LIONE55's SparkPeople Blog LIONE55's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sticking to it I had 55 calories to spare today, so I had a few chocolate chips and a cup of pumpkin spice tea, while my husband had an (albeit small) bowl of ice cream and glass of milk. I wouldn't have known that I had 55 discretionary calories if I hadn't been tracking, And if I hadn't known better, I'd have had the ice cream too. I am proud of my stick-to-it-ive-ness. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:32:41 EST Reluctantly tracking I think I have come to the realization that I *NEED* to track my calories if I'm going to be serious about doing this. I have tried to say, "Oh I'm going to eat less refined flour and refined sugar," and just go with that, but it just doesn't work for weight loss. I sneak to much, even if they are relatively "healthy" snacks. It works for maintenance, and I'm at the point that I need to do something radical. Something focused. So even though it's a pain in the butt, I'm tracking for the ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:06:28 EST First Run I tried running - really running for more than a minute - for the first time since breaking my ankle in December. <BR> <BR> It went... okay. I did run-walk intervals for a mile. Of that mile, I probably ran half of it. Then I walked for another mile. My ankle was very sore and complainy while running, but when I walked it was fine. I still felt lopsided, in spite of the strengthening exercises I've been doing. <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to feel disappointed. I have to start somewhere.... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:39:04 EST Back in the Saddle I had a terrible two weeks. Sick kids, crises at work, unexpected stuff to handle... This is my new normal. <BR> <BR> It used to be so easy to stay focused and follow a routine. I need to accept that this is my life now, and it's just not going to be that way. I need to value every precious workout individually because I don't know when the next one may come. <BR> <BR> I will do what I can do, then I need to let it go. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:32:38 EST It's not about the scale I stepped on the scale this morning and it showed up two pounds. I didn't particularly care. <BR> <BR> I feel SO great from all of these workouts and from eating clean. My energy is better, my skin tone is better, my outlook is better. I don't feel like I am overstressing my schedule with trying to get to the gym. I feel like I'm still me. And I'm fitting it in. <BR> <BR> I look in the mirror and I look tighter, slimmer, better proportioned. I feel stronger. <BR> <BR> I'm not sur... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:23:33 EST Time Time management is a tough thing for me. I have two kids under two. Life is unpredictable and unschedule-able. This is different than the over-scheduling problem I think you are more liable to run into with older kids. <BR> <BR> I need to have a better way of keeping my to-do list, prioritizing it, and scheduling it. This goes for home and work too. <BR> <BR> I am incredibly excited to have a gift of 5 hours a week when I have childcare but don't have work hours, so that I can work o... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:15:59 EST Starting over Life is just a series of starting overs. <BR> <BR> I'm 9 months post-partum. I'm 60 lbs over where I want to be. I'm a working mom who is crazy busy. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Starting today I'm taking some time for myself. Starting today I'm making my fitness a priority again. <BR> <BR> I swam this morning. I feel so incredibly good and powerful and motivated. I need to ride this wave. I can do this. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:48:46 EST flying - not so bad I fly a lot. Typically airplanes and travel days are food free-for-alls for me between the time zones, the dehydration, and the boredom. This might be okay if I did it a few times a year, but I fear that one of my downfalls the past few months has been my constant air travel and the eating that goes with it. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday/today I went flying. I planned ahead with healthy snacks packaged in 100-ish calorie units. Nuts, granola, jicama, kiwi fruit, hummus, and a sandwich. I at... Sat, 1 May 2010 21:25:52 EST I can't do everything My husband like to think he can. And by extension *we* can, and by extension *I* can. <BR> <BR> I was just thinking about this last night. I've been doing a really good job lately of "getting things done." And I feel that on our weekends/in free time, my husband and I have started to find a good balance of doing stuff and relaxing/unwinding. Also, I'm getting settled into routines in the new house, and so far have been able to keep it mostly organized and mostly clean (as much as a not... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:00:51 EST SO MAD I know that I'm more out of shape than a year ago. I've been stepping on the scale occasionally. Ever since Christmas, I've been up about 20-25 lbs from where I was/should be. <BR> <BR> I just measured myself, in support of getting back to spark people. The last time I did so was January 2010. In the last 3 months, I have added 3 inches to my hips and 4 inches to my waist. I am SO MAD. How could I have let this happen????? <BR> <BR> My weight is nearly the same as in January. So I ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:06:40 EST WILL POWER There are free turkey wraps and brownies in the break room at work. Let me repeat this to you so you understand: there are *free* *turkey wraps* and *brownies* in the break room! <BR> <BR> <BR> AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!! Must... resist... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:40:56 EST stung went out on a 37mi bike ride today with the DH. Was coasting blissfully down a hill at about 25 mph and I got stung by a bee on the shoulder. He hit my face first, and then apparently "grabbed on" to my shoulder in panic. And then you know what bees do in moments of panic. I'm mad at him because my shoulder hurts like a mofo, but i mean, the little bugger died when he left half his butt in my shoulder. May he rest in peace. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 18:03:21 EST Personal Motto I'm responding do one of the Spark Action Steps, here. This is different than anything I've ever claimed as a personal motto. Usually I'm all about conquering, battling, goal setting, pushing yourself. I think this is something I really need to work on more, seeing as how my "conquering" is in pretty good shape: <BR> <BR> "The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet." <BR> ~ James Oppenheim Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:20:56 EST back on the wagon Well, I am married now. I have just returned from two weeks of pure, unadulterated bliss and love, which included the wedding, the honeymoon, and a stop at my parents' house in Michigan for a hometown reception. <BR> <BR> I am starting to come down from the mountaintop and can feel the stress creeping back in. I don't want it! I want to stay relaxed and happy and effective! I want to renew the commitment to myself to live healthy, not only physically but mentally, emotionally, spirituall... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:24:56 EST mmmm... Avocado According to my nutrition tracker, I have a hard time getting enough fat every day. I was eating nuts for morning snack every day for awhile, but I was getting a little bored. <BR> <BR> today i put avocado on my ham sandwich for lunch. I cannot begin to express how awesome it was. <BR> <BR> that is all. Wed, 4 Mar 2009 14:16:52 EST Weekends = less obsessively focused Before I was in a relationship, my weekends used to consist of a day of a long, hard, scheduled workout and strictly regimented eating, and a day of rest and diet cheating. Mostly, rest day and cheat day would be the same. I was able to maintain my focus through that weekend day, as I had no outside forces demanding attention. <BR> <BR> These days, the Future Hubby and I do a lot on the weekends. I've let go a little bit. That doesn't mean, that every weekend day is a cheat day, but I do... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 11:13:49 EST Good Things Good things about today: <BR> <BR> - I started doing independent work on my new assignment. I am IN CHARGE. <BR> - One of the internal customers for my new assignment came to hit me up for information. I am SO IN CHARGE. <BR> - Had a super fun step workout that kicked my butt. <BR> - Forgot my healthy lunch/snacks at home, but still ate regularly, well, and within the calorie margin. Yay for emergency soup supply! <BR> - I feel really good about the state of my wedding planning. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 21:03:13 EST Responsibility I have been given ownership of a task at work. "You're not the point of contact. You're not supporting. This is *yours*," said my boss. I am scarednervousexcitedawesome. <BR> <BR> Still no workouts this week, other than my daily lunchtime stroll in the sun. Hopefully I'll get to step aerobics tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have ice cream with a Thin Mint crumbled on top tonight, and it totally fits into my calorie count! Woo! Tue, 17 Feb 2009 19:03:14 EST slow week This is going to be a busy week with long work hours and some travel. Not a lot of time for the gym. My calorie count will be okay, but Wednesday looks to be my only workout day until Friday. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> The family crisis I seem to be in the middle of isn't helping. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 18:37:38 EST Better with a Partner Prompt: Do you think it's easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle when your single or in a relationship? <BR> <BR> I suppose I need to answer this question in two parts. <BR> <BR> I lost the better part of my weight about 3-4 years ago. I was single, and more than that, having just moved to a new city, for a job, I was really completely alone. Having just started said job, I didn't have any extraneous responsibilities as I was getting settled in: no long hours, not a whole lot of stress. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:10:12 EST