HLPRATT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HLPRATT HLPRATT'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/ Weight and Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378758 Yesterday I got on the scale and saw a dreaded number- too much for me. I've got to get back with it. Mainly I need to control my eating and stop all the snacking. I just find it hard to be so disciplined with my eating since I've always been able to eat whatever I wanted. That is all in the past though now that I'm over 50. Your metabolism changes and if you're honest with yourself you acknowledge it. I would like to ignore it-(I'm not that over weight) But my clothes are tight and it... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:34:25 EST running vs biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352091 Tommorrow is the Iron Mom in Paducah. I ran the 13 miles the 1st year and last year I did half of it in a relay with my daughter. This will be the third year and I'm not doing it- boo hoo. It just doesn't fit into my schedule and I'm not in shape enough either. I need to find a good 5k and spend a little time getting ready for it. I've been biking which I really love but I'm less in shape for running/walking now. I use my bike to run errands and just for exercise. Lately I've had a dog... Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:23 EST Walking the Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243005 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411419938.jpg">In the fall we had a new puppy appear in our yard. SHe's a yellow lab and fits in great with our other dogs. We've been calling her destructo dog due to her constant chewing. We have looked around and wonder why we have three dogs. I have been wondering and working on walking 3 dogs. We have 30 acres but I don't want them running away from me <BR> A new dog adds a whole new aspect to the dog mix. Recently with much... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 15:04:14 EST Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177552 I felt very lucky this Christmas to have my daughter from Amsterdam home for Christmas. And Maddy my younger daughter was also home from college. Also my work schedule was pretty sweet just by happenstance. The one bummer was being sick. It lasted about a week and didn't keep me in the bed, but after shopping or cooking I was wiped out. I am finally gradually feeling better with less congestion and coughing. Thank goodness for medications. <BR> The day after Christmas we saw a few in... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:20:21 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142956 I have so much to be thankful for. I have a good job that I love and a husband who can fix anything- (he just took apart the microwave door when the latch broke and has identified the defective part) My two daughters are both beautiful and independent. We have 3 beautiful dogs and 6 cats and egg laying hens. I love our land and our connection to you. Ky is such beautiful place. My mom is 96 and doing well. I have all my siblings and beautiful neices and nephews. And friends that we e... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:24:32 EST Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109366 How to stay out of the halloween candy? Well I'm not buying any but I still crave it. Show me some free candy and I will succomb to my cravings. I wish it was a simple matter of willpower. It's just so much more complicated than that. It just seems like temptations are everywhere. I constantly have to deny myself and sometimes I just get tired of doing that. <BR> I try to find for myself things I really like- that I can induldge in. Those things are out there. It's just a matter ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 02:00:53 EST Off the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066141 My weight is back to where it was before I lost 15lbs. This dissapoints me but I'm trying to stay loyal to spark people and trying to watch what I eat. I feel like I'm just a step or two away from totally letting myself go. I've been exercising but it seems like part of the time, I'll blow it off just because I don't feel like doing it. I love to cook and do better if I eat my food but there are so many temptations at work. And I hate to track my food. UUUghhh! Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:33:47 EST Green green everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788100 Spring has come to western KY suddenly it seems. It's been in the 70's and 80's. Everything is blooming and my allergies know it. All the weeds are growing. I hate this clogged up feeling in my head. Spring tends to make me tired. Maybe it's the allergies or maybe it's the thought of cutting the grass. It has been good weather though, to get out with the dogs and on the bike. No more staying inside. <BR> I tried a new irish dish tonight in honor of st patrick's day. I love the luck ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:53:10 EST Welcome back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575272 Okay I haven't logged into spark people for a good six months and I'm glad to be back here. I've missed it. I like the changes to the food tracker. I have tried to stay active and eat healthy in the mean time. I did a half marathon in June in 3hrs that I was proud of myself for. I have gained a little weight and have been guilty of a bit of mindless eating. Halloween did me in. I ate so much candy that I knew I had to get back to spark people. I've had enough laffy taffy and chocolate... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 20:42:20 EST End of an Era http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255031 Today my baby is 21. Where did all those years go? I loved being at home with the kids. I was lucky to be able to be at home and to take care of them during those early years. We had good friends and our kids got to play and grow up together. I always liked to watch Oprah when I cooked supper. It was a special show and I treasured that time. It's hard to believe that all that is over. My baby is grown up and the Oprah show is ending. All good things must come to an end. I loved it w... