MERRYCAKES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MERRYCAKES MERRYCAKES'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/ Things to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395138 By Captain Obvious :) (In other words, I shouldn't need to remind myself but I do.) <BR> <BR> * Tracking works. <BR> * Exercise can be super-fun! (Did the Bollywood workout on the Spark Videos today - so much fun!) <BR> * Even light exercise adds up. Walking at lunchtime helps me de-stress, so to decrease the chance of stress eating. <BR> * Strawberries (or any fruit) in season are incredible! <BR> * Too much junk food doesn't feel good. It doesn't solve any problems. It just makes me a litt... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:38:32 EST Things to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395137 By Captain Obvious :) (In other words, I shouldn't need to remind myself but I do.) <BR> <BR> * Tracking works. <BR> * Exercise can be super-fun! (Did the Bollywood workout on the Spark Videos today - so much fun!) <BR> * Even light exercise adds up. Walking at lunchtime helps me de-stress, so to decrease the chance of stress eating. <BR> * Strawberries (or any fruit) in season are incredible! <BR> * Too much junk food doesn't feel good. It doesn't solve any problems. It just makes me a litt... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:38:16 EST Time to Get Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381406 2013 so far has been really rough for me in terms of health. I got wrecked by pneumonia and seemingly endless colds, etc. <BR> <BR> In May I did an anti-allergen diet, which overall was very healthy but left me way too excited about everything I had eliminated, especially sugar and caffeine. <BR> <BR> I recently started up again but so far I've been kind of flighty about it, which means I spend time feeling like I'm messing up, instead of feeling happy and healthy since I'm tracking and do... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:46:44 EST I can't, I can't - oh wait, yes I can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852085 “Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.” Henry Ford <BR> <BR> There's a reason for cliches and overused quotations - they are very often true! I got stuck in "I can't" for too long. We all have our reasons and excuses. I needed to open up my eyes to which ones were delusions. <BR> <BR> Excuse-busters! <BR> <BR> * I'm too busy: Be creative, strategic, and flexible - I can make it work! Plan, plan, plan, and come up with Plan B as needed. <BR> * I'm t... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:27:46 EST I forgot my pants today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716064 3 AM: Change fussy baby. <BR> 4 AM: Convince baby to go back to sleep. <BR> 5 AM: Dash out the door, drive to work, get in quick cardio session. <BR> 5:55 AM: Realize I forgot my pants. <BR> <BR> Oh lovely. Luckily I had a spare pair of workout capris - but I can't really wear these all day, so I've got to pop out once the stores open and get a pair of pants - ASAP. <BR> <BR> This is why I really need to pack the night before! ANYthing can happen in that mad morning rush. And maybe have ba... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:38:39 EST The good, the bad, and the frumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712506 The bad: So, this weekend wasn't so hot. I just had a hard time getting myself on plan. <BR> Here's what I mean: <BR> * Impromptu date (YES!) - tried to keep it fairly healthy but then we stopped at See's. (Might have been OK except my silly mind started thinking, oh well I did fairly good at dinner so... sorry, no, you still need to practice moderation). <BR> * My mom-in-law's homemade potato chips. Too good! <BR> * Rain when I was thinking of going on walks. And somehow it didn't occur to... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:34:59 EST One of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706821 Yesterday was one of those days. <BR> <BR> * Woke up in the morning and realized I had not one clean sports bra. <BR> * OK, no problem - do the laundry, go to work with an outfit for a lunch workout - then realize I didn't drop off the milk with the little one. <BR> * Then, impromptu department lunch. <BR> * Then, various and sundry fires to put out (figurative, not literal, thank goodness!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I didn't get in a normal workout, but did manage to do some core exercises while... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:39:11 EST It's the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701252 Tracking is such an eye-opener! There's nothing like seeing how those little bites add up. Sure it's a pain, but I think I really need to do it for now. <BR> <BR> Goals! <BR> * Track nutrition every day. <BR> * Hit my iron and protein goals. <BR> * Do strength training twice a week. <BR> * Pack clothes in the evening to help me get back in the early AM cardio routine - 5 sessions of 20 minutes each. <BR> * Cut out the nibbling! <BR> * Plan out meals. <BR> <BR> It's way too easy to go wi... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:49:03 EST Back in the office - I don't want to be derailed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431998 I'm back in the office now - cool in its way but definitely a challenging transition. And I feel like I'm eating all the time and way too much! <BR> <BR> Time to simplify and streamline. <BR> * Avoid mindless eating. <BR> * Keep up the new exercise routine - I feel proud about that. <BR> * Avoid fake sugars. (I prefer to minimize these while nursing.) <BR> * That office candy bowl? Honestly, I don't need it and I don't even want it that much. It's just the perfect outlet for emotional eati... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 07:51:21 EST You get only one body and one life - you'll have plenty of jobs during your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416209 I've been back at work for a few weeks now and it's heating up. I really need to establish a good balance. I have a tendency to overcompensate - to feel like I have to do everything twice as well since I'm a mama. <BR> <BR> I read somewhere that while you will no doubt have many jobs during your life, you only get one body and one life. <BR> <BR> I need to set some ground rules! <BR> <BR> 1. Fit in some exercise every work day. This helps me do better work, avoid hurting myself, and be h... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 09:38:40 EST So inspiring - 61-year-old woman swimming from Cuba to Florida! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414639 I saw this and thought it was just so inspiring, I had to share: <BR> <BR> http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011<BR>/08/08/139082543/from-cuba-to-florida-<BR>a-61-year-old-starts-the-103-mile-swim<BR>?ps=cprs <BR> <BR> Naturally I'm not an athlete and I haven't even swam laps in this decade (haha) but this makes me think about how consistency and taking care of your health can help you stay young in body and heart and mind. How very cool! <BR> <BR> And now I want to take my older daug... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:24:21 EST Eating the Merrycakes Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4399489 I thought this article was pretty cool! <BR> http://www.thatsfit.com/2011/07/29/i-dit<BR>ched-dieting-and-so-should-you/ <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I'm ready for intuitive dieting but I love the idea of figuring out what works for my body. We're all different and we each have unique needs as well as likes and dislikes. Naturally all these things change over time (over the past few years, of pregnancies, nursing, etc., things have definitely changed for me!). <BR> <BR> SO - to help me with that... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:51:32 EST 21 days to new habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385406 They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to stick - so here goes! <BR> <BR> For the next 21 days: <BR> * Three cardio workouts a week. <BR> * Two strength workouts a week. <BR> * Tracking food every day (even if it's embarrassing, haha). <BR> * 80 grams of protein a day. <BR> <BR> If I manage to do this, I'll get myself a nice new shirt : ) <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:55:53 EST No more excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3887775 I've pretty much ignored my health for the past two months - and today I'm saying, no more! I'm pregnant, but that means I should be paying more attention to my health, not using it as an excuse not to exercise and to eat every treat I come across. It's not too late to be as healthy as possible, and it will probably make the last few months easier. <BR> <BR> Goals! <BR> * Once a week, bring in some healthy food for the office. <BR> * Get to the gym three times a week. (Once this is routine ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:44:08 EST Bust those ruts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3410604 Lately I've been seeing great results with my core workouts (yay, trainer!) and I truly think a major part of that is the variety - she is always adding in something new or switching things around. I actually can see my abs! Me! Really! (Sure, you can only see abs in the top half, but that is due to chocolate and ice cream, hehe.) <BR> <BR> I want to incorporate this into my life more - I really think that this variety is key to getting results. I find it all too easy to get into a rut. <... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:09:02 EST Independence from Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3404524 I love the Eat Like Me blog ( <link>www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/eatlikem<BR>e </link> ) but I kept asking myself - is she being honest? How is it possible that her diary doesn't include the occasional entire bag of chips, or pint of ice cream, or a bag of Cheddar Goldfish that just mysteriously disappears? <BR> <BR> Then I realized that the author actually has a truly healthy relationship with food. She doesn't seem to eat when she's feeling down, or up, or exhausted, or frustrated. She ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 14:42:08 EST Ow, ow, ow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3242205 Last night I did something bad to my knee. My daughter woke up numerous times with an awful-sounding cry, genuinely upset, and I kept popping out of bed to comfort her and try to get her back to sleep. Clearly one of those times I popped