MAMAKITTY10's SparkPeople Blog MAMAKITTY10's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fall 5% Challenge This is my 4th challenge. I plan on doing better this time. <BR> <BR> My reasons for losing weight are: <BR> 1. To lower my BP <BR> 2. To be able to play with my Grand daughter. <BR> 3. To wear colors other than black or dark colors <BR> 4. To have more energy <BR> 5. To do charity 5K walks. <BR> 6. To lessen the pain in my knees. <BR> <BR> My commitment: I commit myself to: <BR> 1. walking at least 10 min 5 days a week and increasing it to 30 min <BR> 2. strength training 2 to 3 da... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:14:11 EST Goals for May My goals for May are: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 6 glasses of water @ day. <BR> 2. Walk at least 10 min a day. <BR> 3. Track my food <BR> 4. Strength train 3 days a week. <BR> 5. Learn ways to deal with stress. Fri, 4 May 2012 12:09:43 EST Restarted Today I restarted my account with SP. I just had my 2 year anniversary . I went to the Dr. ( first time in about 10 years) yesterday and my BP is pretty high. My scale was way off too. Now I know my true weight (258). I also shrunk 2 inches so my BMI is morbidly obese. It's time to get serious about my health and stop the yo-yo dieting. I need to lose weight in a slow and steady manner. I need to get back to the basics. I need to stop letting my emotions give me an excuse to binge .... Fri, 4 May 2012 12:05:13 EST 3 Month Goals I have a lot of changes going on in my life so I'm making them simple <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 6 cups of water <BR> 2. Cardio 15 min 5 days a week <BR> 3. Strength train 10 min 2 days a week <BR> 4. Try 1 new low sodium receipe a week. <BR> 5. Track my DH and my food. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:34:21 EST DH is home Well my DH came home Saturday. So far so good. I've been tracking his food and he has been under the 2000 mg of sodium. We've had chicken turkey and made our own "hamberger helper" with out the sauce mix and using ground turkey. We've had to switch to Mrs Dash for seasoning. Now we need to come up with some sweet snacks and deserts beside fruit. He keeps us jumping but we have to get him to help as much as he can. I don't know what I would do without his son living here. Thank you a... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:07:07 EST Life style changes I'm so happy my DH is coming home on Saturday. It means a lot of lifestyle changes for him that will be good for me too. We have to monitor his sodium intake, only 2000 mg a day. He is on a heart healthy diet so low cholestral. I dont know about physical activity. He has a lot of health conditions that make it hard for him to move let alone exercise. I wish I could get him interested in Spark People. The support and goal setting I think would help him feel good about himself. But he's... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:59:10 EST Update on DH I want to thank all of my sparkfriends for praying for my DH. He has A FIB: an irregular heart rythem. He was also diagnosed with sleep apenea but wouldn't wear the mask. I hope he will do it now. He is on total bed rest now which he has basically been on for months because of his arthritis pain. He also has asthma and emphsema He had some test done early this AM so when I see him later today I may know more. I don't know when he'll be released. Thanks for your prayers and support an... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 10:33:23 EST Hopeful for 2012 This is the first year that I am making goals (not resolutions) that I am hopeful that I will keep them. I've learned a lot about me in 2011. My family therefore myself have been through a lot of changes and not all of them good. My weight has gone up and down but mostly down. I have lost a total of 25 pounds this year. I have had exercise streaks of 30+ days. I have joined some challenges and actually stayed with them. <BR> <BR> I have learned that I am my own worst enemy. I sabotage ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:06:47 EST December Goals Being an all or nothing type person I almost decided to not state goals since the month had already started. I need to do this so here we go. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise 15 min 6 days a week <BR> <BR> 3. Track my food daily <BR> <BR> 4. Count my Blessings each day. <BR> <BR> 5. Encourage someone each day. