KATHI214's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATHI214 KATHI214'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/ Taking Stock of where I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720017 It has been 5 years since I found my way to sparkpeople. Although I still haven't accomplished all the weight loss I would like I started thinking about all the good things I did accomplish along the way. There was quite a few once I started thinking about it: <BR> <BR> 1. Quit drinking diet soda <BR> <BR> 2. Down 22 lbs. since then <BR> <BR> 3. More mindful of my eating, picking healthier choices <BR> <BR> 4. No more binge eating when I am upset or mad <BR> <BR> 5. Being more... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:59:21 EST The Reason for this Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347325 Its time to bring my self back around to the reason why I need to lose this weight and get healthy. Yes, it would be nice to see the lower number on the scale but I know it isn't about that. Part of the reason I guess is for vanity's sake. I would love to go clothes shopping and be able to buy some of the nice things they seem to have in smaller sizes and look in the mirror and feel good about what is looking back at me. I know I would feel better about my self if I took control of my wei... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:25:29 EST Workout Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335281 My number one workout excuse is that I don't have time. I have an hour commute to work in the morning so I am waking up early as it is. I don't want to walk at lunchtime because I will get hot and sweaty and don't want to sit at my desk like that. When I get home I have to make dinner, do wash, pick up, sometimes I don't sit down until 9 p.m.!! I take the stairs at work and do park aways from the entrance so I have a little walk but that is it. Its very hard to carve out time during the ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:20:21 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332703 I've been absent from Sparkpeople for awhile and I did gain back about 10 lbs of what I lost, plus I still have more than that to lose. The positives I kept while being away from here is I no longer drink diet sodas, but drink mostly water. I did still keep 10 of the 20 lbs. off. I came back to sparkpeople where I know I can get myself back on track with all the tools and encouragement from this site. Starting back here has triggered all those positives I had when I first found this site ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:30:08 EST Going back to where I started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485996 Well, the summer is over and I am finally getting a minute to catch my breath and reflect on the past few months. Somewhere, somehow life got in the way of my journey to better health. I haven't done any serious exercise the past few months and my healthier eating habits went right out the window. As a result when I got on the scale this morning I was looking at 201, the dreaded 200's that I have been trying to get away from and I am looking at it again. The only one to blame is myself, I... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:22:18 EST Small successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302454 Well, last nite was one of those nights when I could have really gone into serious snacking mode! I thought about eating potato chips and I told myself I didn't need them, if I want to lose some weight I have to stay away from those. Then before I went to bed, I was going to have a small piece of entenmenn's raspberry twist and again I told myself I didn't need to do that, I had my snack for the night before - a skinny cow ice cream sandwich and that should be it for the night. I can't bel... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:54:45 EST I don't understand my body!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287608 I don't get it! In May I did the spring bootcamp and put all the effort I could into it, and didn't do a half bad job of eating healthy and I lost not an ounce. Since I finished the bootcamp I've slacked off on the exercise and my eating could be definitely better and I lost 2 lbs. What gives? I don't understand it. Sometimes I think I do better when I'm not overthinking on the eating and just go with it! <em>24</em> <em>38</em> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:14:40 EST Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132033 I have been paying close attention that last two weeks on my sodium intake because I think I am retaining water, plus I used to have borderline high blood pressure. It seems like I am constantly over the amount I am supposed to have which is 2300 mg per sparkpeople. I know Dr. Oz says you should only have 1500. I have been reading labels and I can't believe how much stuff has sodium in it. Its incredible, everything does! I think the more you eat food in its natural state the better off ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:49:27 EST Feel Good Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112878 I know I haven't lost a huge amount of weight but I have been trying to eat healthy and exercise this past year. I have lost 20 lbs. since I started sparkpeople and I think I have toned up around my stomach and butt area. <em>334</em> and I've gone down a size. No one has commented on any changes in the past year and a half except for a good friend of mine, not family or even other friends. Now, I'm not the type of person that needs constant stroking or alot of compliments, but when you ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:18:12 EST Frustrated with my eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4054767 <em>234</em> I am not happy with my eating lately. Its been a long time since I have actually seen some weight loss even though I have been exercising. I know there are days when I make bad choices or when I can't stop grazing and its frustrating. I do track my eating probably 5 days of the week but that doesn't seem to help. I have to find a healthy balance between allowing myself some treats so I don't feel deprived and just eating what I want. I am thinking about doing Weight Watche... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:10:07 EST I think I am starting to love exercise!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998102 <em>213</em> I can't believe that I am actually saying this about exercise. I am one person who has faced it like going to the dentist!! But I did the 28 Day Bootcamp to give myself a kick in the butt and try to get more consistent with exercising. I never thought I could commit to it and thought I was crazy for even trying, but somehow each day I found the time to do that day's routine with cardio. I made the time for it and the farther I got, the more motivated I became to keep going.... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 13:17:58 EST Back in control........ for now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3959563 Well, I made it through the weekend without any excessive snacking and kept to my routine. And this was with potato chips and candy in the house! For some reason I was able to resist and just distracted myself by working out and watching a great movie. I wish this was the case all the time, but I think it all depends on my state of mind! I have proven to myself that I have plenty of time for exercise and I'm actually enjoying the routine and the challenge of the 28 Day bootcamp. I think ... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:52:55 EST Fallen off the wagon and can't get back on!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3946949 <em>39</em> Well, I'm not off to a great start for the New Year and my healthy living! I joined in on the 28 Day Boot camp and I've been really doing pretty well keeping up with that. It shows that I really do have the time for exercise if I commit to it. My problem is with my eating. I don't know if its the weather or what but I cannot stop snacking on unhealthy foods and forget about portion control! Once I start eating I have a hard time stopping. I'm not very happy because all th... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 10:27:26 EST My One Year Spark Anniversary - Taking stock and looking forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871105 Well I am approaching my 1 year anniversary since I started with this site. Wow, a year can go by so fast, but as I look back over the 12 months I am happy with the changes I have made. Over the past twelve months I have quit drinking diet soda excessively and have traded it for water, incorporated exercise into my life, logged in consistently here to track my meals and exercise and have a more healthier outlook on what I do. I am more mindful of what I eat, even if it is something I overi... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:39:20 EST Christmas Weekend......Not such a success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864862 Not sure what happened, but all my resolve just disappeared, I had to have gained at least 5 lbs. over the weekend but I'm too afraid to get on the scale! It would have been fine but two things contributed to my lack of willpower - I baked cookies and it was a long weekend! I had a 1/2 day on Thursday so I came home and I was a little bored and for some reason its not Christmas unless I bake something. So I set out and made a couple of batches of cookies. The problem was they had no place... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:32:02 EST Another Celebration, Another Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829782 I had my yearly family Christmas Party on Saturday nite and it was great! I was more focused on talking with my relatives and not so much on the food. It just amazes me how a change in thinking can make such a difference. I ate light during the day before the party but made sure I didn't go there starving. I had some of the healthier appetizers - fruit, shrimp and kept away from the cheeses and dips which were more fattening. Dinner I kept to my usual strategy and I did indulge in some d... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:45:30 EST Thanksgiving Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813895 I have to say that I really feel like sparkpeople has taken hold of my thought process after Thanksgiving last week. For once I did not feel like I had to gorge myself of everything, I had a nice dinner with everything in moderation. I even treated myself to a small piece of pumpkin pie. The difference is my usual thing would be to go on a feeding frenzy for the rest of the weekend eating all the goodies that were left, but I did not do that. I had my nice dinner and that was it. I didn'... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:48:08 EST A reminder of why I am doing this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3741538 I took the weekend to reflect on why I wanted to lose weight and how I have slowly strayed away from that. I have stayed with the idea of changing my lifestyle, but my motivation has been dwindling in the last few months and I knew in my heart I was not being serious about changing my habits and choosing healthier. It took a shopping trip to the mall to set me back on track! I do NOT want to continue shopping for those large sizes where there is such a lousy selection. I want to feel good... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:14:11 EST Italian Bakeries are my weakness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691765 Well, I dodged a bullet this weekend when I went to the Big E on Friday, a big regional fair that goes on in the northeast. I did alot of walking and did not eat alot of junk food even though they had fried everything there! Plus I got alot of exercise by walking around the place. My big fall came on Saturday when my boyfriend and I visited the bakery that opened up in the next town from where we live. It wouldn't have been bad if I just indulged in the cream filled pastry that I wanted, ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:38:35 EST Not seeing any results, need to try harder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3589567 I'm feeling a little disappointed in myself, I really am not where I want to be at this point and I know its my own fault. I'm getting back on track with the exercise but I have really strayed off the path with my eating. I know I can do better and I need to try and put some effort in if I want to lose more weight. You know how it is, you start with having a little ice cream or maybe some chips and then another piece of pizza isn't going to ruin anything. Before you know it you have been ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:04:53 EST I actually found a way to exercise that I like!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3546504 Since I started sparkpeople in January the element I always had trouble with was exercise. I have a treadmill in the basement but I found it really boring to do because there is nothing down in the basement. I tried listening to music but it just seemed like my eye was always on the timer, waiting for the time to be up! <em>198</em> Then two weeks ago I came across the Airclimber from Brenda Dygraf which is a kind of mini stepper that I saw on QVC. Acting on impulse I ordered the thing... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:18:37 EST Pity Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3471513 Welcome to my pity party! <em>39</em> I don't know what my problem is, I can't seem to get with the program. I had a weekend of eating my emotions and ended up feeling sick and very disgusted with myself! What happened with the healthier eating, the exercise. I have gotten completed off track. I should be concentrating on getting into the 180's but at the rate I am going I will be in the 200's again. Not happy and very disappointed with myself. I've had a problem with the exercise rig... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:42:51 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3370328 Had a great vacation down in S.C. with my sister although the weather was beyond hot! What is it about being away from your normal routine that makes you do better? I don't know if its from being stress-free or what but while I was away I ate less, ate healthy and was moving everyday. I really wasn't hungry and when I did eat I didn't feel like pigging out at all. I can't believe that stress can have such a great effect on your eating habits, but apparently it does. So far I have been ab... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:51:03 EST The Thin Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3333343 Need to vent a little bit, hope you all don't mind! I have a good friend, who I actually think has an eating disorder. You know the type, they are skinny as a rail and complain because they gained two whole pounds and meanwhile you are busting your butt to lose whatever you can! This girl hardly ever ate anything and always kept asking, Do I look fat, are you sure I don't look fat?" Meanwhile she has had a wealth of health problem most of which are probably a result of not eating. I and ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:54:42 EST Reviewing my spark progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3250100 After getting an email from the Spark site saying it was time to move onto Stage 2 I have been dragging my heels about making that transition. Part of the hesitation is do I really have a grasp on the things in Stage 2 and am I ready for stage three? Last nite I took out the ole Spark book and reread the chapter about Stage 2 and there has been some progress and some things I just haven't gotten down. Some of the positives are that I do track my food, even on the weekend when I'm not on th... Thu, 20 May 2010 11:36:43 EST What a great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3238009 Had a really great and active weekend. Saturday went for a good long walk and really pumped up the speed. Felt great to be walking with the sunshine and breeze around me. Not to sound corny, but it was one of those days you just want to thank god for being alive. Sunday got out in the yard and did some serious yardwork, raking and getting the garden ready for planting. I work in the office so on the weekends I just want to be outside, you can't get me inside the house! It felt good to r... Mon, 17 May 2010 10:00:46 EST Old Habits Die Hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3213291 For some reason it seemed like everything I learned here went out of my head this weekend. Not sure if it was because I had a bad week at work or I was nervous about a 1st communion celebration I had to go to but definitely an emotional eating spurt. Its like I got into a carb frenzy and all my triggers went off! Friday nite was too many pieces of pizza, chips and a piece of danish at nite. On Saturday I had the communion which was for a good friend's daughter. They are Italian, need I s... Mon, 10 May 2010 09:00:29 EST Under the weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166183 Well, I've had this thing, whatever is for almost five days. Not sure if its allergy or something that found its way into my chest but I've been coughing like crazy and have zero energy. The thing that frustrates me is that I'm trying to stay on track but the exercise is not happening. I tried to do a workout cd Friday nite and ended up having to stop because I started coughing. I am trying not to "wimp out" but this may be one of those times when I have to give myself a break. I'm just ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:26:16 EST Time to Ramp It up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3109875 Well, I had a pretty good week last week, I was only over on calories a little bit for two days. Also made time for the exercise. Friday nite I did that 30 Minute Shred by Jillian Michaels and I thought it was a great workout, although I couldn't do alot of the jumping, so I kept it low impact. I think that during the moves that involves lunges, squats and weights I pulled or irritated my right knee. It was killing me on Saturday. It could also have been from walking on Saturday but I th... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:09:30 EST Indulged over the holiday, now back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081604 I don't know about anyone else but the holidays are tough, especially when an extra day off is thrown in! But what can you do, the great Polish babka from NY only comes once a year so you buy it and eat it while you have it. Thankfully in between all this there was alot of walking, house cleaning and yardwork so maybe some of it got burned off! Thank god there wasn't any chocolate bunnies lurking about. Anyways I enjoyed it and now I am ready to get back on track. That in itself is a cha... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:00:19 EST Scale isn't moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3041517 I have been at the same weight for a couple of weeks now - I really need to put more effort into this. Sometimes life gets so busy though the workouts go to the wayside and if you aren't being good with your eating your progress gets stalled. I don't want that to continue to happen. As I'm writing this I know that when I get out for that walk or go on the treadmill I definitely feel alot better. I'm also trying to remember if I am working out in the yard fairly strenuously that is exerci... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:55:57 EST Not perfect, but stepping in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3006347 I've been thinking alot about my progress, or what I think is a lack of and I came to a conclusion. No, I'm not being perfect with the eating and exercise but there is something different from the past. I am thinking about it, I'm eating better and exercising more which is a far cry from what I was doing. Some days I would eat over 2500 calories! I try to make better choices and there are alot of days I succeed. I'm trying to look at the positive things I am doing instead of beating myse... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:30:36 EST Suggestions helped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2987157 Thanks for the suggestions I got yesterday to derail my eating when I get home from work. Yesterday when I got home I poured myself a glass of lime selzer and sat down for about 15-20 minutes, just enough to chill out and relax. That worked really well, it kept me from the mindless munching. Funny thing was I really wasn't hungry anyways so its just a habit to grab something when I get home. <em>244</em> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:19:09 EST Honeymoon is over!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982027 Well, I'm afraid I am at that point where I usually start to falter and drift away from my good intentions. I really don't want to have that happen this time. I really want to do this and lose the weight once and for all. I know this isn't about dieting but making healthy changes. I find that my biggest problem is mindless or emotional eating, not necessarily eating out of hunger. I am going to go through the resources here to find some ways to try to manage and break this habit. The cr... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:32:28 EST Weekends are tough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2972228 Today I am a little frustrated with myself. I do great during the week and then comes the weekend and I slowly get out of control. I do track my eating but not online. I know I don't have to be perfect but I do need to stay in control if I want to see some progress. But it is a new week and I am going to be more mindful of what I am eating, especially on the weekends where I don't have the same structure as working. It just seems like when this happens it makes you wonder if you will ev... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:23:04 EST Friday nite emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2912103 Friday nite was a bad nite for me, emotional eating! On the positive side I did do my strength training and also did 25 minutes of yoga! I was really mad at myself for slipping like that, I am really trying to change that habit. Saturday I ate lighter to compensate for Friday and also made sure I got on the treadmill. Also did okay Sunday. I really don't want to backslide and undo the slow progress I have made. Feeling a little frustrated with myself! <em>39</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:06:32 EST The mindset is changing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2900745 Last nite was a big step for me. Went out to dinner at Outback. I looked at where I was calorie-wise in the afternoon and tried to figure out what to do so I wouldn't go over on my calories even with going out. I checked the Outback nutritional info looking at different options. I really didn't feel like a 60z Outback Special, which I know would probably be the best choices with veggies. I ended up getting an Outback Burger of which I only ate half and just one-third of the aussie fries... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:32:22 EST