up wrong! She's been sleeping so well lately - I really hope nothing is wrong. Oddly, she was completely refusing to take off her boots and terribly unhappy when one came off. And naturally despite my attempts, only Papa could soothe her properly :) <BR> <B... Tue, 18 May 2010 10:34:50 EST I met with a personal trainer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3153166 Thanks to everyone for the great support on meeting with the personal trainer :) I almost wussed out (so many great excuses I managed to think of) but then remembered that you guys knew about it, so I had to go! Hehe. <BR> <BR> SO - she was truly nice and I didn't feel intimidated. Instead I felt inspired. She asked me about my goals and I realized I really haven't come up with good ones. Losing the baby weight was great, then I tried to do maintenance, and frankly I have had a hard time st... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 14:55:43 EST Re-focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3006167 I lost my focus! <BR> * Lots of excuses. <BR> * Not enough sleep. <BR> * Serious mindless eating <BR> <BR> How to get it back? Figure out why! <BR> * Derailed by the Self Challenge not working out. <BR> * Failure to plan = planning to fail. <BR> * Not getting to the grocery store. <BR> * Feeling lame for not having my daughter's sleep schedule figured out. <BR> * Stressing about projects, including a fun side one that used my skills that I was worried were growing rusty. <BR> <BR> The l... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:55:42 EST Times change, thank goodness :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2964197 Check this out - not while you are eating! <BR> <BR> Weight Watcher recipe cards from 1974. <BR> <link>www.candyboots.com/wwcards.html </link> <BR> <BR> Compare and contrast with Spark Recipes, EatingWell.com, Vegetarian Times, etc. I am feeling super-duper lucky right now :) Dinner was spinach with roasted tomato and garlic sauce with fresh basil, a black-bean veggie burger on an english muffin, and insanely good rice pudding. <BR> <BR> Here's to healthy, delicious food! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 23:23:56 EST Taking charge again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2934645 "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." <BR> <BR> Nearing the end of week one on the Self Challenge: <BR> - Didn't get in the level of strength training I normally do. <BR> - Couldn't figure out how to get in 300 minutes of cardio per week without affecting my other priorities (family, work, and getting at least 4 hours of sleep a night). <BR> - Ended up feeling guilty and lame instead of inspired and healthy, which lead to eating s... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:11:48 EST The Joy of Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2865255 Lately the phrase "joie de vivre" - the joy of living - keeps bubbling under the surface of my thoughts. <BR> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joie_de_vivre </link> <BR> <BR> Finding moments of joy helps me focus on what matters most and feel at peace. Being mindful of the beauty of where I am reminds me that it's about the journey, not just the results. <BR> <BR> I am adding in new goal for February! I am going to concentrate on how great it feels when I treat myself right with good f... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:02:07 EST February goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2829965 * Cardio sessions - at least 5 a week <BR> * Strength - try switching to full-body twice a week to keep me on my toes! <BR> * Aim for 70 grams of protein a day. <BR> * Post three gratitudes, at least 4 times a week. <BR> * Try three new healthy recipes! <BR> * Try to fit in yoga whenever I can - I miss it : ) Tue, 2 Feb 2010 10:07:31 EST January - done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2824488 January ended up being a tough month, and I fell off the boot camp plan quite a bit, but overall I'm proud that I did so well considering what was going on. <BR> <BR> If you ignore the week of the crazy unplanned trip, here's what I accomplished: <BR> * Did at least 5 cardio sessions a week - and now it's part of my routine! <BR> * Moved from "holiday" eating to normal eating. <BR> * Doubled my daily protein intake. <BR> * Used processed food as a crutch (e.g., Lean Cuisine) but moved to m... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:54:24 EST What are your true priorities? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2813985 I read this Simple Dollar post - wow, I feel like I really need to think about this a while: <BR> <link>www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/01/29/a<BR>-real-story-about-priorities/?utm_sour<BR>ce=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_camp<BR>aign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Si<BR>mple+Dollar%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher </link> <BR> <BR> I completely agree with the idea that knowing your priorities helps you make the right choices to achieve your goals. I also find that my priorities are often... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:05:33 EST To read next time I don't feel like working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2808142 This morning I nearly skipped the gym. <BR> <BR> I felt tired. I felt like today was going to be tough enough without it. <BR> <BR> I started coming up with reasons and excuses - one of those oh-so-convincing internal monologues. <BR> <BR> Somehow I managed to ignore that voice, stop in my tracks, adjust direction, and put myself on autopilot - go change, grab water, go directly to treadmill, do not pass Go :) <BR> <BR> Turned on the NPR (yeah, I guess I'm getting old :), decided to w... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:50:37 EST Getting back on track! New goal check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2771384 January goals - 12 days left! <BR> * Focus on making sure people know how much I love them. <BR> - Working to catch up on correspondence. <BR> <BR> * Be mindful, peaceful, joyful mama and wife! <BR> - After making myself sick with stress Sunday night I managed to mellow out and be more in the moment :) <BR> - Trying to find the right balance between helping my husband and not driving him crazy with, "Can I do this to help you? How about that?" <BR> - Working on accepting that my goals ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:06:41 EST Jan 18th - Back and trying to get back into the program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2760914 Last week was crazy - we had to fly across the country for a funeral. I let myself get completely off plan but at least we were truly able to help. I did get a little exercise cleaning and running after cutie pies but my eating was completely out of whack - sometimes I couldn't get myself to eat at all and other times I couldn't stop. <BR> <BR> So. No more recriminations. No going crazy. Time to simply resume normal life. <BR> <BR> New goals for the rest of January: <BR> * Focus on making... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:43:15 EST January 11th - Reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728178 Good: <BR> * One week of boot camp down, hurrah! <BR> * Doubled my protein intake! <BR> * Got more socks, etc., and better prepared for going to the gym. <BR> * Lots of walking on the weekend. <BR> * Did some "me" time - got my hair cut and colored! <BR> <BR> Not so good: <BR> Over the weekend I went a little crazy on food - a combination of poor planning, eating while multitasking, and "feeling like I suck" eating. <BR> There's nothing like being in a salon full of gorgeous groomed lad... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:37:35 EST January 11th - Reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728177 Good: <BR> * One week of boot camp down, hurrah! <BR> * Doubled my protein intake! <BR> * Got more socks, etc., and better prepared for going to the gym. <BR> * Lots of walking on the weekend. <BR> * Did some "me" time - got my hair cut and colored! <BR> <BR> Not so good: <BR> Over the weekend I went a little crazy on food - a combination of poor planning, eating while multitasking, and "feeling like I suck" eating. <BR> There's nothing like being in a salon full of gorgeous groomed lad... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:37:34 EST January 6th - Boot Camp, Day 4 - But I want it now! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2703013 Hopped on the scale this morning - no change since Monday. I had been kind of hoping that the high weigh-in was just water weight from salty food, but clearly going a little crazy over the holidays does have its consequences, and going back to healthy habits doesn't make that disappear overnight! You'd think I'd know that by now, but wishful thinking is oddly resilient to reality :) <BR> <BR> Good so far: <BR> - Following exercise routine. <BR> - Tracking diet. <BR> - Staying in the calori... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:01:02 EST January 4th - Boot Camp, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2690655 Starting weight: 130 lbs. <BR> Starting waist: 27.5 inches <BR> <BR> I need to streamline my goals - my impulse is to do everything perfectly right away but I think it will work better to tackle a few tasks at a time. <BR> <BR> * Follow January Boot Camp exercise routine. <BR> * Track diet and make sure I get protein in. <BR> * Ignore the candy bowl at the office. It no longer exists. <BR> * Sneak in more ab work (when your doctor recommends it, it's no longer just vanity, haha). <BR> <... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:30:29 EST Wrapping Up 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2607732 It's December already - crazy! <BR> <BR> In the post-Thanksgiving spirit, I would like to express my gratitude that 2009 has been a healthy year for me so far. To balance an energetic toddler and work and everything else life throws at me, I need to be healthy, and I've been blessed this year - only one nasty flu a few months ago! Thanks to my Spark friends who have been so supportive and helped me stay happy and fairly sane! :) <BR> <BR> This year I've been maintaining within about a fiv... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 15:11:09 EST Official New Exercise Challenge: Week One Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2292688 Update: Well, I didn't manage to meet with the trainer since my schedule at work got crazy. So I'm adjusting my goals for the week: <BR> - Run -- Ran once this week; will try to fit in one or two more sessions. <BR> - Do the Self "Your best body at any age!" workout twice -- Fit this in once so far. <BR> <BR> To do in August: <BR> - Meet with trainer (Aug. 18th) <BR> - Find a new walking path <BR> - Learn a new yoga pose <BR> - Try a new core routine <BR> - Try out Pilates - I used to ... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:03:01 EST Official New Exercise Challenge: Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2282814 Current routine: <BR> -Strength: Sweatsuit to Swimsuit videos. <BR> - Cardio: combination of walking and elliptical. <BR> - I sneak in a few yoga poses here and there. <BR> <BR> What I'd like to do this week: <BR> - Run! <BR> - Meet with a trainer to discuss a new strength workout. <BR> <BR> Other new exercise ideas: <BR> - Find a new walking path <BR> - Learn a new yoga pose <BR> - Try a new core routine <BR> - Try out Pilates - I used to do it when I had an injury and kind of aband... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 10:17:11 EST Running: so good it should be illegal ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2140190 I finally, finally ran today! It felt SO GOOD! <BR> <BR> (My apologies for the caps. I can't help myself!) <BR> <BR> I haven't run since early in the first trimester. I didn't go very fast or very long but oh my goodness I can't believe how wonderful it feels. My body is humming happily. <BR> <BR> Just to keep my schedule sane, I had postponed real gym time until I could cut down on the pumping sessions. This week I went ahead and cut a session, and today was my special treat - workout ... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 15:18:46 EST Mid-week check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2077953 Goals for Week (listing days I have accomplished the goals so far): <BR> - Bootcamp video every day: Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed <BR> - Track and stay in calorie range: Mon, Tues <BR> - More than 60 grams of protein a day: Mon, Tues <BR> - Vitamins every day: Mon, Tues <BR> - Get some flaxseed oil! Need to do this. Why is it so darn expensive? :) <BR> - At least four walks this week. Sun, Mon - just two more! <BR> <BR> New goal: Protein at each meal. I think this will help me get in good, nutritio... Wed, 20 May 2009 10:01:36 EST Bootcamp Halfway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2072770 I decided to kind of just take off the weekend - it's just been a little too much lately. I didn't go too crazy (I think), but now I'm feeling very much refreshed and inspired to take the healthy path. <BR> <BR> So here's to a healthy week! For now, I'm just not going to worry so much about caffiene. I kept finding myself munching when I was up with my daughter (she's working on another tooth!) . A little caffiene is not a problem, so instead of mindless grazing, I can make tea or coffee an... Mon, 18 May 2009 15:58:32 EST Loving the bootcamp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2058488 I'm into week two now and enjoying it. I feel stronger! I still have work to do on the nutrition side, and fitting in cardio is a continuing challenge, but I feel like I'm on the right path. And I'm seeing nice results on the scale - down two pounds, woohoo! <BR> <BR> I'm also just in a good mood because now there's a little light on my way to work - it's so nice and definitely energizes me! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 13 May 2009 10:43:12 EST Bootcamp time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2031231 The January bootcamp worked great for me, so I have high hopes for the swimsuit bootcamp! I've been working on getting my spark back and this seems like the perfect solution :) <BR> <BR> So, my new plan is: <BR> - Bootcamp video every day! <BR> - 30 minutes cardio five times a week. <BR> - Focus on fruits and veggies - delicious stuff is starting to become available! <BR> - Get in more protein - I keep finding myself starving and I'm realizing I'm just not getting in the protein. <BR> - Sa... Mon, 4 May 2009 10:33:31 EST Getting My Spark Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2017479 (I am inspired by BGBEAR624's blog today :) ) <BR> <BR> Yes, it's time for me to get my Spark back and rev up that fire in my belly! I think I got a little burnt out and forgot why I spark - so this is to remind me. <BR> <BR> Why I Spark <BR> <BR> * Keeps me sane! Tracking the numbers helps to diminish the emotional aspect and keep this process healthy. Some days I feel like I'm a mess in terms of diet and exercise. Spark helps me see that I'm actually doing pretty well, and where I can i... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:18:16 EST Time for a refresh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2002899 It's been crazy - visitors, teething, and a stomach bug, oh my! I let my diet and exercise fall to the wayside. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how bad the damage is in terms of weight regained, since my schedule is so off, but I can see from the mirror that I have some serious catching up to do. <BR> <BR> So here's the plan for this weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. I'll do a real weigh-in after I manage to get a solid chunk of sleep. <BR> <BR> 2. Start tracking everything - and stay in the range: 1,500 t... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:42:22 EST New goals - move more, eat less sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1865915 Spring is coming - yes, sure, there's snow outside, but it's coming, right? :) And it's time for new goals for me! I want to move away from focusing on the scale - back to thinking about health! I'm doing just fine on getting in the Self Challenge strength moves and I can feel the difference. Time to ramp it up. <BR> <BR> Less Sugar <BR> <BR> That candy bowl sings to me like a siren to Odysseus. Too bad I don't have crewmen to tie me to the mast :) So I will have to do it myself! No candy ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:44:29 EST One of those days already - but I am going to kick butt anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1849088 Yesterday was a mess. My sleep is all off - Liliana is sleeping mostly when I'm at work. Work is stressful and I'm letting it get to me. I just couldn't stop myself yesterday from eating all sorts of stuff. My appetite was huge. And it ended up involving lots of junk. <BR> <BR> Today I decided, well, it's a new day! When Liliana just wouldn't sleep, I took her for a walk at 3:30 AM. I was a little worried but it seemed safe enough and it did seem to relax her - she was asleep by the time I ... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:20:09 EST I got scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1825210 For three days in a row, I weighed in at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Did I update SparkPeople? Did I crow about it? <BR> <BR> Um, no. I decided I should wait a few more days and see if it really took. I told only one person. And in the meantime I ate all sorts of junk. <BR> <BR> Naturally, I'm not there any more - problem solved, I guess. Hah. <BR> <BR> I'm just now realizing that there is a psychological component to my journey. I know it's a little late in the game : ) But for a while ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:31:58 EST Getting back on track - Step 3: Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1783028 I'm fitting in more healthy food! Fruits, veggies (I forgot that love celery sticks), lentil soup, etc. <BR> <BR> I've been squeezing in more exercise - nothing amazing, but here and there, and it does add up. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a normal weigh-in time since my schedule's a mess, but it looks like I'm down a little, so I seem to be on the right track. <BR> <BR> I'm still eating too many sweets - time to manage this better. A little is fine, but I've been doing it too much, using s... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 09:49:58 EST Getting back on track - Step 2: Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1769781 My overall goal: To be healthy and comfortable with my body. <BR> <BR> How do I get there? <BR> * Fit in as much healthy food in as possible. (It's like "don't think about the pink elephant - I've been thinking about all the things I don't want to be eating. Instead, I will think, how do I get more veggies and fruits and protein and whole grains?) <BR> * Make exercise routine again. <BR> <BR> Baby steps for February <BR> * Snack on fruits or veggies whenever possible. <BR> * At least 1... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 13:36:29 EST Getting back on track - Step 1: Overcome the obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1765612 Stress at work. My daughter's first fever. Entertaining relatives. Taking medication every few hours. <BR> <BR> Excuses, excuses. Seriously. I need to take care of myself so that I can bring home the bacon (haha) and be the mom and wife my baby and husband need! I need to stay sane and centered. <BR> <BR> My goal for this week is to figure out how to do this. <BR> <BR> ** How many calories do I need at this point? I've been fairly close to the same range as earlier in January, when I was... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 10:04:21 EST Making it through the last few days of January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1750701 I got hit with a bout of mastitis, so I'm just trying to keep on track enough to not derail my efforts this month. I have to stop the pity party and say no to the candy bowl at the office. Sugar is not an effective pain killer, haha, and helping myself to these little freebies isn't helping ME, especially since I haven't been fitting in exercise as much I should (although I think the late night dancing my daughter to sleep is probably helping to minimize the damage, and I have still been sne... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:55:20 EST Met my January goal - and sleeping at night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1731248 Sleep is such a wonderful thing - my daughter is finally sleeping again and so am I :) In fact, we've both been catching up on it the last few days. As a result, I haven't been working out, but then also I haven't been eating as much. So it all sort of balanced out, and I found myself meeting my January goal early ! I'm hesitant to post it, but what the heck, I figure if I post it, even if I fluctuate up a little, I'll be more motivated to get back to it again :) <BR> <BR> So, I am at 130!... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:40:21 EST