JODROX's SparkPeople Blog JODROX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Over. Again. Life has been tumultuous lately and my fitness has fallen by the wayside. I'm feeling motivated again and am trying to do all those things I know I need to do. Summer means lots of biking, and I love that! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:18:19 EST Biggest Loser Update Here's a quick update on how Biggest Loser is going: UGH! <BR> <BR> I started the first week off GREAT and then fizzled by the end of the week. Truth is I have some personal stuff going on right now that's a bit... um.... chaotic. So it's been harder than usual to stick with an exercise routine and reasonable eating. Excuses, excuses, I know. But that's where I am. <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling pretty good again. I went for a bike ride yesterday and kept my calories on the low end of my range... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:46:30 EST Day 6 of Biggest Loser Oops. I went off the rails yesterday. Overdid it, eating-wise, all day long, especially at dinner at a Mexican restaurant. I'm still full. <BR> <BR> Back on track today. Lots and lots of water. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:42:41 EST Day 5 of Biggest Loser Today... get ready. You are NOT gonna believe this. I ran IN THE MORNING. I am NOT a morning person. I like to run at 4 or 5 pm. But I did it. I'm still building up stamina since I had a cold. So... there was MUCH walking on this run, but hey, I did it. <BR> <BR> I also went for a walk AND a short hike. <BR> <BR> AND I'm under my calorie maximum. <BR> <BR> I just gave myself an enormous pat on the back. <BR> <BR> Life.Is.Good. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 23:15:17 EST Days 3-4 of Biggest Loser I'm doing pretty well as far as eating lighter and exercising. <BR> <BR> My biggest problems right now are..... stress and lack of sleep. I'm working on both of them! <BR> <BR> I'll share more later. Not much to say today. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 20:51:17 EST Day 2 of Biggest Loser Yesterday I ran. <BR> Today I hiked. <BR> Both days I went a bit over my own calorie goal, but not over Sparkpeople's maximum for me. Something to continue to work at. <BR> I had a Jimmy John's vegetarian sandwich today, and I found it on SP for like 600 calories. That does not seem possible. It wasn't that huge, and it was mostly vegetables, other than the bread, cheese, and sauce. I don't see how it could be 600. So... that kinda threw off my calories for the day. Oh well. <BR> Tomorrow, ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:28:15 EST Biggest Loser Begins Again April 1 - April 30 I'm running a little Biggest Loser challenge with friends on Facebook. This is my all-in effort to FINALLY re-find my motivation and lose 10 pounds! I've had many stops & starts since losing 40 6 years ago. So. It begins. <BR> <BR> It's time to shed some bad habits along with the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> For starters, I canceled cable television a couple weeks ago. That was more to save money than be active, but the temptation to veg in front of the TV is GONE. However, I... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:13:16 EST Facing the Music Howdy! I'm doing a little better with eating and exercise -- getting back on track! Hurrah! <BR> <BR> Last night I ran for the first time since having my knee inspected by Dr. nearly 3 weeks ago. I mostly walked -- ran 1 minute for every 4 walked. But hey, it's something. It's a start. And my knee was fine. A little achy but no stabbing pains. So I'm thrilled. <BR> <BR> My sister asked if I wanted to run a race with her in April, and I said YES! I'm eager to start training for it. It'll b... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:52:15 EST Ice, Ice Baby Today in paradise, EVERYTHING is closed due to icy conditions. I'm hoping things melt or get cleared away by late morning so I can venture out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I managed to eat a little better -- not quite in the 1200-1300 range I was aiming for. But better. <BR> <BR> I also managed to do just the tiniest bit of toning. Baby steps! I thought about going to the Y, but the roads were really bad, and honestly I just wasn't feeling it. <BR> <BR> Today, again, I'm going to try to get closer... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:18:23 EST January: Fresh Beginnings! I vanished! Like magic! <BR> <BR> No, really, I've just got a whole lot of personal stuff going on right now. I can see why losing weight worked for me a few years back. I had the time and space in my life to 100% obsess on food and exercise. Now… it's been more difficult. But I don't feel as good -- mentally or physically -- so I need to make the time and space for it before I start down the slippery slope to morbid obesity. <BR> <BR> Doctor said my knee looks "strong." She suspected the ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:42:56 EST Eating and Sleeping for Health My sleeping struggle continues, but I do believe I've gotten my appetite back. <BR> <BR> A friend sent me some Advocare SleepWorks, and it worked like a charm two nights ago. Last night, not so much. I only took a half dose both nights. I'll try a full dose tonight. <BR> <BR> And food, glorious food - yep, I'm eating again! It's been a gradual thing of eating a little more each day, and now I guess I need to watch it so I don't fall back in the old habits of overeating! <BR> <BR> Down to... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:54:04 EST Resuming Normal Things are going a little better. I'm eating a little more, sleeping a little more, getting things sorted out a little more. #lifeisgood <BR> <BR> I was a little nervous that the weight I dropped quickly would creep back on if I started eating like a reasonable person again. But I'm actually still losing, eating on the low end of my SP calorie range. I'm not starving or stuffed. I feel good. <BR> <BR> Running, walking, hiking, toning, eating healthfully, drinking water, and sleeping. #keys... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:27:24 EST November: Lost TEN Pounds?!?! The first half of November, with my weight hitting an all-time high since my 40-pound loss (not highest ever), I was in a panic to get back on track. I was working on it...kinda...sorta...with no real results. <BR> <BR> And then this new thing hit -- the lack of sleep, the loss of appetite. The key to weight-loss success?! HA! Well, I have now lost 10 pounds. I'm back down under 130, and the possibility of actually getting to my goal weight before the end of the year is starting to look do-a... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:32:31 EST Over 1000! Yesterday I finally ate over 1000. I'm kind of nervous about gaining back the lbs I lost, but I can't eat that light forever! I came in at 1120. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day -- lots of fun, wonderful stuff, partly birthday, partly life. I got home pretty late and was hungry, so I ate. Previous days, I probably would have just gone to bed without eating. So... maybe this is the start of getting my appetite back? We'll see! <BR> <BR> It's a running day for me, so I definitely need to fuel! <... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:37:07 EST 9 Pounds in 13 Days When you lose your appetite and can't sleep... It's not the intentional weight-loss I've worked so hard for in the past, but I'll take it. Back under 130. <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday, and it's a milestone. I'm very blaaaaah about it. Oh yeah, it's my birthday... no big deal. My friends are taking me out for lunch, so that's nice. Then my kiddo has a band concert tonight. So.......... yeah, like I said, no big deal. <BR> <BR> <em>107</em> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:10:46 EST 12 Days Under 1000 Greetings, Sparklers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and nice long weekend! Mine was good -- nice to spend the day with family and relax over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> My low-cal trend continues. I'm at a point now where I really could eat more, but I'm being careful. Yesterday I logged in my supper foods before eating, and when it put me over 1000, I changed it up so I'd still be under 1000. OCD much? Yes. So that's what I ate, and it was enough. I was satisfied. <BR> <img s... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:58:50 EST 10 Days In I'm starting Day 10 of this crazy new sleepless/eat-less world, and thank God for a 4-day weekend. There's time to mentally sort through some stuff that might get me back to a place where I can sleep and eat again. <BR> <BR> One thing that is keeping me sane is writing. It helps me process what's happening and provides enormous clarity. <BR> <BR> Here on SP, I share the fitness/health side of things, and it's nice to hear encouragement on that front too. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly I don't fe... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:25:29 EST An Emotional Weight Loss I've got some emotional turmoil in my life right now. Hence the loss of appetite and lack of sleep. I'm functioning and have great things in some areas of my life, so hurrah for that. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to have lost 7 pounds in a week, even though this is absolutely NOT the way to do it. Pre-emotional turmoil, I never ever ever had an 800-calorie day. And now, 800-900 is about all I care to eat. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be able to sleep a full night soon and to be able to eat what my bod... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:44:26 EST Can't Even Choke it Down I woke up hungry this morning (good sign!) and decided to make myself eggs for breakfast, since I'm always low on protein, especially now. Two eggs, one piece of bread. I got less than halfway into it and was done. I made myself have a few more bites of the eggs and threw the rest in the trash. <BR> <BR> I do not recognize this unhungry girl. <BR> <BR> It's a running day for me, so I'm gonna really try to choke down some nutrition today. Ugh, this has never been a struggle. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:55:46 EST Day 4 Under 1000 I'm just gonna own this. I know it's not the healthiest thing and I know that it's not going to last forever, but I still have little appetite and am not sleeping well, but I'm overall happy, and if this can kickstart some blubber loss, I'm okay with it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my lil breakfast and my lil lunch, and by 4:00 p.m. I knew I needed to eat something. So I warmed up some soup. I ate half of it and was done. <BR> <BR> I met some friends at a restaurant/bar and, again, figured I ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:55:17 EST Day 3 Under 1000 I'm not sure how to talk about this or feel about this cuz I KNOW it's not good, but I'm on Day 3 under 1000 calories, and I'm not sleeping well, but I'm kinda hyped up and energized and not hungry or wanting to eat more, and I've lost 6 pounds, and I feel like if my mood continues like this, I'll probably keep eating this light, and.............. would that be bad?? Yes, yes, I know that would be bad cuz I'm getting almost no protein or iron or fiber. I'm eating healthy stuff, when I do eat.... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:06:11 EST Another Low Cal Day <img src=""> <BR> Today, again, no appetite. I had about 850 calories. No wine this time. I'm not gonna worry about it. My body will let me know when it needs more. I went for a nice long walk. Apparently it's Take a Hike Day. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:54:04 EST Skipping Meals Last night, I got home around supper-time, poured myself a glass of wine and couldn't decide what to make for supper. Hubs just got home too, and he was making something, offered me some. I passed. We often don't eat the same food because I'm on-again off-again vegetarian (currently on-again) and in general we just like different things. <BR> <BR> I realized, with some surprise and pride, for lack of a better word, that I wasn't hungry, and I was just going to go with that as long as "not hu... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:11:49 EST I'm Back -- AGAIN! Greetings, SparkPeople! I have returned. <BR> <BR> My fitness efforts fell by the wayside. My faithful adherence to working out and eating light weakened and my weight has yoyo'ed to a place I don't want to stay very long. <BR> <BR> It's frustrating. When I hit my all-time low of 122.5 5 years ago, it was the result of OCD eating light and exercise. I remember feeling still not quite thin/toned enough but also feeling that I couldn't eat that light forever. So I let myself eat more and my ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:58:05 EST Carbs vs Protein <img src=""> <BR> As a sometimes vegetarian, I'm fairly conscious of my protein intake. Most days I do okay getting very close to my Sparkpeople recommended 60 grams. Today, not so much. It's so easy to consume carbs. They're quick and convenient and something I naturally want. Want vs need... long-term health benefits..... Yup! I'll try to do better tomorrow! Tue, 24 May 2016 22:33:08 EST Learning From Failure When I lost 45 pounds and was 2.5 pounds from my goal weight, I thought getting the rest of the way there would be easier than the first leg of the journey. SO NOT TRUE. Others have said this and now I get it: Maintaining is every bit as hard as losing it in the first place. And I still wanted to lose a bit more! Sheesh. <BR> <BR> After working really hard to get there and eating probably TOO light, I let things slip. I saw that I could maintain even when eating kinda badly because I was sti... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:49:25 EST I'm Still Here The blog of a Spark friend (BROOKLYN_BORN) made me realize I've become very inactive on Sparkpeople. I'm still logging food and exercise, but I'm not doing much of the social stuff anymore due to lack of time. <BR> <BR> I hope all my Spark friends are doing well. I wish I had time to keep up with you all! <BR> <BR> As far as my "weight loss journey" (am I the only one who is sick and tired of that little phrase?), I'm doing okay but not great. The quick summary is that I lost 45 pounds and ... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:12:42 EST It's Been a While Howdy, friends! It's been a while since I blogged. Not much to say, I guess. I'm spinning my wheels with this weight-loss thing. My motivation is yoyoing as much as my weight is! <BR> <BR> Despite the weight spike, I'm feeling pretty good about things. I know that I will drop the extra pounds. I'm sooooooooooooooo good at this. It's just a matter of reining in the calories. Lately it seems that I get this hungry/yucky feeling, and feel like I need to eat something to settle that yucky feelin... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:27:41 EST January 1, 2016: Starting Over at 132.5 I'm a full 10 pounds UP from my lowest weight (April 2014). Sigh. Lots of yoyoing in 20 months. And so I begin again, the downward trek. Smarter eating. I've been pretty faithful to working out during this period -- especially cardio, not so much with the strength training. It's my eating that gets a little crazy at times. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do! And I know how much Sparkpeople matters to my success, so... expect to see a lot more of me here. <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:08:48 EST Fat Pants Dirty little secret: You can get away with eating badly for....a very short period of time. Your body can handle it for a day or two. You may feel bloated, and you may gain a few pounds, but you will not do irreversible damage. <BR> <BR> Now if you continue this overindulgence day after day after day after day........... that little bit of bloat will grow. Those couple pounds will increase to 5.....10..... <BR> <BR> IF you don't nip it in the bud, before you know it, your pants will get tig... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:39:06 EST On Again Off Again -- 2015, the Year That Was Nearly 5 years ago, after a life of fatness, I had had enough and I set about finally losing the extra weight that had plagued me my whole life. I wasn't morbidly obese, but "chubby." I started running and tracking my food, and I lost 30 pounds. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> The next year, I lost another 10. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> I've been wanting and trying (sporadically) to lose another 10 ever since. I lose. I gain. I haven't quite gotten to where I want to be, though I've gotten very close. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 13:04:25 EST I'm Back Wow, my longest SP absence ever, I think. I've been too busy, too stressed out, eating too much, exercising too little, and now I'm ready to get back into my healthy habits. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:26:27 EST 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