HORNED_GODDESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HORNED%5FGODDESS HORNED_GODDESS'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/ I have a lot going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418382 A lot of things have happened since my last post. My weight hasn't changed that much and it is about the only thing. <BR> <BR> I interviewed for a new job three states away, and found out I got it. I'm finishing out my current job until the middle of the month. Then, we move. We've lived in our current house for 14 years and are selling it and packing up to live in a rental town house for at least a year. <BR> <BR> In between, we had the house renovated, hired a realtor and a bunch of cont... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:04:38 EST 20 lbs gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407863 Today I hit 20 lbs since I started tracking. My ticker says 23, but the 3 were from before when I was dabbling and going up and down. <BR> <BR> I'm really happy about this, although it's muted, in a way, because I have so much going on at the moment and I'm stressing over work a lot. Still...really happy about it and ready to move onward and downward. <BR> <BR> I gave myself a self-reported trophy. :D <BR> <BR> Next milestone: 25 lbs. And then, below 200. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR>... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 09:18:35 EST Woohoo! Pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403394 I bought some pants in the largest size ever after I came back from vacation at the beginning of June. They were comfortable, not too loose or tight. That's when I got serious about tracking instead of just kind of dabbling around. <BR> <BR> By the end of the month I had to wear a belt with those two pairs of pants. I started with the belt on the 2nd hole. Now it's on the 4th. <BR> <BR> In the past week, I also discovered that three pairs of pants I had in my closet fit now. I thought "Grea... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:10:25 EST Talking myself off the ledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396988 I've had some problems lately staying on track and not going over. I had a few days on and off where I'd eat something sweet or high-calorie, then at the end of the day I'd want something else and not have enough calories. A few times I compromised and went over a little bit. <BR> <BR> It's not surprising that this coincides with my job getting more stressful. I can't control the people I work with and it's hard to control my stress level at dealing with the current situation. What I can co... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 09:20:47 EST Losing weight is like quitting smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391466 I've realized something over the past 25 days I've been tracking. Losing weight is a lot like when I quit smoking back in 2007. <BR> <BR> It took me many, many tries. I'd go a day. A few days. Then I'd find a reason I "needed" to have a cigarette. Anything that went wrong with my life. Anything stressful I had to do. <BR> <BR> I finally found a program that gave me some tools that were useful. But even with those tools, I had to be in the right mindset to really quit. And just like that, i... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:06:10 EST Slow and steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389025 Having two kids, I'm very familiar with the Tortoise and the Hare story. We all know the tortoise wins in the end. <BR> <BR> But it is crazy-making at times to be the tortoise when it comes to weight loss. <BR> <BR> All around you, people are saying they lost X pounds their first week! Or 20 in a month! Or 80 in six months! <BR> <BR> And there you are, plugging along, looking at the hares thinking yay for them but I know if I do that, it won't work for me. <BR> <BR> I'm a nursing mom, so... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:40:39 EST Ten down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384065 Aside from back in June when I had a stomach virus, I've hit my lowest weight since recommitting to giving a damn. Also, it is my pre-pregnancy weight. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy about this, but still find it hard to believe it's real. I have been tracking and actually sticking to my range. I have also added a little exercise in, but nothing major. <BR> <BR> I went on vacation too and didn't gain anything (unusual for me) because I was walking, swimming, and rowing a lot. <BR> <BR> You kn... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:23:20 EST Arguing with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372905 I've been weighing consistently at my lowest since I decided to track and give this thing a try again. <BR> <BR> Of course, I see that number repeatedly and my brain says "You've gotten nowhere! You haven't lost anything yet." This is what happens after I have spent so many years in the past on crash diets. That I didn't stick to. That I gave up on and didn't do anything and ended up gaining more weight. <BR> <BR> The National Weight Control Registry ( <link>www.nwcr.ws/ </link> ) , on the ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:30:59 EST If you asked me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368504 If you asked me to carry 100 lbs around the block or up the stairs, I'd tell you I can't do it. Too heavy! I'll hurt myself. <BR> <BR> It occurred to me this morning that I am doing it, every day, and have been for over a year now. <BR> <BR> A friend also posted something online this past weekend that struck a chord: to paraphrase, "either I need to do something about my weight or stop talking about it and accept it for what it is." <BR> <BR> I like that idea - an elaborate way of saying ... Tue, 30 May 2017 10:16:31 EST Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360613 I had a health check today, and my numbers were actually good. My cholesterol was high for me, but since I'm nursing, the nurse told me that was fine. BP and sugar were OK too. Surprising for someone my size, I guess. <BR> <BR> I set some small goals: exercise more consistently, eat more f/vs, drink more water. I am eligible for free sessions with a nutritionist so I'm going to take advantage of that. <BR> <BR> I was worried about getting checked because my eating has been all over the pla... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:35:02 EST Six meals a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319750 For the past week I've been writing down everything I eat, trying to eat at fairly regular times, and eating 6x a day: three meals and three snacks. <BR> <BR> It seems to be working! I don't get too hungry or go crazy when it is time to eat. I realized I was going as long as 6-7 hours on some days between meals, then eating like a madwoman. <BR> <BR> I also cut out sweets for most of that time. I had to get a grip on my sweet tooth. But in the past few days I had soda with dinner, and yest... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:30:04 EST Highest weight ever! Need to do something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313382 I hit my highest weight ever with my 2nd pregnancy. I'm now over 200lbs and while I don't give a crap about body image, really, it's affecting my health. Feet hurting...clothes fitting not-right...harder to get up and down...and I know based on my family history that the big D is right around the corner if I don't do something. (Diabetes, not divorce). <BR> <BR> I've tried many things. I did a nutrition class before I got pregnant and while it was informative, it just didn't help with motiva... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:42:48 EST Since my latest restart... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984492 I'm down 5 lbs since my latest restart, and 3 weeks into the 5 week C25K program. <BR> <BR> My next challenge is taking out the 1 min. walk intervals (I've been doing 40 min. of 1 min walk, 4 min run) and running for 35 minutes straight. It sounds daunting, but I have discovered that the trick is to run really, really slow and not get winded. I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes. If I have to drop back and walk a minute here or there, that's OK. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to sign up fo... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:40:16 EST Starting over for the millionth billionth time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914242 I have been a pile of stress lately, and I let it totally derail me. I'm pretty much back where I started. I topped off at 200 and am working my way back down, but it's time to eat like a friggin' adult again and have some self control. <BR> <BR> First there was a Great Big Ugly Episode at my job. Someone had a bad day and made the kind of statement that throws the whole place into an uproar, and while I wasn't at the forefront of it, I had to deal with the fallout. <BR> <BR> Then I had a ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:35:40 EST Motivation is flagging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896540 The closer it gets to Easter, the more my motivation is dropping off. I did OK most of last week then I had a sugar binge. This week it's been sort of on and off again with tracking and being motivated. <BR> <BR> I did get back to the gym so that's a plus, and I'm going again today. But it is getting very hard to avoid the sugar all around me. I was even counting all day and saving a couple hundred calories for a treat at night but now the treat isn't as satisfying or I don't wait long enoug... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:56:34 EST Back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889795 I did fine over the weekend, and tonight I have my class again, so another weigh-in. I'm not sure I can top last week's (I was down nearly 2lbs! yay!). But I'll be happy with anything other than a gain. <BR> <BR> It's finally feeling like spring, so I have three walks planned with my coworkers. I would like to make it back to the gym too at least a couple days this week. But I've been focusing on just my eating and that has been paying off. I have a 24-day streak going where I have tracked e... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:59:00 EST Fell off the wagon today. Argh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888374 I have been doing really, really well the past 3 weeks! But today I was at a conference and by the afternoon I was bored and tired. There were sweets everywhere. EVERYWHERE. At lunch there was a dessert buffet and during breaks, the coffee bar was surrounded by sweets. I didn't completely lose it but I did eat about three more things than I should have. <BR> <BR> I felt like crap, too! Not just the usual guilt, I physically felt like crap. I came home with a migraine and had to lie down for ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:56:27 EST Eating-out NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880018 We went on an outing today that included lunch, at our local museum. In that past I've either gotten a sandwich and fries, or the side plate with fries, some mayonaisy salad, mac n cheese, etc. <BR> <BR> Today I ordered the black bean burger and tomato/cucumber salad. <BR> <BR> My daughter had a sandwich and fries, and I ate a few of hers and counted the calories. But I didn't go fry-mad. No dessert or sweet drink either. I had unsweet tea and a bite of my daughter's cookie. <BR> <BR> Bi... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:15:21 EST Figuring out that I'm a serious emotional eater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878790 It's been a while! Although I made it through most of the holidays without gaining more weight, I didn't lose much either. Then I picked some up in January. After I started a nutrition/weight loss class. <BR> <BR> That was a wake-up call. I had been moseying along thinking if i only had the right tools, or the right support, I'd figure out what I was doing wrong. So I signed up for the class and also an exercise challenge. Then I proceeded to seriously self-sabotage. It was like the more ef... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:08:25 EST A couple of small goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806876 Since my last entry I had my doctor's appointment, and she confirmed that if I stick to my calorie range (1400-1600) I *should* lose weight. I have no thyroid issues. So I'm glad I got a wake-up call that yes, the problem is me and my lack of continuity. <BR> <BR> I'm healthy as a horse, just fat. lol. I'm LUCKY to be as healthy as I am at the size I'm at. <BR> <BR> Last week, I did track consistently and was in my range 4/7 days. Egads. That's better than, say, 2/7 days, but still... <BR>... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:16:54 EST Time to seriously get serious...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801118 Ugh, I feel pretty awful. I totally binged today. I had a grilled chicken dinner planned, but we spent too long at the pumpkin patch so we ate out, and I ate way too much. Plus we had reeses pumpkins. <BR> <BR> Moving on...I have about 2 months before I want to start trying to get pregnant again, and thus far I have lost a grand total of about 5 lbs. *sarcastic applause* WOOHOO. <BR> <BR> I know, that's better than nothing, but then again I *gained* that much on my business trip. I'm just ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:27:19 EST Geez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798814 After my last entry, I woke up the next day with horrible shoulder and neck pain. I think I overdid it assuming I could jump back in and swim a mile when I hadn't been for a week or so. But it could also have been the weights. Anyway, I had to take some exercise days off last week. Plus I think I'm on another cold; I'm still sick from LAST week. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm still plodding along though. I went to pilates last Weds. and supported my neck with my hands when I had to. Then I ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:20:37 EST Great inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793957 I'm so over being sick. Literally and figuratively; my daughter has brought two colds home from preschool so far this fall and then we had allergies from playing out in the yard over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I was sick last week so I only got to the gym a couple times. On Monday, by the end of the day my good intentions had given way to Cold #2. I made it back later in the week but did lighter workouts since I still felt awful. Then we were due to go Sunday, but I developed this huge, painful ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:01:22 EST Back from my adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789107 I had my trip and have been back a little less than a week. It was a nice trip, but so hard to stay on track eating out all the time! <BR> <BR> I've been doing fine sticking with portion control since then though. I also returned to the gym ASAP and did some walking/working out on the trip, too. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going after work and I couldn't decide what to do so I just threw everything in my bag - swimsuit, shoes, workout clothes and all. I like to have options. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:23:53 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783011 I started off my Friday with a mile-long swim (and then some). I swam for 50 minutes straight, except to get out and grab a drink of water. I was going to do water aerobics, but once I got to the gym I decided to just swim laps. I don't know what it is about laps I like so much but I could just keep swimming forever. Usually my right shoulder starts to feel like it's wearing out and that's what stops me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did ten minutes of stair-climbing to warm up, then I did the weig... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:10:29 EST This week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781633 I did yoga on Friday, and it was a lot tougher than I remembered. I thought I would like it better than pilates, but I didn't, really. I may go back if I can get to it - it's at a difficult time of day - but I'm not going to sweat it if I miss. <BR> <BR> I am considering doing a 100 days of fitness challenge where you try to do some sort of fitness every. single. day. The group of girls I'm doing it with say you can take a planned rest day, but some are also planning to do some easy walking ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:34 EST This week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777844 After my swim on Monday, I took a break on Tuesday. Last night was my second pilates class. I still enjoyed it a lot and I felt like I was getting slightly better at the exercises. <BR> <BR> This morning I got a bonus day since my husband took our daughter to preschool, so I decided to get my 2nd big cardio workout out of the way. I did run/walk for 3 miles. The track is 1/14th of a mile. So the first mile I did walk 2, run 4. Then I started off running the 2nd mile (4, 2) and kept going int... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:48:05 EST Loving this exercise thing...but need to get the eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776161 We went to the Y yesterday and I worked out on the weight machines. About all of them! I warmed up, then went from machine to machine. I hit probably 10-12 of them and did two sets of everything. I really like the machines because they make me feel like I'm using proper form. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and went back early for a long swim. I made it over a mile and three-quarters. I also realized that when the lanes are full, all I have to do is ask someone to split! The water aerobics ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:18:34 EST Weight machine orientation; starting to get an idea of a routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773964 Today I had my fitness orientation. I filled out a questionnaire, and in it I specified that I wanted to focus on seeing the machines, since I'm the most clueless about those. <BR> <BR> First I warmed up on an elliptical (which was much smoother than mine at home). Then we went over about half the machines on the floor. It was very helpful. They're really similar in how you adjust and add or take off weight. I feel like I could go in there now and do a full-body workout. For some machines I ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:15:18 EST More fun at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773189 Last night I did the pilates class. It was quite a challenge. I could feel ab muscles I probably haven't used since I was a performing bellydancer - and that was before pregnancy. It was good to get back in touch with my abs. But the class was also a good full-body workout. I was very happy to discover that the Y provides mats along with all the other equipment necessary. I think the Wednesday pilates class will be a regular thing for me. <BR> <BR> This morning, my husband took our daughter... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:01:35 EST September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772551 I fell off the sugar wagon when I went on a trip out of state to visit family. It wasn't pretty but it could've been worse, too. The trip was really stressful and I got sick afterward. Lesson learned. I'm not repeating the trip again anytime soon. <BR> <BR> Since then I've largely avoided sugary stuff but haven't been as much of a stickler. I'm counting calories, and attempting to stick to that, and avoid sugar as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Our Y membership started this week and so far I... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:27:03 EST Two weeks and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764350 I went cold turkey from refined sugar on August 5th. After reading about food addiction, I felt like baked goods and sugary stuff are the items that really make me go over the edge and binge eat. Since then I haven't magically dropped pounds - I haven't religiously tracked enough for that, and I haven't exercised hardly at all because I hurt my knee. I went overboard with tortilla chips one or two days, but otherwise I've eaten a LOT healthier. Even without tracking, I didn't gain, and I did ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:17:21 EST First try at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763727 Although we aren't members until September, when we went on the tour we got passes for two visits each before our membership starts. I used one of my visits today to go to deep water aerobics this morning. <BR> <BR> The class lasted 45 minutes, and it was really fun! We used a buoyancy vest and barbells. The arm part was a lot of work. I didn't feel like I was working all that hard, but afterward, when I'd showered and gotten dressed, I realized I was *still* sweating from the class. It was... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:23 EST Gym membership starts September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760277 We toured the gym and it is really nice. There's an indoor track, lap pool, and all the usual machines, plus tons of classes and free childcare. The childcare is interactive so my kid might actually last an hour in it! :) Also, I discovered that if you join the one branch, you get access to three others. Three out of those four are easy to get to from my job so that adds a lot more classes I could attend. <BR> <BR> The membership starts September 1st but we got passes to try it out a couple... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:11:02 EST One week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757868 I've been off refined sugar for one week. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty awesome. I've had tons of protein, fruits, and haven't really had to count anything or track anything. I track to spot check. I'm amazed that if I cut out the crap, it's this easy. <BR> <BR> Of course I still fear that if I slip up, I'll seriously backslide, but I am feeling more confident about things recently. <BR> <BR> I took some steps toward joining a gym, which is something I never would have done in the past. We're g... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:12:49 EST The ups and downs of weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646814 By the end of February/early March I had pretty much gained back nearly all of what I'd lost this year. As of now, I'm back down to the low 180s. <BR> <BR> I still haven't had my allergy appointment but it's in early April. The rash has come and gone a few more times, but I am pretty sure it is a chicken allergy. So chicken is back off the menu. <BR> <BR> I'll start tracking my weight again when I get back down to 177, which was my lowest this year so far. Right now I'm attempting to coun... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:28:53 EST More rough going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617781 I got my eating back under control, but then another problem came up: allergies. <BR> <BR> I have never had food allergies in my life, but apparently now they've shown up. <BR> <BR> I think chicken sent me over the edge. I was a vegetarian for around 5 or 6 years. Then I started eating fish but had not touched land animals for probably 7 to 8 years. <BR> <BR> When my husband started doing a low-carb diet, I slowly added meat back to my diet. I started with venison and beef. In January I ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:21:02 EST Rough going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611102 I'm still sticking to my basic plan, and things were going well until this week. This week, PMS hit. We had several varieties of sweets in the house for my daughter. One, nutella, is a huge trigger food for me. My husband was gone Monday night and I had a complete binge. I ate two sugar cookies and a gob of nutella, plus some of the healthy peanut butter cup treats (made with coco oil and honey) that I had made for me. <BR> <BR> I felt like total crap afterward. But then on Tuesday, same thi... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:43:15 EST Doing it right this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595744 We went off the rails during the holidays. That's over and done with, and I gained 20 lbs. between Halloween and x-mas. But I think maybe I needed to let myself go like that. To see what happens when you just don't care about what you eat. Not only did I get fatter, I felt like total crap! <BR> <BR> My husband wanted to go on his new plan the week before NYE, and I was totally on board by then. I decided that I would give the unprocessed plan one more try, since it is fairly close to what he... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:14:16 EST It's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561203 The scale has not moved. We tried unprocessed for a while but neither of us were totally on board, and with a trip and holidays coming up, I feel like I just need to focus on tracking consistently. <BR> <BR> My husband wants to try a plan that worked for a friend of ours in January. If he does that, I may do it with him, or go back to Weight Watchers. I would like to try sticking with Spark consistently because I know that works. It's just tough. <BR> <BR> I am not happy with my current jo... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:39:01 EST Back to unprocessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510669 Since my weight has not really changed attempting to stick with just a calorie limit, I decided to try the unprocessed plan again. In a nutshell, I'm cutting out white flour and sugar, eating a lot more greens, adding lemon water and more healthy fats, and limiting starches. We tried this plan last fall and it worked fairly well, then we stopped around the holidays. <BR> <BR> The book where I discovered this plan was The Science of Skinny by Dee McCaffrey. But I also liked Eat to Live by Jo... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:58:29 EST Not a stellar run today, but a run nonetheless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502418 I only did two laps today. My body was just dragging, and it got warmer than I thought it would. I did two miles in 23 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am also doing the stair-stepping/ten minute workout challenge at work, so I did that Monday and Tuesday. I still feel guilty for not going the extra lap, but I think I will try to make it out for a run with my daughter this weekend to make the extra mileage up. <BR> <BR> Eating is going well but I'm still up and down from the junk food at the zoo. Argh.