KBEAR9963's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KBEAR9963 KBEAR9963'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/ 20 days strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453935 By now, I would have normally given up and gone back to my bad habits, but this time, I'm holding strong to my goals. I've walked over 200,000 steps so far this year. That means I've met my goal of 8,00-10,000 steps every day. I've done all of my exercises each day. I've only had a couple of days where I went over my calorie limit which itself is a remarkable feat. I'm on my way to turning my goals into habits. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:59:51 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453554 I was on the go all day. My daughter's truck broke down so we had to get it fixed. We also went out to lunch and did a little shopping for some yarn I needed. Now I need to relax a little bit before I get my exercises in. I'm a little short on my steps too so I'll be working on that too. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:42:28 EST Hung tough and pushed through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453162 Yesterday I had such a hard time getting motivated that I was sure I wouldn't meet my goals for the first time this month. Well, I pushed through and met all my goals and did all of my exercises. I'm fighting a migraine today but I'm determined to get through my goals again. Can't stop, won't stop. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:23:27 EST Down day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452756 No matter how hard I try, I just cant get motivated today. I'm just not feeling 100%. I'm nowhere near my step goal and I'm struggling to do my exercises. All I want to do is sleep. I feel completely drained. Going to try and tough it out and at least get my exercises in. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:21:40 EST Much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452380 I weighed in again this morning and I lost some weight compared to yesterday. It wasn't a huge loss but it was a loss. The way I see it, I going in the right direction. Back on the road to the leaner, meaner me! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:03:43 EST No surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451939 Well, I got on the scale for my weekly weigh in and it was no surprise that I gained a few pounds over the weekend. I'm not going to let it stop me though. I was down 7 full pounds before the weekend so I know I can do it. I'm determined to get back at it and make up lost ground from the weekend. Hopefully, by this time next week, I'll at least be back to where I was before I splurged this weekend. Until then, I'm going to work as hard as I need to and we'll see where it leads me. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:07:39 EST Minor setback but worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451311 Yesterday was my daughter's birthday so I got a bit off track but it was totally worth it. I ate way more than I have been eating lately and it showed this morning when I stepped on the scale. No worries though because it was for a good reason and I'm getting back to it today. I have my goals planned out today and I'm determined to stick to them and get back on track. Tomorrow's weigh in may not be what I originally hoped for but I know it will still be good. Happy Sunday everyone. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:27:07 EST Time to celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451037 Today is my daughter's birthday. It's strange that after all this time, I still relive every moment of the day I had her. She is one of my 3 greatest accomplishments. I'm going to try and get all of my workouts and steps in but since it's her birthday, family time comes first. I'll catch up tomorrow with anything I don't finish today. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:52:19 EST Not a fan of winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450773 Yesterday was a good day weather wise. It went up to around 50° and felt almost balmy compared to the sub zero temperatures last week. Today it started with rain then sleet and a little bit of snow. The temperature has been dropping all day and I'm finding it difficult to stay warm. I got all my exercises in today but need to get my steps in still. I'm hoping to be able to do that later tonight. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:34:49 EST Bouncing back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450340 I had a rough day yesterday so I stepped on the scale to make sure I didn't go in the wrong direction. To my surprise, I'm now down 6 pounds total since the first of the year! What I thought was a rough day turned out to be a good day overall. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:47:11 EST Having a rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450031 Today is my first day off in a while and I couldn't sleep in. I woke up early for no apparent reason and started doing my housework. I cleaned most of the day and did all my laundry. I even managed to get my steps in and did my exercises. After all is said and done, I'm exhausted. Hoping for a better day tomorrow. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:40:29 EST Challenge accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449537 I joined a challenge with some friends to try and achieve 200,000 steps each for the month of January. I've been logging between 8,000 and 10,000 steps each day so I think it should be relatively easy to accomplish. Just to be competitive, I'm aiming for 250,000 just to see if I can do it. I'm going to be cautious not to overdo but I'm curious to see how far I can go. At the very least, it'll be good exercise! <BR> Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:30:46 EST Drum roll please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449003 So my first week in, I wasn't expecting too much but what I got was amazing! I'm down 4.6 pounds, 4.5 inches overall and I've walked a total of 72,000+ steps for the week! I'm feeling fabulous! My hard work is really paying off. I'm starting to see little changes already. I'm excited to keep continuing. I know I won't keep losing at this same rate but this was just the start I needed to make me optimistic! Week 1 is now officially in the books! