HORSESHOEHONEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HORSESHOEHONEY HORSESHOEHONEY'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/ Overcoming temptation with one small phrase. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945030 When I am faced with temptation I have started repeating to myself, "That doesn't help me reach my goal." It reminds me of the reasons I should skip the treat without making me feel deprived. Sure I can eat that treat, or skip that workout, but ultimately it does me more harm than good so I choose not to. <BR> <BR> So, the next time you're staring at that tasty treat, or contemplating hitting the snooze button rather than the gym, give this simple phrase a try. "That doesn't help me reach m... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:22:05 EST I have been my own worst enemy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926154 Okay, so last week I weighed and thought I had gained despite all the hard work I had put in. This derailed me a bit and I got discouraged. I stopped counting my calories as consistently, drinking water, working out and most destructive of all I started eating sugar. I had the "what does it matter" attitude. I later discovered that I hadn't gained, rather the battery in my scales was dying and it wasn't weighing accurately. <BR> <BR> So, this morning I faced weigh day and now I remember why... Mon, 11 May 2015 06:05:53 EST That was a mistake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925468 I didn't actually gain last week, it turns out the battery in my scales was dying. Yay!! Relief washes over me! Woo Hoo!! Sat, 9 May 2015 20:36:52 EST I am genuinely, legitimately, thoroughly confused by this turn of events. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922229 I did everything right this week & somehow I gained. Sure it was only .6 of a pound, but a gain is a gain. Usually if I gain I can pin point things that need improvement, but this time I really don't know. <BR> <BR> Okay I'm done having a pity party, thank you for letting me vent. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go analyze my week & see what improvements can be made. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Mon, 4 May 2015 07:03:47 EST Goal Achieved!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910969 on February 25, I reached 25 pounds lost. I then made a new goal of losing another 10 pounds by April 17 (this Friday). As of yesterday morning, I reached that goal!!! WooHoo!! Now, I have to make another goal to stay motivated. My new goal is to lose 10 more pounds by June 1st (my birthday). That gives me 7 weeks to lose 10 pounds, which comes to 1.4 pounds per week. I though that was a reasonable goal because I'm starting workout at a higher intensity. I can achieve this goal, and I wil... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:30:24 EST Spark Friends are the best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909296 Every time I'm faced with challenges, or want to celebrate victories my Spark friends are there for me. You give great feedback when I need suggestions, and pat me on the back when I have done something well. Seriously, this journey would be impossible without my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> If you are not in the habit of posting blogs for others to read and comment on, or never ask questions on the message boards, then you should definitely start because it will make a world of difference! The... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:02:08 EST How do you combat pushy friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909152 I have a friend that every time we hang out she conveniently has all my favorite sugary treats available. It would be fine if they were just available, but she just won't quit trying to get me to "have some" and it's starting to frustrate me. <BR> <BR> This sounds terrible, but it's as if she is intentionally trying to atop all my progress. I've lost over 30 pounds & I'm not going back there. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better, and forgive me if I sound arrogant, but I look better too. People ar... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:40:04 EST A little harder, but I did it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906871 I was up a little later today because I didn't get home until 9:00. I had to wind down a little before going to bed. This made it a little more challenging to get up & work out, but I did it. I know it will get easier, so I will keep pushing forward. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:00:01 EST Count it a win! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906209 I went to bed early, got up early, and did my work out first thing this morning. I loved it! I feel so much better when I work out in the morning. Plus, I am starting my morning off feeling successful. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 06:54:09 EST What does "mindful eating" mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905781 I kept hearing about the importance of mindful eating, and I really wanted to put it into practice. When you have the habit of scarfing down your food, you have no concept of what "eating mindfully" even means. So I started doing research about strategies to practice this "mindful eating" everyone was talking about. Here is what I found. <BR> <BR> First, it's important to recognize that there is no right or wrong way to do it. It is called practice for a reason, the more you do it the more ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:47:15 EST Dream big! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904720 I am trying to come up with a plan for the next 7 days. In doing so, I'm trying to come up with one thing I can implement that will move me another step closer to my ultimate goal. I have decided on two things actually. <BR> <BR> The first is to start getting up earlier & working out before work in the morning. That means I'll wake up at 5:30, work out before my mom wakes up & the day gets started, then get ready for work. <BR> <BR> What do I need to do in order to be successful? I will ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:13:59 EST On a scale of 1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902738 If I were evaluating my relationship with food, with 1 being unhealthy and 10 being the healthiest possible, what would my score be? <BR> <BR> If you had asked me that at the beginning of November I would have said 1 or lower if that were possible. I struggled with eating fast food & binge eating. I had reached my heaviest weight of 284 & didn't believe I had what it takes to turn it around. <BR> <BR> Today I would say I'm at about a 5-6. I still get tempted by off the wall things, and sti... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:26:11 EST These cravings are a real struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901779 I've really been struggling with a craving for sweets this week. When it first started, I tried to ignore it. Then when it continued for a period of time I tried eating fruit or other substitutions to satisfy it. Finally, I thought I would indulge & satisfy the cravings, but all that did was awaken a sleeping beast. I want to buy an entire cheesecake & eat it all. There was a time I would have done that, but thankfully I am far enough along on my journey that I won't do that this time. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:49:23 EST These cravings are a real struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901778 I've really been struggling with a craving for sweets this week. When it first started, I tried to ignore it. Then when it continued for a period of time I tried eating fruit or other substitutions to satisfy it. Finally, I thought I would indulge & satisfy the cravings, but all that did was awaken a sleeping beast. I want to buy an entire cheesecake & eat it all. There was a time I would have done that, but thankfully I am far enough along on my journey that I won't do that this time. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:49:23 EST Per your advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900685 I read over all the comments regarding how to workout sans guilt. I really appreciate everyone's ideas, and am working on incorporating a couple of them. <BR> <BR> Let me start by clarifying that I really enjoying spending time with my Mom & it's not like she is forcing me to do stuff for her. I am equally at fault because when workouts weren't a priority, my routine was to come home & jump into doing stuff with her. The problem is in changing my routine, and realistically how many of us li... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:13:40 EST I feel so guilty, how do I make it stop? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899870 I have done so well with food, but I really struggle to work in a workout. I have a roommate who also happens to be my Mother. This is typically fine because we know each other & are really good friends. I never feel like I "live with my Mom" it truly feels as if we are roommates. <BR> <BR> However, she is retired & I work, so as soon as I get home she already has a plan about things that need to be done around the house or even at her friend's house. I don't mind helping with anything, but... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:14:27 EST Yep, I messed up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897949 I have gotten a little off track this past week. I started getting distracted by a busy schudule, & carbs. I tasted sugar the other day for the first time in a while & it quickly started causing me cravings again. This minor detour very rapidly wiped away 2 weeks worth of work; I gained 2.2 pounds! <BR> <BR> On this journey, I am learning that I have to forgive myself but not forget the lesson I've learned. <BR> <BR> So this week, I will be getting back on track by detoxing from the sugar... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:36:34 EST 5 words or less. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896335 Describe how you feel in 5 words or less. <BR> <BR> I feel a motivated! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:19:47 EST Note taking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895349 This week I decided to take my measurements for the first time since December. After proudly logging my current measurements, I realized I couldn't find my notes that had the numbers I started at. Well, today I found the my notes & the results are incredible!! I was so excited! <BR> <BR> Waist: -5" <BR> Hips: -2" <BR> Chest: -2.5" <BR> Arms: -.75" <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:39:37 EST Fill in the blanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891566 I am grateful for __________ because ______________. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for God because I'm a wreck without Him. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:36:26 EST Finally... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891270 my migraine is gone!! I am back on my feet again. Thanks for all the well wishes. <BR> <BR> I am extremely happy to get back to my healthy habits. I have found some of my healthy habits can occasionally be difficult to keep. The most difficult is drinking water, especially on cold days. It's no secret, I hate to be cold. Needless to say drinking something cold on a cold day is less than appealing to me. I have found that if I fill my bottle up and let it set until it's room temperature, it'... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:05:12 EST Migraine city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889984 I am on day four of contending with this migraine & it is wearing me out. I have maybe been out of bed a total of 3 hours in four days. Today I went to the emergency room & they gave me some meds that appear to be working. I hope. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:25:52 EST Glass half full or half empty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887019 I am a glass half full kind of girl. However, after several unsuccessful attempts I started to lose my positive attitude. I started doubting my capabilities, and began to lose hope little by little. Now that I have found a strategy that works for me, I am starting to regain my positive attitude & it is making all the difference! I am starting to believe in myself again, which gives me the desire to push ahead & keep trying. It also, makes it easier to handle the bumps in the road that are i... