HORSESHOEHONEY's SparkPeople Blog HORSESHOEHONEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 10 years from now. 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! 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 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. 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... 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 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. 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 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? 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... 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. 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. 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! 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 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 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 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 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... motivated and confident. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:55:23 EST I'm back!! 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. 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 Events of this past week are beating me down. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:17:21 EST You guys are awesome motivators! 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 In need of motivation Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:21:39 EST Moving = Hardest workout ever Most recent update Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:57:01 EST Non-scale Victories Woo Hoo!! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:18:34 EST One thing I for got to mention 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 Different is good, right? A new life requires doing things in a new way. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:15:48 EST Past results, future goals Last week I weighed on Sunday & I was 248, which was significantly up from before, so I had to assume a lot of that was water weight. <BR> <BR> Today's weight: 242.6! <BR> <BR> I know it's unrealistic to think I lost 5.4 pounds in one week, but it was still a confidence booster. <BR> <BR> This weeks goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Cardio 2 times this week & strength 2 times this week. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat more balanced meals including fruits vegetables, grains, and lean protein. <BR> <BR> 3) Drink... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:20:49 EST Too busy This week is chaos & I won't be blogging. I will still be tracking, but I just don't have time this week to keep you posted. I'm sorry, but quick update I'm full of motivation & doing great!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week!! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:43:01 EST First time in a long time For the first time in a long time I can say I'm making progress!! YAY!! Woo Hoo!! I have not had sugar all week, and my cravings have reduced drastically. I am now best friends with hot tea and sugar free gum, but I have been overcoming the few cravings with which I am faced. <BR> <BR> Tonight is girls night out and since we are going to dinner I have already gone to the restaurants website and planned what I will order. I wrote it on a piece of paper and placed it in my pocket, so I can ord... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:00:39 EST Sugar Free: Day 3 I have had numerous cravings, but I have made it to day three. I have been contemplating what my $5 reward will be on Saturday, and I have decided to use the money toward paying my entry fee in the first horseshoe tournament of the year this Saturday. <BR> <BR> As for other updates, I've been doing really well eating two pieces of fruit a day, and enjoying guilt free me time, but I'm only doing okay at driving to the gym three days per week. I'm going to designate which days I will actuall... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:55:15 EST Beginning week three's challenge As I mentioned in my previous blog I've been doing pretty well over all. I've lost two pounds in the last two weeks. My Senior project & all that goes with it has kept me from having time to blog & post much, but it hasn't stopped me from accomplishing my small goals. <BR> <BR> I have just completed week two of my "Taming Your Sweet Tooth" challenge. I have tracking when I have cravings, and how much sugar I'm consuming. Week three is going to take a lot more effort for some parts of it. On... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:21:02 EST The journey continues Hey guys! So, I haven't been blogging lately but not because I'm doing poorly. Actually, I'm still following the Spark Diet & working my way through the Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I have just been so busy with my Senior project that I have not had time for extra things like blogging. <BR> <BR> Short update, I'm doing really well right now and the small goals are still working. I will give you all a better update this weekend when I have a couple hours of free time. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:50:57 EST Look at me!! Well, this is the second day in a row I've managed to go to the gym after work, eat fruit with at least two meals, and I've tracked what I ate! I'm still not paying attention to the number of calories, but oddly I seem to be staying in my calorie range anyway, or pretty close to it. I am also not actually working out yet, but that wasn't part of my goals so I don't feel guilty about it. There is really something to this small goals thing, I'm feeling really accomplished & I've not actually do... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:21:27 EST I did it! Okay, so I managed to drive to the gym right after work! I didn't workout because the gym is right beside the library on ECU's campus & I needed to go to the library more, but that's completely beside the point. The point is I made it to the gym! Second, I've eaten fruit with two meals today. So I'm on target and this week is off to a great start! <BR> <BR> I have also started the "Tame your sweet tooth" challenge. This week is just about setting my goals and getting focused, so I know I'll... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:34:12 EST My Fast Break Goals So, during the fast break stage I'm supposed to create extremely easy goals for motivation, nutrition, and fitness. I've thought a lot about this and I've made a list of goals I think will work. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: I'm going to eat a piece of fruit with at least two meals a day. I'm still supposed to track what I eat without worrying about how many calories I'm consuming, which is kind of difficult but I know eventually I'll take that step up so I'm just going to enjoy it for now. <BR> ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:05:56 EST That's not pretty...but Well, I'm following all the recommendations on SparkDiet & I have successfully tracked my calories yesterday and today. The numbers are ugly, but it says that I'm not supposed to worry about that at all for the next few days. <BR> <BR> I have a plan to start the losing your sweet tooth challenge with a SP friend on Monday because I know breaking the sugar addiction will help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Speaking of goals, I'm working on setting one goal for nutrition, fitness, and motivat... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:27:27 EST Why didn't anyone tell me? Let's face it, I was completely grasping at straws when I stumbled onto Spark People via Shape Magazine. I have tried for several years to lose weight, I've tried the fad diets, journaling, counseling, fasting, going overboard on eating healthy & exercising - the problem here is that I can't keep it up in a busy schedule and eventually I stop doing everything; and if reading information about being healthy would do it for me I'd be the healthiest person in the world. <BR> <BR> But those thi... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:09:58 EST Woo Hoo! So far so good today. I know it's only 10:50 in the morning, but so far I have stuck to the plan I made for today. I have also tracked everything I have packed in my lunchbox as well as my breakfast. Plus, I've done pretty well with drinking water today. l'm counting this as my blog post for the day, I hope to check back in later today but I never know what my day will be like. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:53:43 EST Oh my Okay so I committed to blogging everyday this week, and right off the bat I missed Monday. I don't regret it though because I can sincerely say I truly did not have the time to post even for a second yesterday. <BR> <BR> So, that brings me to today. I have done okay today, but I failed to track my calories. I'm going to keep trying and I know I'll get there sooner or later. I did go to the grocery store this evening, and I have a plan for the next three days. I'm trying to accomplish small ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:07:59 EST I got it Okay, so I'm starting small. Today I'm writing my blog now, I'm going to track my calories, and make a meal plan for the week. Those are the only steps I'm going to focus on today. <BR> <BR> I have gotten so far off track that it's going to take some time to get it together, but I can do this. I'm ready to get back on track, and I'm starting slow. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:31:34 EST I got it Okay, so I'm starting small. Today I'm writing my blog now, I'm going to track my calories, and make a meal plan for the week. Those are the only steps I'm going to focus on today. <BR> <BR> I have gotten so far off track that it's going to take some time to get it together, but I can do this. I'm ready to get back on track, and I'm starting slow. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:31:34 EST Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin? Here I am, here I am. <BR> <BR> Okay, so I disappeared temporarily. I'm sure many of you do are bad about this as well. I'm fooling no one by only posting when I'm doing well. It's pretty obvious to anyone who has ever struggled with their weight that the only reason I start making excuses about not having time for things is because I'm not doing them successfully. I have all the time in the world to post about it when I'm doing well and want others to brag on me, but I suddenly become a he... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:30:18 EST Where do I go from here? Okay, so I'm enlisting everyones help to get me thinking deeper about solving this one. Just like everyone else on a journey, I'm starting to make many discoveries about why I binge/overeat. It occurred to me that I have not always been obese, and I haven't always been a slave to food. So, I started contemplating when it all began. At what point in my life did I start gaining weight, and what was going on during that time of my life that would create this behavior. It all started when I moved... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:49:26 EST Game on Okay, I have minimal time to do a lot of work, so I'm going to attempt to find a method that works. I'm simplifying my plan, and hopefully that will make it possible to achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> So here are my goals this week. <BR> <BR> 1. MWF I'm going to the gym at 5:30 to do my treadmill workout. I am using a walking app to go from beginner to 5K. Once I've completed the 12 weeks I'll be up to power walking 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. T/TH I'm going to do strength workout at home at 5... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:17:47 EST Oops, I fell off the wagon and bruised my confidence So, basic overview of my week. This is going to be a hard semester. One of my senior projects has a 69 page instruction manual with it. <em>24</em> I know I can do it, but if I don't pass it first try I fail my Senior II internship and have to do a remediation semester before I can take it again. That would mean another year of college! Yeah, no stress there. They have completely overwhelmed me the first week throwing dates, deadlines, and assignments at me. <BR> I had a massive headache ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:12:10 EST Let the marathon begin! I started my final semester of college today. It started with meetings yesterday, then I went to my internship and more meetings today. Tomorrow, you guessed it, another meeting. I knew the first week was going to be tough with all the meetings, no real schedule or routine, and everything's up in the air. I'm doing the best I can to stay on track, but a headache at 2am kept me out of the gym this morning. After a full day I was just too tired to go this evening. I'm going to keep trying thoug... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:07:31 EST Yesterday was the best day! I had a horseshoe tournament in Raleigh, and the weather was amazing! The average temperature here this time of year is 55 degrees & yesterday is was 75 and sunny. I pitched pretty well; it wasn't the best tournament of my life, but I only lost two games. After doing some research online I found that at my weight i burned 290 calories per hour & I pitched for 3.5 hours! So, if you want a really fun work out, start pitching horseshoes! You can have a great time with... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:20:24 EST Better late than never I'm a lot later with my blog today than I normally am because I took time for game night with friends. Totally worth it, we all had a great time. I've had a pretty successful first day back in town. I got my day started a lot later than I anticipated, but even that didn't cause me too many issues. I drank water, tracked calories, ate well, worked out, and started organizing my life for the upcoming semester. Most of you know by now that I am not a late night person and it is late, so forgive ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:19:37 EST Oh wow, epic fail! Okay so I got ready to do my workout about the time my Mom got home from work. Then, we decided since it was my last night in town we would go out to dinner to enjoy our time together. That wasn't a terrible idea until we opted for Mexican food. There is never any good can come from an endless basket of chips and salsa. Not to mention all the cheese, sour cream, and guacamole slathered on everything. Long story short I didn't workout and did overeat. So, I learn from it and move on. <BR> <B... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:32:27 EST So much to do, so little motivation It's cloudy and raining therefore I have no motivation to get up and get motivated. Since I'm leaving tomorrow morning though I have to get a lot accomplished today and tonight. Sometimes posting to my blog about where I'm going wrong helps me get right. So I thought I would waste a couple more minutes of my day and make and entry to my blog. My thoughts are kind of all over the place today, so I apologize in advance for this blog. <BR> <BR> Last night I went out to eat. I ordered well and ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:56:48 EST