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping it short and doable this month. Have a great month!!! Fri, 9 Dec 2011 00:03:20 EST Thank you I want to thank all of my spark friends who have been concerned about me. I have been going through a depression and have kept to myself. I have been feeling overwhelmed by a lot of personal things. I have to live by the serenity prayer: Change the things I can and accept the things I can not change, and pray for the ability to know the difference. I have to take things one day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for your concern and support. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 19:38:04 EST Change is Good November is going to be a month about changes. I will be 65 this month and get Medicare. I will make an appointment for a physical. It's been years since I had one but my insurance was just for hospitalization not routine care. I will probably have to go on blood pressure medication. I hope nothing more than that. <BR> <BR> This will be the first holiday since my daughter's divorce. So thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different. She is getting married in 2012 so she will be go... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:29:59 EST November Goals My goals for November are: <BR> <BR> 1. To lose 4 pounds (234 - 230) <BR> <BR> 2. To drink 6 - 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> 3. To walk 30 min a day 6 days a week <BR> <BR> 4. To do 25 + lunges 4 days a week <BR> <BR> 5. To do 25 + crunches 4 days a week <BR> <BR> 6. To do 25 + wall pushups 4 days a week <BR> <BR> 7. To sleep 6 - 8 hrs each nite <BR> <BR> 8. To eat 4 - 5 freggies each day. <BR> <BR> 9. To take vitamins each day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:15:45 EST I can be a Writer Wenesday 5 Things I like About Myself: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm a hard worker with a good work ethic. <BR> 2. I'm a loyal person. <BR> 3. I try to help people whenever I can. <BR> 4. I am pretty optimistic. (The glass is half full) <BR> 5. I'm learning a lot about myself and trying new things. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:33:54 EST Today is Better I am feeling a lot better today. I got a good nites sleep and woke up rested. I already have 30 min cardio in and hope to get more in later. Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement. Have a wonderful day. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:44:08 EST Bad Day Today was a bad day. I just didn't feel like doing anything. All I did was eat and rest. I finally talked myself into walking for 15 min. around 9:30 pm. Now I'll probably be up all night. I hope I get out of this funk. I know if I start exercising I'll feel better but I just too tired. My new bed came today so maybe I'll get a good night sleep and feel better in the morning. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:14:27 EST Rewards for Challenge I've been thinking a lot about rewards for this challenge. I want to do something to inspire me and help others at the same time. So I came up with this: <BR> <BR> ** Give a canned good to the local food pantry for every pound I lose and for every 5 min of exercise. I will keep track here. Join me if you want to and see what a difference we can make in our health and in our community. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:58:45 EST 2011 Fall 5% Challenge The reasons I want to lose weight are: <BR> <BR> 1. To be healthy and fit <BR> 2. To look good and feel good about myself <BR> 3. To wear smaller sizes <BR> 4. To make my senior years productive <BR> 5. To be an example for other senoirs <BR> <BR> My plan is to <BR> <BR> 1. To keep calories under 1500 <BR> 2. To keep carbs under 150 <BR> 3. To do 30 min of cardio 5 days a week <BR> 4. To do strength training 4 days a week <BR> 5. To have a freezer full of go to meals for unexpect... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:32:17 EST I wont give up I am trying hard not to give up again. I am so self destructive, my own worst enemy. I'm following my old pattern of doing great for a couple of months then I just get lazy bored and overwhelmed of having to do this for the rest of my life. I know its a lifestyle and I change a little at a time. But my thinking keeps going back to when will this ever end. In the past I would have quit already, so I'm a little a head. I just have to think of this as one day at a time and not dwell on th... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:39:38 EST Seeing Results I'm beginning to see some results from my efforts. I've lost 7 pounds in 5 weeks, my clothes are a little loser and my face is thinner. I have more energy, I'm not as depressed as I was. I feel somewhat good about myself. I'm also doing things I didn't think I could. I find myself smiling a little. Thanks Spark People and Spark Friends. