HENLADY11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HENLADY11 HENLADY11'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/ Shingles nerve pain-my husband is doing much better!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250381 Last week I took my husband to University of Cincinnati Medical Center to have a MCS (motor cortex stimulator) implanted inside his head. He has suffered for over a year and a half with searing nerve pain on the upper side of his head that left him disabled-any kind of noise, movement, exertion or stress would make the pain level go up and leave him lying in a dark bedroom with a pillow over his eyes, waiting for the pain medication to kick in. <BR> It was pretty terrifying to have a devic... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:24:26 EST Got over a bad spot and kept going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241876 Had a couple of days where I was tired and depressed and felt overwhelmed by life and everything. My husband has postherpetic neuralgia and it flared up and just grounded him-it drives me nuts to see him hurting and not be able to fix it. I lose my motivation and can't think. <BR> We have been together for over 30 years and what affects one affects the other. It took me a while but I got going again one step at a time. Started drinking my water (does coffee count as water?) planning meals,... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:42:18 EST Learning: not having a plan can wreck your plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236353 Yesterday I was rushing around before work and realized I had nothing to pack for my lunch. No problem, I thought. I can get something at work. <BR> I work evenings so there is a short time window where you can get something from the grill-then it's closed. Things got busy and then it was too late. <BR> Ok, I thought, I'm going to have to go out on my dinner break and get a drive through salad. Then one of my coworkers spoke up. "I'm ordering pizza, do you want some?" <BR> I was so tire... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:53:23 EST Working on the water thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233314 I know that drinking water is good for you and helps weight loss. I have never done very well at it...I don't get thirsty much and I don't like running to the bathroom a lot, especially at work. Confession time-I don't know if I EVER drink 8 cups a day, even in summer. I know that water is a good thing- it helps fill you up, flushes out toxins, keeps you regular, clears your mind, etc. <BR> So I bought a cute water mug-it holds 3 cups and has a matching straw. My goal this week is 6 cups a ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:18:48 EST My Ongoing Chocolate Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229394 Chocolate is my favorite antidepressant. <BR> I know it's loaded with sugar, fat and calories. But when the dark mist of depression/discouragement starts hanging over me I found out that chocolate would energize me and miraculously brighten my outlook. <BR> I come from a family with addictive behavior so it makes me uncomfortable to be dependent on anything to get me through the day. I read that dark chocolate was healthier (less sugar, more antioxidants) so most of the time that's what I p... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:46:42 EST A Breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223866 I was slumped over in front of my IPad reading SP this morning while I waited for the coffee to work its magic when I came across Elizabeth Lowry's article on workout clothes. <BR> I need clothes-badly-but since I gained weight I keep putting off actually buying them. Due to my husband being sick and living out in the country with no stores nearby I just kept saying,"I don't have time." But really I dreaded going to a store and finding out how many styles I DONT fit into. I felt like it w... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:19:51 EST Rethinking my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814779 I guess the question I'm asking myself is-what is really bothering me about my life right now? What is my real motivation for being on Spark. <BR> I'm 53 now, getting older. I don't want to be one of those women who gain a little more and a little more, keep meaning to do something about it and then one day realize that your body is so heavy and out of shape that its making your life miserable. I don't give a damn about looking like Barbie or wearing a bathing suit, my husband actually ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:54:54 EST Strange things to be thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812919 Work has been so fast-paced that I barely had time to think. All day. I barely had time to go in the break room and eat, but that was ok. I had packed lunch and a healthy snack and water so in spite of the stress I was taking care of myself. Mood was ok too. On days like that I have noticed that first I am TOO BUSY and later in the day TOO TIRED to get anxious, so it's actually therapeutic in a way. <BR> On break I noticed a coworker who had brought her lunch;she had a chicken breast and a... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 05:40:28 EST Feeling the anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812347 Had a paper due for school and it took ALL DAY LONG. I'm still fuming. It wasn't that deep or difficult a paper; I was just worked up and anxious and kept looking up one more resource, adding one more thing. School tears me up that way. I want to stop doing that and just focus and get it done, so badly. <BR> Because writing the paper took all day, when my husband texted and asked me to meet him for dinner after work I didn't have much time for exercise, but I hopped on the treadmill and... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:26:33 EST Alright now-let's get serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811795 I have been taking it pretty easy for the last few days of my startup/return to Spark. Today I want to set some goals and see if I can manage to achieve them. I can't keep pampering myself along doing the easy stuff-I lose my self-respect. I also don't want to set myself up for something not doable in my current state. Hmm... <BR> 1-Exercise at least 20 minutes..treadmill and strength training. <BR> 2. drink 8 cups of water. <BR> 3. Plan meals/buy food for healthy meals for next 5 days. <B... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:38:52 EST Moving On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811417 Did not work out yesterday; I ended up getting up at 5 a.m. so I could get the Hub up for work (his first day back at work on new job-yay!) and then get animals taken care of and go vote before work. Polls close too early for me to vote after work, but if you go early you don't even have to wait in line. :) <BR> Work was the usual; a constantly changing stream of stuff to do. Mood stayed pretty good. I have noticed that as the day gets longer, I start to get tired and slow down and it c... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 15:12:21 EST November 2-Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809565 Had a few twinges this morning, nothing major. Walked 2 miles with the Hub; it was a beautiful day with the autumn colors, but cold. Then got on Spark looking for some easy beginner workouts. I did the 7 minute upper body band workout with Coach Nicole and the 12 minute Pilates. Proud of myself for actually getting it done; my brain kept coming up with lame excuses like,"Oh I can't work out right now, I have to clean the birdcage." <BR> I feel good that I DID start working out. <BR> AND I ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:25:04 EST Happy Halloween everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808062 An assessment of where I seem to be now...where I don't plan on staying! <BR> 1. My moods have not been good. I have had episodes of anxiety where I stay awake at night worrying about school assignments and things at work. I had something close to a panic reaction when my manager signed me up for pediatric life support training....the idea of doing CPR on a baby really unnerved me and I would blank out from nervousness just trying to study for it. I have never had a reaction like that be... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:29:54 EST Happy Halloween everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808061 An assessment of where I seem to be now...where I don't plan on staying! <BR> 1. My moods have not been good. I have had episodes of anxiety where I stay awake at night worrying about school assignments and things at work. I had something close to a panic reaction when my manager signed me up for pediatric life support training....the idea of doing CPR on a baby really unnerved me and I would blank out from nervousness just trying to study for it. I have never had a reaction like that be... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:29:53 EST Here Goes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729044 I can't believe it has been MARCH since I last made an entry. 12 hour shifts at night will do that to you. <BR> My manager has said I can move to day shift in August. So that is one thing to look forward to. Day shift at my job is roughly twice the workload...but you can sleep at night and be up in daylight so you feel better. Tradeoff. Hope I can keep up with it. <BR> Husband is finally starting to sleep at night, even when I'm not home. He has also started walking with our dogs on t... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:44:49 EST be aware of the obstacles; don't let them stop you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650833 that's my message to myself today. <BR> Life is like the Great Balancing Act of 2014. My husband is retired and likes us to do stuff together. I have a job that requires a lot. I work at night so my sleep cycle gets regularly scrambled. I like to eat healthy food with fish and veggies; my darling beloved loves to eat what I refer to as "the food of death", the stuff high in white flour, sugar and salt. <BR> right now we are both sleep-deprived and grumpy. He has been having insomnia pret... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:13:49 EST Still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618736 I had a day off yesterday and it was good. I did a medicine ball workout, only 1 set because I'm not in shape, but still it was 20 minutes of maneuvers with a medicine ball. Good core exercise. I'm a little sore today but not too sore to enjoy life or go to work tonight. I guess that was my goal. Workout enough to start burning off some calories but not be miserable the next day. <BR> When I was younger I would have made fun of such small efforts but when I was younger I didn't think I... