changed it was eating the serving of potato chips and the one slice of bread and the bowl of cereal. I was easily within my calories an... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:02:36 EST The end of the first week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081167 It's Sunday night. For me that means that it's the end of the week. But this is a special week. It's the end of my first week of eating right and exercising. Tomorrow morning I get on the scale and see how I did. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous. I feel like, no matter what it says, it won't be the right thing. I mean, if I lose a pound or two then it won't be enough. But if I lose more then I'll think it's just water weight and will come right back on again. Have you ever felt that way? <BR> <... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:54:27 EST gluten = tiredness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080312 Maybe it was that I didn't sleep well last night. Actually, I was hungry. After a while, when it started to really affect my sleep, I got up, went downstairs, and got myself a bowl of cereal. That usually puts me to sleep. I also had a piece of bread. I haven't eaten bread all week. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, when I went out for a morning run, I had no energy. Was it the poor sleep? The bread/wheat? Both? I guess we'll find out as we go along this journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:37:40 EST My former self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079458 I met a woman that reminds me of my former self. I met her a few weeks ago when I started taking my oldest son to his orchestra rehearsals. He meets on Saturday mornings for 1.5 hours. That's plenty of time for me to get in some really good exercise. <BR> <BR> I met her as I was running around a popular running spot. She was walking her dog - going in the opposite direction. Her dog was a pitbull mix. She was thin and very stylishly dressed. As I noticed her, I wished I could still we... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:27:40 EST Exhaustion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079232 So yesterday I learned something new. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my middle child came to work with me in the afternoon. On a normal day, I have a snack of apple and peanut butter at around 3. That snack helps me get through the rest of the afternoon so that I don't eat all the junk food in the house as soon as I get home. I couldn't have that snack yesterday - my son is allergic to peanut butter and apples - so I ate potato chips and frites corn chips when I got home. I'm proud of myself for lim... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:30:48 EST Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077492 I'm cautiously optimistic. It's day three. That means that for the past three days I've been eating and exercising right. I've been trying to lose weight for two years now (!) only to actually gain weight. I've been at day three before. But this time is different. I've been exercising for the past few months. I've been planning my food and figuring out how to eat. I put them together once before for a week - and lost two pounds! But then life intervened and I gained back the two poun... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:11:30 EST Motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076231 Now I'm motivated! I started exercising again. I used to love running. I still do even though it's much harder to run with all these extra pounds on me. But I'm doing it. It just feels so good. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost any weight yet, but my motivation is really high. Some friends of mine at work just lost a bunch of weight. Husband and wife team - they joined weight watchers and the weight really came off! That motivated another friend of mine at work to work on her weight. And lit... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:56:23 EST Laying My Cards On The Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682021 It's a new year and a way to start over with a clean slate. I'm going to start by laying my cards on the table. Here it goes: <BR> <BR> One of the things holding me back is my own confidence - or lack of it. Why do I feel like, no matter what, I'm going to fail? Why do I feel like I'm not worthy? <BR> <BR> I've had so many examples of me working and succeeding at my goals. For example, I have a great education. Thanks to my hard work, I was accepted at a great school on a full tuitio... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:37:24 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4065214 I've been at this weight loss thing for over two months now and I've barely lost five pounds. I've been eating all the right foods. Lots of lean protein, vegetables and some fruit. Low carbs. I've been writing down every single morsel that goes into my mouth and haven't exceeded 1200 calories/day. I've been exercising like crazy. At least 45 minutes/day five days a week of brutal Tae Kwon Do. Been withholding the Diet Sunkist sodas, which I think makes me retain water. Yet the scale doe... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:55:53 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059643 I took a Tae Kwon Do class on Monday night that was filled with only black belts. I just started, so being the only beginner in a class of such experienced folk was really intimidating to me. To add to the intimidation, prior to this class, another beginner had told me she had been in a similar situation and the black belts completely ignored her. And so class started... <BR> <BR> Turns out it was a wonderful workout and a really great experience. The Black Belts were very kind and helpf... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 08:08:49 EST What I've learned So Far.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4051495 For me, I can read it in a book, on a Web page, or someone can tell me, but I don't truly learn it until I experience it. Guess I'm hard-headed. <BR> <BR> So I've learned two big things so far: <BR> 1. It's exercise that makes the weight come off and makes your body look better - and healthier. I've limited my food intake to nearly nothing to no effect. Gotta make the time for exercise. <BR> <BR> 2. Gotta eat BEFORE I get ravenously hungry, else I eat everything in the house! I learne... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 12:38:59 EST On My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4043466 I'm close to losing five pounds! I can't believe it! I've been trying to lose the weight for so long and now I've actually done it and lost a few pounds! It's the exercise - that's the key. The weight wouldn't come off without the exercise. <BR> <BR> And I'm loving the exercise. Just got my yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. (I broke a board with my foot! ) And it just feels so good that I constantly think about class and can't wait to go back. <BR> <BR> I'm on my way and excited about t... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 07:23:23 EST My First Blog Entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4034237 I'll have a photo taken and will post here. Gotta have the before photo, right? <BR> <BR> OK, here's the truth: I've been wanting to lose this excess weight for a very long time. I've been fit most of my life but after the birth of my third child, the weight just stayed on. Shortly after that, when the economy tanked, I was one of the unemployed statistics and my weight really skyrocketed. I thought it would come off naturally, but now, over a year later, I'm still officially overweig... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:00:20 EST