HORSESHOEHONEY's SparkPeople Blog HORSESHOEHONEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Almost back to reality Day after tomorrow I head back to Greenville, then it's back to reality. Although I'm a little nervous about trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together, I'm also very excited to get back to my life and finishing school. It never occurred to me when I came to visit my Mom for 5 weeks how difficult this would be. Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed our time together, and it's been great to see so many of my friends I never get to see when I just come in for a weekend. But it has still been a real... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:50:15 EST That's great news! I went and gave blood tonight and I was really excited when the lady took my blood pressure because it was 118 over 62 and my pulse was 56! That is an incredible improvement from my doctors visit. This was just a small thing, but it really gives me a boost to know I'm heading in the right direction. When I was done giving blood the lady gave me a free t-shirt, I see that as my reward for lowering my blood pressure. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:27:50 EST The airborn turtle After doing so much work this weekend, I've been a little slow getting started. I'm still getting a lot accomplished, but not as much as I'm capable of which is a shame because I've only got a few more days before I start my last semester of college. I did finally get to book my flight to Texas for my trip after graduation, so I'm really excited about that. <BR> <BR> I have looked at the calendar & my trip is 19 weeks away, so I'm going to set a goal for my weight by that time. I know it's ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:59:31 EST Refreshed & Renewed After a long and very exhausting weekend, my Mom's house is completely repainted, the pictures and furniture has been rearranged, carpets shampooed, light fixtures cleaned, and basically it's like a brand new house. Unfortunately it's not my house, so in a few days I'll home and not get to enjoy all of my hard work. <BR> <BR> Although I have have enjoyed visiting with mom & helping her out around here, I'm ready to get back to my life. I feel like someone just pushed a pause button on my li... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:35:31 EST A job well done...well almost. Today I worked for 14 hours painting the living room, shampooing carpets, cleaning light fixtures, and caulking around the sinks and showers. Mom didn't get completely finished with carpet shampooing until 9:00 tonight, and since we had been working since 8 this morning we decided to call it a night. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will vacuum the house to make the carpets fluffy again. Then we will paint the last bedroom, and finally we will move all the furniture back where it belongs. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:17:48 EST Can I get a Woo Hoo? I have now been sugar free for 10 days, and my weight this morning was the lowest so far. Before Christmas when I started gaining, or just barely maintaining, my lowest weight was 241.2 and this morning I was 240.8! I did my measurements yesterday and all of my measurements went down by at least 1/2" to 1". I also did my one minute fitness test for push-ups and crunches I doubled the number I could do since last month! This was by far the most exciting results I've gotten. It showed me that a... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:02:41 EST Tales of a sugar fiend When I went to the doctor a few weeks ago, I found out that I'm pre-diabetic & my cholesterol is borderline (ssshhh don't tell my mother she would have a stroke). Actually this is the first time I've admitted it to anyone. This I believe was my turning point more than anything else. I realized I'm killing myself with a fork. When my doctor told me this she said she wants to retest me in 6 months, that gives me until April to really get it together. Since getting this news I have tried everyth... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:34:28 EST Gettin' the hang of this...maybe. Yesterday I had a schedule and list of things I wanted to accomplish. I was successful in completing all but one of the items. The only item I didn't complete wasn't for lack of trying, rather I didn't have what I needed to work with to get it finished. <BR> <BR> I did really well on my workout, bible study, tracking calories, and I still haven't eaten sugar. I need to drink a lot more water today because I only drank 4 of my 8 cups yesterday. I have a hard time drinking water when it's col... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:03:56 EST Here's to little victories! Yesterday I sat down and made a plan for the next seven days. I'm really excited because I think this will keep me from wasting so much time. I was much more productive yesterday. I did mild cardio, but too not much because I was really dizzy all afternoon. I feel much better this morning and I'm getting ready to get to work. <BR> <BR> The other victory I had was at dinner last night. I had dinner with a friend last night at a Japanese restaurant. I ate string cheese before I went to the re... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:37:08 EST Feel like I'm in a maze I thought I would love having 5 weeks off to rest and get ready for my final semester of college. This is the first time I haven't had a job to work while I was out of classes. I am quickly discovering that I could never be a house wife effectively. I run around in circles and accomplish nothing. <BR> <BR> I wake up whenever because I have nowhere to be & no time to be there, and I imagine myself getting so much done throughout the day. Realistically though, I do nothing and the next thing ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:04:11 EST Off to a great start! Today I helped my Mom paint her kitchen and dining room. It was a lot of work, but we finished the entire job! We still have the living room to paint on Saturday. <BR> <BR> My day today was unique, but I still met several goals I had set for the day. I drank plenty of water, painting definitely covered my workout, stayed in my calorie range, and I weighed today. <BR> <BR> With all we had going on I didn't have time update my measurements. I will do that in the morning. <BR> <BR> I hope ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:05:14 EST 2013 Goals Below are my goals for the upcoming year. I made 12 because I hope to add one a month until I have all 12 incorporated as part of my routine. So, for the month of January I will start the year with weighing weekly & taking my body measurements every month. I thought since this was already pretty much a habit it would be a good one to set me up for success. <BR> <BR> 1. Slow down and eat mindfully. <BR> 2. Eat 5 fruit & veggies per day. <BR> 3. Take my body measurements every month & wei... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:02:20 EST Back to reality Well, we have made it back from the beach. For the most part I did really well. I could have done better in the amount of exercise or water included in my weekend, but I am really pretty pleased with my results. Also, today was day 5 with no sugar! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will spend extra time really considering my goals for 2013. I choose not to refer to them as resolutions because I am very goal oriented, and therefore I set goals. <BR> <BR> I apologize for this post not having more details... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:10:18 EST Gaining Confidence Some of you may have noticed that I have no actual pictures of myself on my Spark page. Since I have gained weight I have gained master Ninja skills when it comes to avoiding a camera. <BR> <BR> Well, I have recently realized that avoiding cameras does not leave me skinny it leaves me in denial. Today I have finally come to terms with it, and have posted a picture of myself. <BR> <BR> For the record I'm pretty intelligent when it comes to computers, but I tried everything I could think of... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:28:41 EST It's been a great day! Typically when I'm traveling with family I lose my mind. I start eating out, stop working out, eat terribly & just take on their unhealthy behaviors. I didn't do an actual workout, but I've done a ton of walking. This includes several times when I would have driven in times past. <BR> <BR> I have continued to track calories & journal about my sugar cravings. I have now gone a total of four days without eating sugar! It has been hard & I have had a lot of cravings, but I have managed to ove... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:11:27 EST Patience, Grasshopper So, it's day 3 with no sugar...yay!! I'm still having cravings, but they are much more manageable than when I first began. <BR> <BR> Along with the no sugar challenge I've also been doing pretty well about tracking calories, making good choices, and drinking water. It's the exercise portion that still needs improvement. I walked on the treadmill today, and thankfully I didn't experience a headache or anything afterwards so I think that is finally behind me. Now, I just have to get back in t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:29:51 EST Breaking the sugar addiction Yesterday I began the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" and the first step of my Week 1 Action Plan was to take an assessment which basically told me that I am drug addict and sugar is my drug of choice (not a surprise). That brings me to step 2 of my Week 1 Action Plan, list the reasons I want to cut back. I've been thinking about this and the reasons are numerous, but I'll start with my top 3 reasons. <BR> <BR> 1) Eating sugar keeps me hungry so I continuously overeat & gain weight, rathe... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:36:03 EST