JOCYMC's SparkPeople Blog JOCYMC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Camo Crew Focus Challenge for Week 1 Focus Challenge Week 1 <BR> <BR> Discussion Point 1: What do you need to do to lose weight? <BR> <BR> I need to eat gluten-free foods and stay away from the foods I know my body has an intolerance to (potatoes & pork). <BR> <BR> I need to exercise at least 30 minutes EVERY day. <BR> <BR> I need to reduce the amount of alcohol I consume. <BR> <BR> What will get me to my goals? <BR> <BR> I still have many foods that I'm eating that I haven't tested properly so I don't know if the... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:13:02 EST Friday Night Disasters Well, the post-op instructions said not to drive or make any important decisions because there was still anaesthesia in my system. It should have said go home, find a corner and sit quietly. <BR> <BR> After my nap and some dinner I went into the workroom to finish getting things ready for Saturday's Farmer's Market. I picked up the bottle that was on the workbench and gave the microgreens that I was going to sell a final spritz. Then I looked down and discovered that I was spraying genera... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:37:22 EST Test Results I just got back from the colonoscopy. It wasn't half as painful as the liquid diet and colon prep. I had a few polops and diverculitis - which I'm going to have to read up on later when I can really focus. Right now I'm still a little whoozy. <BR> <BR> I made a bacon & mushroom omelette as my post-op meal. Now it's time for a little nap. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:59:10 EST Thinking About Food I had not realized how much of my time was consumed thinking about, planning for, preparing, and eating food. <BR> <BR> Sunday seems to be devoted to food. In the morning I'll work in my garden, then I'll spend hours making a menu for the week. I go through my fridge, freezer and cupboards to see what's available, then work it into the week, check recipes, and add things to the shopping list. Shopping is pretty easy because I've learned to stick to the list. It's got to be a tremendou... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:58:09 EST A Promising Day Today started out very well. <BR> <BR> Work didn't suck totally. <BR> <BR> I came home and did my Wii Fit work out, then spent another hour working around the garden and house before I started dinner. After dinner & dishes I started making my meals for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, starting at 0930 tomorrow I begin a liquid diet. I'm going to have a colonoscopy on Friday. I totally dread this whole process. I have never gone without solid food more than 8 or 10 hours. To have ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:28:08 EST Vacation is Over I just got back from a weeks vacation and I gained back the 3 pounds that I had lost over the past month. I'm back to the same weight as 2 years ago, as 1 year ago, as 6 months ago. I keep losing it and then finding it again. I've got to quit picking it back up when I find it. <BR> <BR> I quit Sparking last March. I totally lost my motivation. <BR> <BR> Since Monday I have been trying to get back into the Spark habit. I am logging my food, and trying to get in more protein and fewe... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:17:23 EST Hearing Loss I had an appointment to have my hearing tested after work today. I knew I had some problems hearing but it turns out I have mild to severe hearing loss in the high ranges - which is the same thing my Dad had, and one of my brothers has. It's due to exposure to loud noises (think 70's hard rock music, which had to be played head banging loud) . <BR> <BR> I spend almost 2 hours trying different hearing aids and wandering around the store. I would try on a pair and wander around the tv ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:05:49 EST 7th Thursday I've got a GREAT daughter. When I got home yesterday she had fixed the wheelbarrow and then picked up the rock path that had gone between my old square foot garden. She had also raked the soil smooth so it was ready to put down grass seed. The cats love it. While I was looking at it one of them used it as a litter box! I'm going to wait until this weekend to put seed down. I'm going to need some time to put some chicken wire over that area after I seed it. Maybe that will deter the cat... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:29:10 EST 7th Wednesday Yesterday, instead of coming home and getting on the computer to chat with my teams I went to my DD's room and chatted with her. Since I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday after work we decided to have our family dinner tonight. She really wanted the tacos that I was going to make for Thursday's dinner so I put the meat in the crock pot before I left for work. <BR> <BR> It rained all yesterday so I wasn't able to get out to the garden. I want to make up some Mel's Mix and get my 2... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:54:14 EST 7th Monday Can't believe it's been a week since I've written. <BR> <BR> The weather has been nice for the past week with just intermittent rain showers so I've been spending as much time as I can outside in the garden. I've gotten most of the back cleaned up, one of the 4 x 4 garden boxes planted with some cold weather crops and put under a hoop house, and the pond put back into operation. Today it decided to pour rain so that put a stop to my momentum. I still have one more 4 x 4 box to finish ma... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:56:01 EST 6th Monday Woke up with a slight headache that was raging by 3 p.m. Came home, rested and I'm starting to feel better. Didn't go to the gym. <BR> <BR> Got my 5 veggies in. <BR> <BR> Got my food tracked and I'm well below my calorie limit. <BR> <BR> I've got to get my food prepped for tomorrow and make it an early night tonight. I was informed before I left work today that I was being hired over for tomorrow. I'll be working 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. I wouldn't mind it if I got paid for it, but it a... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:20:38 EST A Terrible Hurt It's amazing how a few words from a co-worker can hurt and change how you view yourself. I've known this officer since he started about 5 years ago and liked him as a person and respected him as a co-worker. Today, in a meeting, we were discussing the openings and promotional opportunities that were coming up in Boise with the state taking over the private prison. I mentioned that I had thought about moving to Boise. This co-worker said "I've been thinking of you moving to Boise for 5 yea... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:16:52 EST 5th Wednesday Spent yesterday sitting around the hospital watching one of the offenders. Didn't get much walking in there. When I finally got off work it was so nice that I decided to garden instead of go to the gym. I shoveled & moved 2 wheelbarrows of dirt then got the clippers and started cleaning up the perennials and getting rid of the dead annuals. It was a good 45 minute work out. There was much more to do but my back finally said "No more!". Today is another beautiful day so I'm going back ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:12:20 EST 5th Monday Revised SMART Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Work out each day <em>248</em> 40 minutes at the gym. <BR> 2. Eat more fruits & vegetables. <em>248</em> 3 svgs of fruits and 3 of veggies <BR> 3. Track my food daily. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Blog & journal daily. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Day 1 of the Revised SMART Goals went semi-smoothly. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was just cold cereal & 1/2 a banana which is way less than my usual egg whites & veggie scramble but more calories. I was hungr... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:06:01 EST SMART Goals Revisited I don't seem to be doing very well with the SMART Goal that I posted 4 weeks ago. So, it's time to tweak the behavior goals. <BR> <BR> 1 - Work out for 1 hour per day. Lets face it - I hate to work out. I like walking outside, but not on a treadmill. On a treadmill I start thinking of all the things I need to get done and after 30 minutes I hop off and leave. It's too cold and windy right now to to walk outside so I will have to make do with the treadmill. I've signed up for Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:10:25 EST 3rd Thursday Sore throat, achey, stuffy nose, headache - decided to stay home from work today. I lazed around, played on the computer, did the dishes. This afternoon I was feeling better so I did a little reorganizing. <BR> <BR> Probably not the best choice but I had DD go to the grocery store for some fried chicken and cole slaw. There were also some Hawaiian roles in the meal but I didn't have any. I pulled as much of the skin and breading off of the chicken before I ate it. Not so much because ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:29:36 EST 3rd Tuesday Today was ST day. I walked a mile on the treadmill to warm up and then did the Beginners Total Body Workout from that BLC24 had for TNT a few weeks ago. I added a few of the exercises that I liked from last week and finished off with stretching and yoga exercised that my chiropractor suggested for the pinched nerve that I had. <BR> <BR> NSV - Today I was finally able to balance on my left leg while pulling my right foot behind me for the count of 30 without touching the wall.... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:45:37 EST 3rd Monday It was back to they gym today. I found a 5K training program on the treadmill that I used. I only made it 2 miles in 41 minutes. I'm going to continue to use it and see if I can 1) Do the whole 5K and 2) do it in under 40 minutes. 39.8 was my best speed about 5 years ago. My stamina isn't what it was 5 years ago, but that's something I can work on. <BR> <BR> I did do some exercise yesterday, but not at the gym. I fired up my Wii and bowled 3 games and played a game of tennis. Not su... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:32:05 EST 3rd Saturday After a week of arctic temperatures and snow today was a Hawaiian heat wave. It got into the mid 40's! It rained and there was a hard wind but I'll take that over snow and 17 degree weather. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit quit on me Thursday night. Friday I used a pedometer that work had given out to promote exercise. It wasn't exactly accurate. A trip around the institution would normally give me 500 steps but this one only recorded 350. I was finally able to get the battery in my Fitbit chan... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:32:14 EST 2nd Wednesday This week is whizzing by! <BR> <BR> I didn't make it to the gym yesterday. I was changing clothes at work and realized I hadn't packed any tennis shoes. Fortunately I had brought long pants to work out in. I put on my work shoes back on and headed home. I did have all the best intentions to do my ST & yoga stretches when I got home, but DD started talking and then Mom came over and that was it. <BR> <BR> I did go to the gym today and had a good 30 - 40 minute workout. I'm not certain... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:07:08 EST 2nd Monday It was good to get back to work after a week off. I have to admit that with the cold keeping me inside I was starting to get bored. I finally pulled out an old To-do list and got started on a few of the forgotten projects. <BR> <BR> It was back to the gym today. I did a 1/2 mile on the elliptical and then did the ST workout from last week and ended with some yoga stretches. <BR> <BR> I did the weigh-in for my jobs BLC today. I weighted 6 pounds more than when I did at my (unofficial) ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:01:58 EST 2nd Saturday I got back on the exercise & eating track today. I took a 30 minute walk around the block and then used the 8 lb weights to do some ST. I live on the top of a hill so it was quite and up and down walk. When I go back to the gym next week I'm going to have to find a treadmill that has a hill walk on it. It gets your heart rate going real fast - even at a walk. <BR> <BR> I set down and made a menu for the next week. I am going to test my beloved salmon and shrimp. On Thursday I had lobst... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:28:23 EST Tuesday I have been so bad since Friday. <BR> <BR> I've spent most of my days on the computer playing "The Sims". I have managed to get Quickbooks up-to-date and ready for doing taxes. I've also been researching how to put Paypal buttons on my website so I can sell the worms & worm inns. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate, and ate, and ate some more. I weighted in this morning at 180.4!! I blame it on the avocado dip and crackers. The dip was homemade (1 whole avocado + spices) and I ate the who... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:13:15 EST Saturday I'm starting my vacation today. 10 days of sleeping in as long as the cats will let me, not having to wear my uniform and having the day to do with as I please. <BR> <BR> Yesterday it was warm enough that I raked more of the grass that had frozen on the black plastic off. I'm going to move my raised beds over there as soon as they defrost a little more. I put a plastic tarp over one to start trapping the heat. The theory is it will defrost over the course of a few warm days. As long ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:36:38 EST Thursday Down .5 this morning so Rye must be friendly for me. I can also add rice crackers & my homemade hummus to the friendly foods. I had a snack attack and had crackers & hummus before bed. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the gym yesterday. Instead I came home and cooked some of the go to foods for the next weeks. I finally finished up and cleaned up the kitchen around 8 p.m. I made hummus, a spicy vegetarian soup, and a blueberry pear compote. I will go to the gym after work today. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:29:54 EST Wednesday I was down .6 this morning so eating according to TP helped. Today I'm testing Rye. I already know that I'm intolerant to wheat but I haven't tested rye, barley, or oats to find out how gluten intolerant I am. I've just been eating gluten free for the past 6 months. This time I'm going to test them so I know exactly what I can or cannot eat. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym yesterday and got reacquainted with the elliptical machine. It definitely uses different muscles than the treadmill. ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:11:48 EST Tuesday I was up .8 after yesterday but I'm not certain it's because of the almond butter. I deviated from the plan and had some rice with my chicken for dinner. I remembered this morning that Lyn Genet said some people are reactive to that combination. So I don't know if it was the combination or the almonds. I'll have to eat friendly foods today and get myself back to a neutral stage. I'll retest those later. I have a whole list of foods that I want to test. <BR> <BR> Since yesterday was a h... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:30:36 EST Monday 176.8 this morning, so no reaction to the foods I ate yesterday. I can add multi-grain crackers to the list of friendly foods. <BR> <BR> I only drank 9 of the 11 glasses of water I needed. <BR> <BR> My exercise was swiffering and washing the floors in the house. Since all I have is a few throw rugs that's a lot of floor. I know, I should have got on the Wii and did some intentional exercise. I'll get better. <BR> <BR> I have my bag packed to take with me to work. I'll change there a... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:25:48 EST My SMART Goals for BLC 24 SMART GOAL: Lose 5% of my body fat in 10 weeks. Track this at<BR>. My current body fat is 44.4%. <BR> <BR> BEHAVIOR GOAL:. Work out for 1 hour per day. Stop at the gym on the way home from work and us the elliptical machine or the treadmill. On cardio rest days use the ST machines. On the weekends I will get my exercise by working in the garden and using the Wii. <BR> <BR> BEHAVIOR GOAL; Follow the Lyn Genet "The Plan" guidelines. Determi... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:03:55 EST Looking Back I just looked back at some of my blogs from Dec. 2007 to today. I can't believe how much weight I have gained since then. I was at 157 then and now I'm 177. <BR> <BR> 20 pounds gained in 5 years, most of it in the past 3 years - since I broke my ankle in Dec 2010. It took 5 months before I was released to go back to work and the gym. I was still in pain so I went to a physical therapist who told me my arch had fallen! No wonder it hurt to walk. Once I got some arch supports I start... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:46:03 EST Getting Back on Track I was back to the gym today after a 6 day break. I have to keep to my schedule if I'm going to do well in the upcoming 5K. 1 more week to train. I'm going to stick to the walk 1 minute/run 1 minute plan. When I run more than 1 minute I get light headed. It's only been 3 week of off and on training so I'm good with running 1 minute at a time. I'll move up slowly to 2 and then 3 minutes at a time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:20:02 EST Severe Thunder Shower I'm sitting her listening to the crash of thunder & lightening and watching the rain pound my flowers to the ground. We've got a Severe Weather Alert going on along with Flash Flood Warnings! This is the 2nd super thunderstorm we've had in a week. The one last week dropped 9 inches of rain in 2 hours! That's unheard of in Idaho. We've had drought conditions all summer with highs in the 90's most of June, July, and August. This is totally unreal for September. <BR> <BR> I am ready for... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:40:03 EST No Workout The gym was closed for Labor Day so I didn't get my workout in. I thought I did a lot of walking at work but barely got in 2 miles. <BR> <BR> I was up .4 pounds this morning which I halfway expected. I splurged yesterday and ate what I wanted for breakfast & lunch. I also didn't get all my water in and was up 1 & 1/2 hours earlier than normal. We were working 8 hour shifts for the holiday rather than the regular 12 hours. I had to be in at 0630 instead of 0800. Those 90 minutes make... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:58:27 EST Getting Ready for The Plan I spent yesterday and this morning getting the vegetables prepped, soups made, and breakfast prepared for this next weeks meals. The fridge is stuffed to the gills and DD looks at it and says "Have fun"! <BR> <BR> Today was day 1. Breakfast & lunch were whatever I could find. I wasn't ready for flax, vegetables & carrot soup. Dinner time I had the scheduled sautéed kale with winter vegetables & spicy coco sauce, with beet & carrot salad. I did add a small grilled pork chop for a litt... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:13:28 EST Pledge Day I had a great workout this afternoon. I made it to the gym! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I walked 2 minutes and ran 1 for 10 reps. I used to think that I ran/jogged pretty slow but now I think I'm doing pretty good. An exercise class was going on while I was running the track and every once in a while they would come out and run a lap or 2 around as part of their routine. I was able to keep up with a lot of them! I was only in the middle of the pack but that's better than being tail end. ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:09:08 EST Catching Up on Pledge Days I made it to the gym yesterday and had a good 30 minute run/walk followed by 10 minutes of stretching & yoga. For the 1st time since I got it my Fitbit I had over 14,000 steps! <BR> <BR> Today I went lap swimming. I didn't stay as long. Too many people were coming into the sauna & hot tubs and I was their entertainment. It made me self-conscious. Maybe when I can swim more than 5 lengths of the pool without stopping I won't be. (It's a small pool so 5 lengths is not that far.) <BR> ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:35:12 EST BLC 22 Week 12 - What's Next This is the first time I've participated in BLC and I found it fun and entertaining. I didn't lose the 1 pound I week that I had hoped for - more like 1/2 to 1/4 pound a week - but I did lose. That's a lot better than the alternative. <BR> <BR> One thing that I have done right during this round is to increase the number of fruits and vegetables I eat. I've also tried to reduce my breads and pasta to one serving a day. <BR> <BR> One thing I want to change or improve on in the next roun... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:31:30 EST Pledge Days Friday I made it to the gym and did a 30 minute walk/run and then another 15 minutes of stretching & yoga. <BR> <BR> Saturday & Sunday were non-gym days. I got my exercise out in the garden, shopping, and cleaning house. <BR> <BR> Today was a gym day and I skipped it. I had a doctor's appointment after work, then had to go for a blood draw and pick up a prescription (not related to the Dr. appt.). By the time I was done with that it was 5:30 p.m. and I was famished. I headed home an... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:51:21 EST Day 11 Day 11 was cross-training. My gym membership gives me access to two locations. I like Fitness, Inc. for it's track and better layout. However, Metro is not as busy and on my cross-training days (Tuesday & Thursday) the swimming pool is Open Swim all day. It is also an adults only gym so there are no little kids in the pool. <BR> <BR> I hadn't swam laps for any length of time since I was in my 20's and worked as a lifeguard. I managed to get in 50 but it is a short pool, not olympic s... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:27:21 EST Pledge Day 8, 9, and 10 I didn't make it to the gym on Day 8 (Monday). Instead I worked a double shift. I got off work at 10:30 and the gym was closed by then. I did make my 10,000 steps as recorded by my Fitbit. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was cross-training day so I spent 30 minutes on the stationary bicycle and did my stretching and a few of the strength training machines. <BR> <BR> Today was officially Day 1 of the Couch to 5K training program. It called for me to walk 2 minutes and run 1 minute 6 times. Since ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:13:43 EST Pledge Day 7 Day 5, 6, and 7 of the Pledge didn't go so well. I didn't get to the gym although on Days 6 and 7 I did spend a significant amount of time stretching, bending, and sweating as I cleaned house and worked in the garden. Tomorrow starts a new week and I renew my Pledge to go to the gym after work each day. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:01:46 EST Pledge Day 4 Day 4 and I made it to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill and another 10 doing floor exercises. <BR> <BR> I checked out the other gym that my membership gives me access to. It doesn't have as nice of a cardio area, has no track and generally had no personality. On the upside - on the days I cross-train there is no class in the pool. I'm going to be there on Thursday afternoon to do my lap swims. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:37:37 EST Pledge Day 3 I made it to the gym today, but it was a close call. I generally get off at 4 p.m. but today it was 5 o'clock before I left. As I was going to my car there was that internal debate of going to the gym or going straight home since it was so late. I mentally kicked myself and said "Late for what?" I have no one to make dinner for, no one counting on me to do anything or be anywhere. The only thing I need to do is what I had pledged to do - GO TO THE GYM. So I went. I didn't spend the wh... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:20:36 EST Pledge Day 2 Today wasn't very active at work so I made up for it at the gym. I used Jeff Galloway's 1 minute system to do a 36 minute run/walk. After a 5 minute warm-up you do 28 minutes of run/walk and then a 3 minute cool down walk. I downloaded the music that rings a bell when you change pace. Afterwards I did my stretching/yoga/strength training (floor exercises). I was totally soaked by the time I finished . It wasn't a full hour today, but it was intense. When I got home I worked in the g... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:55:47 EST Pledge Day 1 After a fairly sedentary day at work (6642 steps) I made it to the gym. I did a 15 minute walk/run, 15 minute stretching/yoga, 15 minutes on the weight machines . and a 15 minute cool down walk. It felt good and I still had energy when I got home. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to do the Jeff Galloway Walk/Run program. It's about a 30 minute work-out. I was able to run about a quarter of my warm-up today. I want to see if I've improved since last year. If I have I'm going to start the... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:39:25 EST My Pledge So I've been in the BLC 22 for 8 weeks and I've lost 1 pound since we started. I've gone up 3 pounds and down 4 pounds and I just5 stay at the same weight. I've been doing the same thing I had before I joined BLC except I quit going to the gym and began counting the gardening as my exercise. Pulling weeds does make me sweat but it's not in the same category as using the strength training machines. As of today I am making a pledge to go the the gym 5 days a week - Monday thru Friday. The ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:51:39 EST Gluten Intolerant - Deli Meat I expected to see a loss on the scale since I had eaten so friendly yesterday. It was not to be. I was up by 0.5 pounds! <BR> <BR> I went over what I had eaten and I think I discovered the culprit. For my morning snack I had put a slice of chicken lunch meat (deli thin) in a romaine lettuce leaf with 1/6 ounce of cheese. I had 6 of these. The lunch meat was the only processed food I ate yesterday. I checked the packaging and sure enough... there at the bottom of the ingredients .... ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:11:18 EST Gluten Intolerant? During the 2nd week of following the elimination plan, The Plan by Lyn Gynet, I discovered that white bread caused great intestinal distress and I gained 1.5 pounds overnight. When I tested whole wheat bread a month later the intestinal distress was even greater, more immediate, and I gained another 1.5 pounds. I cut breads out of my diet, and decided to try and go wheat free. I continued to test and found that when I ate prepared foods I gained weight or had intestinal distress. I tes... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:15:32 EST My Day - June 8th, 2013 Last night I didn't get to bed until 2:30 a.m. because I was watching Tinkerbell movies on Netflix. They're not my usual choice for movies but I that's what appealed to me. Amazingly, the cats let me sleep until 7:30 this morning!! After feeding them, I took care of the necessities and went out to work in the garden. Everything was looking good. I harvested 2 radishes, and realized I hadn't planted any cucumbers! Another thing on the shopping list. I managed to clear out the weeds next... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 20:22:30 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goals for BLC 22 Sept. 13, 2012 I set my 1st SMART goals. They were quite a bit different than the ones I have here. I'm not in as good shape physically as I was then. The operation on my foot in October 2012 left me with more pain and problems than I had before. I have pain when I flex my foot or go up and down stairs. I am finally getting the tendon stretched out enough to walk comfortably. The back of my foot is partially numb. If I'm tired or hurting my foot seems to flop down rather than have a con... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:09:31 EST