KOSHKALET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOSHKALET KOSHKALET'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/ Time to check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970791 OK, so two different friends have "nudged" me today - guess it's time to be a bit more visible. <BR> <BR> First, how cool is it to be nudged? That friends reach out and say "hello!" and that it just feels like a big hug. So, thanks friends! <BR> <BR> So, the cool thing that I've been doing is doing the walk/jog 5K training program through SparkPeople. It's nice, it's challenging and I feel really awesome that I'm doing it. <BR> <BR> However - since I'm doing that, I'm doing less Zumba, a... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 03:21:50 EST Life is short, so Zumba while you can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917174 Spent the last two weeks going extra gentle on my body, since I'm pretty sure I tore my calf muscle a bit during a Zumba class the other week. It wasn't as bad as I feared it would be not exercising to the same extent that I had been (I still did a couple of things, biked the kids to school, etc.), but it was just OK. <BR> <BR> That being said, I went back to Zumba this morning and *wow* was it nice to be back. I was still very easy in my moves, but afterwards I was just that special kind o... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 02:19:56 EST New and improved and 10% off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908304 My wife was joking with me that I was so excited about my 10% off - "You're on sale!" she said <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So, the streak has really been worth its weight in gold and has gotten me past a little slump to this 10% goal. Just refocusing this past two weeks has been very nice - especially over the Memorial Day weekend, when grilled delights and potluck potato salad could tempt me to go *way* over my calorie zone for the day. <BR> <BR> I have to say that having to tell someone els... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 02:43:15 EST Short-term Streaks & mid-term goals ROCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897038 OK, first, let me say that I know myself and that for me, personally, being held a little more accountable for a shorter period of time definitely keeps me on track. <BR> <BR> Staying below 1500 calories per day had become a bit of a challenge for me as of late and I wanted to get it back down to see if I could just get a "boost" that way. <BR> <BR> Sure enough, 5 days in to my "streak" with my Super Spark Buddy (who happens to be a very motivated and positive and all around cool person) ... Fri, 25 May 2012 03:03:48 EST Getting the calories back in the "zone" - 14 day streak started today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890599 Ok, so here's my first day really, really getting my calories in the "zone" and I feel really good about it. <BR> <BR> I'd been getting a bit too "flexible" with my calorie counts as of late and I'm realizing that to make this process go a little faster, the calories are going to have to go down and stay down. <BR> <BR> So, for the next 14 days I will stay in my calorie zone and I know it will pay off! Mon, 21 May 2012 02:41:19 EST Zumba, hiking, sleep and other ways to take care of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881943 Well, after a weekend away near Santa Barbara for my brother-in-law's wedding I thought I'd check out the scale this morning and see what the "feedback" was (even though my usual weigh-in day in Friday)... Looks as if I still lost this week! Squeee! At the party after the wedding, I did eat more than I usually do, but I did still try to watch my portions (only a small piece of chocolate cake). I'll keep up the good work this week and hope the scale will show some good progress on Friday! <BR>... Tue, 15 May 2012 02:20:18 EST Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857080 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> I know you've been a bit discouraged as of late, so here I am to give you a little pep talk! <BR> <BR> So, losing weight isn't as fast or as easy as when you were in your late 20's and that's kind of difficult to face. I get that. But you know, we are where we are right now (thanks for the reminder SparklePie!). Plus, honestly, I think that as many great changes as you made then, you are making even more great changes now. <BR> <BR> Yes, you're having to work harder ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 03:36:16 EST Are we there yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854282 If you've been around kids, you know this phrase every time you take a car trip - and it's funny, 'cause after a while you start to wonder yourself, "Are we there yet?" <BR> <BR> So, here I am, about 3 or 4 months on this journey and I'm loving the changes and I'm definitely more fit than I think I've ever been in my life (with possibly the exception of the summer I was in Jr. Lifeguard training). Plus, ya know, 14 pounds is nothing to sneeze at! <BR> <BR> Oh, but that scale and it's lack o... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 03:07:34 EST Savoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844866 Oh, Zumba was so good tonight. It helps that I have a friend who is coming with me now, but I just love that feeling of "Oh dear heaven, I'll never be able to finish this class" and then it's over and I've done it and I'm relaxed, sweaty and tired and so.very.happy. <BR> <BR> Also, Catie brought home artichokes freshly picked from near her job and I had it with dinner tonight and it was just ridiculously tasty. I'm so spoiled to live near so many fantastic areas with fruits and vegetables th... