ISABELLE31's SparkPeople Blog ISABELLE31's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More Non-Scale Victories! ~ Earlier this week, I went shopping and tried on some dress pants in my usual size--and they fit! I previously had only one pair of pants in that size that still fit--so I'd wear them every day to work! (This is, of course, because I was too stubborn to actually try on or buy the next size up.) So hooray, this now means that perhaps I can start wearing some of the other dozen or so pairs of pants that I own! <BR> <BR> ~ Also, this week, I've worn two different fitted t-shirts that I've ha... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:56:03 EST Non-scale victories! Though I've been seeing several good scale-related victories lately (approaching 20 pounds gone!), today was great for a couple of non-scale moments: <BR> <BR> ~ This morning, my husband mentioned that I'm looking thinner. He's clearly known that I've been working out and watching what I eat, but he said this morning was the first time that he could truly see the changes happening. Must have been the shirt I was wearing or something. Anyway, like the brilliant man that he is, he pointed it o... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 22:00:15 EST It finally happened. I guess it was bound to eventually. <BR> <BR> At dismissal today, I was supervising several young students while they were waiting to be picked up. As usual, I was talking with them about their day and other sorts of relationship-building small talk. At some point, I was telling them that I had lots of room in my heart for all of them because I don't have children of my own (by choice at this time). One boy said, "Then how come you're so fat?" <BR> <BR> Damn. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know he's on... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:41:45 EST Trying a new idea.... With my new job, I have a limited amount of time to eat (less than I did as a classroom teacher). Now, I set my own schedule for the most part, so I'm to blame for this, but I noticed a few things: <BR> <BR> 1) I was rushing through my lunch at 11:40-12:00. <BR> 2) I was pretty stinkin' hungry by the end of the work day. <BR> <BR> So, I came up with a plan. I'm going to have a snack (or part of my lunch) during the 11:40-12:00 block, and eat my lunch (or what's left of it) during my plannin... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:01:39 EST February wrap-up So, I got off the plan a little bit in February. I didn't go completely wild--I still tracked what I ate most days and worked out several times. However, wasn't as diligent as I was in January. I think that's the problem with taking a "break"--one week becomes two, two becomes three, and so on. <BR> <BR> There were some long days at work, as I'm still getting adjusted to the new job and settled into my new routine. There were nights that I stayed late, thinking, "Oh, I'll make sure I get ou... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:54:41 EST Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2011 Sunday, February 6, 2011 <BR> <BR> START WEIGHT: 208 END WEIGHT: ??? Didn't weigh myself before eating today, so I don't know. I also didn't weigh myself after last Sunday, either. <BR> <BR> MY SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I got lots of compliments from people at work about how good I'm looking, as well as several people asking what I'm doing. I was proud of myself for how realistic my plan is--I may be trying to monitor calories and watch what I eat, but I'm not depriving myself. I... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:39:07 EST Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 23-29, 2011 Sunday, January 30, 2011 <BR> <BR> START WEIGHT: 210 END WEIGHT: 208--for a total of 15 pounds since the start of this school year, and 7 pounds since Christmas! <BR> <BR> MY SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I tried on a pair of work pants that I hadn't been able to wear for a long time, and they fit perfectly! <BR> <BR> DID I MEET MY NUTRITIONAL GOALS FOR THE WEEK? WHY OR WHY NOT? I tracked my food for 6 full days and for all but dinner on the other day. On that day (Monday), we went t... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:22:22 EST Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 16-22, 2011 START WEIGHT: 212 END WEIGHT: 210 (though I hit 209 for a couple of days--darn girl time and the ensuing water weight!) <BR> <BR> MY SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I got some great news at work! <BR> <BR> DID I MEET MY NUTRITIONAL GOALS FOR THE WEEK? WHY OR WHY NOT? I tracked my food for 6 full days and for about half of the 7th. <BR> <BR> DAYS I TRACKED MY EATING: Sunday, Monday, 1/2 of Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday <BR> <BR> DID I MEET MY FITNESS GOALS FOR THE WEEK... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:01:55 EST Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 9-15, 2011 START WEIGHT: 213 END WEIGHT: 212 <BR> <BR> MY SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: I tried on a pair of jeans in my usual size this week--and they FIT! I've tried jeans on every now and then and have been depressed each time, because pairs in my usual size wouldn't even make it up to my hips! And I refused to go up a size--that's just me being ridiculously stubborn. However, I tried on a pair, and they fit like a glove--I was so excited that I bought two pairs! <BR> <BR> DID I MEET MY NUTR... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:23:57 EST Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 2-8, 2011 START WEIGHT: 215 END WEIGHT: 213 (mostly shifts in water, including the start weight <BR> <BR> MY SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: My 30th birthday on Friday <BR> <BR> DID I MEET MY NUTRITIONAL GOALS FOR THE WEEK? WHY OR WHY NOT? Earlier in the week, yes. However, as the week went on and I was taken to dinner, given cakes, etc., I didn't track. Not necessarily to hide or pretend it didn't happen, but because I don't always know the caloric value--or how to find it--for certain ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:20:26 EST Goal Reflection... Near the beginning of this year, I created a list of goals for myself. Sadly, this has been a rough year, goal-wise. Here's a summary of my progress (or lack thereof in some cases): <BR> <BR> FITNESS/EXERCISE: <BR> • Cardio at least 4 times a week (DVDs, recumbent bike, walking, etc.)