MICHTOTMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICHTOTMAN MICHTOTMAN'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/ A fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692574 Congratulations to me! Three nights ago I graduated with a master's degree in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado. It has been a two-and-one-half year journey during which there were times that I was barely hanging on. Needless to say, I didn't always make choices that benefited my health (or weight!) but they were choices I made in order to hang on. I cannot change what's done - I can only move forward. And I will. <BR> <BR> In 2008 I lost 40+ pound... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:11:59 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224858 So - after weeks of doing everything right, I took a much-needed hiatus from the over-analyzing I'd been doing. I had a beer. I bought and ate, IN MUCH MODERATION, a bag of gluten-free chocolate-covered pretzels. I didn't track, but I made good choices. I didn't count calories and didn't go over-board with the exercise, but didn't become sedentary either. I skiied. <BR> <BR> This week, I've lost. Finally. 2.6 pounds to be exact. It's almost like my body (although i was hardly starvi... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:08:59 EST Can't believe it's been so long... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220916 Seems like only a few days ago since I posted my last blog. Has it really been a week and a half? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm still not losing any weight. I haven't given up, but I did take a bit of a TypeA, hyper-control break. Last week I lost one of my two planning periods every single day. I got behind. I did exercise, but only Monday and Thursday. We skiied on Saturday and Sunday (all day) so that wasn't completely a loss exercise-wise. I didn't track from Friday 'til yesterday... today... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:14:23 EST Follow-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203453 After having a bit of a panic attack (well - not really - but it sure didn't feel good) about gaining when I've been doing EVERYTHING right, I've settled down. And weighed myself again - for the official weigh-in of the Biggest Loser Challenge for the team: Working Out at Home. I went down from that supposed +2 gain. And down 0.2 from my SW. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Scales - We know we should just not look at them, but what other way to we have to notice small, incremental change? In... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:49:48 EST What's UP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201693 So... as I've said before - when I lost 40 pounds about 5 years ago I did it by 1.) clean eating (I just started with this - no exercise for the first couple of weeks... just focused on my food choice). Then added 2.) light aerobics - mostly just walking, although the more weight I lost I began to mix walking and jogging. Then, finally 3.) weights - again, nothing serious, just the free weights/bands/etc. and the exercises I got either from Spark or from magazines. It worked. <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:42:08 EST Just a little self-pep talk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188451 I dropped almost 1-1/2 pounds this week. Not bad, but I was aiming for 2 so I was not really excited. And then... well... then I decided to take measurements as part of my tracking and <BR> <BR> ... wow. That was tough. Actually wrapping the measuring tape around my waist was such a huge eye-opener (I have to admit - I've really avoided looking at myself) without even looking at the numbers. I have never been so disgusted with myself, I swear. Not so much because of where I am right n... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:29:53 EST New Year - New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186682 So far the week has gone well... I've eaten clean 90-100% of the time, I've exercised almost every day. I've tracked meals as much as I could. I think I've lost a pound or two, but I'll have to check in the morning. (When I weigh myself right now, in my jeans, at 3:30pm I am exactly the same as when I weighed myself first thing in the morning last week - so I'm hopeful <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> I've joined a challenge (Working Out at Home) and am ready to do it. <BR> <BR> We just ret... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:51:47 EST New Year - New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176603 Husband is on board (yeah!) so we're doing this together. I'm ready - now that I just finished my toughest semester at the University (2 classes, took 1+ hours to get there and 45 min to get home, course work PLUS full time job) and I'm on break now so ready to really get the ball rolling now so that it will be easier to keep it rolling when I go back to work (1/7) and school (1/15). <BR> <BR> STEP 1: Get my act together on paper... plan meals & snacks. Read the Eat Clean book again. <BR... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:35:28 EST Back... again... and again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114715 Wow - history of my life. Reading through my old blogs (and an old journal last night) I realize just how hard it is to be consistent with life. It's crazy! In the past 10 years I have had 2 children, unexpectedly had to return full-time to work (this wasn't the original plan), became teacher leader, became and remained department chair, battled depression and eating disorders, lost 40 pounds the healthy way, ran a marathon and gained 30 pounds back - not in that order. Over the past 10 m... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:53:29 EST Pity Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906461 For all my personal research I have discovered that I have not only a gluten sensitivity and a dairy sensitivity but now soy is out too. Yikes! Just when I got used to reading labels for gluten and dairy/cassien I now have soy to worry about too. I just made it through 5 complete days with no reactions and feeling almost healthy again and then BAM! Somehow I got some sort of cross contamination via packaged food. I'm not sure which one (there are two options) and neither had the evil-thr... Thu, 31 May 2012 20:56:59 EST First Update - 2/11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733845 One week down - here's how it's going: <BR> <BR> What I HAVE done: <BR> 1. I have tracked most days... I started out strong - tracking every day Saturday - Wednesday. Then life got crazy and I dropped it on Thursday and Friday. BUT - I was eating pretty much the exact same things on those days so I know I was within my limits. <BR> 2. I have exercised - some. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and again today (Saturday). During the week is just SO hard. But this is better than before and I'll ... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:54:53 EST February 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721890 Well - I know I've been slacking off (not exercising, eating carelessly, etc.) but it really hit me when I was in a sushi restaraunt with my daugher 2 nights ago and I turned and looked at my reflection in the full-length window. WOW! UGH! My clothes didn't fit well (tight), my face looked bloated and I looked, well... old. Now - I'm 45, so I'm not exactly a spring chicken, but I've always looked young for my age - I was still getting legitimately carded (not just because they had to) at a... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 12:21:58 EST Yeah! My doctor is on my side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364941 For those of you that have been riding this gluten-intollerant roller coaster with me - you may remember that both my general practitioner and my endocrinologist poo-poo-d (sp? who knows?) my self diagnosis of gluten intollerance probably Celiac. The interesting thing is that all my questions were asked via email - except for the 1st visit with g.p. <BR> <BR> Today I had my yearly check up with my endocrinologist and I was kinda dreading it. I was concerned that he would disregard my co... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:41:40 EST Gluten Free Granola on a Dime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356116 Well... $3.83 actually. After buying Gluten-Free granola this weekend while we were up in the mountains and then pricing it down here in Denver, I decided that as expensive as GF Oats are, SURELY I could make it myself for cheaper. And I did. I researched several recipes, gathering data from Clean Eating, Spark People, Alton Brown & All Recipes.com, as well as looking at ingredient lists on the backs of GF granola bags. Most used sugar AND honey (or maple syrup) and I didn't see that it n... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:13:01 EST Sad Day for Worms (and me!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340972 I have been worm composting only since last September. I bought a few boxes from a bait shop (only about 1/8 of a pound) and have my ups and downs... I followed instructions on YouTube to set it up, then overfed them. Most died, but I saved enough to keep the colony going. Their numbers increased, then I was afflicted with fungus gnats (should have frozen the worm food before feeding it to them, apparently) which nearly killed my baby eggplant seedlings. I bought a bacteria to attack the ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:46:18 EST An Excellent Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302958 Why? <BR> 1. I have felt GOOD (not okay, but GOOD) for about 5 days straight! <em>104</em> Last gluten contamination was about 14 days ago and it took getting soy, milk (and of course, the gluten) COMPLETELY out of my diet before I started getting better. But I have, and now I can even add a LITTLE bit back in - yogurt is okay (yippee!!!), whey protein powder (which also has a small amount of soy) is also okay. Small amounts of dark chocolate (soy again) are also okay. But SMALL amou... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:27:03 EST Brigitte's Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290730 So... when we took our road trip (down to "the farm") a few weeks ago, we checked out a couple of books on CD for the kids to listen to. One was called The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Newberry Award) and I have to say I didn't LOVE it the first time we listened. But as we have listened to it over and over I definately have realized now why it received the award. I thoroughly enjoy it now that I've heard it 3 or 4 times. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> That said, there is a scene in t... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:43:58 EST Broccoli for Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287814 I planted broccoli in the garden again this year. It has BEAUTIFUL leaves but only the smallest florets. Last year I left them on the plant hoping they'd get bigger. THey didn't - the flowers just started to bloom. We ate them anyway, but the texture was a little off-putting for my 6yo and 8yo. This year, my florets are small again, but I decided to just pick them anyway. From 8 plants I had about 1 cup of florets. But they did wonderfully in an egg-white scramble (along with green oni... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 12:33:57 EST Milk is Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254470 If you remember, I decided to take it out completely. For a few months. Well - I broke down again (it's SO much harder than giving up anything else!!!) and yesterday had a little bit of parmesan cheese on my pasta. And then a bite of a cookie (gf - no worries) that was made with butter (I was out of coconut oil and my DD had her birthday celebration at school the next day). I felt ill within minutes - much faster, actually, than a gluten reaction. Not only that, but today I had a splotch... Tue, 24 May 2011 23:27:16 EST First Day Back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248630 Yesterday, officially, was my first day of summer vacation! Yeah! I didn't officially think about exercise or eating right (although since there's hardly anything I can eat anymore, I didn't eat badly - just not as much produce as I should have). I did garden work all day and who knew how much of a workout that is? I didn't even FEEL like I was working out, but my blood sugar was low all day long - had to keep coming inside for a "fix" (glass of juice/snack/etc.) Even at bedtime I was lo... Sun, 22 May 2011 11:07:50 EST What in the World Can I Eat??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247929 Okay - I haven't really been active on Spark (other than reading posts and occasionally contributing/asking) for a LONG time. I've been struggling with what to eat so I don't get sick. I think I've almost figured it out - but it's really a struggle. I just don't even enjoy eating anymore as I'm paranoid that what I eat will make me sick. Last time I had a gluten "incident" I decided not to give up the dairy as I recovered. What a mistake! I stayed sick (or was re-infected, I'm not sure)... Sat, 21 May 2011 22:38:00 EST Bring on the Bees! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703231663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're getting honeybees!!!! Actually, we already have them. But they're about 40-50 feet up in one of our cottonwood trees. Picture a Winnie-the-Pooh scene... hole in tree, bees going in and out, that's what we've got. Last year they "swarmed", meaning a bunch of them (100s) gorged themselves on honey and left the hive to find a new place to set up shop. Unfortunately, we weren't ready for such an event so we... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:02:51 EST Sick Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968735 Wow... I can sure tell in 6 months by looking at my blogs that I had a sick week. I'm on day 4, feeling good enough to be up doing stuff but still that pesky spot in my throat. I'm supposed to give it 'til Monday with minimal talking and if it's not better, it's back to the doc. SO... here I am. Day 4. <BR> <BR> If I had more energy (translation: if I didn't feel like my legs were going to give out every time I climbed 8 or more stairs) I'd be outside messing around in my garden! The we... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:59:46 EST Feeling Better - but now a dilema.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3966303 I am, I must say, MUCH better than yesterday at this time. My throat still hurts but not nearly as much. The headache is down to a 2-advil level (I was at 4 every 4 hours) and, although it hurts, I can eat some very soft foods without tearing up (say applesauce and soup without chunks). It's my 2nd day without dairy (it was killing my throat!) and I must say my stomach is pretty good... <BR> <BR> Now the dilema - to go to work (school) tomorrow or not. <BR> PROS OF STAYING HOME ONE MORE ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:25:08 EST Sicker than Sick but Planning Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3963733 So... January has pretty much sucked in the health arena. The first week I came down with some chest cold/larangitis/cough that lasted 2 weeks (except the cough, which held on). Then I either ate something with gluten or just plain picked up a stomach virus. That lasted 4 days. Just as I was coming around the bend on that one I get hit with what feels like - and looks like - STREP. Now I've had strep so many times in my life I can't even begin to count. I know when I've got it. I don't... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:28:25 EST Gluten Free Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808790 It has been forever since I've blogged... my work schedule is not very condusive to reflection time (or any other time). Since my last post 8/29, I have discovered that I am, if not a Celiac Disease sufferer (sp?) am most definately gluten intollerent. So this year, when our Thanksgiving plans changed due to the weather, my small family (me, dh, dd, ds) made a short mountain excursion to my parent's condo to have a small family Thanksgiving. I made everything (which wasn't much given our t... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:36:10 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587040 I decided to enter in the Biggest Loser contest for the Working Out at Home team. There's incentive. <BR> <BR> I rode bikes with the family (check) <BR> I ate clean for TWO days (check) <BR> I didn't plan ahead, though. <BR> <BR> Back to school/work tomorrow... I'd better be ready! Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:23:43 EST How many times to "start over"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3582896 This must be my 8th or 10th time to get started again... why could I lose 40 pounds 2 years ago and keep on it like nothin' doin' and yet now I can't stay with a plan more than 1/2 a day??? I'm reflecting on what I did then and trying to figure out what to do now... <BR> - I ate clean. Every day. I didn't have the cravings when I was eating clean. Problem is that it takes about 7-10 days of eating clean to lose the cravings and I just haven't been able to make it that far. <BR> - I ate pr... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 11:36:25 EST AMAZING day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3256729 It's been a week since my last entry... the last week of school is SO crazy and hectic. I didn't track and exercised only once, but I ate clean mostly (okay, had a slice of ice cream cake - slap on the hand), drank all my water (yippee!) and made it through the week successfully. Grades are done, room is straightened (I'll go back in a couple of weeks and really organize), summer vacation has begun. <BR> <BR> Now for today - amazing morning! Got up and exercised, went outside and watere... Sat, 22 May 2010 12:05:33 EST Celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3233888 Well - so much has happened and yet so little. But first, my celebration... <BR> <BR> I made it - 1 week of eating clean! I started last Saturday and I made it 'til today (Saturday night). I feel really good about it. My insulin levels are down (daily insulin average this week: 30.68 units VS daily insulin average last week: 40.08 units! Down almost 10 units/day!) <BR> <BR> I did have a "cheat meal" tonight - but I made it as clean as possible. The meal itself was clean (shrimp f... Sat, 15 May 2010 23:52:58 EST 3 days down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215941 Weekends are always easier to get myself on track. I know it's the opposite for most people, but I work in an environment where it's all about the junk food. And, thank you very much, the healthy ones bring all their junk to work so they won't have it around at home! I'm great at home - I'm a stress eater and my homelife is not stress FREE, but it's normal. It's work that puts me over the edge. <BR> <BR> So today, 1st day back after the weekend, I was pumped and feeling really motivated.... Mon, 10 May 2010 20:43:53 EST Picking Myself Up and Dusting Myself Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3208630 Well, it was the wake-up call I needed. A friend sent me a picture of myself with 2 colleagues (head-shots only) and man was I appalled! My face looks almost like it did at my heaviest. I now officially gained back 1/2 the weight I lost 2 years ago. What a downer! But what a chance to pick myself up, dust myself off and start over again. <BR> <BR> Not that I haven't done that before, but that picture is now hanging over my dresser, along with the numbers 189-148-172. 189: my heavies... Sat, 8 May 2010 16:59:01 EST Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2552360 It has been a VERY tough week. I haven't made the best choices in this arena. But, to my credit (very little), I haven't completely failed either. <BR> 1.) Grades were due on Monday. I worked my tail off all weekend to get accurate grades in the computer, but the fantastic online grading program we have (note the sarcasm) is just not cooperative in SOOOO many ways. I spent WAY more time doing them than I ever did way back in the day that we didn't have online grades. That's progress for... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 07:44:37 EST Not a single piece... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538913 Yep... two people brought BIG ol' bags of left-over Halloween candy in to work and left them there. And I haven't had a single piece! None of my kids' candy either. (We're trying to find somewhere to take it to send to the troops, actually.) Someone else brought in a BIG ol' jug of pretzels too. Ay-yay-yay! Those I have sampled on occasion. Not horrible for me, by comparision, but not clean either. And I DO find that when I let a little bit of white sugar or white flour into my diet -... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:45:01 EST Not a single piece... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538912 Yep... two people brought BIG ol' bags of left-over Halloween candy in to work and left them there. And I haven't had a single piece! None of my kids' candy either. (We're trying to find somewhere to take it to send to the troops, actually.) Someone else brought in a BIG ol' jug of pretzels too. Ay-yay-yay! Those I have sampled on occasion. Not horrible for me, by comparision, but not clean either. And I DO find that when I let a little bit of white sugar or white flour into my diet -... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 07:44:57 EST Prepping for the remainder of the week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2535470 I am getting into the swing of when to exercise. Since I have "early teaching days" either 2 or three days a week (depends on the week), I'm still figuring out how to work around those and still get the exercise in. Sadly, I'm thinking that there will be one school-day per week that I will call my rest day (instead of Saturday or Sunday) - which means NO sleep-in days.... I'll either be working out OR working OR working and working out. <BR> <BR> Off to chop veggies for the rest of the wee... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 22:21:10 EST Not so bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2529299 Pre planning helped and I wasn't in too bad of shape today. I still felt the need to graze after lunch, but fortunately I had some roasted unsatlted almonds and some 100% fruit/veggie bits in my desk to curb the craving! I'll be okay tomorrow - not as much time to just sit alone. <BR> <BR> I managed to stay within my calories, but the fat was over yet again! Ugh! (if I hadn't eaten the almonds, I would have been in there!) Somehow I'm not going to stress about it just yet. Of the fat g... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 21:48:11 EST Nervous About Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2526026 Fall break is over. I go back to work tomorrow. I am nervous. Not about my job, per se... I know what I'm doing. I just stress eat. And school is a low-grade, constantly stressful situation. And there is ALWAYS something lurking about. I know where all the goodies live - that's assuming there isn't anything out in plain view. My dear friend has a stash (for staff meetings and wanders-by) in her office that we can raid whenever we want. That's why it's there. And there is always a stas... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 22:33:45 EST I didn't raid the Halloween candy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2523375 My day was interesting... my husband took us all out for ice cream. So much for clean eating! But, we went to a local, home-made place that doesn't use HFCS or other nasty stuff. It's still bad bad bad for you, but not AS bad as, say, Dairy Queen (as chemicals go, anyway). I managed to stay within my goals for calories, amazingly, but was under on a LOT of the nutrients! I was also over on fat, again. <BR> <BR> But what I'm really proud of is that I was only SLIGHTLY tempted by the kid... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 23:17:03 EST What's a "spookable?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2520323 I forgot to set the timer/alarm last night, so slept in. Which means my 5yo was up before me (at 5:30am mind you!) which means exercise didn't happen. Oh well... I guess I'll call this my rest day. Right now dh took the kiddos out for sledding and i've got the time, but I also have work that I need to do. I'm working, not exercising, because if I don't get the work done before I return to work on Monday, I'll be giving up my exercise time and head into a bad pattern. I've got to use the ... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:21:10 EST Today's Recap... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2518895 Calories, Carbs, Protein all within the range. Fat was over - yikes! It was all healthy fat, but still... it's amazing how quickly that adds up! Also, my fiber was over (38 g). Interesting... Finally my calcium intake was good. That's been my biggest challenge in general. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:55:46 EST So far - so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2517486 Breakfast - flat bread w/ light cream cheese, egg whites, spinach & onion - I think it's my new favorite breakfast <BR> <BR> Exercise - I tried a work-out that I found in an old Shape magazine... I thought it would work my lower body/core, but it wound up working EVERYTHING! I'm thinking I'll just do this workout on my strength days, for about 3 weeks or until my body plateaus, and then I'll mix it up. In the past, I've had 3 different strength workouts for the 3 different days I did them.... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:04:55 EST Day 3 - and still in the saddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2516501 <em>244</em> <BR> 8 glasses water - check! <BR> exercise - check! <BR> eat clean - check! <BR> <BR> Here we are, in the middle of a snowstorm... my 7-year-old and I went out to the grocery store 1st thing this morning and stocked up on lots of veggies & healthy options. I made coach Nicole's chewy granola bars, and frankly I'm not sure why it got 4.something stars out of 5. They are okay. Nowhere near as good as the sunflower granola I usually make. For 220 calories, I'd like to feel ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:40:49 EST Day 2 - On the right track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2512425 So far today... <BR> Water - 5C already - working on #6 <BR> Exercise - check! (15 min cardio warm-up, upper body and core strength) <BR> Clean Eating - check! (had a snack of pecans & sunflower seeds... 2nd note-to-self - although a healthy fat, WAY high in that fat and calories... eat as a condiment not a main course!) <BR> <BR> Good news - sortof - we're getting a major storm tonight and tomorrow (8-12" of snow) so we are NOT heading out for the farm! Sad that my kids won't see their ... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:20:36 EST Day 1 - Back in the Saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2509732 Re-subscribe to Oxygen Magazine? - check. <BR> Workout? - check (walk/jog) <BR> Clean eating so far today? - sorta (no white sugar or flour is my 1st 2 weeks focus. Then I'm going to concentrate on other fatty products - mayo, cheese, high-fat meats, etc.) So for my clean eating step 1 it's Check! <BR> (note to self - cheese and mayo have a LOT of fat. Fortunately, that is something I can give up or do very little of. I just need to be conscious about it!) <BR> <BR> Bummer note - I'... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:19:51 EST Disappointed & Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2508003 Well - my last blog was about my returning to school 2-1/2 months ago, and how I was worried that I would not make good food choices. Well, my fears were realized and I have hit a high since my 30+ pound weight loss a year and a half ago... 168. I am very disappointed in myself. And reflective... <BR> <BR> So I'm back on the wagon again, for about the 5th time. However long it takes, I've got to keep getting back up. So, once again, here is my plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Lose a pant size by Ch... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:03:57 EST Shopping & the start of School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2271170 1. I went "shopping" today - I'm pretty pleased. I bought 3 complete outfits (skirt or pants + top) + 3 more tops + 2 pairs of dress shoes for about $55. I went to the ARC (like the GoodWill) and found practically brand new stuff for $7 and under! Pretty cool. <BR> 2. School "starts" tomorrow... teachers return - kiddos return next Wednesday. I am nervous about the junk food that will arrive in my life and the fact that school is my eating place. I gained 12 pounds last year, thanks in... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 22:27:42 EST Feeling pretty good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2183860 I over-did my calories today <em>234</em> And sodium. Bad choice in dinner. Well, it was not HORRIBLY un-clean, at least, and the rest of my day was totally clean. Problem comes when it's 3:00pm and I haven't pulled anything out of the freezer for dinner, so I think on my feet, and with years and years and years of un-clean thinking (but yummy, mind you), that's what I fall back on. I need more experience with quick clean meals that require little to no prep work. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow ... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:12:17 EST On a roll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2167664 Granted, I did have a stomach virus this week which meant I ate precious little one day & a little more than that the 2nd day, but I did lose 2+ pounds this week and I doubt that it was ALL due to the virus. Some, okay, but my hard work is paying off in small steps - yippee! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Father's Day and of course my family celebrates by eating good (but not exactly healthy) food... crab & steak, corn on the cob, salad, lemon cream pie. I'm going to track ahead of time, now that I... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 23:04:56 EST My newest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2156562 isn't really an excuse... but it did force me out of my eating plan and exercise plan for today <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was supposed to get up at 4:30am and work out. At 2am, however, I woke up feeling incredibly nauseous (sp???) I thought my pump wasn't working as it felt like my blood sugar was through the roof. A quick check showed that I was a bit high (200) but not enough to feel that bad. I corrected and then went to bed on the couch. I woke up at 222, which shows that I'm battl... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:09:58 EST