MELTING2SVELTE's SparkPeople Blog MELTING2SVELTE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Weightloss Faulty Thinking (article) Read this great article and thought some of you might benefit from it too. It's titled Weightloss Faulty Thinking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ultyThinking.html </link> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:20:55 EST Notes on an UNsuccessful week <em>41</em> First off, I'm feeling no drama, tears, rants or rages here ... just the fact and only the facts. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <BR> Up one pound from last week. Now, last week I had stayed the same and I figured that was accountable because of the two times I ate out with friends and family that week. This week is another story. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <BR> I only tracked 4 out of the last 7 days on my nutritional tracker th... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 14:11:48 EST Notes on a successful week <em>9</em> I lost 2.2#'s this week! <em>40</em> <em>198</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> That's my biggest weekly loss ever. Two things I did different. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>271</em> <em>45</em> <em>493</em> <BR> I tracked for a whole week, eating the things I loved, and ate within my calorie range. I ate a LOT of veggies. <BR> <BR> My calorie range is 1200-1550. Tallying what I did for the last week, I averaged 1265 calories per day. This surprises me, because most days ar... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:13:26 EST A hike along Grizzly Creek, CO (photos) Here is a view from the trail I took today. Come join me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The trail starts off rather mild, right beside the creek. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The trail is a dirt path, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but sometimes crosses over old tree roots and big rocks <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:24:25 EST Notes on nutritional tracking I did something I haven't been able to do in the past .... track foods I eat on a Sunday. <BR> <BR> Sundays are my long shift, 10-12 hours, and usually I'm running around from group home to group home seeing clients and providing assistance where needed. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I caught myself inthe morning walking by a basket of crackers, and harnessed that Inner Muncher who wanted to grab and gobble. And that moment's hesitation set me up for success the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> As a ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:13:08 EST It doesn't matter It doesn't matter I'm not losing as fast as others. What matters is that I AM losing, that I'm making progress. It matters that progress on the inside is expanding outward and changing my life. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter I can't eat as many calories as others, and it doesn't matter if others are watching what I put on my plate and how I measure. What does matter is, am I watching myself? Go me, look at all those veggies on the plate, look at the healthy foods you are eating. Go me. <BR... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:23:45 EST Shampoo Warning Subject: SHAMPOO WARNING <BR> <BR> <BR> Ladies and Gentlemen, <BR> <BR> I just discovered this important info below. Please share with all your <BR> friends. <BR> <BR> I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!!! <BR> <BR> It's the shampoo I use in the shower! <BR> <BR> When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) <BR> <BR> printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, <BR> <BR> "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY" <BR> <BR> NO wonder I ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:54:30 EST Resolution feels so good I've been having difficulty with a company that couldn't figure out how to close my account and kept charging me. Over a month I've been trying to get some resolution. Today I called my bank, and voila, problem immediately solved, all charges reversed, and all that frustration and anger dissolved into harmony. <BR> <BR> I love it when that happens!!!!!!!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> On other notes, using the nutritional tracker has been a great tool for me. And I'm seeing results on the sca... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:00:06 EST Just kept on pedalling <em>332</em> What I intended as a 10 mile bike ride turned into two hours and 20 miles!!! <BR> <BR> The bike path goes from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, but I'm a long way from making it that far. Such a gorgeous view of Mt. Sopris. Along the way <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> the scent of sage wafts in the atmosphere <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> ground hogs whistle was I whiz by <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> and butterflies land on my helmet thinking me a moving flower. <BR> <BR> <BR> Two hours of ex... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:45:46 EST A whole lotta exercising and some broom riding <em>414</em> Got my yoga in this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Then my boss asked me to come in to one of the houses to see a new procedure, so I decided to ride my bike in. So total exercising today is 150 minutes!!