KATETK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATETK KATETK'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/ My wish for all of us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175874 MY WISHES FOR ALL SPARKERS.... <BR> <BR> <BR> To believe in myself. <BR> <BR> To make myself the best I can be today. <BR> <BR> To not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. <BR> <BR> To give myself credit for how far I have progressed. <BR> <BR> To realize little slips are only little slips. <BR> <BR> To look up and out not back and down. <BR> <BR> To raise my chin high and keep going. <BR> <BR> To count the blessings not the mess ups. <BR> <BR> To realize that although food is not all... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:02:45 EST 291 day streak broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097410 I forgot to spin the log on wheel yesterday after 291 days of consistency. This kills me. Well, no, that is an overstatement but it makes me mad. First I forget to meet a friend for lunch and then I go and do that. Not sure what is up with me. What can I learn from this? Any ideas, please send them on. <BR> I did not think my life was that distracting. Yes, we were busy trying to solve RV issues while camping and my spouse was frustrated but that should not have done it. I have dri... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:19:12 EST sugar cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077374 Today, I am challenged for sugar cravings. Not sure what it is. Just had a coffee with sweetner and now will have a huge glass of water. But the good thing is that so far today (have not had dinner yet), I have managed it. <BR> Not trying to toot my own horn, just trying to blog more to give myself strength with blogging. <BR> I am challenged, no one should think that this is easy.... it is not but YES it is worth ALL of our efforts! <BR> Go forth strong and slimmer! <em>9</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:47:24 EST Used SP blogs to encourage me to get out today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074350 It would have been alot easier to curl up today and stay at the campsite, but instead I read a few SP blogs purposely to get myslef going and then went on a good run. Even though I had to stop and walk due to a sore calf muscle that threatened to cramp and pull, I still managed to get 27 min run and 23 min walking in. Thank you Spark People! <BR> PS I know this is not a real interesting blog but I am trying to get myself into blogging to make sure that I stay committed to Sparking. they... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:53:35 EST The incredible power of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020564 I have learned something about myself, and that is that counting days in a row doing something seems to keep me straight. I guess that is how SP works and why I am addicted, but I really did not expect it to work so well for reducing my sugar intake! <BR> Now I admit I am only on day 8 of no candy but it has been honestly YEARS since I have been able to do that! Oh yes, I have tried substituting fruit before, etc, but always still munched the hard candy after a dinner out, or during an af... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:36:57 EST the 24 hour rule. Sleep on it and tomorrow will be brighter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928200 It just amazes me that if I can hang tight through a couple of bad days and wait 24 hours, so much can look brighter. I did way better in calories today, work was not quite as much a disaster even though I had a number of critical issues arise I got them handled and made some progress on a couple of things on my never ending list. <BR> I know a few friends who often use "the 24 hour rule", meaning to wait 24 hours before blowing you cool, taking major action, or reacting to a situation a... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:05:13 EST Divided M&Ms into portion sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917447 Well, I am kind of proud of myself today. After joining the sugar addicts team last night, I took the remaining M&Ms from the big jar in the kitchen, and repackaged them into one ounce portions so they are easier to track and take more effort to get them and then to get each package open. I used foil and put them high up so I need a stool. The "need a chair to get them" worked successfully before as they are left over from Christmas, and have only recently started calling me. They were... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:27:06 EST Air Conditioning is great for excercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913693 Man oh man this summer heat is taken it out of me... glad there is AC to enable some workouts, though I have had to convince myself to work out everyday more than usual. I think the last 3 weeks I have averaged 5 not 6 workouts! I love summer but boy it is just zapping me this year. Thank goodness for indoor bike and air conditioning! <em>324</em> <em>67</em> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:58:32 EST Trees are meant to sway in the wind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898185 Wow, it feels good to be back on track even though it is still a daily, even hourly challenge! Especially when one feels like celebrating a weekend full of activities! But, with spark it is keeping me more or less in line. <BR> <BR> I am a little over this weekend in calorie counts, but I am excercising which helps balance it out. I have finally figured out that I need to be a little lax sometimes to keep the support of family. No one likes it if one cannot still live and keep a bal... Fri, 25 May 2012 21:33:32 EST Loosing motivation - eek. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889987 I am wondering if I am loosing my motivation. This past week my calories have crept up and my motivation has dropped. I am going to have a rough week ahead away with restaurant meals (OK to control but more than I would eat at home) and meals catered by others (visits, and 2 wedding events - ugh). I have been borderline and just over calories all week I think. And junkier food (popcorn and protein powder for dinner last night!). <BR> <BR> My snacking has increased this week. I need s... Sun, 20 May 2012 16:41:23 EST It's hard to not let scale numbers influence me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878430 Boy is it ever hard to not get down when I go up a pound. I am in maintenance and a few days ago I was thrilled to loose 2 lbs without expecting to. Yes, I spark daily and generally keep to fairly close to the ranges. I hit 122.0 for 3 days straight and am thrilled. However, today I was up to 123.4 and I have had a hard time not getting down about it. I guess it just takes practice, and blogging, and support from SP. It is only minimal, right? I always feel better after logging on... Sat, 12 May 2012 15:27:50 EST Little choices mean big differences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850578 You know I like to analyze my day... see what I could have done better in (food choice wise) and where I am proud of myself in. I usually just comment it out. But today I want to remember my lessons learned. Here is my comment from my journal today. <BR> <BR> Proud of myself for having my second coffee of the morning BLACK. <BR> <BR> I could have improved my day by not having the pack of gum (gassy!) and the cheez-its. <BR> <BR> Amazing - how many more edame beans I could have had for ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:06:21 EST feel gross when not eat healthily. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833737 It is amazing you know... the last few days I have had too much very cheap chocolate instead of eating healthy in the work day. I am amazed at how blah and purely miserable it makes me feel. I feel like such a loser in a bad way when I dont let myself succeed. Why oh Why on earth do we self-sabotage? I cut too many calories and end up famished and blow it. Even sometimes I plan well then honestly forget my shake is in the freezer at work and then wonder why I eat junk in the day..... ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:45:05 EST Armed and ready against work candy jar today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810233 OK, I have a plan today. I WILL stay away from the work chocolate candy jar and I am ready for it! I have packed a few paper towels marked with words like "choc shield" and "candy shield" and am taking them to work. When I go into the office that has the candy jar, which is unavoidable (the office not the jar) I am going to take a paper towel with me and just lay it on top of the bowl. Once it is out of sight, I can do my business in that office and then leave. I will succeed today... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:17:25 EST just a journal entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804344 Rough day today, was exhausted and slept thru workout, then into chocolate at work and had conflict later in day. Will zone out for a bit in my own head and then try to exercise tonight, maybe download a new book to escape with. Sometimes living in someone else's world works. Not enough points for a bonus spin yet, but will be after log on once I decide what to have and make for dinner. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:05:02 EST Log on to curb cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797144 It is amazing...I came home from work craving a pig out. I had already had chocolate at work but was ready to eat more and keep eating more and more chocolate. <BR> However, I decided to log on first to Spark my food and again found the day was NOT a total losss. Now I am motivated to make a healthy dinner and work out! cheers, K. <em>494</em> changed to: <em>53</em> <em>267</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:42:36 EST Eat frequently! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792368 Wow, I just about lost it today and blew it just by getting too busy to stop and eat. Don't get me wrong, this is not a common thing. I usually think about food all day and know exactly what meal is next and often plan it in my head as I go about other things. <BR> However, today was the first good "out in the garden" day doing outdoor tasks cleaning up from winter and I did not eat until I felt I had to. I came inside and stuffed a protein shake in with a few "top banana bars" from the ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:56:49 EST Count the small stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786931 Today will be a challenge being on the road most of it, then socializing. But, what I will concentrate on is that my shorts are a little looser while sitting in the car making it more comfortable. That small stuff matters. I need to think of that while I am stopping to eat. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:12:56 EST Pep Talk to myself helped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785943 This morning I took the time to give myself a pep talk after my workout. It really helped me stay on track with eating today, surprisingly so. I had not done that in a while, at least not done as well as today. Try it and might help you out there too! I just told myself I was worth it, and it was up to me, and I was capable of making the hard decisions. I am very happy that I did. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:01:49 EST Water weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776870 Man, this water weight gain is sooo frustrating! It is actually a combo of water weight and a few not so great days, or so I am thinking. I can gain 4 lbs at this time and it is so very frustrating, especially along with chocolate cravings a few days ago and then really bad headaches! Ugh! I know it is something I just have to endure each month but man it is a pain. Gets me right off schedule. I do like Effinger squeeze workout though as it gives me a workout without a lot of jarrin... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 07:32:26 EST My tips - a blog to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767408 This blog is going to be a work in progress - a place to record the things that have worked for me so that when I am having a weight challenge I can look back and see what helped me when things were going well. I will edit and add as the months progress to improve it as I discover what might later turn a not so good streak into a much better one. <BR> <BR> *Realize that "bad" eating days aren't as blown off the charts as I once thought. <BR> *Drink something hot, then have another. ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:32:13 EST realization re work, not diet related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765995 I realized tonight that no matter how good a supervisor you are to people, they will lie and cheat to protect themsleves and it is not necessarily a reflection on me. I always thought that people remember how you treat them, but sometimes you just cannot do enough. <BR> <BR> the world is not a perfect place, and it is not necessarily my job to fix it!! Do what you can, pick your battles and don't let wok influence my own successes (spark or otherwise) or how I think about me. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 20:20:28 EST Random thoughts of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753708 It is so important to remember what my father often says: Yard by yard life is hard, BUT inch by inch it is a cinch! <BR> <BR> <BR> Maybe where motivation is lacking in my life is only because I am not as interested in that topic as others are. It is not a personal fault. I have tons of motivation in the things I am interested in like fitness an nutrition and cooking. Isn't that more imporatant to overall life anyway than work or some side project??? This is real life and my motiva... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:16:55 EST Nature is so cool, even closeby urban life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744937 I went kayaking today. Also did a really hard plyometrics workout so I am exhausted! A grey day almost misty and wet, not a banner day. However it was neat when I was out in the kayak as I saw 2 egrets, a blue heron, a few sanderlings and a tri-colored heron. Did not see another human till the very end, and even then it was really far off. So glad I got myself up and went! Sometimes it is hard to push yourself (I would have used the low tide as an excuse if I had taken the time t... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:58:44 EST Spark People Works!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740707 Wow, this program really works!! So many years I have tried to loose those last 10 and I finally did it! It was sparking that made all the difference, and will continue to keep me on maintenance more than I ever had before (that is the plan!!!). Tracking food is sooo much the differnce. Oxygen is right, excercise can't do it without eating right! I am healthier and cooking much more (thank you Chef Meg!) with REAL ingredients and loving it! It might be real butter but it makes go... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:49:36 EST derailed by the small stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735309 Sometimes it amazes me how the small insignificant stuff can derail me. I guess it just changes a mood and once that mood clouds it is hard to revert. Not dark, and not really hard, just little stuff like not having running water this morning. It messed up my workout, which was compounded by then realizing I had gained a half pound on top of missing it. These are both small things that can be righted in less than 24 hours and yet it puts off the day, made me late and not as organized as ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:01:23 EST Thankful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723817 I am so thankful for where I am in life sometimes it is amazing! Even a nice sunny weekend and little fun things to do are such a blessing. A healthy family, good decisions, time to rest! I love days off best! I hope everyone takes the time to count their blessings! I know it is simple but it is so important! <em>67</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:04:09 EST Forgotten DVD a blessing in disguise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716370 Today, while in another city I was dumbfounded when I realized I had forgotten to put my workout (Supreme 90 day) workout DVD into my bag. I ran yesterday so knew I could not go running today. BUT, thanks to Spark, I found and did their advanced ball workout followed by a compilation of their upper body workouts using the ball. Then, enthused while reading Oxygen at breakfast I followed that with their Kick Up Your Cardio routine from July 2011 issue. I had not used the ipod for workout... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:55:32 EST 24 hour difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701916 You know, it is amazing what a difference 24 hours can make to success and accompanying mood! Today, I really tried to remind myself to turn it around and have (and had) a good food day just by going one hour at a time with a goal of 24 hours. I read someone's analogy yesterday where they talked about losses as thin as pages in a book, but how the pages added up to a huge thick book. She was so very right about that. I find it good to think when challenged how I just have to get through... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:19:20 EST Scared by upcoming maintenence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697028 You know I am thrilled that I am getting towards my goal weight, 2 lbs to go. What is wierd though is that I am already starting to wonder how hard maintenace will be. It is so thrilling to loose, but how will maintenence go? I am planning on using all those spark resources to get me through it and stay both motivated and at my goal weight. Until then, I will concentrate on keeping loosing until I get there, but wanted to jot this down while I was feeling it. If anyone has some tricks... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:31:25 EST "To Spark" has become a common verb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693544 I drove many hours today so I had lots of time to think. I realized how "sparking" has become a common activity in my life, and a common verb in my household. Many a time now in the past 2.5 months have I said to my significant other that "I am sparking" or " I just sparked" or "I need to spark" which is pretty neat - I think at least! It is cool that the spark has ignited I guess, and become a common thing to do. Before spark it was hard for me to get on the home computer to do anything... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:08:37 EST First blog ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682492 This is my first ever blog on any site. I have to think of it more as a journal entry than a public blog. What I have decided is super neat about Spark, amongst a million other little reasons is that it shows me that even a day a little over goal is not a complete loss. It has almost SILENCED the negative thoughts in my head. I track a candy or something and realize that it has not been really that destructive. Because of this I do not get the "all or nothing" attitude that so often has... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:56:48 EST