KCMAGPIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KCMAGPIE KCMAGPIE'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 long, hard look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440281 That is what August will be about. I'm taking a long, hard look at the past year of my journey. I'm recommitting to the consistency I started out with. I'm ready to see where this will take me. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:19:39 EST Need To Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436116 I love to read. I'll read anything. Yesterday, I was just jumping around various blogs and read a statement that while it didn't strike me at the time, my mind keeps returning to it. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly where I read it... Somewhere buried in the comments section, so I can't remember it exactly or give proper credit as this thought is not my original thought, but I thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> ‘Greener grass’ does not just exist, only grass that has received more attention... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:08:14 EST Making Improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431424 Making healthy choices related to food and activity improves many aspects of life. When I am disciplined in my decision making, I feel in control of lots of outside factors as well such as work stress, how well I sleep, and my energy levels. <BR> <BR> Why, then, do I let my healthy decisions suffer when factors out of my control intervene? <BR> <BR> Why, when others let me down, do I feel justified in letting myself down? <BR> <BR> Will eating ever NOT be my knee-jerk reaction to instabi... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:45:16 EST On Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430194 Going clothes shopping reminds me that I'm not quite where I want to be. I have found it easier to find clothes, and I have several items packed away that fit again. While these are victories, and I'm extremely grateful for the journey thus far; I can not let myself lose sight of my ultimate goal. I can not be content to stop at halfway. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:12:54 EST Having A Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428973 This week is sure to be a busy week full of chances to get off track. In anticipation of the events ahead, I'm going to try to 'have a plan' in mind and continue toward my goals. <BR> <BR> Monday is a staff meeting at lunch. I have no idea what will be on the menu, so I better pack a small meal. Monday evening we are going out to hear a local band, but I will avoid eating out. There are plenty much healthier things to eat at home (cheaper too!) <BR> <BR> Tuesday evening I have a business me... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:59:56 EST sticking with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426883 Which healthy habit is most difficult for you to stick with? <BR> <BR> Avoiding alcohol Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:54:21 EST Maintaining My Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406717 Well, it really looks like I'm not going anywhere. I've spent the last three months just kinda stalled in my weight loss. I don't really consider it a plateau... A plateau would imply that I'm working as hard and not seeing results. My reality is that I have not been diligent about my eating habits. <BR> <BR> What is the mental disconnect that prevents me from getting back in the groove. I go through bouts of low motivation, but that's not the problem right now. I have actually been extra mo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:10:41 EST Quick... I have 30 minutes before I need to workout: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383242 Things just seem crazy, busy now. Isn't that how life is? Always throwing new challenges and opportunities our way when we least expect it? My to-do list gets longer, but I don't seem to be finding the time to check things off of it. <BR> <BR> Reading and working through the 14-day Spark Solution plan takes up ALL of my free time. Sometimes I wonder... Is that what healthiness is? Does it have to be all-consuming? Part of me loves the structure because it gives me some measure by which I can... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:11:51 EST I'm Starting The Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375009 Well, I tried around May 15th to start the 14-day program outlined in the book, but our refrigerator went kaput so I sorta lost my motivation (and then struggled with planning my meals in general for the next few weeks). Now, however, I'm back on track... Laying out June goals, workouts, meals, etc. <BR> <BR> Today was a good day, and because I had a plan I didn't feel hungry or snacky all day. I'm hoping the structured plan will help keep me focused. <BR> <BR> One of my biggest hurdles i... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:21:01 EST If You Need Me, I'll Be In Rosebud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364228 I have been taking a 90 minute yoga class once a week for the last 10 weeks. This is not my first experience with yoga, but it has by far been the best! <BR> <BR> Previously, at the gym, the hour-long classes just felt rushed. This is a completely different environment and, thus, a completely different experience. It's amazing to me that even in 10 sessions, my mind has learned to wander less, and my flexibility has improved. I still find some of the kneeling poses tough since my knee surger... Wed, 22 May 2013 06:59:24 EST Oh, Dear Monday, How I Love Thee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362801 Mondays get a bad rap. It's so tough to drag out of bed and start ANOTHER week each Monday. Why can't the weekend last just a little bit longer? <BR> <BR> But Monday is also a chance to start anew, shake off all the indulgence of the weekend, and get back on track. Monday is an empty canvas waiting to be filled with our accomplishments. Today, I painted a portrait of the 'me I'd like to be'. I drank my water, stayed within my calorie range, met my step goal, got in a sweaty afternoon run, a... Mon, 20 May 2013 21:48:37 EST Can I Count Peeling Crawfish As Cardio? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361203 If so, then I've gotten quite the workout this weekend! <BR> <BR> Other random thoughts: <BR> <BR> How many calories does shooting pool burn? <BR> <BR> What is the purpose of iceberg lettuce? <BR> <BR> Is there a foodborne illness that I could get that wouldn't kill me but would jump start my weight loss? <BR> <BR> When will I find my motivation again? <BR> <BR> I refuse to call this a plateau. I think a plateau would imply that I'm still working toward my goals but not accomplishing th... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:00:23 EST Halfway Between Victory and Defeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358548 Halfway... <BR> <BR> When you get started you never expect to get there. If you make it to the end, you probably don't even remember it. <BR> <BR> But when you are there, halfway through the journey, it can be difficult not to linger. At least, I'm finding it difficult not to linger. The road to this point hasn't been easy, but I've survived! I even feel like my current weight is an accomplishment. People notice. I can find clothes that fit. I can fit into the seats at concerts. I can go ... Thu, 16 May 2013 12:13:23 EST I Read The Spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266907 I feel everyone is on their own journey. I know for me personally, I have struggled my whole life with my weight. I believe that losing and maintaining a healthy weight are LIFESTYLE choices, not a 'diet' you can follow. I can look back at my life and see that there were times when I CHOSE healthy and times when I CHOSE the opposite. <BR> <BR> After four months on SP, I decided to read The Spark. I still feel my motivation is high, and I haven't reached a plateau; but I attribute that to not... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:14:48 EST Vision Collage - The Spark - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237787 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51885282.jpg"> <BR> Somewhere on your list of priorities should be you. <BR> <BR> I love the water. I want to live a healthy, active life and enjoy hobbies like sailing and swimming with manatees. <BR> <BR> I love my vision collage because it reminds me that everything is in my reach. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:56:49 EST I Can Say No To Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184440 That's it. Nothing more. <BR> <BR> I can. I did. I will. <BR> <BR> You can, too. <BR> <BR> Happy 2013! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:45:46 EST Fitbit One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167539 Well, I finally splurged on myself and got a Fitbit One. It's pretty motivating! For the past week I've walked past a table we got out for a party that we normally keep In the basement. Today with my fitbit one, I was motivated to add a flight of stairs to my tracker - yay, me! So nice to find these motivating tools! What motivates you? Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:09:09 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161401 Today I set six goals for myself. I've spent the last two weeks sort of drifting along without a plan. So today, I set some goals for myself, and you know what? I accomplished them all. Yay, me! <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's the smallest accomplishments that fuel our motivation! I hope everyone accomplishes their goals today! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:44:10 EST Upcoming Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134446 Instead of being bombarded and overwhelmed by challenges and events that might sidetrack my progress, I decided to make a list of times when I feel most likely to fail. I included things like Thanksgiving dinner, a business lunch, a stressful workday where I didn't pack a lunch and run out of time to choose a healthy restaurant, etc. Next I wrote out a valid plan for each situation like what healthy choices I could make at a family gathering and what healthy snacks can I keep handy in case of... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:07:40 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118455 Thinking about using the old excuse that Halloween only comes once a year? Think again! Trying to tell yourself you can only get Reese's pumpkins for a limited time? What about the Christmas trees and the Easter eggs? Candy corn calling your name and then trying to split? Ha! So many treats are available year round that we forget what it really means to "treat" ourselves. <BR> <BR> This Halloween try taking a step back and reminding yourself that those limited time treats will be so much swe... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:11:08 EST Avoiding The Downward Spiral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113705 Moving forward on this journey, I want to look back on these early days and really know the things that have gotten the ball rolling after so many years of zero inertia. I know there will be peaks and valleys along the way. This time I'm really working on changing my whole thought process and approach, so developing new ways to cope with slip-ups is very important to me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, for me, was a good day. I had gotten in my head that I would try to run a local 5K this weekend. I've... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:52:19 EST