MIWOLFF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIWOLFF MIWOLFF'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/ Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681607 I tend to judge my success in terms of the scale <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040829316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But my measure of true success came yesterday. You see, several years ago, I suffered a knee injury. The injury itself can only be fixed by knee replacement and the pain kept me from doing much of anything. Last September, I had finally had enough... I could barely walk, wasn't sleeping, depressed and overeating. I did some research on the internet a... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:49:55 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400323 I know that there are so many people like me who are on again off again. That's me on off ...on off...until today. The last several months have been a huge emotional roller coaster for me. I went for a regular mammogram and they found a small mass. They believe it is nothing but want to check again in 6 months. Then I was kicked twice this year dead on in the knee by two different students. Well as could be expected I got up one morning (mother's day to be exact) and couldn't walk. Aft... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:37:15 EST Completed a 27 mile bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314438 Yesterday I rode in a 27 mile bike event for Talbot Special Riders in St Michael, Maryland. St. Michael's is along the Chesapeake Bay. What a great ride and great views. Even rode up a few hills ( they were bridges, but a hill is a hill to me). My husband is an avid rider and in great shape, so riding with me was a challenge because I am much slower. I am so grateful to him because he paced the ride just right and I was able to finish without complaining or getting off the bike between s... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:34:27 EST Day two - not true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207014 Today was a real day, not like the weekend and sure enough about 1/2 way through....boom, I'm eating chocolate. Can't even tell you why which leads me to believe its just mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Why can't I be true to myself, hold to a plan, a feel good about it. I'm not really sure why...there just seems to be this little voice that says "ah what the hell". I don't know why that voice doesn't seem to care, but I do know it is time to reprogram it! <BR> <BR> So just positive thought... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:02:25 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204836 I have been a member of Spark People for over a year and have been on again off again. Today... I am making a committment to myself to be "ON" in 2013. So today is day one for me. My points may say differently, they have been accumulated over time but not a true reflection of committment to myself <em>39</em> . <BR> <BR> Today is Sunday, a great day to start. Nothing really to get in my way and derail my efforts. Tomorrow and the rest of the week however, will prove to be a challen... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:44:04 EST Congratulations on my daughters engagement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118095 Although we knew that they eventually would get engaged..they finally did it. I couldn't be happier for my daughter Dana and her Fiancée Justin. Not only that...my daughter agreed to join Sparkpeople for herself and to help motivate me to do a better job with my own health. Who could be luckier than Me! <BR> <em>345</em> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:37:31 EST Boo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003213 Uggghh!! Another week gone by and I haven't managed to keep myself motivated for more than a day and continue to let my thoughts get in the way. So this is it...my official boo hoo! moment. <BR> <BR> I have always struggled with my weight, even when I was a child. Take it off, put it on seems to be a way of life for me. But now I am really concerned... it is not just my weight but everything. It started about 4 years ago with a multitude of life events but culminated in my husband loosi... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:17:32 EST I can't seem to do two things at once http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968283 Last week I was off from work and was highly motivated by Spark People. I was posting to message boards, tracking food, fitness was a first, etc. This week I was back to work (teaching summer school) and BOOM! right back to bad habits. Too tired and disappointed with mysel to login, track food, exercise. <BR> <BR> I can't say the weight was coming off quickly...but I did feel more confident and alive. <BR> <BR> This is quite a dilemma, since most of the time I am working and don't hav... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:17:13 EST Making my motivation to exercise easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958019 I decided I didn't want to join a gym because I have things at home to accomplish my exercise goals (sneakers, bicycle, treadmill, 3 & 5 pound weights, kettle bells, resistance bands, WII fit and Wii Zumba...I think that should be enough) I found myself struggling not only to exercise, but to not be looking at the timer every few minutes. I've watched tv and listened to music while exercising...still not good enough (I think the commercials interrupt my motivation) then I recalled a woman I... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:18:17 EST So was it the exercise or did I stretch the shorts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956576 I have been exercising my big muscles..you know the thighs and the one I can't see <em>100</em> and I noticed today that my shorts were loose around the thighs and hips. So my question to myself was "is it the exercise or did I just stretch those shorts out?" I don't really know for sure but I prefer to believe it's the exercise. The shorts aren't really dirty so to keep myself motivated I am not going to wash them for a few days (so as not to shrink them). That loose feeling really mak... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:48:14 EST Why do I eat stuff I don't need when I don't really need it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944661 I was doing well yesterday until 4:00 pm when I decided to eat potatoe chips... and a chocolate chip cookie... and some cheese. As I was doing so there was one inner voice that was saying "you don't need this, your not even hungry" and another inner voice saying "go ahead, what the hell". Unfortunately the later won out, loud and clear, stronger than the "you don't need this" voice. <BR> <BR> I decided to examine the why's and my emotions after eating all that stuff (a little late, I shoul... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:25:16 EST Mothers Day Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879635 My family went way out of their way today and gave me a Keurig Coffee maker and chocolate covered strawberries for Mothers Day. I was very excited because my favorite things in life are coffee and chocolate <em>345</em> . Who could ask for more on Mothers Day? Well I could. Not of anyone but myself. I was watching Suzie Orman last night and she said the best gift you can give yourself is to take control. Of course she was talking about financial affairs, but I converted it to a healthy ... Sun, 13 May 2012 16:46:59 EST Tough day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865084 I am a teacher and work with students who have autism and severe behavioral challenges. Some days are great and some are tough. Today was one of the tough ones. Made a strategic mistake in managing a behavior and got bit by a student. Nice big bite bruise on my arm. Have to say I handled it well..no big ow scream...just an okay he is biting me <em>234</em> ? And on top of it all I am managing 3 classrooms of students through June when they can look for an additional teacher. I am finding... Thu, 3 May 2012 16:51:08 EST Be Proud Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863490 On again...off again. Lifestyle changes can really have there ups and downs. But today I am just going to be proud of myself. On my way to 8 glasses of water, tracked food and going out to garden. What more could a really ask for? I have everything I need to be successful contained right within myself. I think they call that an AHA moment! <em>345</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 17:53:32 EST