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:46:14 EST My sincerest appreciation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886429 Since I have joined SparkPeople I have found so much encouragement and support that it is truly overwhelming. Words can't express how truly grateful I am to have so many people cheering me on when I'm doing well, and giving me words of encouragement when I'm struggling. I am truly appreciative and thankful for the part you have played in my journey. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:14:31 EST Fat clothes, you're outta here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885300 This weekend I spent 4 hours trying on every piece of clothing I own. It was time consuming & exhausting to say the least, but it really showed me how far I've come. <BR> <BR> Anything that was too big I took to a store that buys more stylish clothes. Once they went through the assortment, the rest was delivered to Goodwill. It was an exhilarating experience. Not only did I clean out my house, I also got $40 for my clothes that are too big! Now, I just have to reinvest that in some new pant... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:54:00 EST 10 years from now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883587 When I wake up ten years from now, who will I be? The goals that I'm working so hard to accomplish, have I reached them? What will an average day be like? Will it include the healthy habits I'm trying to set in place now, or will I be very much the same? If my future self could call my present self, would I tell myself to just give up now because I'm never going to get there. Or would I tell myself to keep trying and never give up because eventually I start living the life I dream of. <BR> ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:33:37 EST It's like magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882935 This past week I have started eating a grapefruit as part of my breakfast. Originally I did this because I'd had them a little while & didn't want them to go bad. However, in doing so, I have discovered that I haven't been as hungry or having cravings for sweets...at all! <BR> <BR> At first I was a little concerned I was getting sick, then I started to make the connection. So, I tested my theory yesterday & skipped the grapefruit. I did okay, but I had minor cravings in the morning. At lunc... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:24:03 EST And miles to go before I sleep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882290 After hitting such a huge milestone, I have been reflecting on things I've learned during the process and goals that will inspire me to forge ahead. <BR> <BR> Ultimately, my goal is to be between 175-180 by March 1, 2016. Yes, I know that's almost a year away, but that allows me to lose at a rate of 1.5 pounds per week. This allows for plateaus & other abnormalities we never expect to happen. <BR> <BR> Since I know that's my over arching goal, I have to set small goals that will get me wh... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:37:09 EST Weigh Day, you have challenged me yet again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880941 and I whipped your butt!!! As of today I have lost 25.2 pounds!! I feel great and have more energy. My choices are better because I want to succeed. Everyday it gets a little easier to turn down the cake or donuts in the break room at work, or to say no to second helpings. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled about my success, but I also know I still have quite a way to go. I still have 78,8 pounds to lose, so it's going to be a painfully slow process, but that's okay. I have lost 1/4 of the weight I ha... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:57:16 EST Challenge for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879272 How would you finish the following statement: <BR> <BR> To me "health" means _____. <BR> <BR> To me "health" means being in a happy place spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:37:16 EST I don't know what changed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878548 I'm not sure if it's the cold weather, but in the evenings after work I am hungry all the time. Okay, so maybe it's not actually hunger, but all I want to do is eat. I have really struggled to avoid eating in the evening. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:50:11 EST Ideas needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876553 Alright my fellow Sparkers, I'm enlisting your help for ideas. Next week, if all goes according to plan, I will cross the 25 pound mark. So, I am looking for ideas of non-food rewards for myself. I have been saving a dollar for every pound lost, so I will have approximately $25 for my budget. <BR> <BR> Please post any ideas you have in the comments below. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:56:40 EST Motivation, where are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874915 The cold weather weather is really bringing me down. The last couple days I have really struggled with working out. I know Spring is just around the corner, but how big is that corner? <BR> <BR> To all my fellow Sparker's that are in the Northeast contending with all the snow, I'm sorry. Just the cold weather has me down, so I can't (don't want to) imagine being in your shoes. <BR> <BR> I've been wondering where my motivation is, only to realize it must be hibernating until Spring. Can't ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:47:15 EST When it comes to exercise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874293 This morning I was given the challenge of using the statement, "When it comes to exercise I'm pretty good at _________, but I could use some improvement on __________." <BR> <BR> I have written mine below, but I'd love to hear some of yours in the comments. If you have suggestions for me and others on how to make improvements I welcome any suggestions. <BR> <BR> When it comes to exercise I'm pretty good at cardio, but I could use some improvements on strength training. <BR> <BR> Happy S... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:55:15 EST Making my move. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873339 I have really done a lot of research about strategies for eating in moderation lately. I know I was eating way too much, way too often and I had to get it under control. In doing my research one strategy really caught my attention, and decided to give it a try the last couple weeks. <BR> I have found that I am more successful if I eat 200-300 calories every two hours. It allows me more freedom to eat things that aren't quite so healthy. Since I have been practicing this eating strategy, I ha... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:14:02 EST You can learn a lot from yourself...if you pay attention. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869153 I've been tracking when I'm having sugar cravings so I can overcome my sweet tooth. After paying attention to my feelings and thoughts for a while I have discovered there are 2 times when I am really consumed with sugar. The first is when it's available. One day I was at work when someone brought in a cream cheese dip with chocolate chips, which you spread on graham crackers. I didn't indulge because I didn't think I could control myself. Later that same day I found myself swimming in a sea o... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:05:03 EST I hate being hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866373 It seems I am always going to extremes to try to lose the weight. I'll get really excited about my plan, then approach it with an all or nothing attitude. I start off great exercising regularly, counting calories, and eating all healthy foods. But sooner or later it happens, i get hungry, and I hate to be hungry. It's an uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes I'm not actually hungry though I'm simply having a craving, that awful craving for a piece a cheesecake, ice cream, fries, or some other food... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:20:42 EST Weekend Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864256 This past weekend I went to visit my brother, who also has distorted views of food. The entire weekend was extremely food oriented, and was essentially an excuse to eat whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. On the way home Sunday, I started reflecting about why I was so obsessed with food after weeks of doing really well. I think I have finally started to understand. My brother views food very much the same way I do, so he doesn't judge me for my eating behaviors that aren't acceptable. Ther... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:05:19 EST Pulling my sweet tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860477 Monday I am going to start ridding myself of sugary sweets. This will be one of my biggest challenges, but I know I can do it. I will give myself $1 for every day that I go without sweets, and at the end of the month I'll use the money for a pedicure. I've got this! <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:28:49 EST Baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859732 I have become very consistent in tracking my calories. Now I'm trying to be more consistent in my workouts. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:07:06 EST It's a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856342 Today I am going to challenge myself to start training to hold plank for 3 full minutes. Right now I can only do about 30 seconds so I have work to do, but I have no doubt I can do it. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:33:53 EST Today I feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852440 motivated and confident. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:55:23 EST I'm back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343127 I have survived & passed the horrible Senior project!!!!! I have completely fallen off the wagon. On the up side, I GRADUATE NEXT FRIDAY!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> That being said, I have a lot to accomplish in the next seven days. I am actually moving out of my apartment on graduation day, and I haven't even started packing. Oh my! So, my goal is to not binge eat until I get settled where ever I'm going. That's it, that's the only goal. I don't care about working out, or drinking my water, or eating... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:54:35 EST A very brief update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327618 The project continues. It was due tonight, but they are considering extending the deadline. <BR> <BR> The original comments said I needed to be more specific, this morning I received an email that said I "have too many details, and need to narrow them down." I CAN'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!! I am eating somewhat better, but my exercise & sleep patterns are way off. 22 Days until graduation...I hope. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:52:28 EST We meet again Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322490 Events of this past week are beating me down. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:17:21 EST You guys are awesome motivators! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315003 Update on my journey. I am glad to be home! I just noticed in this vlog that my face is starting to look skinny. Also, please notice all my trophies in the background. That was unintentional, but since they are there I might as well point them out. The big blue one is my State Championship trophy! <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for all the motivation and support you gave me this past week. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:45:49 EST Sluggish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310450 In need of motivation Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:21:39 EST Moving = Hardest workout ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307938 Most recent update Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:57:01 EST Non-scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301159 Woo Hoo!! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:18:34 EST One thing I for got to mention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296871 I gave up sugar 20 days ago, and yesterday someone came by at work to give me free cookies & I said, "no thanks." It didn't even take any extra will power! It was the most natural thing in the world for me to turn it down. Me, turning down sugar, I have never turned down sugar!! This was such a monumental moment for me!! <BR> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 05:14:35 EST