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 15:16:47 EST this is NOT a setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618024 I set my first weeks goals really, really low. Drink 6 cups of water a day and journal on SparkPeople every day. Well, I missed a day yesterday. In the past I would have been really mad at myself and down on myself, but I'm going to focus on what happened, recalibrate my plan and move on. <BR> It was a busy day yesterday. That's just a fact of life right now. I worked till 7 am, had to sleep till 2pm, got up, took care of animals, made a smoothie and took my husband to his PT appointment.... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:37:39 EST Digging for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615946 ON2VICTORY-a really inspiring Spark blogger-posted some good thoughts about finding your passion, what will keep you going. Anyone can "start a diet" or "start working out". The trick is finding out what will keep you going. <BR> So today I'm pondering what makes me want to do this. Some of the reasons: <BR> -I'm a nurse. Every day I see people, ordinary good people, who are in the hospital with conditions that probably could have been avoided if they had eaten a healthier diet and kept ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:16:11 EST Blogging it out: I need a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614873 Life happens. I started working nights, husband had knee problems, I started back to school. Job looked uncertain, work schedule kept changing, husband's knee got worse. Had to withdraw from class. Holidays came with family love and family stress. New at work so I got to work on all the holidays. Husband's knee became so bad he had knee replacement. Started class again in February. <BR> I fell back into my old way of coping with stress-eating too much, and eating a lot of junk. Now,... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:40:44 EST 5K on Sunday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517371 Work and life have been interfering with my schedule of training but today I was determined to get in a good workout. Did 3.25 miles on the treadmill-woohoo!! <BR> Last year I ran in the Komen 5K. It was the first time for me. I had been running and walking on the treadmill so I figured I could do the distance. <BR> Well, I finished-barely. I realized right away that training on the treadmill had not gotten me in good enough shape. We were running on pavement! and on HILLS! and it wa... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:32:44 EST Night shift: Doable but different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513555 Still working out how to keep a healthy lifestyle, not overeat, exercise regularly and still see my husband and have a life while working all night and sleeping till afternoon. <BR> Husband is adjusting better-at first we just really missed seeing each other, but he's getting pretty good at doing his projects and running the house while I'm asleep. <BR> Sunday is the 5K I've been talking myself into for months. I started doing the SP 5K Your Way walk/job program and was progressing pret... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:42:13 EST night shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462238 Just finished my first 2 nights in a row, 7p to 7a. Its going to be tough. Being sleepy seems to trigger that idiot part of my brain that keeps whining,"if I EAT something I will feel less tired..." <BR> Which is not, not NOT true. I know that. Eating does NOT make me less tired, it makes me full. <BR> I have really got to watch out for that. Also being sleepy seems to make me want to eat carbohydrates a lot more, but most of the weight I've gotten rid of was because the Hub and I ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:37:10 EST First day back at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438178 the hospital I'm working at has a BIG emphasis on keeping healthy and will even give you a better rate on your insurance if you get regular physicals and lab work. <BR> but in orientation they had a bowl of candy for every two people, sitting on the conference table. By the grace of God I didn't eat any but those peppermints and Tootsie rolls were calling my name by the end of day! Then, on one of the breaks, the leader URGED us all to go downstairs and get cake and soda they had set out... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:54:53 EST More of a Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436441 I have a job! Starting tomorrow I'm in orientation....then next week I start working night shift. I am really really glad to be working again. <BR> the hard part is going to be maintaining weight loss and workouts on night shift. I am determined to make it work. I used to be a major "stress eater" at work but I don't want to go back to that. <BR> Got to get used to staying up all night again....I haven't done that for a long time. I've been following ON2VICTORY's blog for a while, he... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:31:29 EST Keep on keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429529 According to the 5K YourWay calendar, you should do the walk/jog intervals one day and then rest or cross-train the next day. due to weather, family issues etc. I ended up "resting" 2-3 days in between each session. but even so, on the third session I noticed my legs and breathing were recovering a little better than they had before. <BR> Doing some weights today to keep a little upper body strength building, then tomorrow starting walk 3 minutes, jog 1.5 minutes, 5 times. <BR> <BR> A... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:04:41 EST Getting started for a 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420242 So today I started on the SP couch to 5K program. My dog Melody and I did 5 intervals of walk 4 minutes/jog at least 1 minute. My husband and HIS dog walked their 2 miles. And it didn't rain! <BR> The 5K I have my eye on is the Susan G. Komen in October. That is around 10 weeks from now, so even a procrastinator with confidence issues (like me) should be able to get in shape for it. <BR> I like the SP workout because it steps up the time/distance very gradually. Previously I have tri... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:48:58 EST Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404355 Had an interview Wednesday. I think the interview went pretty well, but I was so screamingly nervous all day Tuesday, stressing about what to wear and looking stuff up to prepare myself. Did manage to get through it all without overeating much. My exercise routine suddenly fell apart but I'm going to get back on it. Exercise is part of what is helping me cope with stress. <BR> Husband had a PSA that was elevated and his doctor is going to do a biopsy. So we are both pretty nervous and... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:37:12 EST Things are finally getting better in a LOT of ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398164 and I am sooo thankful. <BR> <BR> I am still unemployed. Updated my resume, visited and/or applied online to everywhere I could think of. <BR> Any of you who have been unemployed know what a black hole of rejection that is. I told my husband I was determined NOT to get overweight and depressed just because I didn't have a job. I kept working out-exercise really kept my endorphins from dropping-and I started tracking everything I ate, even if it wasn't a healthy choice. (Turns out ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:33:19 EST dealing with it-unemployment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333703 yesterday I posted about the stress of working with someone who doesn't like me and keeping grounded in reality and not letting it get to me. in the morning I was called into the office and informed I would not be needed in that position. <BR> Yep, I'm being let go. I knew things were bad but not that bad. <BR> My mind is still reeling. I was offered a chance to work 12-hour shifts on the hospital floor-after being an office worker for a year and a half. Or I can go file for unempl... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:36:12 EST managing my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332555 I work with someone on Wednesdays and Fridays who dislikes me. Unfortunately she is the manager of the department. <BR> That sounds sooo grade school..."waaah, she doesn't want to be my friend...". Well, after gritting my teeth and telling myself all the excuses like,"she didn't meant that/she was having a bad day/when she sees how hard I work she will change/her family is driving her nuts."....I'm old enough now to deal in reality, and the reality is, she doesn't like me, and its been l... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:01:59 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331310 I am going to: <BR> -Drink at least 8 cups of water <BR> -eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegs <BR> -workout at least 30 minutes (done) <BR> -MANAGE MY MIND: watch for the negative lies that crop up and try to push me back into my safe little pudgy overweight cave. If I manage my mind and remind myself of reality it should be a pretty good day no matter what happens. <BR> <BR> The mental part really is the hardest part, isn't it? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:46:31 EST one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326017 Well I'm back. Hopefully. I get pretty cynical sometimes. But anyway, I did get up this morning and since I was having a lot of trouble getting excited about my usual routine (because it is dark and raining outside and it makes me want to just go lie on the couch and snooze...don't go there..) I found Spark had a new workout from Canyon Ranch, only 20 minutes. Canyon Ranch is usually way beyond my level but I figured, 20 minutes... <BR> Canyon Ranch is STILL a bit much, I just don't have a... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:40:27 EST Boston Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324770 spent the last 30 minutes watching and reading about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I am just numb with shock and outrage and horror. At a public event that celebrates life and health and the triumph of the human spirit over the physical body.....WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING???? <BR> <BR> Trying to get myself grounded enough to go to work and function. <BR> <BR> Oh Boston and all my brother and sisters who run....my heart goes out to you. Stay strong. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:53:10 EST how committed am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295820 Spark had a good article about checking your level of commitment to living the way you know is best for you. I read it and am thinking it over. I'm somewhere between slight committed and fully committed. This week I didn't track my food and I'm annoyed with myself about it but there you are-I didn't. Mostly because I didn't WANT to enter all those tortilla chips and see how many calories they are!! <BR> BUT-I did get up every day, Monday through Friday-and exercise. Monday, Wednesday a... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:39:19 EST good news/bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284822 I have had a cold since the weekend, and for the past 2 days it has really drained me. I swear I keep hearing my mother's voice in my ear,"Starve a fever, feed a cold..." It's weird how your mind will play tricks like that trying to get you to take off the brakes and go eat a lot. <BR> I haven't done great on my food plan but I haven't done terrible. We had a med supply rep at our office today doing a demo, and he had brought Panera bagels and several kinds of cream cheese. (Evidently ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:37:22 EST Being honest with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282078 For the past 2 weeks, I've been tracking my food and eating healthy good stuff.....most of the time. Unless something upsets me, where I suddenly indulge myself with something. I've been doing 10 minutes of SparkVideos here, 15 minutes of walking there. Unless I get tired/sleepdeprived/have a cold/don't plan ahead enough/feel sore. You get the pattern. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stop lying to myself. The reality is, I'm not doing it consistently enough to really make a difference. I was... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:33:37 EST Spark People videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265560 This week I'm trying out the SparkPeople videos. Most of them are pretty beginner-level so they are right where I'm at. Today I was tired and short on time so I tried the Yoga Fusion, which was ok; yoga with some extra moves. <BR> The feature I like the most is when you finish you can click on the tracker button at the bottom and it will calculate the calories you burned and add it to the Fitness Tracker. <BR> Now, some of the easy videos don't burn a lot; less than 100 calories doesn't... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:29:30 EST Anyone else have to deal with shingles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258347 Of all things, I had an outbreak of shingles. <BR> Not a severe one. Small patch on the back of my leg, along with that "viral" feeling I get-very tired and draggy. <BR> Got started on the valacyclovir and today-back to work. <BR> <BR> Anybody else out there have to deal with shingles? This is my third outbreak-I have had the shingles vaccine but it is 50% effective and apparantly I'm not in the 50%. Supposedly shingles means your body's immune system is down-but I've been feeling reall... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:43:15 EST knocked down by depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242410 I've had to battle with depression from time to time during my life; it's really gotten bad sometimes as I get older. I've seen a counselor but so far have not been on any medication for it. I say so far because I may have to someday; all of them have side effects and I would like to avoid that. <BR> The past 2 weeks have been very cold, weather has been overcast with no sunshine, my job is changing with new administration, I really don't like some of my work at all and wish I could chang... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:34:46 EST learning as I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216197 If it was easy, we'd all be thin......wouldn't we.....:) <BR> <BR> Well, eating went off track this week several times. My job was being audited, and anytime you have a government inspector with a clipboard walking around it makes all of us screamingly nervous. Two of my coworkers (Weight Watchers members) were eating chocolate at the desk; one of them said wonderingly,"I went downstairs to get a side salad and I have no idea how I ended up with this taco salad with cheese..." I know ex... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:05:08 EST Learning how to deal with "the downshift" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197403 I have felt this before. Whenever I actually get started on eating less and moving more, I feel pretty happy about all the possibilities...I might be able to wear nice looking clothes, not be so tired, less achy joints...and then it hits. I call it "the downshift" because it reminds me of what happens if you're driving a stickshift car and accidentally put it in first or second gear. Wham! suddenly the forward movement slows to a crawl. <BR> My brain starts feeling sluggish and foggy, m... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:49:07 EST I really love SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194344 There are so many good things on this site...the people, the plans, videos, recipes...if I come home from work and I'm having a bad day it really helps to get on SP and see how everyone else is doing. <BR> Part of my plan is to eat 5 fruits and veggies a day. It's a simple thing but it turned out to be surprisingly hard. Never realized how little veggies I eat! <BR> So I had cooked a pumpkin (not something I usually buy, it was from our garden) and had all this cooked pumpkin puree i... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:57:03 EST "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180868 Got that from another Sparkperson this morning. A great thought for the day. <BR> <BR> I'm psyching myself up to get back on track and begin eating mindfully, exercising regularly and getting in shape for another busy year. What I've learned from Sparkpeople is that most of the game is mental. <BR> I can have a good menu plan, get up early and exercise, remember to bring a bottle of water to work, have at least one healthy snack on hand somewhere, but if I'm stressed/depressed/anxious/... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:36:55 EST