MODERATION4ME's SparkPeople Blog MODERATION4ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community One of Those Days Last night was miserable. I got an hour and a half of sleep right before I needed to wake up. No time to exercise. I ran off to my community choir rehearsal, rushed home and drove and hour and a half to my husband's doctor's appointment. By the time we got home it was late, I was tired, and exercise. I only had one meal. We ate out. I had a lot of salad. Don't know the calories but I think I am OK. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:10:21 EST Tempatation I was doing just fine until I got to my daughter's house. She offered me her homemade chocolate chip cookies. I took two...which would have been fine...but then I had two more. <em>198</em> Now, I had a choice. Spin out of control and keep eating anything and everything in sight or get back on track. I chose to get back on track. <BR> <BR> My exercise went well today. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:34:43 EST Keepin' On The Track I tried Zumba again. I noticed that though it's a good workout I seem to smile nearly the whole time. I love to dance. This class is really fun! Next week I might try the kickboxing class that comes right before this one. <BR> <BR> Best news ever: I wanted to lose 6 pounds during our gym challenge. (1 pound for every week). I weigh in every 2 weeks. On the first weigh in I lost 6 pounds and as of today I have lost 8 pounds. I am ecstatic! Even though I made poor choices at times,... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:57:30 EST The Day is Ending Dinner time is over. I'm going to go floss and brush my teeth. It's funny how much that act helps me to not eat from then on. Flossing and brushing really don't take all that long....yet it is enough time to make me not want to repeat that behavior. Sweet! What a great idea this is. It sure works for me!!! <BR> <BR> Food and exercise are right where I want them. <em>30</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 20:50:33 EST A Good Day This is my day off from exercise. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Food though went just as planned! <em>41</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:10:52 EST Smiles I think I am turning this setback around. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:59 EST Smiles I think I am turning this setback around. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:33 EST Success Again I was successful with the gym challenge again. It's getting easier. I even nudged the speed up a bit today. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Food is under control today too. I hope I make this last. Once I have had seems that's all I want. If I can make good choices for three days I think I will be fine. One day down. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:48:49 EST I Ran Again! I was able to do the gym challenge again! My lungs could use some strengthening <em>211</em> but my legs are working fine. This is unbelievable to me. What a joy! I know I can get better and better. YIPEE! <BR> <BR> Food wise I am still struggling. Not as bad as I was but it's not where I need it to be yet either. <em>24</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:19:29 EST I Did It! At the gym (yes, I went) I got the challenge for the week. It had intervals of walking, fast walking, and running. I was a little hesitant since I have never ran on a treadmill before. But I am happy to report I DID IT!!! My run was more of a jog to most people I am sure. I am thrilled. I wasn't sure I could do it. I did a 1 minute, 1 and a half minute, and a 2 minute run. I am quite pleased with myself. Right now I am loving my new knees! <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:55:14 EST Embarrassed I have been working hard at exercising and weight loss. I have discovered that I have become free from being controlled by my urges and temptations....only to CHOOSE to start sabotaging myself. Why? Am I afraid of success? Am I truly just lazy? WHAT IS IT? Unfortunately I really do not know. I don't feel that I am under stress right now. I know I started resenting working out, so I pulled back and made it easier and yet I finally just gave up working out. Thus eating incorrectly was ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:43:55 EST The Danger of Eating Out I should know better. Unexpectedly, my husband and I went out to dinner. I purchased a bowl of French Onion Soup and a house salad. I had the calories to do this. But we ordered chips and salsa...yeah, you read right...and a brownie sundae to share. I did not check those calories. I ate about half of the chips and about a third of the dessert. I came in 500 calories above my top limit. It is disgusting how much salt and sugar goes into restaurant food. I am way better off with my own... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:57:30 EST Something New I tried something new today. Zumba. In 2013 I took a Zumba class but I haven't done it since then. Today I walked into the class and though I didn't know some of the moves, I had an absolute blast!!! I even hopped. It's been about 10 hours since I took the class and I haven't had any knee pain. (I am really appreciating my knee replacements!) <BR> <BR> I have been virtuous with food too. <em>43</em> I missed my short term goal by a little bit. I think eventually I will catch up ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:07:40 EST Whew! I Did It! I have actually gotten back on track. I wanted a couple of days of success before I claimed this. <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:06:00 EST Turning it Around I don't exercise on Sundays. So, no accountability on that. <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I finished a project I have wanted to finish for over a year. I'm feeling great about this! <em>104</em> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:56:52 EST Well... <em>41</em> I exercised and I kept within my calorie limit. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:04:25 EST Another rough day I exercised today doing both my weight training and cardio. That was good. Food was a challenge. I went out to lunch with my daughter and granddaughter and had dessert. Dessert???? Why? I don't know. I know that Thursday's Alzheimer's support meeting was a bit tough. Maybe I am having an emotional response. <em>46</em> I hope not...but it just may have been exactly that. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:15:21 EST I Don't Want To Blog Today Of course I don't want to blog today. I had a rough nights sleep and therefore did not get up to exercise. Then, not realizing how many calories were in my chili (I recorded the chili but did not look at the calories <em>24</em> ), I had a cupcake with my granddaughters. When I recorded it, found I had gone over my calorie limit <em>198</em> . So I am over by 240 calories!!! So frustrating! Especially since I could have prevented it. Well, tomorrow will require some extra effort ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:55:32 EST Great Feeling My exercise session at the gym went well today. I felt great! I just got a spin bike for my home. I used it later today for 30 minutes. I'm real pleased with this bike. <BR> <BR> Food has gone well too. YIPEE! <BR> <BR> One day at a time, right? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:03:33 EST A OK Food <em>248</em> <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:39:29 EST A Sad Surprise This has been one long day. <em>24</em> I went to the grocery store hungry; a big No No. I was tired and knew that what I planned to cook would take too much effort and time so I picked up a Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie and a Berry Pie. I misread the calorie count!!! How could I do that??????? I did not see that the calories were for 1/2 the pie...not the whole thing. <em>28</em> I just can't believe it. I did not go over my calorie allotment, fortunately. This was just ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:51:37 EST Being Reasonable I was at the gym by 6:00 AM. I wanted to do my cardio and strength training before I took a spin class. I worked out for the first time in a long time on a rowing machine. From there I did my strength training. Then I walked on the treadmill and did 3 minutes on the stair climber (only my 2nd day to try that.) Then I stretched. I would have had to wait 45 minutes for the spin class and truthfully my energy was I decided to just go home. I have found that if I overdo it and I... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:17:38 EST On My Way I set January 24th as a short-term goal date to weigh 180. Today I weigh 182.6. I lost 2 pounds! I may not make it next week---but I'll be very close. I am soooo jazzed! It would mean a lot if I could meet that goal; but if not, I will just continue heading in the right direction. <em>41</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:05:08 EST Tried Something New I had a much better attitude about exercise today! I had a good workout and even tried a new machine. I got on the Stair Climber and was only going to do 30 steps. (I have about 12 steps in my house, so I thought 30 was a reasonable initiation). I did over 50 steps in 2 minutes and could have gone faster. I'm just pleased that I finally tried it! <BR> <BR> My food is going well. I seem to be very committed. I anticipate another successful day which is why I am writing early. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:19:52 EST A Busy Day I got up later than usual and got involved in some projects. Then the mail came and I received some tax, I busied myself with organizing that stuff. (Taxes, so fun <em>24</em> ). Actually, I do enjoy organizing things, making charts and graphs, so I would be lying if I said that I preferred exercise to this type of thing. My daughter and granddaughter came over too. I felt less and less like going to the gym. The moment of truth came: I had to exercise NOW or there ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:38:54 EST A Good Day I exercised and ate well. I'm loving my attitude the most! It is balanced and committed <em>41</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:25:47 EST Another Unplanned Dinner I forgot to mention the dinner I had at my son's house on Monday. I had a salad and spaghetti. Whew! That was pretty easy. I just took what I thought was a portion of pasta and a portion of spaghetti sauce. I felt I had made good choices. <BR> <BR> Tonight is another dinner. I have no idea what will be served. I will be careful, again. <BR> <BR> I worked out well this morning. I am getting better and stronger. <BR> <BR> ~LATER~ <BR> I just got back from my dinner and I did well. I... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:09:37 EST A Little Surprise I am working on intervals on the treadmill and the elliptical. I joined my gyms weight challenge. I told them I would like to lose 6 pounds over the next 6 weeks. I thought I would just weigh in each week but they added something. They had me choose a machine to do a 1 minute test each week too. I chose the treadmill since I knew I could walk 3.5 mph for 1 minute. But this means that I should improve each week on my one minute test. <em>100</em> I hope I can do that. That means in ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:07:33 EST So Far So Good I have exercised and eaten well so far. I am going to my son's house for dinner tonight. I will do my best to eat wisely...but I am not going to freak out if it's more calories than I would normally eat. I will just try to eat a smaller portion. Wish me luck! NO......wish me that I will make good choices. There. That's better. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:29:26 EST A Little Bonus For the Week I weighed today and am happy to report that I should reach my short term goal of weighing 180 pounds on January 24th!. I weighed 184.6. I am normally aiming for a 1 pound loss per week. I got a bit behind over the holidays. But I have lost 2 pounds per week before, I'll just be careful with my food and try to work in a few extra sessions of exercise over the next two weeks. <BR> I normally do not exercise on Sundays. It's my day off. I committed to 10 minute daily exercise for this mont... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:31:00 EST Workout Smiles I was able to do 35 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the treadmill with intervals of more intensity sprinkled throughout. I also did 25 minutes of recumbent bike so that I could keep the flexibility in my new knee (I move the seat to position 1 and then 2, etc. until from the very bent position I am more straight. And yes, I did stretch. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My food is also on track with SparkPeople. I'm happy with my efforts so far. One day at a time, right? Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:34:33 EST Hard Workout I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 39 minutes of weight training and some stretching...zowy! was I tired! But I did it. I feel much better. <BR> I also received the spin bike I had ordered from Amazon. My hope is to get some extra workout time in when I watch some TV. Are you impressed? <BR> My food intake is right on target too. This is shaping up to be a good accountable week for me. Thanks, SparkPeople! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 19:43:19 EST I'm better I do feel better. I walked to Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD and did resistance band training with Coach Nicole for 10 minutes. OK, not a stellar performance but I did something physical even though I would have preferred to curl up in bed. I consider that a win. I also ate well. <em>100</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:54:41 EST What???? Yesterday, my nose started dripping like crazy. By night time I had a full fledged cold. I really do not feel too well. But I am eating (though I don't really feel like it) and recording it on SparkPeople. I did a step DVD for 20 minutes. I am not used to step and I just couldn't do any more of it. At least I tried. This IS NOT going to derail my efforts! It's just a minor set back as to all I would have done exercise wise. I really do feel yucky. <em>527</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 14:19:20 EST YIPEE! A Goal Reached This should have posted for yesterday. I thought it did, but evidently not. <em>24</em> . So here it is: <BR> When I was at physical therapy, I could use my left leg on the leg extension machine and lift 10 pounds. When I went to the gym I could not lift 10 pounds on their machine.???? The physical therapist said that it all depended on how the machine was put together. I have been using ankle weights to lift 5 pounds and then 7 and a half pounds. Last week I still couldn't lift the 10 ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:14:41 EST Another Success I slept the right amount of time and went to the gym. I walked on the treadmill at 3 mph (YAY!) and did intervals of 3.5 mph for 24 minutes. Then I took my first spin class in over a year. I not only endured it, I managed to change the tension and keep up with the class. Unbelievable! I am very pleased with myself. <em>30</em> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:10:13 EST Doing Well Today went well. I went to an extended family dinner. I had a small salad, less than 1/2 a baked potato, about 2 oz. of roast beef, a little corn, and a roll. My calories are in check. The get together was fun and very enjoyable. We are so blessed to have families!!! Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:36:55 EST Challenges Already? I worked out today and felt good about it...but I felt tired...more like a wet noodle. I didn't work out that hard. Strange. <BR> <BR> Knowing I am now on a diet is playing with my mind and I am giving in. In August I weighed 202 pounds. I am now at 189. I have eaten sweets the whole time and didn't write a thing down and yet I lost weight. Now, I'm emotionally panicking in a way. I know better than this. I had 1/2 a package of Peanut M&M's and some tiny pretzels. I have accounted f... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:30:13 EST This is my year to become healthy!!! Blogging is such an interesting thing. I want (need) to journal this weight loss ride. I often feel compelled to write a lot. I want to be comfortable with just checking in, if that's all I need to do. Today is not that day. <BR> <BR> Why do I want to lose weight at 62 years old, why not just give up and accept where I am instead of continuing this 34 year old battle? <BR> <BR> 1- I want to acknowledge that I HAVE LEARNED valuable lessons. Speed is not as important as just slowly impro... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:10:45 EST 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