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 15:01:39 EST August Results August was a pretty good month. I've got an exercise sparkstreak going. I've been better about my food. And I lost 6 pounds, which is very good for me. I need to add strength training, so I may join a gym. I feel better about myself and have more energy than before. I've found that I am very sluggish if I dont get some cardio in. <BR> I hope I can keep it up in September. I have a way of doing real good for a while and then going absolutely crazy and losing my motivation. I'm hoping my... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:58:21 EST Week 2 Day 1 I'm on day 1 of week 2. I walked 25 consecutive min. It was hard but I felt so good after. I can't believe I am doing this. I slowed my pace a bit and it helped a lot. I feel proud of myself, something I haven't felt in a long time. I'm going to keep on going, and push myself just a little bit more each day. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:41:06 EST Had a Good Day Yesterday was a good day. My hubby and I went to the VA clinic and got a lot accomplished. He had blood work done, saw 2 Drs. got his hospital bed ordered had xrays done and got a consult for a poditrist and an open MRI. Now i have to get the bedroom ready for the bed and buy a twin bed for me. He already has the over bed table. I did day 2 of week 1 training for the virtual 5k walk, plus walked an additional 2 miles at the clinic. <BR> <BR> Praying for those in Irene's path. Keep safe ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:21:02 EST I Must Be Crazy Like the title says: "I must be crazy" I just signed up for the trick or treat virtual 5k walk. I'll be 65 a week after the walk. What was I thinking. I started the training today. I don't know how I'll be able to walk for 45 consecutive min. <BR> Right now 20 min is pushing it. I must say I am kinda excited about it. I did my first day of training today. Suppose to walk for 15 min, I did 20: so day one of training is ok. I'll let you know how the rest goes. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:51:26 EST New way of life I'm trying to change my life. I'm going from couch potato to active: from morbidly obese to over weight or normal; from unhealthy to healthy; from depressed to feeling good about myself. I am taking small steps, sometimes going backwards, but I am still trying to go forward. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:12:12 EST Day 2 Today I walked 30 min and 6290 steps. I made enough chicken for lunch. I didn't eat everything in sight. I even got 1 set of three ST exercises. I need to work more freggies into my mealplan. I need to get more calcium too. I'm feeling pretty good. My mood and energy level are good. I think I like this Battle. Mon, 1 Aug 2011 22:41:50 EST 8 Week Battle Day 1 I think I'm ready for the battle. The only things I have to do yet are to take my befor picture and post it and my vision collage and post it. I took 3 of the 4 fitness tests: pushups (wall) 20; crunches 30; and I walked a mile in 16 min. I cant do the step test because my knees are bad. I've got my battle cry; Cha Ching <BR> because I will save money down the line when my health and fitness get better. Not to mention when I get out of plus size clothes they will be cheaper. So far t... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:21:25 EST 8 Week Battle Plan I'm so glad I joined the 8 Week Battle. It has really made me think about what I want to do and how to do it. <BR> <BR> My 3 goals for the 8 weeks are: <BR> 1. To start an exercise streak <BR> 2. To drink 6 - 8 glasses of water @ day <BR> 3. To eat 4 - 6 freggies @ day <BR> <BR> My Battle Plan is' <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Eat 4 to 6 freggies <BR> Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water@ day <BR> Stay in my calorie and carb range <BR> Track my food @ day <BR> <BR> Cardio <BR> Walk 10 to 30 min ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:28:21 EST Better Late than Never I'm a little late with my July goals but here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. Track my Food <BR> 2. Track my Exercise <BR> 3. Cardio at least 10 min a day <BR> 4. strength train 3X a week <BR> 5. Encourage someone each day <BR> 6. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water@ day <BR> 7. Eat 4 to 5 fruits and veggies @ day <BR> 8. Read 2 chpts of Bible @ day <BR> 9. Try 1 new receipe @ week <BR> 10. Earn 50 Spark Points @ day. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 19:40:17 EST Keep falling down, but get up again I'm so tired of falling down. I've heard it doesn't matter how many times we fall just so long as we get back up each time. I've tried many times to quit smoking and I have been smoke free for 20 years now. I have also given up alchol. But food is just so hard. I also feel depressed and mad at myself when I fail. I know in my mind that a mistake does not make me a failure but I cant get it in my heart. <BR> I feel like a failure and then I just give up for a few months and then start al... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:16:43 EST 1 year Sparkversary Today is my 1 year sparkversary. I wish I could say it was a good year, but I can't. <BR> At best I can say it was a learning year. I lost and gained the same 10 pounds about 10 times. I really didnt take it seriously until Oct and then I quit again in Feb until the end of April. I had a 6 week streak of 10 min of exercise a day. I had a 90 day streak of logging in. Then I just quit. I gave up on me. I would like to devote this next year to ME. I am worth it. I would like to not fe... Tue, 3 May 2011 14:42:39 EST May Goals My goals for May are: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least 10 min a day <BR> 2. Add strength training 3 days a week <BR> 3. Track food @ day <BR> 4. Track exercise @ day <BR> 5. Read 2 chapters of Bible @ day <BR> 6. Read a few pages of "The Spark" @ day <BR> 7. Get at least 50 points @ day. <BR> 8. Encourage someone @ day <BR> 9. Drink at least 4 glasses of water @ day <BR> 10. Get 6 hours of sleep @ night <BR> <BR> I think they are doable, so wish me luck. Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:56:35 EST February Goals January was a bad month for me. There were days that I didn't even log in. I have no explanation for it. Life just keeps getting in the way. Thats why my Feb. goals are short and easy to complete. So here we go. <BR> <BR> 1. declutter 15 min a day <BR> 2. Exercise 15 min a day. <BR> 3. Read 1 chapter in the Bible each day <BR> 4. Do 1 upper body ST exercise <BR> 5. Do 1 core exercise a day <BR> 6. Do 1 lower body exercise a day. <BR> 7. Do something nice for a family member or fr... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:05:48 EST Sorry I've been MIA I've been in such a pity mode lately. There is no reason for it. I've just been feeling sorry for myself. I'm my own worst enemy. Every time I start doing good I have to tell myself it's not worth it, I'm not worth it, just give up, you'll always be fat. Ive wanted to post my blog for 3 days and just told myself why bother. One thing is Ive been looking at this for the long term. I'm gonna have to exercise for the rest of my life, eat healthy for the rest of my life. I guess I need to... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:40:03 EST January Goals 1. Finish 28 day Boot Camp at least try to do each days exercise. <BR> 2. Eat 3 or more freggies 5 days a week. <BR> 3. Declutter 15 min 5 days a week <BR> 4. Write 1 letter to soldiers 5 days a week <BR> 5. Drink 8 glasses of water 5 days a week <BR> 6. Read 3 chpts in Bible 5 days a week <BR> 7.Track all my food and exercise 5 days a week <BR> <BR> Day 1 = 6 <BR> Day 2 = 3 Not a good day. Cold is getting worse. <BR> Day 3 = 3 <BR> Day 4 = 4 Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:10:39 EST Day 1 of the 28 day bootcamp Well I joined the 28 day bootcamp team today. I dont know what I was thinking. There was so much I couldn't do, but I kept moving the whole time. I was tired but I felt good. So we'll see what day 2 is like Hope I live to see Day 28. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:30:12 EST Happy New Me It's a brand new year. With God's help this is the year I'm going to get healthy and fit. I am so tired of being fat and unhealthy. I am DONE making excuses like I'm to old, 64 isn't that old. I may not be able to do what a 20yo can do, but I do low impact cardio and I can do some strength training. There is a lot I can do. So 2011 is my year to expand my horizons. So <BR> Happy New Me. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:25:44 EST Support Our Troops I have been thinking about starting a group for people who support our troops. Along with losing weight and getting healthy and fit we could get new ideas for care packages and ways to show our support for those brave men and women. <BR> My daughter and I have a group of 15 men we support. Just sent our first care package. Now we are getting ready for valentines day. Gotta go now. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:36:03 EST Motivation Some times its very hard for me to get motivated. I just don't want to get going. <BR> Exercise and me have not been friends we're barely acquaintances. Yet it says get up, start moving. I want to say NO WAY. But then I think "I can do anything for 10 min" So it"s much better once I get started. It's the starting thats hard. <BR> Another thing that helps is that I don't want to break my spark streak. They really help keep me motivated. Wed, 8 Dec 2010 10:38:28 EST I Jogged I'm so happy, I actually jogged for 3 min. Now I know that dosen't sound like much but for me it is great. I have arthritis in my knees, so walking is about all I can do. I'm going to incorporate some jogging into my daily exercise plan. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:56:59 EST December Goals My goals for the month of December are: <BR> <BR> 1. Walk 30 - 45 min a day <BR> 2. To track my food each day. <BR> 3. To encourage someone each day. <BR> 4. To declutter my home, ( 15 min 5 days a week.) <BR> 5. To read 2 chpts in Bible each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 12/1 = 5 <BR> 12/2 = 5 <BR> 12/3 = 4 <BR> 12/4 = 4 <BR> 12/5 = 4 <BR> 12/6 = 4 <BR> 12/7 = 4 <BR> 12/8 = 2 <BR> 12/9 = 2 <BR> 12/10 = 2 <BR> 12/11 = 3 Wed, 1 Dec 2010 21:33:22 EST Exercise A strange thing has been happening to me. I wake up early and I actually want to exercise. I usually walk for 15 min first thing in the morning and then do several 10 min walks through out the day. I have a 3 week streak of walking 30 min a day and a 23 day streak of 10 min a day. Even when I was not feeling well I got my 30 min. in. I love it. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:20:00 EST 2 steps forward and 1 step back I had a slip up today. I wasn't feeling good and gave into "my comfort food--PIZZA". I also had a can of soda and very little water. My step forward is that I kept my exercise streak going. I am also drinking some more water. Maybe I should title this " 1 step backward and two steps forward" Maybe my outlook is changing. Instead of giving up and calling myself a failure, I see this a step backward. Now I have to start forward again. I think I am learning. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:41:24 EST Day 2 Goals 1. Exercise .. 25 min. .. done <BR> <BR> 2. Strength Training .. done <BR> <BR> 3. Read Bible .. done <BR> <BR> 4. Read Spark <BR> <BR> 5. Drink 6 glasses water 4 down 2 to go <BR> <BR> 6. Watch a Christmas movie .. done <BR> <BR> 7. Encourage 3 people .. done <BR> <BR> 8. track food .. done Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:23:11 EST New Day Today is a brand new day in a brand new week. I'm going to try something different. <BR> I'm going to list my daily goals and see how many I keep. <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 25 min. done <BR> <BR> 2. track my food done <BR> <BR> 3. drink 6 glasses of water 3 to go only 5 <BR> <BR> 4. read 3 chpts in Bible .. done <BR> <BR> 5. read Spark .. done <BR> <BR> 6. encourage 3 people from spark .. done <BR> <BR> 7. enjoy a Christmas movie done <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:14:54 EST I Discouraged I am very discouraged. Instead of losing, I'm gaining. It was my birthday and my family had a party for me. All the wrong foods: fried chicken, potato salad and chocolate cake. We had so many left overs that I kept eating and eating. So I know I'm to blame. I cant eat in moderation. Some foods I have to totally give up But on the bright side I did exercise every day. Now I just have to do better in portion control and no late nite eating. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:17:50 EST I'm Doing It I cant believe it, I have exercised every day this month. I know I'm probably jinxing it now, but I actually looked forward to it today. Some days I dont feel like it but I push through. I hope I can keep going. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:14:16 EST I'm Back I've been gone for quite a while, but I'm back now. My famous saying " I'm starting over". A new month is a good time to start over. I hope I do better and start some spark streaks. I want to log in all my food each day and to exercise 10 min a day. I think I can do that. So I start over again. Wish me luck. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:54:24 EST Why does life always seem to get in the way Life seems to get in the way every time I try to start an improvement program. I always take a back seat to everyday problems... the washer breaks, the car breaks. <BR> Not to mention all the Dr. appointments. So I have a good excuse not to exercise or eat healthy meals. Well the next two weeks are free of appointments so I will be able to concentrate on me. It will be interesting to see what life brings. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 17:04:26 EST