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:06:16 EST Full Steam Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836963 Inspired by SparklePie, I have to add my own "Woo Hoo" blog. <BR> <BR> There is so much fun to be had in being healthier! <BR> <BR> Although I never thought I could feel this way, I *love* exercising (oh, and when I was sick last week and had to rest - boy did I notice what a difference it made in my mood that I hadn't worked out!), so much that I can't wait to "step it up" and get to the next level! <BR> <BR> Plus, you know what? Some of the less healthy food I used to crave often (fast... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:39:16 EST Oh Chocolate, how I missed you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831317 OK, so 40 days without chocolate was not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be, so I think my plan is to give up chocolate every year for a few weeks, just to remind myself that I Can Live Without It. <BR> <BR> That being said, we've had a fair amount of chocolate around the house for the past few days and wow have my calorie counts gone up! Nothing ridiculous, but still enough that it won't be helping me get to my goal of being healthier/thinner if I keep it up! So, now it's time t... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:01:38 EST Pretty good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824105 So despite having a cold, and having the kids by myself for 3 days and being out of town with the kids for those 3 days, I still managed to lose a fair amount of weight this week. <BR> <BR> I think honestly that the cold helped the most - going to bed at 9 at night prevents a few hours of late-night eating! <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, I think I will go to bed now. Despite knowing I will miss it terribly, I think I will forgo Zumba tomorrow and instead not push myself while I have this col... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 02:22:49 EST One week left of an interesting 4-food "fast" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817894 OK, so let me start this by saying I've never given anything up for Lent before. <BR> <BR> This year, mostly to help my weight loss journey, I gave up 4 things: <BR> Bread <BR> Alcohol <BR> Peanut Butter and <BR> Chocolate. <BR> <BR> When I tell people about the 4 things, they look at me as if I've gone completely insane. <BR> <BR> However, when I explain that these 4 things are the vast majority of my "empty" calories, people kind of nod in understanding. <BR> <BR> So, I've done it -... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 02:35:44 EST Out of town plan to stay accountable this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814427 So, the kids and I will be heading to Lake Tahoe to visit my father-in-law (all 93 beautiful years of him) in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Dear wife will be working a lot this week, so she will not be joining us. <BR> <BR> So, the rub is this - since Catie isn't there and we don't know any babysitters up there, I won't have anyone to give me "breaks" so I can do a focused work out for the week while I'm up there in Tahoe. <BR> <BR> Of course, there will be playing in the snow with the ki... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 02:32:53 EST yeah, I work out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808372 My favorite Zumba instructor plays the song "I'm sexy and I know it" which has this line, "yeah, i work out" and when that line plays and we're Zumba-ing, we all flex our muscles and laugh. <BR> <BR> But yeah, I work out! Today I squeezed in a trip to the gym at 5 and even though it was crowded and I got pretty darn hungry in the middle of my workout (Oh, and I forgot water! D'oh!!!), I did it anyway. And I Feel So Great!!! <BR> <BR> Can't see getting to a place where I don't workout - eit... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:49:16 EST SparkPeople to the Rescue! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799894 OK, so this is hard to admit, since I've been doing so much to become healthier, but I had about 3 days of overeating at night in a row. <BR> <BR> Now, there was some mindfulness about it, realizing that while it started with hunger I was eating way past when I was no longer hungry - so that's pretty cool. <BR> <BR> But, I had a hard time stopping. Finally, on the 3rd day, I went to the message boards (usually I stay within my SparkTeams for posts), and found someone who posted something ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:50:45 EST On not eating in front of the computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796136 OK, so a few of us are discussing the book Savor in the Mediation and Mindfulness forum, and it turns out that one of the major challenges for all of us is not eating in front of the TV/computer. <BR> <BR> I had a *major* problem eating in front of the computer at night and it was just crazy how many calories I could rack up after the kids went to bed. <BR> <BR> So, I made a deal that I wasn't going to do that anymore and *poof* calorie count went down by about 300-500 calories a day. Hur... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 02:27:00 EST Trying out old behavior, nope, still doesn't work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794282 Last night my wife was doing one of her 24 hour shifts, and there I was, with the kids, and no dinner in progress and it was dinner time and so there I was, ordering a pizza. <BR> <BR> A pizza, in a house with just me and two toddlers means that I'm going to be tempted to eat most of that pizza. <BR> <BR> Now, one thing that I have to say that I did differently is that I ordered a medium instead of a large or an extra large. Another thing that I did differently is that instead of serving ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 01:33:24 EST Online book groups rock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789997 OK, so this is my first one, but there are so many great ideas flowing out of our Savor discussion and I'm really stoked about it. <BR> <BR> Also, weigh in is tomorrow - hope I'm at 200 or very close! Either way at least the pants are looser and my health is so much better! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 01:47:09 EST This and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788378 Went up to Tahoe to visit my wife's step-dad (who is 93) this weekend and while I didn't make it to a Zumba class while I was there, I did walk 30 minutes the 2 days we were up there (and one day was at least 30% of the walk in snow for more resistance/workout). <BR> <BR> Felt good to get what I needed in terms of exercise while up in Tahoe - not completely a first, but continuing a good strong trend. <BR> <BR> However, I went to Zumba tonight and it kicked.my.butt. I had been getting coc... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:37:51 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778479 I have to say, overall, I'm pretty thrilled that I've been sticking with the plan. <BR> <BR> My water intake is up and doing well, and I'm getting better about adding in more fruits and vegetables. I had grapefruit this morning and last to start the day and I had forgotten how much I love waking up with that sour sweetness! Also, instead of reaching for chips/crackers/cookies, I've been better about grabbing mini tomatoes & carrots. <BR> <BR> Also, there's my secret weapon salad - lots of... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 01:39:04 EST Phew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774809 Turns out our sitter is OK and says she can still look after the kids. Let's hope she stays with that viewpoint! <BR> <BR> If she does, phew! I stopped by her house and left her a bottle of wine and a card and one of my big guy's stories (he's been dictating to us and doing the drawings to go with the stories, and we staple it together to make a book) as encouragement & thanks. <BR> <BR> She's been watching S & S for about 3 years now, and she just has such great energy and I would have re... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 00:51:55 EST Maybe only one Zumba class this week :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773018 Well, with our sitter out (let's hope only for the moment), and my wife at work for 2 different 24 hour shifts plus an all day staff meeting, looks as if I'll be only getting in one Zumba class this week (which was today). <BR> <BR> Plus we'll be going to Tahoe this weekend and staying until Monday, so I'll miss my Monday evening class, too. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I might get desperate and ask a neighbor to watch the kids so I can get an hour to do my Friday night Zumba class (good thing ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 02:11:06 EST Staying focused despite shifts in the outside world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768036 So my main sitter for my toddlers texted today to say she thinks she can't watch the kids anymore. <BR> <BR> Her not coming on Tuesday mornings means I don't get in my Zumba class and the kids don't have time with their favorite non-parent person and I don't get a break. With my wife working her new job that has 24 hours shifts plus a 4 hour commute 2 days a week plus a 12 hour shift at another job means she's not home a lot to help, and I really look forward to that one day a week where I ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 01:15:35 EST Something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762652 OK, I've done mindful eating exercises before, during meditation classes, and even a few times on my own at home. <BR> <BR> But today, I tried something new. I mindfully ate part of a hot dog at Costco. Usually, at Costco I am pretty caught up in the lots of people/nifty huge quantities of stuff aspect and so when I go and eat a hotdog usually I scarf down an entire hotdog without even blinking, let alone thinking. <BR> <BR> Today, however, was different. I was quite hungry, but I still m... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:29:17 EST Very grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753821 Today a good friend who is an Auntie to our little boy and girl came over to play with them so I could get my Zumba class in and a shower and even a few minutes reading at the local tea shop. <BR> <BR> Wow, what a great gift this friend is - she has been so good to us ever since our little ones were born and works so hard at being a part of their lives. <BR> <BR> I just have to remember to think of her and all she has done for me whenever I get into the "I can't get what I need" blues. <... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:47:17 EST Breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751704 Aha! Finally, finally I have broken through the 5 pound mark! <BR> <BR> I've been bouncing back and forth through that 5 pound mark for almost a year now, but now I have blasted that puppy right out and now I am 6 pounds down. <BR> <BR> Technically my weigh in day is tomorrow, but I had to check today. Maybe I'll be even a tiny bit more down tomorrow? One can hope :) <BR> <BR> It's always gratifying when the "doing the right thing" pays off - I did a few days of only 1200 calories (tough... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:08:06 EST Love Girl Scouts, Love/Hate the Girl Scout Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742783 So, it happened, there was the knock at the door with the sweet girls offering cookies. Sigh. All right. Just one box. <BR> <BR> But that box is so dangerous. I managed to get through all of today only eating 2 of them, and I think that is amazing for me. I think last year I went through 3 boxes in a week or something completely insane like that. <BR> <BR> I know there will be more cookies and more neighbor Girl Scouts that I want to support, and I really do want to support the Girl Scout... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 02:10:54 EST Having a cold won't let me get off track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741147 I've had a cold all this week and I still went to Zumba on Tuesday and today I stayed at the low end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> The other good thing that this cold has done is make me go to be earlier, which I've been meaning to get better about. <BR> <BR> So, here it is, night time and I won't be staying up until 12:30 or 1 tonight. I'll be going to bed, <BR> *yawn* <BR> now :) Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:05:41 EST Alcohol = Good way to eat too much food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736125 Family went out to dinner tonight to celebrate after a longish week. <BR> <BR> I got a cranrita (cranberry margarita) and then I got another one. And I ordered fish and chips and ate 4 pieces of battered and fried fish and about 1/4 of the significant pile of french fries. <BR> <BR> Wow - interesting trip back to former behavior. Tasty, I admit, but damn, it's not something I want to do more than once a month. <BR> <BR> But, as with the other week, here I am, blogging and logging my foo... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:57:41 EST So much great exercise today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734636 My dear sweetie found out that she was supposed to be at a baby shower for a very close work friend at 11 am this morning, which would mean she'd have to leave before my Zumba class was done. <BR> <BR> At first I offered to just skip Zumba, but then I came up with a compromise - going to half of Zumba would still get my wife there without being too late. <BR> <BR> So we did that. I rode my bike to Zumba and back for a little extra workout and then, since I only did 1/2 a Zumba class I dec... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 02:33:42 EST The players in the Superbowl weren't the only ones who were challenged today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724458 I'm thinking of all the people, on Sparkpeople and across the US, who, despite having resolved to do differently this year, may not have been terribly careful about their eating today. <BR> <BR> Was I one of them? As a matter of fact, yes and no. <BR> <BR> I started out great - ate a breakfast that would satisfy me without too many calories and did the same for lunch. All this - plus - I managed to get over 5,000 steps in before 1pm. <BR> <BR> However, at 4 o'clock, I was starving. And ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:43:43 EST The players in the Superbowl weren't the only ones who were challenged today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724455 I'm thinking of all the people, on Sparkpeople and across the US, who, despite having resolved to do differently this year, may not have been terribly careful about their eating today. <BR> <BR> Was I one of them? As a matter of fact, yes and no. <BR> <BR> I started out great - ate a breakfast that would satisfy me without too many calories and did the same for lunch. All this - plus - I managed to get over 5,000 steps in before 1pm. <BR> <BR> However, at 4 o'clock, I was starving. And ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:43:29 EST On the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721411 This is our first trip to visit my father-in-law (who is 93) since I really started getting serious about getting this weight off. <BR> The good news is, is the park and recreation dept here offers Zumba classes, so I plan to try to squeeze in 2 during our 3 day visit. <BR> The bad news is, is that my fil is a huge chocolate fiend, and so the treats are everywhere. <BR> I went a little overboard on the sweets tonight, but I did have the thought, what is this gonna get me? <BR> I'm going t... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 02:40:16 EST Empty Belly Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715670 Today I ate a lot of snacks. Just seemed to not be able to fill myself, despite not actually being all that hungry. <BR> <BR> It's a good reminder that I can listen to the stress instead of letting my "hunger" override what I'm thinking and find something else to distract/nurture myself that isn't food. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 03:50:32 EST Zumba saved my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713573 OK, maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration, but I have to say that this one exercise has really made such a huge difference for me. <BR> <BR> I really look forward to doing it, and that is something that I could never really say about the regular gym visits I would do. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:18:09 EST New plate, new way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711435 I have new plates. They are beautiful, they are yellow (sunflower), they are a great compliment to the plates I already have. Mostly, however, they are smaller than my usual dinner plates. <BR> <BR> Tonight, using the smaller dinner plate, I filled it half with vegetables (baked delicata squash and zucchini), one quarter with a starch (Israeli couscous with carrots and tomatoes), and one quarter protein (grilled chicken breast, no skin). <BR> <BR> While I consider myself generally a pretty... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:39:44 EST Party People Don't Want to Think About Portions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709667 Just an observation, one that I have long found, and of course I include myself in this: <BR> <BR> When at a party (or hosting a party) it is *very* difficult to stay mindful of portion control. The idea of "let loose" is pervasive, even if it's not a party that has booze. <BR> <BR> This evening I had a couple of friends over for dinner and I completely let go of my portion control, but here I am, back on Sparkpeople and getting back down to it. <BR> <BR> I'll have to think of ways to b... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:03:04 EST