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/ Warm Vanilla-Spice Tea and other pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035206 Winter is always a struggle for me, as the long hours of darkness creep into my soul and blacken out memories of the summer sun. I miss my outdoor cycling. I hate having to bundle up against the cold. My office is cold, and I end up wearing long underwear to work as soon as the outdoor temps dip below freezing. <BR> <BR> At least there hasn't been any snow yet. I loathe shoveling snow. Mostly because I can't plan for it. All my other chores can be scheduled, but shoveling has to be don... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:08:58 EST TWENTY-EIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030601 Wednesday November 11 2015 is Day TWENTY-EIGHT of my current On Plan Streak. Yup, it's been 4 solid weeks of eating within my proper ranges of calories, carbs, fats, protein, and fiber, and getting 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. <BR> <BR> I feel pretty good. Eating right makes that happen. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:57:33 EST TWENTY-SEVEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030041 Tuesday November 10 2015 is Day TWENTY-SEVEN of my current On Plan Streak. Somehow there seems to be Halloween candy every day in the breakroom. There's a large-size plastic pail on one of the tables, and every morning it seems to have been refilled with candy. But I am not tempted to eat any of it. I arrive at work every day with my lunch and my healthy snacks, and that's all I need. <BR> <BR> Tonight and tomorrow the forecast calls for rain. I'll do an indoor workout in the morning, b... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:11:29 EST TWENTY-FIVE and TWENTY-SIX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029472 Sunday November 8 2015 was Day TWENTY-FIVE of my On Plan Streak, and Monday November 9 2015 was Day TWENTY-SIX of my On Plan Streak. The streak rolls on! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:23:16 EST TWENTY-FOUR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028568 Saturday November 7 2015 was Day TWENTY-FOUR of my current On Plan Streak. It was also my mother's birthday; she would have been 91. She passed 7 years ago; I still miss her. I'm not much for putting flowers on the grave; mom (who worked for a florist) would have thought it was a waste of flowers anyway. But I did honor her memory by taking a walk in the cemetery where she is buried. <BR> <BR> On to Day 25. Sun, 8 Nov 2015 07:42:56 EST TWENTY-THREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027923 Friday November 6 2015 is Day TWENTY-THREE of my current On Plan Streak. The hunger that plagued me yesterday was thankfully gone today. <BR> <BR> On to tomorrow and Day 24. Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:21:14 EST TWENTY-TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027526 Thursday November 5 2015 was Day TWENTY-TWO of my On Plan Streak. It was a tough day. Not because I was surrounded by temptations (although there was still a big bucket of leftover Halloween candy in the break room), but mostly because I was feeling h-u-n-g-r-y. It's one of those weight loss side effects that we don't really talk about....having to tolerate that feeling of deprivation and hunger. I realized that I've probably been eating too many carbs. That's what generally starts those... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 04:26:11 EST TWENTY ONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026817 Wednesday November 4 2015 was Day TWENTY ONE of my current On Plan Streak. Isn't there supposed to be something magic about 21 days? 21 days to make a new habit? Or something like that... <BR> Anyway, today makes it 3 full weeks on plan. My efforts are being rewarded, as I'm continuing to lose weight at a pretty good pace. I'm pretty happy with the results, but mostly I'm pleased with my actions. I've been regularly taking a reasonable look at the quality of my efforts, and making chang... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 19:23:51 EST TWENTY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026226 Tuesday November 3 2015 was Day TWENTY of my current On Plan Streak. <BR> <BR> The salesman from R & L dropped by today and brought fresh donuts from Stonehouse Bakery (the better donut). This was tough, because I do love donuts. Especially from Stonehouse. It could have been worse...it could have been from Clem's Donuts (the best donut). I did not indulge. <BR> <BR> There was more Halloween candy leftovers contributed to the stash. I did not indulge. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:10:15 EST NINETEEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025618 Monday November 2 2015 was Day NINETEEN of my current On Plan Streak. It was a terrible day at work. I started at 4:00am, trying to do inventory. At 7:00, there was a shouting match that resulted in a guy getting sent home for the day. At 9:00, a back injury (I handle HR). My 91 y/o dad calling at 10:30 am, needing to see doctor. My boss left at noon to take her DH to the cardiologist for afib. Things smoothed out a bit after that, but emotions ran high all morning...there was Hallowee... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 20:31:30 EST EIGHTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024864 Sunday November 1 2015 is Day EIGHTEEN of my current On Plan Streak. This ties my previous streak which ran from September 25 through October 13. So now I've been On Plan from October 15 through November 1, and I see no obstacles in my near future to derail me. I just need to stay focused, plan my meals in advance, shop appropriately, keep the kitchen stocked and organized for healthy cooking, and forge ahead with my streak. <BR> <BR> I was worried about my exercise today when I awoke to ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:53:17 EST SEVENTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024505 Saturday October 31 2015 was Day SEVENTEEN of my current On Plan Streak. <BR> <BR> I can feel my body composition changing, although I have not seen much of a change on the scale of late. Weight loss must be coming soon though....the fit of my clothes is different and I feel much more FIT in my balance, flexibility, and overall stamina. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day here in NH, and I took a long walk in the morning, and another short walk with DH when he got home from work. Plus I did ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 06:07:57 EST SIXTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023848 Friday October 30 2015 was Day SIXTEEN of my current On Plan Streak. Another successful day! <BR> <BR> There are days when it's really easy. This was one of those days. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:13:24 EST FIFTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023366 Thursday October 29 2015 was Day FIFTEEN of my current ON PLAN STREAK. It feels really good to be on track with food and feeling in control. The longer I stay on plan, the easier it is to stay on plan. And not wanting to break the streak provides incentive to push through cravings and strengthen my resistance habit. <BR> <BR> At work there was leftover pumpkin cake and still those klondike bars; I didn't indulge. <BR> <BR> I'm doing my winter workouts daily, which seem much more strenuou... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:00:29 EST FOURTEEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022791 Wednesday October 28 2015 marks Day FOURTEEN - 2 full weeks of eating on plan in my current streak. I think I just barely squeeked by today. We had "Soup Day" at work, and the soups were delicious. I had to make estimates of calories. I estimated high, and it appears that I was on plan. I did have a 3-bite piece of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting...oh my was it yummy. But I stopped eating it after just that wee taste, and I posted the estimated calories to my tracker. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:28:36 EST THIRTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022282 Tuesday October 27 2015 was Day THIRTEEN of my current on plan streak. It was another busy day at work, as I'm still struggling to catch up from my vacation. My boss brought in Klondike Bars, regular and double chocolate, but I didn't indulge. I am totally focused about eating on plan. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is "Soup Day", when everyone in the office makes a soup and brings it to share with everyone in the factory. I had to scramble as I was on vacation and only found out about the plan on ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:44:55 EST TWELVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021674 Monday October 26 2015 was Day TWELVE of my current ON PLAN STREAK. It was a hectic day for me at work, trying to catch up. I didn't get all caught up today, and I don't know if I can get there by end of day tomorrow either....I hope so. It's nice to have a vacation, but it stinks to have all the work piled up waiting for me. <BR> <BR> Back to my normal routine, it was pretty easy to stay on plan. No biking, so my workout is now first thing in the morning. I'm doing strength training ev... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:06:54 EST ELEVEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021004 Sunday October 25 2015 is DAY ELEVEN of my current ON PLAN STREAK. The day is not over yet, but I've got my remaining meal planned and ready. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to go back to work tomorrow, so figuring out lunch and snacks to take in the morning. Also trying to figure out if the weather will be favorable for bicycling to work. The clocks change next Sunday, so there will be no more commuting by bicycle after that...there won't be enough daylight for the ride home. But if the w... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:58:15 EST TEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020740 Saturday October 24 2015 was DAY TEN of my current ON PLAN STREAK. It was a difficult day for me, because the first 2 meals of the day revolved around the men in my life, and were virtually devoid of fruits and vegetables. I was eating a very low volume of food since all the food seemed to be high fat or high starch. By 3:30pm I was pretty dang hungry and very aggravated. DH cut me a break because he had to go to the store, so I finally had a few minutes alone and I made myself a lovely g... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:47:02 EST NINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020195 Friday October 23 2015 was DAY NINE of my current ON PLAN STREAK. I weighed in this morning, and I've got a great loss for the week. And I just crossed the line from "Overweight" to "Healthy" on my BMI. I'm in the home stretch to get to my goal weight! And I now fit into a smaller pants size. <BR> <BR> Forging ahead with the STREAK! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 04:44:42 EST EIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019534 Thursday October 22 2015 was Day EIGHT of my current ON PLAN STREAK. Easy-peasy day, even though we ate out twice. We had lunch at Panera and dinner tonight at Subway. Two good chains where a healthy meal can be obtained. We both made healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I got up early and cranked out a heart-pounding interval workout, and a strength training workout, and some stretching. Later in the day we took a couple of walks, so he got some exercise too. <BR> <BR> Day EIGHT is a SUCCESS an... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:11:31 EST FIVE-SIX-SEVEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018961 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday October 19-21 were days Five, Six and Seven of my current ON PLAN STREAK. <BR> <BR> I was on vacation. I kept a notebook of all my activities and everything I ate or drank. My tablet isn't a very convenient input device for Spark, so I quickly abandoned my attempts to post my food in my food tracker until I got home. Obviously I had to make some estimates for meals when we dined out, but I do seem to have stayed within my allotted calories. And I got at leas... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:31:24 EST Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017105 Sunday October 18 2015 is DAY FOUR of my ON PLAN Streak. On vacation and on plan. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:17:10 EST THREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016619 Saturday October 17 2015 is DAY THREE of my ON PLAN STREAK. <BR> <BR> We had lunch at Panera Bread. On the ride home, the conversation went like this: <BR> DH: "I didn't have dessert" <BR> Me: "Meaning what?" <BR> DH: "Meaning I can stop at Patty B's and get a dessert!" <BR> Me: "Yes, you can, if that's what you'd like to do." <BR> DH: "How about a cannoli!" <BR> Me: "Whatever floats your boat" <BR> DH: "Would you like a cannoli?" <BR> Me: "No thanks" <BR> DH: (scowling) "I suppose I don't ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:31:52 EST TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016207 Friday October 16 2015 is DAY TWO of my ON PLAN STREAK. Not much to say about the day other than to say it was ON PLAN. I've had a good week, even with the big meal and the interrupted streak. This would have been my 3rd On Plan week, had I not eaten so much at dinner on Wednesday with DH for his bday. But overall I think I'll still have a loss this week; tomorrow is weigh-in. <BR> <BR> I won't have internet access for a few days, so you may not hear from me again until Wednesday. But ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 20:17:30 EST ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015731 Thursday October 15 2015 is the restart of my ON PLAN STREAK. This is DAY ONE. <BR> <BR> I don't feel bad about yesterday; I was not that far off my calorie range and I'm right back on plan today. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> The streak begins anew. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:39:46 EST On Plan streak ended at 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015079 Wednesday October 14 2015 was not an On Plan Day. My streak is broken. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> We went out for DH's birthday dinner at the italian place of his choosing. I ordered a salad, which was just romaine and goat cheese, and I added roasted chicken to make it more of a meal. But when it arrived at the table, the salad was served drenched in olive oil, with a little balsamic glaze drizzled over the top. I don't know how much oil, but I'm guessing it was about 1/4 cup. The salad ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:04:45 EST EIGHTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014701 Tuesday October 13 2015 was Day EIGHTEEN of my On Plan Streak. I'm starting to find it a little easier to manage cravings. Those desires are not lasting for hours; now they only last a few minutes, and then are forgotten as I keep busy and push those thoughts aside. <BR> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 03:47:09 EST SEVENTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013961 Monday October 12 2015 was Day SEVENTEEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. Mondays are a busy day for me at work, and keeping busy is the best way for me to stay on plan. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be another busy day, especially since there was no mail on Monday. So that should make Tuesday also an on plan day...there won't be a lot of free time to think about food! <BR> <BR> SEVENTEEN is in the win column! On to Day #18. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:03:16 EST SIXTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013297 Sunday October 11 2015 was Day SIXTEEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. It was a good day with plenty of walking/hiking. I steered DH away from a fast food lunch and instead we waited until we got home for a big bowl of the soup I made yesterday. <BR> <BR> It's been a great weekend. Too bad I have to work tomorrow. DH is off. <BR> <BR> Onward to Monday and Day Seventeen. SIXTEEN is in the bag! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:09:24 EST FIFTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012999 Saturday October 10 2015 was Day FIFTEEN of my ON PLAN Streak! Saturdays are easy for me; I'm just so dang busy! Saturday is my "cooking day", when I make meals for the freezer for lunches, and soups for dinners. Somehow working with food makes me feel less desire to actually eat. I seem to be free of cravings when I cook. <BR> <BR> I did my grocery shopping for the coming week, so my fridge is all stocked up with all the healthy foods I need to get through the week ON PLAN. I do have o... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 05:58:59 EST FOURTEEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012347 Friday October 9 2015 is Day FOURTEEN! 2 full weeks totally ON PLAN! <BR> <BR> I didn't get much exercise today because of the rain, but frankly with weight loss it's all about the FOOD, and I'm doing the food RIGHT. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:35:33 EST THIRTEEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011807 Thursday, October 8 2015 is Day THIRTEEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. <em>244</em> On to Day Fourteen, and by the end of the day tomorrow it will be 2 full weeks ON PLAN. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:55:30 EST TWELVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011199 Wednesday October 7 2015 is Day TWELVE of my ON PLAN STREAK. Yesterday was difficult, but today was a breeze. No new home baked goodies found their way to the office, so there were no temptations to face. <BR> <BR> I ran out to the store tonight for spinach, mangoes and pumpkin pie spice. I've got everything I need for tomorrow's meals, so I'm ready for Day Thirteen to be On Plan as well. <BR> <BR> It's all about the Planning. If I sit down the day before and plan out everything I'm goi... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:54:10 EST ELEVEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010804 Tuesday October 6 2015 was Day ELEVEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. It was a challenging day at the office; someone brought in apple bread, and from all reports it was delicious. But I abstained, and ate only my planned food. <BR> <BR> I've got my Day Twelve lunch all packed, and dinner for tonight is planned. But I'm going to have to get to the grocery store tonight or Day Thirteen might be a problem. <BR> <BR> ELEVEN done! On to day 12. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 06:09:53 EST TEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009977 Monday, October 5 2015 is DAY TEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. It was a busy day at work, and when I'm busy, it's very easy to stay on plan. It's been a long day and I need to get to bed early and catch up on some sleep...but I couldn't do that without reporting in first! I want to be accountable to with my ON PLAN Pledge! <BR> <BR> DAY TEN is done. I'm so ON right now! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:12:24 EST NINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009248 Sunday, October 4 2015 is Day NINE of ON PLAN eating. Sundays can be tricky, but I managed to navigate the potholes successfully. <BR> <BR> I'm finding it much easier now than it was two weeks ago. I'm working hard at not giving in to my appetite. It's OK to be hungry; it won't kill me, and I'll get to eat again in a few hours. And I find that by not giving in, it gets easier each successive time I face down my cravings. <BR> <BR> On to Day TEN. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 18:26:57 EST EIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008747 Saturday October 3 2015: Day EIGHT of my ON PLAN streak! Saturday is my chores day, and one of my chores is grocery shopping and cooking ahead for the coming week. I made the most awesome chicken vegetable stew; it will serve the two of us for 5 very healthy meals of 2 cups each. <BR> <BR> I recorded all my food in my nutrition tracker, and my sodium for the day is about half of what it's been all week. I guess I do better on the weekends then when I'm at work, at least with sodium. I te... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:18:22 EST SEVEN! Week ONE was 100% ON PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008209 Friday October 2 2015 is DAY SEVEN of my ON PLAN STREAK, and the end of Week ONE on the 5% Challenge. I stuck to my plan all week, and stayed within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Today's temptations at the office were the snickerdoodles that remain from yesterday, plus a big bag of pretzels. I had none of any of that. I rode the bike to/from work, took a walk at lunch, plus did a short sparkpeople video workout tonight, just to get the maximum exercise minutes to contribute to the Firecrack... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:26:42 EST SIX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007594 Thursday October 1 2015 was my sixth day of eating ON PLAN. Today I had to go to work for 5:00am, and work until 5:00pm. The first day of the month is Inventory day. Of course it was dark when I went to work, so I took the car instead of the bicycle. Rain yesterday and dark today, that makes 2 days in a row when I didn't ride the bicycle. Hopefully I can cycle to and from work tomorrow. My legs should be strong and well rested. Because of the long day at work, today my only exercise wa... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 19:25:57 EST FIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006950 Wednesday September 30 2015 - Day FIVE of my ON PLAN Streak! I walked in the rain today - once early in the morning, in the dark, and then again at lunch. There was a break in the rain and I thought it had cleared off....NOT! I got caught in the rain. When it started, I was at the furthest point on my route. My pants got wet from my feet up to about mid-thigh, where my raincoat ends. My shoes and socks were wet too. I usually keep a pair of dry shoes and dry socks at the office for jus... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:01:23 EST FOUR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006318 Tuesday September 28 2015. ON PLAN all day with my food. If you are following along with me, this is Day FOUR. Right now I feel like I've got it under control, which makes me wonder...what the heck am I thinking when I go off plan? I spin some kind of story to rationalize deviating from my plan, and somehow I get myself to believe it. And then once I'm off track, it's very hard to get back on. I think the rails on this track must be pretty low, given how often we all fall off. But I... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:04:37 EST THREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005751 Monday, September 28, 2015: Day Three eating ON PLAN. I count this day as ON PLAN, but everything did not go according to plan and I had to make some adjustments. <BR> <BR> I rode my bike to work and packed my food in my backpack. I knew I was out of pretty much everything that I normally keep at the office for meals, so I had a lot in the backpack. Unfortunately, when I arrived at work I realized I'd forgotten my protein powder for my breakfast smoothie, and I'd forgotten my black bean s... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:33:14 EST TWO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005089 Sunday September 27 2015. ON PLAN all day with my food, and that was no easy feat. I went to my Dad's for breakfast, and I chose not to have one of his famous blueberry muffins. I brought 2 of them home for Rick. Rick was coming down with a cold and didn't want to expose my dad to the virus, so he didn't join us for breakfast. Instead, he went to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee, a breakfast sandwich, and a pumpkin donut. And he brought home a chocolate donut for me. Which I refused to eat. ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:11:08 EST ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004755 Saturday, September 26 2015 was Day One of the Fall 5% Challenge with the Firecracker Team. <BR> <BR> Did 30 minutes of Strength Training, which gets me back to strength training in earnest, instead of the little mini-workouts that I've been doing. 115 total minutes for the day. <BR> <BR> ON PLAN all day with my food; my intention is to be ON PLAN for the entire challenge....that will be a 56 day streak if I can manage it successfully. Saturday 9/26/15 is ONE. ONE isn't a streak yet...... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 05:34:35 EST Yes it's hard, but I can do hard things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003874 My goal for the 5% Challenge is to have a 56 day STREAK of ON PLAN eating. I will be tracking all of my food in my Spark Nutrition Tracker. 56 days of planning ahead and sticking to the plan is a pretty ambitious goal for me under normal circumstances, but I've got the added challenge of having a birthday celebration for Rick, and a week of vacation during the next 56 days. But I've got 18 days until the birthday, and 21 days until the vacation. Once I've got a streak going, I hope the mo... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:48:36 EST The Power of a Good Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995342 Last night I had to stop at the grocery store for kitty litter, and I found myself looking at energy bars. I had already eaten my dinner and consumed my allotted calories for the day. I didn't need anything else but I could hear my mind rationalizing the purchase. I was picking up the bars, looking for one with the lowest calories...until finally the smart part of my brain kicked in and said STOP. Every time you give in, you are strengthening your giving-in habit. Every time you resist, ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:34:33 EST 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