LRSILVER's SparkPeople Blog LRSILVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Struggles in Maintenance I have not posted in a few months. I am working on controlling my eating. I have gotten the fitness thing down. I exercise 60+ minutes most days of the week. I am generally on program with eating, but when I am tired I tend to eat mindlessly. So while I am making good food choices, I am eating too much and not measuring portions. <BR> <BR> So what am I going to do. Well I am moving forward. I won't beat myself up. Every day is a chance to do better. My clothes are fitting, but a f... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:40:19 EST My Motivation I woke up yesterday with pain in my left eye. I think I scratched my cornea. Plans for zumba out. Bummer since I got zumba bracelets that I wanted to wear. But I need to be flexible, so instead, I did 60 minutes on my exercise bike and a 60 minute yoga fusion workout DVD with weights, and then a floor work DVD; Later on I went with the grands to the zoo. I didn't get as many steps in because I opted for ST instead of cardio so I could rest my eye. <BR> <BR> Today my eye is feeling mu... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:59:01 EST My Motivation I did not do as well yesterday with staying on my plan. I found I was hungry, and needed more food. That may be from the 2 1/2 hours of exercise I did the day prior. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> The scale is still holding and I am feeling pretty good. I did Zumba last night, and was able to get in a really good workout. I am feeling pretty happy that I am fit enough to keep jumping for the whole routine, when I see women one half my age, resting and taking it down a notch. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 07:06:00 EST My Motivation I had another day of good eating choices. I went to pilates and zumba last night and am feeling good today. I realize I need to focus more on how i look and feel than what the scale says. <BR> <BR> I look and feel healthy. <BR> I am grateful for having spark here for me to track and measure my progress. I have lost 25 pounds on spark, so far, and I will lose that 6 pounds again. <BR> <BR> Have a sparked day. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:33:21 EST My Motivation Yesterday I did pretty well with eating. I was feeling tired, and almost backed out of Zumba. But I went and afterwards I felt great. <BR> Scale is holding 6 pounds up from goal, but I am not gaining and I am building more muscle, and looking toned. I am focusing on making good choices. I know weight loss for me is slow and I need to be happy for every few ounces lost. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be healthy. I am motivated and I am strong. <BR> Have a sparked day. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 06:54:13 EST My Motivation It has been a busy week. New baby, baby's bris, buying clothes for new baby, visiting baby; trying to get my usual 90 minutes of fitness in every day. I haven't done 90 minutes every day, but I did pretty well. <BR> <BR> My tracker tells me that I am in week 33 of maintenance. Truth be told I am up 6 pounds, it creeped up on me and lives in my belly and thighs. Am I staying in calorie range- yes. Am I exercising and challenging myself- yes. What happened? I was really hungry those firs... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 07:02:35 EST My Motivation Good Morning, <BR> I did really well yesterday, little or no stress eating. Which is quite amazing, since my D D-I-L was being induced yesterday, and I was willing the phone to ring for most of the day. <BR> <BR> I saw mom and baby last night, they look really well. Then I ran off to buy clothes, and wash them. I ended up missing Zumba, but not every day you get a new grandchild. <BR> <BR> So I learned, you cannot eat when you are shopping, or washing and folding clothes, or exercisi... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:56:15 EST My Motivation Good Morning, <BR> I did so much better yesterday with eating. I was able to wait the 20 minutes to do a hunger check for most of the day. I had both pilates and Zumba yesterday and when I was done I felt great. <BR> <BR> Today I am trying to manage stress. Lots of things going on. <BR> So far so good. <BR> I am taking baby steps to get back to where I was in May, when my eating was under control and I was staying at goal weight. <BR> It is amazing that an extra 50-100 calories, no matter... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:56:26 EST My Motivation Good Morning. <BR> I did better with eating yesterday.... mostly because I went to two zumba classes. I have noticed that eating is not possible when you are jumping and dancing. <BR> <BR> I am pretty tired, since I went to bed late. Tonight I will go to bed earlier. I am planning to eat better today. I need to make small changes to get back on track. <BR> <BR> The biggest change I will try for today is waiting 20 minutes after eating and before snacking to make sure I am really hungry.... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:15:21 EST My Motivation Good Morning: <BR> I have not been so active on the site, only tracking food and exercise recently. I have been focused more on doing and less and logging. I am continuing to get 60+ fitness minutes daily, and usually staying in calorie range. <BR> <BR> I started riding my bike, which is hilarious. Because riding a stationary and real bike are so different. I was able to ride without falling this past Friday, and had a nice ride compliments of my DS (who I taught to ride) and now is tea... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:22:23 EST My Motivation for Today I have not been blogging in a while. I have been consumed with cooking and preparations for my holidays. I have survived a month of too many opportunities to make bad food choices. I am up a few pounds, but I see them leaving pretty quickly. Then I will work on getting to a lower weight, so I have a range for weight. <BR> <BR> I bought a real bike yesterday. I foolishly thought sure I use an exercise bike everyday. But I forgot about balancing. So I will be working on relearning to ri... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:06:09 EST My Motivation for Today I can't believe it has been two weeks since I last blogged. I have been a little overwhelmed with posting, and working and life. My job has been really busy, and I have had less time to check SP posts during work breaks. It seems I am working during breaks and lunch to get out sort of on time. So sparking has suffered. <BR> <BR> I have decided to take a break from challenges for the next 3 months. While the challenges initially really boosted my willpower. Had me exercising in the da... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:00:04 EST My Motivation for Today I am acknowledging that I eat better. I am not perfect. I did have popcorn, instead of veggies. But I have been cake free all week. I did have one piece of cake last week and the week before. But we had two birthdays. This is a lifestyle and in life there are birthdays and there should be cake. <BR> <BR> I did not have two or three slices. I had one slice. When the cake was left over, I threw it out in the garbage. I did not trust myself to leave it in the freezer. <BR> <BR> I am... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:56:45 EST My Motivation for Today I have been more mindful in my eating. But emotional eating is still hard to stop. <BR> <BR> I am drinking my water and getting fitness minutes in. I am happy with my progress until now, but want to lose a little more. I need to remember, that my clothes fit, I am feeling so much better. Slow progress is progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:12:30 EST Reflection This is week 7 of BLC 22. One goal of this week is to reflect on the past 7 weeks. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling during this challenge. I gained weight in the very beginning, and have been unable to lose it. I know I am eating too much. I have focused so much on fitness, that I have neglected the biggest part of weight loss. Eating less. <BR> <BR> I have tried to change my eating habits without success. One thing I need to work on is not eating when tired. I have been so busy fo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:32:17 EST My Motivation I have successfully rebooted. All it took was an intestinal flu that made me nauseated and uninterested in food. It started with a weekend of babysitting and then waking up on Monday feeling full and thinking I had overeaten. Then feeling dizzy at work, and needing to go home, spending the rest of the day in bed. Realizing the vomiting and diarrhea my baby granddaughter had was not from teething. :-) No appetite. Better on Tuesday able to sit up, no exercise but careful eating. Now I a... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:59:17 EST My motivation I am rebooting. I got to my target weight and what did I do started eating more, because I was hungry. Well no always making the right choices, so I am getting weight creep. Have I changed my eating. NO. What I need to do. <BR> <BR> Mindful eating <BR> Water befroe all meals <BR> Continue to exercise <BR> Stay in the low range for my calories, not the high range. <BR> <BR> Keep balance between posting and reading posts and living my life. While I am happy to know my SP friends, I was ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:57:17 EST My Motivation I have not been blogging as often these days. I was finding that I was spending so much time sparking, that it was hard to keep up with everything else. I have decided that have less points each day is okay. I am trying to focus on exercise, eating right and spending time with family. <BR> <BR> It is really easy to get so focused on getting points, that it cuts into your exercise time. <BR> <BR> So my motivation for today is focusing on eating right. <BR> <BR> My next challenge will b... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:20:51 EST My Motivation for Today I decided to focus on the weight watchers quote "nothing tastes as good as thin feels". This is really true. I am really busy at work and am typing this during lunch. I am doing well with eating, because I truly am too busy to eat. Yesterday was a day of better choices. I did not focus on deciding if I am hungry, so much as making sure that I was eating right. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress, and I am changing small behaviors everyday. That is what a healthy life is all about. <BR> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:27:01 EST My Motivation for Today I am motivated. I work hard at exercise. I make good food choices. But I am clearly eating too much. I have had the weight creeping back, it is only a few pounds, but my clothes don't feel as loose anymore. I gave all my big clothes away. I am determined to stay a size 8. I was more careful today. No luna bar snack, no extra peanuts after dinner. <BR> <BR> I am still figuring it out, but as an endocrinologist once told me. An extra 50 calories a day is 5 pounds a year. So I need ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:31:31 EST My Motivation for Today I am working on getting more sleep. I went to bed a little later than I planned. I had toning zumba until 9:30 and then I needed to clean up the kitchen. So I woke up with my alarm this morning at 4 am feeling very awake. I did not snooze my alarm, because I felt so awake. And then I proceeded to fall back asleep until 4:45 Not that this is late, but I decided that it would be pointless to try to exercise, and instead I got ready for work and did some cleaning. I have zumba tonight and... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:25:48 EST My Motivation for Today My plans for this week: <BR> Drink 8 + glasses water daily <BR> Get 6 hours of sleep nightly <BR> Get 10,000 steps daily <BR> Keep calories in 1600-1800 daily range <BR> Stop letting the weight creep back. <BR> <BR> I am not enjoying the creep, and I am kicking him out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:27:40 EST My Motivation for Today I am on my second week of the no cake streak. I am on day three of get more sleep streak. I feel so much better when I am not exhausted. I am still working on making better food choices. Next week I will need to find alternative exercises, I will be missing two zumba classes. So I am thinking Zumba on the wii, or treadmill. I guess ongoing fitness is all about making choices and modifying the plan. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:06:58 EST My Motivation for Today Day two of my get more sleep streak. I am doing better. I weighed myself and it seems the weight is creeping up. I need to get better control of my eating. <BR> <BR> Exercise is something I have conquered, but I am still struggling with stress eating. I will try to preplan my day better. I need to bring more veggies with me to work. <BR> <BR> I did 70 minutes of cardio and a 45 minute ST/circuit training workout today. So I am feeling pretty strong. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:33:28 EST My Motivation for Today I am working on sleeping more. I got 7 hours last night, and hope to do better next week than I did last week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:49:25 EST My Motivation for Today i need to start a sleep streak. I have gotten less than 6 and sometimes less than 5 hours of sleep every night this week. I am dragging, and have been exercising, but it is hard. <BR> <BR> My listen to my body and get some sleep streak is starting now. <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:18:25 EST My Motivation for Today I am motivated to be: <BR> Fitter, healthier and stronger <BR> My goals for this week are to work on getting more sleep to get my leptin and ghrelin in balance. I will be doing ST 3 times this week to build muscle. Eliminate sugar. <BR> <BR> What has changed: <BR> I am so much stronger (although not strong enough to separate my blender jar from the base :-)) <BR> I have so much more energy. I am sleeping better, but I need to aim for more than 5 hours a night. <BR> I like how I look in cl... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:12:03 EST My Motivation for Today I am focused on high protein snacks. Yesterday, I drank water instead of eating carbs....It seems to be working. I am still trying to get the maintenance thing worked out. <BR> <BR> What I notice. It is hard to keep the momentum going, when you feel like you should be done. <BR> Your body definitely tries to regain. Once I got to goal, I was hungry all the time; even eating the same as before. I ended up eating more because I was hungry and gained 2-3 pounds <BR> <BR> Those 2-3 pound... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:21:38 EST My Motivation for Today I was pretty careful with my eating yesterday, and the scale is down a little bit. <BR> I got a lot of cardio in yesterday and ST. Today I woke up early to get a workout on my exercise bike, and hope to go to Zumba later. <BR> <BR> I have been doing pretty well with limiting carbs. I will see how that goes. I really want to get rid of my abdominal fat. It is getting better, but I would like it much flatter. <BR> <BR> I guess the fat did not get there overnight, so won't go away over... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:47:41 EST My Motivation for Today My goal for the week is controlling my eating. More protein, less carbs. I am succeeding today, but weekends are always easier because I am busier. At work, I tend to stress eat. <BR> <BR> So hopefully this will be my new plan. <BR> <BR> I am reading Salt Fat Sugar, and it is really enlightening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 17:27:29 EST My Motivation for Today Why am I doing this? What is my motivation: <BR> Health <BR> To have my clothes fit easily. <BR> To be able to keep up with my grand-kids <BR> To feel happy with myself <BR> <BR> <BR> How do I achieve this: <BR> daily exercise <BR> planning my meals <BR> good food choices <BR> no cake <BR> drink my water <BR> <BR> How do <BR> I stay accountable ? BLC22 <BR> What do I hope to achieve? <BR> Lower body fat <BR> Get down to goal range. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:45:15 EST My Motivation for Today I am committed to making time for exercise. I do 60-90 minutes 6 days a week. i stopped taking elevators and have bumped up my steps. My second DS always comments that I exercise 6 hours a day; which is a blatent exageration. But it got me to thinking. When I don't exercise I don't lose and often gain. When I originally lost weight with WW the first time, in my 30's; My calorie range to maintain was 1350 calories a day. If I ate more than that I gained. Which is what happened to me, ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:08:55 EST My Motivation for Today I am starting BLC22 today. <BR> I am a panther, and panthers are tough. <BR> My goals for BLC 22 are to get my nutrition under control. I need to figure out what to eat when I go out and on my many many Jewish holidays and eating challenges. <BR> <BR> I have gotten my nutrition back under control. I have managed to lose those pesky pounds. We are only talking about two pounds, but it really was bothering me. I got really upset when I thought my skirt was feeling a little tighter. <BR> <... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:40:36 EST My Motivation for Today The scale moved. Only 0.5 pounds but it moved nonetheless. <BR> <BR> The laws of nature by Lynn: <BR> Eating poorly for 4 days will gain you several pounds. <BR> Eating well and working out for 4 weeks will get you to lose 0.2 pounds. <BR> When you drop something heavy on the floor it will always hit your big toe. <BR> You can be working diligently for 8 hours without a break. Check you email for 5 minutes and your boss comes by. <BR> Whenever you put on a fresh while labcoat, coffee will ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:18:07 EST My Motivation for Today I am more powerful than my scale. My scale has been up three pounds since my last holiday. The combination of less exercise and more eating dramatically showed me that I cannot let my guard down. The last few weeks I have been trying to eat better, but have not really been too successful. So finally yesterday I was able to really cut down on my snacking. I made healthy choices. Salad and veggies when I was hungry. Then last night I had hot sweaty zumba in a studio with no A/C. So I re... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:27:12 EST My Motivation for Today Today is day 5 of no cake streak. I did my stationary bike for one hour and worked out for another hour. I am getting ready for a visit from one grandkid and picking another one up from daycare. So it should be a busy day. <BR> <BR> I am determined to make it a day of good food choices. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:23:21 EST My Motivation for Today Day 4 of the no cake streak. I am doing pretty well. Last night I went to bed when I was tired. So no late night eating. I am looking forward to zumba tonight. <BR> <BR> I am working on making healthy food choices. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a sparked day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 May 2013 16:18:12 EST My Motivation for Today Yesterday was a good day. I got in pilates and my stationary bike, plus fitbit steps. I was doing really well until after dinner. I was tired, I wanted to check something on my computer. <BR> Not good. Bagel chips to stay awake crazy. I am on day 3 of no cake streak, day one of no bagel chips streak. <BR> <BR> Have a sparked day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:27:36 EST My Motivation for Today I got on the scale and I am still up. I did 20,000 steps yesterday thanks to a 10K walk and then walking to my town's street fair. I am feeling it in my hamstrings. I don't look like I gained, but the scale says I did. <BR> <BR> So I assume it is fluid shifting. I need to drink more water and get to bed earlier tonight. <BR> This is day 3 of my no cake streak. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:07:23 EST My Motivation for Today I did another 10 k on the treadmill today. I need to make up for no zumba tonight. I was up today, I think from fluid shifts. <BR> I plan to do exercise bike tomorrow and pilates. <BR> <BR> I am on day two of the no cake streak. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:10:49 EST My Motivation for Today I did a 10 K this morning on the treadmill. I am feeling pretty good. I am trying to make better food choices. <BR> <BR> I need to start a no cake streak. So today is day one of my no cake streak. Let's see how I do. I will only eat virtual cake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 26 May 2013 14:23:35 EST My Motivation for Today I guess I am now in week two of my no cheesecake streak. I have definitely changed the way I eat. My snacks are now fruits and nuts. I don't eat cake. I was considering going out to eat, and am not sure what I want to eat. So I plan on something light. <BR> <BR> I am really focused on getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Have a sparked day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 May 2013 22:16:35 EST My Motivation for Today! I have been trying to walk on my treadmill more. Today I did 5K before my circuit training. I felt pretty powerful. I was able to get 90,000 steps in this week. It made up for my poor showing of only 30,000 steps last week. I think I used a stationary bike, which is not tracked as steps (thus the name stationary) and ST DVDs. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that mixing up my exercise will bump up my weight loss. <BR> But I am prepared for this to take a long time. I gained in less than one week,... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:13:51 EST My Motivation for Today I did much better with eating yesterday and easily stayed in range. I got in 120 plus minutes of intentional exercise plus power walking. I am feeling better. My weight is still up. I don't understand how eating cake for two days, can do this. <BR> <BR> Now I did not eat a whole cake, I ate on piece of cake at two meals for two days. <BR> So that is maybe 2000 calores. How does 2000 calories equal 1 pound. Oh it is because the 3500 calorie per pound is wrong, and scientists have known... Thu, 23 May 2013 07:25:21 EST My Motivation for Today Yesterday I did better with eating and stayed in range. I learned a truth, you can't eat when you are exercising. So more exercise minutes left less time for evening snacking. That is really helpful. The other eye opener is how many calories you really burn when exercising. <BR> <BR> Is that cake worth 90 minutes on the treadmill, probably not. <BR> <BR> So today I am working on portion control and making good choices. Day 6 of my no cheesecake streak (last week was a Jewish Holiday ... Wed, 22 May 2013 07:21:08 EST My Motivation for Today My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the Tornado in Oklahoma <BR> <BR> I am on day 5 of the no cheesecake streak. In the end I did not have strawberries yesterday, but ended up overeating. I am making good food choices, but I think my portions need to be adjusted. I am still up, and I think now it may be sodium. <BR> <BR> So I am bumping up my exercise, and I will try to drink more water, and see what happens. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 21 May 2013 07:01:41 EST My Motivation for Today Today is day 4 of my no cheesecake streak. I think this is funny, because I only eat cheesecake once a year. I almost never make it, and rarely buy it. There are still 2 cakes in my refrigerator, which I meant to throw out last night, but forgot. My son asked me for the strawberry cheesecake, when I told him that I threw it out he reminded me that there was 1/3 a cake left. But after my DH and I had a snack, it was almost gone, and I knew it had to go away. <BR> <BR> So I have no cheese... Mon, 20 May 2013 06:59:22 EST My Motivation for Today. I am still up since last week. I think 2 days of having loads of company and too much food; and having cheesecake for dessert 4 times was too much for me. I found myself craving cheesecake yesterday. ( There is still some in my refrigerator.) Did I eat it. NO. I am planning to throw it out now. <BR> <BR> I stayed in range yesterday. No cheesecake. I think I may start a no cheesecake streak. LOL. <BR> <BR> Today I am following the advice in the Book I read about forming Habits. <BR... Sun, 19 May 2013 11:29:08 EST My Motivation for Today. I am focusing on getting my eating right. I just read a book on habits. Very interesting. You need to substitute a good habit for a bad one. So you see a cue do your activity and get a reward. My cue is hunger. I need to change my activity to eating the right foods. My reward- less chubbiness. <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress. <BR> NSV for today. putting on the size 8 skirt and easily zipping it, and it feels roomy. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 18 May 2013 22:26:22 EST My Motivation for Today. I ate too much over the holiday, I feel stuffed. But I got up this morning and exercised. I made healthy food choices. I am drinking water and moving on. <BR> <BR> This is a bump in the road. I am on the long road to success. <BR> I am determined to get back in charge. <BR> I am a work in progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:29:05 EST