HLOCHRIDGE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HLOCHRIDGE HLOCHRIDGE'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/ Fell off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757455 It's been a tough couple of weeks and I hate to admit that I've fallen off the wagon somewhat. What with our house being broken into, losing my job and just various car issues, I'm surprised that I haven't put on ten pounds. I haven't been exercising like I need but I still have been pretty decent about eating, if not healthier, at least in moderation. It'll get better but please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers!!! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:13:53 EST Beautiful Weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739929 I hope this beautiful weather lasts for a while because it makes going for walks at lunch much more enjoyable!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:16:56 EST Another Pound Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738455 Slow and steady wins the race! And it is definitely slow going! Just gotta keep doing a little better in what I'm doing! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:12:57 EST Hopes Everyone Has a Great Weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736572 Just remember that YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:44 EST Needs Motivation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735181 Thanks for all your support these past few weeks! I'm trying and trying to be good but it's getting so hard! I've slipped a few times but all in all, I'm still at it!!!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:09:26 EST Nothing New to Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734395 Keep on Keeping on!!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:53:31 EST Hopes Everyone Had a Wonderful Holiday Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733663 Now that it's over, I can look back and be proud of myself for having the willpower to eat better and not to overindulge!!!!! (AND STILL HAVE A FUN WEEKEND!!!) <BR> <BR> Plus I got some exercise in by walking all the nursery babies yesterday in church! :D Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:36:35 EST Doing Better Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731172 Still stressed but doing better today! Church last night and talking with friends helped tremendously. Thanks for all the comments and thoughts! Since it's so BEAUTIFUL here today and NO HUMIDITY, totally thinking about walking at lunchtime!!! :D Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:19:02 EST Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730403 I screwed up at work and am in danger of losing my job. It's my own fault. I'm so unhappy at my job and it is showing in my performance. I can't afford to lose my job (WHO CAN?!?!?!?!). My stomach has been in knots since my boss called me in his office yesterday morning. I'm positive that I can fix the situation but I really think it's time for me to find something that I'm happy with doing. And it's not legal secretary work. Thank you! I'M NOT GOING TO LET THIS INTERFERE WITH THE PRO... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:11:37 EST I've Reached a Goal!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728918 I weighed myself Saturday morning and I've finally reached one of my goals...........I'm under 200. Weighed in at 198.4. It's not much but it made my day!!!!! I also am a few inches down in my chest size, waist and hip size. I'm so happy!!!!! I've got a ways to go yet until I'm at a good size for my height but I'm proud!!!!! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:25:06 EST Make it Count Whenever You Can!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726461 Trips to the courthouse for work can turn into workouts! Make it count whenever you can! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:48:32 EST Not Much To Say Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725465 Not much new to report but I do hope all my Spark friends have a great day! Keep pushing yourself and don't give up!!! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:58:02 EST Still At It!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724760 It's slow hard work but it's worth it in the end!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:50:29 EST Happy Monday to All!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723959 Let's make it a great week!!! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:21:35 EST I Hope Everyone Has a Great Weekend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721966 We can do this (even on the weekend)!!!!!! Get out and walk, swim or bike with the kids, stop snacking and eat smaller portions!!! WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:16:09 EST Slow Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721246 I'm not the most patient person in the world so this slow weight loss is KILLING ME!!!! LOL <BR> I'm pretty much holding steady right now. I've been eating healthier but have slacked on the exercise. So it has come to my attention that YES, I do HAVE to exercise in order to lose. Man, I was so hoping that I wouldn't have to put as much effort into it! Just kidding!!!!! Back to the treadmill I will go!