JNFRDAWN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JNFRDAWN JNFRDAWN'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/ Reestablishmentarianism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030438 Okay, so that's probably not even a word. Unlike its counterpart disestablishmentarianism which we learned in school when learning about the arms race. Or whatever. <BR> <BR> But what this has to do with is, once again, choices. <BR> <BR> Around the new year, a local counselor advertised sessions that would serve as something as an emotional reset. "I could really use that," I thought, and called her up. She's Amy Williams Wellness, for any locals who happen to see this, and I highly re... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:28:57 EST Fear of Flying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030425 These thoughts have been mulling about in my brain for a couple days, so I'm going to try to organize them here. <BR> <BR> There's really nothing to complain about when it comes to health and fitness. This came to mind when one of my main mentors, Stacey Morris, posted a video to facebook of her doing her prepwork on the weekends, making healthy food to eat throughout the week. During my transitory, brief periods of what I would consider health and fitness "success," I do this too. And I'... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:11:19 EST Shadowing Stacey: Unexpected Deliciousness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931345 First, I want to say that after some thinking, I totally subscribe to Mike Mullins (of Mike at 90%) theory that there are no "re-starts," "re-boots," or "Versions 2.0" or such that people say when they get off track and get back on. It's just all part of the same journey. I blasted off a significant amount of weight in my first six months doing ddpyoga, and then I didn't. There aren't any excuses. "Life got in the way?" Yeah, right. Life is just what we do. The technicalities are, I s... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:53:57 EST Shadowing Stacey - Introduction Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698546 I compulsively overeat. <BR> <BR> Again, I don't have a "story" per se that can't be summed up in that sentence. I compulsively overeat, and I did so as recently as 1:00 a.m. today. I haven't plumbed the psychological depths that Stacey recommends getting out of the way first, so maybe I have a story and just don't know it, but this qualifies me to be one of the ones she talks about in her book's dedication - although it hasn't been a lifelong cycle, it has been for a significant portion ... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:15:11 EST Shadowing Stacey -- Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697758 This will probably be all over the place because my thoughts aren't organized yet - I'll come back and edit at some point. But if you're reading this, chances are, Stacey Morris has been a big inspiration to you. She certainly has been for me. Of course, Arthur's ubiquitous viral video was my first introduction to ddpyoga, and I watched with tears streaming down my face and thought, like probably many of you did, "if he can do it, I can do it." I bought my system, and then explored some o... Sun, 18 May 2014 16:09:23 EST yoga retreat and catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458248 I realized I hadn't updated here in a while - am still plugging away at my health and fitness efforts, having discovered that my weight dropped more rapidly when I added ddpyoga on top of the cardio I was doing, and am back in a Couch Potato to 5k plan preparing for the Sept. 28 Color Run in our town. <BR> <BR> I hadn't shared anything in this space though, about the best thing I ever did for myself, which was to go on the ddpyoga retreat in Riviera Maya, Mexico last month. It was amazing, ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 17:19:29 EST rebuilding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399395 Today, I hit a weight loss goal that I had set for next Tuesday -- yay for hitting it a couple days in advance, and now to bust through it next week. My next goal is really just another 4 1/2 pounds before I leave for Mexico - easily do-able. Today's was for my weight number-wise to fall into the next "ten's column" down, which is always an amazing feeling. <BR> <BR> Thanks to those of you who read my recent blog post about having my heart slowly and painfully eviscerated. It was only mar... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:35:56 EST I get it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230007 So I have this co-worker who started running and getting fit a few years before I even thought about it. He's now a serious runner, marathons, the whole bit. The one who told me about the fish oil capsules. At the time when he started, I had just had my baby and didn't yet realize that weight was going to become a problem for me, which it not-so-gradually did. My co-worker dropped 40 pounds pretty rapidly from the running - over the course of the next few years, I gained about 70 - until ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:07:58 EST back to my senses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224309 So I had a 4 - 5 month streak where I lost weight at a healthy pace starting last fall. I adopted great, consistent habits, felt great, and dropped more than 20 pounds at one point (I'm a little above that now, so I took my Lost 20 Pounds trophy away -- again!) <BR> <BR> Something happened around New Year's Resolution time. I have a bizarre rebellious streak that is only bizarre now because now that I'm full grown I have no one to rebel against except myself. And the only person my behavi... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:03:04 EST Listening to Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160180 LDRICHEL wrote a blog entry on "the best laid plans" and how your plans can change with circumstances, and some of it reminded me of a valuable lesson I learned way too late in life (but am glad I have it to live by and teach my daughter now!) <BR> <BR> I was raised in total with some weird, misguided unhealthy ideas, but one of the small ones was: if you're sick (cold, flu, tummy, whatever) and you don't feel like eating . . . FORCE YOURSELF. I think the idea was well intentioned as not w... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:24:05 EST Energized at the Beginning of a New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153598 Yay, I love turning calendar pages. I try not to associate it with my child getting (rapidly) older, but rather a mini fresh start 12 times a year. I have a fitness plan worked out for the month and have continued my slow-but-steady loss to get a head start on New Year's Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to stop by and drop some positive energy in this space, rather than complaining or bemoaning things. <BR> <BR> My weekend has been great. Got the tree and decorations put up yesterday, ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:30:48 EST catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126583 So my recently posted 7 pound drop was, unfortunately, reported after a self-check weigh in on an unsanctioned scale (meaning not the "official" one I weigh in on with my TOPS group) and was also the result of a 48 hour stomach virus and resulting dehydration. I really only lost 2 legitimate pounds, but that's okay by me. <BR> <BR> I fell short of my end-of-October goal by 1.5 pounds. Disappointing, but my overall loss for the month was, well, better than months of not losing? Trying to... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 20:07:42 EST sparksurvey lifted from RandyZ_Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120431 Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> n/a <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> fake <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> improved <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> quirky <BR> <BR> Your favourite thing? <BR> laughter <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> forgotten <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> peachy <BR> <BR> What room a... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:10:00 EST getting myself in check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116440 So I just glanced down, and this subject heading basically means the same thing as my last one from a week ago. A little over a week ago, I got a crushing headache at lunchtime and decided it was okay to have a diet soda with lunch to crank some caffeine into my system to try to get rid of the headache. Since then, for whatever reason I guess I'd decided my standards had relaxed and had a diet soda and even a regular soda every 2 - 3 days or so. <BR> <BR> Then Friday night during my sec... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:24:09 EST system reset after a disappointing setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110397 Well, tonight for the first time in 8 weeks, I gained half a pound for the week. This came as kind of a shock, as I had grown accustomed to the steady pound or two losses with what I was doing. I have to system reset and figure out what I had gotten lazy about. I still worked out, although maybe one day not attacking it as hard, and I did let calories slip two days. Two days, out of seven, and that's enough to register a gain instead of the steady losses I'd been experiencing. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:29:15 EST stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103464 Something I haven't really done since using sparkpeople is take any other physical measurement besides my weight. (They took measurements when I was on the insurance-underwritten program, but I didn't pay attention to the numbers, and having the personal trainer wrap the tape measure around my girth gave me great anxiety.) Anyway, with the addition of the yoga practice, it was recommended, so I did get out a tape measure and measure my body in different places. <BR> <BR> My past thirty day... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:27:20 EST discovering more pitfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074504 The more mindful I've been about my health since nearing and entering my 40's, the more I can pinpoint what my triggers and problem areas are. Before any such mindfulness, I would just encounter them and give into them like there was no problem. Hence creating my big weight problem. <BR> <BR> Even though I thought I had a handle on it and was prepared this time, my most recent pitfall discovery is . . . <BR> <BR> TRAVELING <BR> <BR> I was so ready. I had my MP3 player loaded with my wo... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:58:06 EST Pitfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057698 Okay, I just learned by reading one of the motivator blogs that we can add pictures and other things in our blogs, even though there is a large orange button that says ADD PICTURE right above the blogspace. <BR> <BR> So . . . here's my first blog graphic: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562405452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We'll see if that works. <BR> <BR> The past 24 hours, I've dealt with two of my biggest "pitfalls": one being sitting on the couch with a box of cra... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:53:22 EST on a lighter note: progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057372 I lost 2 pounds last week just by being hyper vigilant about what I eat and how much I exercise, which I guess is just how I have to be now. <BR> <BR> I completed W1D1 of C25k again, and I have to go to Denver for work next week, so I'll use the hotel fitness center (or something) to complete a couple more of these. <BR> <BR> Last night, I punked out halfway through Zumba toning class. I've only left class half way one time before in the last year, and that was because I felt sick. Last n... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:00:09 EST from my child's perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051851 This evening, Ladybug was looking at a magazine and came across a feature on healthy eating. We were looking at the pictures and talking about what we bought at the store, when she said, "You are never going to be skinny." <BR> <BR> "I'm not trying to be skinny," I said. "I'm trying to be healthy." <BR> <BR> "Do you see how fat you are? You're dreaming." Was her reply. <BR> <BR> First, please know Ladybug is my six-year-old. She was not being nasty or intentionally negative in any way... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:17:18 EST keeping it very, very real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049684 There are no more mysteries as to why I'm overweight and what it's going to take to make me not be that way. Actually, there really never were "mysteries" to me, I just never spent the time figuring it out until spending a year on that insurance-underwritten program, and now in employing those concepts on my own. <BR> <BR> Here's my "keeping it real" as in no secrets / no wonder, by way of an edited copied e-mail I sent to a friend earlier this week: Here's why I am frustrated at myself: o... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:58:54 EST new motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042286 Less than a week of "clean eating," and I don't know if it's mind over matter or what, but I'm feeling better. My friend Mike who comments here sometimes is going to feel like Cassandra from the Greek Myth because he told me about both things I'm incorporating this week a long time ago. <BR> <BR> First, the eating clean. Mike put it something like, "don't eat it if it comes out of a box," and I agreed conceptually but continued to justify certain purchases "for my kid." I'm gradually phas... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:48:13 EST calorie choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039740 I agree with my SP friend Mike that the social aspect of this is finally reaching me. I've been a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) for a long time, since long before I developed a weight problem of this magnitude, and I love the other members, but they don't quite provide the motivation I need -- we're just too different of people with too different experiences (mostly elderly women who've had entire joints replaced or who care for disabled spouses, etc.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, so I fin... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:59:39 EST increased effort required for even "slow and steady" loss . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039089 I probably wrote about this before closer to when it happened, but I've had reason of late to review the Wisdom from Marty the Personal Trainer (who scares the bejeezus out of me.) <BR> <BR> Marty used tests and formulas to determine my Resting Metabolic Rate. This number is the amount of calories my body requires to stay alive at my current weight, with just regular metabolic processes operating: breathing, eyes blinking, etc. <BR> <BR> If you take this number and subtract 500 per day, a... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:00:07 EST social media and goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036981 My old friend from high school started a facebook group with a bunch of local women dedicated to weight loss and fitness, and I'm surprised at how an evening perusing everybody's updates was so motivational. <BR> <BR> She started a thread on goal setting, and I was also surprised at not only how frozen I was at the idea of actually posting my weight (okay this part wasn's surprising) but then I mini panic attacked over posting my "biggest goal." I didn't want to say it because it was too ov... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:02:27 EST "runner's" high http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001350 This is the text of an email that I sent a friend who long-distance "coaches" me this evening. I was curious for anyone's response, really, anything I can find out about this phenomenon, and whether anyone thinks weight loss would come easier if I quit being so frustrated by it being my goal. Other benefits I know I've reaped are just, more "endurance" (?) in general in life, feeling physically better and not punking out and becoming useless at work or home, my blood panel and other doctor... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 23:07:11 EST "detoxing" via hyper hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984730 That stupid, expensive 8-day "detox" you may recall that I was swindled into buying has just been sitting there in a box for months. I dabbled with it at first, going three days (and losing three pounds) until a "you get a total of 8 oz. of protein today, along with supplements" day made me get a headache and rebel. So the entire expensive package has just continued to sit there. <BR> <BR> I decided that since there are 8 days left in July, I would get rid of it by giving it a try. There ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:24:31 EST musings on failure and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983223 This is going to be unedited ramblings, so be forewarned. <BR> <BR> First, I noticed today that I have lost 6.8 of a necessary 68 pounds, which is exactly 1/10 of the total. I did that in one month, so in theory I could slowly and healthfully lose all I need to lose in the next 9 months, which is encouraging. That would be right around vacation time next year. I'm gonna go for it. <BR> <BR> Second, I'm doing a lot of self-flaggelation and feeling like a failure today, and it made me snap... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:45:42 EST stress = eating junk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964765 I've been under an out of the ordinary amount of stress the past couple weeks. <BR> <BR> Long-Term Power Outage / Financial and Other Stress - most of Appalachia was in my same situation last week when our power was out for a full 8 days. Being long-term temporary house guests at mom and dad's was expensive in more ways than one, paying to make contributions to the household so it wasn't like we were freeloading, extra gas money for the added distance from work, etc. I already posted about... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:48:49 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957838 Okay, I'm out of my slump and back doing South Beach and working out at Brickhouse. As far as I know, I'm still eligible for the Brickhouse contest because I think they're going to make an allowance for when the power was out at the gym and we couldn't go. I could really use $350. But mainly, I could really stand to lose this weight. <BR> <BR> South Beach, at least the way I manage it, is so amazingly easy, and I feel instantly better from Day One. I wrote about this when it first happen... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 10:56:57 EST Dr. Oz's Fatigue-Busting Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943676 This salad / snack is awesome. <BR> <BR> Before I completely break up with Dr. Oz as my celebrity crush, I will share something good from his advice. This salad is supposed to help "fight belly fat" and afternoon fatigue if you eat it 1 to 1 1/2 hours after lunch. I haven't been able to gage its fatigue fighting success, because I always eat it before lunch. It's so good, you may as well be eating trail mix or a dessert. <BR> <BR> Amounts are estimates, and my version follows what I remembe... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:41:05 EST self-sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938561 I've been in a horrible loop of self-sabotage lately, and my weight is back up, it appears to its utmost ever. I've been super discouraged, but am fighting my way out of it. <BR> <BR> Here is an excerpt from an e-mail [edited so it makes sense here], and it's a theme I addressed with another friend recently. So now that I've texted and e-mailed it, my next step is to say it out loud to someone like a nutritionist or counselor, and truly begin fixing it. <BR> <BR> One way I avoid intimacy ... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 07:34:06 EST insult to injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877782 I just read an article on the spark site about a woman who's had weight loss success with the site. Although it wasn't her A-Ha moment, she started with an anecdote during which a server at a restaurant was insulting to her about her weight. It made me remember the few times in my life when strangers, mostly, have said anything regarding my weight and assess how these incidents made me feel. <BR> <BR> Unlike many's stories I read on this site, I wasn't an overweight child. I didn't have a... Sat, 12 May 2012 00:39:12 EST opposite of a product endorsement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789158 From time to time early on I posted menus of little meals I'd had that successfully fit into my calorie range and plan, and some of them included products I found that I liked, like my yogurts or string cheese or nuts that I prefer. <BR> <BR> But today I have the opposite of a product endorsement. Today I was looking for a high-protein snack to tide me over before lunch and hopefully to help prevent me from overeating. At a convenience store while I filled up my gas tank, I perused the sec... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:08:03 EST discipline and hardship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786762 Trying the Game On! Diet introduced me to pretty much everything I'd have to do for faster, effective weight loss. It covered every aspect of lifestyle change from eating smaller meals throughout the day, staying hydrated, exercising, and changing old habits and creating new ones. It basically forced focus on all these. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm still losing slowly at a rate of about one pound per week now. And I've learned that I have to work out (hard) at least 3 - 4 x per week, and eat ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 07:10:29 EST way beginner yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735062 This is the text of an e-mail I sent a couple friends who I discuss fitness stuff with all the time. I just thought I'd share a little program I found that worked out for me . . . <BR> <BR> I can't remember if in all our conversations and e-mails about fitness stuff whether we talked about yoga. I don't have that great of a history with yoga -- I know I mentioned my bff Joy is a yoga instructor, but she's way too advanced for me to do any of her stuff. And then I think I told you I bough... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 11:56:59 EST Game On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715910 Some TOPS friends and I have started the Game On! diet book, which is really just about healthy competition. You earn points for healthy lifestyle behaviors. Here is part of an e-mail I sent a friend (communication points!) about Day 1 of the experience: <BR> <BR> Last night, I remembered where I had heard of the D-A-S-H (dietary approaches to . . . slowing? hypertension?) or whatever the letters stand for . . . diet before. It was from the newsletter that my health insurance sends out ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:33:16 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703232 I love moving down the little indicator on my weight ticker. :) It's a slow process, but a process nonetheless. Eating healthfully for two solid months has helped, without even increasing exercise yet beyond my usual 2 - 3 x per week. It may not seem like a big deal to have eaten healthfully for two months, but I'll turn 40 this year and I can say this is the first time in my life that I am actually losing my taste for unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:56:52 EST Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633285 2011 was a year for me, five full years into full-on obesity, of learning what to do about it in my adulthood. If you average out my weight loss, I lost on average a half pound a month, which is a mere fraction (1/8) of what the trainers I consulted expected, hoped and recommended. I don't want to end the year feeling like a failure at not losing 8x what I lost -- which would have been about what I needed to lose. I need to accept myself (I don't mean accept my obesity -- I mean accept tha... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:11:42 EST Late fall check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594129 Hola, amigas. Just another check in. My weight crept up a couple pounds after resigning from "the program," but nothing I can't get back under control, and quick. I have an ambitious workout plan built into the holiday week and plan to get a serious head start on any type of "resolution" for 2012 -- actually just planning on that spring beach trip. <BR> <BR> Still not halfway through all the C25k podcasts but slogging through them as often as possible. <BR> <BR> Will have more to report ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:01:32 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553381 I may not make both the goals I set for this month, but I am going to come close. I lost momentum a couple weeks ago, but I've spent the past two weeks getting it back. This last week of the month, I'll be doing a hail mary with my fitness to see how close I can get with both of my goals. Then, if I don't hit perfection with goal-achievement, I'm not going to beat myself up. Instead, I'm going to re-set some realistic goals for November, and go for it again. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:59:04 EST scared straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532089 So for a while now, I've taken advantage of a certain "freedom" from having to check in with the trainers on the program, make meetings, etc. <BR> <BR> And gained 4 pounds in only 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Four pounds doesn't sound like much in the whole scheme of things when I consider how much I need to lose, but at that rate, I could re-gain in a matter of a couple of months what it took me a year to lose. <BR> <BR> Unacceptable. <BR> <BR> So since the scale smack-down last night, I've re-est... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:34:06 EST travelin' woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520450 Everybody knows maintaining any type of fitness regimine while traveling is difficult, but even I've proven to myself it's not impossible. This trip, though, I've "celebrated" a little too much of my "freedom" from having to follow the program's guidelines, to the point where I've overeaten and gone over my recommended calorie intake -- for a few DAYS. It really adds up. From yesterday, eating ubiquitous meeting-room snacks and then crappy hotel vending area snacks, and finding a Chipotle,... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 09:43:14 EST Yay another calendar page turned . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513250 I just joined a group on the other site that is doing a 31-day No Fast food challenge. How fun. If I can do that for a month, I can get it completely out of my life, I think. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about October. It's always been my favorite month, and I'm going to really celebrate this year by spending it as a month laser-focused on my health and wellness, to try to train myself into rest-of-my-life habits. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> This morning's exercise will be Zumba at the cardio c... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 08:12:02 EST OCTOBER GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511598 - Complete up through Week 4 in the C25k podcasts (this will make a total of completing 8 podcasts -- so doable.) <BR> <BR> - Attain the weight goal I originally set in August, and didn't make. Then re-set as a goal for September, and didn't make. I'm going to make it this month. <BR> <BR> Looking forward on the calendar, there are a number of fitness opportunities I'm going to take advantage of to mix things up and stay inspired over exercising. There are a couple of Zumba-thons, and th... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:39:26 EST Getting Organized and Pulling Myself Back Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4509493 Since making the executive decision to maintain my gym membership while going "off program" from the insurance plan, for the past couple days I fear I felt a little too "free" and uninhibited that resulted in a lack of self-care. Luckily, this sabotaging binge was short-lived, and I'm ready to pull myself back together. Even though I'm not required to keep my records or try to be accountable to other people or meet their goals, I'm still accountable to myself. <BR> <BR> I also feel a surge... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:15:30 EST Cleaning House and Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506416 I just spent some time reviewing my progress, going back and deleting no-longer-relevant blog entries, etc. Dropping the insurance program yesterday was more stressful than I'd hoped (had a really difficult conversation with the exercise physiologist) but it's not like I cancelled my gym membership. On the contrary, I feel more motivated to go now because I WANT to, not because I HAVE to, and it's freeing knowing that I can go without having to have lengthy laborious stressful meetings and ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:55:02 EST C25k - Week 2 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506346 Just wanted to record here that I DID successfully make it through the first Week 2 podcast, albeit on a treadmill. My goal is to get through Week 4 in the month of October. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:19:54 EST Newly motivated. Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506143 I guess I just have to accept that this is a process; like people always say, "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change." And for me, it's been a gradual one, but I'm seeing results, slowly but surely. I'm ready to speed those results up a little bit now, so I can accomplish more goals, do better by the time I'm 40 (less than a year away), and feel more comfortable on vacation and other travels and adventures next year. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm moving all my tracking info back here to the... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 06:59:56 EST Just some treat / snack recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494730 <BR> <BR> Here are some yummy things I have tried lately: Keebler fudge granola bars, chocolate chip = 150 calories, the size of a regular granola bar and delish. Nature Valley is making granola crisps or something, like 2 x 2” squares with chocolate on the bottom = 80 calories and delicious. Yoplait light cherry yogurt with granola (high calorie – 190 with granola, but I treat it as a dessert.) You may as well be eating cherry pie for as good as it tastes. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:47:01 EST