MCASKEY6's SparkPeople Blog MCASKEY6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Year's Resolutions Feb. Update It is time to check up on my New Year's Resolutions to see how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> My Resolutions are: <BR> 1) Get my roommate to help out more <BR> 2) Reduce TV time and be more productive <BR> 3) Lose weight <BR> 4) Finish my novel <BR> 5) Work on my financial situation <BR> <BR> Resolution Number One; has made small progress. My roommate still insists on waiting until I've directed her to do something, before she's willing to do it. However, now, rather then having to tell her what ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:12:31 EST Marsupial Fit The latest in fitness craze hits Australia's outback, Marsupial Fit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>ml?nf=1 </link> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:29:07 EST Struggling to see the loss I've hit a plateau in the my weight loss. Yet I've had all these non-scale rewards. <BR> <BR> I'm climbing stairs faster and getting less winded. <BR> <BR> Clothes are fitting better. <BR> <BR> And I just feel better. <BR> <BR> But the scale stopped moving and even went up a pound and I started having negative thoughts. <BR> <BR> Then this morning, as I was getting ready for the gym I noticed that my once tight gym sweatshirt, was now fitting me with room to spare. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:44:36 EST A goal worth fighting for. It's locked in. The vacation time has been requested and approved, plans are in motion. <BR> <BR> The week of July 4th I will be going to Pasadena to visit a friend of mine. During that trip we will be doing an overnight hike. We will hike and camp. Somewhere between 2 to 3 days worth of hiking. <BR> <BR> When we get back from our hike, we plan to, possibly, go down to San Diego and lounge on the beach. <BR> <BR> So that means I have roughly 5 months to get into shape for not only ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:16:43 EST That Moment That Moment when you put on a shirt that USED to be too small and it is now way too big. <BR> <BR> I used to cringe wearing this shirt, because it stretched across my stomach and made me feel huge and fat. <BR> <BR> Then I started wearing it regularly because it start fitting me well. <BR> <BR> But I put it on this morning and realized I'm now swimming in it. <BR> <BR> It might be almost time to retire this shirt to the donation box. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:34:38 EST Humbling. This guy swam across the Atlantic Ocean. I was exhausted just by riding in an airplane when it flew across the Atlantic. <BR> <BR> Now he's intending to swim the Pacific. <BR> <BR> That's humbling. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>16/02/01/464457884/can-extreme-exercis<BR>e-hurt-your-heart-swim-the-pacific-to-<BR>find-out?<BR>edium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term<BR>=nprnews&utm_content=20160201 </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:31:33 EST Conditioning for Overnight Hike. I decided to take advantage of the good weather this weekend before the cold front moved in, so I spent the weekend hiking. <BR> <BR> Which lead to a discussion with a friend about how she'd always wanted to do a long distance/overnight hike. (Hike someplace, camp, and hike back out) <BR> <BR> Now we're researching great hikes, and I'm going to have invest in some actual hiking boots. <BR> <BR> But this will give me motivation to get into even better shape, in order to be conditioned ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:20:55 EST Temptation Fail Well I tried, but I failed. My boss had mentioned she'd be bringing donuts today, so I challenged myself not to have any. <BR> <BR> Long story short, my boss is a well intentioned Food Bully. So she kept pushing until I had one, then I had two more. <BR> <BR> They were Dunkin' Donut Munchinks, so not as bad as a whole donut, but still around 70 calories a pop and more sugar then I want or need. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and had my oatmeal; so I won't be tempted to have more. I was able to... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:25:12 EST Temptation My boss announced that she will be bringing donuts tomorrow, simply because it's Friday. <BR> <BR> At first I was like, "Yay! Donuts!" <BR> <BR> But as I thought about it, I remembered the quote, "Don't give up what you want most, for what you want now." <BR> <BR> What I want most is to lose weight. Wanting donuts is a passing fancy. <BR> <BR> So I've decided to challenge myself to refrain from donuts tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:38:48 EST Rewards I keep reading about the importance of setting up a goal and reward system. I understand why it works. We need to pause and think about just how much we've accomplished. I still have roughly 40lbs to lose. BUT I have lost 37lbs and I've managed to keep 30 of those pounds off for the last 3 years. That's not little potatoes. <BR> <BR> But my problem is the reward side. I'm a terrible person to buy presents for because I just don't have a clue as to what I want. <BR> <BR> Ok, yes, I e... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:20:14 EST Now or Never I have a pattern. In the fall around Sept or Oct. I get back on the wagon and start losing a lot of weight. I become very dedicated and focused on my weight loss and my health. <BR> <BR> Then the holidays come. And I tell myself, I'm going to back off right now, enjoy myself, enjoy family, etc. and I'll get back on the horse in Jan. <BR> <BR> Then I get home from the holidays and there's no food in the house, so I keep meaning to go to the store, but in the meantime, I hit up Taco Bell... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:13:35 EST New Years update Well, my workout routine is more or less on track. <BR> <BR> But my food is not. I don't know what it is, but I just can't seem to get myself back on course. <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful pasta dish, low in calories, high in veggies. I have my snacks. But there's just been too many opportunities to cheat. <BR> <BR> I have to run to the store for cat litter and, "Oh, I'll pick up an individual slice of cake while I'm here. One slice won't hurt." (which is actually two servings, b... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:53:59 EST New Years Resolutions Stage 1 My first new years resolution was to "allow" my roommate to participate more in the care and upkeep of our apartment. <BR> <BR> She is a bit unmotivated, so every time I clean she will ask if there's anything she can do; unless I tell her to do something, (and give her step by step instructions) she will do nothing and instead play online while I clean. <BR> <BR> This has caused me a great deal of frustration and resentment. <BR> <BR> So I printed up step by step instructions. I have ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:07:52 EST How do people with kids do it? Last night my roommate was hyper, it was raining, so she paced for at least an hour while I was trying to sleep. <BR> <BR> Thump, thump, thump, thump, thump. Thump, thump, thump, thump. It was like water torture. (And yes, I've talked to her about it, asked her to keep it down, or at least turn on the TV to drown out the repetitive thumping.) <BR> <BR> When she settled down my cat started up, meowing loudly and patting my face every couple of hours because he wanted attention. <BR> <BR> B... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:33:37 EST 2016 the year of Possibility. Last year at this time I weighed 198.5lbs. Today I weighed in at 187lbs. Yes, that's only about 10lbs in a year. <BR> <BR> But those 10lbs were hard earned. I have learned so much about myself, physically and emotionally in the last year. <BR> <BR> I've learned many of the triggers that send me into an emotional tailspin straight into the fridge. I've dealt with loss, fear, stress, loneliness, uncertainty, boredom, exhaustion, foodbullies, and temptation. Through trial and error, I've... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:29:07 EST Can I do it? Holidays are over and I weigh 187lbs. <BR> <BR> Next month I want to weigh 180lbs. <BR> <BR> Can I do it? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 18:08:40 EST New Years 2016 I celebrated New Years at a Star Wars Prom. A local bar threw a Star Wars themed New Years party. <BR> <BR> I have to say, the Dark Side never looked so good. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was planning on dressing up in a Star Wars inspired costume. But when I saw that dress, I knew I wanted it. I figured it was ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:42:34 EST Using bad habits to promote good ones TV is a horrible time sink. TV just turns off my brain and sucks up my time. But I just spent an an hour and a half on the elliptical because I got suck into watching Love It or List It. <BR> <BR> My all time elliptical record was 4 hours because I got sucked into a marathon show. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:53:17 EST Happy New Year I'm learning that getting back in the saddle is easier then I feared. <BR> <BR> I just got back from my Christmas Holiday with family, lots of chocolate, drinks, eating out, and diet sodas. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning, knowing I have a couple of liters of diet soda, and I realized, that I just didn't want it. Instead I poured myself a glass of water. I'm also sick of chocolate and other treats. I will be making my healthy tuna patties today. <BR> <BR> My gym is closed until Jan. ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:09:16 EST Ready for my vacation 4:00pm, on a Friday, before a two week holiday, is torture. <BR> <BR> All my work is done, I'm ready to go, I have an hour left, and I'm literally squirming in my desk. <BR> <BR> Time Pass! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:00:26 EST Stress in the mail Ugh, I got a letter today with more student loan drama. So I just spent 2.5 hours trying to sort all this out, figure out if I can even afford this new payment, and generally felt myself sink deeper into the mess that is my life thanks to a higher education. <BR> <BR> I'm now both exhausted and wired. I know if I try to sleep, my brain won't stop. But I have to work tomorrow, and I'm up against the wall knowing that at best I'll get a few hours of sleep, and that's if I skip the gym and s... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 01:14:20 EST Finally back on my schedule It really is shocking how a couple of weeks of low activity can undo months of vigorous activity. <BR> <BR> After Thanksgiving vacation, a massive allergy attack which left me out for a day, and a pinched nerve which left me in agony, I'm finally back to my old schedule. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and biked to the gym. Usually it takes me less than 10 minutes and I bounce off my bike ready for my workout. <BR> <BR> Today, it took me about 15 minutes, and I had to drag myself off m... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:44:47 EST Apparently, that blush was all wrong for me. Feline ownership takes patience. Especially, when your fuzzy loved one has a UTI, the meds haven't kicked in yet, and he pees on your makeup bag. <BR> <BR> I got all the way to work and was on my way to the bathroom to put on my makeup when I noticed. <BR> <BR> Oh, well, I've been meaning to buy new makeup anyway. <BR> <BR> As for the cat, the form of execution has not been determined yet; however, snuggling and kissing to death seems to be the lead choice. <em>211</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:22:12 EST Pinched Nerve. So I spent almost my entire birthday in my PJs, watching TV, trying not to move my right arm or my neck. <BR> <BR> After resting it all day, heating pads, and OTC pain relievers its finally loosening up, a little. I made it to work, but I still can't move my head very much. <BR> <BR> My boss keeps wanting me to go back to my chiropractor. But I'm not too crazy about that idea. I went to chiropractor for a couple of months to see if it would help with my bizarre phantom arm itch; it did... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:33:54 EST It's my birthday It's my birthday, and at some point in the early morning I somehow pinched a nerve in my neck/shoulder. <BR> <BR> I was in such agonizing pain I couldn't move. I tried a heating pad, which helped some. This morning, I have an ache in my shoulder as long as I don't turn my head; if I do that I have a sharp, shooting pain in my neck and shoulder. <BR> <BR> I really hope this isn't an indicator on how this next year is going to unfold. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 10:14:50 EST I don't think Hollywood is the problem. The other day I watched a Youtube Video that discussed the unrealistic waistlines of Disney Princesses, and the impact that had/has on young girls. <BR> <BR> They showed several women, side by side images of the princesses they'd loved growing up, in one image the princesses had their original waists and the next showed what they would look like with a realistic waist. <BR> <BR> After looking at the images the women began to discuss how those images definitely impacted their body images a... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:07:56 EST Short Goal It's a short goal, but a big one. My next weigh-in is on the 9th. I want to drop 3.6lbs by then. Even 2lbs would be a huge victory. <BR> <BR> Today I will get back into my healthy eating and working out. I have to do a little shopping. <BR> <BR> I also plan to pamper myself a bit with a trim or a hair cut, I haven't decided yet. <BR> <BR> So here I go. Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:25:49 EST Thanksgiving Leftovers II I went from 181lbs to 183.6lbs over 10 days. <BR> <BR> But considering it was 10 days of poor diet and low physical activity (-4 degrees and a disabled relative will do that to you) <BR> <BR> When I say poor diet I mean it. One morning I had potato chips for Breakfast, another we just had donuts. <BR> <BR> But overall, I tried to limit the bad and fill up on what little healthy there was. <BR> <BR> This morning, rather then chips, donuts, or sugary cereal with a diet soda, I'm ha... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:14:11 EST Thanksgiving leftover After visiting my aunt for the first time in 30 years, I have a renewed desire to become healthy! <BR> <BR> I'm blown away that she's in such poor health;, she can barely walk, is extremely frustrated with her immobility, and yet she does nothing to change that. She is diabetic and goes through insulin like it's water. Yet, she insists on eating donuts with dripping frosting, candy, chips, adds sugar to her frosted cereal, etc. <BR> <BR> I know she's in her mid-seventies, and old habits... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 18:40:02 EST On my way to Thanksgiving I am accepting the fact that for the next 10 days I will be very limited in my dietary choices, but I will still have a choice. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:52:00 EST "It Could be Worse" I am constantly getting myself down. <BR> <BR> I start thinking about how I'm single, how my job isn't ever going to go anywhere, I'm broke, I still have my gut, etc. You get the idea. <BR> <BR> But I've decided that I'm going to make a real effort to remember that, it could be worse. All I have to do is look at the news to know, it could be so much worse. <BR> <BR> I have to remember that everyone has problems. It's our attitude about our problems that matters. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:18:19 EST Break Day I've been hitting it hard at the gym, 7 days a week for the last month or so. I woke up this morning, and just knew I wasn't going in today. <BR> <BR> It wasn't an, "It's too cold" or "I'm too tired." I just wasn't going in today. <BR> <BR> I stayed snuggled in my bed an extra 30 minutes. My cat lounged on my lap most of the morning while I sipped tea and window shopped online. <BR> <BR> Then I went to work. <BR> <BR> And I'm cool with that, because life is balance, and too much of... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:21:40 EST 8 weeks without a soda. I can't really say what it was that made me quit; I guess the timing was just right. <BR> <BR> I was at the grocery store and I just really didn't want any sodas, so I listened to myself and I didn't buy any. I decided to replace my caffeine needs with teas I'd been experimenting with, and I bought a pitcher to keep water in the fridge. <BR> <BR> Later I still didn't want any sodas. So I still didn't buy any. Then it became, "I've avoided them for too long now, I can't have a soda." ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:13:24 EST Mind-blowing impressive move at the gym I noticed a man at the gym today, doing a move so extraordinary it's hard to explain. <BR> <BR> He was doing a side to side...his legs were straight, bent at the waist 90 degrees with his body, his feet flat and the bottoms toward the ceiling. He was rotating at his waste from side to side...however, he was doing this while hanging from the Captain's Chair. <BR> <BR> (See my sketch below...I just can't explain it) <BR> <BR> He was holding onto the top bars yet he was keeping his back ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:49:59 EST Falling in love with myself. My thighs are so nice now. They're all shapely, pretty, with strong muscles and curves. I keep finding myself looking down at them when I'm walking...which is a serious hazard when going down stairs or through doorways. <BR> <BR> But even in a heap on the ground they are very pretty thighs. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:17:38 EST Wouldn't work... I knew it wouldn't work. Garlic Hummus on cucumbers, ew. It wasn't right. But I was out of Triscuits, what could I do? <BR> <BR> Ok, so I'm wrong once in a while. Garlic and even Sweet Red Pepper Hummus on Cucumbers is really good. Also Hummus on Zucchini. <BR> <BR> Plus there are about the same number of calories in 1 Triscuit as there are in 1 cup of sliced zucchini. <BR> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:52:50 EST That Moment When you've had a good morning workout, biked to work, pulled out your office clothes, and realize you forgot your bra and you get to spend the whole day in a sweaty sports bra. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't be so bad, expect I like being the busty one, and with this thing I'm practically flat chested. Vanity. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:46:34 EST Holiday Stressers. Thanksgiving is literally a week away and I'm not ready. This year I'm going to visit my aunt and cousin in Montana, two people I have never met. <BR> <BR> With both of my parents gone I've felt a need to reconnect with family. My aunt is the last surviving member of that generation, pretty sad when you consider I'm in my early 30s. <BR> <BR> (Sadder still when you think about the fact that my Great Grandmother lived to 92, my grandmother to 88, and my mother 71. Not a trend I like.) ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:58:30 EST BMI is not accurate! All day I've seen article after article pop up about a new study that shows Obesity is on the rise again. <BR> <BR> However, these studies are based on BMI data. Which means the studies are flawed from the beginning. <BR> <BR> BMI was never intended to show obesity or even fitness levels. It fails to take in the essential of weight, body type. <BR> <BR> It's like trying to measure tire pressure with a bathroom scale. It's just the wrong tool. <BR> <BR> I am 5'6" and I'm built mor... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:49:08 EST Missing Color Vibe 5K It's been busy lately, and I haven't been keeping up on the events happening in my town, so I missed the Registration for the Color Vibe 5K race that's happening this weekend. <BR> <BR> Oh well, maybe next time. <BR> <BR> Mental note, must keep an eye out for any Zombie 5K runs; those are seriously fun...especially when you're the zombie who jumps out and scares the heck out of the "survivors". <BR> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:47:31 EST Tigger's Mountain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Tigger is out of the woods, across the Savannah, and half way up his first mountain! <BR> <BR> It's good to acknowledge just how far we've come. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:47:06 EST Monthly weigh-in. I just had my monthly weigh-in and I'm down 6lbs!!! <BR> <BR> They had an intern there and they had her practice taking my blood pressure, which was perfect. <BR> <BR> I'm a little bummed because my Percent Body Fat stayed the same. But that'll come down in time. <BR> <BR> I also didn't reach my goal of a 10lbs weight loss, which would have put me at 177lbs. But I am within 4lbs of that weight loss, so I've decided it's time for a new goal. <BR> <BR> With Thanksgiving coming up, and a... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:43:25 EST Ravenous I have been ravenous the last couple of days. I don't know if it's because I've been working out so much, the weather change, or some hormonal shift thing. <BR> <BR> All I know is, I had my typical breakfast, my mid-morning snack, it's 11:07am, and I'm already looking around for a second snack. <BR> <BR> I know it's not good to let myself become hungry. But on the other hand I have read about the "Set Weight Point" Basically, if you've been 200lbs for 10 years, than suddenly drop 20lbs,... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:22:35 EST My inner child didn't want to get up. I'm not getting up yet. I'm too tired, I didn't get to bed on time last night so I didn't get enough sleep, so I'll just sleep in today and skip my workout. Sleeps very important. <BR> <BR> I turn on the light. <BR> <BR> But I'm not getting out of bed. I'm really tired and it's so cold outside. I haven't pulled out my winter workout clothes yet. I'll just lay in bed and rest. Plus my cat is being very loving and snugly. <BR> <BR> I get up and put on my gym clothes. <BR> <BR> But I... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:32:49 EST Treat for 20 I just reached a 16lbs weight loss mark. I'm thinking I need to come up with a good treat when I reach 20lbs. <BR> <BR> But what? <BR> <BR> Clothes? I have so many already <BR> Books? Literally coming out my ears <BR> <BR> I'm just stumped. But I know I need to do something, because 20 isn't small potatoes. <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:38:38 EST I caved My plan was to skip the pizza party fundraiser. <BR> <BR> I had paid my $5 and I figured I'd call it a donation. <BR> <BR> However, best laid plans.... <BR> <BR> I was recruited to help pick up the pizza and unfortunately, I had to miss my snack to do so. By the time we got back with the pizzas I was pretty hungry. <BR> <BR> Than my local food bullies got involved and started guilt-ing me into having some. So I ended up caving. <BR> <BR> It wasn't great pizza, I had a much bet... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 13:51:59 EST Deflecting Food. My goal is to refrain from eating junk and sweets until Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> So of course, this morning I was trapped in a meeting with Danishes and muffins. This afternoon and Friday there will be cake and ice cream. I had to attend a lunch meeting at an Italian restaurant today, and tomorrow is a charity fund-raising pizza party. <BR> <BR> I will confess I caved a little this morning. The meeting ran into my snack time and I ended up having a little of a muffin top. But, I did t... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:22:35 EST Holidays Phase 2 I know I'm not going to have much control over what I eat at Thanksgiving. I'll be a captive audience for eight days. <BR> <BR> But I can control what I eat for the next 22 days. So like with Halloween I'm going to refrain from junk foods and sweats until Thanksgiving, and then I'll give myself license to enjoy (rather than worry). <BR> <BR> I figure I'll do the same with Christmas. Just say no to all goodies and sweets until the big day and then I won't be so worried about how I'll ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:49:16 EST That Moment When a friend you haven't seen in a while says, "Wow, your arms look amazing!" Sun, 1 Nov 2015 18:50:53 EST Halloween Hangover There is nothing like going a full month without sugar to make you realize just how bad you feel after eating candy. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful, awesome Halloween night. We ate candy, laughed, drank, danced, and closed down the clubs. Defiantly memories we'll keep forever. <BR> <BR> But after eating sugar, I have heartburn, feel bloated, nauseated, tired, and I realized I really don't like the taste of candies I used to love. I wonder if, like many other things, it... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:37:59 EST