JODROX's SparkPeople Blog JODROX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When Busy Is Awesome "Busy" is probably the most overused word in the English language. It's our answer to "how are you" and our excuse for many invitations. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling busier than usual lately because I actually am busier than usual. I went from having most evenings free (unless my kids had an activity I needed to attend) to having many evenings booked with my own commitments. It's all good stuff that I'm happy to be doing. But it does create a challenge: when will I work out? <BR> <BR> My aw... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:55:11 EST Vertigo Again Wednesday morning 4:00 a.m. I rolled over in bed, and that sickening spinning feeling crashed over me again. I looked at my alarm clock, and the numbers were dancing all over the place. As quickly as I could, I rolled back to my other side, and the spinning stopped. But I was left nauseated and afraid this was going to linger for many days, like it did the first time I experienced vertigo. <BR> <BR> Luckily, this time around, it wasn't nearly as severe or long-lasting. I slept for the bette... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09:50:52 EST Dealing With the Real Stuff of Life Recently my uncle passed away, and then just a few days later my father-in-law also passed away. <BR> <BR> The school year is up and running..... busy busy busy.............. <BR> <BR> As hard as it is to eat right and stick to an exercise routine when the rest of life is going smoothly, it becomes REALLY difficult when life is in chaos! <BR> <BR> So I'm working on getting back in my good routines. <BR> <BR> I'm also mildly sickish. Congested. A little bit of vertigo. Tired. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:32:07 EST Losing Weight Is Not Rocket Science #1 - Eat like a reasonable person. I've been trying to eat within my SP calorie range but going just a tiny bit over all week. Still, I've lost a few pounds. So I'm very pleased. Compared to how I ate during August -- with the occasional in-range day, but mostly waaaaaay over -- my eating so far in September is reasonable and healthy. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> #2 - Be active. I'm running and walking and toning. I hope to get a few more bike rides in this fall, but mostly I'm focusing on running, wal... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 10:02:58 EST Weight Spike I stepped on the scale this morning to a surprising 4.5-pound weight gain. I stepped off and back on again. That can't be right. Hm. Yup, up 4.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> True, I have not been eating the best. But I'm exercising a lot, so that helps a bit with the excess calories. <BR> <BR> I looked over my food intake yesterday and am wondering if there was excess salt. I had a turkey hotdog for... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:30:20 EST Here We Go Again Despite my frequent declarations that I am really getting serious this time, my weight has crept back up to a weight I swore I would never see again. I am sooooooooooooooo irritated with myself. <BR> <BR> 130. <BR> <BR> I cannot keep eating like this and expect to ever get to my ultimate goal of 120. <BR> <BR> My head is a little messed up right now. I'm realizing some things that I'm doing that are not helping me in the long run. I'm filling my life with busy-busy-busy to block out som... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:59:31 EST Day of Rest A lazy Sunday ahead........ starting with some couch time with my dog and some recorded concerts on the DVR (Annie Lennox and Simon & Garfunkel). <BR> <BR> Next up: some housework. Nothing too massive, but I will feel better if I could finally check a few of these neglected items off my mental list. <BR> <BR> And then: a church picnic. I'm feeling a little guilty for not actually going to church before the church picnic. But not guilty enough to actually go. <BR> <BR> And then: I may be ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 09:37:32 EST Sanity Prevails For those of you who expressed concern about my plan to go on a 4-5 hour bike ride on a blistering hot day: NO WORRIES! <BR> <BR> I got a later start than I should have, if I were indeed going to attempt the long ride. So I knew right there that it wasn't going to be that long. <BR> <BR> I decided to try a new route that a coworker had told me about. Big hill, he said. How big, I wondered. Really fricken big, is the answer. I was maybe 4 miles from home when I hit the big hill, and it neve... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:28:23 EST Coveted Trophies Only twice have I achieved the coveted 2000 Monthly Fitness Minutes trophy on Sparkpeople. Shocking, I know. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been putting in A LOT of minutes. I'm running three times a week, biking three times a week, and walking almost every day. I've gone on a few long bike rides -- 4-5 hours! It all adds up! <BR> <BR> Naturally, this planted the thought in my brain that maybe, just maybe, I could get the 2500 Monthly Fitness Minutes trophy. I am coveting it. <BR> <BR> What wou... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:43:55 EST Day of Rest Following my training plan, today is a day off from both running and biking. My legs say: THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> I may go for a nice, long walk. And I should do some toning today. I've been neglecting that. <BR> <BR> I've been really dedicated to running and biking and not very dedicated to eating right. Gee, why isn't the weight coming off?? Huh. <BR> <BR> Must get a handle on the whole Food Thing. How??? I've done this before! Here we go! <BR> <BR> 1. Plan ahead. Grocery shop with healthy... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:18:55 EST Listening to My Tired Body I used to be very good at finding any excuse to not exercise. Too busy, too tired, too whatever. Lately, though, I prioritize exercise before almost everything else. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after my busy weekend, including a 41-mile bike ride, I was still exhausted. I could've napped the day away, but I went to work and slogged through the day. <BR> <BR> It was a running day for me, and all day I thought about it. I thought I just might get a second wind at some point in the day. Eventually ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:39:24 EST Biking, Running, Volunteering, and Napping Sometimes you just have to recognize when you are too busy. I overbooked my weekend. it was all good -- volunteer activities, social time, and workouts. By the time all my planned events were done on Sunday, I was completely exhausted. I napped for 2 hours, like a rock. Dead to the world. <BR> <BR> It started with Friday night. I had a meeting about the activity I had volunteered for on Saturday. After that quick meeting, I met a friend for dinner, and then I needed to run to the store to bu... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:14:25 EST Biking in the Rain, Crossing Scary Bridges, and Eating Pie My biking "coach" (really just a friend who is a way more serious biker than me) advised me to add 5 miles to my long ride every week. So today I set out to ride about 35 miles on a local bike trail. Two friends went with me. <BR> <BR> Overall, it was a great day, and we had a good time. I'll give you the highlights. <BR> <BR> After we rode just a short distance, maybe 5 miles, we stopped for some reason... to pull out sunglasses maybe. And while we were stopped, a group of three guys came ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:09:13 EST Excited About Running Again I'm slowly making a comeback from my calf injury. Tonight I ran 6 minutes, walked 1, repeated for a total of 30 minutes. It seems almost too easy to bounce back! (Thank God!) In the past when I've restarted, it seems like I restarted from the beginning. But the truth is, you never restart from square 1. You build back more quickly. The point in building slowly is to prevent injury. it's smart. I *could* do more, but I'm trying to not push too hard and hurt myself again. So... this is exciting... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:36:21 EST Duluth We took another mini-vacation, this time to Duluth. Much fun! Much food! Oh Lordy, I do eat too much on vacation. BUT -- my one saving grace -- I exercised! <BR> <BR> I ran two mornings, mainly because my travel companions slept in, so I really didn't have any excuse. And then we went for a long walk one day. I also did some of the Spark challenge that I signed up for. <BR> <BR> Now, back to normal life, and back to better eating. Back to tracking! I'm happy to do it -- definitely feeling ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 08:19:58 EST Plotting My Day Run. <BR> Blog. <BR> Track. <BR> Clean house. <BR> Walk dog. <BR> Grocery shop. <BR> Bike shop. <BR> Go to outdoor concert + fireworks. <BR> Mail 2 cards. <BR> Order book from Amazon. <BR> Visit library. <BR> <BR> Oh my. Not enough hours in the day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:51:11 EST Door County This is the official end of any attempt to blog every day in June. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> We took a mini-vacation to the beautiful Door County of Wisconsin. I love that place. In my ideal Door County vacation, there would be much-much-much biking and hiking through Peninsula State Park, awesome Wild Tomato pizza every night, and lounging about the pool in between all that biking, hiking, and eating. <BR> <BR> As it turned out, the weather was ... NOT warm. It was upper 60s. That is NOT p... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:38:03 EST June 16: Weight Surprises, Part Deux So that unexpected weight drop was followed by an unexpected, BIG weight spike. 126.5! Seriously? 6 pounds in a day?!?!?! <BR> <BR> I think I need a new scale. <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:15:29 EST June 15: Weight Surprises I haven't been super dedicated or super consistent lately. I'm having a hard time keeping my calories in range. But hey at least I am tracking. That's something. At least I know how much I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I'm exercising a lot. Biking, walking, some toning. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure exactly how this is working, but I seem to be losing weight. My weight is up and down kind of a lot from one day to the next, unexpectedly. I stepped on the scale yesterday and was surprised to see 120.5 -- th... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:30:07 EST June 14: Biking Plus Five My biking "coach" -- really, a friend who is a serious biker -- said if I want to bike a century ride this fall, the way to build up to that is adding 5 miles to my long ride each week. So yesterday was my 30-mile ride, up from my 23-mile ride last week. 30 miles? No problem! <BR> <BR> I used my son's bike instead of my bike. Actually his bike is my OLD bike, and it is more of a speedy bike. My newer bike is a comfort bike, which I thought was exactly what I needed when I bought it. It's v... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:05:00 EST June 12/13: The Pit of Despair I had a bad day. <link><BR>Fkf6upw </link> <BR> <BR> Without going into too much gory detail, things got really ugly 2 days ago, pretty much right after my last blog. We've had some underlying stress for several months -- some bad stuff happening in basically three areas of our lives. We're working on fixing those issues, but in the meantime, things are not great. <BR> <BR> Finally, one of those issues came to a head, and I LOST IT. I lost it bad. I... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:16:04 EST June 10/11: The Lessons of Overeating Yesterday I went out for breakfast at Perkins. My meal included a muffin, which I took to go. (Can you imagine eating an omelet PLUS potatoes/fruit PLUS a muffin???) I ate the omelet (minus hollandaise!) and fruit and saved the muffin for later... thinking MAYBE I won't eat it. MAYBE I'll take it home and see if one of my guys wants it. <BR> <BR> And then... <BR> <BR> After lunch, I don't know what the deal is. It seems even when I eat a 500-calorie lunch, I feel hungry by 1:00 or 2:00. S... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:34:58 EST June 8/9: I'm a Biking Fiend Forgot to blog again last night... did I mention I'm trying to blog every day during the month of June? Trying! <BR> <BR> Anyhoo... <BR> <BR> I biked to work today. 7.5 miles one way. And home again. 15.72 miles total. And it was 95 degrees today. I loooooooooooooooove summer. Bring on the heat! As long as I'm hydrated, I'm good. And oh-so-happy!! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful ride. I saw deer and lots of squirrels. And I just felt so good. It was like my own little micro-vacation. I'm goin... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:06:13 EST June 7: Inactive Family Blues Today.... I will admit it..... I shed some tears. <BR> <BR> I asked my family (husband and two teenaged boys) if they wanted to go for a bike ride. No. How about a hike? No. My husband shot back with: "It's incredibly humid today. I don't want to do anything like that." <BR> <BR> The weather doesn't affect me like it does him. I get that. But... But... <BR> <BR> So I proposed we go to the Y. It's climate-controlled. He looked away disgusted. He knew I caught him in a completely fabricate... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:45:16 EST June 5/6: The Joys of Summer It occurred to me this morning that I forgot to blog yesterday. As with all the other goals I set for June..... I made it 4-5 days and started slipping. It's time to hoist up my britches and get back on track. Mixed metaphors -- it's my thang! <BR> <BR> So yesterday... nothing to report really. I worked. I walked over lunch and then needed to go grocery shopping after work. My son had some friends over for a last-day-of-school party. So I never really sat down. That's why I forgot to blog. ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:00:45 EST June 4: Thinking of Dad Four years ago today, my dad passed away. It was completely unexpected -- a complete shock. He died from a heart attack at 69 years old with no known history of heart disease. He was active, fit, and strong. And he meant the world to me. <BR> <BR> So many hard lessons learned that day and in the days, weeks, months, years since he left us. I clung to those personal lessons in the immediate aftermath. Value time with family. Make time for family. It is EVERYTHING. You can't get that time back... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:44:29 EST June 3: A Sugar Tale The food challenge today for Streaking Into Summer was to count up all added sugar. I ate pretty decently today. The only sugary food I had was a small piece of cake with lunch. Still, I ended up with 50 grams of sugar! <BR> <BR> I wish foods that aren't desserty foods didn't have so much sugar in them. Breads, sauces, etc. Those are the other foods I had today that added to my sugar bomb. Oh, and the coffee creamer. <BR> <BR> What an eye-opener. I'll try to do better! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 19:01:46 EST June 2: I'm a Hungry Girl Today's lesson, boys and girls, is that when you have been eating pretty much whatever you want (that is to say, a lot), and then you attempt to eat like a thin person, your tummy will cry out: <BR> <BR> THAT WASN'T ENOUGH! I WANT MORE! I NEED MORE! FEED ME!