IS1GAR's SparkPeople Blog IS1GAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 100 days Log in to SparkPeople I feel accomplished today, I have been back faithfully for 100 days. <BR> I fell of the wagon before the end of 2014. I have learned very good lessons on that time. <BR> Since I was not logging in and count for every morsel I ate, guess what my lost weight came back, my energy drained and my spirits were through the mud. <BR> I was feeling ill and achy to the point that I had to go to the doctor at the beginning of Jan. Well doctor found some arthritis on my old bones that was the pain and... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:12:32 EST Consistency Streak Since I started my new Consistency Streak on July 14th, to do 10 or more fitness minutes per day as the Spark Guy suggested in the email I received. <BR> I was able to keep it going for 8 days, however, yesterday I broke that promise to do at least 10 minutes and I feel really bad about it, but the truth of the matter is I didn't put any effort to check yesterday to see how many minutes I had dedicated to myself and if I was reaching my goal for the day. <BR> Today is a new day and I'm starti... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:10:18 EST One step at the time I have experienced a long time to recuperate and get back on track. <BR> I was doing so well for over 2 years but then results stop from happening and got discourage, as they say "I fell off the wagon" <BR> As result I gained weight and felt depress, started to feel pain and aches I had not felt in a long time I had started to rely on Tums to relieve my heart burn, the cycle was getting bigger and bigger as I kept getting deeper and deeper. <BR> I choose to take control again and instead of l... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:18:53 EST Though Year Slowly coming back. <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:57:29 EST Cholesterol Here and there I have had cholesterol above the ideal number of "200", since I changed my lifestyle by eating good and exercising I have been able to keep it check. As everybody that follows my blogs knows I fell of the wagon around the Holidays and as result I started to feel tire, stress, not able to sleep good and my blood pressure was also acting up. I went to the doctor for a much needed physical, he didn't think the blood pressure numbers were anything to be concern about because they... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:47:42 EST Journey's Challenges Good morning to all my Spark Friends <BR> As you all might have noticed I have been somewhat absent, here is why. <BR> The month of December was challenging for me in many ways, as is for most of us, how you recover is the key to maintain your healthy lifestyle. The mistake I made were several: short myself in the fitness area, eat sweets and other foods not so healthy, not drinking enough water, stay motivated with my progress and instead allowed myself to get depress as result of all these... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:09:47 EST My New Years Wish For You <BR> may you have.... <BR> <BR> 12 months of happiness <BR> 25 weeks of fun and laughter <BR> 365 days of success <BR> 8,760 hours of good health <BR> 252,600 minutes of good luck <BR> and 3153600 seconds of joy. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:11:30 EST Merry Christmas!!! I wish all my Spark friends a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:52:13 EST I'm Trying I keep trying to eat healthy and with portion control, keep pushing forward on my journey to stay fit and trying to stay and get stronger, but the truth of the matter is, I have the Holidays Blues. I lost my mom to breast cancer on a Christmas Eve and my dad had a massive heart attack on Father's Day. Both gone now for a few years but missed them the same....I was an only child so all I have is my own family, husband, 2 daughters and 4 grand children. My oldest moved to CO and it has been ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:37:55 EST Virtual Trip Updates Made it to Mississippi, <em>244</em> <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:02:23 EST Weekend Away!!!!! This weekend I'm in Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando for the Cheer Leaders Regionals Competition. <BR> My grand daughter is competing with the Royal Palm Beach Wild Cats. <BR> Imaging being in a resort with over 800 young girls......Help! <BR> But having fun with my daughter and my grand daughters. <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:41:17 EST Virtual Trip Updates I'm still crossing Alabama in my journey to CA. I have not walked as much as I was on October but I keep my walk going....I'll get there some day. <BR> I went on an actual business trip to Atlanta last weekend 11/15 to 11/17. <BR> My non scale victories have really being making a big difference on my new life style and commitment to be healthy and fit. <BR> I got to the Hotel much earlier than the rest of the group so once checked in and took my clothes out of the suitcase I put on my sneake... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:59:42 EST Crossing AL in my Virtual Trip to CA I'm on mile 28 of the 69 miles to cross AL <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Here are some images of Sweet Home Alabama. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:32:42 EST Virtual Road Trip Progress <img src=""> <BR> I crossed the State Line, I walked all the North stretch of Florida. <BR> It feels good to accomplish the first 365 miles. <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:58:15 EST Virtual Road Trip Progress Sweet Home Alabama! Here I come <em>104</em> <BR> This morning I'm 8 miles away from the State Line of Alabama. <BR> I did my 10 miles this morning on my bike and I will walk the rest by this afternoon treadmill & bike to make it there. <em>244</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:11:13 EST Virtual Road Trip Progress Almost to Sweet Alabama State Line. Few more miles ahead.... <em>311</em> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 14:23:32 EST My Virtual Road Trip to CA I'm 88 miles from the State line of Alabama. Traveling West on I-10 crossing exit 56, there is not much to talk about in this section of the trip but every mile counts to my fitness level and my health. <BR> Keep walking! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:59:40 EST Virtual Road Trip Progress It is been a little over a month of recording just the walk & cycling miles and I have recorded 241 miles so far, according to my calculations I'm passing exit 112 traveling West on I-10 near Bonifay, FL here are some fun facts about Florida; <BR> FL State Animal <BR> <img src=""> <BR> FL State Bird <BR> <img src=""> <BR> FL State Butterfly <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:20:27 EST My Journey as a Virtual Road Trip Since I started my weight loss journey and healthy living 2 years ago I have seen a lot of benefits in my life, but they had not motivated me enough to be consistent with my fitness minutes until now. <BR> I appreciate everyone that has stopped by and comment and encourage me to continue. <BR> AKATHLEEN54 Sorry I confused you with my most resent blog....I forget not everyone knows about the "virtual" trip....Hey you might never know I might walk around the country some day..... <em>246</em> ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:24:11 EST I'm going through the State Capital! Today I'm visiting the State Capital; Yes I have recorded 160.5 miles from my home, on my way to CA or bust..... <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My weight it seems to be about the same but since I'm only weighting myself at the end of the month, I'm going for last weight in Sept 30th (was the same). However I have been increasing the minutes between doing my stationary bike and my treadmill, also my Saturday walks at the Trail. T... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:57:20 EST My Lost Body Weight in a Backpack Today is the end of the month and as I promised I will weight and take body measurements only on the last day of the month, here are the results: <BR> Weight: 176 Lbs (The same) <BR> Waist: 35" (down 1") <BR> Hips: 41" (same) <BR> Thigh: 21" (same) <BR> Arm: 12.5" (down .5") <BR> Neck: 15" (same) <BR> Calf: 14.75 (same) <BR> I recently put my lost weight in a backpack that I almost can't pick up. <BR> Today while I was taking my measurements I realize the 34 Lbs. only counts the weigh... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:37:41 EST Another FL Rainy Morning Is was raining really bad this morning when my alarm went off to wake me up for my Saturday morning 4 miles walk with my Spark Friends. <BR> I decided I was staying home and walk in the treadmill as the rest of the week. Since I had the time today I did something I wanted to do for a long time. I put together the weight I have lost so far in my journey inside a back pack. <BR> I first bagged in zip lock bags fresh cat litter until I ran out....I don't think my cat would had like if I took t... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:21:45 EST My Virtual Visit to Osceola National Forest Another 10 miles this morning in my bike. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Will continue my journey..... <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:39:15 EST My Virtual Road Trip Since I started on 9/15/2013 I have recorded 60 miles between walking and the stationary bike. <BR> This put me on I-10 West between Baker and Columbia Counties, by the Okefenokee Swamp (I'm still in FL <em>246</em> ) <img src=""> <BR> Stopping by the Osceola National Forest and enjoy the scenery. <BR> This challenge has helped me focus in putting the miles and the rest will be history. <BR> Today I got a message from Spark Radio Lily,... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:43:49 EST First Coast Heart Walk 2013 <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> We (Sherry aka STILLKICKIN19), Janice aka jessig5) and I walked today to benefit the American Heart Association. Janice's father and mine both die of heart decease, Sherry also have family history. <BR> It was a great walk, a great turn around and the donation were generous too. It makes me feel good that I can participate in events like this and acc... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:18:31 EST New Week Since I stopped weighting myself daily I have conquer some of the anxiety, I have been more motivated to exercise and eat right because I have to be accountable at the end of the month at the same time I use it when I don't feel up to do my full workout and once I start working out I do my full section. <BR> Today I read a real good idea to take your weight loss as a visual road trip. This was so inspiring to me, I'm glad I stumble into that comment at the message board. I made my route and... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:45:29 EST Recipes I was looking for nutrition information in some of the Dole and Del Monte fruit cups and went to their website, both companies have a very well presented information about their product and they also have a Recipe section. I found a few very good and looks tasty salad I will be trying soon. Is always good to make a variation to keep things interesting. They have a wide selection of other recipes and we can always make them healthier by swapping some of the ingredients. <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:21:45 EST I'm Making Progress Don't have too much to say but I hope every one had a safe and Happy Labor Day! <BR> I did, but was kind in the lazy side but I feel in control and making progress with my plan. <BR> Have a wonderful evening! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:13:09 EST End of the Month Check In. <img src=""> <BR> This motivation quote seems to fit my recent efforts to reach my goal of going below the 170 Lbs mark. <BR> As all of my Spark Friends that have been kept tracks of my blogs. I have try to do a lot of soul searching and informed myself to know how my body works and doesn't. <BR> I try to weight myself daily and even thou I was doing pretty much all the right things to loose weight the scale kept going up and up until I ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:48:48 EST Goal Not Achieved Today was my deadline to brake the goal of going under 170. Did not happen but I'm OK with this. I'm concentrating now on doing everything I need to do and I will not focus on the daily weight going to be hard because I have been weight in every day for a long time, but I think that is doing more harm than good, so I'm going to follow the experts advise and not weight myself daily. As of this morning my weight was 178, which is further away from reaching 170 than when I started. ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:59:15 EST Non Scale Victory I have been stressing lately because even thou I have followed as close as possible to stay on track of my nutrition and fitness the scale has insisted of going up instead of down. <BR> Yes I'm not making the goal deadline to be under 170 by 8/25 instead I'm further away from that number. <BR> However, today after wearing a pair of shorts that were too tight not to long ago....and been pulling on them all morning, I went in search of my measuring tape, 1.5" less in my waist within the last 24... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:39:43 EST I'm Here. To my friends that are wondering why I have not enter any blogs lately. <BR> I'm doing OK, but even thou I'm doing my numbers right and my fitness minutes are still in proportion, I have not really lost any weight. I'm up and down the same one pound. So I decided I was starting to stress about it and is causing the not loose pattern. <BR> Is really hard to understand the body and what triggers the up and down. <BR> Maybe I have to up the exercise maybe is time to do heavier weight lifting o... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:17:02 EST Day at Jax Beach, FL <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Janice (JESSIG5) & Sherry (STILLKICKIN19) walking with me today. <BR> It was a beautiful morning, Sherry and I went to Panera and had the Oatmeal with Strawberry and granola, then we went to the Farmer's Market. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 15:30:55 EST Day 15 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 44 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 178.0 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1270 - 1620: 1840 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 70 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 222 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 91 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1476 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 27 <BR> <BR> Well here is the big, fat truth....I started real good and putting so much effort in my numbers has sabotage the results. If you notice in the last week my calories have increased ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 21:53:54 EST Day 14 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 44 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 177.9 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1889 - 2239: 1772 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 54 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 223 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 98 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1822 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 25 <BR> Better day but I think I ate too much. I hope doing ST helps...LOL <em>211</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:03:55 EST Day 13 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 34 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 177.3 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1386 - 1736: 1439 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 35 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 172 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 77 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 3035 (I blew it!!!) <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 32 <BR> <BR> Have a great night! <em>224</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:45:11 EST Day 12 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 48 minutes (with Strength training) <BR> My weight this morning: 176.8 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1735 - 2085: 1606 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 45 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 178 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 75 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1664 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 38 <BR> I'm curious to see what happens tomorrow, I stay low with the sodium but high on the calories all the other nutrients were in perfect range. But I had a dessert ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:07:32 EST Day 11 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 02 minutes (with Strength training) <BR> My weight this morning: 176.5 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1975 - 2325: 1546 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 57 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 179 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 98 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 2793 (bad news went too high) <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 32 <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 23:11:19 EST Day 10 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 33 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 171.5 (just as I say....1 Lb over) ***Error it was 177.5*** <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1309 - 1659: 1673 (went over) <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 49 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 218 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 49 (very low) <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1804 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 20 (low) <BR> Tomorrow it will be a better day! <BR> I will <em>386</em> forward. <BR> Good night! Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:06:18 EST Day 9 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 33 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 176.5 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 2050 - 2400: 1450 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 60 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 229 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 78 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 2439 (oops!) <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 35 <BR> 500 fitness minutes per week: 521 <em>248</em> <BR> Going over my sodium means a gain tomorrow....I will let you know. But I'm almost sure it will happen. <BR> Have ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:08:57 EST Day 8 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 46 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 175.1 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1473 - 1823: 1664 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 28 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 275 (high) <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 94 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1836 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 47 (high) <BR> <BR> Today I took my day to rest, no exercise except for the daily activities my Body Media records. Tomorrow is my big 4 miles walk with my Spark <em>220</em> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:16:13 EST Day 7 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 6 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 175.5 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1748 - 2098: 1497 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 29 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 225 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 96 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1879 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 32 <BR> My weight didn't change by much. But I keep learning about my body's need. <BR> <BR> To many this might sound like an obsession but actually this is the first time that I take my... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:30:28 EST Day 6 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 59 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 175.7 ( UP ) <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1451 - 1801: 1427 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 38 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 194 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 83 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1042 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 31 <BR> Yesterday my fat intake was high the sodium was also at the high end so as the calories and I gained, today I tried different approach I did the stationary bike for less time and... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:16:30 EST Day 5 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 28minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 174.9 ( - .5 Lb) <em>244</em> <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1891 - 2241: 1568 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 107 (Very High) <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 196 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 96 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 2024 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 20 (Short) <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:42:31 EST Day 4 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 27 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 175.4 (Same) <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1915 - 2265: 1225 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 27 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 179 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 79 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1181 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 21 (Short) <BR> Let's see what the <em>192</em> has to say tomorrow <em>198</em> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:16:51 EST Day 3 Today's Numbers <BR> Fitness minutes: 1 hour 23 minutes <BR> My weight this morning: 175.4 <BR> Nutrition <BR> Calories Range from 1904 - 2254: 1226 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 41 <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 164 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 70 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 2135 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 30 <BR> <em>224</em> Tomorrow Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:14:23 EST Day 2 Completed the 536 fitness minutes this week, exceeding by 36 . <em>248</em> <BR> My weight this morning: 175.7 <BR> My fitness minutes: 1 hour 50 minutes <BR> Nutrition for today <BR> Calories Range from 2090 - 2440: 1495 <BR> Fat Range 27 - 60: 39 (Below Range) <BR> Carbohydrates Range 135 - 252: 210 <BR> Protein Range 60 - 136: 100 <BR> Sodium Range 500 - 2300: 1718 <BR> Fiber Range 25 - 35: 31 <BR> <em>224</em> Tomorrow <BR> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:38:27 EST Small Goals Pregression Last knight I had a big meal with high calorie intake, I even felt stuff after I finished. Even thou I had an extensive workout and I was within the recommended calories for my workout I gained one pound, <BR> I ate 1887 calories and my range for the day was 2023-2373. That means I have to stay within the 1300 range in order to loose regardless of the amount of exercise I have done for the day. <BR> Analyzing my day I went high on most of my micro nutrients by 3 out of 5. Went over on Fat, Ca... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:21:41 EST Small Goal to Achieve I have been re adjusting and looking for ways to get better results, the following is part of my research of what is working or not. <BR> Within the last 10 days I have been up and down between 174 and 178 with an average of 176 Lbs. Between 7/15 and 7/20 I was in trend of staying within the 175 mark, then last Saturday we went out to eat for our anniversary and even thou I choose to stay with healthy choices my nutrition tracker sodium spiked to 3801 mg, normally I stay between 1200 to 1500... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:01:38 EST Feel In Control Since I finish my 14 days streak and blog about (what I thought it was my weakness instead I found they were my excuses). <BR> I have regained the control I need to continue to be motivated in my journey. <BR> I have gained so much in the last twenty two months I have been Sparking, and I'm counting my blessings instead of my weaknesses. <BR> This is the mind's game, it takes control over you and makes you want choices that you know they are not good for you but you still want them anyways. ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:21:30 EST