LAMARY9's SparkPeople Blog LAMARY9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting the Legs back in shape I learned I have to do more than swing. I am jumping and jogging. Legs strength is developing again. They are complaining but so far so good. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:39:05 EST Long time since I blogged Still swinging. :) Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:29:37 EST Finding myself again Another beginning of the month and another vow to get back on track. I gained three pounds last month. Consistency hasn't been part of my forte lately. I'm struggling to be in the groove again. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 04:45:24 EST Staying on Course I am reading The Spark and sparking more again. It was successful in the first half so I have to finish the game. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 01:59:20 EST Started the Second Half Happy New Year friends. I have not been Sparking very much for the last two months. I'm working through a tailbone injury thats healing so slowly. No working out like a demon to get out of the two hundreds before working on the other thirty pounds. I decided today to just start where I am and go forward. I am down fifty pounds and six sizes. I feel wonderful and I'm ecstatic! Sooo its onward and downward. I've maintained pretty well. Some slips but recovered. Its been so different f... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:58:37 EST First Day in Months NO Walking I feel strange. No walking today only strength for 90 min Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:11:21 EST September is Gone Its done, finished and now so are the one and a half pounds that came with the growling stomach and sometimes feeling like I would not make it. Thanks to my wonderful friends at SP and some of the positive actions I have learned I got through it without giving up. Usually I gain over ten pounds when I have to go on prednisone. I was able to continue exercising. I was slower and less intense but stuck to a routine. I ate more fiber to stay within my eating plan most of the time. I retai... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:30:23 EST No time to be cranky Today was full of activity. I suppose that's the answer. I have to busy myself so there is no time to whine. LOL Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:49:01 EST So Far so good Taking my cranky, sleepy self to bed. Med week is halfway over and I'm holding, not steadily or patiently, but holding just the same. It will pass. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 23:25:06 EST Steady Slowly getting through this week . My tummy growls and I feel hungry because of the medication but I chew cool mint gum and drink cold water and have more but smaller meals to quiet it and stay on track. I can do this. One more day down. Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:51:05 EST I will Survive Oh Boo. Lungs need prednisone for a week. Started prednisone yesterday. Its always a bummer because my weight reacts immediately. I am up a little today. I will just have to deal with it and follow my routine. I'm a little disappointed. I fully expected to be out of the two's this month. Delayed is not forever. I will survive. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 20:49:04 EST Storms are quiet tonight Going to bed early and in peace tonight since the remnant of Lee has moved on Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:47:22 EST Pedometer Battery Died I walked this morning before the days festivities and errands because of the storm. I made a mental note of the steps. This evening I inserted the device into my usb for download and it was not "recognized". What the???? I checked the display and NOTHING! I could not believe it. I'd lost all of the data from the past two days. Fortunately I had downloaded two days ago so everything for the month was saved on my computer. I entered the data I remembered but have no idea what my day's ac... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 22:29:32 EST Labor Day Picnic Tomorrow Looking forward to it. No more dreading and stressing. I can handle it. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:02:27 EST Preparation I ordered "The Spark" and will read it as part of my September focus. I just jumped right in back at the end of February. The second part of my weight loss journey is coming up in a few short weeks. I think the challenge will be a little harder as I get lighter. I want more tools in my toolbelt. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 23:35:35 EST September I just had my six month SP anniversary on August 26. I am ecstatic since I am a little more than halfway to my goal. I've stressed about and survived eating events, holidays,large family gatherings and even the dreaded "P" word. I am in uncharted territory now. I feel like an explorer with Spark People as the trail blazer. New adventures on this journey are coming up. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:38:04 EST August on Track July was rough. I did my first challenge in August and it is much better. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:45:58 EST Unusual Craving It wasn't snickers! I just had to have mixed vegetables. AND I cooked and had them. I must be progressing :) Fri, 26 Aug 2011 23:39:59 EST We have an understanding Of course its my scale and myself. After a week of not speaking to each other I can take it or leave it. I will speak with it if I like and when I like. Can you tell I am a control freak? <em>20</em> I just decided I have more important things to be concerned about. Anxiety does no good. Very soon I will be below that 200 mark and I can jump up and down on my sore ankle and shout to the heavens. I am not ungrateful, I am extremely thankful and proud with my progress to date. Its li... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:54:32 EST Banishing the Scale I do not want to see its ugly face for a week. I am tired of seeing the same thing so I will look only once a week and see how it likes that! So there who is dependent upon whom? Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:56:04 EST Treated Myself I've been doing well and rewarded myself and a friend with a movie today. I referred her to Spark People back in 2007 when I started and stopped. She is fired up to begin again after meeting me today and seeing my progress. Not too bad for a Spark Day. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 22:29:36 EST Still half a day of yardwork left I played hookey today after only a couple of hours in the yard. I went to my grandson's orientation at his new school. Infinitely more fun than the yard. :) Fri, 12 Aug 2011 23:21:17 EST One more day of yardwork Two thirds finished, a little sore back but AOK. A good kind of tired. GN SP Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:57:38 EST Second day of Gardening Woo Hoo! Two thirds of the yard done and walking too. Mild discomfort in arms and shoulders. I'm feeling great and the yard looks wonderful. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:26:07 EST On a Roll Did yard work for over three hours and walked over four miles today. I'm surprising myself. I wonder what will feel stiff in the morning? Tue, 9 Aug 2011 23:19:13 EST Compelled to Walk Extremely busy day but had to get a walk in before midnight. Obsessive behavior? Just may be. Hmmm. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 23:59:52 EST Six Whole Months I look back and can't believe its six whole months since I made the connection with Spark People and stayed with it. When I joined in 2007 I wasn't ready to change my lifestyle one day at a time. I can't remember what it was like back then. I can conclude that I did not stay long when I didn't get instant results. I must have been still looking for the "quick" fix. Of course there is no quick fix. <BR> <BR> I am not where I expected to be by now but I am proud of my progress and can a... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 23:00:22 EST Exhausted Bad asthma day today and heat seemed more oppresive. I have exterior painters working also. Maybe that accounts for the breathing though I stay inside and away from it. I got in my two exercise sessions though my legs felt like lead during the second one. Taking a bath with epsom salts and heading to bed. Goodnight Spark Friends. <em>102</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:15:17 EST I want to be overweight! All right don't stare in horror. I have been obese so long that "overweight" is my new goal. SP has kept me sane while I stagnate. I'm hanging in there though. I keep thinking, going, going and waiting for gone. :) Sat, 30 Jul 2011 19:18:39 EST Its hard to keep going in the heat I have not been at my regular energy with the heat this week. I kept going but did not do as much. I will get up earlier and exercise before the sun comes up. I think I will stay ahead of the the game that way. <BR> <BR> Sparking helps me to keep it up. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 22:47:30 EST Woo Hoo I had to get new slacks and a couple of tops. I laughed and could not believe the new size. I actually came out of the dressing room and asked if it was correct. They not only fit; I could put them on without tugging and zip them while standing. I nearly laughed myself silly. I am sure she thought I was insane. I am. Insanely happy! Thank you SP. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:43:38 EST Reward Time I got two new slacks and shirts in a size I have not worn in fifteen years. My old slacks had become hip riders and so long that I tripped on them. I was shocked . . . pleasantly shocked. What a lift to my spirits and EGO :) Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:43:15 EST Faking it until I really make it I am finding creative ways to get in extra exercise minutes. Today its chair exercises too. Its harrrd work but so envigorating. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:49:52 EST That was yesterday I'm completely up and ready today. Yesterday is gone. Yesterday is gone. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:46:40 EST Some days it just is Today I was just blah, don't know why just blah. I did my first exercise session and just didn't feel like pushing my self to exercise longer as usual. I waited until practically the last moment to do my third session because I didn't want to have to write that I did not meet my personal goals today. It seemed that I grudgingly did it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow has to be better. My enthusiasm has to return with a roar. I am off to bed now anxious for that brand new start. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:04:00 EST Exercise When You Don't Feel Like It Just get started and set the bar a little high. Once you are moving the bar doesn't seem high enough and you are motivated to keep edging it up. Very soon you realize that no only did you meet your goal; you've exceeded your own expectations. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 23:52:38 EST Muscle weighs more than fat Over my affair with scale Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:06 EST Getting Impatient I'm a slave to the scale and will be until I no longer see 22. Should have happened already but its teasing me. I track, I exercise. Heck, I even moved things around and killed spiders in the basement! BTW I hate spiders and I'm afraid of them. Whew! Maybe tomorrow. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:57:10 EST Chomping at the bit So close and yet so far away. Can't stand the wait to be in the two teens. I just want to skip over to get to to the two single digits. I know instant gratification <em>18</em> <em>246</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 22:46:13 EST Changed my Routine Today Last night I resolved that I would do as many others do and get up extra early and exercise first. I had been breaking my exercise into two shifts. It works!! I did my daily goal much easier and felt energetic all day. I'm even doing a short session for "fun". I've seen so many great tips to spur me along on Spark People. Thank you all. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:45:46 EST I feel like the little engine that could I think my plateau is broken and my body is giving me permission to move below that point where my weight has stalled in the past. I am halfway to my first large goal. I'm energetic and keep saying "I think I can, I think I can" as I walk my miles each day. I'm beginning to push past my former limits and feel exhilaration when its accomplished. <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark Friends and Spark People. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:10:32 EST I was stuck!!! Today my weight moved! <em>198</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:46:07 EST Challenge Over The big "D" day is come and gone. The challenge was self created. All of the worry and stress were definitely a bummer. I was reminded by Sandydollar201 just before I attended to have fun, not be too hard on myself and we just stumble here at Spark People; we just pick ourselves up and go on. <BR> <BR> Anyway there were excellent food choices for me. I had several kinds of fruit, gorgeous salad with delicious dressing, fish and poultry and dessert! All was within my plan. I danced an... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 17:08:26 EST First Big Challenge Tomorrow Saturday I am facing my first big challenge to stay within my plan with a huge social event. I am scared! I am right at the point where I've seriously plateaued on other plans and got discouraged and stopped. So if feels like a double whammy. I am read up and planned up and keep telling myself that I have nothing to fear but fear itself. I've already dragged up every memory I can of what was on the menu before and calculated what I would just taste and what I will avoid altogeth... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:02:45 EST I am already tired How can I possibly get my exercises in when I am already exhausted? Today was one of my moments. I woke up dragging. One the bloggers here gave me inspiration to pull upon what has worked in the past. Goal setting and not allowing anything to prevent me from achieving it. I started my walking and quickly could not continue. Only ten minutes in. I thought about it all day. Being honest with myself. Will I finish today or give up? I had decided to just go to bed and begin again tomorr... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:53:11 EST