KIMMARIE11's SparkPeople Blog KIMMARIE11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The never-ending return On the road again is playing in my head as I begin the blog entry memorializing my third return to SparkPeople. Listening to SparkPeople radio and the inspirational stories and great ideas for exercising without thinking of it as exercise. I told my husband this morning that the key to any weight loss program is consistency and follow-through. One of the main issues we have with any project is follow-through to completion. We get it almost done, then off to another project. Habits of a lifeti... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:40:03 EST The Hunger Games As I wrote that title, I was thinking ... Hmmm ... how appropriate sometimes. But I digress. I looked at the Insider today and there were images with motivational quotes, many, many of them. I found an image on a member's blog one day that I made the background of my computer because I really liked it. <BR> <BR> It said, "I workout because I know I would have been the first to die in The Hunger Games." How true is that? Having just seen the movie, I know for a fact I would not have survive... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:05:38 EST Spark Points Every morning I log onto the computer to visit SparkPeople and get my SparkPoints. If my login spin is good, I don't have to do so many of the other activities, but I do them anyway because it is a great way to get information and keep me out of the kitchen. I take the polls and quizzes and answer the trivia questions; I even have a reminder to go visit SparkPeople and get my SparkPoints. <BR> <BR> It works for my competitive streak. I want those SparkPoints so I go drink water so I can clic... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:25:15 EST Pancaking ApplePieDreams posted a really cute comment on my blog yesterday. The blog was titled Waffling and she posted that waffling is better than pancaking. I definitely agree. And yesterday, I almost pancaked in terms of my dedication to getting through just one month of Medifast. It has been a week. I have seen weight loss of about 7 pounds. In my mind, however, I have seen this kind of weight loss before and have not been able to sustain it so it just doesn't have the same impact. <BR> <BR> Yest... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:40:29 EST Waffling I am waffling today. I came back to SparkPeople a bit ago and have been secretly tracking what I have been eating, which is not much because I have been doing Medifast for that quick fix, telling myself I will transition into SparkPeople eating once I lose ... oh however many pounds is enough. I read an article on SparkPeople this morning that now has me waffling about how I am approaching what has been a lifelong issue for me. How to get it off and keep it off. Intellectually, I know how ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:10:40 EST Weight Loss Gimmicks I see a new DVD that is designed to get me up and moving and I buy it. I get up and move for a week, then back to the couch or TV. I see a new weight loss program that is designed to get me thin in no time at all GUARANTEED. Used to be, I signed up, lost 10 pounds, then back to the old ways of eating. I have decided they are, each and every one of them, gimmicks. I need a consistency gimmick. I need a gimmick that is designed to keep me motivated, keep me moving longer than a week and keep m... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:03:43 EST How much control do I really have? For the last 20 years or so, I have weighed the exact same, give or take 10 pounds (get up there, work to lose it, lose it, get up there again). And in the last 20 years, I have logged a ton of exercise minutes and miles (ran half-marathons, raced mountain bikes, rode centuries, completed triathlons, adventure races, and hiked up hills and over dales), tried a lot of weight loss plans (Medifast, OptiTrim, SparkPeople, NutriSystems, eDiets, etc.) and in the end, weighed exactly the same, give ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 09:46:09 EST Day 2 of the Honeymoon It's funny, it doesn't feel like the honeymoon phase. It feels more like the "been there done that" phase. That is true, I have been here and done this before and it worked. So if the proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes, why is it still so difficult to make myself do what I know is good for me and not do what I know is bad for me? The age old question that no one seems to have the answer to, sadly enough. <BR> <BR> My life coach told me the "WHY" is really irrelevant. You just dec... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 10:14:18 EST My On Again/Off Again Relationship with SP I joined SparkPeople in April 2011. At first, it was new and exciting; I was in the honeymoon stage of my relationship with SP. That lasted a month, month and a half. In that month or so, I lost 10 pounds and considered that a wonderful thing. But something happened, I became bored or it started taking effort. I don't know which one to blame, boredom or laziness. Either way, I started ignoring SP in favor of other things in my life. Apparently, I considered these other things more importa... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 09:43:16 EST Consistency, consistency This is my new buzz word. I had a life coach once who told me, if you want different results, you have to do something different. In this getting fit and healthy journey, I have tried so many different things, but the one thing that is consistent is me and my inability to be consistent and stick with anything long enough for it to have lasting results. I am what is known as a "be back." Dave Ramsey (financial guru - google him for some really helpful hints about becoming debt free) says a "be... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:33:47 EST I Love my Husband So I bought a new red swirly dress and went salsa dancing last night with a local Meetup group. I know nothing from salsa and ended up taking pictures of everyone else dancing. I did dance a couple of dances with very nice gentlemen who pulled me out of my wall flower position. My girlfriend took pictures of me dancing and when I looked at them this morning, I was not pleased with how wide I looked. My body image is fairly good. It may be distorted in that I don't think I am fat and carry wha... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:51:07 EST This is Forever ... I am working on changing the perception I have of what I am doing. I came across SparkPeople when I googled best weight loss plans about 3 1/2 months ago. The goal then and many many many times before then was to lose 20 - 30 pounds. I have done Opti-Trim, Nutri-Systems, Medi-Fast and EDiets. They each became boring after that initial honeymoon phase wore off. So for me, they didn't work. I ended up giving away a lot of the food I got through these plans. What I have learned in the last ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:22:09 EST Question of the Day - Phasing I became a serious cyclist in 2000 when I bought a Trek 1000 and joined Team in Training to cycle my first century, Tucson. I didn't finish Tucson that year, but I did finish two times after that first year. After awhile, my need for new and exciting and my new boyfriend (now husband) drew me into mountain biking. What a fun, challenging and scary sport that is ... with the nickname Crash, I injured my way through my first year of riding a very heavy, very cumbersome, very old Cannondale. ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:11:07 EST Experiment Abandoned - Reality Check I had to abandon the experiment; well, let's be honest, I didn't have to, I chose to abandon the experiment due to the illness. Just didn't feel like shopping for the right foods, cooking the right foods or eating the right foods. I think next time, I will have someone else conduct the experiment and I will sit back and rest throughout it. I am still not quite over the cold. I have residual congestion and coughing that keeps my poor husband awake at night. I am planning on getting back on my ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:52:53 EST Experiment: SP Effect on Common Cold - Days 2 & 3 Day 2: <BR> Symptoms <BR> Extreme Sore Throat <BR> Coughing <BR> Hoarseness <BR> Watery Eyes <BR> Fatigue <BR> <BR> Treatment <BR> Best Intentions <BR> Orange Juice <BR> Echinecea <BR> Eat everything in sight (feed a cold syndrome) <BR> Aspirin <BR> Nyquil <BR> Chicken Soup <BR> Sleep <BR> <BR> The experiment has officially gone haywire with me eating everything in sight and not feeling one iota closer to being full. I do note however that it has already moved to my chest with feelings of c... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:10:35 EST Experiment: SP Effect on Common Cold - Day 1 I felt it coming on last night, the itchy throat and respiratory laziness. The common cold was knocking on my body's door. Today the symptoms are a little more pronounced. There were a few coughs here and there and the itchiness has turned into a scratchiness. It seems precipitous that I read a trivia question just yesterday as part of my race to gain SparkPoints about the common cold. Read about it, get it. I guess that is certainly a good way to test whether I remember anything from what I... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:40:23 EST Almost 2 months in June 14th will be my two month anniversary with SparkPeople. Last night, I said no to pizza at an event I attended, ate a small plate of salad and waited until I got home to eat something healthier. That to me is a milestone on this journey of mine. My refrigerator is filled with fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy alternatives. My husband has created delicious dishes from fresh ingredients and loves the challenge. <BR> <BR> My bikes are no longer dusty and my weekly miles are increasi... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:40:05 EST Excuses, Excuses I changed my status to say that I was having a couple of tough days. In the grand scheme of things, the only thing tough about those days was the fact that I was eating outside my plan and not exercising at all. Now granted, I have a stressful job. Some days are more stressful than others, but I have been doing this for over 18 years so I know when I am going to be stressed out and can plan for it if I choose to plan for it. I had a life coach once that told me we tend to stop doing the thing... Sat, 21 May 2011 11:41:11 EST Crazy Day Monday I guess it was typical for a Monday, but it still seemed like today was especially crazy just for me. It started when I lost the extra set of keys this morning while getting all of my stuff in the car. I usually have a ton of stuff that has to go from home to the car to the office to the car to home every day or so it seems. Today was ride from work day so the bike had to go in, three different pairs of shoes (1 for work, 1 for riding and 1 for in between), helmet, clothes for riding, gloves,... Mon, 16 May 2011 20:17:55 EST I say Welcome Back to my little friends So I welcomed two friends back into my life recently. One of them "Hunger" made a surprising appearance just the other