MITCHDY's SparkPeople Blog MITCHDY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community help me rhonda Ok, I have been GREAT with workouts... My body feels fantastic. I could do more non cardio things, but still am doing well on this front. however, my eating is WAY out of control. I know it is stress eating... but I need to do the opposite. I have been trying to gain control of it, and fail every day. I could really use some encouragement or advice... if you have some. thank you! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:47:45 EST Paris Wow, it's been too long since I blogged. I have been trying to do P90X, which for the most part I really enjoy. Don't get me wrong, it's really hard... but it's the sort of workout that you can do and get benefit from at any level. I feel better each time I do a workout. I am in Paris for a week now and have terrible internet, so won't be able to do it while here... but I got out early this morning and walked around...which I LOVE here. I find almost any street is so beautiful and fun to ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:42:00 EST Switzerland I am in Europe until the end of November. I love it here... but have to be really inventive on food and exercise. My goal is to cut back on complex carbs, eat protiens, veg and fruits, beans, some rice... the gym is very expensive to join for a short time. I haven't decided to do it. I think I might just continue to walk a lot, and do a lot of my own stretching and body weight exercises. I am trying to change my mindset, and think "move"... so I am doing leg lifts or squats while brushing ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:25 EST Big trip worries When I am traveling, I use an Ipad...which I find somewhat difficult for Spark... so I apologize when I'm not as present during these times. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I leave for a 6 week trip... One week in Seoul Korea, 4 weeks in Hamburg Germany, and one week in LIverpool. I am excited for all the new experiences, but a bit apprehensive. The first and last week are in hotels, meaning eating out every meal. The time in Germany is in an apartment, which is great, as I can cook. The problem wi... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:30:38 EST Perspective I am in a lovely hotel in Chicago. We had to change rooms this morning, which was an ordeal...then we went and found a starbucks. I have to work tonight, so by then I was thinking I really don't feel like working out. <BR> Usually when I say that, ( which I should be honest, happens A LOT) I tell myself, just do something. It's ok to do just 20 mins since that's better than nothing! Well, I find myself doing this too much... I end up doing at least 30, but with the proud idea of at lea... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:37:22 EST HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOURSELF!! I hope everyone has a lovely day today... It is nice to have someone to love today, but more importantly it is a day for us to remember to work on loving ourselves. It is another time for us to re-evaluate wanting to take care of ourselves. Choosing to eat healthy and exercise, because we choose us! It definitely isn't always easy to make the wise choices, but we are worth it. <BR> <BR> Take a minute today, and be by yourself.... think about 5 things that you love about yourself. It ca... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:26:49 EST paleo et al So i realize that I am very sensitive to carbs... if I have pasta, potatoes, grains, etc, I tend to bloat. I also can't lose weight...even when counting the calories. There is some sensitivity I have. I am also addicted and sensitive to sugar... SO I am learning about Paleo, and trying it. I have done it for 4 days now....and I feel terrific! I have so much energy and am getting so much done, I can't believe it. I am really trying to decipher if I am tired, or just don't feel like doi... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:59:09 EST New Years Resolution I am not one for resolutions, as for my entire life it has been the same, to lose weight, and I have never succeeded... so it just made me feel like a failure. As I start 2013 with a surgery boot still on my foot, and getting over a very stubborn cold, I have a different attitude. I wouldn't call it a resolution, but I do think I have a new drive. <BR> <BR> It's very interesting how before my surgery I would work out every day, but almost took it for granted, and always complained about i... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:20:09 EST when it rains it pours, but there is usually a rainbow! As most of you who read my blogs know, I had foot surgery one month ago. It has been healing SO well, I am really pleased...but of course I am still in the surgery boot for 2 more weeks. A couple weeks after surgery, I got a bad cold...which is STILL hanging on! I think my body is used to be moving more and working things out of my system. My bedroom is also dusty, which doesn't help! It is frustrating to have both going on... but then this past week, I turned wrong and pulled my lower b... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:45:02 EST Healing I am very excited. I got my stitches out of my foot today (Had surgery 2 weeks ago). I still have to wear the big black boot for another month...but the doc said tomorrow I can ride my stationary bike! It has big foot platforms so it can switch over to an eliptical machine rather than pedals... so I can wear my big ol' boot, and work out!! I am SO excited. <BR> <BR> I am also very pleased, and sort of shocked, that not only did I not gain weight from not working out for these 2 weeks..... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:11:49 EST Individuals This blog entry was inspired by a spark friend, who quoted "weight loss is 80% and only 20% exercise". First of all, I think that is probably shocking to most people. I think many of us think we can just work out, and eat what we want... Those percentages really show us that diet is a major part of weight loss. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, when I started this serious weight loss, health journey, one thing I had to own and really admit to myself was there is no universal formula. My sister Sue, w... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 14:33:21 EST Individuals This blog entry was inspired by a spark friend, who quoted "weight loss is 80% and only 20% exercise". First of all, I think that is probably shocking to most people. I think many of us think we can just work out, and eat what we want... Those percentages really show us that diet is a major part of weight loss. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, when I started this serious weight loss, health journey, one thing I had to own and really admit to myself was there is no universal formula. My sister Sue, w... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 14:33:03 EST Recovery Hi spark friends. I am in recovery from foot surgery. I am so glad I bought the hybrid machine to work out, as I think I will be able to do that sooner than walking. I am able to do lots of stretching, and arm exercises. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well and have a great weekend! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 01:21:46 EST Thank you spark friends I wanted to thank you all for support. The surgery went very well, and I am home recovering. Now, for patience to allow it to heal properly!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:10:16 EST Surgery Well, tomorrow morning is my foot surgery. I am trying hard to feel peace about this, as my wonderful sister just encouraged... Since I have never had surgery, I am nervous about things that are probably not even very possible. I have never had sedation, so I am nervous about how my body will react to it. Also, I am nervous that the numbing they do to my foot will wear off during the surgery! <BR> I did do a very good workout today, including a lot of leg stretched, since I won't be able ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:30:02 EST Changing my mindset I have said many times on Spark that even though I exercise at least 6 days a week, I don't enjoy it. I always procrastinate doing it (and get TONS done in the mean time). Today I was working out, and thought... I CAN change how I talk to myself about exercise. So I started telling myself how thankful I was for being able to do it (Which I won't be able to do for a while starting Thursday after my foot surgery) and that I enjoy it. I like watching the tv shows I watch while I work out. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:42:24 EST Foot surgery my foot surgery is this Thursday. I have been very blessed to never have needed surgery before...but that also makes me very nervous. I find I am not sleeping, because I am anxious about it. As if staying up really late prolongs the surgery... it of course doesn't. I have fear of being sedated, of waking up during the surgery, and not being able to calm down. I am also nervous about the fact that I wont' be able to exercise for 4-6 weeks afterwards. I really don't want to gain w... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:35:59 EST Day 10 I am thankful for exercise. I am not one that naturally enjoys it, but I feel so great that I can do it, and that I do it almost every day. I feel fantastic after I do it, and my body and mind feel energized. I am proud of myself, and I am thankful for that. I am thankful that I am able to do it. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:32:08 EST Day 9 I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for incredibly strong leaders, with ethics and morals... Like Abraham LIncoln. Yes, I just saw that movie today, and was really moved by his incredible strength and morality. He believed strongly in what he considered the right thing, and he stuck to it. It wasn't a political move, or a party move.. it was what he thought was the right thing to do. It is very difficult to stand up against adversity in our society. Those amazing... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:13:45 EST Day 8 This was put on hold due to barely any Internet service in NY... I am thankful today for Thanksgiving! A day dedicated to everyone taking time and being thankful for all they have. A day to focus on the positive. Today the glass is half full. And hopefully experiencing how wonderful it feels to focus on the good will go into our daily lives. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:29:37 EST Day 7 I am thankful for blogging! I feel it's a safe place to say what I need to get out.. and be honest. Sometimes it's hard to admit things, and it's good to share them. I realize everyone can read this, but I think mostly it's just my spark friends. So I am thankful for this place I have to get out of my head, and admit when I take a step backwards... I think if we aren't honest with what is going on, we can't learn from it and grow stronger. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:38:51 EST emotional eating I have admitted to myself that I have an issue with emotional eating. I am going to say that, instead of saying "I am an emotional eater" because that implies I always emotionally eat, and that isn't true. I do have an ISSUE with it, however. When something that affects deeply emotionally, I eat. And unfortunately it's usually not something healthy. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a great concert, audience loved it, I got wonderful compliments. One man in the chorus asked to get my pictu... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:36:35 EST Day 6 I am very thankful for my career. I absolutely love it. I get to travel all over the world, and work with the greatest musicians. I sing music that I love, and it touches me on a very deep level. I am very blessed. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:06:45 EST Day 5 I am thankful for friends. I am blessed to have amazing friends in my life. I have had some since I was a baby, and are still very close... and then others throughout life. But I need to include my Spark friends... because I feel so much support and encouragement from you all. This is a very personal, private and challenging lifestyle change. I, as many of you, have faced being overweight my entire life. I feel so safe here, to open up and share my struggles, and I get so much advice. ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:53:08 EST New home machine I am SO excited.. my treadmill died a couple of months ago, and I have been gone since then. I FINALLY decided what machine to get to replace it. It is a proform hybrid...both a bike and an elliptical machine! And I found on it on HSN for 400 bucks. This sounds like an ad, and it's just that I am excited about it. On the proform site it was 800.... so I got a great deal. I am really looking forward to having the 2 in 1 machine... especially since after my foot surgery I think the bike will... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:07:42 EST Day 4 thankfulness I am thankful for my faith. Every decision, choice, action I try to pray about. When I am scared, sad, happy, nervous, I turn to God. I can't imagine not knowing about the cross. I am so very thankful. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:35:42 EST Spark in the morning I have been doing a new experiment... I go on spark and do a few things before I even get out of bed in the morning. I am really enjoying it, and it helps me focus on the day ahead, and my food for the day and exercise. It gets me into the mindset right away. I always do my spark things, then try to read a few blog entries, because I find them often so inspirational! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great day, and makes good choices for themselves! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:50:42 EST Day 3 thankful I am so thankful for my house. We have a log house in the mountains, and right now it's snowing and so very's like a snow globe! Although I travel a lot, I absolutely love being home. I take time to cook really delicious and healthy meals, because I enjoy doing so...I have all my equipment, and it's fun! I have a work out room in my house, and I spend a couple hours a day in there. We get a lot of wild animals, like elk, deer, bears, raccoons, rabbits, etc, and it's alwa... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:25:17 EST Day 2 of thankful I am thankful for my immediate family. I have three older sisters, Terri, Sue and Kim, and I love them all so very much. We are all very different as adults, but have special bonds. Our parents have been married for over 50 years, and we all have great relationships with them too. These 5 people have always seen me for who I am. They understand how sensitive and emotional I am. They have supported me through a challenging and demanding career. They have accepted me at many different we... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:54:44 EST 30 days of thankful I just read this on another ladys blog... it's a great idea, and I'm going to implement it myself. For the next 30 days, I will write one blog on what I am thankful for. <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> I am thankful for my husband. He makes me laugh almost every day, and he takes care of all the really icky things, like bills and taxes and finances... he has an incredible work ethic... when he does something, it might take longer than someone else, but his will be perfect, and better then you could ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 23:54:13 EST Foot surgery In two weeks, I have to have a bunion removed. I will be off my foot completely for 2 weeks and up to 6 weeks wearing a boot the whole time. I am nervous about the surgery as I have never had one before...and nervous about the pain after the surgery which apparently is great. I know that I have no choice, as my foot is hurting all the time now. I try to work through it,, but pay afterwards. <BR> I am trying to plan in advance what can I do to not gain weight? I am used to working out 6-7... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 23:43:14 EST Blog plagiarism Ok, that's a bit extreme. I am not really plagiarizing... but reading Indygirls blog entry today got me thinking. If we leave our weight loss, path to health up to will power, we are in trouble. It's true, many people have a lot of will power. I, and probably a lot of you, am not one of them. <BR> I like food. I like healthy, unhealthy, good, bad, and lots of it. I don't like exercising. Every day I procrastinate my work out. I still do it, at some point... but I get a lot done before ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:27:17 EST Treadmills Well, I have decided just to replace my treadmill, as opposed to buying a different kind of cardio machine. One reason is my ceiling is quite low for an elliptical (And I'm 6'1") the treadClimber is really expensive...and I prefer the treadmill to a bike. NOW the question is which treadmill? It is SO confusing. If anyone owns a treadmill they highly recommend, please let me know. I have done a lot of online research, but you think you have found something great, then read a horrible review... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 18:21:36 EST Need a new cardio machine When I am home, I work out at home. I don't join a gym because I am so rarely home. I have had an amazing treadmill my sister and I bought about 8 years ago, and it has finally died. So I am trying to decide what to get. I would like to do it quickly, as I have to have foot surgery at the end of November, and would like to get as much exercise in before hand as possible! <BR> I would love recommendations. My thoughts are between a treadmill, tread climber, and an elliptical without the ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 02:47:33 EST drinking and weight loss I am not a big drinker, but I do enjoy the occasional glass of wine, beer, or cocktail. I have read that it is actually healthy to have one drink a day for women (2 for men) but I have found, although I make wise a beer that is 64 calories, that when I have one drink, my inhibitions drop a bit. I usually want more, although if at home I stop at one, but my food choices usually aren't as great. I sort of forget that I want to make wise choices, and just eat whatever I want, a... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:18:45 EST new workouts I have always been a cardio heavy workoutee... yes I realize that's not a word... but since my bunion has gotten bad on my foot, 45 mins on the treadmill is quite painful. We have a bowflex, which I sort of use, but not really. Finally, I decided to change up my workouts to work with my foot. So today I had an amazing workout... a circuit training workout with treadmill and bowflex. It was fantastic...and I feel great... PLUS It was fun! Who knew??? I still did a total of 45 minutes on ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:01:13 EST punished myself for getting compliments I had a very interesting situation happen today. I was dressed up, in a tighter dress than I would have picked for myself (My mother in law picked it out), and knee high boots... I got many compliments...even from people I didn't know! It was so lovely... I felt fantastic! THEN I ate a doughnut! I NEVER eat doughnuts... (Not that I don't like them, just try not to eat them) What was it about feeling good, getting compliments on how I looked, that somehow I had to punish myself? Or was ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:07:48 EST Struggling I have to have foot surgery. I have tried to put it off, but it's just sitting there... So the end of November I will do it, and be laid up for 6 weeks! The pain in my foot is already affecting my work outs. I did 45 mins on the treadmill yesterday, and it was so sore today I decided to only do weights and yoga. I can't imagine not being able to work out for 6 weeks! I am already nervous about gaining weight. <BR> <BR> I have also been struggling lately with eating well and good portio... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:41:45 EST bragging ok. I realize I brag a bit about my sister Sue. But here's why. She is so motivational! She walks the walk! Every day (Except I think Sunday) she starts her day with working out... not an easy workout either... every meal, she is cautious of what she eats. She looks fantastic and has reached her goal weight, but it didn't come over night, nor will it stay if she doesn't keep working at it. <BR> <BR> I have to take responsibility for me. If I want to be healthier and lose weight, I ha... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:29:17 EST Just breathe This week my husband had a melt down... he just got overwhelmed with everything he has to deal with in life, and all the things that pop up unexpectedly every day. I think he felt like somehow he wasn't perfect... because if he was, then these things wouldn't happen. I couldn't say anything right, and it seemed the more I tried to help, the worse he was...and I was somehow to blame. It ultimately was a very hard week for me as well. But one thing it made me realize... life is about learn... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 01:53:22 EST Brussels sprouts This might seem like a strange blog subject, but I want to talk about brussels sprouts. Most people seem to care for them...but since I have been working on eating healthier, I have loved them, and am trying to find ways to use them. I find I like crunchy vegetables, with very little sauce. My recent brussel sprout obsession is raw! I chop them up, cook up and cook some edamame, add those, toast some pine nuts, add that, squirt some fresh lemon add EVOO, and salt and pepper. Obviously it ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 23:19:45 EST Shame I am reading an amazing book about shame. I have always enjoyed self help books, things that make me think and learn and grow. I am realizing more and more how much this journey to health goes hand in hand... a journey on the outside and the inside. A journey of self evaluation, learning to accept and love one's self, and learning how to eat healthy, both in food choices and amounts. And in exercising, how important it is for our bodies to be strong, healthy, but also our minds and inner... Sat, 26 May 2012 22:36:22 EST Struggles I have an angel on one shoulder, and a devil on the other, and neither will shut up. The angel tells me to eat well, exercise, breathe, meditate, love myself for who I am. The devil tells me to eat what I want, because no one cares if I am fat. I want them to both stop! Because when they are silent, I realize can hear myown thoughts. They are telling me I feel better emotionally and physically when I eat well and work out. Every so often I have enjoyment in junk food, or skipping an exe... Mon, 21 May 2012 02:44:27 EST Choices I have to take responsibility for myself. It is not my husbands fault. I know I shouldn't eat all the lovely baked goods... but they are so easy and immediate and yummy!!! With all that going for them, it's hard to say no thanks, I will have an apple... it's a choice... It's MY choice... do I want the baked goods more than I want to feel and look good? Bottom line... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:57:27 EST Support I just read a great blog entry of a lady that has lost 23 pounds, and her husband supports her through it... I am so impressed, and slightly jealous! It's not that my husband doesn't support me in his own way. I am working here in France really long hard hours, and so he likes to "treat" me with dark chocolate... reading that it is healthy...I LOVE dark chocolate, but am trying to really watch my sugar intake, and also control reflux. I asked him to please not bring any more, even though ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:51:27 EST Leaving again My career, as you may have guessed, is a traveling career. I am off again today. It's a great trip, Boston for a week, Chicago for a week, NY and DC for a week, then Nice France for a month. I am really looking forward to it, and all the first 4 have gyms in the hotels... Nice is an apt, so I will have to exercise along the Med... (I can manage) I have shown myself I don't eat well when I travel... I eat too much... It's like I have a trigger in my brain that thinks that since I have to b... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:25:36 EST Thoughts So, for my past trip, which was a month and a half, I didnt' bring my computer...just my new ipad. It didn't give me the availability on Spark that i like...It was really the bare minimum. Good to know! <BR> <BR> I have been realizing some things about myself...I put small bites of things in my mouth and don't track them! There was a great grocery store in Houston called HEB. We loved it...and while we walked around shopping, they had tasters throughout the store! I LOVE tasters...and tr... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:54:59 EST Happy new year There are so many expectations with a new year. Many people make resolutions, and ask others about what they have promised. The problem with this is that usually they are so large they can't be reached. Then they are easy to not be successful. And after the failure, everything is worse than before. Especially if the resolution is weight loss, which it so often is. I challenge for us all to try to make every day a new day, a new resolution of being healthy. We have to be positive with o... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:29:18 EST Realities I have lost about 35 pounds so far on Spark. I would like to lose 10 more. Before I started spark, a few years ago, I lose 30 pounds... so I am at least 60 pounds lighter than my highest weight. People are commenting on my weight loss, which is one benefit of traveling for a living... you go away from people, then they see you after a opposed to getting used to you daily. The odd thing is I realized this morning that I still think of myself as heavier. I wonder, did I really ... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:12:19 EST Home I am thrilled... I really assumed I had gained weight, about 10 pounds, on my crazy trip all over Europe and Sydney. I had accepted it, and planned to get back on track when I got home... I continued to work out as often as I could, when it didn't conflict with sleep and work, and tried to eat well, although failed miserably! <BR> I ended up only gaining one pound!! And today, I weighed in at my pre-trip weight. I am so happy... not only because now I can keep working from here, but also... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 13:57:26 EST