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:15:28 EST Almost time to weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448594 Am I crazy for being excited for my first weigh in tomorrow morning? I ended up logging 8.15 miles yesterday and have stayed well within my calorie limit. Add to that my exercises and drinking lots and lots of water and it's got to be good right? I'm realistic in not expecting huge numbers or anything. I'm hoping for around 2 pounds and maybe a couple inches. That would be more than enough to make me happy and keep me motivated. Sun, 7 Jan 2018 17:01:19 EST Best day so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448189 I've been trying really hard to meet my step goal every day and so far I've been killing it. 3 out of 5 days I've been over 10,000 steps and so far today, I'm at almost 13,000. I had to work today and we had a huge delivery truck so I had to help put the stock away. I never realized I could walk that much in an 8 hour shift. Can't wait for my weigh in on Monday! Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:56:25 EST Too cold outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447759 Wind chills today are between -10 and -20 so I'm doing what I can indoors. Got about 2500 steps in while running a couple of necessary errands but I need more. Time to get creative with getting my steps in. I'm determined to get at least 8,000 steps. On one of my errands I went to buy some apples, baby carrots and my salad mix. I'm ready for the rest of my day! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:49:12 EST I guess it could be worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447341 It's been so bitter cold here in Michigan, I'm finding it hard to do much outside of working laps in my house to get my steps in. I worked again today so I logged the majority of them while working but for the ones I'm short, I've had to take to jogging in place just to meet my step goal for the day. On the up side, jogging in place helps keep me warm! Thu, 4 Jan 2018 19:18:50 EST Another awesome day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446770 I had such an amazing day yesterday. I logged over 11,000 steps and did all of my exercises. I got on the scale, just to see if I was headed in the right direction, and I've lost almost 2 pounds. That was just the motivation I need to keep going. I've decided to lose only 5 pounds at a time to keep my goals attainable. All I need to really do now is keep working hard (and decide how to reward myself after each goal! Lol!) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:00:25 EST Great first day! Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446307 I had an awesome first day of the year yesterday. I got all of my exercises in, logged just under 5 miles and made healthy food choices. I feel really confident that my one week weigh in will be enough to keep me motivated. I even started a virtual walk from my home in Michigan to my brother's home in Georgia. He said once I make it walking, he'll help me actually go there. I call that incentive to work my butt off! It's only 783 miles. Piece of cake right?!!! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 18:25:14 EST Another year, another new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445542 Here we are starting another year and I have the same resolutions as always. I got on the scale this morning and it was higher than I thought it would be. This is officially the heaviest I have been. I could say I don't know how it happened, but in all honesty, I know exactly how it happened. I got lazy, I ate too much, etc. Well, all that changes today. I have my goals set, all reasonable and attainable. I am determined to get back to where I need to be. This is going to be my year! Mon, 1 Jan 2018 11:54:06 EST First week results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329751 I did my weigh in this morning and I'm down 4.8 pounds and 4 inches! That gave me the push I needed to stay on track. I went on a 5 mile walk (in strong wind I might add. We're having gusts up to 40-60 mph) and did my exercises. I'm feeling a lot more confident than I have in a while. Only 15 more pounds to go! Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:43:53 EST Hanging tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329446 I had another good day today. Yesterday I logged over 12,000 steps and today's total was just under 10,000. I'm actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. I feel like it will be just enough to keep me motivated. Fingers crossed! Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:34:45 EST A pleasant surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328775 I was not as faithful as I should have been this past weekend. I went over my calories and under my steps. I woke up determined to start my week out on the right foot, so I reluctantly decided to step on the scale and assess the damage I had done. To my surprise, it didn't end being as bad as I expected. Seeing that, gave the needed confidence to get started with a morning walk. I grabbed my umbrella and my iPod and headed out the door. Before I realized it, I had walked 11,000 steps! Now, I'... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:46:56 EST A small step backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328265 I slipped a little bit on my calories and haven't made my step count for the past couple days but I have been able to do all of my exercises so I still consider that somewhat of a win. Normally, if I miss something, it makes it easier for me to miss everything. Instead, I'm doing everything I can to at least make sure I keep up with anything. Tomorrow is my day off so the game plan is to hit the ground running. I'm still hopeful that when I weigh in on Wednesday, it will show an improvement, ... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:58:17 EST My virtual mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327747 I found an app on my phone that allows me to take a virtual walking trip. I'm walking from my home in Michigan to Tampa, Florida. My grandma used to live near there and I always loved going there when I was younger. Being an avid walker, I'm really excited about this app. It allows me to plot my miles every day and even shows me where I am on the map. I'm hoping it will keep me motivated to get my steps in. Can't wait to see where I end up each week. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 13:44:39 EST Not as good as I had hoped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327374 Today didn't go as well as I had hoped it would. I got called in for a strange shift at work and wasn't able to have a lunch like I normally do. I did however think ahead and brought a few healthy snacks with me so at least I was able to have something. I've been trying to get at least 10,000 steps in every day but today I've only done 7,000 which isn't altogether bad but I had really hoped I could go farther. Regardless I'm still somewhat happy with the day and will chalk it up as a win. I'l... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 19:34:10 EST It's definitely a start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323931 Well, my first day back at it went really well. I stayed within my calorie limit, did all of my exercises and logged 12,718 steps. It helped me feel exhilarated and made me feel ready to get started today. So far I'm close to 8,000 steps and the day is only half way over so there's plenty of time for me to reach my goal of 10,000 steps. I'm definitely feeling hopeful that I will be able to stick with it this time. The weather will be getting warmer soon and I'm looking forward to taking nice ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:52:01 EST It's time to get serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323209 It's been almost 2 months since we celebrated the new year. I started the year the same as every other year and ended up failing, just like every other year. I could list all the reasons why I didn't stick with it but it feels like they would just be excuses. Well, it's time now to buckle down and push past the excuses and prove that I am stronger. I'm starting with a better diet plan and I'm taking a virtual walk from my home in Michigan to Tampa, Florida. Hopefully, I can stay motivated eno... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 06:17:38 EST One day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298843 This back injury has really gotten me off track. I have not hit my step goal since Wednesday. I'm not trying to get too far behind but I realize the danger of pushing myself too hard. With that in mind, I will continue to take it one day at a time. I want to feel better before I have to work on Tuesday. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:14:21 EST Time to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297024 So my back is still bothering me but I managed to make it through another work day. Unfortunately, it's bothering me so much tonight, that I felt it best to take tomorrow off. That will give me a 4 day weekend. I really think that will give me a chance to rest it enough to be able to go back to work on Tuesday. In the meantime, I plan on eating healthy and take it easy. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:41:15 EST Just not my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296253 Today was just one of those days. It started horrible but I managed to survive it. Before work, I fell on the ice and hurt my back and shattered my favorite water jug. Somehow, I also managed to meet my step goal but my exercise goal is shot until further notice. I'm determined to stay on track but will definitely follow doctors orders because, ultimately, I know it isn't worth possibly hurting myself worse. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:47:48 EST Striving to make the necessary changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295569 So I missed writing a blog yesterday because I fell asleep early. I did really well with staying within my limits and I met my step goal. I also reached another goal. A couple years ago, 1 of my spark teams recommended a book called 52 small changes, in which you make a small change every week. The first week was increasing my water intake. I have done that with no problem. The second week was to get a full night sleep. I've been having a little trouble with this, but I'm working on it. I'm ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:22:25 EST All about the family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294105 Today I decided not to be as aggressive as I have been lately. My son and his girlfriend wanted to make dinner and just have the whole family spend the day together. We did just that. It was nice to just enjoy each other's company. I still managed to stay within my calorie limit so it was a great day. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:54:09 EST Officially 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293450 It has now officially been 1 week and I'm still on track. Normally, by now, I have begun to lose interest or tell myself that I'll just do better tomorrow. I haven't weighed myself in yet and have pretty much decided to hold off on doing that until next week. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:12:07 EST Much better day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292726 After slipping a little bit yesterday, I did much better today. I stayed within my calorie limit and met my step goal. I went shopping with my husband and got many of the foods I wanted to have on hand to make healthy meals. I even made out a meal plan for work days. Now, I have no reason to slip again. I know I will have certain days that I may go over my limits, but they shouldn't happen very often. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:30:40 EST Slipped a little but tomorrow is another day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292186 So today I went over my calorie limit, but not by very much. I was a little bit worried but then I realized my step count today. It was 9,000 steps. Most of that was done ay work so I didn't realize I had gone that far. Feeling a little relieved but will make a more conscious effort to stay within my limits tomorrow. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:11:03 EST Killing it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291397 Day 4 and so far I've stayed completely on track. Normally, I start losing interest by now. Today, I have done all my exercises, walked almost 7,000 steps, stayed within my calorie limits and done today's bible reading. I'm feeling very accomplished and confident. I really think that, this time, I GOT THIS!!! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:32:16 EST It's all about moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290586 So this year I'm doing things a little different. I used to start out my dieting by looking at a 20-30 pound weight loss. I used to walk 8-10 miles a day. I used to all but starve myself to make sure I would see results. Looking back, it's no wonder I've never been successful. This year, I still have to lose the same amount of weight, but I am going to do it 5 pounds at a time. I have tarsel tunnel in my right ankle so I am limited to no more than 5 miles. Right now, I have limited myself to... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:09:10 EST It's a start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289278 Well, yesterday didn't completely go as planned but it was a good start. I didn't reach my step goal, but I did reach all my other goals. I stayed within my calorie limit, I did all of my exercises and completed my water intake. Today I plan to do better with my steps and will continue to keep everything else on track. Happy Monday everyone! Let's do this! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:53:18 EST Happy 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288643 Here we are, another January 1st, and I've promised myself, again, that this will be the year that I lose my unwanted weight and get back into better shape. I do this each year, but it never lasts long. Each year, I say "this year will be different " and each year it doesn't turn out the way I want it to. This year, I gave myself extremely easy goals so that I don't feel overwhelmed. Hopefully, this will make it easier to stay on track. Achieving small goals will be the best way for me to ach... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:29:18 EST Oops! I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852082 Ok, so I was doing really good yesterday, then my daughter was nice enough to offer to take me out to lunch. We went to Applebee 's. I ordered the fish and chips because I thought that would be a somewhat healthy choice. When I got home, I entered the information into my food plan and, to my surprise, my entree was 1,700 calories! That was way over my limit, and that was just one meal. I know it had to show but I refused to get on the scale. Instead, I tried my best to keep the remaining calo... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:21:11 EST All systems go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851184 Got up this morning, ready to set up my Fitbit, and come to find out, still no internet connection. I'm really confused because everything else was working just fine. Some of my other spark friends said that the site was having problems. I messaged the company and they walked me through setting it up on my iPhone. I thought I had to do it online because it comes with a dongle. Now, I can sync it to my phone every time I open the app. Now I can get closer to my step goals since I no longer hav... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:20:37 EST A minor setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850695 After what I thought was a good weigh in yesterday morning, I slipped a little bit and ate some things I shouldn't have and it showed this morning. I'm disappointed in myself but, at the same time, I know I will have days like this. Putting that behind me, I did my workouts, doubled my step count from yesterday and vowed to do better today. Things were looking better when the mail came and my Fitbit was delivered. I was very excited until I realized that there is a problem with my internet co... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 23:09:43 EST Its all about realistic goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849625 When I started out on January 1st, I knew I had 24 pounds to lose to reach my goal. Typically, I would hope to lose 5-6 pounds the first week, only because I've done this in the past, then gained it all back because I lost it too fast. This year, I decided to give myself mini goals and if I meet them each week, I will reward myself at the end of the month. Realistically, I think losing 2 pounds a week is a reasonable goal at this point, which works out perfect because when I weighed in this m... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 16:14:37 EST Thank you spark buddies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848703 I've been with spokespeople for a few years now and I admit I've been a bit fickle from time to time. I start every new year off with the best of intentions for losing weight but it only seems to lasts a few days, and then it just becomes a distant memory. This year started out the same, but is now so very different from years past. I am using my blogs as a journal, if for no other reason, than to keep track and give myself a visual "diary" of my thoughts and emotions during this process. Wha... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:47:55 EST Attention Fitbit users http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847984 I bought a Fitbit One 2 years ago and have loved every minute of it. It has motivated me to push myself farther than I thought I could go. I starting logging miles, found my self climbing stairs, and I found out how well I was sleeping because it allows you to track your sleep. Lo and behold I lost it almost 2 years to the day of having it. I have been lost without it. It had become an extension of me. A friend of mine suggested that I write to the company and see if I could maybe get a disco... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:01:49 EST Almost through the first week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846608 Here I am at day 5, and I'm feeling so much better than I thought I would. I am accomplishing almost every goal I have set and each I do better than the day before. I joined the sisterhood of the shrinking jeans and am doing the January challenges. The have squats and pushups. Each day for the month, I have a certain number of each to do. I also added the crunch challenge because I need some help around my midsection. It feels strange because every fifth day, I get a rest day so there are no ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:48:47 EST Sunday is family day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845667 I got up early and did all of my exercises, had a nice, light breakfast and got my 32oz. cup and filled it with water. Now I am spending time with my family, waiting for the football game to start. I'm feeling very blessed today and plan to enjoy this precious time. Now that my children are getting older, I know that days like this are going to be rare, so I plan to cherish every minute! Have a blessed day spark friends! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:40:42 EST Still going strong......but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844991 Well, I'm a little disappointed that I didn't hit my step goal yesterday but I still met all of my other goals so I consider it a win. I did all of my workouts, did my bible reading, and stayed within my calorie limit so I feel I had a good day. Today, unfortunately is going about the same where my steps are concerned, but again, I've done everything else so I'm happy. It's been so cold and miserable outside that I think that may be the reason for my lack of steps. I walk as much as I can ind... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:27:21 EST Completely nailed my first day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843934 I set very specific goals for myself this year. I thought long and hard about everything I wanted to accomplish for myself, then wrote them all down. I got up yesterday, determined to start my new year off on the right foot. I completed my workouts, logged 11,000 steps for the day, began my bible reading plan (the Bible in 90 days), logged in to Sparkpeople, and I managed to actually stay under my calorie limit. Today, I started out much the same. I have completed my workouts, so far, I've st... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:43:39 EST