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 2 of attempting to eat like a thin person, and I've gone over in calories both days, not by a lot. Still. I've been hungry! I'm working on taming my Inner Hungry Beast and have not achieved domination just yet... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:44:48 EST June 1: Restarting the OCD Howdy friends! <BR> <BR> I haven't been very active on Sparkpeople lately, but I'm still here, still working on losing the last little bit of weight I want to lose. I should say: working on it, then not working on it, lather, rinse, and repeat. I haven't been very consistent! <BR> <BR> The one constant for me through the last 4+ years of losing 40 pounds and keeping it off has been running, with the occasional short breaks due to illness, injury, extreme busy-ness, and the heartbreak of lo... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:43:49 EST Falling Down Last night I had a 1-hour run planned. My last long run was so great -- I felt so energized and positive about it. But this run, the first 30 minutes anyway, were not so great. My energy just wasn't there. It was windy out and colder than I like. But I soldiered on, and was glad to be half done, when I tripped over a crack in the sidewalk and fell down. <BR> <BR> In slow motion, I put my hands out, thinking oh great, I'll crack my birdy little wrists! So I attempted to turn and roll into it,... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 17:59:16 EST Remembering Biggest Loser One year ago we were wrapping up our Biggest Loser competition. I was eating extremely light (1200) in an attempt to win one of the top 3 spots. I got down to my lowest adult weight ever (122.5), and immediately started gaining it back when the competition was over. Lesson learned: super restrictive eating is not sustainable! I lost 15 and gained back 12. Oops. <BR> <BR> Now I'm on the downward trend again. I'm back down to 128 and am trying to take a more moderate approach this time around... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 08:54:40 EST March Madness No, not basketball. LIFE! <BR> <BR> Life is fantastic! Many wonderful things are happening in my life right now. And... <BR> <BR> Life is stressful! Several serious problems are also happening in our lives right now. And... <BR> <BR> Life is BUSY. Omygosh we are tooooo busy! <BR> <BR> So. I'm not doing GREAT with my fitness these days. My weight crept up over the last year, and around the first of the year, I made a serious effort to get back on track. Unfortunately I haven't been able t... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:40:39 EST Sick Week I'm on Day 6 of sickness, and I'm sick of being sick! All training has ceased. I wish I could sleep, but I'm too congested to breath. Ugh, hate this. <BR> <BR> How long does it take to get over a cold? Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:11:09 EST Sick Day I'm sidelined today by a nasty cold. I'm hoping it passes quickly because I was making such great progress with my running -- building back up to where I was before Christmas. AND I signed up for a 7K race in March, so I need all the time I can get to build back up to running 5 miles. <BR> <BR> So today, I rest. I accept that there's no sense trying to run when my body is just not up to it. Sometimes we have to take a break. <BR> <BR> I'm trying essential oils for the first time. A friend... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:22:06 EST OCD Fun I seem to do better with the whole fitness / weight-loss thing when I become 100% absorbed by it. You know me - that whole middle ground thing eludes me. So I'm all-in. OCD time! <BR> <BR> I started up a Facebook group, and we have about 30 people! The response was strong! I think a lot of folks aren't fully committed until the new year, and I totally get that. It's a busy time. I couldn't fully commit until I got all of our Christmas celebrations behind us. For me, that truly was an excuse.... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:52:58 EST Recommitting Howdy! I'm back after being away (super busy) during Christmas, and now I'm seriously committing to getting back in shape. I'm excited! <BR> <BR> I believe that when you've been lazy and eating poorly for a while, your body just craves physical movement and nutritious foods. That's where I'm at. Too many Christmas goodies. I'm all sugared out. ENOUGH. <BR> <BR> Today I'm starting with lemon water. I'm such a creature of habit. Breakfast and sweetened coffee within minutes of waking. So I'm... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:16:24 EST Third Day Hubby made manicotti and it was good. <BR> 'nuf said. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:10:26 EST Two Good Days 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 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!! 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 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 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 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?! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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