MCASKEY6's SparkPeople Blog MCASKEY6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Aspire Assist? I ran across this device and I have to say, I'm disturbed. <BR> <BR> I don't want to step on anyone's feelings, and there very well could be someone out there who found this to be a true life saver. <BR> <BR> But for me, it's just touching too closely on eating disorders. It's basically a neat and tidy version of purging. <BR> <BR> Which, I'm sorry, but what does that really accomplish? Yes, the person using it will lose weight, but that does not mean they will keep it off or that th... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:36:51 EST Gross out, for health I like those "Top Ten" type videos. They are entertaining and they can be very informative. <BR> <BR> Last night, I ran across a top ten grossest things about fast food. <BR> <BR> Normally, I don't really go for the gross top tens, but I figured if it was gross enough it would help me steer clear of those types of establishments. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, it was rather gross, and even if they aren't all true, the purpose was served. I don't think I'll be having buns or a milkshake any... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:28:18 EST Time to kick up the weights. Tuesdays and Thursdays I do some cardio and weights. <BR> <BR> Usually, I walk away from the machines barely able to lift my arms. Today, however, I walked away, not really feeling it. <BR> <BR> Thursday I think it's time to increase the weight. It's no time to set on my laurels. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:24:29 EST My New Year's Resolutions Update. My new year's resolutions have languished, ignored, and forgotten for months. But recently, they've been circling back to the forefront of my brain. <BR> <BR> My resolutions where: <BR> 1) Get my roommate to help more <BR> 2) Reduce TV <BR> 3) Lose weight <BR> 4) Finish my novel <BR> 5) Work on my financial situation <BR> <BR> #1 Roommate Help: To date, my roommate has started helping out more. The problem now seems to be getting her to do it properly, and with a little focus rather th... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:46:10 EST The Diabolical Universe. My cat was frisky yesterday, and ended spilling his water dish. I, of course, didn't realize it until I slipped in the water. <BR> <BR> I didn't hit the ground, but in steadying myself I did pull a muscle in my shoulder and neck. <BR> <BR> To make things even better, I woke up this morning with a severe sinus headache, (probably partly due to my shoulder) <BR> <BR> I rode my bike this morning and it just made my headache pound and my shoulder is not happy. <BR> <BR> I am a sad, grump... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:32:00 EST To weigh or not to weigh II My struggle is, the scale rules me. Even if I'm seeing results in other areas, better fitting clothes, more energy, lifting heavier weights, etc. if the scale is up, I feel down. <BR> <BR> I get angry with myself and the process, and end up feeling like a failure. <BR> <BR> So I was contemplating just weighing myself once a month. <BR> <BR> However, everyone I've talked to has told me that it's a bad idea. Even I'm worried that giving it up altogether, is going to allow me to "be ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:30:18 EST To weigh or not to weigh? There is no high like stepping on the scale at the end of the week and seeing that the number has dropped. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, there is no low like stepping on the scale and finding that number has gone up, stayed the same, or hasn't dropped as far as one would have hopped. <BR> <BR> So the question is, should the scale even be a routinely used tool in the weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> Some say the scale is a vital part of the journey and an indispensable motivational tool. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:27:40 EST Week 2: Running Update II Monday, I managed to walk/run 2 miles in 27:55. In total I did 2.10 miles. <BR> <BR> Today, I walk/ran 2 miles in 27:48; and did a total of 2.12 miles. <BR> <BR> Small improvements, but improvements nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:18:59 EST Would having my trainer gain 50 lbs help me lose weight? Hum? Well I have to ask, would gaining 50lbs help my trainer understand what it's like to be 12 years old, excitedly trying on Halloween costumes only to have my mother look me up and down, sigh and say, "You look like an old sack of potatoes"? <BR> <BR> Would it help them understand what it's like to hear those words every time I try on clothes? <BR> <BR> Would it help them realize what it is like to be in gym class, trying to run the lap and have my teacher yell, "Give it up, we're goin... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:02:43 EST Week 2: Running Update Pushed myself today and managed to shave a few seconds off my time. <BR> <BR> I went from 2 miles in 28:48 last week to 2 miles in 27:55 today. <BR> <BR> I'm still not a fan of running. But I do work up a good sweat doing it. Though I think it might help if I hydrate a bit more before I run on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be able to run/walk a 10K in an hour (or less) sometime around Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm using a treadmill, and I run half and walk half. Th... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:37:36 EST Running Wednesday, I half ran, half walked 2 miles in 28:41 <BR> Today, I half ran, half walked 2 miles in 28:48. <BR> <BR> So pretty consistent. I, of course, blame the extra 7 seconds on my earbud cord coming undone and bouncing around until I folded it back up. <BR> <BR> My goal is to try and run a 10K, around Thanksgiving, in under 1 hour. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:43:07 EST 20 Weeks to a 10K? My friend wants to run a Marathon. But our recent experience with reality on a camping trip has brought her a little clarity. So she's agreed to scale it back to a 10K around Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> According to my calendar that means I have around 20 weeks to go from not running at all to being able to compete in a 10K without completely humiliating myself. <BR> <BR> Recently, I've tried the treadmill twice. Each time I was able to do equal parts run and walk and managed to complete 2... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:59:09 EST Back from Big Bear! Just got back from three days in LA and three days camping at Big Bear Lake. <BR> <BR> Big Bear: <BR> <BR> The first day we went swimming. It's a little difficult to find good places to swim that aren't crowded or have dead fish. But still it was fun. <BR> <BR> The next day we hiked to Castle Rock...I recommend you find the actual path, and not the game trail path my friend decided was the trail. On the upside, it was an awesome workout and we got to blaze the path less traveled. ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:04:40 EST Gearing up for LA and Big Bear this weekend I'm going to be spending four days and three nights camping at Big Bear Lake next week. We plan on hiking, kayaking, swimming, and stargazing. <BR> <BR> I love the Good Will, I managed to find two brand new camp chairs and one decent camp chair, plus a nice camp blanket, a brand new sleeping bag, and backpack, all for $30. <BR> <BR> I was sorely tempted to buy the 10 person tent and queen sized air-mattress, each $20. But I don't really have a use for the air-mattress outside of this tri... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:59:10 EST First Time Treadmill I ran on the treadmill for the first time (well at least the first time I can remember). <BR> <BR> I ran 2 miles in 29:25. Which I don't think is so bad for my first time ever. <BR> <BR> But it did kick my rump-roast. I left the gym with one of those big sweat-stains around my chest and back. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:40:58 EST Watched too much Burn Notice and now I'm looking down the barrel of a gun (sort of) I've been on a Burn Notice kick, as has my friend. Now she thinks we can run a half marathon in October. <BR> <BR> I don't run. I use an elliptical, I swim, I bike, I hike, I walk, I lift weights, but I don't run. <BR> <BR> But perhaps it's time to give running another shot? Perhaps I can start slow on the treadmills and work my way up to actual street running? Or is it better to just go to the street? <BR> <BR> If I do this I'm going to need a plan. Michael's all about plans, p... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:36:26 EST San Diego and back. I spent 10 days in San Diego. <BR> <BR> I swam in the ocean, kayaked, hiked, and walked a lot. <BR> <BR> The weather was sometimes chilly, but Beautiful. It made me want to be outside as much as possible. Even when I was home, I still wanted to leave the doors and windows open; well until the giant bug flew in and started dive bombing me... <BR> <BR> I came home, all fired up to continue my outdoor, summer fun...and it's breaking records with 113 degree heat. 4 hikers died over the ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:46:07 EST Updates I'm up in weight, but down in body fat. <BR> <BR> I'm also getting ready to spend a week in San Diego, dog setting. <BR> <BR> My brother and sister-in-law are going to Europe, and I will be watching their place and caring for their pets while they are gone. <BR> <BR> Which means I'm going to have a week of beautiful San Diego weather, I will be within walking distance of the beach, I will have access to a vehicle and a bike. <BR> <BR> Food won't be a problem. I will eat out while... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:45:15 EST Is sugar a poison? A few weeks ago I watched an interesting documentary on the food during the rule of the Tudors. Apparently, it was around the rule of Elizabeth I that sugar was introduced to and becoming very popular in England and Europe. <BR> <BR> But what was interesting was that Scientists were able to show that in the years before sugar was introduced people rarely had problems with their teeth. Fewer people suffered from arthritis and those that did developed it later in life. There was a whole host ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:28:33 EST Downside of Up I was hiking my "favorite" hill, and I was passing people who were much slimmer than I, much "hotter" and it gave me a real ego boost. I was thinking that, there really is a difference between "Slim" and "Strong" and "Hot" and "Fit". <BR> <BR> But like so many things in life this came tangled in something else...envy. Why is it that I work so hard and am fitter than so many smaller, slimmer, hotter people and yet, I don't have their figure. <BR> <BR> I tell myself I'm being healthier and ... Fri, 27 May 2016 16:50:22 EST When the plan doesn't go to plan: accept, log, and move on. My office is doing some renovating. Today, they were laying tile in the kitchen/break room. The smell of the glue gave me a headache and left me feeling a little nauseated and tired. <BR> <BR> By lunch time I knew I needed to get out of the office for a while. So rather then eating my super healthy, low cal chili, I ended up driving over to Carl's Jr. ...yeah 1,360 calories later.... <BR> <BR> Also my roommate is graduating tonight and has asked me to attend; which means we will proba... Thu, 12 May 2016 16:18:39 EST I did it!!! I just kicked the heck out of my rump-roast, OMG; and this from someone who doesn't often use OMG, but OMG. <BR> <BR> I biked to work, then after work I biked half an hour to the Hill, I spent a hour hiking that crazy strenuous hill, then I biked an hour home. <BR> <BR> I literally dropped onto the couch exhausted. But I did it! Mon, 9 May 2016 23:01:19 EST The Cold Hard Truth I have been lying to myself for a while. I tell myself, "Hey, I hike the hill 2-3 times a week! That hill is really hard, I'm soaked in sweat,gasping for breath, and feeling a little sick when I reach the top. That's enough." <BR> <BR> I've been telling myself that my food isn't that bad. Granted, I've more or less stopped measuring, and yes, the occasional single serving cake is more of a nightly routine than occasional. Still it can't be that bad. <BR> <BR> I keep promising myself th... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:20:48 EST The excuses are invalid. Sometimes we just need someone to remind us that nothing is impossible and it is never too late, even if you are 100 years old. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/05/02/476468646/100-meters-100-years-<BR>old-ida-keeling-breaks-racing-record?u<BR><BR>al&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&u<BR>tm_content=20160502 </link> Mon, 2 May 2016 16:23:19 EST Victory with a Cherry on top The only thing more satisfying then watching a little old lady in neon sneakers power past a young chiseled hard-body, is powering past him and beating him to the top of the hill myself. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:36:32 EST Tuesday Very little sleep, a roommate who melted down so far over a poor test score that she had to be held at a "therapy center" for the afternoon, and oh yeah, a stray who snuck into my apartment gave my cats fleas. <BR> <BR> What can I say, it's a Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:28:28 EST Why are complements embarrassing? I was walking through the hallway at work today, and a woman, I don't really know her, she works in my building, stopped to tell me how impressed she was with my fitness. <BR> <BR> She told me I was looking fabulous and that she'd definitely noticed my weight loss. <BR> <BR> What struck me was I was both flattered and embarrassed, and then even more embarrassed. <BR> <BR> It left me wondering why my go to response is to be embarrassed by a complement. <BR> <BR> I know part of it is I ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:03:21 EST Using your imagination to lose weight It's a tough road trying to find motivation when you simply don't have it. <BR> <BR> Last night I finally managed to force myself to go hike the hill here in town. It's 3 miles round trip, but it's incredibly steep and hard to climb. My plan is to start hiking it twice a week. <BR> <BR> As I was starting off there was a group of women, around my age, who were all very slim, and dressed in bright, sexy workout gear, also starting up the hill. <BR> <BR> As we started off I managed to sli... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:59:37 EST Sunday That mysterious force, that sweeps across one's life, bringing with it energy, focus, and drive. It makes the path seem so clear and the goal so easily obtainable. It's filled with confidence and purpose. <BR> <BR> However, that force is not something that can be relied upon. It sweeps right back out just as easily as it came. <BR> <BR> I have been waiting for that force, and I just can't wait any longer. <BR> <BR> Starting Sunday, I'm going to start pushing myself again. As much as ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 12:01:54 EST What if it doesn't happen? The first day I met with my nutritionist she asked me, "How would you feel if it just doesn't happen?" <BR> <BR> Meaning how would I feel if I didn't lose weight. I told her I'd feel very sad and disappointed with myself. <BR> <BR> Well, it's been around four years; four years of tracking my weight, exercise, and food. Four years of reading articles and books on health and fitness. I know portion sizes, I know calories, I know nutrition, I know what level of physical activity I need... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:19:23 EST Changing my Sleep Schedule I dream of being a writer. I just love to tell stories. <BR> <BR> While I would love to write the next great novel. I would be over the moon thrilled with just getting a book published. I'd be giddy to the point of squeals to get an article published. <BR> <BR> I've been working on a novel for a while. I chip away at it here and there. But I'm not consistent. <BR> <BR> I know that once I get off work, nothing creative is going to happen. I'm too tired, too brain dead, and too g... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:55:39 EST When the World says NO to my Munchies I have been trying to be good...well, actually I haven't. I've been trying to try to be good. But it's been really easy for me to swing through a drive thru or justify a missed gym day. <BR> <BR> Last night I kept seeing the ad for the "Almost Lofthouse" sugar cookie recipe. Now, I don't really like Lofthouse cookies; for me they are flour and plastic tasting sugar. As a girl once jokingly referred to them, Trailer Trash Cookies. <BR> <BR> But seeing that picture, over and over througho... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:19:50 EST Checking up on my Resolutions. Recap <BR> <BR> 1) Get my roommate to help out more with the cleaning. <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> 6) Stop Hording and being disorganized. <BR> <BR> Well, this month hasn't been as productive as I'd like. <BR> <BR> Res. 1) The roommate still is not helping with the cleaning unless I specifically tell her what to do. <BR> <BR> I have printed lists of everything that needs to be d... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:27:42 EST Too Stubborn for my own good. I bought a nice 2 drawer file cabinet for only $5.00. I was so eager to get it home I didn't think about the fact that it is heavy and I live on the second floor. <BR> <BR> I got it up here. But my back is not happy with me. <BR> <BR> I can't help it. I grew up on a farm with the attitude, if it needs to be done, do it yourself. <BR> <BR> I paid a little too much attention to Yoda, Do or do not.... <BR> <BR> Next time I really should say, "Yes, thank you!" to the guy who stopped a... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:05:56 EST Pursuing Dreams I took a week off to work on my novel. <BR> <BR> I have learned that pursuing a dream is not easy, but writing is good for the soul and confidence, but not so good on the waistline. <BR> <BR> I understand why so many writers drink, my sugar addiction has been rearing its ugly head in a pretty powerful way. Wed, 17 Feb 2016 22:49:11 EST Monthly Weigh In I haven't lost any weight since Jan. 31st. HOWEVER, <BR> <BR> I have lost; <BR> <BR> 1.5 inches off my waist <BR> .5 inches off my hips <BR> and <BR> .5 inches off my arms <BR> <BR> Since my last weigh in on Jan. 5th I've lost <BR> <BR> 1.7% Body Fat <BR> <BR> I am now 110 lbs of muscle and 72 lbs of fat. I have lost 5 lbs of fat since my last weigh in and my muscle has held steady at 110 lbs! <BR> <BR> My next goal is to break my 180 lbs barrier. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:51:47 EST Is it hunger or a lie Could it be that my increased workout is revving up my metabolism and thus increasing my hunger? <BR> <BR> Or could it be something more sinister? <BR> <BR> I eat lunch at noon, but recently I have found myself reaching for a snack as early as 1:30pm and again at 2, 3, and when I get home at 5:30 I'm ravenous. <BR> <BR> But I've read several articles (like the one below) that suggest that people who lose 30lbs or more, will reach a point where their bodies will start doing anything i... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:38:52 EST Adding another resolution to the list My mother, grandmother, and aunts were all atrocious Packrats. <BR> <BR> They refused to throw anything away, even if it was broken, unusable, outdated, or ugly. They just couldn't bare to toss it. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's because they had lived through or been raised by people who'd been through the Depression. But they always insisted that they were going to get it fixed, sell it, or give it to someone; which they never did. <BR> <BR> Slowly but surely they ended up drownin... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:44:31 EST 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