MKATE88's SparkPeople Blog MKATE88's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Taking Control My last few blogs have been kind of depressing. I am so happy to have had a change of attitude! I have had an epiphany I wish to share with you. I am an adult. I know I can control myself; sometimes I choose not to. I know certain choices put my health at risk, but accepting it as my choice is so freeing. Even though it's a choice with negative benefits, I don't feel like a victim, and it's easier to not dwell on it. I feel like a million bucks! I have to hand it to Sparkpeople; they are help... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:40:01 EST Try, try again Well, I did not do very well at all this Thanksgiving. I overate by hundreds of calories. I was asked to make the pies, and we brought home lots of leftovers, which I haven't been able to resist. I still feel sick today! I don't understand why this happens; in my head, I know that eating is no way to combat boredom or emotions, yet I cave and eat anyway. All I can do is keep trying. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:35:28 EST Thanksgiving I am so excited for Thanksgiving! I let myself down my overindulging at Halloween; but I have a plan in place to enjoy tomorrow without overindulging. In just the past month, I have become more reliant on how I feel physically in this weight loss journey. It is nice to be free from the scale. I do still use because I talk about weight loss with people a lot, and it's easier to share weight than inches. Anyway. I am so in love with Sparkpeople! It's molded me from a diet/scale freak to a relax... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:04:25 EST Cravings Well, I just thought I'd post my thoughts. Kind of a general overview so I can organize my thoughts. I have been very successful with my team, Living Binge Free. I have a lot more control over my cravings. I may not be perfect yet, but I am moving in that direction; isn't that all we really need? We just need to move in the right direction, baby step by baby step. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:20:40 EST Starting New I am grateful for this year that I've spent in VA. I have met a lot of great people, and had some great experiences. We will be moving, and I am so excited to experience new things! I am trying to be more open to newness, after all, I spent my entire childhood living in one house, hanging out with the same group of people. I find newness so exhilarating! Wish me luck! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:35:25 EST Pipe Dream Obsession, or Go for it? I have a love/hate relationship with advice books of any variety. I love reading "Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover", but then I want to go crazy and get debts paid off even if i have to sell a kid! Ok, I've never considered selling a kid, but you get the idea. Also, I have wanted, since I was a teen, to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Both goals would require crazy amounts of work, and I often wonder if I'm just kidding myself. What goals do you fantasize about? What would you do if you kn... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:57:30 EST GOALS!!!! I love goals. I love setting and accomplishing the mini goals that contribute to the big goal. I am lagging in motivation a little, so I thought, "Why not throw it out into the Sparkpeople universe?" This way, I know people will read it, and I want to be able to post about my success in a week and a half. Today I weigh 137. My goal is to be 135 lbs in two weigh-ins. My weigh-ins are Tuesdays, so I want to be 135 by Sept 4th. <BR> <BR> What will get me there? <BR> -45 minutes of cardio MWF <... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:24:58 EST Destructive Eating Overeating. Binge eating. Destructive eating. What a bummer of a condition. Why do I do it? I used to think my eating was normal; since I was training for a 5 miler, my weight didn't go up. I don't know what started my bingeing. I think the training made me unusually hungry, and so I went for the easy calories. Today, I was slapped in the face with how troublesome it's gotten. I ate 3 Three Musketeers bars, a pack of Grandma's cookies. I was absolutely sick! My stomach hurt, yet I ate a chees... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:37:31 EST Community I wrote last time about how I didn't have a big picture mentality, and about how that has made a HUGE difference in my journey. Another aspect I added in this time around is community involvement. I have joined several teams and opted into goals to challenge myself. I also love to blog and read comments from other members. But I really like commenting on other people's blogs and then getting a thank you. It's so nice to know my comment made an impact, and they took the time to thank me. I lov... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:53:22 EST I feel unstoppable! I am returning to Sparkpeople after a looooooong absence. I started using Sparkpeople in October 2009, and at that time, i had a 6 mo old baby, and my focus was on vanity weight loss (as opposed to health issue related weight loss). At that time, I wasn't even at an unhealthy BMI; I just wanted a Hollywood body. And you know what? It didn't last very long. I returned to sparkpeople May 2012, and my mindset was 180 degrees different. After a friend started posting pro-vegetarian articles on fa... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:55:38 EST Untitled I am not really sure what to write about, hence the title, but I do love to just let my thoughts tumble out. I have gained 6 lbs since moving home while my husband is away with the air force for 4 months. The weight itself isn't so bad, but my BMI and BMF% are too high. Even before the 6 lbs they were too high. So I am focusing on working off the weight and fat, and it's been a lot of fun. I go to the library every week and check out a new exercise DVD, so I haven't gotten bored yet. I am lea... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:20:27 EST CHRISTmas time is over I love the holidays. Society seems, for a moment, to forget about themselves and focus on their friends and family, and strangers in need. This year I was a little selfish :D I focused on myself. I wanted to maintain my weight this holiday season, and I did everything I could to make sure that happened. At Grandma's house I had only one plate of food with lots of salad instead of meat or cranberries (I of course had those, just in smaller portions!) I exercised on my normal schedule, includ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:44:25 EST CHRISTmas It makes me sad to see people trying to squander CHRISTmas every year because it has religious connotations. I hope that my celebrations haven't offended anyone or made them uncomfortable, but quite honestly, it makes me uncomfortable when people tell me they don't appreciate my celebrations because it feels like a personal attack on me. So this year I am emphasizing my beliefs by not using the "x-mas" abbreviation and capitalizing CHRIST in CHRISTmas. I hope that people can learn to be more ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 00:22:10 EST Accolades This morning I graduated from earning ribbons for the points I accumulate and I got my first trophy! Other goals would be hitting my target weight of 135. I am proud of myself for being diligent in tracking, even when I slipped and the report wasn't pretty. I blasted through Jillian Michaels 30-day shred even though I wanted to give up and just have a bowl of ice cream. I have come a long way! Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:20:46 EST family I had a wonderful opportunity to support my brother today! He had his last cross country race of his high school career and it had to be rainy and cold today! He went out and got his personal best of 20:30 for a 5k! It is so awesome to see him succeeding, especially since he started x-c as off season training for soccer. He is simply amazing. I blogged about my mom's exercise accomplishments the other day, and it's wonderful to see what a great family I have! They are an inspiration and help ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 18:15:45 EST Holidays As far as weight loss and dieting are concerned, I have never been more excited for the holidays! I am down at my goal weight, I have my eating all under control, and I will even have room for treats every week! The Sparkpeople lifestyle makeover is the best thing that has happened to me! It's been almost two years since I found and started sparkpeople. Good luck to everyone this holiday season; YOU CAN DO IT! YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:59:44 EST Inspiration My mom started her weight loss journey a few years ago and she has come a long weigh. She is still a ways off from her target weight, but she's also lost a lot of weight. She did it all by just walking! She has been an inspiration! If she can have success with her routine, anyone can! Nothing intense, nothing crazy, nothing so hard she gave up. Thanks mom! Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:13:00 EST How amazing is sparkpeople? Let me count the ways 1 It's free <BR> 2 It tells me what to eat and the choices are varied and delicious <BR> 3 The nutrition tracker has a separate tracker for fruits and veggies so I consciously plan my meals around servings of those <BR> 4 The community encourages me to try again when I fall short <BR> 5 The spark teams provide fun challenges to push me <BR> 6 I have achieved my goals with sparkpeople without it feeling like a sacrifice or torture <BR> 7 They have information about a variety of topics that a... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:52:18 EST Why I Love The Spark Lifestyle I started the Spark almost 2 years ago. I was worried I'd have to give up my favorite foods for "blah" healthy foods. I was expecting workouts 24/7 in order to get in shape and I kissed my social life and time with my husband bye-bye! I had just delivered my first baby, a beautiful, 7 lb 11 oz girl. I WAS SCARED! The Spark made the transition so manageable! I am cooking up fruits and veggies like a pro and I love it! Just this morning I cooked up breakfast with 3 servings of veggies and a ser... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 12:01:04 EST Coming Back My mom is in a weight loss community through a church program which she loves. They have weekly weigh-ins, guest speakers like personal trainers and dietitians, and group workouts. Everyones favorite part though is winning fake money to buy healthy, fit prizes, like workout DVDs and equipment. I haven't been on Sparkpeople in almost a year, but I am so excited to be back! Like my mom's fake bucks, the points and trophies motivate me to come back every day and make good decisions. Even if I mi... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:02:18 EST Goals I haven't been to my sparkpage in months, so i was happy to look at my goal section and see thatI made my goal! This is the most important goal I've set and I made it! I've never made a deadline before! Whoopie! Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:27:24 EST Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold is most recognized for his awesome bod from Terminator movies and on the Mr. Universe Circuit. Did you know though, when he was younger he has a flabby gut? He hated it and wanted to get rid of it. As motivation he would walk around in a crop top so that everyone could see his gut. His embarrassment drove him to workout and lose it. I have posted my "Arnold" pic on my Sparkpage from last summer. My stomach is so big and so flabby and my arms are flabby too. In a few months I hope to be... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:30:50 EST sick I have never felt so sick in my life! The only symptoms i ever felt in my life was just a runny nose. Now I have earaches, drowsiness, and just overall misery. No workouts today, just gotta stay in bed, and also take care of my sick little girl. I can definitely feel the toll that not exercising is taking. I still try to do a few minutes with Wii Fit Plus, but I don't last very long! Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:45:17 EST Lazy I haven't been faithful. I haven't logged my food or exercise for over a week! Although I have been busy playing with my Wii Fit. It's not the greatest for burning calories in large amounts, but it is great for sculpting; my muscles have never been so sore! I am going to be faithful and keep on tracking, because I beat my old plateau of 151 lbs, and only have 12 lbs to go before I reach my prebaby/prewedding weight! Spread the Spark!!!!!! Sun, 22 Nov 2009 17:23:36 EST Milk I have been on a plateau for over a month, stuck at 151 lbs exactly. And that was only dropping from 155 in August! I didn't know what to do, I was working out harder and longer, logging my meals and reaching every goal I set, except weight loss. I had been thinking for a long time about switching from drinking 2% milk to fat free, but had never actually done it. I figured since I always had it with cereal or a protein shake, I wouldn't even notice the switch. Boy was I wrong! I switched last... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:04:12 EST Progress I'm 8 weeks into my body makeover, and I've already learned alot, thanks in part to sparkpeople. Last week I started measuring out what I eat, and tracking my food so I know what goes in. Today I even measured out my food this morning and saved room for some candy to reward myself. I've lost 4 pounds, and only a few inches, but I'm grateful for any progress after having a baby in March. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 21:48:51 EST 100 minutes One of my team's goals is to do 100 minutes of cardio one day a week, and boy is it tough! even better is feeling sweaty, tired, and sore; I know this short term pain will bring me long term health benefits! It was probably the best 100 minutes of my life, and since I was watching TV it felt like nothing. To those of you who read this, I suggest giving up 100 minute once a week to do yourself a favor and work that body! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 18:04:46 EST SparkDiet Stage 2-Portion Control I measured my food for the first time today and I was so shocked! The servings are so itty bitty compared to what I've been eating. Even more surprising was the fact that I still got full when I measured and followed the recommended portions. I thought it was going to be so tough and I'd be eating every half hour, but I felt full over an hour later, even with a workout in between! I know I can beat the plateau I'm on and get back down to 135 lbs! Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:55:37 EST General Conference I so love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. General Conference this past weekend really set me on fire. Especially Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's testimony of the Book of Mormon. I especially love the doctrines concerning the body and how it's a temple. That's why you won't find a Mormon with tattoos, excessive piercings, or slutty clothes to use our body to get attention. The Word of Wisdom helps us keep healthy and even if you don't work out regularly you will b... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 00:33:08 EST Work I love being a stay at home mom. I control what gets done when, and I always have time to exercise. But I'm going stir crazy. I think I may return to work, only thing holding me back is no seeing my baby 24/7 and possibly getting stuck at work and missing a work-out. Guess all I can do is see what Heavenly Father has in store for me. Sun, 4 Oct 2009 00:16:40 EST family love my family, especially my mom. after 6 kids, the youngest now 17, she decided to get in shape and lost 43 pounds just by walking! She is absolutely swimming in her clothes and she looks great! I hope to be just like her Fri, 2 Oct 2009 02:00:19 EST Real Housewife I love being a SAHM!!! My daughter is so adorable. She is kind of starting to think about crawling. Pretty much just rolls over and over until she gets to where she wants to go, It's pretty cute. Finally got our own house and I love taking care of it! No landlord to tell me how I can and Can't decorate it. And a husband willing to work hard to support us so that I can stay home. Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:29:05 EST Diet Pills I HATE THEM! I tried Mega-T yesterday and I was so sick today, nauseous, head throbbing, and just lacking energy. I was hoping for some extra help, and now I've lost a day of exercise! At least with the nauseous I could hold anything done to gain weight (insert eye roll here). Natural is the way to go, life SP is always saying, this is about a lifestyle change, not some quick fix or miracle pill Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:51:45 EST Life I love my life right! I always thought I had to run myself into the ground to get in shape, but intense walking is doing better than and even cheerleading could! I can see more muscle tone in my legs, and the baby fat is just disappearing from my stomach! Tomorrow I start weight training again...Yay me! Mon, 28 Sep 2009 14:39:49 EST Getting Started Monday September 14th marked my first day of my new life. Using a walking regimen I have noticed that I look skinnier, even though I have only lost 2 lbs. I'm realizing that weight doesn't matter, inches are the true judge of fitness. I love my new life, I'm already more active. Someone told me that getting 8 hours of sleep doesn't mean I'm lazy, it means I'm responsible and I care about my body. I used to stay up to keep my husband company, but now he gets to bed early too! I am so blessed a... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:30:02 EST