KATHYM617's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATHYM617 KATHYM617'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/ A Weight Loss Tale in Easter Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318733 There's something about seeing a lineup of our family Easter photos that really brings the changes in my body into sharp relief. We did not start doing them until 2010, but we do therefore have four years of them. <BR> <BR> 2010 (okay, so I was 7 months pregnant for that one :) ) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1907975690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2011 (there were better pictures but this one makes my size clear) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1135306287.jp... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:55:08 EST Between BLC Rounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308211 Seriously, if we really have 8 weeks off, I hope to hit goal between challenges! <BR> <BR> My plan to get there? Keep doing what I have been: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue my 10k training plan. It'll wrap up in early June and will force me to keep running 4 days a week. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue yoga one day/week. (And do something else at least one other day.) <BR> <BR> 3. Continue to stay in calorie range 6 days per week. <BR> <BR> 4. Continue to work on eating more freggies. <BR> <BR> I fee... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:01:39 EST Taking a Break from my Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257744 I have grown incredibly lazy. I don't mean physically -- setting aside last week's stomach bug, I have continued to exercise 5-6 days per week, getting 300+ minutes of exercise weekly. No, I mean mentally. I have become mentally lazy. <BR> <BR> For a number of years now, I have repeated some clear truths to myself enough times that they began to morph and develop corollaries, which ultimately resulted in me convincing myself that my diet was more likely to be successful if I just ate what... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:36:41 EST Mmm... pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242716 We love pancakes around here. I adjust my diet one day each weekend to ensure I have the calories (and carbs/sugar!) to spare for one weekend morning indulgent breakfast (we also go out for Sunday breakfast once a month). It works for me. But I'm always looking for ways to ease the diet-hit that comes from those delicious treats. Up until now, my favorite has been apple pancake rings -- make pancake batter (we're lazy and usually use bisquik), core an apple and slice into rings (slicing h... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:04:36 EST BLC21: Back to the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227882 I am still gunning for a blackout for the weekend challenge, with just under three hours to go. Between work and the kids and the fact that I had to spend my Saturday night this weekend at a ball, I haven't had a ton of time to do some of the one-off stuff (i.e. stuff that is not food or fitness related). So let's see how much I can accomplish in one blog post :) <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minutes of uninterrupted "you" time is a laughable concept to me. I can't even use the bathroom without someone... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:07:03 EST Dresses and a 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215727 For BLC21, our weekend challenge included a challenge to, well, challenge ourselves -- to push ourselves to do something we have been otherwise not doing. I have been talking a big game for months about working my way up to a 10k, but I had lost steam and done nothing whatsoever in over a month to push myself distance-wise. So I mapped out a route and committed myself to doing it -- to running 6.2 miles without stopping or walking. <BR> <BR> Sunday is normally my off-day exercise-wise, b... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:08:04 EST Tough Interval Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157945 I decided to make week 11, day 3 of Couch to 10k an interval workout. The closest public track to my house is far enough that I'd have to drive so I decided to try out running the path that surrounds the local little league field. Based on some back of the envelope math, I believe it is just under 1/3 mile around. <BR> <BR> After the C210K warmup, I did a half lap around the little league field at 5/6 RPE and then a half lap at 7/8, repeating 16 times (based on more back of the envelope ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:40:51 EST Earn Your Turkey 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144381 I signed up for this turkey trot with low expectations. I am not yet "a runner" and just did a 5k a few weeks ago and had been focusing more on swimming these past few weeks. I figured it would be a fun way to burn a few calories on Thanksgiving morning. I signed up with one friend, roped another in, and she roped in another. Of the three, at least two are, generally-speaking, faster than me. The third did C25K at the same time I did, and this was her first race. I figured I'd try to sta... