JODROX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JODROX JODROX'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/ Third Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831414 Hubby made manicotti and it was good. <BR> 'nuf said. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:10:26 EST Two Good Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830876 Quickie update: Day 2 went well. I went a tiny bit over in calories, only because after I ate it, I discovered that the yogurt I had for supper was higher calorie than I expected (170!). I also ran, and it was HARD. I need to remember to never take so much time off from running again... unless it's unavoidable, like I'm sick. <BR> <BR> So the pounds are coming off... and I'm sticking with my new reasonable eating plan. <em>334</em> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:02:56 EST One Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830184 The new, big number on the scale and the big bloated feeling shocked me into eating like a reasonable person yesterday. Nothing extreme. Just reasonable. I even did my toning exercises. I postponed my run until today though. It would have been too tight to cram it in before my kids' concert last night. <BR> <BR> I feel better mentally about getting back on track. Less panicked. More confident. <BR> <BR> It's funny. I did so great with the extreme dedication. But that's pretty hard to main... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:18:52 EST UUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829563 Yes, I am rebooting. Again. I am sick of this hamster wheel. A few days of motivation and then............. a terrifying slide into obesity. <BR> <BR> I was on track for ONE WEEK before I completely stopped tracking. I'm not even sure why. Apathy? <BR> <BR> The weight is creeping up and up and up. I am not liking the way I look or feel. Very thick around the middle. Bloated. <BR> <BR> I need to re-prioritize. I've been putting other stuff ahead of my workouts. And eating pretty much eve... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:33:49 EST Hiccups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818199 Ah, November. I started the month with GREAT ambition. I was SUPER dedicated the first week. And then.................. <BR> <BR> I got lazy? I felt run-down. I suspected my iron was low again. I started slacking. And eating. I had a bad week. <BR> <BR> I tried running a few times and it just didn't go well. LOW energy. Sideache. Short runs. <BR> <BR> Did I mention I have a 5K scheduled for this Saturday? Egads. That will be interesting! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo............ I'm not panicking. Y... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:12:37 EST Just Like Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810549 I gained 12 pounds. It seemed like every bit I gained since last April's low point went largely unnoticed. I still felt good and my clothes fit. And then, gradually, I felt quite fat again. My pants are tight, and those few pounds that seemed oh so easy to lose again became a whopping 12 pounds. <BR> <BR> I had to buy new pants. <BR> <BR> I'm not okay with this. <BR> <BR> I was sick of tracking food. I thought I could eat reasonably and track the exercise -- focus on my running plan. Sure... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:00:31 EST Conquering Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721243 Yesterday I had the thing at work that I was totally dreading. I taught an online class. I've never done anything like this and pretty much NEVER EVER EVER do public speaking. I can get pretty tongue-tied. Deer in headlights. <BR> <BR> But I agreed to do this when I was asked two months ago. And I thought, "This is so good for me!" Ha... Yes, I knew it would be good for me career-wise and personal-growth-wise if it went well. If not... well, let's not go there. <BR> <BR> So I prepared. A l... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:30:09 EST Middle of June Already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719674 Summer is way too short! With our cold start to summer and school getting out so late, it is just now starting to feel like summer. I tell ya what, I'm taking a day or two off as soon as I get this class done. I feel like I need to kick back and enjoy the great outdoors. <BR> <BR> Last night I went for a long, fast walk and found a little stray dog along the way. I stopped and tried to find the owner, and contemplated keeping the little dog myself -- he was a little sweetie! Eventually the o... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:43:37 EST Day 3: Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718960 I'm happy to report that I stuck with my goals yesterday! <BR> <BR> I ran 3 miles. It was windy and humid, and so my pace was slower. I listen to RunKeeper updates while I run, so I knew my pace was slower than it felt. I tried to push a little harder, but somehow couldn't get much faster. I'm not used to running outside, in heat, so I'm assuming that's what was slowing me down. <BR> <BR> By the end of the day I was at 1506 calories! I was so excited about that, because I didn't feel depri... