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/ 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 Party Central http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202098 Today we had a big breakfast for all city employees. I was determined to eat healthy. I ate a banana before I left the house so hunger would not affect my judgment. At the breakfast, I had a small amount of ham, one biscuit, a small amount of gravy, milk, and yogurt and granola. All together, it tracks at more calories than I usually eat for breakfast, but a lot less than I could have eaten. No cheese grits (this is the South), no doughnuts, no hot chocolate. And honestly, I was still hungr... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:09:50 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200391 Well, it's raining today, so I used the stationary bike instead of going for a walk before work. <BR> My dog was disappointed, but I was happy. I know the bike is a better workout, but my doggy loves her walks so much, I can't disappoint her without an excuse. It is a miracle she is doing so well at age 15, and I can't take it for granted. <BR> My left leg is nice and sore, so that means I got a good workout. I do wonder why it is only the left leg. <BR> <BR> I am bracing myself for the wor... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:31:39 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184872 I have started the New Year off with a Sparkbang! Today I walked 1.5 miles, I biked for 30 minutes, I did Zumba for 55 minutes, and I did two fitness videos. <BR> <BR> My mom was feeling sort of sluggish, so I brought down my laptop and asked her to do Coach Nicole's seated cardio video with me. (Come on, Mom, you don't even have to stand up!) It was hilarious. It started when Coach Nicole said, "Imagine a soccer ball between your feet." My mom kept coming up with progressively funnier comme... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:31:54 EST Time for a Clean Slate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182391 Well, I'm not proud of everything I did this year, but here is one thing to celebrate! <BR> <BR> I earned a total of exactly 21,000 fitness minutes this year. That's 3,000 more than last year! Yippee!! <BR> <BR> I earned 2,030 fitness minutes this month! <BR> <BR> Now time for a clean start and concentrating on my eating. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:42:07 EST Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157118 I am really quite happy that I went to the ear doctor today and only one hearing aid had to be sent off to the manufacturer. I thought they were both dead. <BR> <BR> I am gonna hit 500 fitness minutes for the month today! <BR> <BR> I am also feeling ready for my debate, and wish it were tonight so I could get it done. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:56:50 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156042 Hi guys! <BR> I am still here. This is my last week for the semester and I just can't wait to be over. <BR> First I have a final and a debate. <BR> <BR> So I am just full of nervous energy, and when you add in the nice warm weather, I've been walking about six miles a day. Keeping busy! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:59:36 EST Home again, home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134181 Hi guys, I'm back! <BR> <BR> I gotta say, the whole time I was gone I really wanted to do Zumba, I came back and I couldn't get the wii remote to work. I did Tae Bo instead. GRRRR. <BR> <BR> I had a very nice layover in Germany. I bought myself a nice German-language paperback, and ended up talking to a nice man from Portugal for most of the time. It was really interesting, and the most I talked to someone from Portugal the whole trip. <BR> <BR> I arrived in Portugal around noon on Friday... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:19:40 EST TTFN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128167 I'm on my way to Lisbon! The airline changed my flight, so I am flying through Chicago and Frankfort instead. I am ridiculously excited to have a layover in Germany. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:15:14 EST Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126241 Oh, I feel so much better today. <BR> <BR> I've been sick, and even after I was back to work, I had some spells of feeling unwell, and so I haven't worked out in forever, and I was so stressed over this big paper I had to write. <BR> <BR> Today, I just turned the paper in, and I did 45 minutes of Zumba. <BR> <BR> I feel like a mensch. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, I am flying to Portugal, so I will continue to be AWOL. <BR> <BR> I am flying through Newark, which is supposed to be stormy, so ple... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 13:53:19 EST Carrots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107566 Tonight I had one of those nights. You know. I basically wanted to eat an entire grocery store. <BR> <BR> I couldn't decide if I wanted a container of ice cream or a bag of chips or both. <BR> <BR> One thing that saved me was my mom's car was parking mine in, and I was not sure if I knew how to turn its headlights on, LOL. <BR> <BR> But instead of heading outside to investigate, I sat down and ate about half a bag of carrots. No doubt I will have runs tomorrow, but the caloric damage is i... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:40:31 EST Not enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103839 Due to my lovely job, I have a membership to a lovely gym. The lovely gym is technically next to my job, with a lovely park in between. <BR> <BR> On many days, I walk this short distance to the gym during my lunch break. I walk around the track so that I will be active, yet not get all sweaty before returning to work. <BR> <BR> Today, I did just that, but as I set foot on the track, I thought about the minimal amount of calories this would burn, the minimal return on my time spent out of my... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:07:03 EST An Act of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096519 My dog is 15 years old. Sometimes her limbs fail her and she falls down for no reason. Sometimes she has accidents indoors. <BR> <BR> Every morning, I take her on a short walk. It is .39 miles. I track it as 10 minutes, but sometimes it takes us 15. It allows her to enjoy the outdoors, sniff for other dogs, and go potty. (Of course she has plenty of opportunities to use the back yard, but she is more likely to do it on a walk. I clean up after her, I promise.) <BR> <BR> She walks so slo... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:21:58 EST Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095305 I'm going to St. Louis this weekend to visit with my BFF. We can't wait! <BR> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:18:14 EST Chocolate and Sauerkraut and Bears- oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089956 Last night I was in bed already when my friend Horst called. Horst volunteered at the Oktoberfest today, and could he bring us some of the leftover food? Well, there only one answer to that, even at ten at night. It was so funny. He bought us literally a bucket full of 8 pounds of sauerkraut, and some potato salad, and soft pretzels, and an entire Black Forest cake. OMG. <BR> <BR> It was sooo generous. I made sure that he got some of it to take with him, but we got the lion's share. <BR> ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:02:48 EST When Hungry, Avoid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088986 You know that you should avoid grocery shopping when you're hungry, right? <BR> <BR> Turns out you should also avoid making book displays when hungry. <BR> <BR> ROFL. <BR> <BR> I just replaced a big zombie book display in the library with a sumptous display of comfort food recipe books. <BR> <BR> One hour left till lunch. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:02:58 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088897 I hit 700 fitness minutes this week, I must be neglecting my studies. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have also stayed off sugar for two whole weeks! There are even doughnuts in the break room today, and there was candy yesterday, and I'm not touching them! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't lost any weight yet... I bowed to the inevitable and got my fat clothes out of the attic . At least I have something to cover my body till I lose this excess weight again. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:12:33 EST