MARIANNMC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARIANNMC MARIANNMC'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/ Dang! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742149 I weighed in at 206 this morning. 9 pounds UP since the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. And no -- this isn't a trick of the scale or water weight or "that time of the month." It's an honest reflection of n0t eating right, not exercising enough, not sleeping well, blah, blah, blah. Not sparking. I took the "lost 50 pounds" logo off my sparkpage. <BR> <BR> At least I weighed myself today and posted my weight and I'm writing this blog. Honesty is the place to start, right? <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:19:24 EST What a Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741787 I'm exhausted. Good stuff and bad stuff (like babysitting our adorable nieces and nephews last night -- fun, but WORK) combined to make this a hard week. What a blessing to log on to sparkpeople and see that the challenge for Week 5 of the Summer 5% Challenge is SLEEP. I am always tired. I never go to bed when I should. This is a great "push"' for me to GO TO BED. NOW. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:41:12 EST Back to the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740257 I'm taking a few days "off" -- and went to the Y today for the first time since... Well, it's been too long. I've been taking walks around the neighborhood in the evening and I've been doing my stretches in front of the tv, but... It felt really good to walk on the treadmill and pump up the mph. And then I did the stationary bike. And then went back to the treadmill. All the while watching a Grey's Anatomy episode I'd never seen. It felt good to sweat. I need to figure out how to do t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:26:12 EST Going in the Wrong Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737233 202 this morning. Dang! Not surprising. I haven't been exercising. Or eating right. Or drinking enough water. And I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in a lonngggg time. Etc., etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Today's a new day. The start of a new weekly challenge. I know what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Turn around and start walking back to onederland! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:35:47 EST Personal Goal for Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736915 I have really been struggling with the Summer 5% Challenge. I want to do better. I NEED to do better. I WILL DO BETTER. The challenge for this coming week is "healthy snacking." In addition, I WILL LOG IN EVERY DAY to sparkpeople. That's my personal goal for the next seven days! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:25:49 EST Rest In Peace Mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734832 My friend Mary died on Fourth of July after three years of LIVING with angiosarcoma. I don't like the language of "after a three year battle with cancer" -- like the cancer won the battle. <BR> <BR> Anyway. My friend Mary is dead and I am sad and stressed and not sleeping well. <BR> <BR> Her husband has asked me to speak for 4-5 minutes at the wake tomorrow night. This is what I'm going to say. <BR> <BR> Good evening. My name is Mariann McCormally. I live in Kansas City, Missouri. <B... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:31:43 EST New Old Shorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730174 Last summer my sister MLH148 sent be a pair of exercise shorts that had become too BIG for her. She's always been smaller than me and very fit and athletic (and adventuresome!). And now after a couple years on sparkpeople she's even smaller, more fit and -- if possible -- more adventuresome! <BR> <BR> I was sure the shorts wouldn't fit, but she told me to try them on and I did, but I just barely got them zipped and snapped. Yes -- they were on, but they didn't fit. Tonight, a little mo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:02:41 EST Journeying in One-derland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722703 Today is the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. I weighed in at 197. I've actually been below 200 for a few weeks now. WOW. I know it's only a number and I need to focus on the process and daily choices and NSVs, but... I haven't been below 200 in a long time. <BR> <BR> So...the journey continues. The BMI charts say I "should" weigh 165. I can't imagine that, but we'll see. My goal for this challenge is 187. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone on their journey! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:55:25 EST Unexpected Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722456 My husband has a debilitating neurological condition and has a lot of bad days. And even more bad nights. Even though we have been saving-saving-saving to take a fabulous vacation trip for our 15th wedding anniversary (Italy? Ireland?), we can't -- because he's just not well enough. Last night he mentioned that he read that our little town has a free outdoor concert series on Friday nights in the summer. Hmmm. Tonight when I got home I asked him if he wanted to go check it out. He did -... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:19:29 EST Spring Challenge Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722313 My Goals: <BR> I want to not-go-back to my old ways. I want to eat healthy and exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> My Program: <BR> Diet Plan for the 5% Spring Challenge: <BR> I will eat breakfast, and something healthy every 3-4 hours. <BR> I will mindfully choose my afterwork/tv-viewing snack. I will limit salt-bad fats-and sugars. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Plan for 5% Winter Challenge: <BR> I will GET UP and MOVE every 30-60 minutes at work...walk for at least 20 minutes/day... and stretc... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:07:30 EST Spring Challenge PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719803 SPRING 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> Can I "keep on keepin' on," maintain my 50 pound weight loss, and get to Onederland? <BR> <BR> I'm starting this 8 week challenge not-feeling-well physically and feeling STRESSED emotionally and mentally. <BR> <BR> I don't feel "fierce" (sorry Tiger Monarchs). I feel a bit fragile. <BR> <BR> But I do WANT to continue this journey of sparking towards better health and happiness. I want to treat myself with gentleness and encouragement and trust that two s... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:04:39 EST A Different Conversation with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710893 I went out to eat tonight with my husband and our 19 year old niece who just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy. WOW! She had wonderful stories to tell. <BR> <BR> I ordered the grilled chicken breast, steamed veggies, salad -- no cheese, no croutons, dressing on the side. Our niece ordered the chicken finger with fries. I felt jealous! But when our meals came I kept saying to myself, "this tastes good" (and it did!). I put my fork down between each bite and took a sip of my iced te... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:05:45 EST Pajama Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707746 I was up in the night with my sick husband... The last three weeks have been very bad for him -- lots of pain, little sleep. I couldn't do much last night except to sit with him and make him some herbal tea (and let the pain meds kick in). I slept in this morning and stayed in my pjs all day. I DID watch my sodium...ate a fresh peach for breakfast...measured out my peanut butter at lunch...used no-salt tomatoes and Mrs. Dash to make a pasta sauce for supper... I'm learning. My final wei... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:47:44 EST Being Flexible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706864 This weekend is Festa Italiana in Kansas City -- a really fun, family-friendly outdoor event with free entertainment and lots of booths (and FOOD!). We've gone every year -- but I'm not sure we'll make it this year. My husband isn't feeling well. And if we do go, I have to figure out what-I-can-eat on my new low salt diet. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be flexible...and not hang on to any specific expectation too much. (But OMG Italian "nachos" are good!) <BR> <BR> I just need to see how thin... Fri, 30 May 2014 14:33:19 EST Low Salt Diet -- A New Chapter in the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706141 I saw my ENT today about my newly-diagnosed Meniere's Disease. He talked to me about caffeine (NO!) and salt (VERY LIMITED!). I sooo don't want to have another attack of dizziness and vomiting, I am ready to say "yes" to this new chapter in my journey. At one point the doc said, "and DON'T CHEAT on your diet." <BR> <BR> So. I have to learn some stuff. I haven't paid much attention to sodium (although it is in my nutrition tracker, thanks to a LTGL challenge we did on one of 5% Challen... Thu, 29 May 2014 15:12:46 EST What are you having for lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704576 One thing that has changed since I started sparkpeople is what I order when I go to lunch at the nearby bar and grill. I still get the grilled chicken salad, but I ask for "no cheese, no croutons." I still get the small roll, but I don't put any butter on it. I DON'T get a side order (a big basket, really!) of fries AND I don't eat fries off my co-worker's plate. And I drink water instead of pop. Very small changes. Do-able changes. That add up. YAY! Tue, 27 May 2014 18:10:40 EST What a Great Team: Tiger Monarchs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702820 I didn't know what I'd blog about today... I'm still a little "off my game" since a bad spell of dizziness and vomiting on Thursday and a diagnosis of Meniere's Disease. I tired and headachey and still a little dizzy and it's kind of hard to talk because I can't quite understand my own voice (the inner ear is very complicated). <BR> <BR> BUT. I didn't overeat yesterday. And I did take a (slow) mile walk with my husband last night. <BR> <BR> And I got lots of super support from my team... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:19:08 EST Meniere's Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702230 I've always had trouble with my ears. A zillion ear infections as a kid. Hearing loss due to otosclerosis. I've worn a hearing aid in my left ear since 2000. About a year ago the annual hearing test showed I had a loss of hearing in my right ear. My ENT suspected Meniere's Disease, but I didn't believe it. I went back in six months and there was another dip. I went back a month later -- another loss. I went back six weeks later -- still worse hearing! A week later -- another decline!... Sat, 24 May 2014 15:20:06 EST 10K Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700687 Sunday was the Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K race in Fredricksburg, Virginia -- and I finished the 10K! I had never done anything like this (it's only my second race, ever). I was 695 out of 771 -- so pretty far back in the pack. But my time was 1:34:48-- 15.16 minutes per mile. WOW. This is amazing to me. When I started sparkpeople a year and a half ago I was lucky if I could do 20 minutes on the treadmill at the Y set at 2.5 mph. I did six miles at an average of 4 m... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:44:26 EST First Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487647693.jpg"> <BR> I just finished my first race: the Hollidaysburg PA Area YMCA Altoona Curve Race. Thanks to my sister MLH148 I entered the 2 mile walk and I finished! 38 out of 87, 10 in my age group(and 4 of my age group were in the top five women overall). My time was. 29:49. I was very nervous - that I would be dead last, that I would get lost on the course, that I would get sick or hurt. But I did OK! I kept my pace and even pushed ... Sat, 17 May 2014 11:17:42 EST Six Miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689903 On January 1 my sister MLH148 asked me to do a 10K (she'll be doing a half-marathon). I said yes...but I haven't felt very confident that I can really walk 6.2 miles in under two hours (you HAVE to FINISH in UNDER two hours). I've been working on it...slowing building up... Last week I walked for 90 minutes. Yesterday I used mapmyrun.com and figured out a 6 mile route around work, up and down hills, and I DID IT. In one hour and forty minutes -- 17 minutes/mile, a 3.5 mph walk! And it w... Wed, 7 May 2014 15:15:02 EST Bad day yesterday, but back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685799 I got some bad news early yesterday morning. So, I ate breakfast. And then I ate a second breakfast. And then I stopped at the grocery store and bought some junk (chocolate rice krispy treats and some turkey jerky) and ate it ALL in the car on my way to work. <BR> <BR> Ridiculous. <BR> <BR> There was no need for lunch. I certainly wasn't hungry. I DID go to the Y late in the afternoon (and bumped up the speed on the treadmill a bit). I ate a healthy dinner (grilled chicken salad with ... Fri, 2 May 2014 13:14:18 EST Easter Compliments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676291 I've lost enough weight that my few nice tops are baggy (I never wear dresses...always pants and tops) , so I decided to look for a nice top for Easter. I work at a church and we have a service both on Saturday night and two on Sunday morning. So ideally -- I hoped to find two tops. <BR> <BR> The first couple of stores I went to, I had no luck. Am I a 2x? A 1x? Can anything really look good when I'm still 200+ pounds? And everything is so expensive! I HATE CLOTHES SHOPPING!!! It is ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:51:59 EST Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675918 Saturday -- phone call to my friend Mary Green <BR> Sunday -- early evening walk around Penguin Park <BR> Monday -- wrote in my journal <BR> Tuesday -- visit with Thomas, wrote in journal, walk in park <BR> Wednesday -- a long, demanding day at work...no time for exercise or "me time...went to bed! <BR> Thursday -- stargazing while walking the dog <BR> Friday -- lunch (grilled chicken salad, no cheese, no croutons) with my friend MA Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:17:55 EST Absolutely Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675419 I took a walk today at Happy Rock Park near my home. It was an absolutely beautiful day -- bright sun, comfortable temps, cool breeze, birds singing, yellow dandelions and purple violets dotting the super-green grass. It felt good to walk. I'm grateful. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:51:43 EST Habla-ing Espanol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674541 It's a busy week for ministers...but I had a really fun experience Tuesday evening. We have a thirteen year old boy who will receive his First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil service Saturday night. Both of his grandmothers are here from Mexico for this special occasion. One of the grandmothers came to the practice Tuesday night. I approached her and said, "Me llamo Mariana." She said, "Me llamo Maria Elena, pero no habla ingles." I began speaking Spanish to her and it was great fun.... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:27 EST A Rough Couple of Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670778 Today I weighed in 10 pounds heavier than two weeks ago. Of course, two weeks ago I was just finished with a nasty stomach bug -- so I knew that "199" was the diarrhea and vomiting talking. Unfortunately, the bug kept me on the couch and tired and achey and I've been slow getting back "into it." All my muscles are sore -- especially my back and legs. TIGHT! BUT. I'm back to my PT stretches and I took 2 10-minute walks today and I'm re-committing. I DID track all I ate today (and it was... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:22:09 EST Winter Challenge PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664473 Diet Plan for the 5% Winter Challenge: <BR> I will eat breakfast, and something healthy every 3-4 hours. <BR> I will not mindlessly eat while watching tv when I get home late from work. <BR> I will stay within my calorie range and limit salt-bad fats-and sugars. <BR> I will track and log everything I eat. <BR> <BR> Fitness Plan for 5% Winter Challenge: <BR> I will GET UP and MOVE every 30-60 minutes at work...walk for at least 20 minutes/day... and stretch for 30-minutes each evening... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:52:11 EST Winter Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664470 It is winter and I NEED the 5% Winter Challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to SPARK! I want to be MINDFUL and STRONG in all my choices -- body, mind, spirit and relationships. <BR> <BR> Goals for the next 8 weeks: <BR> <BR> I will be mindful. <BR> I will sit and breathe for 14 minutes twice a day. <BR> I will log in to sparkpeople.com every day. <BR> I will do the weekly challenges to the best of my ability. <BR> I will measure, log and track my food. <BR> I will have healthy food available... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:48:26 EST A Helluva Way to Get to Onederland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659176 I weighed in at 199.4 today -- seven pounds down from last Saturday. Of course, I've had a terrible stomach bug since Tuesday night. Vomiting, diarrhea, gut pain, headache, TIRED. I know when I'm able to put more in my stomach than sips of water and chamomile tea the number on the scale will go back up. (I've also been trying tiny bits of the BRAT diet -- bananas-rice-applesauce-toast). It is VERY WEIRD for me to not-be-hungry. In fact, food commercials on tv make feel more sick! <BR>... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:07:23 EST Week One of 10k Walk Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644100 Today I finished week one of training for the 10K walk in May. The program is set up to build endurance, stamina and speed -- but very slowly. This week I had to walk 15 minutes, five days out of seven. Most days I walked longer, but having the training commitment MADE me do it today after a long, hard, not-super fun day at work. <BR> <BR> Monday is my "distance" day. Week two begins with a 30 minute walk. No problem. And then 20 minute walks for four days out of the next six. <BR> <... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:11:03 EST Good Doctor's Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630484 I haven't lost any weight in the past three months. But I had blood work done three months ago and then again this week -- and everything is better! HDL and LDL and triglycerides and all the other stuff the doctor checks for. Every indicator shows I'm more healthy than I was three months ago. I am eating better and moving more -- and my body is getting healthier. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:31:21 EST 5% Winter Challenge -- Happiness Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625198 This week we can earn 10 points each day for INTENTIONALLY spending at least 10 minutes doing something that makes us happy. <BR> <BR> Here's my Happiness Week Log: <BR> <BR> Saturday -- walking OUTSIDE around RU campus with husband (and I made a "rule" that we couldn't talk about work while we walked!). <BR> <BR> Sunday -- playing with my great niece and nephews (ages 1, 5, 7 and 8). I didn't get any "formal" exercise, but I was up and down off the floor and lifting them and enjoying t... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:20:57 EST My Legs are Longer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621665 I got out of the shower the other day and caught a glance of myself in the mirror -- and it looked like my legs were longer. Yes. They're definitely longer. And then I realized. My belly fat is no longer hanging so low that it's covering the tops of my thighs! My body is changing. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong -- I still have plenty of belly fat that's hanging low. <BR> <BR> But not quite so much. <BR> <BR> This is encouraging. It makes me WANT to eat less junk and move more. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:27:02 EST A New Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604536 I am not doing super-great on the Winter 5% Challenge. I'm sitting at my desk too much and eating junk. BUT I have made some changes in the past year that have "stuck" and I want to note them and celebrate them and reassure myself that I am changing. <BR> <BR> So -- one change is my Charlie Hooper's ritual. Hoopers is a bar and grill near where I work. It has a great grilled chicken salad -- full of cucumbers and cauliflower and mushrooms and tomatoes and lots of greens. It's been a ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:45:18 EST Slow Start to 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599563 Day #1 of the Winter Challenge I drank my water and stayed within my calorie limit and tracked all my food, but got in O exercise. Today, Day #2, I drank my water, got in a lot of NEAT minutes at work (on my feet from 8 'til 3, lots of walking, climbing stairs, getting up and down from the floor with the little kids, carrying lots of heavy stuff), and a 20 minute walk outside -- but I ate way too much. Rolls and cheese and deli meat. The plan for tomorrow -- 8 glasses of water, 1500 health... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:55:45 EST Fall 5% Info -- for the archives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582450 It's fall and I'm ready for the 5% Fall Challenge. <BR> <BR> Goals for the next 8 weeks: <BR> <BR> I will break the habit of late-night snacking in front of the tv. I will EAT SUPPER (and not just work-through it) and MEASURE, LOG and TRACK any "snack" I eat when I get home from work. <BR> <BR> I will learn how-to-use-the-weight machines at the Y (and use them!) and continue with my walking and stretching. <BR> <BR> I will be ACTIVE, EFFECTIVE, POWERFUL and NORMAL. <BR> <BR> My Goal... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:00:31 EST Personal Interim Challenge -- Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569574 I'm going to follow NOLACHERIE's lead and continue to post my weight during this interim period between the Fall 5% and Winter 5% Challenges. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my Fall 5% goal of 199. My husband suggests that just "holding steady" might be a reasonable goal with the holidays. <BR> <BR> I think my personal goal will be to exercise at least 5 times/week (including weights at least 2 times/week) and to record everything I eat. I will continue to work on "no snack" or "under 200 calor... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:01:32 EST Personal Interim Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559097 I'm going to follow NOLACHERIE's lead and continue to post my weight during this interim period between the Fall 5% and Winter 5% Challenges. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my Fall 5% goal of 199. My husband suggests that just "holding steady" might be a reasonable goal with the holidays. <BR> <BR> I think my personal goal will be to exercise at least 5 times/week (including weights at least 2 times/week) and to record everything I eat. I will continue to work on "no snack" or "under 200 calo... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:49:14 EST Fall Challenge -- Success or Failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559084 I weighed in this morning at 210 --exactly where I was 8 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed that I didn't lose any weight during the Fall 5% Challenge (but I admit I consistently didn't eat within my calorie limit, so I'm not surprised). <BR> <BR> I also didn't conquer my habit of mindless eating-eating-eating after supper. That's still a mountain I have to climb. <BR> <BR> I did learn how to use the weights at the Y (even after an excruciatingly humbling first meeting with my you... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:38:13 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- Part II 67% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558719 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 19 for 28 <BR> <BR> .670 would be a great batting average, but 67% is a D. This bad habit is still one I have to conquer! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:04:07 EST No Mindless Eating... If you don't count the peanut butter straight out of the jar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558228 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 18 for 27 (eating peanut butter straight out of the jar...not a good day) <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:03:06 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557588 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 18 for 26 <BR> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:15:33 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556852 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 17 for 25 <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:37:19 EST Outside My Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555948 I've never really understood the whole "you need to get out of your comfort zone" admonition. When someone says that to me, I think, "No, I don't want to do that because I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT." <BR> <BR> But yesterday I went to the Y for another "Coaching Connection" session -- and I got pushed right out of my comfort zone. My young , thin trainer Brittanie met me at the door with Aaron. A GUY. A young, thin, good looking GUY. He is being trained as a trainer and was going to accomp... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:21:52 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555943 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 17 for 24 <BR> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:13:20 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555046 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 16 for 23 <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:29:09 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554063 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> 16 for 22 Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:35:54 EST No Mindless Eating after Supper -- The Final Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553484 One of my goals for the Fall 5% Challenge is to break my habit of eating-eating-eating after supper (especially when I get home late). For the next four weeks, my goal is to eat-a-healthy supper and to have either "no snack" or "under-200 calorie-snack" after. <BR> <BR> AND for this last week, our team challenge is the 9" plate which means NO GOING BACK FOR SECONDS. <BR> <BR> 16 for 21 <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:52:24 EST Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552734 I was very grumpy yesterday morning. My husband couldn't do anything right! I was very agitated and on edge and unhappy. I realized that I was very anxious about all the holiday eating that begins with Thanksgiving. And I like to eat! But I'm afraid of gaining back all the weight I've lost. <BR> <BR> So... I apologized to my husband and asked, "do you want to know what's really bothering me?" Poor man -- he started to "guess." "No, no. Can I tell you what's really bothering me?" ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:17:02 EST