KARENGMT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARENGMT KARENGMT'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/ It's a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162217 Today, I begin again. <BR> <BR> I've been slacking off on exercise, and I haven't been totally diligent about keeping track of what I eat each day. I've also not been very diligent about keeping crap out of my diet, either. <BR> <BR> But today, I walked to the office from the van. I walked 1.68 miles in 30 minutes. (RunKeeper, by the way, is an awesome app.) I felt almost every step, too, because I haven't been consistent. <BR> <BR> I also fell off the 5K training when I caught t... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 13:36:26 EST Enough already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136302 I'm not malingering any more. I wore my track shoes to work so I have no excuse to not walk. I walked from the van to the office, I will walk to the library at 10:00 and then around the buildings for 15 minutes. I will walk during my lunch break, and I will walk during my afternoon break. I plan to walk to the van after work, but the weather forecast calls for rain, so we'll see what happens there. <BR> <BR> All's I'm saying is: I'm back. I'm not letting this sinus thing bother me an... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:52:35 EST Cold Symptoms are Waning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134111 The worst of the symptoms are gone. No more fever, general mental fog, or aches. Now if my sinuses would just dry up already! <BR> <BR> I'm raring to get back to the business of getting slim, fit, and healthy. Obviously, I'm not overeating as I lost weight over the past week, but I haven't *moved* in 7 days now. Not even for a walk. I just could not. <BR> <BR> I will walk and stretch each morning for the remainder of the week and see how I feel over the weekend. If I'm feeling good,... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:08:37 EST Absence This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130524 I haven't been active on the site this week because I wanted to get rest and let this cold run its course. Quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better now--just basically nasal congestion and a little cough once in a while to contend with. I'm not going to jump back into the C25K thing yet. I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I may just start over on Tuesday and plan to walk/run the 5K on December 23rd. <BR> <BR> Even after two and a half days of eating comfort food (just trying to control... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:09:16 EST Running and Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121697 I was slogging through W1D2 of C25K yesterday afternoon, and for about 29 minutes of the 30-minute walk-run thing, I was thinking, "Why the hell am I doing this?" At the end of it, I was glad I'd done it, of course. But this is me we're talking about. The person who was perfectly content to spend all her free time sitting in an easy chair, knitting, watching past seasons of The West Wing or Friends or current seasons of whatever (and there could be many, many "whatevers"), sipping on white... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 16:35:26 EST C25K Training, Week 1, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120484 ...still hasn't happened yet. I'll do it after commute home (around 5:00) and before I eat dinner. This should be an interesting evening. <BR> <BR> I'm used to getting home, starting a load of laundry, getting out of work clothes and into (usually) jammies, eating dinner, and then getting a few things done around the house. I never meant for my fitness activities to take place after work. In fact, I never want to have to do it again. I like getting the exercise/workout/training done fir... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:03:24 EST Registered for My First 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116789 Today, I registered for my first 5K. It's not until next June, though, so I'll probably need to find one sooner if I want to use it as a way to keep myself motivated to exercise (as suggested in the "keeping motivated" theme of today's SparkCoach). <BR> <BR> It's a good idea to have a goal in mind other than the "get slim, fit, and healthy" that's my mantra these days. HOWEVER, making an exercise goal is so unlike me...aaaaaaaand that's what I'm going for--being unlike me, the old me, an... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:07:45 EST Excellent Weigh In Today + Another Kick in the Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114562 My weight is down 2.4 pounds from last week. That's 9 pounds lost in 5 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am halfway to my first goal--to lose all the weight I've gained since early 2009. Yes, I've gained 18 pounds in 4 years. In February 2009, I was already way overweight! <BR> <BR> The past is the past, and I can't do anything about that. What I can do is learn--daily if necessary--little lessons about myself. For instance, yesterday I was home all day by myself. I had planned to do the workout... