HERBIELADYBUG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HERBIELADYBUG HERBIELADYBUG'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/ Checking in and Getting back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955676 It has been a long time since I have checked in. I have been sidetracked by life, school, work and grandchildren. But I'm back and I am more determined to get on this journey of getting healthy. I spent the weekend with a very amazing woman. She is 81 years old and she gets around better than I do at 47. I've had enough of this. I'm carrying too much weight on these old bones and I need to get back on track. Of all days to start, July 4th; Independence Day! This is the day I become ind... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 04:29:59 EST Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334616 Staying motivated when it seems like your efforts just aren't showing the results you expected, can be difficult. You have to remember, in most cases, you didn't put the weight on over night. It most like took years to get into the shape you are in. It was that way for me. It happened over a twenty year period. I had four children during that time and gained weight with each pregnancy. I was so focused on being a mother, I didn't really pay close attention to my weight. Now that I am o... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:22:36 EST Cold Season Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297497 The very end of the cold season and wouldn't you know it...I finally get a cold. Boy does it derail a wonderful week of eating right and exercising. Last weekend I felt like I was on top of the world. Long walks, bike riding and hitting the gym several times. Then boom...it hit me. I caught a miserable cold. The aches and pains, sniffles and coughing and the headache from you know where, has derailed my wonderful week of triumph. I wont let it derail my journey, but boy it sure put a ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:38:33 EST Feelings of the past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288720 As a child and even as a teen I was very fit and always on the go. When my career took off I stopped most activities. Sitting behind a desk didn't help the situation. Now, realizing that I am so far out of shape I don't recognize myself in the mirror, I am trying to make up for lost time. In the recent past when I would start an exercise program, I would go out walking, riding or playing in the park with my children. I would feel sluggish, foolish even, because I was so out of shape. Bu... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:50:33 EST Get moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281276 Today I was up before dawn and a little unsure if I could do what I set out to do, but all I kept focusing on was to get moving. My original goal was to ride my bike up to the coffee shop just down the road. I felt that it was attainable so I felt pretty confident in that. Then as we sat there at the coffee shop, I thought well the local park is only two miles away. Once we arrived at the park, I was invigorated. I was feeling very confident at that point. Then my husband mentioned that... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:35:40 EST Creative ways to eat healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278687 Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring or unsatisfying. You just have to be creative. Take pizza for example. Don't go out and try to eat a small slice of plain boring cheese pizza. Stay home, buy some Flatouts, an assortment of fresh veggies and some low fat cheese. You can have a delicious homemade pizza for under 300 calories. If you want meat, use ground turkey and season it up. If you are in the mood for a burger, try ground turkey mixed with some fresh herbs, onions and cilant... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:25:59 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277120 This has been a slow but steady journey for me. I have gotten side tracked a few times due to "life" but I am back and more dedicated than ever. My lesson through this is to just get started. Once you start moving, you will want to keep going. I want to be there for my children and grand children. I want to encourage others to do the same. Don't just sit there. GET STARTED! You will be so happy that you did. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:02:37 EST