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:20:31 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224869 I really love the show Biggest Loser but I have a problem with it. They make it look as though you can exercise the weight off. They have little emphasis on meals but I guess that's understandable in TV land. Meals are sure not so action packed. I really believe that weight loss is 85% food intake and maybe 15% activity. I just know that I can consume quickly and thoughtlessly so many more calories than I am able to burn off. Exercise and activity are important for good health. Activit... Wed, 11 May 2011 08:25:37 EST Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222614 Because of all the rain the date of the Iron Mom half marathon in Paducah has been changed to June. So that made me start thinking that I might be able to participate. On the date of the race I don't have to work until 1pm. So after some foot dragging, I contacted someone else that had expressed an intrest and made a date for the race. I know afterwards I'll be glad I did. <BR> I'm really not much of a runner at all. If anything I'm a slow jogger or a fast walker. I wish I liked runn... Tue, 10 May 2011 09:45:25 EST rain rain rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193534 We have had about 10 inches of rain in the last 5 days. All the rivers are rising. I complain about our wet yard but on tv I see people with lakes surrounding their houses and many people are sandbagging. So we are lucky ones. No flooded house or tornado damage. I even got a bike ride in yesterday before the rainstorm. Will be happy for some drier weather soon though. <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:13:30 EST new job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167728 I have started a new job after taking a vacation and so spark people and logging food hasn't been happening. The new job is a stressful one without a regular schedule so I wonder how it will affect my eating. I have been staying on the exercise routine pretty well. For some reason I don't have as much problem with that. I have realized that exercise is a wonderful stress reliever. <BR> Also the food at the new job is free but not as healthful as I would like. I'll just have to find ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 12:03:07 EST Logging Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107007 Exercising is not as hard for me as controlling my eating. I hate to log my food. I mainly try to eat healthy and I don't mind doing that. I always feel better if what I eat is good for me (and tastes good too). But that discipline of writing everything or logging everything is just too much. It can be very enlightening though when you do it. Some of these restaurant foods are criminal in the amount of calories and other things they contain. I have to fault the restaurant industry at l... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:57:59 EST Exercising inertia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4057805 I have been feeling this exercise inertia for a while. It's just hard to get myself to class or on the treadmill or outside. It feels like a huge hill to climb, to just get started. After I do, I'm glad I did and I can go longer that I thought. Step and Zumba class both are fun and anything outside is great. I am exercising. But sometimes I blow it off, after I had even planned to do it. I enjoy blowing it off and only feel mildly guilty. I kind of blame winter doldrums for it. <BR>... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:26:57 EST Warm Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025191 Thank goodness for some warm weather. I walked the dogs both weekend days last weekend and this week has been warm. The upcoming weekend looks promising too for dog walking. The ground has been slowly drying up. It has been a muddy mess but is slowly improving. Not that I think winter is over, but it is nice to go outside and see some sun. <BR> Getting to exercise is slowly getting better too. I still dread it but have been getting in burning 1700 calories a week pretty consisten... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:01:04 EST Winter doldrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16939142.jpg"> This has been a snowy week. We've had two snowstorms and the ground is still covered. Working in a medical office, alot of patients don't want to come in when the weather is bad, so my work load has really been light. We have been going home early just about every day. I'm getting spoiled by it. A normal work day will feel difficult now. And when I go home early, I think about all the things I need to get done at home. ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:42:47 EST New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992239 Last weekend I went home to Memphis and took the opportunity to go to Fleet Feet for some new shoes. I went there a long time ago and was fitted for shoes and they were great. I wore out two pairs of them and then the company updated the shoe and the new type didn't work as well. I tried several other shoes of the same brand but it just never was as good as those first ones. So I bit the bullet and went back in to be fitted again. I ended up with a new brand and so far they feel good. I... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:40:36 EST Drinking water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943601 This is my new year's resolution- to drink my 8 glasses of water a day. I was doing pretty well drinking two water bottles full. And then I measured it and found out it was only 48 oz, so I was short some. So now I've been trying to drink 2 1/2 water bottles daily. I don't know why this is so hard. For one thing I don't like water and I pretty well have to make myself do it. Now if it was diet coke I wouldn't have a problem. But I know that can't be good for you. I'm doing pretty wel... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:12:03 EST I miss the sun!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3932940 Took the dogs out walking this weekend and I so miss the sunshine. It was a balmy 40 degrees sat and sunny. Me and the dogs enjoyed ourselves. (We even had a brown lab follow us home- I have a golden and a black lab so he seemed to complete a trio. He just wanted to get out for a walk too.) <BR> I have skipped exercising for two weeks now which is enough already. I'm getting back on the dreadmill this week. We have two dinners at nice restaurants this week for work so I need t... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:37:50 EST Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899660 Recently I decieded to leave my current job and accept a new position. It was a hard decision to make though. I like my current position and the thought of changing and all the new learning that will have to take place is daunting. I also just hate to change something that is going well. I went back and forth about taking the new position- no then yes then maybe then yes. It was a hard decision. I still don't know if I've done the right thing. I guess only time will tell. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 09:31:42 EST Thinking about the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3866434 I love a new year! It's a brand new start on anything you want. Last year I finally lost 15 lbs. ( after trying forever) I have gradually gained 5 lbs of that back. So this year my resolution is to drink my water and stop the mindless snacking. (two things I have trouble with) I want to keep my weight healthy and continue to exercise and not obsess over numbers too much. Basically I want to keep moving in the right direction and not to backslide. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:26:22 EST Christmas time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860651 Well the turkey is cooking and snow may be on the way and the dogs have had their Christmas bath. The tree is up and presents surround it. My favorite part of the holidays is the church service tonight and being with the family. Merry Christmas to all!! Fri, 24 Dec 2010 12:06:09 EST Christmas eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3847867 This season makes it so hard to eat right. A wonderful patient brought pretzels to the office which I endulge in guilt free. All the sweets though are a problem for me. I love them, especially the cookies. I like to bake goodies at this time of year too and not eating those as I cook is hard. For this reason alone I'll be glad when the holidays are over. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:01:52 EST exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3835906 I have taken off from exercising this week (I don't know why- I have just felt like a slug) and today I got back on the treadmill. I feel great after working out. Why is it so hard sometimes just to start the exercising session? I always feel better afterwards and am glad I did it. I just find myself procrastinating. I wish I could be more like my dog. Whenever he sees the leash and my head phones on, he starts jumping all four feet off the ground, he is so excited to go. I just wi... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:43:46 EST Christmas is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829645 Wow it was cold this morning! Glad it wasn't like this in Memphis over the weekend. <BR> I can't believe how fast Christmas is getting here. Just a little more shopping to do and a few packages to mail. Then to the baking and the tree. If it wasn't for all this work and spending money I might like Christmas better. There are so many goodies here at work too. It's hard to resist. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 10:47:14 EST Challenging yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3827362 This weekend me and my two sisters walked a 5k for St Jude in Memphis. It's a great race and I've decieded I need to challenge myself next year. I can run a 5k and I have walked the half. The thought of running a half marathon is just very daunting. (Even a year from now) I'm not a good runner but I want to challenge myself. If I can work up to running 6 miles I could run part of it and walk part of it. I think that will be my goal. The winner of the half completed the race in 1hr. I... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 11:19:23 EST thankfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3807348 Yes I'm thankful for my family, my health, my friends, work that is satisfying, and my new dog. We spent the day in TN with family and it was wonderful. Lots of good food and warm music, even though it pored cold rain all day. I love the way family never lets you get by with anything. There was lots of good hearted teasing going on. On the way home we saw lots more rain and then snow flakes after dark when we got to KY. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 19:22:07 EST exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790224 Why is it easier sometimes than othersto exercise? I just keep finding other things to do. I've been putting it off for several days now. I could blame my lost heart rate transmitter but I don't think that's it. I just keep finding other things to do. I feel better afterwards but it can be an uphill climb sometimes to get started. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:31:38 EST heart rate monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785648 Uggh!! I hate losing things!! Yesterday I lost the transmitter off my heart rate monitor. I hate this because I love that Polar F11. It's like having a trainer in a wrist watch. Who's going to count my exercise now until I get another transmitter??? I'm tempted to take a break from the whole exercise thing (that's how important that monitor is) but I won't. <BR> Now I just have to figure out where to get another one. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 14:54:15 EST new dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3761316 Recently my husband ,who has not one spontaneous bone in his body, got me a dog. It was kind of suprising and unexpected. My girls saw the dog on the web site of the animal shelter and sent the link to my husband who went and looked at her the same day and adopted her. She's a golden/newfoundland mix named Lily. I was worried about an unknown big dog that's a puppy. All I could think about was the work involved. <BR> Wellwe have had her about two weeks and she is such a joy. She's ... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 09:31:28 EST relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3722918 We are getting ready to take out the camper this week. It's so nice to have some rest and relaxation. I love the beautiful fall colors and nature just refreshes me. We're going with some friends too which makes it even better. <BR> I try not to completely take a vacation from healthy living but I love taking a vacation from food tracking and the computer. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:43:05 EST honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3709582 My dad always said a man was only as good as his word. He felt that it was very important to be honest. As I've gotten older I've figured out that this means different things to different people. I think a lot of people aren't honest with themselves. These people have nary a chance of being honest with other people. I hear so much rationalization, denial, exaggeration, and spinning of the story. Whenever I hear some honest candor I'm impressed. I like people that will lay it all out fo... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:59:48 EST stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3681632 I had a very stressful two days at work so when I got off work last night I hopped on my bike and rode for an hour. I listened to one of my favorite podcasts (Prarie Home companion) and enjoyed my rural roads. I was a new person after that. I also talked to my husband and sister and that helped too. <BR> I did notice that yesterday at work I was complusively eating oreos and swedish fish. I can see why stress is so bad for us. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:28:46 EST tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3592009 I hate to track what I eat. I just really strain against this discipline. I don't mind eating healthy but recording every bite just makes me mad. I don't think I should have to do it. I want to maintain my weight by listening to my body and monitoring my hunger and making good choices. I wonder if this is possible? Maybe. But I know I can eat compulsively too. <BR> For some reason recording my exercise does not bother me. I have a heart rate monitor and I love meeting my goal and g... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:23:58 EST maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3343376 I have reached my goal weight of 130 and am keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep it there. I've been fairly consistent tracking my food (which I think is key) and am staying active. <BR> It suprises me how many people notice such a modest weight loss. It feels great to finally do something that had eluded me for years. <BR> I am looking forward to a vacation at the beach and our once yearly family reunion -starting tommorrow. Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:20:20 EST New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2679726 Okay for the new year I'm going to get my appetite under control. I'm going to track what I eat consistently. I plan on losing this belly. I'm going to keep exercising and keep learning. I am going to do this!!! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 09:53:04 EST running and eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2158403 I did the superman 4 mile in metropolis IL. I wasn't last but close to it. I think my time was around 48min. I missed having walkers behind me. I want to get to a 10 min mile. I can do 12 min/ miles now but it's a strain. I'm waiting for all of it to get easier. I ran 2 miles on the treadmill this am. The treadmill is alot easier than running outside. So I guess I need to do more running outside. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:48:09 EST running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2134027 Since last year I have ran two 5k's. I like the shorter distance. I'm trying to run on the treadmill consistently. What I'm really trying to do, is to get to a point where I like running. I'm not there yet. I just do it. <BR> I trying to track my food M-F. It's suprising sometimes the calorie content of some things. I'm working on portion control. <em>224</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2009 16:03:14 EST My first half marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=847573 Yesterday I completed my first half marathon--walking. I mainly did it to raise money for St Jude but the long walks in training were a definite plus. My two goals were to raise $500 and not to finish last, both of which I achieved- so I'm very proud of myself. <BR> I haven't been very good about tracking my food though. I'm going to work on that next. <BR> In Feb I'll have been a spark person for one year. I have about 3000 points right now and love spinning the wheel but sometimes ... Sun, 2 Dec 2007 19:56:47 EST ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=606095 I've been a spark person since febuary and am not getting to my goal wt. Sometimes I track calories better than other times. Sometimes I don't have the time to eat right and track what I'm doing and sometimes I just don't feel like it. I am hanging in there though. My goal is to track my food all during the week and to take the weekends off. I continue to exercise because I love it and need it. I just wish my appetite was better controlled. Thu, 14 Jun 2007 10:16:48 EST