MISSMARCYB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSMARCYB MISSMARCYB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Things I've accomplished along the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282438 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1123116591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's SparkCoach challenge was to write down at least three things that I've accomplished along my weight loss journey. I was surprised at how difficult it was at first. You see, I tend to only count the things that are fully completed as accomplishments. But, as I sat, staring at the blank screen, I began to think of the things that I have tried or begun to learn as a result of the increased confidence that I'v... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:37:40 EST Bountiful Baskets: Have you heard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273711 "I heard it from a friend who...heard it from a friend who..." Sorry, musical moment! <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook that she had gotten a "Bountiful Basket" and posted a picture of a counter FULL of yummy looking produce. My interest was peaked and I did some investigating. Sure enough, they have a distribution site near me. <BR> <BR> My sister and I ordered on Monday and on Saturday we went out to pick up our baskets. (See them lined up!) <BR> <BR> <img s... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 01:39:53 EST Ode to a Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238869 I'm back. I've been sidelined with an injured knee. It's been a challenge reconfiguring my meal plans to adjust for much less exercise, but I'm figuring it out. I'm really missing kickboxing and Zumba. But three more weeks of physical therapy and I will be good to go. (Fingers crossed!) In the meantime, here is an ode to one of my favorite foods (since going gluten free seven years ago). Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1557209371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ode to... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:25:09 EST Learning to give 100% effort... carefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157006 <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I've been sidelined for the past week. Sitting on the bench. I have to admit that I sat on the bench a lot as a child and teen when I did make the effort to go out for a sport. I consistently anchored the B string. <BR> <BR> As an adult I steered clear of exercise and sports as a matter of habit. Unless of course I was trying to lose weight then I did the requisite aerobics until I was no longer dieting. <BR> <BR> BUT, since I have made the decision to rewrite th... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:07:31 EST Made It Through Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144233 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921519161.jpg" <BR> <BR> Heading into the holidays while already struggling to stay on track has been a big concern for me. But, I got up yesterday and took my dog for an extra long walk before putting together the veggie tray to take to our holiday gathering. Loads of veggies and low fat dip. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed wonderful company, I ate good food, I played (and won!) Bananagrams and watched two great movies. I ate a slice of my favorite p... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:27:47 EST Made It Through Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921519161.jpg" <BR> <BR> Heading into the holidays while already struggling to stay on track has been a big concern for me. But, I got up yesterday and took my dog for an extra long walk before putting together the veggie tray to take to our holiday gathering. Loads of veggies and low fat dip. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed wonderful company, I ate good food, I played (and won!) Bananagrams and watched two great movies. I ate a slice of my favorite p... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:27:47 EST Still working on it one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297321558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It feels good to be back on track. For a few weeks I had felt like a tidal wave had rushed in and pulled me out to see. I knew what I needed to do, because I had done it before, but I just couldn’t reach the shore. I just didn’t seem to have the strength to do what I needed to do. <BR> <BR> So, I have focused on one day at a time. One meal at a time. One exercise session at a time. And it’s working. I have already... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:54:33 EST I Will Not Go Back. I Choose Health and Happiness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081492529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last few weeks have been particularly difficult. I have regained 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with a very emotional personal situation, long hours and stress at work and my old friend, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), decided to rear her ugly head. <BR> <BR> Over the past months, I have made great strides incorporating healthy choices into my life. I have been working to create a healthy lifes... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:35:02 EST 2 Months, (nearly) 20 Pounds Lost and Lots of Life Gained! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1739036050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was my measurement day. I restarted SparkPeople two months ago today. The numbers are awesome! <BR> <BR> I've lost 18.6 pounds. That's 6.5% of my body weight! <BR> <BR> I'm down 3 inches in my waist. <BR> <BR> I'm down 4.25 inches in my hips. <BR> <BR> Makes the hard work seem not quite so hard. I'm really excited because I've noticed that my fitness level has improved dramatically. I have more energy an... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:10:28 EST Oh, Take a Hike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l614585618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week was another challenging week. I had over scheduled my days almost every day. As a result, I spent most of my time running from meeting to meeting, task to task. Then the weekend came and I repeated the cycle with running from event to event. <BR> <BR> The good news? My schedule was extra full because I had plugged in a new yoga class and a new cycling class! And over the weekend was an outing to Rainbow... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:58:01 EST The Dance of Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248940007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is stress at work. <BR> <BR> There is stress at home. <BR> <BR> I haven't found time to go to the grocery store in a week. <BR> <BR> I've had long hours and too many things on my plate. In the midst of this I begin to stress out about not reaching my exercise goals. I stress that I'm not eating all the servings of vegetables that I want to eat each day. I stress that I cannot complete everything that I ne... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:57:51 EST Still here, still working my program... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35209454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I realized that I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks. It's been a stressful couple of weeks with a lot going on personally and professionally. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor last week for my diabetes check up and was so frustrated. My A1C had gone down 2 points and I had lost 12 pounds, but I still got the "not good enough" lecture. So, even though I am frustrated with my doctor, I will still move forward and ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:03:07 EST Proof! SparkPeople Works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778659426.jpg"> <BR> This morning I weighed before going for my walk. The scale showed that I had lost another pound. Which is good, but I really had wanted to see 2 pounds. So, while walking I thought about my ups and downs over the past week. No earth shattering binges, but I had made some choices which were not part of my food plan. I had chosen not to do a couple of my additional workouts beyond my morning walks. <BR> <BR> But the more ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:00:25 EST Where the Sidewalk Ends, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l572453661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't much better than Saturday. That heavy, lethargy just kept hanging around encouraging me to eat. And I did. Again, the benefit of not having unhealthy choices in the house is that it really curtails bingeing. After all, who wants to binge on celery sticks? <BR> <BR> As I took my walk this morning I thought about why I had felt this way all weekend. What was behind it? My motivation to get healthy ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:52:34 EST Where the Sidewalk Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338032908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was so excited on Friday to realize how active I'd been and the SparkTrophy proved it. Then I woke up yesterday feeling very un-motivated to move, to prepare healthy meals, to do anything. <BR> <BR> I struggled most of the day but since there is currently only healthy food choices in my house, I ate fairly well. Finally around 2 pm I decided if I was going to workout this was the time and I crawled onto the Gaze... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:10:46 EST A Fitness Trophy... Really? Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058973 <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> I received a SparkPeople Fitness Trophy this morning - 500 minutes in a month. I received one last month, but it didn't really connect. This month it did. <BR> <BR> I have always hated exercise. I was often sick as a child and was never good at competitive sports. I always felt "less than" in PE class. <BR> <BR> Funny thing is that I have been remembering a lot of the physical activities that I enjoyed as a child: riding my bicycle with my cousin, taking "hikes"... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:18:05 EST Keeping on Track While the World Moves On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054152 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361732249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been so much fun having family visit. I have so little family and it has been great to be surrounded by love and affection. However, it has been challenging to stay within my calorie goal with meals eaten out and cooking special family favorites. I've been walking the dog regularly with Mom and the walks have been extra long because we have been enjoying our private talks. But, I have struggled to fit in my ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:12:52 EST New Challenge - House Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048385 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53931987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have family in town. House guests. I'm happy to have them here. It was wonderful to sit around the table after dinner last night sharing stories and laughing until my sides hurt (ab workout?). But, it is different having other people around when I'm just getting the hang of my workout routine and my new and improved eating plan. <BR> <BR> So, while I am looking forward to all of our activities this weekend, I ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:48:47 EST I Can Feel the Changes. Can You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159288014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week I was disappointed to see that the scale had not moved after working so hard. This week when I weighed in I had lost 6 pounds! But I've felt almost nervous as though it might not be real. I've logged it. I've acknowledged it. But I haven't owned it. <BR> <BR> There has been so many times in the past where the number on the scale dictated my mood for the day or event the week. It is easy for me to become ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 10:15:54 EST I AM Healthy, Fit and Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873445048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photo above is me in 2010 before I regained most of the weight that I had lost (on an unhealthy diet plan). But I love this picture because I was feeling good about myself and willing to try physical challenges, including climbing rocks at the beach. <BR> <BR> I know that food choices and calories are important. But as I have reflected over the times in my life that I have felt the best about myself, it has be... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:11:53 EST Have You Seen the My SparkSummary Calendar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042321 First I have to make an admission: I am a total nerd! I love things, like SparkPeople, that help me to keep focused on my goals. I've been struggling a little because I wanted to see calories eaten and calories burned in the same place. <BR> <BR> Then today I stumbled on the My SparkSummary Calendar! It is amazing. You can track: <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> Calories Burned <BR> Weight <BR> SparkPoints <BR> Appointments <BR> <BR> All in a calendar format! I l... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:22:08 EST I Ate Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040323 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l958453064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Went to the beach yesterday and ended up at a lovely, slightly swanky, seafood restaurant for a late dinner. I had the most amazing grilled salmon and a beautiful salad with baby greens. Lovely. <BR> <BR> The only problem, the salmon came with asparagus. Now I know that many people adore asparagus, but not me. I find that there is slightly funky bitter taste to it that I just don't love. <BR> <BR> However, I r... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 18:24:55 EST Eating from the Garden (or the Farmer's Market) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037212 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341743237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't have a garden this year and I miss it. But, I have been fortunate enough to have friends with large gardens bless me with a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, blackberries, strawberries, Swiss chard, beets and of course, zucchini. <BR> <BR> Because of this bounty, I have been focusing my meals around the vegetables that I have received. This week was the bounty of Swiss chard. So, I have sauteed i... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:10:19 EST Poor Planning Promotes Lack of Willpower; Proper Planning Promotes Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489834658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like everyone, I lead a busy life. If I don't plan ahead, I get lazy and eat whatever food is easy and quick. This generally means things that don't support my health goals like chips, cookies, etc. I will also tend to skip exercise "because I have so much else to do" and I feel as though I have no willpower. <BR> <BR> But if I take just a few minutes to look at my calendar the night before and plan my food and sn... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 09:28:18 EST Scaling the Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309344898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was awesome! I rode my bicycle for the first time in years! I felt so much joy. I ate well exercised and since I had a day off from work, I took care of a number of little projects around the house. <BR> <BR> And then this morning came. It is weigh in day for me and I was looking forward to it. I fully expected a large jump in the scale in a downward direction. After all, I have eaten healthier this we... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:41:05 EST One Step, One Bite, One Commitment at A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032945 Yesterday I pushed through. All the way. To the end. I sucked it up and just did it. (A little nod to Nike.) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221409995.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a challenging day. I've been dealing with some emotional "stuff" for a while and a bit of it bubbled up yesterday. Then, the late afternoon energy slump that has been my nemesis for the past several days hit like a ton of bricks. Between the two, I nearly cancelled plans to see a movie with... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:21:23 EST Dealing with Energy Slumps or Hitting a Brick Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031448 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591374558.jpg"> <BR> I've been struggling the past couple of days. My motivation is there. I am meeting my exercise goals each day. I am hitting my calorie targets. I am sleeping well. I am waking up about an hour before my alarm goes off ready to go. Lots of energy. <BR> <BR> Then around dinner time. Crash! Bang! Boom! Done. No energy. It's been all I could do to make it until 9:30 pm the last two nights to go to bed. I've been ponderin... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:38:31 EST I Changed My Fitness Goals... Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030399 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255147055.jpg"> This is the third time this week that I've changed my fitness goals. Every other day I've gotten a message asking me to increase them because I've exceeded my goal. <BR> <BR> Exceeded my goal!!! Yippee! <BR> <BR> I'm clearly excited that I have exceeded my goal (I just like seeing that I exceeded my goal in print!). But in reflection, it is clear that I originally set my goal far too low because I didn't expect myself to b... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:00:29 EST Sometimes you have to do the work in the bottom of the ninth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029173 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70252988.jpg"> Yesterday was one of those days. Busy. I mean really, really busy. I left the house without having eaten breakfast and had meetings that ran over the lunch hour. But thankfully I have squirrelled away some nuts, dried cranberries and some protein bars in my desk drawer. It took me 2 protein bars and a small handful of almonds and cranberries before I made it to "lunch" around 3:30 pm. Not ideal, but so much better than the nas... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:02:25 EST Stress? What Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027684 Like many people I have a lot of things in life that I have to manage. I have a fairly stressful job, home life, friends and family, church and volunteer opportunities. Add in exercise and managing my health. When any one of those things gets out of balance, it affects all of them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597437005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Because I spend so much time at work, it is often a place where health and exercise plans get set aside. I've been known to... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:22:13 EST Finding Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026190 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241139607.jpg"> <BR> Balance is something I've always struggled with. I will go 100% in the direction of a new idea or project leaving other things in my wake. It's kind of a "all or nothing" view of the world. I've applied this to my weight loss efforts in the past. Extreme diets, extreme exercise or nothing. And it has resulted in extreme ups and downs in my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have lost over 100 pounds twice in my life. And gained ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:48:18 EST Feeling the Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024765 I'd done it. I let it slide. You know what I mean. Shortening my daily walks because "I don't feel like it." Eating the chips while watching tv at night because "I like them." Finding excuses. <BR> <BR> Of course, I started feeling crummy. I was lethargic and my blood sugars were spiraling out of control. I'd gained back 10 pounds that I had worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> But, I'm back on track. Increased daily activity (aka exercise), increased veggies and fruits, tracking my food in... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:05:44 EST