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!!! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:32:11 EST Keep on Keeping on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720489 Nothing new to report!!!!! Still at it and trying my best! <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:27:19 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719764 It seems to me that now my body is getting used to what it can and cannot have. The minute I eat anything that isn't as good for me as it should be, my body lets me know quickly "HEY!!!! Don't eat that again!" <BR> The cravings still hit but now I know NOT to give in because my body tells me otherwise! LOL Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:14:43 EST A New Week for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718956 Made it through the birthday/Father's Day weekend without too much drama. Didn't get the exercise I wanted but did manage to not eat everything in sight! Was able to make Rachel's birthday cake and have her birthday without overindulging. I didn't lose a whole lot this past week BUT I didn't gain any so that make me happy! I hope everyone has a great week!! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:13:39 EST Have A Great Weekend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717062 Not much to say today but I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!! Don't let the weekend mess up any progress that you have made! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:52:44 EST WOW, almost four weeks into it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716338 It's been four weeks of ups and downs!!! Exercise and eating healthy is something you just have to do! No one can do it for you and despite what the commercials say, there's really no other way to lose the weight! We'll see how the next four weeks go! As always, prayers and thoughts are appreciated! Thanks for all the support! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:04:06 EST Feeling Good Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715582 Yesterday while out with my daughters celebrating Rachel's 5th birthday, I decided to stop at Salvation Army Thrift store. Found a couple of items I had been looking for and GUESS WHAT?!!?!?!?! I was able to get just a 1x in the shirt instead of a 2x which is what I usually have been wearing and the capri jeans I got were a size 18 and fit rather comfortably. Usually I would freak over size 18 but I was heading towards a 20 or 22 so I'm happy right now. Going to get the size 18 down and a... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:14:50 EST Another Week Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714063 It's been a little over three weeks since starting this new me and I've had some ups and downs but it hasn't been as bad as normal. Got a hard week to go through because I'm going to be busy throwing a 5-year-old's birthday party and part of the problem is going to be getting through this party without eating everything in sight! LOL <BR> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:13:43 EST I'm So Ashamed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711974 I fell off the wagon this morning and I'm so beating myself up right now. Instead of taking my little breakfast bar from home and eating it for breakfast, I stopped at McDonalds and grabbed two breakfast burritos because my stomach was growling and I just knew I was starving. I know mishaps happen but I CHOSE TO DO THIS!!! I can go walking and eat better this evening but I'm just furious with myself. I swore that I wouldn't do this to myself and I slipped up! I'm getting so frustrated an... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:31:48 EST Here's to Hoping the Bad Weather is Just a Rumor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711152 I was REALLY hoping to go walking at lunchtime!!! <BR> I just might have to get on the treadmill tonight!!! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:24:52 EST Nothing New to Add but I'm Still Plodding Along!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710384 So I haven't been walking in the mornings lately! Laziness has been an issue at 5 a.m. but I have been getting some exercise in while at work - either by walking to and from the courthouse or central records for work or just walking at lunchtime in the fresh air. Once I get up and get on the treadmill, I'm ok; it's just the getting out of bed. I don't know what's wrong. You'd think that when I wake up in the middle of the night because I can't sleep, I'd just get up and walk then but NNOO... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:30:39 EST Not Quite the Exercise I Had Hoped For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709596 Ended up getting a little exercise in because I ran my mouth at my daughter's daycare too long and was late for work, so I sprinted from my car into the office in order to try to get there on time! Going to do some walking at lunchtime!! I've been lazy in the mornings and haven't been getting on the treadmill at home at 5AM!!!! <BR> It's much more enjoyable to just go walking at lunchtime down Main Street downtown - I get to do people watching at the same time PLUS fresh air!!!! <BR> Have ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:41:25 EST A New Week / A New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708753 Here's to a good week!!!!! Eating healthy and exercising!!!! I hope everyone has a great week! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:33:11 EST Got some unexpected exercise in today! WHOO HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707548 Went to the YMCA today to pay the rest of the money on Rachel's birthday party and Rachel decided she wanted to go and play in the kid's room, so I thought what the heck, I'll go and get some exercise in!!!!! <BR> Ended up on the eliptical for 4 minutes; exercise bike for 10 and then the treadmill for 10 more. Wanted to do 20 on the treadmill but my legs started burning. <BR> BTW, got some unexpected exercise in yesterday when I had to go TWICE to pick up some documents at Central Records f... Sat, 31 May 2014 15:21:50 EST It's Friday - Can I keep up this healthy eating and exercise this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706657 OF COURSE I CAN!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Keep me in your thoughts and prayers this weekend as I try to keep this up! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Fri, 30 May 2014 09:30:08 EST Hello Exercise, It's Me Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705907 Continuing my journey to healthy! I walked on the treadmill this morning but only for 15 instead of 20 minutes because my legs wouldn't stop hurting. Usually I can just walk it out but today I had to stop three times and then finally just ended the walk at 15 minutes. I'm upset with myself but not enough to give up. I know I'm going to have ups and downs and it's not going to be easy. I just have to keep telling myself that this is not just something I WANT but it's something I NEED!!!!!... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:58:04 EST Trying so hard to be good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705068 I'm getting so frustrated. I'm trying the best I can to eat right and to exercise. Wed, 28 May 2014 09:47:47 EST Not Sure About These Long Holiday Weekends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704256 Well, I didn't completely blow it this weekend. I didn't get much exercise in and I ate a few things I shouldn't have but all in all, I didn't do too bad. I didn't drink any soft drinks and I didn't do any snacking in between meals. I also tried to eat smaller portions of what I did eat. <BR> That's enough about the past! I got back on the treadmill this morning and it wasn't as bad as it had been last week. I was able to walk faster and get a little more mileage in! :D <BR> Also my p... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:13:25 EST One Week Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701348 This is my 8th day of eating healthy and exercising! Don't know if it's done any good but I'm still going! Thanks to all for the encouraging words! It helps more than you know! Fri, 23 May 2014 09:25:49 EST Back on the Treadmill today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700833 I did get a workout yesterday in spite of not getting up early to walk on the treadmill so that's good! :D <BR> Got back on the treadmill this morning, sore legs and all! <BR> Don't know where my personal life is headed right at the moment, but I'm bound and determined not to let it affect my workouts or eating habits! Got to lose this weight regardless! Thu, 22 May 2014 13:42:12 EST Not a great day but I will make it better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699839 Bad day started last night with a fight with the husband! Didn't get my treadmill workout this morning but already have plans to go walking again at lunchtime. (Got 1.9 miles in yesterday afternoon! :D) Still eating better, smaller portions and bringing my lunch, so I haven't fallen off the wagon, in spite of drama! I have church tonight and get to love on all my little ones so I'll be ok. This too shall pass!!!!! Wed, 21 May 2014 09:10:34 EST Here's to a good Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699100 Still at it!!!! Walked on the treadmill! Ate a healthy breakfast! Brought my lunch instead of hitting a fast food place, read the Bible with Esther and all in all had a good morning getting myself and the girls ready to leave this morning!!!! <BR> Cravings for sweets are still strong but I am determined not to fall off the wagon this time!!! Tue, 20 May 2014 09:47:46 EST Trying once again to get my life (and weight) in shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698237 So after talking to my sister Thursday night and crying about trying on a dress and being so upset because I looked like a whale, she was like get on the damn treadmill! So I started Friday morning (once again). Walked 20 minutes! Go me!!! Since then, I've walked 20 minutes Saturday morning and then again 20 minutes this morning (Monday)! <BR> Also I've started the Ketogenic diet (recommended to me by my sister). Trying to cut down on the carbs! I think I've done pretty good so far! ... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:22:24 EST Day 9 of the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675666 Well day 8 didn't go as I planned. I'm not going to make any excuses for it but it just wasn't a good day exercise wise. I did make a few runs at work so I got some walking in. Breakfast and lunch were same old same old. I did however try something new for dinner. Kids were eating fishsticks and rice and I was waiting for DH to come home, so I thought I'd try something not real different but a little different. I was looking through my fridge looking for some leftovers when I saw taco m... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:28:41 EST Day 7 of the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671820 A week! WHOO HOO!!!! I've lasted a week! **happy dance** <BR> Was able to go out late this morning and do some walking while working! : <BR> Had to go get this filed with courthouse and pick up documents so I decided to work out while doing it!!! <BR> We will see how this next week goes!! Hopefully it will be just as good as this past week!!! <BR> Still drinking the water and trying to portion my foods!!! <BR> Wish me luck with my coming week!! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 16:43:38 EST Day 6 of the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669366 Well I didn't get up at 5 a.m. and go on the treadmill - I looked at the clock when I was awakened at 4:30 and just decided I COULDN'T do it! BUT, I took my tennis shoes to work and I went for a walk at lunchtime. Went on a 30 minute brisk walk. It was nice. Cool outside but okay to walk in. <BR> Probably going to do the walking at lunch today, Wednesday and Friday and 30 minutes going up and down the stairs at work Tuesday and Thursday!!!! Work out some different muscles in my body fo... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 17:27:52 EST Day 5 of the rest of my life - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667265 I did end of walking this afternoon - all the way around our block. Ended up being roughly 1.4 miles. So that was pretty good. My legs are still sore from Friday so I didn't run any. Just a brisk walk. <BR> Still doing the water thing. So that's helping loads. <BR> Thanks for all the well-wishes this past week. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!!!!! <BR> <BR> Here's to week 2!!! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:58:58 EST Day 5 of the rest of my life - part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666136 Going to do some major walking later this afternoon - around the block but I did get some exercise in while doing laundry, dishes, and sweeping and mopping the floor. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I found something out this morning - you know you need to lose your belly when you realize that something you wore the past couple days has rubbed your c-section scar raw and it is getting tender and sore. 2 1/2 years AFTER the c-section!!!!! <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Still t... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:44:46 EST Day 4 of the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664935 Didn't do treadmill today because my legs were hurting so bad from walking down the stairs at work yesterday due to someone pulling the fire alarm! <BR> I have been watching what I eat, controlling my portions, no snacking and drinking lots of water!!! <BR> Going to try to get some walking in tomorrow. If it's nice enough, I'm going to walk around the block instead of doing the treadmill. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:12:16 EST Day 3 of the rest of my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661506 Day three! Whoo hoo!!! <BR> Treadmill again this morning but only did 20 minutes of fast walking and 1 minute of running!! Legs were hurting! Had the Cheerios again for breakfast, plus a small glass of milk earlier with an even smaller amount of chocolate syrup. <BR> I'm a little disappointed because I feel bloated and I'm not sure if it's due to all the water I'm drinking. Plus, I constantly have to go to the bathroom. I was hoping that doing the treadmill in the morning would make ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:23:11 EST Day 2 of the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660043 Day two and I'm still at it. Did another 25 minutes on the treadmill. It was harder to get up this morning than yesterday and now I'm feeling so tired I could fall asleep at work. Doing ok on the diet, I think. Cheerios again for breakfast!! A pretty decent lunch and dinner last night and same lunch today. No snacking so far!! :) <BR> Keep your fingers crossed that I can continue this!!! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:30:30 EST Day 1 of the rest of my life!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656626 First attempt at blogging on here!!!! <em>249</em> <BR> Last night I was inspired by The Biggest Loser and their motto this season of "no excuses." I realized that I have run out of them!!!!!! <em>198</em> <BR> Got up this morning at 5 a.m. and jumped on the treadmill - 23 1/2 minutes of fast walking, 1 1/2 minute of running (I was out of breath and dying by the time I had only 20 seconds to go LOL) and 1 minute of cool down. WHOO HOO! I did it! <em>104</em> <BR> Traded my Toaster... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:53:28 EST