--I got a walking buddy earlier this fall, and we have been relatively consistent with approximately 3-mile walks 2-3 times a week with our dogs. We took a couple of weeks off after she was in a nasty car accid... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 00:50:50 EST Four things.... Four jobs I have had in my life: <BR> <BR> 1. First Grade teacher <BR> 2. Second grade teacher <BR> 3. Third Grade teacher (current) <BR> 4. Fourth Grade teacher <BR> <BR> Four movies I have watched more than once: <BR> <BR> 1. Bull Durham <BR> 2. Wayne's World <BR> 3. the Major League Trilogy <BR> 4. My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding <BR> <BR> Four places I have lived: <BR> <BR> 1. Independence, MO <BR> 2. Springfield, MO <BR> 3. Lee's Summit, MO <BR> 4. University City, MO (current) <BR> <BR... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:22:49 EST My Trip to Lake Austin, aka How Stacy Got Her Groove Back I’m finishing up a week-long stay at the Lake Austin Spa Resort just outside of Austin, TX. I’m here thanks to my marvelous husband, who fronted me the money to go (I AM paying him back for about half of it—the rest is a 5th anniversary/finishing my Masters’ degree present). I signed up for Lake Austin’s “Power of 7” Program, which they describe as “a weeklong program of spa treatments, fitness classes, and special activities customized with your specific goals in mind.” I envisioned this pro... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 01:04:22 EST Summer Goals... This is basically a revised version of my 2010 goals...I haven't made much progress on them up to this point in the year. The work/grad school combination was pretty brutal this semester, including a reading practicum that was like student teaching on steroids. The great news is that I will be done with my Master's degree in July! <BR> <BR> Anyway, on with the goals... <BR> <BR> <BR> FITNESS/EXERCISE: <BR> • Cardio at least 4 times a week (DVDs, recumbent bike, walking, etc.) <BR> ... Thu, 27 May 2010 21:05:46 EST Being sick... is miserable. I've had a cold since Wednesday. I've noticed that as I get older, my colds are shorter in duration but are more intense. I took a 1/2 day from work on Wednesday, and came home and slept. Went back to work Thursday---quite possibly one of the most miserable days of my life. I wish I was kidding. So, I took a sick day today as well, and slept until about 1:00. <BR> <BR> The worst part of all this is that I haven't been able to exercise. I've heard that if your symptoms are abo... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 00:00:30 EST Stretching... I love stretching, whether it's after a workout, before I get out of bed, at the end of a long day, or to relieve stress while I'm at work. In fact, as a teacher, I try to incorporate stretches and "Brain Gym" activities into the day to get my students up and moving around. <BR> <BR> At home, I like to do stretching DVDs. My favorite has to be Tamilee Webb's "Beginner's Stretch for Flexibility." It has a tranquil setting, calming music, gentle instruction, and some wonderful stretches for t... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 20:41:29 EST Goals for 2010 This isn't 100% ready to go, but these are the biggies! <BR> <BR> Overarching goal: Lose 70 lbs. <BR> <BR> FITNESS/EXERCISE: <BR> • Cardio at least 4 times a week (DVDs, recumbent bike, walking, etc.) <BR> • Incorporate strength training by March (DVDs) <BR> • Plan out week’s workout schedule each weekend <BR> • Do stretching/yoga 3 times a week (DVDs) <BR> • Track exercise in SparkPeople exercise tracker <BR> • Wear pedometer daily, track steps on SparkPeople <BR> <BR> NUTRITION/FOOD/COO... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:30:41 EST Hello, 2010! Tomorrow (Sunday, 1/3/10) is my one-year Sparkiversary! In that year, my biggest accomplishment is that I stopped drinking pop. I actually gave it up on NYE 2008, so it has been over a year. I didn't set it as a "streak" goal to track until a while after that, so my "trophy" has significantly fewer than 367 days. :) I'm proud of myself because I gave up ALL pop, not just my beloved Dr. Pepper, and I did it all cold turkey. I don't crave it anymore, but I do occasionally have dreams about "f... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:46:03 EST Dr. Stacy and Ms. Hyde.... I lead a double life. One part of me, Dr. Stacy, is the well-educated side, who loves to read about nutrition and exercise, drinks green tea, buys organic foods, and is all about holistic, healthy, positive ways to improve my life. The other side, Ms. Hyde, loves fast food and sitting on the couch. Sometimes, the two intermingle in what must be a vision of hypocrisy to those on the outside---they see a woman sitting at a burger joint reading a book on nutrition. <BR> <BR> Much like Dr. Jeck... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:21:06 EST DC Trip... I'm nearing the end of a trip to Washington DC for NEA business. During this trip, I did what I think was a pretty good job of making good eating choices. Sure, it wasn't perfect, but in some cases, my meals had already been selected for me, so I didn't have too much choice. I stayed within my calorie range for every day but today. <BR> <BR> I walked for about 90 minutes on Friday, from the NEA building to and around the White House, to the Washington Monument, and back. I would have walked... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 00:11:38 EST Spring Break approaching... The hubby and I are going to Florida for Spring Break with another couple, two good friends of ours. I'm slightly miffed, though, for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) I don't do sunlight. Pale skin + self-consciousness about moles = acting like a vampire. <BR> <BR> 2) I don't do swimsuits. Mainly because it involves showing skin. <BR> <BR> Despite knowing this, the other three kept saying, "Beach house! Beach house! Beach house!" Since I can't afford to go anywhere on my own (hubby's footing the ... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 23:34:08 EST What is my deal? Why can't I just get started? It's not like I don't know what I need to do, and it's not like I need some sort of big, organized, "official" program---I just need to move more and eat less. And, eat better. I have moments of motivation--most often when I can't actually do anything (like, right before I go to bed, or in the middle of the day at work). When I do have time to exercise, I can easily think of other things to do instead. <BR> <BR> I'm only hurting myself by procrastinating. I ge... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 17:57:39 EST