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:05:42 EST Keep Up the Movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112780 Today has been kind of a mixed bag. It was drizzling when I came to work (even though weather.com said it wasn't raining), and now it's sunny. I was raring to finish reading The Spark and journaling and all that this morning, then I got busy with work work. Plus I'm sleepy (I thought I slept okay yesterday; I guess I really need to nail down that bedtime routine), so I'm hungry all the time. <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up the fight, however. I "cheated" and stepped on the scale this morni... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:07:30 EST Rewarding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111549 I read an article on rewarding oneself for meeting goals. I'm having a really hard time with that. I wrote down all the suggestions in the article and found a reason to shoot down almost every single one. Do I feel my accomplishments aren't worth rewards? I don't think so. I want to do this rewarding thing, I really do. But what the heck do I do for myself? <BR> <BR> I don't want physical stuff. I'm trying to simplify and am paring down my current possessions. I certainly don't wan... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:37:21 EST Thank Goodness for Supportive People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110039 Today, my SparkCoach program page contained a video about diet saboteurs. I am so glad I don't have to deal with any of those kinds of people. Either I don't have anybody in my life who is a diet saboteur or I'm just to motivated (or clueless) to notice. Husband will tell you that I don't take guff from anybody, so I can't imagine someone in my life would be able to sabotage my new efforts. <BR> <BR> There is one woman in my office who follows a diet that sounds like the "paleo" thing. ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:21:45 EST Talk About Motivation! (or A Breakthrough?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108414 Yesterday was Mom's birthday dinner. Dinner included everything she wanted: chicken, ribs, cole slaw, potato salad, beans, and carrot cake. Plus beverages (beer or wine and water, of course) and snacky things before dinner--toast points with mustard, cheese, and apple and some pub mix from Costco that someone else brought. <BR> <BR> I don't eat cheese, so the toast point things weren't even tempting. But that pub mix? Good grief--somebody turn a hose on me with that stuff. I could no... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:29:05 EST Underlying Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106273 I want to be healthy and active and vital for the remainder of my life. That's my underlying motivation for this new lifestyle. I have always found something to do besides work out or be just generally active. <BR> <BR> I have taken a break from my hobby of 45 years (knitting) and have instead made learning how to live a more active lifestyle my hobby. If I never go back to knitting, the only thing I will have lost is some money--maybe a hundred or so dollars (what I paid for yarn - what I s... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:06:44 EST Last Day of Another Week on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105052 Tomorrow will be my 4-week-a-versary of being back (for reals) on SparkPeople. It will also be my 5th weighing of this newest journey. <BR> <BR> I have been successfully managing food and activity. Today, though, I have been lacking in the food department. I am on track to being way over on calories, way under on protein, and probably not very happy with myself at weigh in tomorrow morning. Am I going to change my course of today? Nope. Am I going to change my course of this journey? N... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:01:05 EST Long Workout This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103854 Today's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD workout was 42 minutes long (actually closer to 44, but who's counting?), and I did it. I realized while doing one portion of it...that's exactly what had me sore the other day. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, though, the calendar has it set up for a rest day on day 2 after the first time of the toning (soreness-inducing) workout, and then a rest day tomorrow (1 day after). I figure Nicole Nichols knows what she's doing. I really did need a rest day 2 days after the... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:15:26 EST Feeling Lazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102643 Today is a rest day on the 28-Day Bootcamp DVD calendar. However, that's not an excuse to do no activity, though. I know this. But I'm still unmotivated to even take a 10-minute walk (I probably will, but I'm not *motivated* to do so right now). <BR> <BR> I think I may have overdone the movement portion of this journey so early in the game. I was totally ready to jump into 2 hours of movement every day--structured cardio (DVD or Wii), walking to and from the office (about 30 minutes ea... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:36:11 EST Day 25 of SparkPeople/Day 10 of 28-Day Bootcamp DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101811 I woke up sore today. I thought it was yesterday's Bootcamp DVD workout, but then I remembered that I just got Kinect Adventures and played with that for quite a while yesterday evening. Whoo! Is that fun stuff! Plus, booted up the XBox this evening, and there are demos for other Kinect games. <BR> <BR> So, I'm cutting this short so I can go fiddle with these new things. Apparently, one can check one's calorie burn on some XBox dashboard thing--gotta work out how to do that as well. ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:07:24 EST Apple Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098477 It's a tradition for us to go to Apple Hill in Autumn every year. This year, we'll be taking a couple of new friends and connecting with others on the way. It's going to be fun! <BR> <BR> It has also been tradition to do a lot of eating up there: apple cider doughnuts, apple turnovers, apple dumplings, apple fritters, HUGE corn dogs, apple cider milk shakes, apple wine, etc. Then on the way home, we'll stop in Placerville at Z-Pie for dinner--gourmet meat pies, my favorite of which is It... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:56:04 EST Weigh-In Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097462 Weight today was *exactly* the same as last week. Which actually isn't a bad thing--I had lost so much between weigh-ins 2 and 3 that I was kind of expecting something like this. What cracked me up was that it was *exactly*--to the tenth--the same. <BR> <BR> I also finally read more completely the 28-Day Bootcamp Challenge and found out I was not doing it right. So I'm going to continue doing the 28-Day Bootcamp DVD through the end of these 28 days and then do the 28-Day Bootcamp Challe... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:04:49 EST No More Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096512 Really? What's an excuse but choosing to take the lazy way out? I'm not jabbing at anyone else here--just me. If you get something out of this blog post, though...that's two people I've helped. But I need to remember that lazy is not the way to be. <BR> <BR> I want to be slim, fit, and healthy for the rest of my life. I don't want to have to rely on a walker or a cane when I'm 60 or 70 or 80 or even 90 years old (God willing I make it that far or beyond). I want to be vibrant and sha... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:18:13 EST Non-Scale Evidence of Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094208 ...and I need to keep these in mind if the scale doesn't budge or (GOD FORBID) nudges upwards. <BR> <BR> - My slacks already feel a bit looser. <BR> - I'm definitely peppier. <BR> - I feel empowered, capable, motivated. <BR> - I'm eating so much better and am usually more satisfied. <BR> - I do not feel deprived. <BR> - I feel that I'm on my way to my goals. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:28:28 EST Finding a Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092840 I need to work on finding a balance so I get everything done I need to but still have time to "veg." <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I "wasted" time and didn't get the pasta salad (that we were going to have for lunches this week) made, so I had to do it last night...after working 8 hours and commuting a total of 3 hours. Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband--he had dinner ready when I got home. I got the pasta salad made (it's good!) and the kitchen cleaned up from dinner and the pasta salad ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:02:56 EST Low Protein Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091229 I'm on track to be very low on protein today. I don't like to have the same breakfast for more than 5 days in a row, so this week I'm having oatmeal made with almondmilk. I do add about a tablespoon of peanut butter to it for flavor and to add protein, but it's not enough. I'm also not having very much protein for lunch (PB&J) as I wasn't as organized as I should have been over the weekend...and didn't get the planned lunch prepared. <BR> <BR> I think I need to find some extra ways to u... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:58:59 EST Tiny Breakthrough + Day 1 of 28-Day Bootcamp DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089893 This morning, I was awake but lying in bed around 5:30 when I realized I'd rather get some aerobic activity done than maybe drift back to sleep! I think that's a breakthrough. <BR> <BR> I've finished Day 1 of the 28-Day Bootcamp DVD. I love the way the DVD is set up--if you want to follow the 28-Day program, you just choose your day from the calendar, and all the videos you need start playing. No searching around for the right ones or trying to figure out which ones you need to do. It'... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:15:58 EST Weigh-In Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088980 I lost a lot more than planned this past week. I'm pleased with it, of course, but wary about it as in the past I've let that get me excited to lose that much each week. I'm still shooting for 1 pound a week. <BR> <BR> I'm still motivated to do this, I'm still anxious to plan every meal and snack each day, and I'm still ready to be active. <BR> <BR> Goals for the weekend: Prepare breakfast and lunch for the 5 weekdays, plan future breakfasts and lunches, and get produce at the farmer... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 12:52:00 EST Bring It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088038 Saturday morning is my weigh-in day. I'm looking forward to it but also coaching myself to not let the number affect my motivation if it's not in my favor. <BR> <BR> The sleep journaling has been going well. I know it's got me thinking about sleep hygiene and my personal bedtime routine. I think, as ridiculous as it seems, going to bed at the same time every night (including Fridays and Saturdays) and getting up at 3:40 (yes, you read that right) is what I need to do to feel right. I wi... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:49:55 EST Things to Think About and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086495 I jotted down several thoughts this morning and want to flesh those out some in my journal. I also have some things to think about based on the SparkCoach video I just watched: "No-Recipe Meals in Minutes." <BR> <BR> We do have time (30 minutes or more) most weekdays to prepare a nice meal, but I want to make sure those meals follow the plate method. I still don't know how to incorporate milk or milk alternatives into my diet as I'm 98% dairy free and dislike drinking soy or almond milk... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:21:15 EST Slept Well Last Night and Exercised Well Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085263 I know I slept well. I woke up 15 minutes before my alarm went off. I didn't get out of bed right when I woke up, though...I snuggled in the bed for about 10 more minutes. It was nice. <BR> <BR> I started the 28-day Bootcamp thing today. Exercised at home for about 45 minutes (BC + Wii balance games) and then I walked from the vanpool dropoff point to the office--1.3 miles! I feel pretty darned good about that. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:23:04 EST The Spark and the 28-Day Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083992 I've got The Spark and The SparkPeople Cookbook, and I've ordered the 28-Day Bootcamp DVD from Amazon (which includes a *free* copy of the DVD on the Instant Video, which, WHOO HOO! Amazon Rocks!) -- starting today, I'm reading The Spark as my only reading material until I'm through it, and tomorrow, I'm on the 28-day bootcamp. <BR> <BR> I swear on my mother that this time I'm going to see this through. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:32:07 EST Daily Visualization: Making Goal and Seeing an Old Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082248 Now *this* speaks to me...this is what I want: Reaching my goal weight and seeing someone for the first time since I began this journey. <BR> <BR> That little thing right there? That's what I think about when the going gets tough. (Not that it has really been tough here in the last 9 days. After all, I'm still in that honeymoon period.) <BR> <BR> Is that petty of me? Are my reasons for wanting to get slim, fit, and healthy invalid because of that desire...to really WOW someone I ha... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:15:30 EST Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080584 Ultimately, I want to weigh 132 pounds. I don't know why that number is stuck in my head, but there it is. <BR> <BR> So, ultimate goal is 132. SparkPeople says goal date is 8/6/2014 -- 1 pound per week. <BR> <BR> Goal what: To weigh 132 pounds. <BR> Goal when: By 8/6/2014. <BR> Goal why: Because I want to be slim, fit, and healthy. <BR> <BR> First mini goal: Lose 10 pounds by 12/1/2012. <BR> <BR> No, that doesn't seem fast enough. But it's reasonable, so just do it. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:50:55 EST Being My Own Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079386 Today's visualization in SparkCoach had me imagining being of support to a friend on a weight-loss journey. I don't do that for myself...at least not consistently. I'm my own worst critic (which thinking person isn't, really?), so I need to work on this. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, all sense went out the window. We got home late after dinner out and grocery shopping. We got everything put away quickly, but then I got all wrapped up doing something on the computer...one thing led to another...... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:25:00 EST Obvious (and not-so-obvious) ways I tend to waste time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072792 ...and a few healthier ways I can use that time to work toward my goals. <BR> <BR> - I was knitting all the time, using that as an excuse to not exercise. I'm taking a break from that now so I can concentrate on these new goals. <BR> <BR> - I am watching too much TV/streaming content. <BR> <BR> - I spend too much time reading blogs, news, social media, etc. This is time I can spend on SparkPeople and on planning future meals, time for preparing, etc. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:15:49 EST