MALONE545's SparkPeople Blog MALONE545's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Get my head in the game! So it’s the end of summer and I’ve lost the 20 pounds (more or less) that I wanted to lose. My hurdle is that I just don’t think that I’ve changed mentally at all. I lost the weight by calorie-counting… I found that I can achieve a goal if I can measure my progress along the way and counting calories worked well for me. But I’m not going to count calories for the rest of my life, that’s for certain. <BR> <BR> As it is right now, I’m looking forward to my next visit to McDonald’s, my nex... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 11:42:54 EST Planning for the weekend With the World Cup starting tomorrow and a Yankees game on Saturday, I need to really cut back on my calories today. I hope it's not too tough to do. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:16:45 EST Came up short today I came up short in my calorie count today. I think I overcompensated after blowing my calorie count on my last two gym workout days. I considered meeting my calorie goal today by "rewarding" myself, but I decided to just leave it be. I am going to the Yankees/Astros game this weekend and I'm sure to blow out my calorie count then. <BR> <BR> But I still completed my strength and cardio workout today and drank my 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jun 2010 22:00:24 EST good visit to the doctor So with the weather forecast for temps in the 80's and a chance of thunderstorms, I went for a bike ride this morning at 7am. It was already 77 degrees when I started. <BR> <BR> 45 minutes later I had ridden 11 miles and burnt 570 calories according to my bike computer. <BR> <BR> An hour after that, I was at the doctor's office for a previously scheduled checkup. I thought that I would have recovered from the bike ride by that time, but when the nurse did a double-take on my pulse read... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 17:27:45 EST Not even going to bother today So the boss gave me a ticket to an afternoon game at Yankee Stadium. The seat was in a corporate suite where catered food is served. Not good. When I go to a baseball game, I have to eat at least one hot dog and drink one beer - which is usually all that I can afford at the new Yankee Stadium. <BR> <BR> But when the food is catered, i.e., free???? <BR> <BR> So I won't even bother filling out my nutrition tracker today besides the yogurt and two cups of water that I had for breakfast. ... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 20:48:40 EST Dusted off the Cannondale today I dusted off the Cannondale this morning and took it outside for a quick sprint - 13 miles in 60 mins. I felt better than I expected - was even surprised to find a newly paved road in the neighborhood. It was on a hill and I approached it in the uphill direction, but a newly paved road in NYC is still a blessing in disguise. <BR> <BR> Then on the way home, I somehow hit a road defect that jarred my bike viciously. I thought I broke a spoke or at least bent a wheel, but nothing. That pu... Sun, 30 May 2010 09:24:04 EST Small steps in the supermarket! I read somewhere on this site that I should stay away from the middle of supermarkets because that's where all of the preprocessed (and comparably unhealthy) foods are. Ok... that makes sense to me. <BR> <BR> But what about end caps? They're not in the middle of the supermarket at all! <BR> <BR> I go shopping today and the first thing I see is an endcap with Vienna Fingers cookies and Chips Ahoy cookies on sale. I buy Vienna Fingers 99% of the time when I see it on sale. One cookie is... Sat, 29 May 2010 12:34:39 EST Let's go Mets! It's going to be tough meeting my calories limit tomorrow as I'm going to the baseball game. I guess I'll have to try to fill up on salads before I get to the game. I will be walking a lot too on my tour of Yankees Stadium, so maybe that'll help burn some calories. <BR> <BR> I went over by about 300 calories today, but I really needed to eat after working out. <em>39</em> Wed, 26 May 2010 23:45:28 EST Water, water, everywhere So I figured out how to drink my 8 cups of water daily. 2 before I leave for work, 3 more before lunch, 3 with/after lunch, and 2 more at least after I get home in the evening. Not so bad when I realized that a glass of water is actually 2 cups. <BR> <BR> So those SparkPoints should come easily. Wed, 26 May 2010 18:20:45 EST Getting the right mindset Hey, so I just ordered these AbsOfSteel DVDs yesterday and I know that I am going to need some help completing them. Somehow I arrived at this site today and maybe this site will provide me with the motivation that I need. <BR> <BR> I'm currently 215lbs and 6 ft. tall. It seems like I've been 215lbs forever. I go work out with a personal trainer 2x/week and have been doing so for the last three years. I started with the trainer at 219lbs and the lowest that I've been is 210lbs. Yeah,... Mon, 24 May 2010 16:15:29 EST