MODERATION4ME's SparkPeople Blog MODERATION4ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community No more days to count My last status update occurred 98 days ago. Counting the days is weighing me down, not encouraging me. So, I am not going to do it any more. I am starting at the beginning. I just printed off the "Mind Over Body" series featured on SparkPeople. Instead of being devastated at my most recent descent from a healthy lifestyle, I have decided to print out these basic articles and get my head back to where I want it to be: healthy and alive. I will read these articles regularly. I cope with... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:14:30 EST Day 376 This weekend was full of treats I adore. I chose not to overeat. I did have a piece of cake at the wedding Saturday. Sunday, I brought a chocolate cake and a white cake to my father-in-law's 90th birthday celebration. (That was my assignment. They were both purchased at Costco. The chocolate cake is my absolute favorite. I never buy it because it is too large for my husband and I to put a dent in. (Hey, I just realized THAT'S PROGRESS! Years ago I would have found a way to eat away a... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:42:32 EST Day 373 I did well today but I am off on a trip again tomorrow. I'll have a wedding reception and a birthday party for my father-in-law (his 90th). Junk food heavy events. I will do my best---wish me luck. <em>24</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 21:28:26 EST Day 372 I'm actually functional today. I still either have a superior case of allergies or a cold, but I am better. I did not exercise today though. Food went well though. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 20:10:17 EST Day 371 Wow. A lot has happened since I last blogged. I went to Charleston, West Virginia and drove with my son to Springfield, Illinois. He found housing for this June when he will move there. Made it back to Charleston and then home safe and sound. I even lost a pound. Just needed to check in. Thu, 1 May 2014 07:59:32 EST Day 359 was an off day. I didn't get my exercise in. I reached my goal for exercise during the week though. I didn't track food or eat as well as I could have. I hope to do better tomorrow. <em>24</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:27:21 EST Day 358 Busy, busy day. I'm very tired but wanted to meet my goal of blogging---so, I did well with food and exercise and I'm going to bed. <em>102</em> Good night! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:55 EST Day 357 Great choices made today! I'm especially pleased that I didn't give in to temptation while grocery shopping earlier today. Somehow, I seem to think I deserve a "reward" when I am in a store. I'm not sure what that is about...but I surely will think about where that comes from. I exercised too. Another good day! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:43:56 EST Day 356 Another busy but good day food and exercise wise. I'm feeling good! <em>41</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:54:44 EST Day 355 I didn't make it to the gym but I did use my peddler machine twice today. Busy, busy day. I forgot to pack my lunch. My friend had packed one and insisted that I share hers. I had half of a peanut butter sandwich, a cookie, some little candies, and water. I tracked everything and ate a great, balanced dinner. I don't feel anxious about the "goof" either. That's progress. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:42 EST Day 354 I made it to the gym again and had a good workout. I'm only doing cardio right now, but I need to start doing weight training. Since I am going on a road trip next week I will probably start that in earnest when I get back. I did well with food today too. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:10:20 EST Day 353 Another good day. I don't exercise on Sundays, although I do try to get a nice stroll in--but I wasn't able to fit that in today. I missed it because it was such a beautiful day! <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:35:52 EST Day 352 It's late---I just got home, and my husband has some work he has to do on the computer. So, I'm just going to report that it was a great day. I actually went to the gym today and worked out on the elliptical. Thank you! I am taking a bow <em>211</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:16:20 EST Day 351 Today I got a little derailed...but did not go back to my "normal" consumptive, I am pleased that I made better decisions. I got right back on track with dinner. Whoo! That would be called consistency, right? If I can make a goof and get right back on track---that would be success eventually. This is my year! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:31:59 EST Day 350 I hate that number. I would so like to have reported that I had landed at my goal by that many days. BUT THIS IS MY JOURNEY AND IT IS OK. I am progressing. That is the important thing. Last night at dinner I followed through with my pre-planned menu choice at Outback Steakhouse. (I have looked things up before only to be tempted by other foods once at the restaurant). Today, I got right back on track. YIPEE! <em>104</em> My exercise has been good too. By the end of this year I pl... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:23:31 EST Day 349 My day has gone well so far. I'm going out to dinner with friends tonight. I decided to look at the menu on-line and make as wise a decision as I could. I know the calories will be higher than staying at home but I think it is wise counsel to do your very best 80% of the time and hold tight to what you know works at the next meal. I'm going to try to give myself permission to do just that! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:39:51 EST Day 348 I didn't sleep much last night. I just got home from my granddaughters' concert. It was wonderful! But I am very tired. However, I'm happy to report that I had another successful day with my SparkPeople goals! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:46:37 EST Day 347 A busy, but much accomplished day. I made good choices all day. Just wanted to check in. <em>43</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:59:33 EST Day 346 A successful day by all counts! <em>334</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:04:58 EST Day 345 I have a new mantra! "I am different NOW." Somehow that phrase is resonating with me. It has turned me from temptations for the last few days. I am so very glad. I was able to walk for a half hour this morning too. I didn't go very fast 1.27 miles in 30 minutes---but my foot isn't hurting me one bit, so that has to be the important thing for right now. It seems like it has taken eons to even be able to achieve this. Well, temptations will still come but I am hoping my new phrase will ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:56:27 EST Day 336 Wow. This blog is not looking anything like I had hoped. My record is going 7 weeks without a crash. I really struggled lately---like not blogging or recording would negate any of my choices, yeah, I know. SILLY. <em>46</em> These choices have produced a <em>15</em> . <BR> <BR> I am aiming for a new record: going 8 weeks of tracking food/exercising/eating well. Maybe this is the way I am going to have to do it. I was encouraged by the blog featured in today's e-mail. This b... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:48:57 EST Day 328 A customer at the rec center brought candy to the front desk people (me and two others)....and I did enjoy some. I don't think that made me go over my calories...but I'll have to be careful tomorrow to balance it out. I exercised and tracked food. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:13:55 EST Day 327 All is well! Another good day. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:07:03 EST Day 326 It snowed quite a bit so I didn't make it to the gym BUT I did 24 minutes of a step aerobic DVD!!! Last week I tried this and barely made it 15 minutes and couldn't do the grapevine step because it hurt my foot too much. Today I could even do the grapevine. Whooo Hoooo! <BR> Food has been chosen wisely and is being tracked. YIPEE! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:41:04 EST Day 325 Things are going well today. <em>41</em> I don't exercise on Sundays unless I take a casual walk. I'm not going to be able to do that today. My challenge for tomorrow despite a predicted snow storm is to GO TO THE GYM! <em>324</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:29:23 EST Day 324 I was able to walk for a little over 30 minutes today. That's the first time I've done that. I am so happy that I could do it....even if it was slow. Although I felt like I was moving as slow as molasses my IPhone app said I was going 3.0 mph. I know that's not a record...but it's better than 2.0 mph, right? <em>224</em> Anyway, it's progress and I want to acknowledge it. When I walk too fast my foot really hurts, but even that is getting better. I'm 6 weeks out from surgery. I t... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:26:58 EST Day 323 Another great day! <BR> This may sound like an excuse, but I have been put on new medication for estrogen suppression. I have been on it for about 6 weeks. In the past week I started to feel sooo happy. I feel like my old self again. I think I may have been having a low level of depression from the medicine I have been taking for the past 3 and a half years. Perhaps this is why I was as unmotivated as I have been. I have felt like I was just going through the motions of life and now I... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:25:07 EST Day 322 I just did 15 minutes of step aerobics. Yes, it hurt my foot a little but as soon as I felt it, I modified the movement. I feel very successful though since I could do 15 minutes of the DVD. My foot is getting better!!! <BR> <BR> I'm tracking and eating wisely too. <em>41</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:25:15 EST Day 321 I am doing well. I'm so pleased. This is my year. I've had enough with excuses. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:20:53 EST Day 319 Great day! I feel like I am back on track! YIPEE! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:45:35 EST Day 318 <em>30</em> I decided doing well 80% of the time is reasonable. I did well today. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:24:54 EST Day 317 <em>24</em> <em>29</em> <em>46</em> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 18:10:48 EST Day 316 It's another day. <em>24</em> This says it all. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 19:15:52 EST Day 315 I'm trying. <em>28</em> Not the best decisions today. I did exercise and started to track but did not continue. <em>234</em> "Tomorrow is a new day!" Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:22:40 EST Day 314--A Step in the Right Direction I EXERCISED! It's a start. I also tracked my food. <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:45:02 EST Day 313--Step into Spring I just joined the "Step into Spring Challenge" from my Back on Track Team. I need to exercise 10 minutes a day. I can do that. When I exercise it helps my mouth---are they connected? Maybe! I am thrilled to be getting back on track with wonderful Spark Friends! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:44:20 EST Day 312--A Wish to Start Over! I really do wish I could start over; start at Day 1. I could. I determined 312 days ago that I had to face the path my journey took me and my determination has won out. I started eating junk and eventually let it rule my day. Exercise stopped---because, well--why would I want to do that if I was going to eat like a fool? I am back to my senses again and when I look back I see that I held true for 7 weeks. I usually have trouble at 6 weeks. My short term goal is to be successful for 8 w... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:41:17 EST Day 300 I'm having a hard time getting back to tracking food. That's not good 'cause as stupid as it sounds, when I don't write, I bite whatever I want and then by not writing it down seem to be most willing to believe that it doesn't count. Duh?! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:10:14 EST Day 299 Busy, busy day....but I actually got a lot accomplished. I did well until dinner time. Then the picture wasn't so pretty. I'll do better tomorrow. I did get my exercise in. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:31:08 EST Day 298 Another day passes. I did fair. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:57:51 EST Day 297 An OK day. I am anxious to get to the gym. Because of the snow I haven't gotten three yet. I am hopeful for Monday. I am walking without the cane--more progress. <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:35:35 EST Day 296 Today was going fairly well. But I kind of crashed and burned. I think boredom was the culprit. I should have thought faster. Hmmm. This week is posing some challenges. I am going to have to review things and get back on track. I did track and exercise but my food choices were not as good as they could have been. <em>29</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:37:33 EST Day 295 Today was a new day and I did fine! I'm tracking, eating well, and exercising, AND FORGIVING MYSELF. I call that a great day! <em>41</em> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:48:44 EST Day 294 An OK day. I went to women's meeting tonight and had some treats that threw me above my calorie range. I'm disappointed in myself. Tomorrow is a new day though, right? Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:26:21 EST Day 293 I saw the doctor today and I am healing up well. The stitches and bandages were removed. I am down to a small bandage now. I still have to wear the boot and use a cane. I'm almost strong enough to get rid of the cane though. And now, I can shower without a bag on my foot. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My food, tracking, and exercise are right on target. I've had a BIG, EMOTIONAL situation and I didn't turn to food for comfort! I recognized my vulnerability right away and said out loud, "... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:37:49 EST Day 292 I just can't believe also went very well (food, tracking, exercising). I hope to be able to go to the gym sometime this week. I don't think I will be going the end of the week though since the weather report is calling for a big snow storm. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:01:24 EST Day 291 Another great day! I am so pleased. <BR> Food-check <BR> Tracking food--check <BR> Exercise--check <BR> Loving SparkPeople---super big check! <BR> Have a great evening, everyone! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:29:17 EST Day 290 This is the most perfect imperfect day I have had! My granddaughters came over and I taught them to make sugar cookie hearts. They seemed to have a wonderful time. I had 2 cookies. Though my food wasn't perfect, I didn't feel defeated or beat myself up---that's why this day is so wonderful. Normally, I goof up a bit and then slide into a total binge. No problem today!!! I am so very pleased. I know I can have cookies but I didn't need 2 BUT IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD BECAUSE I CHO... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:05:06 EST Day 289 This will be real quick: ate good food-- check <BR> Tracked food-- check <BR> Exercised------- check <BR> I'm one happy girl! <em>30</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:47:58 EST Day 288 Today has gone very well. I drove myself to my hair appointment and then to a friend's house. She drove us to Panera Bread for lunch and then we saw a movie. I had to walk a bit, but I did fine. My food went great and I was able to exercise. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:37:54 EST