MARIAJESTRADA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARIAJESTRADA MARIAJESTRADA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Jogged around the Park at Least Once and Ate a Bigger Breakfast, No Freak Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390170 I got my walking fix in this morning! Yeah! I also managed to jog around the park at least once, and was mindful of my knees. A lot of other enthusiasts do the same, even some very elderly folks. It makes me feel good to be part of their morning and to see them walk-jog at a kind pace. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I had a bigger breakfast and ate a whole avocado. My calories are below 1,000 on average, worse during the week, and I haven't fluctuated up to 1,300 because I have been too busy to ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:02:10 EST Addicted to My Walks, and It is Raining. Really Sad. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389755 Sigh. It is raining cats and dogs, and I left my umbrella at work. I miss going on my morning walk and will definitely practice mindful eating habits (which was part of my 30 day challenge anyway). <BR> <BR> Today, I am going to clean as part of my fitness minutes and also do some yoga/resistance band work. I already finished my fitness minutes for the week, but I am getting addicted to my exercise. In any case, today should be more of a rest day. <BR> <BR> I am also planning my vac... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:50:14 EST Lost 4 Pounds and Really Sore Today, but Still, Walking This Fine Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389281 First the good news. The lump on my breast I wrote about yesterday (or maybe I just mentioned the gyne visit) was fine; it's just a skin thing. Yay! <BR> <BR> Two more cancer-doctor visits to go. I do have skin cancer, so I have to be extra-vigilant of other forms of cancer. I just get so busy that I don't have time to go, which I now is ridiculous, but I have a new mid-year commitment to take better care of myself and the kids. That's part of the reason we went in for check-ups a coupl... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:51:30 EST Am Going for a Morning Walk and Taking My First Progress Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388891 I am going for a short walk jog. Yesterday's insanity class kicked my butt, and even though I did yoga, I need to stretch more. <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, my insanity teacher recommended that I take one of those progress pictures once a month, since I don't like scales. Neither does she. She also told me to keep the same clothes, so I am keeping the same bra on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm off. I have a doctor appointment at 9:30a.m. today. I am starting to take better care of myself, and... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:57:13 EST Got My Morning Walk in and Used Resistance Bands, Started Slow, 5 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388472 Quick blog. Started with a morning walk because of the 30 day challenge. 30 minutes turned to 50, and I ended up using resistance bands. I only did 5 minutes of arms because my knees were complaining. <BR> <BR> I also had a little bit of a heavier breakfast because today is my "heavy" insanity work out and yoga day. My calories have also been too low (like 1000 average or less), and not on purpose. The problem, or positive, I guess, is that all the water and veggies are satiating me. I... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:38:11 EST How I Know This Time, I Am Making Progress and Sticking to It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388105 Yesterday, we were visiting my Grandma Min, and I scored some lovely birthday jewellery for her at Kohls! Anyway, we had finished taking her to Maders, which sadly sucked in terms of the food. Everybody's meal was awful, but I still made the best food choices. And I'm on my period. <BR> <BR> That wasn't the victory though. <BR> <BR> So, we went to visit at her house, and like a goof, I weighed myself. She already admitted the scale was a pound over, and I weighed a flat 200 which was ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:47:06 EST A Change in Health Plan is Not the End! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387691 This morning I got up at 2a.m. for some union work reason, then around 6a.m. I had to zonk out. I let myself sleep in, and now, we are off to see our Granma. <BR> Today, nothing I had scheduled is going down in terms of my fitness plan. However, I already have my fitness minutes done for the week. Furthermore, I got my resistance bands and plan to use those when I get home, if we don't get home too late. If we do, I need to sleep. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to making great food choic... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:01:58 EST Tired Today after the Walk but Had Company! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387331 I am dragging my butt today. My husband woke me up at 6a.m., on accident, and my son wouldn't get up to go for a walk at 7a.m., but he did around 8a.m. We decided to increase our minutes, to 45 and had a great time. Unfortunately, we both punked out after three laps. I have to say, I am not motivated at all. <BR> <BR> We both struggled. In fact, we tried to do jumping jacks and planks half way and opted for playing tag after a few jacks. The playground was too rough for my son's. hands... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:13:47 EST Uncharacteristic Morning Walk! Who Can Get Up at 5a.m.? I can!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386844 I got my fitness minutes done for the week, and I went on a meditative walk/prayer this morning. Anything else in terms of fitness for the rest of the week will be gravy! The walks are going well, and today, I walk-jogged lightly. <BR> <BR> No matter what I do with my new program, I get my butt kicked. 30 minutes feels like an hour, and the insanity work outs feel like three. My knees are also doing really well. They feel stronger. That is such a huge blessing, you have no idea! ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:48:24 EST Going to another Restorative Yoga Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ad90866-a131-45db-812c-1b8d09e3710c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been feeling so good, I decided to go to another yoga class this evening. My husband said it was OK. I mean it fits with my plan for today which was to rest. <BR> <BR> Anyway, last time I went to yoga on Monday, towards the end, I really wanted to drink some wine. I was meditating, and I seriously wanted a glass. I mean it was such a pressing thing, but my husband said no. The... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:07:02 EST Tracking Is Becoming a Fun Habit, but I Have to Eat More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386375 Tracking every day is finally part of my day, and the good news is that I have my cravings and hunger under control. It's all the veggies and water drinking that help out, and I am NOT tired--except for when I work out. Plus, the tracking is keeping me aware of what and how much I am eating. <BR> <BR> However, my last couple days of calories have been too low, so I am eating more avocados, which I love and don't really get tired of eating. Plus, when they spoil it's like throwing $3 rig... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:18:30 EST Finally Made It to the Yoga Center! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385941 Yesterday, I had an amazing day. I finally made it to the yoga center and took an insanity work out class. I had to modify most of the exercises, but I still got my butt kicked. Then, as I was walking home, I ran into the yoga instructor who invited me to a restorative yoga class. I was like, "Yes, please!" It really was a gentler pace than other yoga classes I have taken in the past, and I stretched out really well. <BR> <BR> So, I am hoping to do two insanity classes and the restora... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:54:51 EST Added a New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385491 Exercise is helping me boost my mood and attitude. I am not getting an exercise high, so much as post-exercise exhaustion and the ability to rest at night. (I may change my treat to a massage.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am doing really well with cutting sugar out of coffee and have also cut out soda, altogether, although that wasn't planned. I have a new movement goal to put the timer on my phone and get up every hour. I'm hoping to get in five minute of movement regularly and add those to my ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:37:56 EST Health Ups and Financial Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385309 First, the downs. We already got hit with $1,000 to fix the car on Thursday. Today, my laptop, which is essential for my job, took a crap. We hope the Micro Center backed it up, but I ended up buying a new Mac for $1,100 including the coverage. That was like 2/3 of our vacation money. :(. We can make it on $1,000, but we will be pinching pennies. Ah well. <BR> <BR> However, I have been logging all week! Yay, and my son has gone walking with me like he promised. We also took my daughte... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 18:38:07 EST Shameless Brag--Did Our First Mom-Son Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384804 Well, it was more like a walk-jog follow the leader fun activity. It kicked my butt. My son has committed to walking with me 3 times a week. (We left Simona who is 2 at home, but tomorrow, we are bringing her with us.) I have to say that walk was about 100% more fun and vigorous with him there. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3111c8b0-ec02-4902-a908-08b6993f28c0.jpg"> After our fun walk at the park, we ran into an instructor who does an insanity workout. She let us j... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:16:06 EST Doctor Visit Wasn't So Awful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384436 I weigh 198.6 ponds and will change my ticker. The real problem is the amount of far accumulating round the middle. My 7 year old is also on the heavy side, so my husband wants to do a family challenge. We are going to try to discover what vegetables he will tolerate. And he is going to choose healthy foods for the fridge. That means no more fast food for us, except for Pockets., for a while. We all agreed to that. I don't think he eats a lot, but he is a carb eater like me and has a k... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:03:54 EST Going to the Doctor Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384341 I need to get checked for different health issues (not weight related, I don't think), but I am not looking forward to the scale. I mean, I see the problem. Anyway, this will be a tough morning. <BR> <BR> I am also going to try the small challenge from the Spark Guy and read the book. I am just so tired of reading diet books, but I think the balanced approach makes sense. Someone actually suggested that I see a therapist to help with overeating, but I don't have time for that. Not r... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:42:58 EST Still Tracking and More Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384125 My motivation is a lot higher, and I have to say the scanning app makes it easier to track. I also came to the definite realization, with some resignation, that if I am going to improve, I am going to have to keep tracking to keep myself in check. Possibly for the very long term. Maybe foreve! Honestly. Just the tracking alone is helping me make better choices. And I am not cutting anything out. Well, sugar in coffee being the exception. Anyway, I am also really looking forward ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:52:42 EST Breafast Bowls and Still Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383553 This morning I made a breakfast bowl with lettuce and eggs. I need filler foods. I guess I have been eating way more than 1800 calories. Oh what joy. Anyway, I gave my husband a buy me a salad kit from Costco mission because I need filler foods. <BR> <BR> This is the breakfast bowl I made today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29289beb-2268-461b-a984-622a5856c155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then, immediately afterwards, my two year old daughter asked me to make one f... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:49:15 EST Forget about the Past Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383197 I keep thinking about the last time I lost weight by going to the gym and dieting. It was really hard, and I never got to a healthy weight range, but I did manage to lose quite a bit (like 40 pounds, I think). Then, I forget, I was slowly gaining it back and then got pregnant again, as I was on some jogging and vegetarian health trend. (None of which stuck. I can't nurse and not eat meat.) <BR> <BR> The point is that I need to forget about the past because it was easier to go to the gy... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 11:12:46 EST Didn't Join the Gym and Must Be Well Over 200 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382729 You know how you hit that point you didn't think was possible because you thought you were somehow magically protected? Well, I can't begin to tell you how large I am now. Even my fat clothes are starting to not fit. <BR> <BR> Part of the problem is that I never joined the gym, and I have been eating and drinking alcohol way more than I have before. <BR> <BR> So, I downloaded the mobile app, and I am starting to track again. I also just took one thing out of my diet which is morning... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:02:45 EST Joining My Park District Gym and Drinking More Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367153 I haven't been back for a while because I got a little discouraged from NOT sticking to my fabulous and idealistic and wholly unsustainable eating plan, so I am making small changes again. Truthfully, though, my family and I did change some habits, like we don't use refined sugar in coffee or teas (we use brown sugar), and I use mostly cold pressed oils when I cook. We do eat more vegetables, but my eating struggles continue. <BR> <BR> My goals this week are to get my gym membership ($... Sat, 27 May 2017 05:11:27 EST Focusing on Doing What I Love and Not Seeing My Diet as a Failure (Yes, This Is Not a Reset) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357914 What if yo woke up one day and realized that your greatest accomplishments were not things like degrees or jobs or dietary successes, but your justice struggles, fervent art, culinary masterpieces, (yes even) challenging children, in short the love you share with others? <BR> <BR> I gotta tell myself this because I think this is what will make me happy. Well, that is what makes me happy, truly. Everything else is confetti. <BR> <BR> Plus, I couldn't rock that overly restrictive eating pla... Fri, 5 May 2017 07:40:56 EST Feeling Like an Epic Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348815 I got the eating healthy blues because this week hasn't been going so well. Of course, the fact that we went on vacation didn't help. <BR> <BR> So, my husband and I decided to adjust one more thing, knowing that life and eating won't ever be perfect. We are going to try to eat less processed foods and far less products with corn syrup. He has never gone in with me, but if we work on this together, I think we will both be on a better path. <BR> <BR> However, even with that, I know ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:23:12 EST Eating More Deliberately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346445 Yeah, that is what I did this morning right down to the spit of milk and dab of sugar in my coffee. I had a banana and quinoa breakfast bar. I am almost to the point where I can track, but am too busy, which is part of the problem. However, if I can be more deliberate about portions, things should go better. <BR> <BR> And that is all I have because yesterday I slept off a cold. I am going to pick up where I should have been yesterday. <BR> <BR> (1) Wipe down the fridge. (Do... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:53:16 EST Re-assessing the Quantities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345962 Spring break is upon us, and one of my goals is to clean the house. We are not necessarily spring cleaning. We are just cleaning. I am hoping to put in three hours a day and keep on, until the house looks presentable for us. Today I am cleaning out the kitchen and scrubbing down the fridge. Then, I will try to clean the bedroom. <BR> <BR> In terms of the eating, I have been thinking about my progress. The choices are great (most of the time). The quantities, not so much. I think ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:01:16 EST Almost Threw in the Towel Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345493 I think most people have this inclination at some point, but this time, I decided to regroup and refocus. I realized, I need to eat less gluten free products because they still add up to carbs. <BR> <BR> I am focusing more on #1 and eating less and drinking more water. I do feel a lot better eating healthier, and I have to keep it up. <BR> <BR> The rest of the month's goals: drink more water and eat less. <BR> <BR> My Ongoing Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Eat mostly whole foods <BR> (2) Drink l... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:17:02 EST People Are Still Asking Me if I'm Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344050 Let me just say that I am NOT pregnant, but I could see why people think I am. I am trying to not let these comments bring me down or derail my progress. <BR> <BR> I have been at this healthy eating for about four weeks, and for the most part, I am sticking to my plan. The benefits are that: <BR> <BR> (1) My mood is more balanced. <BR> (2) My energy is a lot better (I am not tired and sleepy all the time) <BR> (3) I am eating a more balanced diet with vegetables. <BR> <BR> The res... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:17:07 EST Eating Less and Trying to Stay Balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342781 This week, I started to become more aware of how much I eat. I think sometimes when we eat healthy, we think we have a pass, at least that happens to me, but nope. This morning, for example, it was a moderate cheat day (honestly, it's been like a moderate cheat weekend, which needs to stop), and I made gluten free chocolate chip pancakes. While it's not the healthiest option, it's better than eating regular pancakes. <BR> <BR> I had to make myself stop eating when I realized I was eatin... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:23:48 EST Stomach Full Signal, Sans the Desk--A Worthy Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341125 Not eating at my desk or while working is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. Yesterday, I think the only time I actually ate and focused on eating was when I was in strapped in the car and on my way home, and by that time, I was pretty hungry. I was in the passenger seat, talking to my husband, and could really focus on what I was eating. <BR> <BR> However, during lunch, I did manage to stop eating before I ate the whole container of lunch (which was pretty good); that to... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:31:30 EST Too Much of a Good Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340098 This is probably going to sound gross, but every morning when I go to the bathroom, I am losing five pounds, at least and my stomach goes way down. That is too say, I am eating too much of a good thing, plus, I am eating more fiber. <BR> <BR> I am not saying I want to go on a radical reduction of what I eat because I am eating a lot better, and I just got my energy level back to normal. However, I know I am eating too much, even though it's better and what I eat has potentially fewer cal... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:54:19 EST Does Eating Healthy and Exercising Wake You Up at Odd Hours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339526 This has been happening for the last few weeks, not consistently at the same time. Today, I must have gotten up at 3a.m. and finally got up at 4a.m. It works for me because I am revising my work or writing new fiction, but if I get up too early, I crash. Go back to bed around 5 or 6a.m.. <BR> <BR> I think I got enough sleep last night; plus, my daughter made me go to sleep around 7:30p.m. Of course, I got hooked on a TV show, and didn't sleep until 11a.m. Anyway, the point is that I hav... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:46:17 EST Still Going Strong, but Reflecting on Moderation and Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338627 Overall, I am happy with the food choices I am making. I believe my family and I as a whole are eating more balanced, despite a few pecadillos on my part. (Yesterday, I had no wine and went to bed early. I am sticking to my one glass with a great meal rule. I guess that means if the meal is not great no wine, which should motivate me to make a great meal regularly. Ha ha ha.) <BR> <BR> However, I have been thinking about moderation. Just because I'm eating healthy doesn't give me a pass... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:35:05 EST So So Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338234 The header should read so-so weak. Ha ha. I need to watch the snacking when I am hungry. I snarfed two small Cheetos bags yesterday night before dinner, when I should have eaten something better. Then, I drank way too much wine this week. We are going to have to put on the brakes on that and limit to one glass with a really great meal. <BR> <BR> Work has been quite stressful, and the wine is delicious, which is a bad combo, but I believe I feel much better when I imbibe less and drink... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:37 EST Stuck to My Plan at My Daughter's Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335616 There were temptations, everywhere, like cake pops and candy, but I persevered. My husband who is a gem (despite my being an emo birthday party mom in the beginning: He didn't get the table reservations he promised, and we had to use four booths, which worked out) got me a salad bar. That's what I ate yesterday, but I did have my small piece of cake, which was amazing. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went out to a Colombian restaurant, and my early dinner options were in my plan. That place alw... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:47:50 EST The Weekend Is Not a Cheat Weekend! The Weekend Is Not a Cheat Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334661 I have a moderate day I cheat which is Sunday, but lately, I've been enjoying small portions of goodies on weekends. While there is nothing wrong with that, I don't want to open up the floodgates to hell. Just wanted to be self-aware, as I eat this Tootsie roll, a large one. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, things are going really well. I drink a lot of water, and when I don't, I miss it. Victory, right? <BR> <BR> Well, hope you all have a great weekend! Don't over-cheat if you cheat on weeken... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:42:14 EST Finally, Water Drinking is More of a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333215 In fact, my body isn't quite right when I don't drink enough of it. That's the zone I want to be in and stay in. <BR> <BR> The eating and eating attitude are also shaping up nicely. Yesterday, I ate three corn tortillas, well three roasted chicken tacos, and I wasn't feeling guilty at all because I needed some fuel. <BR> <BR> Thoughtful Eating Plan: 1, Crappy Eating: 0 <BR> <BR> The rest of the day was comprised of eating good, filling whole foods. Actually, I refrained from gettin... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:55:51 EST Breakfast, Great Thus Far, Water Consumption Great Thus Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331777 I had a creative and healthy breakfast, a modified Korean-Mexican fusion bowl. The water drinking is going great! Finally. <BR> <BR> I am also taking care of myself in other ways, which is helping my healthy eating, somehow. I am finally getting my teeth fixed and am going to see my doctor. <BR> <BR> Today, we are going to another kid party, but yesterday was an inadvertent cheat day because we had another party. I didn't overdo it, but that's enough. The host gave me a wine cooler a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:00:42 EST Things Are Much Easier and I Don't Feel Like I'm Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331410 I really hope I can keep this up for the long-term. The whole foods plan is going really well, and when I eat or drink outside of it I am being more moderate. One interesting thing to note is that my stomach is way down (not that I've magically lost the weight in a week). Something I have been eating was wreaking havoc on my stomach and getting me really bloated. It could be the dairy, sugar, or perhaps flour. I am not sure which, but I can't drink milk anyway. I don't buy the whole glu... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:03:30 EST Eating is Getting Better and Moods are Balanced, More or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330169 The eating is going well. YAY! And I am more aware of my b-hangry mood swings; plus, when I get hungry I am really hungry. I also giving myself a moderate cheat day on Sundays, and that is a better more humane plan. <BR> <BR> The water drinking is still a struggle, but I am grappling with that. I am going to keep that as my long-term goal. <BR> <BR> (1) Eat mostly whole foods. <BR> (2) Drink lots of water. <BR> (3) Exercise 30 minutes three times a week Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:15:30 EST Stuffed My Feelings Down with Food Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328923 I was even aware I was doing it. Now, I'm having a nice beats and veggies and whole grain dinner, with roasted chicken. It is pretty good, and I have a thing for beats. <BR> <BR> I could cry about eating a fried fish sandwich, but I ate better today than I did yesterday. <BR> <BR> (1) Eat mostly whole foods. <BR> (2) Drink lots of water. <BR> (3) Exercise 30 minutes three times a week. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:33:39 EST Dim Sum, the Grocery List, and Going for a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328232 I am posting this more for myself. We went out for dim sum and had a late breakfast, and I tried really hard to stick to my plan, but of course couldn't. Dim sum has a lot of carbs and no naked food. <BR> <BR> However, I was glad to eat and taste vegetables. I had a small portion of sugar, and most importantly, I balanced my cranky butt back to a sane level. <BR> <BR> Plus, it was such a pleasure to watch my daughter eat noodles and duck. She is not a picky eater. In fact, my son (... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:39:42 EST Cranky from Lower Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328088 Yesterday wasn't perfect. I hit 80% of my eating plan, and I was happy. However, I am a cranky pants this morning, and will have to rethink how we eat out, which we will do soon. We are taking my daughter and family out for dim sum. She turns 2 and eats veggies! <BR> <BR> Ah crap, I also have to go grocery shopping to prep for this week. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my only goal is to drink water. I don't care if I hit 80% whole foods because I am trying. That should ease the crankiness. OR... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:23:37 EST Trying NOT To Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327707 But, I am about to change my eating plan. I have been trying to reduce stress, and my quality of life is pretty good. However, I have not had time to go to the gym because I have two small children and have been very busy with Union work. (Still, my quality of life is awesome because I am doing what I love.) <BR> <BR> However, my diet has been unbridled, and I find myself stress eating. <BR> <BR> Today, I asked my husband what he thought if I went back to eating whole foods and reducin... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 11:35:13 EST Sad to Be Going Home from a Great Vacation and Healthy Eating on the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292487 Well, today, we are driving home, and I am truly sad to have to go to work, although I love my job. We had an amazing vacation with a lot of great family time and gatherings. Plus, I cooked like a professional chef at times, which was awesome. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was reflecting on the kind of person I want to be this new year, and I just want to be the best human being possible regardless of what I'm doing. That doesn't mean I'm competing with others, just doing my best. I sat on my ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:01:34 EST I got on the scale and was not so shocked to find that I weigh 199 pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290341 We went on a road trip, and I didn't make the best possible food choices, and this holiday season, I drank too much. <BR> <BR> However, I am not making any weight loss or health resolutions in 2017. Last time I went on a diet last summer, I lost 30 pounds, but couldn't keep the pounds off. So, I am doing something different which is to observe myself from a distance while I eat. I guess that's like mindfulness eating. I have never tried that before, but it is actually helping me be mor... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:32:18 EST Started Yoga! But Kickboxing Is Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269440 I started doing power yoga, and boy is it awesome and kicks my butt. I have been going to kickboxing regularly, but the classes are about to end, and I foresee myself getting that gym membership I've been talking about at the Parks and Rec Center. <BR> <BR> Let me just say that yoga is amazing. I do 90 minutes of power yoga, then teach Sunday school. I am so wiped, I'm going to take a nap. <BR> <BR> These next two weeks, my husband and I are going to pack and clean the house. I have a ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:09:58 EST New Coaches Doing A LOT of ST and Core Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258274 Well Friends, <BR> <BR> Kickboxing is not the same, but I have been toning quite a bit. The new coaches focus a lot on weights and circuit training. I miss the old coach who would make us run. However, each coach focuses on different styles and muscle groups, so that is a blessing. <BR> <BR> Still, I need to add something else to my workouts, and I have been thinking yoga with my kids. There's also a toddler-mom exercise group I might join at the Parks and Rec Center. I would feel mo... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:31:53 EST Kick Boxing Coach Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253368 I am very, very sad. We got someone to do strength training, but I miss my old coach. :( <BR> <BR> (1) Seek long-term happiness. <BR> (2) Drink water, ten glasses daily min. <BR> (3) Clean the house four times a week. <BR> (4) Exercise, twice a week, good house scrub down once a week. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:47:00 EST Accountability and Honesty, Not Judgement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247212 This morning I was reflecting on what I have been doing well, and what I could do better. I was also thinking back to that two year period when I lost 40 pounds, and all the hours I spent in the gym and the calorie counting I kept. I lost my enthusiasm because I had a ridiculous idea of what my body should look like after all that effort. <BR> <BR> Now, my attitude is more balanced, probably because of the kids. I don't have the time to be a gym warrior, and I would rather stay home wit... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:21:41 EST