KATESUCCESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATESUCCESS KATESUCCESS'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/ Thinking differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574092 It's been way too long since I put out an effort to get into better shape, and I'm ready to try again. I hope to have weight-loss surgery in the year to come, but until then I need to start trying harder. I got a live close enough to work to walk most days, and both my husband and my dog love taking walks too! And someways eating has gotten better, and that you do not eat as much, and really have cut back to eating those things I enjoy, not just junk for the sake of eating. But I am not movin... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:51:32 EST Getting on with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932026 I'd been thinking about this as 'starting over' and feeling failure about having gained nearly 30 pounds in the last six or so months. I mean, how often will I have to say "I'm starting over" and rev up to it again? But really, I'm recognizing that I was doing well and losing weight, and then made different choices with sure gave me different results, and now I'm ready to work on making healthier choices in my life, and just get on with it. <BR> <BR> There has been plenty of love and joy in... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:24:55 EST I can do this one little thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619058 So here it is Advent III almost, and I'm pretty much where I was at Thanksgiving in terms of weight, blood glucose and goals. NOT good. I'm still not tracking food, but I am checking my BG more often and it's staying pretty stable, thank goodness. I'm also seeing the scale moving a teensy bit, and it's going down instead of up. Until this morning I'd felt lousy about my lack of faster progress--but then I realized how incredibly hard I know it is to maintain, and that I AM maintaining and doi... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 12:10:08 EST I can do this one little thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619057 So here it is Advent III almost, and I'm pretty much where I was at Thanksgiving in terms of weight, blood glucose and goals. NOT good. I'm still not tracking food, but I am checking my BG more often and it's staying pretty stable, thank goodness. I'm also seeing the scale moving a teensy bit, and it's going down instead of up. Until this morning I'd felt lousy about my lack of faster progress--but then I realized how incredibly hard I know it is to maintain, and that I AM maintaining and doi... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 12:09:55 EST Fall-ing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524238 So everyone I know is likely sick of me whining about my fear that winter's onset here in Minnesota will make it hard for me to get my daily walking in, but last night as I was reveling the absolute glory of all the beauty that is fall in the Midwest it did sort of hit me where it hurts; my dogs! No, not my feet euphemistically, but my literal canine walking pals. They've turned off the water fountain in the park I walk to--NOooooo! It's not even NEAR freezing yet! It's still 70-80 degrees ou... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:15:17 EST A sense of wellbeing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345331 Today after my noontime walk (in 84 degrees no less!) I felt great. My head feels lighter, my mind feels more alert, my posture is straighter than before lunch, my energy is up, I feel proud of myself, and instead of being cranky about the sweat running down my neck because it’s hot in my office, I’m smiling because it’s running down my neck from healthy exercise. This is absolutely a complete turn-around for me! <BR> <BR> I’ve always disliked exercise, and yet with a recent pre-diabetes dia... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:37:59 EST Sports Bras and other ugly exercise truths. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326170 I went to three major retail sporting goods stores, not one carried a sports bra larger than a women's size XL. As I left I asked the salesman or manager at each of them if they carried men's shirts in XXL or 3X, and all of them said "Yes." So why the ---- don't you accord WOMEN the same courtesy?! I informed them at all three stores, that I walk more than 2 miles a day, bicycle and kayak, and such clothing is important, not to mention expensive. Being fat does NOT mean we don't exercise!! Ne... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:58:53 EST Making it work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311051 In late April I learned that my blood glucose was in diabetic range, and my doc termed it pre-diabetes, saying however that we would work to pre-vent full onset rather than assume ti was inevitable. I liked that, and took it as my focus and challenge. Every time I'm faced with eating a large serving of something overly sweet or too high in carbs I ask myself which I want, brownies or feet? Cake or eyesight? Ice cream or a kidney? I'm moving further away fro mhaving to be so drastic in my pers... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:41:14 EST Getting a grip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927633 So - knee surgery left me with blood clots - threw me off SG and now I take blood thinners most of the supplements and thermoboosts are off limits for me for another five months. I rolled around in the self pity a while, gained back five pounds in the month I had to be off plan, and finally decided I'd had enough and that it was time to deal with life's bumps instead of becoming one of them. <BR> <BR> So - back on plan a week now, and have lost those five pounds I gained -- wow I hated losi... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:39:32 EST One foot in front of the other.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3792482 So I'm up and moving post-knee-surgery, and back at work a few hours a day. I'm reminded once again that this body turns 50 this year, and heals differently than it did at 25! It feels SO good to be doing and moving, but it is also difficult and painful, more than I expected. The great thing is that I don't take it for granted now, and being older helps me appreciate it much more than I might have in years past. <BR> <BR> My last blog goals were numerous, but not insurmountable, and I'm so ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:01:45 EST Hurry up and wait? No way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782377 I keep feeling stuck because of my knee surgery, and sounding quite frankly whiny about it, so I figure it's as well to write it out. Now that I am, I realize that my best way forward is to focus on how I CAN move forward, and not continuing to complain. <BR> <BR> I'm home in bed doing all the docs told me to do to help my post-surgical knee heal, including taking pain pills, not taking stimulants, eating balanced meals as much as possible (given my caregivers' skills!), not moving more tha... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 02:17:44 EST