IGSBETH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IGSBETH IGSBETH'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/ New Year's Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286925 I think my New Year's Resolution is to let everyone in my life know how loved they are. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:21:17 EST Labor Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231005 I spent all Labor Day weekend working out- I canoed, and I swam, and I walked, and I took pictures of herons and egrets and geese. It was completely lovely. I did at least 12 hours of exercise. I am proud of myself! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:00:34 EST Gang Aft A-gley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061717 I spoke too early about how well I was doing. My tinnitus jumped into hypermode of awfulness. <BR> That is how I gained all this weight, overeating to try to cope with the pain. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I had a quilt planned out in my head and the fabric to make it with, so when I got home from work, after dinner I started in on the quilt. I got very absorbed in it and worked for 4.5 hours. By the time I finished the quilt top, it was bedtime and I had not done any overeating. <BR> I am very proud... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:30:06 EST Keeping on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061079 I am doing pretty well, I think. I ate more than usual yesterday, but I was hungry, and I managed to stop eating once I felt satisfied. I think it's okay, especially as I had quite a few days where my calories were on the lower side. <BR> <BR> I have joined a challenge where you pay money into a pot and the people with the highest percentage of weight loss win a percentage of the pot back. I read that people are better at losing weight with a monetary incentive, so I thought I'd try it. It w... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:17:37 EST Energy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051339 I felt really energetic today! It was great. Instead of sitting around at work, being bored during a slow period, I got up and shelved book for over four hours. That has to count as exercise at least a little bit! Woo hoo! Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:20:55 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037677 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! <BR> <BR> I know I am going to have a very healthy Thanksgiving. We are going to have a relatively small meal with only healthy dishes. My biggest worry is carsickness, and I got some ginger candy to help with that! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a good one! Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:12:00 EST Striving Ever Higher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036277 Well, here it is, my fifth Sparkiversary. I think that's pretty impressive! <BR> <BR> I swam for two hours straight today, and with that swim I met my goal of fitness minutes for the year! Way to celebrate! I also burned a lot of calories, which is good because over Thanksgiving I will be stranded where I don't have a lot of fitness options. <BR> <BR> I've been avoiding swimming, although I love it, for two reasons- I fall asleep for a loooong time after a swim, and I get so hungry that I m... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:24:52 EST A New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035281 Today is my birthday. I don't really celebrate it. I haven't for a long time. <BR> <BR> But it is certainly a time to think about how I am doing. Especially because my fifth Sparkiversary is in two more days. I don't even have to look that up. <BR> <BR> I have gained a lot of weight in the past two years. I wish I hadn't, but I am not entirely ashamed. The weight gain was from trying to deal with another condition, one that is now being treated with medication. I did whatever I could to jus... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:10:23 EST Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033015 My doctor is really freaked out about my levels of Vitamin D. Even supplements haven't gotten the level up to where they need to be, so she is starting me on prescription Vitamin D. <BR> Clearly my sense of humor is malfunctioning as well, because I find this really funny. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself, because I am working 9-9 today, but I managed to get up early, do my strength training, enroll in my health insurance plan for the coming year and go to the pharmacy to pick up my prescripti... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:39:58 EST The Simple Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030933 I decided to go on a walk before work this morning. A bike ride would have burned more calories, but I just wanted to walk and enjoy the outdoors. On my way out, I saw a neighbor hauling bags of yard waste to the curb, and told him that my mom would really love his pine needles. He gave me four bags of pine needles and lent me his wheelbarrow to haul them to my house. <BR> I didn't get my mom a birthday present, so this is her birthday present, haha. It's what she wants, though. It's the sim... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:48:01 EST Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030474 I went to the doctor today and got my flu shot and a clean bill of health. My blood pressure is perfect, she said. Yay! Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:56:49 EST Walking Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029808 Yesterday, for the challenge I am doing, we were supposed to read this article and try a walking meditation: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well<BR>ness_articles.asp?id=894 <BR> <BR> I was very skeptical. I am terrible at traditional meditation, and believe me, I've worked at it. <BR> Meditation is very important to the church I attend and is included in every service. <BR> <BR> I also walk a lot already. I didn't think it would work at all. <BR> <BR> To my surprise, it d... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:10:46 EST Planning for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027720 One thing that I realized from tracking is that what I consider in my poor, misinformed brain to be the "correct" amount of food per meal is actually not enough. So either I eat more than I think I should and I beat myself up, OR I get way too hungry and I binge, and then I really beat myself up. <BR> <BR> So my solution is to track my food and keep Triscuits and string cheese at work at all times. I track my food and supplement my packed lunch with either Triscuits or string cheese, dependi... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 11:33:18 EST Rolling along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027266 I am keeping on. As always with tracking, sometimes I feel like I overate and it is a relief to track and see that I needed those calories. <BR> I feel like I am doing well with eating and with working out. It's progress. I am really pleased to have any progress, however slow. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, I went to the gym to do laps during my lunch break at work. I saw two of my eighth grade teachers, and we were ecstatic to see each other. I was surprised though, when they praised me for going to... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:14:45 EST Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014843 I am going to be honest and say that I have really been struggling with fitness for the past three years. I was working two jobs, one of them full-time, while earning my second master's degree. Free time was tight, and comfort eating was rampant. And when I finished that degree, because of the pain I experience with tinnitus, I had trouble stopping comfort eating. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I did something that had been under discussion for eleven years. I did something that I should have done... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:04:42 EST Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014621 According to my tracker, I am short of calories for the day. I need 600-988 more calories. BUT I am already over my recommended fiber for the day. So what am I supposed to eat that has no fiber in it? Ice cream? LOL. <BR> The thing is, you exercise more and the tracker recommends more calories for the day, but you don't get a bigger allowance for fiber, fat, carbs, etc. I never have a problem with eating too much protein, but I don't know how to raise my calories for the day that much witho... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 22:58:34 EST Sleep Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866295 Ugh, my sleep schedule is SO messed up right now. I have been trying to keep to a sleep schedule, but last night I was up for hours with ear ache. <BR> <BR> Today, er yesterday, I got off work early, and I slept from 4 pm until 1 a.m. <BR> <BR> I don't have to work tomorrow, but it will be so difficult to not fall asleep during the day! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:07:17 EST Thanksgiving plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821114 Mom and Dad are going to St Louis for Thanksgiving and I am reluctantly joining them. It means we will eat out for Thanksgiving. Last year Mom and Dad did this on their own and ended up eating Ethiopian (because it was the only place open). I love Ethiopian, but sounds a bit grim for Thanksgiving. I want a family Thanksgiving, but I would rather stay home and cook. I even know some of the things I would like to cook. Unfortunately, with all the food nuts in my family, there is no hope of th... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:35:12 EST Let there be peace on earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714894 Well, I got up this morning for our sibling walk. Everyone else was asleep and it was raining. <BR> I shrugged and went back to bed. <BR> <BR> My sister is acting furious at me, and I did not do anything. <BR> <BR> My dad says she fell over the guinea pig cage last night. If true, I should be the one mad at her for falling on top of my widdle baby. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of all the hostility for no reason. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:46:08 EST Sister Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714252 I have had a hard time lately finding any motivation to do any work out before work. <BR> <BR> My sister, bless her, has motivation to spare. She got me and my brother up at 7 today. we went for a walk and then did strength training. <BR> <BR> I really needed this, and my sister did it in such a gracious way. Whenever my mom tries to motivate me she only succeeds in making me feel like dirt. <BR> <BR> It was also really cool to do this together with all three siblings. We rarely get togeth... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:53:55 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611169 I have been so sick this month, and now I have an ear infection. Can't go swimming, waaah! <BR> I need it to clear up soon so I can fly to Chicago. <BR> I want to be healthy again! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:42:19 EST Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537696 I swam for 90 minutes nonstop today! Usually I stop when I have to pee, and I didn't have to, haha. <BR> <BR> On the downside, I think I stepped in dog poop walking in the dark tonight. <em>39</em> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:51:58 EST See my Smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535945 It was a beautiful day today, and my brother had been fixing up the bikes, so I went out for a spin. <BR> It was uphill for most of the way, but I resisted the urge to cut the ride in half. <BR> Towards the end of the ride, one road was downhill all the way, with a bust road at the bottom. <BR> <BR> It was at this point that I discovered I had no brakes. I dragged one foot, but that barely slowed me down. <BR> <BR> Luckily I was on the sidewalk, not the road, and I was able to ride my bik... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:38:03 EST Stuuborn as a Mule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521399 Today I did 26 minutes of Zumba, then I did the 30 day shred. On the second set of exercises (out of three) I pulled a leg muscle so badly I can still feel it, hours later. <BR> I turned off the DVD and laid/walked until I could finally use the leg normally again. <BR> Then I went back and finished the DVD! It was so tempting to call it a day, but I finished! Yay! <BR> Feeling proud! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:31:54 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518652 I'm feeling better! I did Tae Bo today, no problem. Yay! <BR> <BR> I also went on two fairly dramatic walks so far. <BR> <BR> On the first one, my mom and I took our 16 year old dog out. She's fairly grumpy in her old age. I mean, she's a sweetie, but she does not want to be approached by strange dogs and people. So when a friendly goldendoodle approached her and started sniffing her butt, she started growling. Mom got between her and the other dog. Then she fell down, and I didn't know if ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:46:42 EST Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517053 I am feeling better finally! I did my full strength training routine and did 20 minutes on the elliptical today. What a relief! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:27:28 EST Well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515200 Between coming back from vacation and lingering illness, I am really out of my fitness groove. I only had a cold, but somehow it hit me in the fitness-area hard, and today it was really all I felt I could manage to do one set of strength training. <BR> But I'm trying! <BR> I hope I feel up to scratch soon. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:10:26 EST Whee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500184 I reached 2,000 fitness minutes for September! Usually I hit 1,800 fitness minutes for the month and I'm pumped to get that extra trophy. <BR> <BR> I'm going to Disneyworld for a week on Friday- that's going to mess with my monthly totals for October! <BR> <BR> Oh, and I have 16,100 fitness minutes for the year so far. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:48:46 EST Spark on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427506 I reached over 12,000 fitness minutes for the year today! That's more than my yearly goal! Yay! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:46:47 EST Tracking is important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409637 I was in a hurry this morning, and so didn't eat much for breakfast and lunch. I had a banana for breakfast, and for lunch I had a salmon patty with ketchup and a peach. <BR> <BR> When I tracked this just now, it weighs in at a total of 269 calories. For two meals. <BR> <BR> This is why I need to track. I have a tendency to eat too little, get ravenously hungry, and go eat whatever junk is closest at hand. <BR> <BR> At least I'm aware. Grrrr. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:42:34 EST Bike Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400144 This morning my parents informed that they they are lending the exercise bike to one of my dad's co-workers. I love my exercise bike, especially in this hot weather, and I was dripping sweat from using it as they told me. It's a "loan," but for how long? The dude wants to borrow it because he has a bad knee, and that is not going to go away. He needs his own bike. <BR> <BR> My mom bought an exercise bike in the '70s, a Schwinn, and she loved it. I started using it in middle school and did so... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:46:24 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388945 I am not gonna make my weekly fitness minutes this week, which is really unusual for me. <BR> <BR> This week, I attended a funeral out-of-state for a beloved family member, had two school assignments due, took a midterm, and had two computers break down while I took that midterm. I worked frantically to try to find a host family for a boy with a visa deadline. I couldn't sleep the night after the funeral and have been exhausted. <BR> <BR> I have no free time, I can't cook, I can't work out... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:50:44 EST Time Crunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380243 I haven't had time to work out today or yesterday. Exasperating. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:08:10 EST Beep Beep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378044 Me to co-worker: Anyone want to dare me to wear my antennae to the gym? <BR> Co-worker: I dare you to wear your antennae to the gym. <BR> Me: Cool! <BR> <BR> In other words, it is summer reading at the library, our theme is outer space, and we are full of new ways to amuse ourselves. <BR> <BR> In case anyone is wondering, I was NOT the weirdest person at the gym. That would be the guy walking around the track backwards with his eyes closed. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:06:24 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376655 I won an exercise DVD on the bonus wheel spin today! Thank you, Sparkpeople! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:15:31 EST Questionable Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363407 My mom is really gung-ho on a diet now. She is totally convinced that she knows all the answers. <BR> <BR> The answers involve avoiding dairy and all processed food, and eating two huge salads twice a day. <BR> <BR> She is convinced she can get all the protein she needs by eating almost nothing but fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> She is not vegan or vegetarian. <BR> <BR> I am NOT convinced that you get enough protein this way. <BR> <BR> Also, it's just cruising for a bruising. Eventual... Tue, 21 May 2013 12:07:02 EST Progress of a Sort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358520 I was doing so well with my eating yesterday, and I was so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Then at the end of the work day, 9 PM, I was struck by enormous hunger pangs, even though I'd eaten most of my day's calories. I wanted to eat York patties until I was sick. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't do that. I did go home and ate two salads with chicken breast. <BR> I went over my calories for the day. <BR> <BR> But it was healthy food. <BR> <BR> Progress. Not perfect progress, but still progress. Thu, 16 May 2013 11:48:06 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357558 Today there was a bunch of muffins and doughnuts and whatnot at work for an early morning meeting. Not only did I not eat any, I didn't WANT any. It's a small step, but also a big one because I have really been struggling! Wed, 15 May 2013 14:35:29 EST Unpleasant Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276132 I was only sick for a week, but it's a really unpleasant surprise to find how much I deconditioned. <BR> Before, I could easily do an hour of Zumba- now I struggle to reach 40 minutes. <BR> Oh well, you get up, brush yourself off and keep gooing. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:19:31 EST Back to business! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272740 I've been so sick the past week or so. It was "only" a cold, but I was so miserable, and I couldn't work out. I've never had a cold that bad before. <BR> <BR> I was so happy to be able to work out again today! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when I took my dog for a walk, she had diarrhea, and I had to give her a bath afterwards. My brother may never forgive me for waking him up to hold the dog still while I washed poop off her. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:10:39 EST Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249161 I mismanaged my time today, oops. I got up, double checked my homework assignments one last time and turned them in. I went to the gym and swam for 50 minutes. Then I washed the bird poop off my car. I packed food for two meals, showered and headed off. <BR> <BR> I thought I had time to get my hair cut and then quickly eat the lunch I packed, but my haircut ended five minutes before I had to be at work across the street. So I gulped down a granola bar- but had no time for lunch. <BR> <BR> H... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:52:29 EST Spread the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247937 My mom says that she did four full length push ups because she coudn't let me beat her. <em>334</em> Go Mom! <BR> <BR> Today I had an extra snack at lunch- but it was carrots and dip instead of the King Cake on the counter. Woo-hoo! It was delicious! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:16:26 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244367 I did ten full length push ups in a row! Wooooooooo! <BR> I need to work on getting deeper, but Mom says I have good form. <BR> <BR> And Mom bought me some ten pound weights so I can continue to challenge myself! Yay! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:10:53 EST Cooking and Growing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240796 My brother cooked his first SparkPeople recipe yesterday. He picked it out himself. <BR> <BR> Aaaaw, isn't it sweet when they grow up? <BR> <BR> (If you are wondering what it was, I have no idea. He just happened to mention it was from SparkRecipes. It was basically chili, minus water, in a stir fry pan.) Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:38:56 EST Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228650 Yesterday I went over my calories. I am not sure why. I was just so hungry. <BR> I ate my "dinner" at work at 4 pm, due to our weird scheduling, and another dinner when I got home at 9 p.m. <BR> I just wasn't feeling well, and I was starving. <BR> <BR> \I know it's not the end of the world, and I will certainly strive to do better today. It's just weird that some days I can eat at the low range of my calories and be content, and other days I cannot. I am just going to assume that I needed t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:35:40 EST January: Jumpstarted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222902 I finished the January Jumpstart Challenge today! Yes, I started it before January. So sue me. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost any weight, but I am in much better control of my eating and hopefully I will start losing soon. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my morning walk in. I had just enough time to make it, but my dog walked a short distance and then refused to go anywhere but back home. It was rather wet out. <BR> <BR> Something may have been bothering her, because shortly after we got home her legs... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:05:16 EST Sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221612 Yesterday I walked 3.5 miles and did my regular strength training. I also went to the gym and used the elliptical training machine. I haven't used it for a long time, I was on 50 minutes, and I used a high resistance. I was sure that today, I would have nice sore arms and legs. I wanted sore arms and legs. <BR> <BR> Today, I am sore all right, but it's in my abs. Go figure that one out. <BR> <BR> I am having trouble losing weight, so I have decided to start working out on the elliptical aga... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:26:30 EST Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208290 This morning, I said to my dog, "Let me just do a quick fitness video, then I'll take you for a walk." <BR> I went upstairs, did my fitness video, came downstairs, and without any prompting the dog hopped off the couch and walked to the door. <BR> How did she DO that? I know for a fact she is too deaf to distinguish the work "walk" anymore. I can tap dance in front of her while yelling WALK and she will not react. Usually she reacts to either her leash or me putting my coat on, and I did not... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:52:20 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206842 I am really frustrated that I ran out of time to take the dog on a walk today. I didn't have to go in till noon, so I did my homework first, then my strength training. At that point I figured I had time to do 40 minutes of Zumba and then take the dog for a walk. <BR> Well, the phone kept ringing and interrupting, and I had to shower and eat lunch, and I just ran out of time. Poor doggy. When I put my coat on, she thought that meant it was time to go for a walk. I hate disappointing her. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:09:51 EST Bleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203785 So this morning, I got up, I did my January Jumpstart video. I heard my mom's voice, but thought she was talking to the dog. I went downstairs and greeted my dad, grabbed an apple for breakfast- and the front door opened and paramedics came in. <BR> <BR> Oh, hello, fellow City employees. I wasn't expecting you, or I would have changed out of my jammies. <BR> <BR> So, my dad fainted while I was upstairs working out. My mom called 911, and they are STILL at the hospital running tests. Every... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:07:02 EST