MICAROO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICAROO MICAROO'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/ Committed and ready to ROCK the Fall Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987580 I took my little break, and realized that I was (once again) rationalizing my Off-Plan eating. So I reminded myself of my primary reasons for wanting to lose weight: <BR> -I will feel better physically <BR> -I will like myself better <BR> -I will feel in control <BR> <BR> There are plenty of other great reasons to lose weight, but those 3 are my top motivators. I wrote them on bright colored index cards and stuck them in various places around the house. I'm back on plan with food, I've go... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:10:27 EST On a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986675 We are between challenges, and I'm taking a bit of a break. I think I needed a break; I was feeling burned out. <BR> <BR> I've gained a few pounds in a very short time. I know it's temporary. I'll get back on track with losing as soon as I get my head back in the game. I don't feel bad about the gain; I feel like I'm drawing the bow back so that I can shoot the arrow forward. <BR> <BR> The change of season means that I have to change gears. All too soon I won't be able to ride the bik... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:39:15 EST Strength, goals and limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966468 I commute by bicycle to/from work most days, but I don't have strong legs. I have gears, and I know how to use them. <BR> <BR> I want to work to make my legs stronger. But I don't want to work so hard that I wreck my legs for the commute. So Monday through Friday, even if I do a lower body workout, it's not an all-out workout. I won't work my leg muscles to the point of fatigue - so pretty much I maintain my level of leg strength during the week with my M-F workouts, but I don't impro... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:32:21 EST Summer 2015 Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961180 I started out with a commitment to exercise at least 60 min/day, and of that at least 10 min/day would be strength training. <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that for most days, I'm doing well over 120 minutes a day of exercise. Since most of my cardio is outdoors, if it rains my minutes are less - and on July 1 when I worked a 13 hour day doing inventory I did only about 30 minutes of exercise - but otherwise, I've met my commitment and then some. <BR> <BR> I'm not crazy about strength tra... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:59:37 EST Holiday Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954777 I have the day off - and I have the day all to myself! <em>244</em> <BR> I started my day with my strength training workout. My plan for the rest of today is to get groceries, take a bike ride of about 1 hour, clean the house, update my financial stuff, take a walk, visit a friend this afternoon (and hopefully take another walk), and visit another friend for dinner. It seems like I never ever get a day all to myself when I don't have some obligation to someone else. And I normally have... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:52:07 EST Feeling my goal weight body trying to come out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952709 I've been working hard on my food plan and exercise plan, and I feel it paying off. It's not that I've lost so much weight, but I really feel my body wanting to firm up and get back to goal weight. It's like I'm ready to unzip my fat suit and step out. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:01:36 EST Last Day of my long weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948498 It's raining. We need the rain, but for me rain is something of a setback because it means that I can't do outdoor activities. It's very hard to get my sweetie off his butt and doing something, so the rain will mean that we basically do nothing all day. Sunday is our day together, so I can't just go do something without him. Whatever he decides to do or not do, I'll be doing or not doing it with him. <BR> <BR> So my first order of business for the day is to jump on the elliptical and get... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:44:28 EST Results are slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945315 The scale finally showed a loss of 1 pound this morning. I won't post it "officially" on SparkPeople until I see that same loss for 3 days in a row. <BR> <BR> I've been working really hard on my program, tracking all my food, eating more vegetables, and doing lots (and lots!) of cardio. I know that my body is making some changes even if those changes haven't yet been reflected on the scale. I took a bike ride yesterday, one that I'd done 3 weeks ago, and I really felt the difference in s... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:37:40 EST A little bit of gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940692 I am not a gardener by nature. I mow the lawn because I must (homeowners association rules). Today I decided to plant some wildflower seeds; this is my first real attempt at growing something. It's June 6 and I know it's a little late in the spring getting started with a garden, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I tilled the soil 3-4" deep about 24 sq ft, removed the existing plant material (more or less), mixed about 3 bags of organic gardening soil, scattered my wildflower seeds (m... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:30:47 EST Eat more Protien http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936816 I wanted to set a new goal each week, but I'm stuck on my goal of eating 5 servings of vegetables each day. There are days when I easily make my 5 servings, and then there are other days when I only may get one or two servings. My plans always include the veggies, but sometimes I just don't eat the way I planned. <BR> <BR> I'm looking at my food tracker for the past couple of weeks and I see a pattern that needs to change - I don't get enough Protien. I fall short on 5 out of 7 days. So ... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:57:12 EST Goal for week #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932927 I've lost 3 pounds so far this month since rejoining Sparkpeople. 3 pounds since May 7. Although I would like to lose the weight faster, I'm very happy to have launched a general downward trend (GDT). <BR> <BR> I'm thinking a lot about goals. My current exercise goals are 60 minutes of exercise daily (any type of exercise) and 10000 steps per day on the pedometer. I have 2 weeks of success in that category. <BR> <BR> This week I started tracking my food. Tracking is time consuming, ev... Sat, 23 May 2015 09:29:37 EST Trying to get back in the swing of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929074 What I've done right in my first week back at SparkPeople: <BR> EXERCISE <BR> I've taken a walk every day, and I've hit my 10,000 step goal every day. <BR> I'm commuting to work on the bicycle, so I'm getting about 60 minutes of cardio via the bike ride. I've commuted by bicycle 4 of 5 days this past week. Plus I took a short ride today and last Sunday. I should probably add some strength training and some stretching or yoga, but that will come in time. I've got the exercise commitment. <... Sat, 16 May 2015 10:44:32 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924068 I have been away from SparkPeople for almost 2 years, and I regained all the weight that I previously lost. I've done that twice now. So what have I learned from this? I have learned that I can be really disciplined and consistent, and that I can successfully lose weight and get in shape. But after I reach my goal, I lose the motivation and start eating way too much. And when I'm eating wrong, I stop tracking my food. <BR> <BR> So I'm starting again at 183 pounds. I've not started trac... Thu, 7 May 2015 05:53:13 EST Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316697 Currently I am having no trouble whatsoever to stay motivated. But that was not the case last year. I keep wondering "What the heck was I thinking?" when I let myself regain some weight and was ignoring all my healthy eating habits. I know I was disappointed in myself when I was making poor food choices and gaining weight, but at the time I couldn't seem to change back to healthy eating. I was grabbing snacks from the vending machine and the convenience store, and was eating hardly any fr... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:14:33 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308402 I haven't done a blog for a while, but I've been doing fairly well on my goals for 2013 in the month of March. <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking food: I have been doing that every day consistently. I am not always within my calorie range, but certainly most days. On the days that I've gone over my range, it hasn't been by that much. If I look at each week as an average, then I have been within my range for all of the month of March. <BR> <BR> 2. Drinking 4 cups of tea per day. I kind of let this... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:06:29 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266834 Improving... building consistency.... <BR> 1. Tracking food: 7 of 7 days, and within calories 7 of 7 days <em>244</em> <BR> 2. Drinking 4 cups of tea per day: 7 of 7 days <em>469</em> <BR> 3. Morning workout: 7 of 7 days <em>320</em> <BR> 4. Lunchtime walk: 6 of 7 days (bad weather Sunday) <em>311</em> <BR> 5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings F/V: 5 of 7 days. Eating clean, but still struggling with those weekend days to get my target quantity of fruits and veggies. <em>1... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:56:09 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259214 A bit of a stumble this week, but I've picked myself up and these last 3 days have all been on course for success. <BR> 1. Tracking food 6 of 7 days, and within calories 5 of 7 days. There was a party on Saturday and I got off track for the weekend. <BR> 2. Drinking tea 4 cups a day, 5 of 7 days. <BR> 3. Morning workout, 7 of 7 days. Woohoo! <BR> 4. Lunchtime walk, 7 of 7 days. The weather was in my favor this week. <BR> 5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V: 6 of 7 days. Becaus... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:22:12 EST PUSH YOURSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251144 This week is the first week in a very long time where I've actually planned and done some strength training. My muscles are sore. But I am so glad that I did the workouts this week. I was in a fitness rut. I was doing the same old cardio, and taking it pretty easy on myself even with the cardio (mostly walking). This week I really moved out of my comfort zone. I worked with more intensity, in both strength training and cardio, and for the first time in a long time I feel like I've moved... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:55:58 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249932 Not Perfect, but I definitely feel like I'm working my program. <BR> 1. Tracking food every day, and within calories 6 of 7 days. <BR> 2. Drinking tea 4 cups a day, Yes. <BR> 3. Morning workout: 4 of 7 days. Improved over last week! <BR> 4. Lunchtime walk: 3 of 7 days. The blizzard Friday and Saturday killed the walking, along with more snow on Monday. There was just no safe place to walk. But I did one heck of a lot of snow shoveling! <BR> 5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V:... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:39:09 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241134 ON TRACK and IN CONTROL <BR> 1. Tracking food: every day tracked, and every day within calories <BR> 2. Drinking tea: 4 cups a day, Yes <BR> 3. Morning workout: 2 of 5 days. Better than zero! <BR> 4. Lunchtime walk: Yes every day <BR> 5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V: Yes, 5 of 7 days. <BR> 6. 80 minutes of exercise per day: no, I am only averaging 45-50 minutes a day. I exercised 6 of 7 days. On Saturday I was just too busy. <BR> <BR> Pounds are dropping, and I feel like I'm o... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:37:15 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231185 Week 4 was bad, and it continued into week #5. But that is behind me now. I was back on plan on Monday, walking at lunch every day and tracking my food. So for the past 3 days of week 5, I'm doing well. I'm not completely on target, but my aim is a lot better! <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking food: 3 of 7 days, but most important, it's 3 days in a row for the last 3 days. <BR> 2. Drinking tea: 3 of 7 days, same as above. <BR> 3. Morning workout - not done. I'm just not getting up early enough... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:11:37 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221111 This has been a very bad week. <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking food - not done <BR> 2. Drinking tea - maybe 2 cups a day, but not my goal of 4 cups. I've been drinking more diet coke. <BR> 3. Morning workout - not done. <BR> 4. Lunchtime walk - not done every day...it's been soooo cold. I've missed the past 2 days and likely to miss today as well. <BR> 5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V - not making the 9 servings, and have chosen some processed foods instead of eating clean. <BR> 6. 80 min... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:59:22 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211008 1. Tracking food. I've been tracking my food. I've stayed within my calorie range everyday but one. Most of my food choices have been healthy foods, but I did slip up on Wednesday when I had a pack of peanut butter crackers from the vending machine because I'd forgotten to bring my almonds to work. <BR> 2. Drinking tea. I'm down to just one diet soda per day. Hitting my daily goal of 4 cups of tea (usually 5 or 6). <BR> 3. Morning workout. This week I managed 2 morning workouts. That's ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 05:39:48 EST 2013 Goals: how am I doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199921 1. Tracking food. I've been tracking my food, but I haven't been staying within my calorie range. All my food choices have been healthy foods, just too much. <BR> 2. Drinking tea. I've cut out more of the diet soda (oh yes, I know that I really need to quit the diet soda all together...but I'm weaning myself off). For the past 3 days I've achieved my goal of 4 cups of tea. Yesterday I think I had 5 cups. <BR> 3. Morning workout. So far I've managed the morning workout exactly once.... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:08:06 EST 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191622 MICA'S GOALS FOR 2013: <BR> My goals are about what to DO, not what to achieve. I can only control what I do, not the results. Obviously I hope for great results. But my goals for 2013 are about what I can do every day, not by what date I will have lost a specific amount of weight. If I put these things into practice, I will definitely be healthier in 2013. <BR> <BR> 1. TRACK MY FOOD. This is a strategy that really works. <BR> 2. DRINK TEA. Herbal tea, decaf tea, green tea...Tea is a better ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:17:33 EST Stress Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166097 Stress management at the holidays or at any other time: <BR> <BR> #1 - ORGANIZE. I normally start with a To-Do list. Then I put due-dates/times on the To-Do, and estimated time to complete each task. If something can be done in short increments (like wrapping presents), then I schedule a bit at a time so I'm not doing it all at once. If something has to be done all in one go (like baking cookies), then I figure out the due date, do a timeline to figure out when I need to start, and make ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:29:35 EST Fall Challenge - Week #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048082 I wrote a similar blog a couple of weeks ago at the end of the summer challenge, but it bears repeating. <BR> <BR> What is holding me back? <BR> <BR> 1. Weekends. The weekend is not a time to take a "vacation" from my eating and exercise plan. The weekend starts on Friday night and doesn't end until Monday morning...that's 35% of the week. I can't be successful if I only make a 65% effort! <BR> <BR> 2. Sweets. I have a crazy out of control desire for sweets. The only way to control ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:40:57 EST Reflections on the past 10 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024385 I have not lost any "real" weight in the last 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> It's the food. I have been eating way too much and making the wrong choices. Choosing sweets far too often. Eating too many snacks. Most of this summer I have not been journaling my food, and not measuring. Dining out far too often. <BR> <BR> What is holding me back? <BR> <BR> 1. Weekends. The weekend starts on Friday night and doesn't end until Sunday morning. It's 35% of the week. If I take a weekend "vacation" fr... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:58:37 EST Action creates Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984365 My dad always says that motivation comes from within. I think that's a kind of a myth... and it's a dangerous one that might allow me to postpone taking action until I feel sufficiently motivated. But I've found that more often than not, action creates motivation. I only need to START. Whether its exercise or an eating plan, each action generates motivation for the next action. When unmotivated to exercise, I have often started my workout with the promise to myself that I could quit af... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:07:24 EST Whoa, Trigger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922713 TRIGGER FOODS: These vary from time to time, but are things like crackers & hummus, sweets, ice cream, cheese, chocolate. Usually it's things that involve no preparation. And if the food I really crave is not available, I'll just overeat on a close-enough alternative. <BR> <BR> SOURCES: I live way too close to a convenience store; less than 1/4 mile from the house. And easy walk to get anything I want. So my best efforts to keep trigger foods out of the house can be easily undone on a... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:06:46 EST Reflection on the Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888199 I lost more weight than the goal that I set for the spring challenge. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I had started tracking my food about 3 weeks before the start of the spring challenge. If I had to choose one thing that contributed the most to my success, I would have to say that tracking my food (and staying within my calorie range) is that one thing. Tracking my food does more than just keep me within the calorie range. It shows quite clearly whether or not I'm eating enough fruits and... Sat, 19 May 2012 06:57:46 EST Spring Challenge Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875018 What I have accomplished so far on the spring challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. I've lost weight, exceeding my goal amount for the challenge <BR> 2. I'm tracking my food every day <BR> 3. I'm staying within my calorie range almost every day <BR> 4. I'm eating a lot more fruits and vegetables <BR> 5. I'm strength training again, and I'm being consistent about it <BR> 6. At least 3 days a week, I'm doing a vigorous cardio workout. The other days I'm usually doing some kind of cardio, but the inte... Thu, 10 May 2012 06:37:42 EST Bicycling together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836290 So this weekend, I got my sweetie to go out on a bicycle ride with me. Friday was my birthday, and he promised to do whatever I wanted to do. We took a beautiful 15 mile bike ride. We followed that up with a walk. Hopefully the exercise burned off the birthday dinner and the birthday soft-serve. <BR> <BR> Saturday, he agreed to go out for another bike ride, although a little bit shorter. I think it was about 11 miles, plus we did at least 3 miles of walking. <BR> <BR> Today, the final ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:33:42 EST Walking together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825873 The challenge this week was to get family and friends to workout with me. So I decided to get my boyfriend out for a long walk, and do the hills. The town is built along a steep hillside, and there are seven streets that climb the hill. So we climbed up and down all the streets. I think we walked almost 5 miles altogether. <BR> <BR> My "payment" for getting him to walk with me was that I had to agree to help him with yardwork. SO we got yet another workout together in the afternoon. I'... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 18:00:04 EST Head cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782500 I have a cold. I can't breathe through my nose at all. Although I didn't feel like exercising, I decided to at least take a walk. To my surprise, my nasal passages opened up within a few minutes. Later in the day I decided to ride the stationary bike to see if the workout would open up my nose. It took less than 3 minutes. Now if only I could figure out a way to workout in my sleep, I could breathe through the night! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:23:17 EST Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780225 The Spring Challenge begins on March 17. My goal is to lose 15 pounds during the challenge. In order to accomplish that goal, I'm going to have to stay motivated, plan my meals (and stick to the plan), do my scheduled workouts, be an active member of my team and draw support from the other members. <BR> <BR> My main motivation for losing weight is to ride the bicycle. I commute to/from work in the summer on the bicycle. I gained quite a bit of weight over the fall and winter months, and ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:37:10 EST Day 2 (Sunday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369406 Summer 5% Challenge, Day 2 (Sunday) <BR> <BR> I continued to track my food and had a great day. I was within the appropriate range for everything that I chose to track: calories, fats, carbs, protein, fiber and sodium. <BR> <BR> For today (Monday) I plotted out everything that I plan to eat for all meals and snacks. If I stick to the plan, I'll have another good day. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:21:03 EST Food tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367537 I tracked all my food yesterday as part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I was within my ranges on calories, fat, carbs and protein. I had a very good day one. <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 05:45:42 EST Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314773 On Monday I resolved to make better food choices. But at the office, my co-workers often bring in food to share. So first someone came in with ice cream sandwiches. Someone else brought pretzels. And then someone brought a leftover coffee cake from Father's Day. But I made good choices all day and ate my planned food. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, all of the above 3 office foods were still available, and then someone also brought donuts. Again, I ate all my planned food and resisted the extr... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 06:38:42 EST Weather or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229558 The weather for the weekend is predicted to be very bad, so I'll need to get as much outdoor exercise as possible while the weather is in my favor. Its just 40 degrees this morning, but the sun is shining. It promises to be a lovely day. I'm commuting to/from work on the bicycle. It will be a little chilly for the ride in, but by the time I cycle home it should be in the 60's. I might even make it a slightly longer ride, since I really enjoy it. I'm also planning a walk at lunch, and an... Fri, 13 May 2011 07:04:55 EST Old habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227281 Breaking old habits is really hard. <BR> <BR> I walk to the store every morning and buy myself 2 liters of diet coke for the day. I used to also buy myself one of those big cinnamon buns, but I gave that up. I can't seem to give up the diet coke. Back in January, I gave it up (resolution) and lasted about 1 month. Then right back to it. <BR> <BR> I like the taste. I like how it makes me feel full. And it's my caffeine source. I tried substituting tea back in January. The tea took ca... Thu, 12 May 2011 07:30:19 EST Free food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226409 There always seems to be free food at the office. People take turns bringing in snacks. This week, someone brought in chocolate brownies with walnuts topped with a thick fudge frosting. And today, the salesman from one of the freight carriers showed up with pizza for everyone. <BR> <BR> I had managed to avoid the brownies all week, so when the pizza showed up, I went for a walk. When I returned from my walk, all the pizza was gone except for one piece of plain cheese pizza (now cold). S... Wed, 11 May 2011 19:45:33 EST Monday 5/9 Day 3 Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222191 I had a good day on Monday. I rode the bike to/from work, took a walk on my lunch hour, and took another walk after work. I drank plenty of water, I ate within my calorie range, and I got 6 servings of fruits and veggies. I went to bed early and I got 8 hours sleep. A good day. Tue, 10 May 2011 04:53:09 EST Mothers Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4217717 My mother died in 2008. Since her death, I have packed on quite a lot of pounds. I have made several attempts to lose the weight, but they have all been only a few pounds and short-lived. My mother would be quite disappointed in me for gaining weight; I really should lose the weight and honor her memory instead of burying myself in fat. These past 2+ years have been a very dark time for me. I need to step into the light and make it a new day. Sun, 8 May 2011 06:49:03 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4216665 Today is our anniversary. We are going out to eat this evening to celebrate. But after this brief celebration, I will be back on plan with food. <BR> <BR> Goal met for exercise: 120 minutes, mostly walking. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will resume strength training. No excuses. Sat, 7 May 2011 16:01:55 EST Starting slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4036341 I injured my knee, so I have to take it easy for a while. I feel like I'm starting over. <BR> <BR> Today I managed to walk 2 miles. I would like to be able to do the exercise bike or the elliptical, but I'll have to be satisfied with just walking, at least for this week. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll do strength training. No squats or lunges, but I can do upper body and some core work. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:29:57 EST Knee injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029942 I have injured my knee, which is going to curtail my exercise for a little while. Hopefully this will heal quickly, and I can get back to doing my usual workout. Sat, 19 Feb 2011 11:08:22 EST Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4013421 Why do I want to lose weight? Sometimes, when I'm facing down a temptation, it's hard to remember. It's hard to give up short-term pleasures in favor of long range goals. But those short-term pleasures are indeed very short-term. The pleasure is gone as soon as the food is eaten. Focus on the reasons, and keep the long range goal in the spotlight. <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight because: <BR> -I don't currently have any health problems, and I don't want to develop any. <BR> -I want to ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 06:48:04 EST February 7 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4000028 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (7/7) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - goal NOT met (4/7) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (5/7) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (6/7) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - 13663 GOAL MET (3/7) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (0/7) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (7/7) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 6 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Training 20 mins - 0/3 (week 1... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 05:10:09 EST February 6 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995830 Not my best day. Not my best weekend. But certainly not my worst either. I ate heartily, but healthfully. No junk food. Just too much of a good thing. And not enough exercise. The weather is wreaking havoc with my exercise plans. And obligations to other people is also messing up my normal routines. So I'm not doing my best. <BR> <BR> DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (6/6) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - goal NOT met (4/6) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) -... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:34:13 EST