day. I actually felt hunger. Usually, I eat so often during the day, trying to get 3 meals and 2 snacks in that I don't ever really feel hungry. It was not an unpleasant feeling. In fact, I didn't think I would recognize it if it did happen to come knocking, but since following the planned menus, I can and do recognize when I am feeling hungry. And then I eat. <BR> <BR> My ... Mon, 9 May 2011 02:00:56 EST A Fork in the Road It is Day 16 of the journey and I hit a fork in the road last night. My husband is house sitting for his parents so he is gone for the weekend. I am not sure whether that is part of the reason for what happened last night, but I am going with it. The other part is likely a result of just plain habit. One of my goals is to not snack mindlessly in the evening. And while I know in my head that I should have/could have gone on the SP site instead of eating that PB&J sandwich, I didn't. And I didn... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:42:53 EST Still Chugging Along I made it through Week 1 and officially started on Week 2 yesterday. I celebrated by coming home yesterday and running my 3.2 mile round the block loop. I didn't want to because I was tired from the long day. I was giving my husband great excuses why I couldn't run such as dogs barked at me, people threw trash out their windows at me and little kids pushed me off the sidewalk with their bikes. My husband knows me and knew all he had to say was nothing. Ultimately, I put on my shoes, grabbed m... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 10:42:55 EST Getting into the Thick of Things I need goals and a plan. I have found the plan on SP. The goal has become to actually shave off the 33 minutes I need to make the time for the third and final 1/2 marathon in August and ride the Wildflower century next spring. Along in there somewhere, I hope to shave off 34 pounds of excess weight that keeps me from running faster and riding longer. <BR> <BR> My Husband commented this morning that though we were eating pretty well before, we are eating amazing now because most of it is fre... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:01:59 EST How Exciting Is This? Everyday I visit this site and I find something new and exciting to explore. I started with the nutrition, exercise and weight trackers. Those caught my interest and got me motivated to head off to the gym, then the store to shop for all the goodies on my grocery list. The next day I visit, I see the Spark Points and wonder, ummmhmmm, what could those be? Rewards for doing stuff? Have to check those out. Off I go to take the quizzes (something has to be said for how much I don't know that ... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:22:21 EST Start of Real Week 1 I consider today the real start of my week 1 with Spark People I have been following the plan set out for me since Thursday, but I am an "It all starts on Monday" kind of girl. I weighed myself this morning and saw a very nice change of about 4 pounds. I attribute that to the run yesterday and keeping the water flowing through my body. I am taking a nutrition class this semester and it is really nice to be able to put the MyPyramid suggestions into action. I wasn't quite sure how to get al... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:07:54 EST Limped Across The Finish Line Today was the day and I was right, not taking the cell phone definitely helped me make it to and across the finish line. This 1/2 marathon was much more difficult than the last one as there were more hills and one of them was almost a mile long with a grade of about 6-7%. It was an intense workout. I did really well at an average 15 minute mile for the first 8 miles, but at mile 9, just like last time, my body revolted. I have to stretch the muscles in my hips because they tend to go out on... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:26:09 EST Stumbling to the Finish Line Tomorrow is the big day ... my second half-marathon this year. The first one I did was painful and the ONLY reason I finished, literally, was because I didn't have a cell phone with me. My husband finished long before I did and there was no way I could contact him to come and get me. I had to keep going. And I did keep going. So tomorrow, I am intentionally not taking my cell phone with me. I may suffer the last 4 miles, but I know from experience I can do it. i am simply not going to gi... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:51:42 EST Today was a good day I opened my menu for the day this morning before I left for my business breakfast. I was thrilled to find that the restaurant we went to had everything that was on my menu. I had two egg whites scrambled with sprinkled cheese, two pieces of whole wheat toast (no butter), a side of strawberries and a glass of non-fat milk. Personally, I couldn't believe a restaurant would have two of these items let alone all four. Go Milton's. Had to give them a plug because they are definitely listening t... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 03:44:49 EST Making a Change I am still waiting for that paradigm shift where all of a sudden, I am out there working out every day, eating the right foods in the right portions and just making it all happen. Of course, I have been waiting for this paradigm shift for a long time. I tried to convince myself that it would just happen; I had only to wait. Well, long story short, hasn't happened and will not happen without me doing something to make it happen. So there I was this morning, looking for yet another weight los... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 23:16:37 EST