LIZZIE138's SparkPeople Blog LIZZIE138's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back in 2015... With a foot injury Hi!. Long time, no me. I have been MIA for a very long time. I am not proud of this fact but I have finally found my way back. <BR> <BR> During my absence I kept up with my exercise routine until mid September 2014. Then I slowly tapered off until I stopped completely. With the absence of exercise, my eating habits started to spiral out of control. As a result of these actions, or lack of action on my part, I believe I've regained about 25 pounds which I found extremely hard to lose in ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:21:21 EST Still working at it Hi again. While I fell short of my goals the last 2 weeks, I am still working on me. So this morning I was up and out on my bike. I did 3 miles in 20 minutes and I felt great. I sometimes forget how good I feel after doing exercise. <BR> I need to keep reminding myself of that. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:51:38 EST Returning again Hi. I was doing so well with my nutrition & exercise for over 1 yr. then I got sidetracked by my recent vacation. Healthy eating went out the window. After falling off my bike 2 times, injuring my shoulder, hip & knee, exercise quickly followed poor eating out that same window! <BR> <BR> I found the body heals more quickly than the mind. Physically I'm doing ok but I've yet to get everything back on track food wise . But I know one thing. I REFUSE to let myself go & regain all the ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:29:23 EST I'm back... I have been MIA for about a month. Slacked off on my eating and tracking my food. I am up 10 pounds <em>39</em> . But I have continued my exercise program through this lost period. <BR> <BR> I realized that no one can do this for me but me. I will not fail in my quest to get healthier. So I have set up a few new goals for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. Write down what I eat RIGHT AFTER I eat it. No more trying to remember what I ate 10 hours ago then just saying forget it, can't remember... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:00:08 EST I will struggle until I win. It just seems like life has been one huge struggle lately. Work has way too much stress. What used to be a pleasant place to be has turned into depressing nightmare. One of my coworkers is out ill and it may be quite awhile till she returns. That leaves the other two of us picking up the slack with very little help from our manager. <BR> <BR> On the home front, things aren't much better. Seems like the hubby & myself are on totally different pages lately. Home doesn't feel like much of... Fri, 2 May 2014 14:55:25 EST Trying to get my food mojo back I've been struggling as of late with my healthy food journey. Too many "special occasions" have occurred in my life lately which have resulted in me making less than healthy food choices. A weekend away, a couple celebrations at work, ughh, I am so over celebrations at work. <BR> <BR> Indulging too much for these "occasions" is making it hard to get back to my happy relationship with the foods I eat. So as of today, I vow to track ALL of the food I eat , not just the healthy choices that ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:41:30 EST Just need to vent... I just received a call from my sis who came home from the hospital Friday night. I spoke to her that night & Saturday. Today's call was to see if I was mad at her because I hadn't been over to see her since she came home. <BR> <BR> Let me preface this by saying I went to her home every day she was in hospital at 4:45am to give her dog medicine and again after I worked all day to feed the dog and give more medicine. Let me also say that her home is not a pleasant place to be. Think hoarde... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:51:47 EST Still stressing...but trying to stay on track Sister in hospital for an infection. Running back & forth between her house to take care of her dog, visiting her @ hospital, working full time and trying to manage my own home. I've been negligent in logging my food choices but have faithfully continued my exercise program. I will make more of an effort to log my food. <BR> <BR> Usually when she gets ill and lands in the hospital, I throw all my efforts out the window & just live on fast food & no exercise. So this time is different. ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:30:00 EST January 18th... Stressful time... I have been dealing with my sister who is extremely obese and has several serious health problems. She had a simple cataract surgery this Wednesday which went well, but a few days before she had pulled a muscle in her lower back and laying on the cart for the surgery aggravated the back horribly. She has great difficulty moving (walking, getting up from sitting) <BR> on a regular basis and the back problem made it almost impossible for her to move at all. <BR> I got her to the urgent care ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:15:57 EST New Years musings, a tad late I feel great about this new year. Through portion control <em>551</em> , exercise <em>138</em> and a measure of self control I'm starting 2014 with 61 pounds less of me. YAAAH me! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have to thank my SP friends for the support I've received. The motivational stories and pictures have helped to keep me going in the right direction. And some of my SP friends have no idea of the ways they have motivated me along the way. <BR> <BR> I hope I can be as h... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:25:05 EST Merry Christmas Just a little note to wish all a Merry Christmas. I hope all your Christmas wishes came true. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:02:33 EST I did it!!! Today I reached my goal of losing 60 pounds by 1/1/14. It took staying on track with my exercise goals (not always easy) and tracking what I ate (almost all of the time). And it was well worth it. <BR> <BR> I feel overjoyed. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> While i am celebrating my goal today, it is time to define the next goal. I'm going to ponder it today and decide what comes next for me. I still have a way to go to reach my end goal and am confident that I will make it. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:59:31 EST Keeping the motivation going Yesterday I had a hungry day. You know the feeling when it feels like nothing fills you up. I took a short walk to try to stave off the feeling and ended up at Costco. Bad move! Costco on a Saturday afternoon is a food nightmare. Every aisle I turned down had someone with samples of yummy things for me to try. <BR> <BR> Normally I am strong enough to walk right by them. But not yesterday! I tried my best not to taste everything but I didn't fare very well. And the more I tasted, th... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:11:10 EST Down 2 pounds in Thanksgiving week! I did the best I could with my Thanksgiving meal but like most everyone else I indulged more than I planned to. So it was with great trepidation I got on my scale this morning for my weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> When the scale showed that I was down 2 pounds, I couldn't believe it. I didn't believe it so much that I got on and off the scale 3 times and they all registered 2 pounds down. Then I did the happy dance right in my kitchen... For about 5 minutes... I bet that dance burned a few mo... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:49:57 EST Exceeded another goal. :) I set a goal to lose 50 pounds before December 13th. As of today I'm down 51 pounds! <em>244</em> I met that goal about 4 weeks early. Time to move onto the next one. I will work to be down another 9 pounds by January 1, 2014. <BR> <BR> This may be a hard one to reach because of all the holidays between now and Jan. 1st, but I am going to give it my very best effort. I will have to be extra diligent in tracking my food and getting my exercise in to achieve this one. <BR> <... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:34:37 EST Long cold bike ride I took advantage of the decent? weather to get out on my bike today. I did 6.35 miles thru cold windy conditions. Fortunately the sun peeked its head out a few times during my ride. I think the wind chill was about 40 degrees. <BR> <BR> In the end, I was really glad I got outside to exercise because soon the snow will fly and the temperatures will really drop and I won't want to go out to do anything. <BR> <BR> But I really want this winter to be different. I want to find something th... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:08:35 EST Gym time As some of you may know, I have had a gym membership for almost 2 years now and never went... That is until now. <BR> <BR> I never went because I was afraid that I would be the biggest person there and that people would laugh at the big lady trying to work out. <BR> <BR> Well I finally gathered the courage to walk through those doors and exercise. And you know what/? Nobody looked at me or laughed at me and the gym workers were more than helpful in helping me get started. I can't even t... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:21:13 EST A day off and the sun is shining I have to take one Wednesday off a month @ work and I was lucky enough for it to be today. The sun is shining and it is relatively warm( (compared to lately). I got up early and went for a 40 minute bike ride through the neighborhood and around the lake at a nearby park. <BR> <BR> The last of the fall leaves are still clinging to their branches in one last blaze of beauty. I took a few pics with my cell phone but they just didn't do justice to the actual beauty of nature. <BR> <BR> It got... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:35:46 EST Been missing in action lately While I have been tracking my food and exercise consistently, I've been missing in action from the Spark community. It just seems like life gets in the way of the time I'd like to spend in Sparkworld. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was down with a stomach bug which knocked me for a loop. It came out of nowhere and I feel like I lost a whole day because of it. Today I am feeling better although still a little dragged out feeling. I only took a 15 minute walk today instead of my usual biking. <... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:09:06 EST Woo-Woo! I set a new goal for myself weight-wise every time I reach the previous one. Today I reached my latest goal to be down 40 pounds by November 1st. And I reached it almost 3weeks ahead of schedule. <em>244</em> I am officially down 42 pounds as of this morning. <BR> <BR> It has been a very long time since I was this weight. While I still have a lot to lose, every pound gone strengthens my determination to reach my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I firmly believe that the combinatio... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:40:03 EST So glad I found Sparkpeople My weight and my health were a hot mess. I was at my highest weight ever unable to walk around much without getting out of breath. I was getting desperate to find a way to get my weight back in check. I am a weight watcher drop out more times than I can count. I've done nutrisystem with success right up until I stopped eating their food. Then all the weight came back and it brought friends with it. <BR> <BR> I was looking for the magic solution to my problem. And then I found Sparkpeop... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 21:09:19 EST An amazing discovery I work in an office and each week there are two of us assigned to take the garbage out to the dumpster. I dread this job. Although the dumpster is not that far, I would be so winded by the time I got back that I would go into the restroom to recuperate . <BR> <BR> This week is my week and when I took the trash out and came back in I made an amazing discovery. I was not winded at all. At first I couldn't believe it. I'm always out of breath when I get back in the office. But today was... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:47:55 EST My motivation to lose this weight. Spark guy got me thinking. Why did I really want to lose this weight? After much thought I came up with several reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. My health. I take too many medications for various health problems. I want to get healthy and lower the need for these or be able to stop them altogether. <BR> <BR> 2. My lifestyle. I have been a spectator to my life for way too long. I want to get in there and participate! I want to take long walks over hilly terrain with my hubby and be able to keep... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:48:41 EST Holiday weekend-WooHoo! Today starts the first of four days off from work. Got the weekend off to a great start with a nutritious breakfast followed by a 5.34 bike ride with my DH. Sunny, hot and humid is the weather and while I'm glistening like I took a shower, DH was just breaking a sweat, and a small one at that. I do weigh a bit more than he does, but still... I've been biking for almost 3 months now and this is only the second time he has gotten on a bike this summer. None the less, we had a good time doi... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:47:08 EST I want the birthday celebrations to stop! DH took me to Frankenmuth MI today for a birthday dinner. My BD was at the beginning of August. <BR> If you've ever been to Frankenmuth, you know it is famous for their family style chicken dinners, which is what we had. Delicious but very high in calories. <BR> <BR> As it was my celebration I indulged. but in my defense, I have indulged much worse there in the past. So I count today as a win for me because I did apply much restraint in how much I ate. <BR> <BR> I looked online to find ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:33:45 EST Success is sweet, not in a food way Today I achieved my goal of dropping 30 pounds 1 week early! I have been setting mini goals for myself to keep me motivated along my journey to health. And today I marked my success by going for a 6 mile bike ride. <BR> <BR> In the past, I would have "rewarded" myself for an achievement by splurging on a food treat. I know, not the greatest reward for weight loss, but I was a slow learner. The bike ride felt sooo much better than any food item ever could. <BR> <BR> The motivation I get fr... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:43:09 EST I survived another birthday celebration. We celebrated my SIL's birthday today. I made lasagna for the meal. I totaled up everything in the recipe calculator and found that the per serving calorie count etc. was not as bad as I thought. While I did go over my calorie maximum, I can give myself a pat on the back because in the past I would have gone way, way, way over my numbers. <BR> <BR> I think I'm finally getting control of my eating habits. I've learned that I can have a little bit of everything without needing to stuff mys... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:40:09 EST Trying not to let life drive me to the fridge! I am frustrated right now. Sometime the people in our lives make life extremely challenging. Even though we love them, the urge to scream at them is overwhelming sometime. <BR> I've taken a step away from the situation now and am taking several deep breaths to find my calm place. <BR> <BR> In the past, I would have my head in the fridge looking for something (not healthy food) to help me cope. But here I am instead, pouring my heart out in a blog that probably doesn't make any sense to ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:36:28 EST Still trying... I'm still really trying to get back on track with my eating plan following my BD weekend. Once I start to stray from my regular routine (foods), I can see how easy it would be to just fall back into the old bad habits that got me to this size. <BR> <BR> But this time is different. I refuse to give up, throw the towel in and return to what was making me miserable. I deserve better than that miserable lifestyle and I WILL achieve it. <BR> No matter how long it takes me. <BR> <BR> So here'... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:58:44 EST Weigh in day I weighed in this morning very apprehensively. Being birthday weekend, I wasn't really looking forward to what the scale said. But I promised myself I would not skip a weigh in no matter what the circumstances. <BR> <BR> II was pleasantly surprised that I had stayed the same weight as the week before. A true success for me. <BR> <BR> I only have one more day to celebrate, then back to normal. Or as normal as I can be. LOL. <BR> <BR> I just feel so great that I was able to maintai... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:01:49 EST Birthday weekend Thursday was my birthday which always turns into a weekend to week long celebration. This year it's a weekend celebration. I am trying my best to stick with my plan but it's hard for me in the face of cake. Cake, glorious cake! I love cake, can you tell? I received a big cake @ work on Thursday and was able to control my portion. I had 2 very small pieces which for me is excellent. <BR> <BR> That evening hubby took me out for dinner. I promised myself that no matter what I ate, I would ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:59:50 EST Worried for nothing... I didn't weigh in last Saturday because I had just gotten home from a vacation and was afraid to step on the scale for fear of a gain. I was in fear that a gain at this point would send me into a tailspin of eating. <BR> <BR> So today, after a week of trying my best to stay on my program, I pulled on my big girl panties and stepped on the dreaded thing. And to my amazement, I was DOWN 7 pounds! I could not be happier! <BR> <BR> But this made me realize one thing. I need to weigh ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:51:32 EST WooWoo... I exercised for at least 10 minutes 5 days this week so far. I set this as a goal of mine and actually achieved it!! And I have to give credit where credit is due. If I hadn't found Sparkpeople I never would have set any goals, let alone move my behind 5 days out of 7. <BR> <BR> I feel so good about moving and so good about myself that I could broadcast it on the radio if I could. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople for helping me help myself to get healthy. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:33:57 EST early morning bike rides I just love getting out on my bike in the early morning. The world is calm and peaceful. Birds are just waking up. I feel really close to nature at that time. <BR> <BR> And I am a moon nut. I just love the moon and this morning the full moon was still high in the sky. It felt like all was right with my world. <BR> <BR> For some reason, when I bike early like that, I don't think my body knows what's going on because it's not awake yet, so I can really fly. If you like to bike, try it... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:41:18 EST Back in exercise groove After sitting on my behind for my whole vacation, I'm finally able to get out there and move again. Today was my 2nd day biking. It felt so good just to get out there, ride and let the days troubles melt off of me. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would enjoy biking as much as I do. I highly recommend it. It's easy on my knees, although the seat on the behind takes a little getting used to. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I finally feel like I'm back in control of me. It's a good feeling! <BR> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:04:46 EST Back on the right track... After a big mental struggle yesterday, I'm back on track with my program. While I still feel weak in my determination, I'm going to make it. I plan on riding my bike this afternoon to get back in the exercise mode I was in before my vacation. <BR> <BR> I think going back to work tomorrow will be the best thing for me because I will be back on a more regimented schedule in regards to my eating. <BR> <BR> I know vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, but this one was a struggle for ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:27:01 EST Moment of truth... I just got back from vacation. Went camping in mid Michigan during the hottest spell of weather we've had around here in a long time. Got sick the 2nd day we were there & was put on an antibiotic which made me extremely sun sensitive. So I spent most of the time holed up in our trailer reading. <BR> <BR> I did the best I could with my eating but as you can imagine, I was nowhere near as on program as I would have been if I were at home. My illness prevented me from doing much exercise,... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:39:41 EST Sodium sensitive I believe I am truly sodium sensitive. My diet for the last month or so has been great. I try to balance what I need to get healthier with some little treats now and then. <BR> <BR> Today for lunch I had a big salad with all kinds of fresh veggies with a lite dressing. I decided to treat myself to a single serving bag of baked lays potato chips. I figured 130 calories and minimal fat would be ok as a treat. The bag had 190 mgs of sodium and I feel like I'm retaining about a gallon of wa... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:05:31 EST My 1st NSV I had my first NSV today! I was able to go up the spiral staircase at work today and I didn't even get winded. Before I started SP, I had to pull myself up by the handrail and I would be so out of breath when I got to the top that I had to stop and catch my breath for a few minutes. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that I found SP which motivated me to start moving more. I've been biking and I feel like all mu efforts are paying off! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:52:12 EST BK chicken sandwich for lunch I decided today that I would have "fast food" for lunch. I chose BK's grilled chicken sandwich along with a small side salad. While I enjoyed the sandwich, I was later shocked to see the nutritional info on it from the BK site. <BR> <BR> I think the most shocking statistic was the sodium count for it. 1350 mg of sodium in that. While I expected that the calorie count would be higher than I like to have at lunch, at 510 calories, I'll think twice before having that again. The bun was als... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:13:36 EST Had a great bike ride this am I biked 50 minutes this morning before it got too hot & humid to be outside. Took a different route today. Actually biked to my bank to do banking. <BR> <BR> I must have looked a sight when I walked in the bank. I was hot, sweaty, flushed face in bike shorts & a tank top. I would have scared myself if i saw me in that condition. But the teller was very gracious, asking me questions about my ride. Kudos to TCF bank for the nonjudgmental employees. <BR> <BR> I can say I've really come ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:00:31 EST Odd meal ltimes It seems like every weekend my meal schedule gets out of whack. I don't always eat breakfast on weekends which goofs up me up for the rest of the day. It's 8:29pm right now and I've only had one meal so far today. <BR> <BR> My problem is I don't like to eat when I don't feel hungry and on weekends I get so busy I forget to eat. Now if you knew me, you'd be rolling on the floor laughing because I can't stand when people say they forgot to eat, But now that I'm really trying to eat health... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:37:03 EST Big dinner last night We went out with a friend last night for dinner and it was the first time I really didn't watch what I was eating. I went way over my calories for the day. But I tracked everything I ate, which for me was a big success in itself. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the good company and didn't worry about what I was eating. For as off as I was in my eating plan, I was still much better than I would have been before SP. So I will count that as progress! <BR> <BR> Today was a new day and I got right back o... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:46:12 EST Discovered why I was so hungry today Today for the first time since I started SP almost 3 weeks ago, I was feeling very hungry. Couldn't figure it out. I had a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner but was still extremely hungry. <BR> <BR> Looking for a reason for my hunger dilemma, I decided to look at my daily nutritional feedback report. Guess what I found out? I was under my minimums in protein and carbs. And further more I discovered that I was under my calorie allotment for the day. <BR> <BR> So I learned something ver... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:03:47 EST Early morning biking It's been too darn hot to bike after work so I've started getting up one half hour early to get it in in the morning. What a wonderful time to be out The earth is just waking up, the noise level is so low that I can hear birds tweeting and crickets chirping. <BR> <BR> The air is still cool before the heat of the day. The sun was rising. I can't think of too many better ways to start the day. <BR> <BR> It gives me time to just be. I don't seem to find the time to do that at any other t... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:49:03 EST Keep those challenges coming Today was my sister's birthday celebration. A good time was had by all! <BR> <BR> I was in charge of the menu which made it easier for me to control what I ate. While the BD girl had grilled steak, I chose to grill salmon for myself & my SIL. We also had salad, baked potato, and corn on the cob. Then we came to dessert. <BR> <BR> Let me preface this by saying my favorite food in the world is cake. And there it was, a big beautiful bakery cake. I showed incredible restraint in my por... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:04:18 EST Today was a challenge Went to a graduation party today. I made the best choices I could from what was served. I did eat a medium salad before I went to take the edge off of all the tempting things that were there. <BR> So that'a a good thing. <BR> <BR> I still wanted to gorge on a lot of the foods there even though I know they were not the healthiest foods around. But I didn't. <BR> <BR> It's funny how old ways of looking at food can come back so quickly. This is only my 3rd week on SP and I feel I have m... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:26:05 EST Hot & Biking & my imagination Heat & humidity extremely high today but still got my biking in. Hubby & I went together for the 1st time. We did almost 6 miles. Hubby just has a few pounds to lose and I have much more to lose. I have to get over the feeling that he is judging me while we were biking. I felt like he thought less of me cuz of the weight I need to lose. But in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. He is my biggest supporter of whatever I choose to do. My mind plays tricks like that & that's... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:51:57 EST Biking on... I have been making a huge effort to get exercise in each day. Today's exercise was biking. I love to bike and have been steadily adding time & distance to my workout. But today the first half mile was torture. My legs felt tired. That is the only way I can explain the feeling. I almost gave up & came home. But I decided to continue. <BR> <BR> Boy, I am glad I did! Once I got thru that 1st half mile, I was flying. All my leg tiredness disappeared and I felt like I could go on for ho... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:02:58 EST Fun thing done while on our staycation. We went canoeing at Stoney Creek today. I had huge trepidations about doing this cuz I am not even close to being in shape at this point in my journey. But we hadn't done anything fun yet on our vacation so I thought I'd give it a try. One thing I learned is that arms, shoulders and upper back get a great workout while canoeing. <BR> <BR> Gotta give props to my hubby for paddling when I needed a break, which was pretty frequently. The day was beautiful, warm and sunny with a fair bree... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:14:56 EST