JSCHARF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSCHARF JSCHARF'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/ First half-marathon...:-) WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140147 To finish is to succeed...I finally succeeded in completing a half-marathon. What started out as a goal to start running again in July 2010 has turned into completing the biggest race of my life. I finished the Rock-the-Parkway (Kansas City) half-marathon with a time of 2:15. I did it with one of my best friends, who was able to finish several minutes ahead of me. He even backtracked at one point to check on how I was doing. That was both courageous and considerate. <BR> <BR> The impa... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:47:00 EST Focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2863627 Sometimes the most important thing in life for me is to have the focus needed to make and achieve the goals that are wanted in life. I just have to keep focusing on that objective. One step at a time. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:58:51 EST It is time to be fearless... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2797359 It is time to be fearless. It is time to break down the barriers which have held me back. It is time to look at myself without fear or regret. It is time to accept that "one step at a time" has meant sometimes stepping sideways and backwards. it is time to accept myself for who I am and the person I want to become. It is time to put my "life" back in the word "lifestyle". It is time to remember that communication is one of the most essential tools in any journey, weight loss or otherwis... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:25:04 EST Set a personal best for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2770058 I am training for a 5K and I ran under 31 minutes(30:55)! When I started training in November, I did 5K in 38 minutes (I remember walking a lot...). I am really excited and have shared my happiness on the message boards. It is really motivating to reach a goal like that. My next goal is to run a sub 30 minute 5K in 30 days. <em>244</em> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:30:05 EST Good start to the week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764385 My week was off to a good start. I was at home today and was able to control my portions very well. I kept my nutrition in check. I also exercised today and had really good results. I need to continue to work on documentation and goal setting this week. <em>100</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:30:43 EST Good week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2759966 I had a good week. I exercised 5 times this week and I logged in my nutrition tracker all 7 days. I also began training for a 5K in earnest. My food consumption was okay, but I still need to watch my cholesterol and sodium. I have also worked on a lot of personal goals as well. <BR> <BR> We are on SparkPeople as a family and all of us are encouraging one another. It is one day at a time. One step at a time. <em>185</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:17:02 EST Back to one step at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747688 I was so close back in March. I had made so many good habits developed and goals set. In several months, things really started to change and I began to gain weight back. Most of it was emotional eating. The rest was not being able to say no. I am in a better place now and motivated to loose the remaining weight. <BR> <BR> I am finally becoming comfortable with my weight loss past. In many ways, my eating was a way to put up a barrier to my feelings. My food needs to be treated with ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:59:00 EST The last 4 pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1924040 I guess the last few pounds are going to be tough. I am in that zone where I could either stop or loose that last few. I am searching for a little motivation now. I guess like all goals, this one will be reached like all of my other goals: one step at a time. It is much harder when my motivation is flagging. I have a goal picture book that helps when times are tough. It must be time for a look... <em>211</em> Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:46:11 EST The power of perspective.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1825941 Lat week was one that I would rather forget. The good thing was that I ended up loosing weight last week in spite of all the difficulties. It is all in how I look at things. I can choose to respond to them in a negative way and not get the results I want, or I can respond positively and make progress. It is all up to me to make that decision. <em>224</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 13:03:31 EST Keeping things in perspective. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1803050 This was not a good week for me, but with the tools I have and encouragement from my friends on SparkPeople, I am doing well. I am disappointed that I gained weight, but I am able to focus on the next meal and shrug off the bad news. The focus on a lifetime perspective and positive change are great motivators for me. <em>224</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:15:11 EST Breaking 30... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1601873 It feels good to finally leave the plateau. I am beginning to incorporate more foods into my plan in portioned amounts. I really want to do this the right way this time. I am glad that I have the support of my family and friends. Mon, 8 Dec 2008 17:57:37 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1572053 I think the cause for any emotional eating is stress for me. I have much less stress now, but when I feel overwhelmed, I eat whatever is at hand. what is keeping me grounded this time is that I am documenting what I eat every day, and this keeps me from really overdoing it when I just don't feel like following the program. Being honest with myself is the key for weight loss and any future success. I fell better when I do not overeat anyway, both physically and mentally, so there is a real... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:29:12 EST Small weight gain...It could have been a lot bigger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1557398 I had a small weight gain this week. I must have gined it all in in the span of 2 days. I ate suring the day during the election at school and during the evening at an election event. Needless to say, I probably did not document the calories as well as I could have. I could not weigh and measure either. The excitemetn of the election really got me carried away. <BR> <BR> I also had a real problem with portion control this week in general. I havebeen meaning to get better measuring cu... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 21:00:32 EST Problem goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1544600 I think the problem I want to work on is preparing balanced meals in the morning. I would like o diversify my morning routine and I am in a rut. I eat the same breakfast sandwich every morning and I am bored stiff with it. I leave for my work out at 5:00 am and I am really tapped when I go to bed at night. I find myself starting to buy breakfast for convenience sake....Not a good idea. <BR> <BR> Since all of my accomplishments have been step by step, I will look to that method of getting... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 11:33:28 EST Weight gain...I am okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1535818 I gained some weight this week. It is primarily due to a change in my caloric intake. I have not been as careful as I have been in the past several weeks, and it showed. I have noticed my fat intake is up and I exercised less overall than previous weeks. I was able to works out twice a week on some occasions and I just was not able to. I need to redouble my efforts and watch my intake as carefully as possible. I also have to look a the stress level too... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 00:21:43 EST Lost 20 lbs. as of today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1485378 My goal was to be at 180 lbs. prior to the Holidays. I made that goal +1 lb. I am really excited and motivated to continue! <em>208</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:33:40 EST