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:16:01 EST Day 2: Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718413 I have one good day under my belt (yesterday) and am feeling better about my ability to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I played tennis with my son yesterday AND did stretching and strengthening (according my half marathon training plan) AND ate well. I was over by 20 calories, but I'm NOT gonna sweat 20 calories. 20 is forgivable! LOL <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> Keep my eating in the good range <BR> Run 3 miles <BR> Clean the house <BR> Run some errands <BR> Spend some quality time with the fam! ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:46:05 EST Oh Boy... Starting Over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717700 A person can only lie to themselves so long before the truth catches up to them. I felt like I was doing okay with eating whatever I want, without being too terribly piggish about it, and without gaining weight. I was only 3 pounds over my Biggest Loser finale weight. And I was getting back into a good running routine. <BR> <BR> And then, ever so gradually, the scale caught up with me. You can't eat like that and maintain or lose weight! Can't! <BR> <BR> My weight this morning was a rude ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:00:04 EST Day 1 Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697526 Without going all Must-Be-Perfect OCD Crazy about it, I did pretty well yesterday, my new Day 1. I kept my calories under 1550, allowed myself a couple treats but didn't snack the night away (!!), and worked out. <BR> <BR> I feel like the story of the day is sort of... good/bad. I did this, but I meant to do this... I meant to run, but my son wanted to play tennis, so I did that instead. Not as good a workout, but a workout nonetheless AND got in some good, quality time with this boy I love... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:13:15 EST Still Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696851 I'm still struggling to get back on track. I'll do okay for a day or two, or PART of a day.... It's evening when I go overboard. I'm pretty down about the whole thing, to tell you the truth. But beating myself up about it isn't going to help. <BR> <BR> The one good thing in all of this is I am spending more time with my family. We have dinner together and then typically spend the evening together. (I've largely abandoned my evening workouts = LOTS of evening family time!!) <BR> <BR> I keep ... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:09:35 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677955 Real quick... I meant to blog yesterday but didn't get to it. My first day back on track went really well. I managed to keep calories low (1250) and walked 35 minutes. I had a couple small Easter treats (hello middle ground!), but didn't go hog wild. <BR> <BR> I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:50:27 EST Total Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676604 So…………….. after my amazing dedication throughout most of January, February, March, and the first five days of April, culminating in a loss of 15 pounds and my 3rd place finish in the Biggest Loser Challenge…………… I have spent the past 15 days stuffing my face with all manner of foods. In massive quantities. Lots. Of. Food. And not so much exercise. <BR> <BR> So. It has reached a point of THIS MUST STOP. I know I've gained a few pounds, and I was really okay with that, just to let myself eat ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:18:01 EST After Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670331 A week has passed since our Biggest Loser Challenge ended, and let me tell you I've been enjoying eating a bit more this week. Honestly, a LOT more! LOL <BR> <BR> Initially I thought I'd give myself a few days "off" and then get back to light eating. But I kinda scrapped that idea. I've been "off" all week. I'm up a few pounds. And I'm NOT sweating it! I didn't even track food last weekend. Now I have been tracking since Monday, and I'm over every day, but keeping an eye on it, at least. Las... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:36:28 EST Biggest Loser Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665011 Today is the grand finale for our Biggest Loser Challenge. I came in third, and I'm thrilled with that! I couldn't have beaten the two guys ahead of me. <BR> <BR> This last week has been tough. I did a good job eating and exercising throughout most of the challenge, with a couple slips along the way. Especially toward the end, I was super dedicated. OCD. So much so that honestly I was burning out this past week and fantasizing about what I was going to eat when this challenge is done! <BR> ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:07:56 EST I Have a Skinny Neck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660664 I've been doing great and am working hard on achieving my goals. We've also been super busy as a family -- lots of activities going on with our kiddos. <BR> <BR> Last week in our Biggest Loser Challenge, I went from 5th place to 2nd. Our final weigh-in is this coming Saturday. I sure would like to be in the top 3! <BR> <BR> This week I'll stay very focused on eating light and working out a lot in an effort to lose as much as possible. My goal is still 4.5 pounds away. <BR> <BR> So here's m... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:32:26 EST ANOTHER Half Pound?!?! And a Running Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649877 I dropped another half pound (down to 125.5 now), which surprised me because I was closer to my max in calories yesterday. We had guests over and I had a small serving of lasagna, a big salad, and a light beer. I figured the sodium in the lasagna, if nothing else, might bump up my weight, but nope. <BR> <BR> I also had a bad run yesterday. It was supposed to be a speed run, but I had an awful side-ache and had to walk for most of it. I haven't had side-ache issues for YEARS, so I'm not sure ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:32:28 EST 126?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649081 Wow, I'm on a roll! I guess I've found what works -- keeping calories around 1200 and working out A LOT! <BR> <BR> Mentally, I could really go for another rest day, but I'm dragging my butt to the Y soon. Then if my son is interested, I may take him out to lunch. Then I need to tidy up the house, read our Bible Study lesson, and prepare food for our gathering tonight. We've already been to church, even. Another full day! Man, I could use a nap! I hope I perk up here pretty soon! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:44:32 EST 127! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648723 I managed to drop another pound -- that's 1.5 pounds since last week's Biggest Loser weigh-in. Very, very, very happy about that! 7 pounds to goal. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I'm so tired, I can't even type complete sentences! <BR> <BR> Our schedule was a little busier than usual last week, so my workouts have been later in the evening. Last night I didn't get home from the gym until 9:45. I got home, showered, and didn't get to bed until 11:00ish. That's too late for me! Then today our kids had a ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:04:49 EST When a Half Pound Feels HUGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647573 If you've been reading my stuff this week, you know I fell off the wagon last weekend and have been working hard to get back on track this week. When you have a goal of losing 2 pounds a week, and instead you GAIN 3 pounds from 2 days of overeating and skipping workouts, it makes it rather difficult to reach the weekly goal! <BR> <BR> So last Saturday I was down to 128.5. Now I'm happy to be down to 128! That is my lowest weight EVER in my adult life. Ever! <BR> <BR> As long as my weight ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:12:57 EST An AHA Cheesecake Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646805 After my piggy weekend, I've been working hard this week to keep my calories in range. It's not easy. 1200 calories is not a lot of food. But I'm doing it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I knew that my boss was bringing a cheesecake to work. He makes extraordinary cheesecakes. Do I deprive myself? Just say no? That's one possibility. Having an entire piece was NOT a possibility. That would throw off my calories for the day. I'm so not eating a piece of cheesecake and then skipping a meal to compensate... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:19:39 EST Track Rage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642713 Now that the triathlon is done, I'm back to walking on the indoor track on my non-running days. Since our weather is still so crappy, the gym is busy these days. And this leads me to confess to you something I'm not proud of: I've got a bit of road rage on the track. (Which is odd… I don't even get road rage on the road!) <BR> <BR> I'm a fast walker. Even in my heavier days, I could walk pretty fast. It's hard for me to walk slowly, even on non-exercise walks, like when I'm out shopping. I w... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 08:41:17 EST Missing Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639288 Last night I went to the Y after work, as usual. I worked out hard, as usual. I came home and had a light supper, as usual. And I was feeling mildly sad about food. I miss food. <BR> <BR> I miss eating good food for the sheer pleasure of it. I mean, I still eat good food, and I savor it. But ... well, I guess this is what it comes down to if you want to be thin. I think I'm missing the careless eating. Sitting down to a meal and eating all I want without the obsessive calorie counting. This ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:41:07 EST Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637565 Yesterday I ran a treadmill 5-K. I'm doing this every couple weeks and expect to see slight progress each time. It's hard going though, man! <BR> <BR> My previous time was 36:43. This time was 36:01. So that's progress. But... I would so love to get closer to 30 minutes. During the run, I feel like I'm working about as hard as I can. I mean, I don't want to finish the thing and croak, you know? So I guess making gradual improvements is about as good as it gets for now! <BR> <BR> I only took... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:59:47 EST Texas Roadhouse Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636771 We went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner last night with two other couples. I was mildly stressed about it all day. What the heck can you eat at a place like that without blowing your calories for the day??!? <BR> <BR> I checked out their menu online. I contemplated eating a side salad and feeling bitchy about it while everyone else ate a meal. I realized if I skipped my afternoon snack at work (a healthy muffin), I could "afford" a few more calories for dinner. So, my planned meal was salmon. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:57:52 EST Triathlon: Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635556 Tonight I finished the last of my biking miles for my indoor month-long triathlon. WOOHOO!! <BR> <BR> I started off the month doing a 3-day rotation (swim, bike, run), and finished the swimming portion mid-way through the month. Thank God, cuz I really was not a big fan of the whole swimming scene (see previous blog). Once the swimming laps were done, I turned my swimming days into biking days. I would have finished the biking miles a few days ago, but then with the party last weekend, I ski... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:22:11 EST Party Preps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630497 I've had so much fun today getting ready for our luau tomorrow. And I've gotten so much done! Shopping, cleaning, some food prep. <BR> <BR> Not everything has gone well. I discovered two leaks in our sunporch, which led to some unplanned, non-party work. Then I decided I could use this giant decorative bowl filled with shells and blue marbles that has been up on a shelf in the basement for many years. Perfect decoration for a luau, right? I just wanted to rinse everything off because it wa... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:03:22 EST Feeling Groovy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629931 Greetings, Sparklers! <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged for a whole week! No reason, really. Just busy, I guess, and nothing to say! LOL. <BR> <BR> I've been doing really well with my eating and working out. I've lost 7 pounds since the start of the year, and then the weight loss really slowed. Some of my friends and family members say stuff like, "You don't need to lose anymore!" I appreciate hearing that, in that it tells me I appear to be a normal, healthy weight. However, for myself, I want t... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:17:06 EST Signs From God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622901 Yesterday I stopped at a nearby convenience store to pick up a few supplies for my sick kid at home. While I was there, I thought I'd get myself a fountain Diet Pepsi (tastes better than canned/bottled). Believe it or not, the Diet Pepsi spigot was "Out of Order." I put my cup back. I didn't want another flavor. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I tended to my son and then made myself some lunch. After lunch, I just wanted a little something... You know that feeling? I'm not talking a piece of cak... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:38:49 EST True Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620206 I've realized something about myself and my Sparkiness. I am on Sparkpeople a lot when I'm doing well, and I love to blog about that. It seems to reinforce the good habits. "Look how well I'm doing!" <BR> <BR> So I'm here today to confess in all its ugliness how far off the wagon I fell yesterday. Pull up a chair. <BR> <BR> I actually did really well the first half of the day. I ate within range and planned what I would be eating for supper, and that kept me in range too. I was planning on ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:43:13 EST Toned-Down Weekend Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619304 This seems to happen to me almost every weekend. I'll start Saturday with all these lofty plans, but before I know it, the day is getting away from me. I'm so good at frittering away a Saturday morning watching TV and dinking around on the computer. I love my lazy weekend mornings. <BR> <BR> So I didn't quite get around to everything on my list yesterday, which means I'm replanning today. The truth is my weekdays are so busy that I just really love to be lazy on the weekend and have no deman... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:09:15 EST One Pound at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618573 If you've been reading my recent blogs, you know I've been struggling to see a weight loss on the scale despite working out more and eating less. My clothes feel a little looser, but the poundage wasn't dropping. <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in for our Biggest Loser Challenge, and I was down a pound since last week. One pound. I will take that. <BR> <BR> Maybe my drastic measures are paying off. Maybe that's what it takes. I've been eating on the low end of my calorie range and exercising a... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:30:58 EST What I Hate About Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618246 As a kid, I lived at the pool all summer. I was that kid with the white-blond hair tinged with green from the chlorine. Sunburned skin. Bloodshot red eyes. Happy, happy kid! <BR> <BR> I took swimming lessons from an early age until I was 16 or so, and even worked as a lifeguard. <BR> <BR> I loved everything about swimming. I fantasized about someday having a pool. <BR> <BR> Now, here I am middle aged, and I have not swum for many, many years. Well, that's not entirely true. We've visite... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:10:21 EST Weight Stagnation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617594 Well, all I can do is stick with it and not throw in the towel. <BR> <BR> I've lowered my calories. My range is 1200-1550, but I wasn't seeing any progress eating at the top end of the range. So I'm eating around 1250-1400, and drinking A LOT of water. <BR> <BR> I've increased my exercising. I was doing about 30 minutes of cardio a day, and now I'm doing 40-45. And I'm doing more strength training -- nothing heavy duty, just increasing gradually. <BR> <BR> But my weight is stuck. I was d... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:19:02 EST Deep Thoughts About Mean People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616359 I watched The Biggest Loser last night and have many thoughts about it percolating in my head that I just need to get OUT. I will try to be coherent. <BR> <BR> First off, I was as shocked as everyone by how thin Rachel had gotten. She was the picture of health and fitness in that last episode on the ranch, and I thought, "Wow, she'll have a tough time beating David when she doesn't really have anything left to lose." Boy, did she prove that theory wrong. <BR> <BR> We don't know if Rachel t... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:52:34 EST January / February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611906 Whoa! Where did January go? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to be that much closer to spring! <BR> <BR> Let's review. If I do say so myself, I ROCKED January. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> * I lost 7 pounds! <BR> * I overcame anemia. I'm feeling 100% better. <BR> * I've been really committed to running, cross-training, and strength-training. <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Now, onto February. I'm excited to keep moving toward better health and fitness! (And a smaller pants size.) <em>246</em> ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:31:02 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610930 I've been on track all week (since Sunday's piggy day), and the weight just isn't dropping! Tomorrow is our Biggest Loser weigh-in day, and it looks like I'll be holding steady again. <BR> <BR> So I'm looking at my current efforts... reevaluating. Can I eat a little less? Can I work out more? Yes, I can... Here I was feeling so proud of myself for staying in my calorie range and working out pretty much every day. But it looks like it's not enough. Eat less. Move more. <BR> <BR> I'm holding ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:57:16 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608006 My piggy day is behind me now, and now so is my first day back on track. I managed to stay 150 calories under my max, and I ran and did strength training. Yep, I feel good about that! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> It's still freakishly cold here in the Heartland... the kind of weather that should be avoided if at all possible... the kind of weather that causes some of us to work from home, start a blazing fire, and hibernate. I *have to* move south when I retire -- at least for the coldest... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:24:10 EST Blew It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607188 Jeez, I was all motivated and doing great and then.... What?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a breakfast quinoa dish that had caught my eye online. Well, I should have calculated calories and portion size ahead of time. I measured it all out before combining it into my bowl, but didn't figure calories until after I ate it, and it was something crazy like 600 calories. Ack! <BR> <BR> Well, I figured I'd just have to eat lighter the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Lunch. I made burgers. No problem.... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:51:06 EST So Far, So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605056 I'm feeling really good about how I'm doing right now. I'm sticking to my running plan and eating (mostly) within range. Weight loss isn't happening at a great pace... but I see a few things I can improve upon. <BR> <BR> I've been sticking with my running plan! I've come up with a plan to get me ready for a couple 5Ks later this spring. I hadn't run for a few months due to illness, so I am building back slowly. My knees are not loving it, which is a bummer... I thought my slow and easy appro... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:40:30 EST 4.73% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597769 WOOOHOOOOO! I'm back in the game! <BR> <BR> We had our 2nd Biggest Loser weigh-in, and I'm at 4.73%! This, after my 0% first weigh-in (due to illness). <BR> <BR> I ate within my range and exercised -- even ran a few times! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy about my progress this week! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>185</em> <em>34</em> <em>194</em> <em>258</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:15:39 EST I Heart Iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594084 I've been faithfully taking my iron pills for about two weeks now, and eating more meat. <BR> <BR> Wow, is it paying off! I wondered how long it would take because I still felt run-down for a week after starting the pills. But now I have to say I'm feeling a lot more energetic. In fact, I ran again last night -- just two minutes at a time, at a slow pace, with walking in between. I'm thrilled! <BR> <BR> I'll stick with this plan for now, but honestly I'd rather cut back on the red meat -- ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:52:15 EST Anemia Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590035 I started a Biggest Loser challenge on January 1 and started off doing GREAT! I was eating right and working out again. And then.... <BR> <BR> I fainted again last Saturday. I'm assuming it's the anemia. So I was back to extreme laziness for two days and have been working my way back since -- taking my iron pills faithfully and eating more meat. Actually I'm eating more in general because the iron pills make me a little nauseated, and I seem to feel better when my stomach has something in it... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:44:04 EST Anemia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579968 Now I know why I've been sooooooooooo tired. I finally did the blood tests that my doctors have been nagging me about for a few years. And it turns out I have a pretty extreme case of anemia. Go figure! <BR> <BR> I had the laziest Christmas vacation. It was fabulous. My body was absolutely craving rest. Got it! <BR> <BR> Now I'm on megadoses of iron, under doctor's orders. And I hope to have some energy again soon! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:38:03 EST SIX POUNDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575550 Howdy, cowboys and cowgirls! <BR> <BR> Well, you can't eat like this and expect anything other than weight gain. Yup, up 6 pounds, folks. It was worth every Oreo ball. <BR> <BR> Other than one day of attempted reboot, I haven't tracked food or exercised in 6 weeks. That's right, 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I feel pudgy, lazy, and absolutely ready now to restart. Mentally ready and physically needy. <BR> <BR> What I mean by that is that I've been feeling sooooooo tired. To the point of kind of won... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:06:11 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571097 I'm so happy to be enjoying a nice Christmas holiday wtih my family. Life is good! <BR> <BR> I'm also really looking forward to getting back on track. I haven't been eating right or exercising at all for about 5 weeks now. My sickness is done, so it's just a matter of laziness and busy-ness. So... back on track very soon, as soon as these next two very busy days are past. <BR> <BR> So... see you all on the other side! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</e... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:44:52 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555795 Well... I blame it on sickness, but I have pretty much fallen off the Sparkpeople wagon. I'm still coughing up major organs. I've been 100% lazy for 2 and a half weeks now. I'm working on eating better again... and last night I went to the gym again. I walked for 30 minutes and did all the Cybex toning stations. Baby steps, folks. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I tracked food yesterday! Just need to reestablish the habit. <BR> <BR> So... I'm working on it, inching my way back. Now, if only this darn cou... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:27:46 EST Sick of Being Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548359 As a friend of mine said, when I get sick, I get really sick! <BR> <BR> I guess it's just a cold. I've been coughing my head off for a week. <BR> <BR> The worst of it is that I fainted and hit my head hard on the floor. That didn't help matters. We think the fainting was caused by dehydration. Anyway, the day I fainted, I slept ALL day. I ended up going to the doctor, concerned about possibly having a concussion. Doctor said I probably have a mild concussion. She gave me some cough syrup wi... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:05:46 EST