KAYOTIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAYOTIC KAYOTIC'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/ Day 27 some simple successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839781 Yesterday was a no-night-noshing day. I was assisted by the headache that came on early evening (right before dinner) that made me not very hungry....and tired, so I went to bed pretty early (before 8pm!). I even skipped my usual reading in bed before shutting out the lights....that's how tired I was. <BR> <BR> But I did get in my steps for the day! I was trying to get to 15,000 so my weekly average would be 10,000 steps per day, and I hit it. I did get out for a walk on the trails beh... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:46:22 EST day 26 step it up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839232 Last night was a snack night, had some popcorn (yummy!) and a few chocolates that I got from my dad for Christmas. Everything I got from my family this year involved chocolate in some way, they know me! And I won't have to buy chocolate for quite some time! I may see how long the stash will last, I'm guessing it may be February before I run out, but who knows? <BR> <BR> I'd like to get a walk in today at some point, I've been slacking off on my steps lately, even with waking to work twice... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:53:24 EST day 25 family holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838938 We went to my sister's house for Christmas, made it just before they served dinner! I had to move quickly to get my kale and pancetta dish ready, and ended up burning the first batch of pine nuts! <em>198</em> but I had more, and ended up just adding to the pan as the kale was cooking. It turned out great! Lots of good food, roast beef and ham, mashed potatoes, asparagus wrapped in proscuitto, and needless to say I was stuffed when dinner was through! I also wore some "skinny jeans", n... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:26:16 EST Day 24 Let it storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838406 Snack day yesterday, so moving on.... <BR> <BR> It was also Christmas Eve, and the boss kindly let us go home early, so I left about noon, after finishing up my e-mail. It was nice to be home since it was starting to get windy, and I did encounter a few drops on the way....and then around 4 or so it just started coming in, wind, rain, sleet! I heard a loud clatter on the roof, that just kept going "thud, thud, thud" and while I gave consideration to Santa and the reindeer, it really was mu... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:57:15 EST Day 23 early morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837869 No snacking last night, although when I got home Larry was out (he went skiing and then had to run some errands) so I ended up having a pre-dinner snack of some cheese and crackers. But I did not indulge after dinner, and that's my current challenge so <em>248</em> . I think for next month I'm going to change the challenge to pick up my knitting again, it's been just sitting there for months, and I think if I add that as a challenge, I'll get back to it! <BR> <BR> I signed up for an ear... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:35:35 EST Day 22 feeling strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837388 Yesterday was a snack day. I like popcorn <em>477</em> and often have that for my after dinner snack, so yesterday was no exception. I poured my normal serving into a bowl, but oddly was not able to finish it! That is unusual for me, as I'm a card carrying member of the "clean plate" club, so normally finish everything I'm served. I know this is not a good practice, but it's so ingrained, that I'm happy to see glimpses every now and again that I don't have to do it! <BR> <BR> Had a goo... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:46:20 EST Day 21 skiing in slop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836721 Skipped the snacks last night, so I should be back on track, since last week was kind of crazy, and I didn't do the every other day thing. Still I had 2 two day streaks of not snacking, mostly because of social events, so I'm OK with getting back to a routine this week, even with Christmas coming! <BR> <BR> We got out for a ski yesterday, and while I love skiing, and was glad to get out, the conditions were variable, and I tweaked my back a couple of times. I'm happy to report that it fee... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:01:25 EST Day 20 back to the snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836240 Yep, after a couple of days of not snacking after dinner, I did hit the snacks last night, not too bad, but it was a quiet evening, compared to the past few days, and I was grateful for that! I was falling asleep around 8:30, so went to bed, and got a very restful night sleep! <BR> <BR> It was a windy, blustery, cloudy day, so we stayed in and did stuff around the house, I imagine we will get out today for a ski, if it's nicer out. No wind so far this morning, so it's looking good! <BR> <... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:08:59 EST Day 19 friends and cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835854 last night turned into another no snack night, probably because Larry surprised me with a birthday dinner, and had invited some friends over, so by the time they left it was late, and we just went to bed! I was not happy when I got home from my massage, and found out he was having this surprise dinner, the house was a mess, I wasn't prepared for company, and after a week of work and a relaxing massage, all I really wanted was to curl up on the couch in my pj's and relax. But they were comin... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:18:45 EST Day 18 you can't control the reactions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835316 Well, I had set this month up from the start so that my birthday would be a snacking day, and here it was, and I felt so full after the chicken and potatoes Larry served up that I didn't even finish the salad! So it turned into a non-snack day. I'll take it. And I'll have the salad for lunch today, so don't think it will go to waste! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was also a run/walk day, I ran in to work, and this was my fastest run so far for the month, just under 11 min mile! I think because I... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:03:16 EST Day 17 switching it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834843 Since the day before yesterday ended up being a no snack day, I went and snacked it up yesterday! I may have hit those coconut chocolate almonds a bit too hard! They are like Lay's potato chips, you can't eat just one! Note to self: don't even start! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Pilates was nice yesterday, for the next 2 weeks I'm going to have to switch it up, since the gym is closing early on Christmas Eve and NYE, they won't be having the 4:30 class. I'm going to the 7am class next week... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:17:17 EST Day 16 get to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834344 Well last night was supposed to be a snack night, but instead we were invited to our neighbor's for a Hanukkah celebration, and we got back later than we normally go to bed, so, no snacking! I'll see how it goes tonight, I may or may not snack (I had the every other day plan going so I would be able to snack on my birthday if I wanted, but that's tomorrow....) I think I should be able to get back on track. Getting in late meant getting to sleep late, which led to getting up later than usua... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:54:14 EST Day 15 Happy Hanukkah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833781 No snacking last night. I did have a giant salad with dinner (Larry likes to pile it on the salads!) and that really filled me up (I'm still feeling it this morning, and not really in a good way...). <BR> <BR> Had my third training session at the new gym last night, it was a calorie burner! My heart rate ended up in the 160's, so I was feeling it! Feels good to be able to push some weight around like that. <BR> <BR> We had some pretty snow falling yesterday morning, it was so lovely fa... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:52:16 EST day 14 snacking and skiing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833311 Yep, it was a snack day....and a ski day! First day out for the season (we have season passes to Royal Gorge, a local ski area) and we got a light dusting of snow while we were out (for about an hour) we met a friend who also has a season pass, so we skied with him, and then went to his place for dinner with his girlfriend. Really nice day! I was the designate driver, so abstained from the booze until I got home and had a glass of wine with my snacks! <BR> <BR> Today is training day, so I... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:07:03 EST Day 13 sticking to it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832754 Yesterday day was a no snack night, and even though I started to feel hungry just before bed, and even contemplated breaking my goal, I stuck to it, resisted the urge, and just went to bed. Had a good night's sleep too! <BR> <BR> We were planning to ski yesterday, but the afternoon crept in and it ended up being too late to get out, plus the area only has a few track groomed (only 10K open) so Larry decided to go for today instead. Hopefully they will have more groomed today, and it will... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:30:59 EST day 12 training plan coming together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832401 Snack day, but I didn't go nuts (actually I did EAT nuts...but in limited quantity) and did not go whole hog on the indulging. Having a big salad with dinner didn't hurt either, it's so filling! <BR> <BR> I pulled a workout from the "Women's Guide to Strength Training" program I had purchased a few months back, but never got around to trying. I'm still looking for a good fit for my current regimen. I think this might do the trick, although it was pretty short when it was over and done. Bu... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:53:38 EST Day 11 made it home before the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831834 Yesterday was a no snack day, and finally the scale is slowly headed in the right direction....I also told Larry I wanted a light dinner, and he did a great job with that! I'm hoping more diligence on my food choices will get me back where I was only a few weeks ago. My digestive issues are another problem, but I think I may wait until January when I can just go see the GI specialist without going through my PCP. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was predicted to be stormy, and I was planning on walki... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:17:19 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831279 yesterday was a snacking day...I did indulge. I'm trying to work out a better plan though, so I'll be thinking about what I want to change up here, and will probably try something new in January. <BR> <BR> I had my second of 10 Pilates reformer classes yesterday, and the instructor is also a yoga teacher at another studio, and mentioned that they do aerial yoga. I can't wait to try that now, as I had no idea there was a studio in Reno that had that! And the first class is free! <BR> ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:10:49 EST Day 9 odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830724 last night was a no snack night, and it went very well. Larry even commented after dinner "you're not having any chocolate or popcorn?" I said I wasn't hungry, and it was true! So no post-dinner munching! <BR> <BR> Today I have Pilates this afternoon after work, and I skipped my yoga/meditation yesterday (just didn't feel like if after walking home) so I will get to that here soon, before I head in! <BR> <BR> I'm very happy that I am getting a replacement for my last coder that quit ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:34:55 EST Day 8 better late than never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830503 I just realized I forgot to blog this morning...so I'll do it now, before dinner. Yesterday was a snack day, and I was left to my own devices for dinner since Larry was at a speaker last night. I had leftovers, and then some snacks, watched some Netflix, and then hit the sack. Pretty quiet evening. <BR> <BR> But before that I had my second training with Iain at the new gym. It was going OK, but my inner hip flexors started feeling really sore about half way into it, so we switched from l... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:41:58 EST Day 7 party #3 over and out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829518 Yesterday was a no snack night, and I'm calling this one good! We did have the 3 party of the weekend to attend last night, our neighbors joined us, and it was pretty fun! I sometimes feel out of place at these French Club meetings, since I don't speak French, but I was able to mix it up, and talked to quite a few folks, enjoyed some really good food (a couple of wonderful salads, one of which was a kale and pomegranate seed salad, mmmmm!) and finally a slice of buche de Noel <BR> <link>h... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:08:05 EST Day 6 holiday party #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829039 This is the weekend for holiday parties in my world, my company's party was Friday night, I had a co-worker invite me to a cookie exchange/Pampered Chef party yesterday, and today is Larry's French club holiday party. That's a lot of party in one weekend! But after that, I think we are fairly party-free for the rest of the month (actually I think Larry has another group event next week, so it may not be the end of the parties, but we don't have any weekends booked that I'm aware of!) <BR> ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:52:40 EST day 5 holiday party time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828581 Last night was a qualified no snack night, it was our company holiday party, a rather large, extravagant affair, with hors dourves of bruchetta, cheese and crackers to start (I limited it to one small plate with a couple bruchetta, and a few crackers with cheese. Dinner was a nice mix of salads, beef, fish or eggplant parmesan (I had a little of each), also broccolini (I love that stuff!) and a plain roll which I skipped. The dessert table is pretty much the reason I like to attend this e... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:20:21 EST Day 4 sore quads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827992 Last night was a snack night. I wasn't very hungry after dinner, that probably lightened the snacking up, as I did not indulge as much as I have in the past. That's good! <BR> <BR> My quads are pretty sore, probably from the monster mile on Weds. I was thinking about jogging in today, I'll see if that happens or not, if I'm too sore when I start out, I'll probably just walk in. Either way, it's supposed to be not so rainy today, I hope that's still the case! <BR> <BR> Pilates was good y... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:13 EST day 3 monster mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827428 No nosh night number 2 for December. Had a big salad with dinner, so I wasn't at all hungry after that, made staying out of the kitchen very easy! (except to get more water) <BR> <BR> My workout was pretty intense. I did what I dubbed afterward the "monster mile". Started with 12 lb dumbells, and did 20 (total) walking lunges with an overhead press on the long sides of the track, and 20 side squat with bicep curls (switching sides at the other end of the track) on the short ends of the t... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:02:16 EST Day 2 Let it snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826870 Last night was a snack night, not pretty! but tonight will be no snacking, so it all evens out, i think that's what is helping me stick to this scheme/plan/goal. <BR> <BR> I jogged in to work yesterday, and while it was a little cloudy, it was mostly dry, so I really did not think much about the weather. Larry had told me a storm was forecast for later in the evening....well, it came a bit earlier than that, like early afternoon! Suffice it to say, I ended up walking home in the rain. ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:19:27 EST Day 30 end of the line, Day 1 begin again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826275 I didn't make this a non-snack day, since I had achieved my goal of 15 days already. <BR> <BR> This was a very busy day for me, I made 3 different dishes, so the kitchen was in a constant state of prep, cooking and clean up! And now I have a freezer full of meals for the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> I am going to continue my every other day of no-night-noshing into December, which is another reason I didn't skip the snacks on the 30th, I wanted to start December on the first, so I'll be s... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:54:17 EST Day 29 making leftovers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825089 Last night was a snack night, nothing special or new, but yesterday was a bit of craziness, since I had to take the car in for all the flashing dash lights. Turns out it was going to take them a few hours to get to it, so I called Larry for a ride home. We ended up going grocery shopping instead of going straight home, but the stores are decidedly busier in the afternoon on a Saturday than they are when I usually go (as early in the morning as I can) so it was a little crazy. And Larry is ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:34:21 EST Day 27 and 28 meeting goals and car troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824638 Well, Thanksgiving came and went, it was a snacking day, so I didn't worry about whether or not I ate after dinner (which was really early, around 4:30 - 5:00 pm) . I didn't feel overly stuffed, and did enjoy some after dinner pie. My Bourbon-pecan pie turned out well, for which I was thankful considering it was the first time I made it! I only wish my dad had some whipped cream for the pies, that would have tasted good! But maybe it was better that way, as Friday morning I did not feel g... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:06:22 EST Day 26 Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823800 Last night was a no nosh night, still on track to meet my goal! <em>224</em> But the scale is still up... <em>24</em> even though I feel like me eating is controlled and in line with my needs, and my activity is high, but I do have a pretty good DOMS today from Tuesday's bootie-fest at the gym! So maybe that's the culprit? <BR> <BR> Today is Thanksgiving, so Happy Thanksgiving to any Sparkers that happen across this blog! <em>426</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>429</em... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:10:45 EST Day 25 snacking and scale fluctuations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823244 Last night was a snack night, not much to say there. The scale has been crazy lately, I think it's my GI tract still trying to sort itself out, but it was way up yesterday morning (like 3 pounds higher!) and down about 2 of those pounds this morning, despite the no snacking on Monday, and the snacking yesterday....go figure! <BR> <BR> So today I am grateful for being fit and healthy, well, healthy for the most part, GI issues notwithstanding. I know fitness is a gradual thing, and takes co... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:09:00 EST Day 24 more gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822706 yesterday was a no nosh night, so I think I'm now at 13/15. 2 more and I hit my goal for the month! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Woke up too early this morning, and could not get back to sleep, so I just got up. These pre-5am starts are not making me happy or feeling rested, but I also don't want to just lie around when I could be up starting my day, if I'm not sleeping anyway. <BR> <BR> I have my training today, I switched days this week, (and it's my last session that I... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:34:24 EST day 23 keep plugging away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822110 Yesterday was a snack night-day, so nothing to report there, really. Oddly, I kind of skipped lunch, we had a late breakfast (brunch?) and so I wasn't hungry at lunchtime, and I went for a long walk/hike instead (a couple of hours) and when I got home I had some fruit and nuts instead of lunch. <BR> <BR> My brain decided to stop working this morning when I was re-heating my coffee....for some reason, I put it in for 5 minute rather than the 15 seconds I usually go for....not sure what I w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:27:52 EST Day 22 What are you thankful for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821551 I'm now as 12/15 for the month, no noshing nights....only 3 left to make my goal a reality! Totally doable, so I must give myself a high-five for that. <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my last day on the low-FODMAP experiment. I would not call it a success in terms of fixing my problem, but I suppose I ruled that out as the issue. At least I can go back to eating onions and garlic, and many other foods that I love (avocado, mushrooms, pistachios) that were on the "do not eat" list.... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:53:38 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821044 Last night was a snack night, not much to say about that, except I probably did go a little overboard on the cheese and crackers! It's that "just one more" phenomenon that can get me sometimes....I know it's better to portion it out rather than eat out of the bag, but convenience and a but of laziness win out sometimes, and that's what happens! It's a lesson I have to keep relearning. <BR> <BR> Moving on! Today is the last day of the low-FODMAP plan, so I'm looking forward to just eating ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:05:20 EST Day 20 Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820550 I'm now at 11/15 days this month of no night noshing....still working the plan of every other night. Last night I actually was not hungry even before dinner, not my usual MO. I'm not sure why that was, but I did enjoy a giant banana for a snack in the afternoon, maybe that was so filling I wasn't hungry hours later? I guess I'll see how it goes today, I have another one at work for today's afternoon snack. <BR> <BR> The probiotics really seem to be doing the trick, I'm finally feeling "... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:33:45 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820007 Last night was a snack night, not much to say about that. I did enjoy it though! <BR> <BR> And we watched a movie about the Eagles, lots of good music and interviews with many artist of the 70's, if you like that music you will enjoy this movie, available on Netflix. <BR> <BR> Today is my training day with Iain, should be fun! I think I have 2 sessions left of the package I bought, and then I'll switch over to the other gym, which I'm really looking forward to. I also ran into one of my ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:03:08 EST day 18- 10 down, 5 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819392 Well, it looks like I'm 2/3's to my goal of 15 "no noshing" nights this month! I'm feeling good about my goal and the progress I've made on it, it feels very doable and sustainable. I didn't even flinch when Larry brought out the back of chips and salsa...I LOVE chips....but I didn't even feel tempted to partake. It's a good feeling! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> On the GI front, I've been feeling more normal the past few days....I have a feeling the probiotic is kicking in and doing it's job... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:59:37 EST Day 16 and 17 (whoops, forgot to blog!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818828 I just realized I forgot to blog yesterday....well I walked to work so was just trying to get out early, and then when I got home my yoga and meditation were my priority. <BR> <BR> So day 16 was a no snack night, I did it, and felt good about it. It was Sunday, and I pretty much stayed home, did a workout in the basement, so I'm on track for 3 workouts this week, I'll hit the gym after work today, and meet Iain on Thursday for my training. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a snack night, I really ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:31:24 EST Day 15 still in it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817685 Yesterday was a snack night, and I feel pretty good about it. I did not go overboard at all, in fact, after I had finished, I thought I might want more, but decided I wasn't hungry, and just sipped my tea. So, I feel good about the limited snacking I did. I also skipped/missed my mid-morning snack, as I had a hair appointment after which I went to Trader Joes. I picked up 2 basil plants and another pot with 3 herbs, rosemary, sage and thyme. And they smell wonderful, and look great on th... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:26:16 EST day 14 a qualified win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817146 Skipped the night snack last night, and also the afternoon snack as well. So I am still on track to hit my goal of 15 days this month of not snacking at night. I think I'm at 8 of 14 days this month. Not bad... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an odd day, I walked in to work, which was fine, I only worked 4 hours, one hour of which was working a payroll audit. They had snack/goodies for the auditors. Muffins. Which looked great, but the loe-FODMAP diet is no gluten, so I enjoyed a banana instea... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:15:48 EST Day 13 learning from failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816628 Well, my evening did not go as planned yesterday, I was thinking I'd give the "no snacking" a 2 day in a row try, but then I found myself alone (Larry went out to a function) and after a lightish dinner, I was still wanting more....so more I had! After demolishing the almost empty bags of popcorn, I dipped into the chocolate covered almonds. Put them away, but still wanted more....so I went back for more! I suppose one good thing about this low-FODMAP plan I'm on is there is not a lot of s... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:06:58 EST day 12 status quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816024 Yep, I've got the pattern down...one day on, one day off of the snacking after dinner. Last night was a no snack night, and I achieved the goal. I think I need to push it a little more though, so I may go for no snacking tonight as well, I'll see how I feel after dinner, I should be satisfied and able to avoid the kitchen, we'll see. <BR> <BR> I can hear ti raining now! Glad I'm not walking in to work today! It's my training day, hope I'm up for it. Last week was brutal....and I felt a ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:41:27 EST Day 11 back to the snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815409 Yep, last night was a snack night, had some popcorn, a little chocolate, and some plantain chips....but didn't feel over-full or stuffed, just satisfied. <BR> <BR> I'm walking to work today, so I'd better get moving! <em>311</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:16:29 EST Day 10-sticking with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814782 November 10th, now I'm at 6/10 days of not snacking after dinner, I've fallen into a comfortable pattern of every other day not snacking. This is working out well for me, as it's not all or nothing, and I know if I don't snack tonight, I can tomorrow if I want. So I'm not feeling deprived or like "I'll just do it tonight and start in earnest tomorrow" since there is always a tomorrow, and many times putting off starting means it never happens! There is a whole chapter in the Willpower book... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:58:44 EST Day 9 fingers crossed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814095 As far as my "no noshing" goal goes, I'm in a pattern of one day on, one day off, and I feel like that is going pretty well. So yesterday was my day off, I had some snacks after dinner, felt satisfied and feel like I didn't go overboard, so that makes me feel good! I'm 5/9 days this month skipping the snacks! <BR> <BR> On the tummy front, I got the "Align" yesterday, the probiotic the NP had recommended last time I saw her, and took on yesterday morning. And guess what? No symptoms since... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:24:55 EST day 8 carrying on (and a book reccomendation) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813512 Another win yesterday, I finished dinner, had my dessert (the PB2 chocolate mug cake) and enjoyed the rest of the evening snack free. And I didn't feel like I was missing anything, knowing that I can snack tonight if I like. I've been trying to stick to every other day for this challenge, and I think that is working out really well. I don't feel deprived, I know if I snacked last night I won't tonight, and vice versa. I have a feeling if I was trying to go all or nothing, I would more th... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:59:41 EST day 7 hit the snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812993 It was Friday night, and I had decided it was a snack night, and even thought I wasn't really hungry after dinner, I dug in! Popcorn, a couple of chocolates, and later cheese and crackers.... <BR> <BR> And I still went to bed before 9. I'm not beating myself up about it, it was what I wanted, and had essentially planned, so I can't fault myself for that. And overall, the goal is going well, I'm over 50% of the days in November skipping the snacks at night. <BR> <BR> I did have some stra... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:04:24 EST Day 6-skipped the snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812449 Well, I did get another win under my belt last night, finished dinner, and stayed out of the kitchen after that (well, not entirely, I did go get a glass of herbal tea and water). And I wasn't hungry either, so that helped! <BR> <BR> The brownies were a hit, although the mint patties did make strange melted spots in them, that turned hard, so were difficult to get out of the pan. I may need to actually read the instructions on the site that posted the idea (assuming I can find that!) to se... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:04:55 EST Day 5-limited snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811836 I decided to let my level of hunger after dinner determine if I would snack or not, and after dinner, I decided to enjoy a bowl of popcorn, and after that some leftover truffles from the Halloween candy that we did not give away. I'm still on track to hit 15 days of not snacking at night, as I have 3 out of 5 days snack free, better than 50%! <BR> <BR> Today is my training day with Iain, last week he kicked my butt, and I was sore for a couple of days afterward, so we'll see how today goe... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:26:13 EST