LRW1233's SparkPeople Blog LRW1233's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A shift without soda?! I tried something new today. Instead of drinking can after can of soda and drinking all of my calories I tried coffee. I was a little leery of that much caffeine all at once but it hasn't been bad. 1 bottle of the Starbucks caramel coffee has less calories and sugar that 1 can of Coke. After drinking half of the coffee with breakfast I lost all interest in the Coke. I did have about half a can at lunch but it really wasn't appealing. The rest of the day I've had 7 of my 8 glasses of water and... Fri, 17 May 2013 20:10:10 EST 4-30-13 I've told myself that tracking is the only way I'm going to see results and it hasn't been terrible. A friend of mine has been posting her progress on facebook and it has made me want those same results. I have a stressful and painful decision to make tomorrow but instead of attacking the M&Ms I went to Zumba and feel better. I was able to fit a serving size of chocolate into my day without going over. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:55:36 EST 4-20-13 I've actually tracked a couple of days this week and did well. I haven't been to the gym as much because I've been working crazy hours and painting in between. I've tried to make painting as much of a workout as possible. I leave my paint on the counter so I have to make extra trips up and down the ladder or step stool, I do squats while painting the lower edges of the wall and I've had music on while painting so I get in a little dancing. After 7 hours today I can definitely feel it. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:02:46 EST 4-11-13 I have been a horrible slacker when it comes to tracking and I'm not sure that'll change anytime soon. I don't like it. I have a hard time staying with in my goals and it's frustrating. I've found myself making better choices for snacks and I've been trying really hard to only eat when I'm hungry. When I'm honest with myself I can admit that this is not always the case but I am trying. I don't pack much in the way of snacks at work so I don't have the temptation. I've been working out hard an... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:34:46 EST 3-30-13 I was worn out and didn't feel like working out yesterday so I didn't. I did some cleaning and that was it. This morning I got up for the 8am Zumba class which is a big deal for me. I wore jeans today that I hadn't been able to in a long time and they looked good. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 23:05:42 EST 3-28-13 I exceeded my calorie goal for the day. I had an extra soda today at work. My food choices have all been healthy. My snacks were a protein bar and a serving of rice cakes. I've been drinking water all day as well. I feel good today. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:24:32 EST 3-26-13 I've been presented with way too many chances to eat out this month and I have another one tomorrow and maybe one on Saturday. It's made eating decently challenging. I know that plenty of restaurants offer healthier options however I'm picky and I don't like them and if I had the self control to resist my favorite dishes I would be trying to lose weight. My workouts, with the exception of one day, have been awesome. I love my classes and am well on target to exceed my goal of 15 for the month... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:37:20 EST 3-19-13 I actually got up in time to go to the gym this morning before I went out for the day. And I've discovered that I love plank jacks. Don't know why but I'm loving them. That's all for today. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:27:58 EST 3-18-13 I did the Special K challenge yesterday and I felt tired and hungry all day. The tired could've been from having worked the day before. Today I'm barely with in my limits but I haven't had dinner yet. I decided to be dumb and have a cupcake after the gym instead. I don't know that I'll eat dinner because I'm not that hungry. Pump and Sculpt was great, Zumba unfortunately was cancelled due to the weather. Tomorrow I'll be working out on my own in the morning since I'll be out all day. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:50:02 EST 3-17-13 Trying something new today. I didn't even bother tracking Friday or Saturday because I didn't want to acknowledge what I had eaten. Today I decided to do the Special K Challenge. I had a protein bar for breakfast and lunch. I will allow myself a yogurt for a snack if I get hungry before dinner and I will have a regular dinner. If it goes well I might do it tomorrow too. Tuesday I'm meeting friends for lunch and will most likely wind up eating dinner out as well and don't want every day to be ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:21:25 EST My Frustrated Ramblings Feeling a little frustrated today. I use the wii fit to track my weight and it said this morning that I've now gained two pounds this month. My doctor called me yesterday and told me that my triglycerides were a little elevated and I need to start taking fish oil. When I had my blood drawn a few months ago it was well below the limits. I'm working on reigning in my eating. For this month I haven't stayed on track very well. I have a few days a week when I do really well and then I'm off the w... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:59:01 EST 3-7-13 My final total for the fitness challenge was 15 classes between Feb.4th and March 4th. This might not seem like a lot but it was definitely a new experience for me. I've decided that I like the challenge mentality and have started my own challenge for the month of March. I want to see if I can attend more than 15 classes before April 1st. If I can my reward will finally be buying a new set of gym clothes. I went to Zumba this morning and it was an awesome way to start the day. I'm definitely ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:47:59 EST My Birthday Today is my 27th birthday and my life looks nothing like I thought it would. That being said I'm pretty happy where I'm at. I've lost 10lbs so far for the year and I'm proud of that. The last week or so I've been indulging in some birthday treats and restaurant freebies and haven't really been tracking. I was going to get a free sub from a local chain today until I looked up their nutrition information. I weighed myself this morning after breakfast and shoveling snow and was happy to see that... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:39:43 EST 2-26-13 I pulled a double at the gym yesterday. An hour long body sculpt class followed by an hour long zumba class. When I weighed myself on the wii this morning it showed I was down another pound. I didn't record it yet because I know the body can fluctuate every day so I'll wait to see what it says tomorrow. There wasn't a class today that fit into my schedule so I'm planning on doing some wii zumba tonight after church. I haven't tracked today because I just don't feel like it however I'm stickin... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:17:24 EST 2-21-13 I was dead after working 2 days straight this morning so instead of making it to the 9a Zumba class I came home, showered, and crashed. Until 1330. I had some cereal for breakfast and a little bit of chocolate. This evening before my gym class I had a protein bar for lunch. Today's class was really good and I'm glad I went. Tonight's dinner is Chinese food. Sometimes you're just in the mood for it even though it pushed me over my daily limits. I don't feel guilty though like I used to. The se... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:22:08 EST 2-19-13 I tried another new gym class today and it was brutal. Again there was some stuff I couldn't do so I modified some of it to keep moving. Judging by the amount of stickers that others have I am no where near winning the fitness challenge but I'm surprisingly enjoying trying the new classes. I've always been a chicken when it comes to the new classes after reading their description but I plan to keep attending now that I know I can do it. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:41:23 EST 2-18-13 I feel like blogging has helped me stay on track better. I don't care (and sometimes prefer) if others don't read it. Typing out my rambling thoughts keeps me motivated. It allows me to admit my mistakes and post the successes. Today I tried another new gym class. I had to do the lower level steps a couple of times but I kept at it and I tried to alternate the low level with the higher level steps to keep challenging myself. I might get crazy enough to try a cycle class and step sculpt tomorr... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:46:14 EST 2-14-13 Today I was bit by the spring cleaning bug. I spent the entire day cleaning with a small break to run a few errands and to go to the gym. The went back for the new class I tried last Thursday and it was way more intense than it was last week. I've been moving non-stop all day. I've also been hungry all day. I did go over my limits today with my dinner of shrimp and macaroni and cheese. I don't feel guilty today knowing that I have a negative differential when I run my report for the day. I'm ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:58:35 EST 2-10-13 I'm very frustrated with myself tonight. I allowed myself to indulge for dinner tonight as I was out of town. It would've been fine if that's where I would've stopped. I drank way too much soda today because I was tired and stressed. I got home in time for church and then did some wii Zumba and was starting to be in a better mood. And then my brother started on me again and I gave into my desire for chocolate. I keep posting my failures and saying that I'm determined not to let them derail me... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:26:21 EST 2-7-13 Today is the 3rd day of the fitness challenge at the gym. You get a sticker for each group class. I went to Zumba last night as usual and again this morning. This evening I went back for a new class and loved it. I'm sore as heck but it feels good. I stayed well within my limits for the day and am working on planning my meals for work tomorrow. I'm going to try and win the challenge however if I don't I know I'm doing the right thing for my body. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:07:55 EST My ramblings Ground Hog Day. My shadow is about the same size this year as it was last year. However, the extra I gained in between is now gone so I'm making progress. I tried on a skirt this morning that I haven't worn in a long time and was happy to see that it was fitting better, not perfect but better. I didn't track yesterday or today and don't intend to tomorrow. Tomorrow we're having a little part at work and yesterday and today I've been way off of my routine. I was pleasantly surprised that I did... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:57:50 EST 1-30-13 Today I was mostly on track with a PMS deviation this evening. I have my meals planned out for work tomorrow and I won't be bringing extra snacks. The scale went down another pound this morning so that's a total of 7lbs this month (the Christmas gain plus some). Hopefully I will have beat my shift partner in the monthly contest. I'll find out tomorrow. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:04:56 EST 1-29-13 Yesterday morning I got on the scale and saw that I was down 6lbs for the month. I made good food choices yesterday and went to Zumba. Today I went a little over but I don't feel bad because I had plenty of room after yesterday. I was very tempted to go back to sleep this morning and skip the gym but I drug myself there anyway. As usual once I was there I was happy to be there. I'm thinking about signing up for the fitness challenge that starts next Monday as an extra incentive to get me to t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:48:56 EST 01-27-13 I had a day this week when I just didn't care. I had a bad attitude and gave in to bad choices out of stress. I'm not proud of it but it happened. I'm over it. I've hit the gym or otherwise snuck in workouts as much as possible this week. I've found myself hungrier lately but I've been reaching for protein bars or yogurt instead of stuff I shouldn't eat. Lately I've had to tighten my belt when wearing my uniform pants so I can't be doing too bad :) Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:48:25 EST 1-19-13 Yesterday at work I ate surprisingly little. I hit the low limits of my goals yet was full. Today I had to attend a class for work and was happy because they were providing breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately the only thing they served for breakfast was pastries and I was hungry after just coming from my shift. Lunch was a little better; pasta with a light tomato sauce and cheese. I asked if there could possibly be healthy choices for breakfast tomorrow and was told that breakfast had already ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:33:39 EST 1-14-13 It felt so good to log fitness minutes tonight! Zumba was exhilarating not exhausting! I'm glad that I still had the strong desire to get to the gym while I was sick. I've tried even more new recipes and lost all of the extra weight I put on over Christmas. The year is off to a great start! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:10:56 EST 1-8-13 I ended up not using the extra calories/fat grams yesterday at work which is good because I needed them today. I ended up going out to dinner with my brothers and sister. I had a hard time finding some of the nutrition information for Olive Garden but I was glad to see that my choice of the classic lasagna was one of the healthier choices on the menu. I chose to nurse the cold today and didn't make the gym but I'm antsy and can't wait to go tomorrow. Saturday is going to be a challenge as it'... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:08:02 EST 1-6-13 I made it through my first week of the new year. In order to make it to Zumba twice this week I had to drag my butt to the 8am class Saturday. It was tempting to stay in bed since I have been really congested but I told myself it was way too early to start making excuses. I went and made it through 37min of the hour long class before I couldn't control the coughing. I felt like a wimp for leaving but I was proud that I went. I met my goal of two strength training sessions this week as well an... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:21:11 EST 1-2-12 Today was my first day back to the gym since Thursday due to it being closed and my work schedule. It felt great to put in a good workout and I completed 1 of my two strength workouts for the week. I'm also going back to the gym for Zumba tonight. I've had some junk today however today is the last day I'm going to allow myself to have junk for a little while. I'm pre-planning my meals for work tomorrow so that I can stay on track. Whereas I dreaded this before I'm looking forward to it. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:47:24 EST New Year's Goals I have decided to set goals instead of making resolutions because resolutions never seem to last. <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> 1. Attend Zumba at least twice a week <BR> 2. Lift weights at least twice a week <BR> 3. Find 2 new healthy recipes a month <BR> 4. Try on my goal clothes at least once a month for inspiration Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:06:16 EST 12-27-12 Food choices haven't been the greatest lately and the next few days will continue to be a challenge. After New Year's I am looking forward to tracking again. I was unable to get to the gym for about 5 days due to work and the gym being closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. And to clarify I work 20hr shifts so I legitimately am unable to get to the gym on the days I work. I was unenthusiastic about going to the gym today but was so happy once I started sweating. I couldn't believe how much I ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:30:09 EST 12-24-12 For some reason I think that the holidays are a reason to eat junk non-stop. I've had 2 days this week that I ate so much that I felt miserable. Today I felt a crazy need to eat and am not happy with myself. After Christmas I need to rid the house of junk food or get my brother to hide it in his room so I can't get to it. The only positive to today was that I was fed up with myself and the gym was closed so I went for a walk. I was frozen and snow covered by the time I was done but I felt bet... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:06:26 EST 12-16-12 I can not be trusted to go a day or two without tracking. Yesterday wasn't bad but today was over the top bad. I need to track even when I don't have nutritional information and I need to learn that one cookie is ok and how to stop at one. Not beating myself up just setting new goals. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:23:48 EST 12-14-12 Well I planned poorly today and went over my goals in calories. I went under yesterday but that's still not a reason to go over today. The extra soda today at work is what pushed me over the edge. It has been an insane day and I have another 14hrs to go. Tomorrow I will be eating dinner at church so it will be harder to track but I intend to be careful with portions and choices tomorrow. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:53:04 EST 12-13-12 I've done pretty well with tracking as far as not dragging my feet about tracking. I've found new foods to try and have been staying within my limits. I've even been able to have a serving size of chocolate most days. As someone who has no problem eating a whole big bag of M&Ms I'm pleasantly surprised that a serving size is satisfactory. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:26:24 EST 12-12-12 Today has been a good day. I stayed well with in my limits today and tried a new Zumba class. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:38:53 EST 12-11-12 I attended a party on Sunday and over indulged. On Monday I went to work prepared with healthy meals and snacks. My shift partner brought party left overs. I had some of the left overs but didn't over do it. I only ate when I was hungry and came home with more than half of the food I had brought with me. I also drank less Coke than I usually do. While at work I did my usual mile walk and once again made myself take the stairs to the 4th floor instead of using the elevator. Monday is my weigh ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:44:00 EST 12-7-12 I successfully tracked food Monday-Wednesday. Yesterday I went over. I was genuinely hungry and made a healthier choice than snack food. I also put in solid workouts Mon-Wed and squeezed in some walking while at work yesterday and made myself take the stairs to the 4th floor while checking AEDs instead of the elevator even though I was dead tired. Today when I got home I didn't eat breakfast. I wasn't hungry and I wanted sleep more than anything else. Today's lunch choice of Chick-fil-a wasn'... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:06:13 EST 11-13-12 I've been back and forth between good days and bad. Today I've already made bad choices so I need to compensate the rest of the day. Sunday night I went to a bull roast for a friend. I went to the dessert table a second time but ended up not eating it as I got pulled to the dance floor where I stayed for an hour or so. I also managed to sneak in extra walking while at work. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:08:43 EST 10-31-12 Today has been a bad day for drinking Coke and hitting the candy. However there is good news. In order to receive the discount on my health insurance at work I had to have my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose checked. The last time my cholesterol was checked, about 2 years ago, it was high. Today it was well within the normal limits! Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:28:37 EST 10-18-12 I only had 1 can of coke today! I allowed myself 2 snacks through the day but had a serving size instead of a bag. I'm still tired as I adjust to the lack of constant caffeine but I'm good with that. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:41:12 EST 10/17/12 In a typical day I will drink 2-3 cans of Coke. Regular Coke as I have weird allergies to artificial sweeteners. Yesterday I only had 1 can and today 1.5 cans and I was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish without my usual caffeine overload. Today's victory however is diminished by the fact that I caved to PMS munchies. I'm hoping to continue only drinking 1 can a day at home and limit myself to 2 cans per 20hr shift. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:46:38 EST 10-10-12 So I've been working out hard at the gym and doing stuff around the house which is great. I've been hungrier and have had an increased desire for junk food. I try to let myself have a little bit but my little turns into a lot. I need to get this under control. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:07:44 EST 10/2/12 Today I headed to the gym with less reluctance than I've had in the past week. I have been trying to eat only when hungry and make better choices. Normally if I make bacon and eggs for breakfast I have 4 pieces of bacon (with the grease blotted out), 2 fried eggs, 2 pieces of cheese, and 2 bagel thins. I couldn't eat all of that this morning. I had one sandwich and the other 2 pieces of bacon and I was full. I ran my errands and then hit the gym. I was starving when I came home but instead of... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:35:09 EST 10/1/12 It's October already?! Where has this year gone? I was not a good steward of my body Saturday or Sunday. Today however has been great. I squeezed in a work out when I didn't really have time and had plenty of frustration to make it an intense workout. I've limited my soda and snacking. Dinner didn't quite fill me up but my stomach isn't growling yet so I'm trying to hold off eating anything else tonight. I'd rather skip snacking tonight in favor of a real breakfast of eggs in the morning inst... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:29:49 EST Today About 2 years ago I went through a Bible study about Boundaries and learned a lot. Now I'm leading the class for the twentysomethings ladies' Bible study I'm in. I've always had a tough time with self boundaries as is evidenced by my weight. While preparing my lesson the other day I think I found my "silver bullet." The character that they use to show boundary issues was discussing how taking care of herself by eating healthy and getting in shape are demonstrating good stewardship of the body... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:46:53 EST Today's Scattered Thoughts I haven't tracked all week and I feel guilty. I have tried to find healthier options while I'm eating out and today I had salad with my homemade pizza for lunch. I used a pinch of cheddar and just dipped my fork in dressing to cut down on the calories. I've also tried to be more active while I'm in the midst of the crazy schedule I have this week. The gym has become a major priority. Today I'm working my 20hr shift so the gym isn't an option but I got a 1mile walk in with my shift partner tod... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:35:37 EST Small Victory! Today was the celebration of my church's 10yr anniversary. There was a huge church-wide cookout with plenty of food and desserts. Good conversation kept me from over eating. I ate a portion controlled lunch followed by a small dessert. I was tempted to go back for seconds at the dessert table but the guy I'm interested in came over and started talking to me which was much better than another cookie! I didn't track all week but I was very careful about what I ate and how much I ate. I'll be ba... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 21:39:23 EST Ouch So I once again fell off the wagon. I gave into the thinking that brownies would heal my hurt and frustration. As we all know all brownies really do is invite their buddy guilt to hang out and then they all participate in a vicious cycle. To go along with that I ate out today and will be doing so tomorrow. My goal is portion control since it's hard to track food that doesn't have nutrition info readily available. I'm hoping that since I dropped my biggest cause of hurt and frustration off at ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:36:26 EST Daily Blog I feel like I need to post something everyday (if possible) to keep myself on track. I work 20hr shifts and used that as an excuse to constantly snack. Yesterday I pre-planned my meals and snacks for today's shift. I have also made it a point to only eat when hungry. I was pleasantly surprised to see that what I had packed has filled me up and I am well within my ranges for the day. It's exciting! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:00:39 EST