LRSILVER's SparkPeople Blog LRSILVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Diet is the key 3 Weeks ago I posted that it is all about diet. It is totally true. I exercise 60 minutes most days, but until I got serious about what I put in my mouth; the pounds crept back. I am now one pound from my original goal and 3 pounds from my new goal... and I feel awesome. <BR> It is really hard, but for me it is worth it. Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:58:33 EST It is all about diet I have been fooling myself for a few years. I have tried to increase my exercise to lose weight. But it is all about diet. The less you eat, the less you weigh. Exercise can increase your weight loss. But the key is tracking and controlling what you put in your mouth. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:10:29 EST I have been seriously tracking my food I have been seriously tracking my food, and making sure to get exercise daily. I am seeing positive results, both on the scale and in the way my clothes fit. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:22:57 EST NSV No weight loss this week, but I have lost a 1/2 inch from my waist, and an inch from my hips. <BR> I am seeing results.... finally. <BR> <em>192</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:16:35 EST Reboot week 3 I have gotten control over my eating. The scale is not reflecting this, but I feel better. Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:46:02 EST Reboot week 2 I have to work on my eating after 8 pm. I did great yesterday, and the snacking begins. I need to have some more motivation. <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:23:52 EST Reboot Day 3 I did pretty well with my food choices yesterday. I am seeing that if I pre-cut veggies and fruit and keep them available, it helps with snacking. I had a lot of cooking to do last night, so even though I was pretty tired, I still went for a slow walk on the treadmill. <BR> Today I woke up energized, so hopefully something is working. <BR> Have a sparked day. <em>410</em> <em>315</em> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 06:21:40 EST Reboot day 2 I did pretty well yesterday with eating. Focused on veggies and fruits for snacks. I did not get in a treadmill workout in the evening because it was late and i decided sleep is more important. I have my cut up veggies and am planning so I can succeed. <BR> <em>216</em> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:26:22 EST Time to reboot I have been maintaining for around 2 years. Unfortunately I have regained some of the weight, because I have gotten sloppy. I am rebooting my system. It is time to focus on what I put in my mouth. I exercise 6 times per week, and am in the best shape I have ever been in. I just want the scale and my clothes to reflect this. So I am recommitting to losing those miserable pounds. <BR> New lifestyle here I come. <BR> <em>362</em> Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:37:33 EST Plugging alon I am focusing on better eating. I need to do some serious meal prep over the next few days. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:27:02 EST Rebooting I have been more careful with my eating, and it seems to be working. I am still up, but not as much. Now if I can reprogram my brain to eat less. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:52:01 EST Time to reboot I have been maintaining the same extra 8 pounds for a while. I am now going to get serious and do a reboot. I have my exercise down, but need to work on healthier food choices. <BR> This will be a challenge, because I have started to develop habits that need changing. <BR> But I am determined, so baby steps and on to reboot. <BR> <BR> Control Alt Delete <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:24:23 EST Oh NO more Snow We are getting 3 more snow storms in the next week. I am tired of the snow. When is spirng coming? On a positive note I did a pilates workout last night at home, and keep getting the cardio in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:38:09 EST Keeping up I have been fighting a cold for the past week. It is no fun. I am trying to get to bed early, since I am still going to work (but that is another story). I have been not going to Zumba or other formal classes. But I have been getting my cardio done. <BR> <BR> I am on a mission to get back to my goal weight, (although I am now at my original higher goal) <BR> I am determined to succeed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:32:43 EST Another icy day It seems that every Monday has been an ice/snow storm for the last few weeks. I woke up early to exercise and instead left for work to avoid the black ice that is predicted. I did well with cardio yesterday, despite this cold I have been fighting for the last few days. <BR> <BR> So I will go home later and get that cardio in. I am committed to lose those last 7 pounds. It will probably take me months to do it, but I will get there. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Feb 2015 05:30:34 EST Seeing small changes NSV, I think I am seeing less muffin top. I have been bumping up cardio and trying to do moreST and I think it is working. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:42:34 EST Small scale victory I lose so slowly, that I measure progress in 0.2 pounds. It can be frustrating, but my philosophy is that this is a lifestyle not a diet. I have been really careful and bumped up my cardio and ST. So after about a month of doing this, I lose a pound. Not a bad achievement, because I am not going to see that pound again. <BR> <BR> I sent it on its way and told it not to come back. <BR> <BR> <em>327</em> <em>363</em> <em>34</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 06:49:07 EST Keep on pushing So I was doing ab exercises and I think I pulled my left oblique; because it is really sore. I did not go to zumba last night and instead went on the treadmill. I am hoping it gets better soon, because it is really annoying. I was hoping to do ST, but think I need to delay that. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I am keeping to 1500 to 1700 calories daily <BR> <BR> Onward to steady, but slow progress. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:04:59 EST Staying on Track I think I have some momentum going. I have been consistently staying in my calorie range, and exercising as I planned. <BR> <BR> I am noticing small changes and the scale reflects my massive 0.2 weight loss, but the scale is moving in the right direction. I am not craving the chips that have been my downfall. I am making small changes every day, and I am feeling those changes. <BR> <BR> But next week when I am on vacation will be a real challenge. <BR> <BR> Keep sparking. <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:37:00 EST Weekend wrap up Well I can report that I have a second good weekend. I am staying within my calories and getting exercise in. I see the scale moving (so slowly) but moving down. <BR> <BR> I am determined to keep going. <BR> I am going on a family vacation next week, so won't be posting too much... but lots of challenges because due to dietary restrictions; I won't have all the foods I am used to eating. I am packing power bars, and protein powder, but hoping to get enough veggies. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:39:39 EST Review of week so far This week I have been in better control. I am doing a little better with carbs. It is still a challenge. I look a little more toned, so that is good. <BR> Have a sparked day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:31:21 EST Great Weekend I was totally in control of my eating for the last 4 days. I got in cardio and ST. I think work stress definitely impedes my progress. Weight loss continues to be slow. But moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:27:51 EST Forming Habits I am forming habits. I am not making resolutions. <BR> I did well with limiting carbs yesterday. <em>34</em> I got cardio and ST in today. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:15:41 EST Baby Steps Well yesterday was better, but I was still eating too many carbs. I managed to get in cardio and did some strength training. I am looking forward to a few days off from work. I find it easier to stay on target when I am home. <BR> <BR> I am going to the circus with the grandkids so that should be fun. <BR> <BR> Have a happy holidays and a sparked day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 06:16:20 EST Posting again I am now on a two day posting streak. I did a little better with stress eating yesterday. I think I need to plan my dinners better. I did a step toning workout yesterday, and worked out on my stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I am focusing on eating less carbs, but I need to go shopping for more healthy choices. <BR> Hope everyone has a sparked day. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:29:57 EST Well I am still Here. I have not posted in... almost a year. I have been focusing on exercising and forming good habits. I have been tracking food, and fitness. But I have not posted. I am struggling with the 8 pounds that I have gained since I got to goal. I have not allowed the 20 + pounds that I have lost creep back. I am careful with what I eat, and I am exercising at least an hour for six days a week. I am in the best shape I have been in a long time. My eating habits are better, my choices are bette... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:52:27 EST 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