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 16:10:27 EST Friends with Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142429 Does any of you use any of the various fitness tracking sites/apps? I've been playing around with a few and would love to have some "friends" on them, but few if any of my real life friends use any of them. <BR> <BR> What I am using/trying out: <BR> - Runkeeper (this one I've used at times for years and have used consistently for runs since the summer) <BR> - Nexercise (been using it for a couple weeks now and have used a few of the rewards) <BR> - Daily Mile (just started using yesterday... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:22:49 EST Heart Rate Monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140898 (Written a week or so ago, but apparently left open in the background rather than posted.) <BR> <BR> I changed up my rewards and decided to get myself a heart rate monitor when I got to 173. I had done research a while back and selected the Polar FT60, adding it to our family Amazon Christmas list and hoped someone would get me one for Christmas. But I didn't want to wait and instead opted to get one for myself as a reward. After a couple weeks of use, I have some observations. <BR> <B... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:07:02 EST Laps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124824 I got in the pool to swim laps today for the first time in ten years. I did a mile (broken into sets) in 34 minutes. I realized quickly how out of swimming shape I am. I also realized that I have no idea how to moderate my pace. I was the fastest person in the pool, but was absolutely sucking wind and could not figure out how to slow myself down. <BR> <BR> I was a competitive swimmer growing up. And I absolutely loved it. I was happier and more self-confident in the water (pool, ocea... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:01:36 EST Scarcity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120082 My father lives on a salt water marsh on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island and lost power early Monday morning, shortly after returning home from getting his Sunfish out of the water. I spent much of my morning worried about him and how he would fare. If the storm surge were a mere one foot higher than projected, the water would come pouring through his windows. And one foot less than projected would completely flood the street in front of his house. But his power came back on quickly, and... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:59:53 EST Superhero 5k: Postmortem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115662 Today was the Superhero 5k. I had planned to dress at Katniss Everdeen but 1. couldn't find a bow and arrow set that wasn't clearly intended for a toddler and 2. I was worried about the only person not in a real superhero getup. So, at the last minute, I picked up a (not complete and therefore discounted) Batgirl outfit and ran a 5k in a corset, scratchy miniskirt, cape, and pseudo-gauntlets (plus running tights and a sports bra so as not to be obscene :) The costumes on the whole were aw... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:00:32 EST Image Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110241 I have some weird, semi-magical ideas surrounding various "glory days" in my life. This rose-colored-glasses-looking-into-the-past thing is a fairly overarching phenomenon for me, but, of late, it has been creeping into my weight loss efforts, and I feel the need to publicly dispel the notion so that I have a reference point should I find the thoughts resuming. In short, losing weight has never been easy for me. <BR> <BR> More than a decade ago, I graduated college and gained some weight a... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:35:36 EST Major Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108733 As my status indicated over the weekend, I hit a major milestone. Saturday's weigh-in merely made it official, as weigh myself daily (Hacker's Diet) and had been at or below 173 since Monday. 173. A weight of significance. Why? <BR> <BR> 1. At 173, I am no longer obese. I never thought I'd be so damn excited to be pushing the upper limits of overweight. Yay for overweight! <BR> <BR> 2. At 173, I am the lightest I've been since having kids. (Of course, I am still 14 pounds from the he... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:33:58 EST Sneak Peek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102556 My reward for getting to 159 (which is still a ways away -- I have not officially hit my 173 mini-goal yet) is getting to go through the clothes in the attic that I eventually put away after my son was born once I realize they didn't fit anymore. I think I'm going to have to find a new reward for that one. While much of what is up there still doesn't fit, in a mild panic over my lack of work-appropriate attire (I generally must wear a suit every day, but most of my suits are so large they l... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:15:05 EST Superhero 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095771 As a prize for finishing the C25K program (and to knock an item off my 35x35 list, even if it didn't happen before I turned 35 in June), I am signed up to run a 5K with a friend on the 28th. (That friend is now injured, so I will likely be running alone. Sigh.) Because it is the weekend before Halloween, costumes are invited. Specifically, runners are asked to dress as a hero or a villain. <BR> <BR> I am totally lacking in creativity and have no ideas for what to wear. Criteria: hero ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:14:57 EST Fall 5% Challenge Assignment #1: The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088097 First of all, I am super-psyched for the Challenge to get started! I will be weighing in and taking measurements and doing the SparkPeople fitness tests in the morning. I haven't measured myself in a while and am curious. I am especially excited because I should hit 173 within the first week or two of the Challenge. This is a big milestone for me -- it'll be the lightest I've been since having kids, halfway to my goal, and (most critically) the weight at which I am no longer obese. Super... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:47:42 EST Sleep Deprivation and Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943271 I read an article on here today (the featured article on the home page) about metabolism mistakes. Most were things I knew, but I saw this statement in the section on focusing on one thing at a time and was struck by it: <BR> <BR> DEAN (Behavioral Psychology & Stress Management Expert) <BR> Speaking of sleep, there is a large and growing body of research showing that even mild sleep deprivation has adverse effects on metabolism. There are several pathways involved here, but one of the main ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:49:32 EST 2012 Summer 5% Challenge Pre-Assignment #4: Trigger Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938302 I've stalled on doing this pre-assignment, mostly because the list is long. Trigger foods and trigger situations: I got 'em. <BR> <BR> Ice cream <BR> <BR> Frozen chocolate chip cookie dough <BR> <BR> Cereal <BR> <BR> Peanut butter <BR> <BR> Anything I eat at night <BR> <BR> I self-sabotage at night (which is when I am most likely to reach for the above). I need to come up with something better to do in the evening when the desire to snack hits. I'm developing a list of ideas -- fee... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:04:02 EST 2012 Summer 5% Challenge Pre-Assignment #3: Why I Want To Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923955 I wrote about this before, back in August 2010. Here is a revisited and mildly revised blog on the same subject. <BR> <BR> I would like to be able to say that: <BR> <BR> I am comfortable wearing shorts <BR> My thighs don't rub together when I walk <BR> None of my clothes are too small <BR> I am setting a good example for my kids <BR> I am happy with my appearance in photographs <BR> I am showing my body a healthy respect <BR> When I lie on a hard surface, all my parts lie in the right... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:55:28 EST 2012 Summer 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922981 I am thrilled to have found the 2012 Summer 5% Challenge! It is exactly what I was looking for -- a team-based competitive way to remain accountable. Yay! <BR> <BR> I hereby commit to myself and to my team that I will give myself 100% to this Challenge. <BR> <BR> Specifically, I will continue to exercise every morning before work for 40-50 minutes, and I will add a workout on the weekend. I will also commit to being active at least one day of the weekend - gardening, running around with ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:27:29 EST Can I Actually Do Anything for Six Weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906064 We leave on family vacation in six weeks (nothing exciting - we have a cottage in Ontario and will be there for two weeks). I have been struggling with knowing that whatever I do now to lose weight has to be something I can and will stick with for the rest of my life or the weight will just pile back on. On the positive side, I haven't been gaining. On the negative, I haven't been losing either. So what I am doing now is probably similar to what I'll need to do for the rest of my life. B... Thu, 31 May 2012 15:07:31 EST Looking For A SparkPeople Coach, Of Sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891028 When I've lost weight in the past, I've been most successful when part of a team or group, oftentimes one in competition with other similar groups. I've done such challenges where the challenge is minutes of exercise or pounds lost or inches lost -- all worked equally well. I find that the interactive piece + the competitive piece motivates me more than anything else. And I know that folks have found similar challenges on SparkPeople. But I don't know where to begin. I have joined a numb... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:33:33 EST Spring Into Shape Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864465 I started the Spring Into Shape Challenge this week, and it's helping me get over my bootcamp withdrawal. I have done the workouts every day, along with my last bootcamp (a makeup from when I was sick) Monday and the 30 Day Shred the remaining days. I plan to do the shred 5 days a week and get some other exercise (or take an off day) on the weekends. Between the shred and the Challenge, I am realizing that my biceps and back have been neglected, as they are really feeling the workouts. <... Thu, 3 May 2012 10:10:50 EST Trying to Plan While Husband is Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847852 The husband is away for work all week, leaving me on my own with the kids and dog (and more-than-full-time job). This means I cannot work out in the morning, as me getting up to work out wakes the kids up, and the husband isn't around to keep them occupied until I am done working out and showering. So I'm doing my best to plan. <BR> <BR> Wake when the first kid gets up (6/6:15ish) <BR> Until 8: Get kids dressed, toileted, fed, lunches in backpacks, dog taken outside. If I have time for ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:20:15 EST Bewildering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844003 This morning I was down ~4 pounds from last week. This follows my four day weekend in which I ate decidedly too much very unhealthfully. For the previous 7+ weeks, I had eaten fairly well, occasionally going over on the weekend, but not by much, and had little-to-no loss to show for it. <BR> <BR> How bewildering. But I'll take my four pounds. And endeavor to eat better this weekend. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:44:05 EST Staying consistent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830117 Since my last blog, I've managed to continue doing what I have been - for the most part - but have not successfully made the changes I set out to make. I *think* about them, but I haven't done a great job of *making* them. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to have a pity party, but I feel like no matter how much work I put in to my body, my life is conspiring to slowly crush me anyway. My daughter just doesn't sleep. It's why I stopped actively seeking to get healthier back in 2010 when I first... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:27:18 EST Is it still called a plateau if it's pretty much where you started? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812274 I came back to SparkPeople recently after a year and a half away upon realizing that my 9 months of unemployment ended with me at my heighest ever non-pregnancy weight (which is horrifyingly close to my heighest ever weight). the first seven pounds came off fairly easily, but in the month since then I've been gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds over and over. I can't seem to get past this. <BR> <BR> What have I been doing: <BR> - Working out 5 days a week for 30-60 minutes per day. I g... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:11:56 EST Reflections on Today's Motivational Quote Email http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692653 The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. - Steve Young <BR> <BR> My dad will be 69 next month and is in better shape than a lot of men half his age, despite having had six major back surgeries, in part because he is a firm believer in this concept. <BR> <BR> A number of years ago, he dragged an old bike out of the garage, salvaging parts from other bikes he found in order to get the one whose frame he liked ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:52:29 EST Baked Chicken with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3682078 Based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews, Pete and I decided to give this recipe (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det<BR>ail.asp?recipe=695580) a try last week. We served it over pasta one night and brown rice the next. The verdict: only okay, as-is, but could be great with some modifications. <BR> <BR> Maybe we're just picky eaters, but it was a bit bland - it just felt like something was missing (tomato paste, maybe? parmesan cheese?). Were I to make it again, I think I'd a... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:14:27 EST Continuing to Forge Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657535 The baby hasn't been sleeping much (today will be day 1 on new reflux meds, so there's some hope). I am so tired right now, it's hard to think straight. I know exercise isn't really possible on the worst days (i.e. the days that follow the worst nights) but I also know that I need to exercise on the better days. And I need to eat better every day. The past few days have all felt like worst days, so I was happy to see that I hadn't gained this week, instead managing to maintain. <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:15:18 EST All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3645238 I know my downfall is all or nothing thinking. If I eat one bad thing, I eat 1000. If I miss one workout, I take a week off. It's not healthy and I know it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, after writing my post about my appetite, I overate. I thought I overate a lot. I ate ice cream. And pizza. Ad three slices of cheese. And I felt bad about myself. But I stopped. And the next morning I logged my food and realized I had still stayed within my calorie limits despite what felt like the early st... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 21:18:21 EST Appetite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3636954 My appetite has been all over the place lately. Last week and the week before, it was generally light -- there were several days when I struggled to eat enough. This week, though, I am really struggling, but in the other direction. I am incredibly hungry, seemingly all the time. And I don't know why. <BR> <BR> My best guesses all involve the baby. <BR> <BR> 1. She is nursing, so if she is eating more (which she may be -- I haven't been keeping track of how often/for how long she is nu... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:42:13 EST Building Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623183 Several years ago, I heard a story in NPR about a woman who walked every block of her city (Minneapolis-St. Paul, I believe). She talked about how doing so showed her parts of her city that she might not have seen otherwise and gave her a sense of place and of pride. I kept thinking that it must have also given her a decidedly different form of motivation to get some exercise -- motivation to cross off another block as she made progress toward her goal. <BR> <BR> Everything about this pr... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 20:27:52 EST Getting My Money's Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3597371 I hate how much money we pay to our cable/internet/phone provider each month. More specifically, I hate how much we pay for cable every month, as it is the lion's share of the total bill. A few years ago, I checked out the exercise programming available on demand and found it rather lacking and never looked again. <BR> <BR> I decided to check again and was surprised to see how much more there was. Damn! There's a ton of stuff available -- cardio, toning, yoga, pilates, and more. Yeste... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 16:07:04 EST Rewards, or Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3594699 Everyone always says you need the promise of rewards to keep yourself motivated. But I am just about the least creative person ever, so coming up with good ideas for rewards is not really my forte. Today, however, when walking 3.2 miles in the mall to get some exercise while staying out of the heat, I decided what my rewards will be. And I think they'll serve as additional motivation, beyond the motivation to get healthier -- and to get back into all the clothes I have stashed in the attic... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:50:02 EST Steeling Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3581793 I feel like I did a decent job this week of eating reasonably well and getting some exercise every day. However, I know the weekends tend to be my downfall. I really struggle to avoid mindless eating on the weekend, and I know I don't get much exercise, at least formally-speaking. I am trying to steel myself against temptation. <BR> <BR> I know having a plan allows me to plan for success, so here goes. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 slices of wheat bread, one with 2 slice... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:37:09 EST Farmers Market Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3573759 I picked up some pattypan squash at the farmer's market a week or two ago, and then it sat. And sat. And sat. So today I decided to do something with it. And I did! <BR> <BR> I put 2 pattypan squash (squashes?) in a covered pot with 1 inch of boiling water for 10 minutes. When it was almost done, I sauteed half a small onion in a teaspoon of olive oil. I then cut the tops off the squash, scooped out the insides, chopped the insides, and put the chopped insides in the pan with the onion... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:32:26 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3566308 I find it incredibly difficult to get exercise other than walking while my daughter still isn't napping well. And this summer's weather has made walking tough -- it's been so hot and humid, and now it's raining and is supposed to for much of the week. But I know I need to find a way to make exercise happen. <BR> <BR> Today, the baby took a brief nap, and I was able to squeeze in a brief workout. It was only about 16 minutes (and she woke up during it), but 16 minutes of strength training ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:11:51 EST Intermediate Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3563013 Setting aside the fact that I have fallen off the wagon completely lately, I need some intermediate goals -- needing to lose 60ish pounds is daunting, which may be partly why I have lost focus. <BR> <BR> From the start, I had 58.6 pounds to lose. Of that, 9.6 is weight I gained since getting pregnant with Josie; 20 I gained after getting pregnant with Harry; and 19 I gained after we started trying the first time, including the miscarriage. Goals: <BR> <BR> Start weight: 198.6 <BR> Start we... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:11:45 EST Why I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3530331 I would like to be able to say that: <BR> <BR> My thighs don't rub together when I walk <BR> None of my clothes are too small <BR> I am setting a good example for my kids <BR> I am showing my body a healthy respect <BR> I am not embarrassed to be seen outside my house <BR> I have lost the "baby weight", from both children and from the miscarriage <BR> My body shows that I have willpower, self-control, discipline <BR> I am a hot mom :) Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:08:31 EST