MAGGIEANN14's SparkPeople Blog MAGGIEANN14's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still Meeting My Goals I pulled a muscle and couldn't exercise at all. I'm sticking to yoga this week. But, I'm still on track at one pound lost a week. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:32:57 EST Goals being met! My first week of classes went really well. I am adjusting to my new schedule and making sure I take into consideration my diet throughout the day. So far I have met my one pound a week goal. In seven weeks I have lost 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> My 50 by 50 goal is in the making and I feel confident. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:57:49 EST First day back at work.... I start work again today. My goal this year is to continue eating healthy and tracking everything throughout the year. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:14:51 EST August 10 It seems like I get really motivated just before the new school year starts. Last school year I was really good about exercise. I exercised for 20 - 40 minutes at least three days each week. I did this all year long and until just a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> But a few weeks ago I turned 49 years old. My goal this school year is to continue exercising three or more days a week (I'm doing 1 - 3 days now) and to lose one pound a week. <BR> <BR> It's called my 50 by 50 program. Since my birthday... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:29:07 EST Still hanging in there. I am being more careful about what I eat today. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:40:28 EST Beginning Again The school year is nearly over and I have fallen off the Spark wagon. I have been exercising most days all school year and so I have to give myself credit for that. But I have lost no weight and I have not been watching what I eat at all. <BR> <BR> So I am beginning again and staying positive. <BR> <BR> In a little over a year I will turn 50 years old. My goal is 50 pound gone by the time I turn fifty. I have 16 months in which to do this and I realize it will take daily committment. I thi... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 08:56:31 EST Start of School Kicked My Butt! I've been gone from the Spark Page for a while. I have been exercising 3 - 5 days a week and even increased what I do. I just haven't tracked anything. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost weight at all, even though I am doing 2.5 miles on the gazzell as well as light weights and sit ups. <BR> <BR> I think that it is because I haven't tracked my food. So I am back to the tracker and trying to tell the truth as well. <BR> <BR> MaggieAnn Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:25:48 EST Spark Day 71 On A Roll! The month of August has been a good one. Even though my success has not shown up on the scales yet, it has to soon. I have exercised 19 days this month. I have 32 miles done on the gazzell alone, not to mention my pilates workouts. <BR> <BR> And this week I am focused on tracking my food. Today is day three and I am already tracked. <BR> <BR> Feeling good! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:24:26 EST Day 65 So we have had the kids in school for three days. I have been really consistant in exercise this entire month. The nutritional tracking is still a challenge. I will have to make sure I get some sort of system that works for me. I think the planning meals will help. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:55:48 EST Day 56 A Woman with a plan The nutritional tracking has been difficult for me. <BR> <BR> I've been in school for three years while I worked full time and so have been eating out most nights of the week for a long time. Now that I have graduated I want to start cooking again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a chart that I can fill out at work that has what I will eat the next day and room for a shopping list. I plan to take about ten minutes each day before I leave to plan the next day. If I need something from the store ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 08:14:52 EST Spark Day 52 - I'm Back I've not been on the spark page for a while. I am exercising but haven't tracked. I have been mostly good about what I am eating though. <BR> <BR> Started again today with three pounds back. I am still optomistic. <BR> <BR> Maggie Sun, 7 Aug 2011 18:41:05 EST Spark Day 35 - Good Habits. I am exercising and eating right for the most part. I binged the other evening but I woke up feeling so bad that I am really not interested in that any more. <BR> <BR> Don't get to Spark as often as in the beginning days but am creating new, good habits. <BR> <BR> I made a new start after my last trip. I am leaving agian on Sunday and while I may not succeed in the food area, I know I will in exercise. I am actually beginning to enjoy it and feel the habit of it forming. <BR> <BR> Good Ha... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:38:33 EST Another New Start! So today is day 31 and I am over my starting weight. I would normally be really mad but I have only logged on 3 pounds so far and last week was a wash. If I was further on my journey, three pounds would not mean as much as they do today. <BR> <BR> So started again today. I went back to the fast break and am working on healthy foods and exercise. I have already clocked 40 minutes today. <BR> <BR> My life if feeling a bit overwhelming right now but that is because I am doing so many new thing... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:36:43 EST Plan Trips - Lesson Learned So I have been out of town with students all week long and I have eaten too much and only exercised once. When I tried to climb the stairs the second day my knee hurt so much I had to stop. <BR> <BR> I will be out of town again in two weeks. The hotel has a workout room though but I really want to plan my meals more carefully. I can see that because I didn't plan I sort of came to a complete halt in all my good habits. <BR> <BR> Today is SparkDay 30 and I guess I haven't made any physical c... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:48:29 EST Much Better I had two really nice and encouraging comments on yesterday's blog. <BR> <BR> The motel we are staying at has no workout room so I went back to my stair climbing. I is hot outside but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy 10 minutes was. I stopped climbing stairs when my knee was hurting so much. But this morning I was not in so much pain at all. <BR> <BR> I think if I am careful I can do another week of stair climbing. I won't meet my 20 minute a day goal this week but that is okay. I c... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 07:28:32 EST Auugggghhhhh! I ended a spark streak today. No exercise at all! Not sure how I will get any either. Plus everything I ate was bad. <BR> <BR> I am out of town and completely unprepared. I am with a group of kids and have on line work as well. I am barely able to get this done. <BR> <BR> So I have to forgive myself and try to do better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck <BR> <BR> Maggie Mon, 11 Jul 2011 23:12:10 EST Renovation Marathon We have been working like mad people trying to get our floors done. I got massive exercise minutes and calories burned from logging that time in. Every part of my body hurts! <BR> <BR> Today is Spark Day 25. I will be out of town for the next week and hopefully won't go back up in weight. <BR> <BR> I have only lost 3 pounds in these twenty-five days. I have also lost two inches. I can't say I'm not disappointed that it isn't more but at least it is in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Maggi... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:12:31 EST Spark Day 22 I have taken my before picture. I have been exercising everyday. The only day I didn't was when I painted our guest room, but that took six hours and I tracked that. <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good. Even if I haven't lost very much weight, and even if my clothes are still a little snug, I feel good. <BR> <BR> I know that it takes time to get the ball rolling. I have lost two pounds so far. I am glad to be going in the right direction again. <BR> <BR> On my second month with SparkPeopl... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 06:45:23 EST Major Renovation In the past several days I have been doing a major renovation to my house. I have painted two rooms and will be painting a third (and last) today. <BR> <BR> Saturday my husband and I spent 13 hours putting in new flooring. But that was just the living room. Everything hurts. Today the kitchen is done and he is working on a hallway and the bathroom while I paint. <BR> <BR> That is how I have gotten all my spark points for exercise. I have been doing my ten minutes a day. I have not done it... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:04:40 EST Spark Day 17 When I Make Mistakes.... ... I will respond to myself as I would my best friend. <BR> <BR> Okay, I problem solved and now at least have options. I'm not completely freaking out about forgetting things. <BR> <BR> I am thinking that hormones could be a culprit. I haven't taken my natural supplement in a long time and I think I may want to start again. I remember reading that imbalance in hormones can cause memory problems. Plus, I am even more irregular in my period than usual. Since I am going to be 48 in a couple o... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 07:01:22 EST Mad At Myself! I did well on my plan. <BR> Met my goals yesterday. <BR> I even painted part of my bathroom. <BR> <BR> But I forgot some really important things at work and now other people are going to have to lose out because of it. <BR> <BR> I do this all the time and I am really mad at myself. <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 07:15:04 EST Traveling Again I got on the scale today and was down another pound. It's slow and it's hard to wait but I am feeling successful. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:33:40 EST Spark day 14 I wasn't able to access the spark page yesterday because my computer was attacked as soon as I went to my trackers. I was really happy when I was able to track and do all the things I have been doing each day, including blog today. <BR> <BR> I logged in 30 minutes of exercise today and tracked my food for yesterday and today. I am all caught up and feeling good. <BR> <BR> The results have not shown up yet, like losing weight and clothes feeling looser, but I feel better. I like having goals... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:04:59 EST Spark Day 12 Today is the first day of my second streak. I have already done my workout and did more than the 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Last week I did not track every day. That is my goal this week. I'm tracking it even if I eat way too much. I guess I need to get real about it. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for the second spark week: <BR> 1. Exercise 10 minutes a day. <BR> 2. Read something inspirational every day. <BR> 3. Track my food every day. <BR> 4. Drink 8 cups of water every day and track it. <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:01:51 EST First Streak Done! Today I completed my first streak. Seven days of climbing the stairs at home for ten minutes. It was hard. Today it was harder than other days. I think I might be used to failing and so success may be more difficult for me to deal with. <BR> <BR> I am happy to have finished this first week. I am setting new goals for the next seven days. I found out that just setting a goal for seven days rather than the rest of my life really makes meeting those goals much easier. <BR> <BR> Second Streak: ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:39:36 EST Spark Day 10 It has been a crazy week. Even though I've had to drive to Houston everyday, an hour and a half trip, and I've been busy painting and putting in new floors at home, I have done my spark streak every day. <BR> <BR> Today was day six of the streak. It is getting easier to get up and down the stairs. In fact, in just six days, I find I am going up stairs more often. <BR> <BR> Before I would avoid going upstairs because it was so difficult. While I am still lugging the extra 40 I have on my up... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:40:24 EST Tracking Troubles Well, I suspected tracking food would be a problem for me. I really don't want to tell the truth about what I eat. Not to myself or anyone else. <BR> <BR> But even though I'm not tracking, or haven't for the past three days, I am telling the truth about what I eat. No more sneaking. <BR> <BR> I am tracking my exercise and today is day six of my stair climbing streak. Tomorrow I will have met my goal and will be setting another one. I think I will stick with the 7 days for now. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:57:50 EST Home Again Yesterday was an interesting day. My grandmother was in the hospital and I sat with her and my parents all day. And when I say sat, I mean SAT! <BR> <BR> When I was able to get out of the room I walked around the hospital. Her room was on the second floor so instead of going in the elevators I took the stairs, of course. <BR> <BR> My streak of 10 minute stair climbing at home really made a difference. I was only a little winded each time I climbed the stairs. Also, it seemed like every time... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:33:32 EST At the hospital I am at the hospital right now. I wanted to check in but my phone is not cooperating. It is my grandmother who is sick <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:42:24 EST Spark Day 6 - Still Moving Forward I am meeting my goals and working out how to use the Spark site each day. <BR> <BR> Today, as I climbed the stairs and parts of my body were screaming, I remembered why I was doing this. I feel stronger even if after five minutes I couldn't breathe. <BR> <BR> It was an indication of what I want to do because no sane person would say, "I want to be winded every time I climb the stairs." <BR> <BR> MaggieAnn Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:21:00 EST Spark Day 5 - I am proud of myself. I saw on one of my friend's pages that she titles her blog entries by how many days she has been in Spark. I like that idea. She has been in Spark for nearly 200 days and looks fantastic. I can tell that she is upbeat and positive about life. That inspires me. <BR> <BR> I am reading The Spark and it inspires me too. Today was my first day of my first streak. I climbed the stairs at home for ten minutes. <BR> <BR> It was really hard! The whole time I just pictured myself bounding up the st... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:18:10 EST Weekend Slacker So okay, I did nothing this weekend. No excersize, no food tracking. But I did read the Spark book, 28 days to change your life. <BR> <BR> I know that isn't the title. I got it on my kindle and was reading it on the two hour trip to the in-laws'. <BR> <BR> What an inspiration. So tomorrow I begin my first streak. I am committing to 10 minutes of exercise every day. I plan to climb the stairs in my home, setting the timer on the stove. <BR> <BR> I think I can do it! I am excited about the w... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:59:44 EST Didn't do it today I slept until 11:00 this morning. I didn't keep track of what I ate and didn't exercise. I don't feel too bad but I really want to get back on track tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I find it difficult to keep making my healthy life style choices when I am hanging out with my husband. He is supportive but a very tall man who eats a lot and never gains any weight. <BR> <BR> So tomorrow is another day and I am ready for it. <BR> <BR> Glad to be on SparkPeople! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 19:49:57 EST Random Acts of Kindness Day two and I found a great team called Yoga Lovers. They have a goal for doing 15 random acts of kindness per month. <BR> <BR> That is such a great goal. I am excited to be able to track that. <BR> <BR> I am feeling motivated and excited about my weight loss journey. I exercised today and am now on my way to make a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> There is a part of me that keeps telling me that I have done this dozens of times in my life and never followed through so this time will be no di... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:35:31 EST First Spark Day Today is my first day with SparkPeople. I joined over a year ago but never did anything with it. My intention is now to begin a-new and progress with success. <BR> <BR> I am nearing 50 years old and am about 45 pounds over weight. But I am also out of shape, more than ever in my life. <BR> <BR> When I think about it I get depressed, but I also get motivated. I can see that SparkPeople will help me with motivation and thinking correctly. I feel that correct thinking will be what makes the di... 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