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight a friend and I are going to see Harry Potter!!!!!!!!! Yippy skippy. I'm already scheduled to take clients to the matinee tomorrow, but I can't wait! Plus I usually see them more than once in the theater. My friend and I tease each o... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:57:05 EST Summer 5% challenge commitment <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>344</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge begins 7/16/11. For the 8 weeks of the challenge I commit to exercising 30 minutes/day six days a week. <BR> <BR> The exercises I love to do are yoga, bicycling, walking, hiking, swimming. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> I commit to log every bite, lick, nibble and taste either in my personal journal or using the on line tracker. <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> I commit to endeavoring to eat 1500 calories day/or less. This i... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:30:25 EST Practising Frugality & Self Control I'm experiencing a self imposed ban on buying any groceries until pay day on the 15th. Not that I'm out of money, but I'm out of patience with myself for not eating from my bountiful pantry. <BR> <BR> So what DOES come to light is what I run out of ... those foods I habitually eat way to much of and rush to the store to replenish. <BR> <BR> Like my favorite Kashi Heart to Heart cereal which I ate the last of two days ago. Its not just for breakfast any more, which my waist line can atten... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:46:57 EST Racing the storm, a/k/a peddle faster! <em>332</em> The monsoons are here, YAY! But it also provides a challenge to get in some outdoor activity between the morning and afternoon showers. This afternoon after spying blue skies, I raced out the door and down the drive on my bike, hoping to get a 15 mile ride in. <BR> <BR> At the5.5 mile point, I heard far-off thunder looming and as dark blue clouds spilled over the mountains and raced over the valley, I turned around and began peddling as fast as I could. My ride would be a ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:58:00 EST An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters <BR> By Portia Nelson <BR> <BR> I <BR> <BR> I walk down the street. <BR> <BR> There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. <BR> <BR> I fall in <BR> <BR> I am lost . . . I am helpless. <BR> <BR> It isn't my fault. <BR> <BR> It takes forever to find a way out. <BR> <BR> <BR> II <BR> <BR> I walk down the same street. <BR> <BR> There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. <BR> <BR> I pretend I don't see it. <BR> <BR> I fall in again. <BR> <BR> I can't... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 14:15:43 EST Another pound bites the dust <em>250</em> Am VERY happy to see the scale number getting smaller! I did a lot of fun exercising this week and it shows (biking and hiking). <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Yoga was a tough class today. Actually, it was probably just the same .... I just had sore legs from all the biking and hiking <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Lunch today was a tempeh fajita with peppers, onions, tahini, and mushrooms. <BR> <BR> Onward ho. Sat, 25 Jun 2011 14:11:58 EST Hiked the Colorow trail <em>311</em> Did a fun hike on the Colorow trail today with my friend Joanne. About an hour of uphill gradual hiking rewarded us with a great overlook of the valley. <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Then she made a lovely strawberry and tomatoe salad with balsamic vinaigrette that was super tasty. What treat. <BR> <BR> Next week grand kids coming, so I have good reason to get some housework exercising on! Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:44:28 EST 25 bicycling miles on the ticker <em>108</em> Didn't feel like yoga today, but DID feel like a bike ride! I did the bike trail that goes towards Carbondale and Mt. Sopris. Lovely ride, and round trip I did 25 miles. <BR> <BR> That's 49.5/500 bike mileage goal <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> Wow, my thighs sure have a lot to say about that. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:51:06 EST Getting a good yoga workout Yoga today was a great class. Some instructors, well, you hear their voice and you dont' want to work as hard. Today's instructor, Susan, really makes me go as deep as I can, and I love it. <BR> <BR> Haven't been able to keep up with daily Bootcamp, but that's okay. I'm getting bicycling in, lots of walking, and the exercise is happening. And yes, the scale is once again going down, but I'm waiting until tomorrow's weigh in to record it. <BR> <BR> Life is good. <BR> <BR> OH ... I... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:33:32 EST Nothing like a good reality check, a/k/a day one again One of my goals had been to lose weight for my nephew's wedding, which was last weekend. <BR> <BR> In a weird twist of fate, after I posted my last blog, my internet went down and wasn't available for a week. No more bootcamp, which I was seriously loving and feeling/showing some benefits. <BR> <BR> Subsequently I became busy with work, took on some sewing projects, and by the time the internet came back on I was too swept up in my new routine that didn't have anything to do with daily e... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:05:37 EST day 9 feeling fine <em>248</em> did bootcamp video for day 9, plus an extra video. I chose the New You Kickboxing video. Really makes these legs a-quiver! <BR> <BR> Another rainy spring day. We've been filled with them. Everything is very green and shiny, but I'm missing the sunshine. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> No yoga class today. I forgot to wash my workout clothes. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> But on the horizon, there is Zumba class tomorrow! Thu, 19 May 2011 13:12:05 EST day 8 bootcamp <em>248</em> So begins week 2 of my bootcamp adventure. Today was day 1 again. This is my least favorite video. I am not a fan of jumping jacks, so I moderate. The 'girls' just don't like jumping. Nuff said. <BR> <BR> I'm way ahead of the plan on cardio and exercise minutes for the week already, which I'm just going to view as a plus. Yesterday I managed to get in another 30 minute walk with a client, as we walked a mile on an indoor track. <BR> <BR> Still want to get 30 minutes/... Wed, 18 May 2011 13:32:46 EST day 7 bootcamp <em>248</em> day 7 video done. I thought that was the hardest one! <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> also did a 90 minute yoga session. <BR> <BR> This little elf is whooped! Tue, 17 May 2011 13:40:30 EST Days 5&6 bootcamp Day 5, Sunday, I wasn't able to do my bootcamp video -- its a 12 hours shift day and will always be a challenge, but I did both day 5 & 6 this morning so I'm caught up. Wow, day 5 is a lower leg challenge! But thanks to yoga, my legs are strong and it wasn't too bad for me. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I did manage to get in 30 minutes of walking yesterday. <BR> <BR> Will get in another 30 minutes cardio somewhere today ... not sure yet how, the possibilities abound <em>185</em> Mon, 16 May 2011 12:25:06 EST I saw the heater! <em>248</em> day 4 bootcamp video done. <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> While doing my yoga workout today, in the camel position (standing on knees, hands on back of hips, arching backwards) I finally saw the heater at the base of the floors behind me! Today was my 51st yoga workout (I'm quirky, I've been charting them on my calendar) and this was a BIG progress moment for me, woohoo! I so want my back to open up. <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Going to watch a dance recital in town and am going to rid... Sat, 14 May 2011 14:18:13 EST Day 3 and a lovely evening ride <em>248</em> day 3 bootcamp video done, plus 60 minutes of cardio in the form of a <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> 10.5 mile bike ride up and down moderate hills along the river trail. Lovely evening ride, as I went right before the sun peaked behind the mountain but still lots of evening light left. Gosh, am I out of shape! My thighs were like rubber on the last mile. <BR> <BR> NEW GOAL: Cycle 500 miles by end of summer. Perhaps I can even surpass that. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 May 2011 22:03:28 EST day 2 bootcamp Almost forgot to do my bootcamp vid! But I remembered, and I did it. Nice short lower body workout. <BR> <BR> For my extra 30 minutes cardio today, I went to yoga. Today was my 50th class with Bikram yoga. Mini woohoo for me <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> for today Thu, 12 May 2011 15:56:35 EST Back to Bootcamp - day 1 (er that is day won!) <em>249</em> bootcamp video done <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Measurements taken. Motivation rising. Determination following. Changed my weight tracker to focus on the current 10 pounds. At that point I'd be officially in the healthy BMI range. My real goal is another 7 pounds more, but realistically ... I've been staying at this current weight so long I'd be thrilled to lose 10 and stick with it. <BR> <BR> My first goal is simply to do this every day. This incorporates my main goal o... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:14:44 EST May is the month for Moving Moving as in moving my body and getting back into my routine. My vacation to Zion Nat'l Park was wonderfilled! Gosh that place is so incredible. We camped for a week. I ate a bit too much because we got into a routine of "let's go out for afternoon pie!" <em>24</em> , so now its back to get into the groove. My body doesn't feel empowered and energized like a month ago .. but slow and sluggish, wanting to sleep in and not move. I don't like that! <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> Went to yoga... Tue, 3 May 2011 13:45:50 EST Re-igniting the spark <em>185</em> Woke up this morning with full intention of a lazy relaxing slow morning. But my body realized that the local Zumba class started in 25 minutes and if I hussled I could get there in time. <BR> <BR> So what did I do? I emptied my change jar to get the $5 for the class and went. The instructor had colored bracelets with bells on them to give to us. It was fun, and my mindset was then reprogrammed for the day. <BR> <BR> I've been busy working on my manuscript the last couple... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:54:22 EST skiing, yoga, writing, and trip planning <em>329</em> Yesterday I went downhill skiing ... something I haven't done for 20 years! It was so much fun. The newer skis they have now are so much easier. It was a beautiful sunny spring day in the Rockies, perfect for playing in the snow. Now I'm psyched to ski more next year. The yoga has definitely made my legs stronger, although my knees had quite a bit to say about it. But this morning I wasn't sore like I used to be years ago after a day on the slopes. <BR> <BR> <em>135</em... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:17:16 EST Moving out of the eddy of resistance and denial Yesterday was a break through day in my thinking and actions. I was thinking about denial, and how the last couple weeks I've been resisting doing what I know works for me. Denial isn't a river in Egypt ... its an eddy beside the stream of life and I got caught up in it. <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Yoga was very challenging yesterday. It had been 5 days since I went, and due to a volunteer event I helped in I missed last Saturday's class. But I'd been eating a lot of junk, and I could sur... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:36:48 EST Free Hugs This you tube video is taken in Sondrio, Italy. People offering free hugs on the street. <BR> I love it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dosjE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Have a lovely day! Now go forth and hug someone! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:20:33 EST This Irish Blessing is for You <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> Really beautiful presentation by Roma Downey <BR> <BR> <link><BR>You.html </link> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:46:27 EST Today's progress <em>403</em> 90 minutes yoga <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> a whole lotta water drinking going on <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> tracking my food <BR> <BR> Progress is going on here. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:08:54 EST I've entered the danger zone <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> I feel like my horse has bolted and taken off for the barn, but charging in the wrong direction. <BR> <BR> I've so gotten onto the wrong track. It started last Friday when I began reading about the tsunami. I get very empathic about such things, and I admit I've been spending too much time reading and watching videos. I have a Japanese friend that I was worried about, but have since learned he... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:49:32 EST Zumba! Discovered a local Zumba class held nearby, only $5, and experienced it today. So fun! And quite a workout. <BR> <BR> Seems I've climbed right back up on that plateau I busted because of munching. I'll get back there eventually. Today I'm not feeling anxious or worried about it. <BR> <BR> Matter of fact, I'm done worrying about the number on the scale. I'm getting lots of exercise with my ST and yoga and walking, and now Zumba. My body is going to shake itself of this extra fat ev... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:11:29 EST Busted a plateau! <em>9</em> Yippy skippy! I've busted a plateau and am finally into a new "decade." <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> My BMI is now 25.4, and I'm 2.8 pounds away from being in the healthy range! <BR> <BR> YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:55:43 EST Twisting off with toast to Tennessee Now there's a headline that makes you wonder what on earth is she talking about? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So I've come home the last couple evenings and <em>29</em> <em>24</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Don't know why, but I'm craving toast with Earth Balance. Must be needing the fat somewhere. And its not just one piece, oh no, its three pieces! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My weight is maintaining, and its not putting me over on calories, so obviously I'm needing to adjust my calories and... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:26:01 EST Loving this progress <em>29</em> Feasting from my bank of calories has really helped me this week. When I went over on calories that one day (over 1800), the next day I went way under (911), and returned to the progressive track I was on. I didn't feel starved, or glued to the nutritional tracker that said I must have such and such every single day. If I go over, then I go under. Simple and effective. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> I find it interesting that 3/4 cup of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal and 1/2 cup soy m... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 12:24:09 EST Feasting from the bank <em>4</em> my calorie bank that is, since I've went over calories twice this week. So I made a batch of sweet potato lentil chili. Yum yum. My mouth is watering as I smell the savory goodness wafting through the cabin. 100 calories per cupful of good nutrition. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Reading inspiring material on line today to keep me motivated. I really really want to melt some pounds this month, and need to keep the focus going. Nothing changes if nothing changes. <BR> <BR> <em... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:50:04 EST Motivational article - Getting Emotional Eating in Check I came across this today. The author is writing about tips from Bethany Frankel's book 'Naturally Thin'. Some great tips in this piece. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>frankel-naturally-thin-emotional-eatin<BR>g/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl8%7Cs<BR>ec1_lnk3%7C204124 </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 12:43:47 EST Endeavoring to persevere <em>15</em> Yikes I ate way too much yesterday, and lots of very salty food, and no exercise, so looks like I need to get a deficit in calories today, which shouldn't be a problem because I'm not very hungry after yesterday's feast <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> Sigh, Sundays are like that. Its a 12 hour shift day, with lots of stress and too much available food around! But this is part of my lifestyle, and I've got to learn to not let one day derail my progress. <BR> <BR> The scale goes up, ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:38:13 EST 5% challenge week 1 review <em>7</em> down 1.4 pounds, that's 1%! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> the challenge has made me more mindful of drinking water, and I've been better at it. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> I did well with the nutritional tracker this week; tracked 5 out of 7 days. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>34</em> <em>403</em> my spark calendar says I've logged 552 fitness minutes. Now I know it adds extra on ST days, but still, I've actively done about 450 minutes. That's a lot! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Getting ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 22:13:46 EST Yoga done, now its nap time <em>403</em> got my yoga in today. I stayed up late last night after the girls left. We had so much fun, and were filled with laughter and I was charged with energy and couldn't sleep. So I set my alarm and got up for yoga this morning ... <BR> <BR> ... and now after a wonderful lunch of leftovers I'm going to take a nap! LOL The grandkids are coming soon and I need to get revitalized! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:08:11 EST Feeling the spark as I watch the stars shooting by <em>248</em> I'm really doing well with the nutritional tracker, and the more I use it the more I love it. It doesn't take THAT much time to be accountable. Plus the foods I track are ones that I eat over and over and over, so once its in there, its just a matter of pulling it up. I'm noticing that I actually need to eat more on some days. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> and because I'm being more mindful and tracking, the scale is going down. Looking forward to posting my weigh in tomorrow. <B... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:16:59 EST Today's motivator -- Bob Keller, Septuagenarian, Marathon Runner Found this article today and am just so impressed by this man. <BR> <BR> "At age 77, Keller has competed in nearly 850 racing events, from neighborhood runs here in Florida's state capital to world championship duathlons and triathlons in Scotland, Hawaii, Germany and Australia. The amazing part is Keller didn't get serious about running and racing until he turned 50, a few year after he and his wife Stacia moved here from Chicago. Keller embraced the Sunshine State's weather, the southe... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:18:28 EST Today is my 4 month sparkiversary <em>248</em> ...and I'm still here! Granted I have not made the "scale" progress I had hoped to by now, but I've <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> learned to love working out and exercising now. Its a habit, and I don't feel right if I'm not moving my body. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> only missed one week doing strength training 3 x week <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> joined a yoga class and stuck with it and am making progress. <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> lost several inches <em>9</em> and a clothing siz... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:06:14 EST On track for an excellent day <em>403</em> Returned to yoga after a week off, and had my best class ever! There were so many things I could do just a bit better. I was nervous about taking so much time off of the class to heal my back, but the benefits speak for themselves. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> I've already had 1 container of water and feel confident I'll drink the other one too, which means so far I'm 2 out of 3 goals met. <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Here's toasting my tea to a successful nutritional day as well. <BR>... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:46:10 EST How today went Well, I met two out of three goals today: went above my calorie burn and drank my water. I believe I went over on calories though, and I'm really not sure what the calorie count was on the dinner I ate so I estimated high. Its challenging to know the calorie count because I eat at client's homes 5 nights a week. Even so, attempting to know the calorie count will be much more accountable than just logging what I eat. <BR> <BR> I did get some fun exercise in by taking clients to the hot ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:43:48 EST Expectations, goals, and reasons <em>41</em> <BR> EXPECTATIONS <BR> 1. I expect the Shooting Stars team is going to motivate me. <BR> 2. I expect its going to feel challenging. <BR> 3. I expect I'm going to push past some old barriers. <BR> <BR> GOALS <BR> 1. Use nutrition tracker. I'm excellent at writing down my food, but not using the tracker. <BR> 2. Meet or exceed nutrition/exercise burn each week. <BR> 3. Drink at least 2 containers of water/day. <BR> <BR> REASONS <BR> 1. More energy and feel healthier. <BR... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:56:51 EST