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/ 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 February 4 & 5 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3994298 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET both days (5/5) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET Friday, goal NOT met Saturday (4/5) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET both days (3/5) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET both days (5/5) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - 10005 on Friday GOAL MET and 7583 on Saturday goal NOT met (2/5) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (0/5) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET both days (... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 06:52:31 EST February 3 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3988222 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (3/3) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (3/3) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (1/3) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - 5 servings GOAL MET (3/3) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - 12224 GOAL MET (1/3) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (0/3) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (3/3) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 5 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Training 20 mins - 2/3 ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:54:25 EST February 2 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984694 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (2/2) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (2/2) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - goal NOT met (0/2) due to snow in the road making it unsafe to walk <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - 5 servings GOAL MET (2/2) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - 7126 steps goal NOT met (0/2) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (0/2) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (2/2) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:14:06 EST February 1 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982862 It's a new month, but my goals really have not changed. I have been very consistent with my January goals, but need to work on more strength training and certainly more stretching. <BR> <BR> I am resetting the 'counter' for my Daily Goals for February <BR> <BR> DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (1/1) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (1/1) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - goal NOT met (0/1) due to snow in the road making it unsafe to walk <BR> 4. Eat 5 serv... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 04:35:46 EST January 31 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3979448 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (29/31) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (26/31) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (27/31) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (26/31) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - GOAL MET (23/31) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (4/31) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (29/31) <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 5 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Training 20 mins - 1/3 (week 1 was 2/3,... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 05:14:11 EST January 30 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974988 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (28/30) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (25/30) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (26/30) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (25/30) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - GOAL MET (22/30) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (4/30) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (28/30) <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 5 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Training 20 mins - 1/3 (week 1 was 2/3,... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:21:28 EST January 29 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973339 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (27/29) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (24/29) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (25/29) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (24/29) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - GOAL MET (21/29) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (4/29) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - goal NOT met, only 7 glasses (27/29) <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 5 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Training 20 mins ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 07:21:12 EST January 25-28 Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969676 I can't believe I have not made a report since Monday! <BR> <BR> DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET all 4 days (26/28) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET all 4 days (23/28) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET 3 of 4 days (24/28) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET all 4 days (23/28) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - GOAL MET all 4 days (includes the workout on the stairs)(20/28) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (4/2... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:41:15 EST January 24 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3957558 Freezing cold here. It was 10 below zero this morning. I didn't want to brave the cold and go to the gym, so I did a workout at home. A weights workout, plus 40 minutes going up and down the stairs. I ended up taking a walk at lunch - bundled beyond recognition, as the temp was only up to 6 degrees at noon. But I'm proud of myself for walking in the cold. Did my daily 2 miles. <BR> <BR> DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (22/24) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - goal ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:59:27 EST January 22 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3953687 It is too freakin' COLD! <BR> <BR> I tried to walk outdoors twice today, and I only managed slightly less than 15 minutes each time. The cold air is bad enough, but with the wind, it's brutal. <BR> <BR> I have not done well this weekend. I started off with the best of intentions, but I let circumstances get the better of me. I didn't stick to my salad plan at the dinner Saturday night - but I didn't have any drinks and my choice of sides was a salad and the veg of the day, and my main co... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:39:10 EST The challenge of a late evening dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3949465 I normally never eat late. When DH and I eat out, we usually plan to be at the restaurant early, before the normal crowd arrives. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I have to go to a retirement dinner for a co-worker. The reservations are for 7:30pm. We will probably not get served until 8:15 or later. <BR> <BR> My first thought was to save up calories to spend at the evening meal. But that would mean curtailing my food intake on a day when I have a ton of things to do. I started my day at 5:00am at t... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 09:03:11 EST January 21 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3949215 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (21/21) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (19/21) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - goal NOT met (19/21) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (5 servings) (17/21) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - goal NOT met (steps today 9584) (15/21) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (3/21) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (20/21) <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 3 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 04:33:23 EST January 20 2011 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3946351 DAILY GOALS: <BR> 1. Track my food - GOAL MET (20/20) <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range - GOAL MET (18/20) <BR> 3. Walk 2 miles (continuous) - GOAL MET (19/20) <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings (or more) of fruits and vegetables - GOAL MET (5 servings) (16/20) <BR> 5. 10000 steps - goal NOT met (steps today 9584) (15/20) <BR> 6. Stretch or do Yoga 10 mins - goal NOT met (3/20) <BR> 7. Drink 8 glasses of water - GOAL MET (19/20) <BR> <BR> WEEKLY GOALS, week 3 <BR> 1. 3x per week Strength Tra... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 05:56:22 EST