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:31:22 EST Weekend weigh-in, plus great weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500143 I weighed in Saturday and was at 170.5. This could be my scale on the fritz, but I'll take it for now. We'll see next weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we hit the zoo with some friends and did a lot of walking, but unfortunately, a lot of eating junk. I felt like crap last night as a result. <BR> <BR> Last week was a good week overall, though. I stayed on plan except for Zoo Day, and worked out quite a bit. I ran 5K on Thursday when I got a chance to go out without my daughter and the stroller... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:11:12 EST Balancing act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495424 Yesterday I did my weights, and today I did the elliptical. I was having some foot pain yesterday so I didn't want to risk a full-out run/walk until I figured out if it was an old injury flaring up, or just normal wear from running again. <BR> <BR> It was gone today. Tomorrow I plan to do weights again, then Thursday I work from home and should get a good run/walk in. I'm so glad to have my stroller back! <BR> <BR> Still eating according to plan. Today I had to improvise because I left my h... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:13:15 EST Tires are fixed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493841 The bad news: Between my trip and the aftermath of a visit to the Utz outlet, I'm up 1.5 lbs. But I've been back to my range since Friday. Basically I did OK with dinner on Wednesday, slept like crap, felt awful the next day, and overate at lunch and then on snacks from the Utz shop. And we had take-out because I did not get home until after 7 so I brought dinner home. But I've been back to my range since Friday. <BR> <BR> The good news: Stroller tires are fixed, and it cost me nothing! Wel... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:00:07 EST Struggling again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488130 Ugh. This is a tough week. After I went to the market Saturday and loaded up on healthy stuff, my husband brought home a freakin' tub of truffles from costco. Uh. NOT happy about that. He also sat down to eat some in front of me and tossed one at me! I said if I want chocolate I will get my own, DO NOT throw chocolate at me when I am trying to stick to my plan. <BR> <BR> I had some, but I counted it and didn't go overboard. <BR> <BR> I also have a business trip tomorrow that involves dinne... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:36:29 EST Beautiful day for the farmer's market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485438 Today instead of hitting the pool, I decided to take my daughter to the farmer's market since we've missed the mobile market this week and I wanted to load up on fresh goodies. Here's our haul: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239478873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I plan to roast the turnips with the sweet potatoes, and will probably steam the squash and zucchini with carrots. Or I may saute the with the peppers and serve with parmesan couscous. <BR> <BR> We had the tart ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:11:19 EST Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483708 I'm having a good week so far. Today, I had my annual physical. I weighed in at 175 fully-clothed, which seems about right since I was at 173.5 to 174 unclothed when I weighed in at home this week. <BR> <BR> The doctor is not concerned about my weight. She looked at my numbers from last year and did not want to do bloodwork this year. Wow. Proof that health is not tied to a number on the scale. My BP was 110/70, and my total cholesterol last year was 110. After reviewing the numbers and said... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:48:20 EST Weekend report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479509 I overate yesterday. We went out to eat, and restaurants are still a problem for me. I am also trying to cut down on spending, so avoiding restaurants for a while seems like a good strategy. I'm getting Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover from the library, and I already downloaded and looked at the spreadsheet. We spend a lot more on food than we should be, according to the recommended percentages. Eesh. I do have OCD and I think I am something of a (mild) food hoarder. Not like the show; beli... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:58:07 EST Still working on it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477600 Scale is at 174.5 again. Good to see, but I have a lot of work to do still. I wanted to be in the 160s by now. <BR> <BR> I did reset my calorie range a bit lower. Also, I linked my exercise to my food tracker. I didn't even realize that could be done. <BR> <BR> This week I slowed down on the exercise a bit to get myself back on track with eating, since I dropped my range. Now I feel like a slug. Need to reintroduce exercise. Tonight is my kiddo's bath night so I will be doing some form of... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:37:40 EST