JODROX's SparkPeople Blog JODROX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Total Reboot 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 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 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 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 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?! 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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% 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