KARLEIGH66's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARLEIGH66 KARLEIGH66'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/ Balanced Life challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988061 Why am I feeling unbalance? <BR> I just haven't felt motivated to do those things I need to do to make myself feel better - the idea of watching what I eat, tracking, exercising regularly, etc. just feels overwhelming right now. My weight is up, up, up. That is usually enough to inspire me, but it hasn't been. I haven't felt well. I would think that with Blair leaving for college I'd have time for me. Saying I don't have time is just an excuse. I have plenty of time; I just don't have an... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:47:31 EST Relatively beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971347 I've noticed a change in my perception of my looks. <BR> <BR> As the scale was climbing, I hated the way I looked. By the time I hit 215 pounds, I was absolutely disgusted. "Look at those rolls! Your back and your legs are especially gross. The cellulite is taking over your whole body! Grab some compression underwear to squeeze all that goo in to and pray no one realizes the awful truth underneath." Quite frankly, if a crazy lunatic had taken me hostage and required me to undress in fro... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:11:48 EST Mixed feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945296 I've been doing Zumba for about 6 months now. With just the exercise, I didn't lose anything. It wasn't until I got serious about my diet that the weight started to go down. <BR> <BR> Tonight, the girl who leads my Zumba class announced that she was going to stop teaching until October. Apparently, one of the people in our class has decided to get certified and is going to be taking the class over. I'm not very happy about it. I don't have anything against this other woman; she just isn... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:41:19 EST A week's worth of ATTABOYs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918646 I've done exercise 5 days this week and it wasn't a struggle. - YAHHHH! <BR> I've stayed within my nutrition limits and I wasn't hungry. - OUTSTANDING! <BR> I accomplished everything I wanted to at work this week. - WELL DONE! <BR> I'm doing volunteer work this weekend with the Humane Society. - NICE! <BR> My husband and I had a really enjoyable night out and are going to do more things together (just the two of us) this weekend. - I CAN'T WAIT! <BR> I am up-to-date on my Accounting homework.... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 08:43:15 EST Right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917253 How many times do I need to start over? At least one more. <BR> <BR> I've been on and off the program for years, but this time is going to be different. I'm going to lose this weight and I'm going to get in shape. Maybe not athlete shape, but at least 'I feel good about myself' shape. <BR> <BR> I need to put from my mind the number of times I've lost weight and then gained it back. Those weren't failures. This isn't a journey with a start and a finish. The gaining and losing were ju... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 06:35:09 EST Trying. . . . again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1862915 Well another year has gone by and guess what - I still am overweight. I am so tired of this. I get motivated for a while, lose a few pounds, and then I lose all motivation. And needless to say, back comes the weight. Sparkpeople seems to help keep me going, so I'm back to try again. <BR> <BR> Is this horrible cycle ever going to end? Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:18:19 EST Whoever said that life was fair? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=943249 I've been back on the program for about a week. At the encouragement of my husband, we entered a biggest loser competition at work. My gut told me this wasn't a good idea, but I thought I could use the competition, which runs until April 1st, to help keep me motivated. And after we started, it was fine. All the other competitors are women, most with very little to lose, but they all seem to be very supportive just the same. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is my husband. He still eats A LOT... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 18:57:32 EST The best of intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=548237 Well, I've been back from my trip for about a month now and I still haven't gotten back in to exercising regularly. I have decided that I need to move my exercising to the morning. It is said that people who exercise in the morning are more apt to stick with it, and they are probably right. By the end of the day, I'm exhausted and the last thing I feel like doing is hopping on the old treadmill. I did exercise last Thursday, Friday and this morning. But I didn't have to go to work on tho... Mon, 7 May 2007 07:32:03 EST Picking up where I left off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=515017 I went to visit my daughter and new grandson in Okinawa and I just got back home on Thursday night. The good news is that I even though I didn't eat well, I am actually down another two pounds. I need to jump right back on the band wagon again now that I'm home. I have been logging my food, but I haven't started exercising again. I'll start tomorrow and pick up with my regular schedule. I am still a little tired from the trip and I don't think that taking a couple of days to recover is a... Sun, 15 Apr 2007 11:34:49 EST Better every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=485392 Things are going well. As expected, the weight loss has slowed down, but I've finally reached a point where I'm not starving all the time. In fact, I have to consciously make an effort to eat enough calories each day. I just pray that these feelings continue for the rest of my life. For the first time this week, I'm not using the SP meal plans. I think I've learned enough from using them that it is safe to venture on my own. Besides, I have a lot of food in my fridge that I need to use ... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 07:51:59 EST Keeping the streak going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=470760 I feel great! I've followed my eating plan for 13 straight days. I haven't gone over on my calories even once and I feel that I've accurately recorded everything I ate. And it is starting to show. Working out is getting to be more enjoyable. I especially enjoy the weight training. I read an article about how to find the right weight to start with. I have never used nearly enough weight in the past; this is probably why I never saw many results. I mean - c'mon - I'm working hard and I ... Fri, 16 Mar 2007 19:53:14 EST Weighing every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=462115 I know a lot of people say to only weigh yourself once a week, but I've decided to weigh myself every day or two. The reason is that I've found that my weight fluctuates greatly - down two pounds one day, up four pounds the next. I was afraid that if I only weighed myself once a week, it may fall on one of my "high" days and then I'll feel discouraged. <BR> <BR> This morning, for example, I weighed in and my weight was four pounds higher than two days ago. I've been following my eating an... Sun, 11 Mar 2007 07:04:40 EST One win, one lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=459739 I continued to be good with my eating plan. I got home from work late and I still managed to whip up a healthy low-cal meal for myself. Probably one of the best things to come out of this whole plan is that my daughter is eating healthier as well. We are also sitting down to a meal together as a family almost every night. Even if I hadn't lost any weight this week, that would have made everything worth it. I have found that coming home and cooking a good meal hasn't been a big deal - mos... Fri, 9 Mar 2007 08:09:09 EST Does it ever get easier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=457868 Four days done and I feel like I'm doing well. BUT I am a little surprised that I'm still really hungry every day. I thought after the first few days I would adjust to not having as much to eat and my hunger would subside. Unfortunately that hasn't happened yet. Maybe that's a good thing though; this could mean that my body hasn't adjusted to the reduced calories yet and my metabolism rate hasn't dropped to accommodate for it. I don't know. It's just something I tell myself to keep goin... Wed, 7 Mar 2007 21:48:44 EST Two days done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=454978 Well, I've stuck with it for two days now. I'm sure that to most people this wouldn't be much of a landmark, but to me it's a big one. I never seem to be able to stick with a healthy eating plan. I think it really helped that I used the SP suggested menus and I was able to use the grocery list for the week. Cooking dinner last night was fun and easy because all of the ingredients I needed were at hand. <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes of walking on my treadmill. It said that I burned around 2... Tue, 6 Mar 2007 07:32:21 EST