MORADAT's SparkPeople Blog MORADAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community There is no "try" I recently got inspiration from the weirdest place - a Facebook post with a quote from Yoda. You know, the little jedi master who trained Luke Skywalker in Star Wars? Yeah, it's a weird place to get a life inspiration, but whatev! <BR> <BR> The quote was something like this. <BR> <BR> Do. Or don't do. There is no "try". <BR> <BR> It got me thinking about how many times I've tried to do something, but failed. Tried to lose weight. Tried to start a freelance career. The list goes on,... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:37:59 EST I resisted! Somebody brought donuts in to the office today. I'm happy to say that they didn't sound good, and I didn't want one. Even after several people said, "You better get a donut! They're really good!" I just didn't feel like having one. <BR> <BR> I'm so surprised by that, and also quite pleased! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:59:55 EST Cravings OMG, I want some chips. Had a small V8, which helped. I know that this is a simply a HABIT - bored at work, eat something. Well, not today! Make a blog entry instead, and reaffirm my goal. <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:55:22 EST How many times does it take? How many times do I need to "recommit" before I make progress on my weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> As many times as it takes. That's it. There's no magic number, no rule that says you get three tries and then you have to give up. <BR> <BR> more time! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:04:35 EST S.A.D. Just read that some of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include being tired, depression, loss of motivation, and weight gain. Hmmm...sounds like me! I need new light bulbs! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:18:54 EST Typical (rollercoaster )week Sunday - Motivated! Grocery shopping. Load up on fresh veggies, fruit, lean meat. Have big plans to cook and eat healthy all week. <BR> <BR> Monday - have a healthy breakfast, pack a good lunch. Even cut up veggies for a fresh salad for dinner. Exercise 40 minutes. Doin' fine. <BR> <BR> Tues - have another healthy breakfast, pack another good lunch and feel so proud. Hectic day at work, but still some left over veggies for a good salad for dinner. Exercise 30 minutes. Breeze! <BR> ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:39:02 EST Sure do wish I had something to say... ...but, um, I don't right now. Happy Friday! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:14:17 EST Water, water everywhere But I don't usually get nearly enough. Today I tricked myself, though. I usually have a bottle of water at my desk all afternoon, and I sip. Today, when I reached for a sip, I took about three big pulls on the bottle. I drank 3 "glasses" of water without even thinking about it! I was surprised, but pleased. It's a bit of progress. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:25:05 EST Weekend Update Had an OK weekend as far as dieting goes. Not great, but not terrible. For example, a turkey sandwich instead of micky D's. <BR> <BR> I discovered some really interesting different kinds of mustard this weekend. Bought one that is blueberry honey mustard. It's really good! That's what I had on the sandwich. Yum! Also, low cal and no fat. Makes it more yummy! Mon, 14 May 2012 14:29:16 EST Another day Had a healthy dinner last night, in spite of being in a rush to get to an appointment. Also didn't snack when I got home. Pretty good. <BR> <BR> Had a good lunch today, although I wish I had more. Guess I'll have to add some veggies to fill up better in the future. <BR> <BR> We are planning a trip with the family in early fall. One of the activities planned is horesback riding, which I am SO excited about! Thing is, there is a weight limit for the horses. While I am under the limit, I ... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:47:01 EST Right now I really appreciate the encouraging comments left on my previous post! <BR> <BR> As of right now, I have gotten the evening snacking under control, and look for something else to do instead. I've made more reasonable choices (Subway chicken sandwich instead of a big mac, for example, when I wanted to splurge). I've tried to take a couple walks during the day at work. It feels like the freight train is slowing down and I'm getting a little control. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to remember how ... Thu, 10 May 2012 09:20:54 EST I can't stand it Ive gained more weight. I'm the heaviest I've ever been. I only have 2 pair of shorts that I fit into and my one pair of loose, lightweight summer pants are too tight to be comfortable. I don't understand why I keep doing this to myself. I know how to lose weight, yet I continue to make poor choices and fall into the same behavior patterns. <BR> <BR> Somehow I have to make a change, and make it work. I can't stand being like this. Sun, 6 May 2012 07:44:01 EST Shopping ordeal I really needed new jeans, so I went shopping last night. After realizing I couldn't even squeeze into the largest size in the regular section, I ended up in the plus sized clothing. It was a tiny corner of a huge department store, without a cash register or even a place to return clothing you've tried on. I guess I should feel grateful there was even a dressing room. <BR> <BR> There were 6 styles to choose from. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought at first that I could wear the smallest size (... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:12:07 EST Really looked Sometimes there are things that we know, but we just don't acknowledge that we know it, or we don't accept the information. <BR> <BR> We just don't "get it". <BR> <BR> This week, I took a hard and serious look at the caloric requirements for just maintaining my weight, and compared it to how many calories I was actually consuming. <BR> <BR> Now I finally get it. <BR> <BR> I finally understand why my weight has slowly creeped up over the years. It's quite enlightening, and I believe ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:55:48 EST Baby steps I walked for 15 minutes during my lunch break today. That's two days in a row. <BR> <BR> And after lunch, I really wanted a candy bar from the vending machine, but I'm having peach yogurt instead. I think that is a much better choice. <BR> <BR> It doesn't amount to much - yet - but the moment is all I have control over, so it's all I am going to worry about! <em>41</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:24:35 EST Weekend report I think the weekend was OK, although not the best as far as eating. Saturday was a mix of good choices and not-so-good choices, but I was about 4 times as active that day than normal, and there weren't lots of good choices available either. Hopefully it will all work out. <BR> <BR> Sunday was a pretty good day. I had a late breakfast, and so wasn't hungry again until dinner, so only 2 meals. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm reminded of my diet goals, though, as I had to put on my too-tight jea... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:50:08 EST Good days, and bad moments I'm sticking with the splenda in my morning coffee. Still yucky, but I just keep trying to remember what I REALLY want. <BR> <BR> It may seem like the answer is "Fritos!" but I know deep down that it is not. <BR> <BR> That's not to say that I was perfect this week, but big changes are challenging. I'm coming from a childhood where chocolate fixed everything, and I never gained an ounce. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to keep trying, in spite of the bad moments. Hey, one moment isn't a lifeti... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:44:46 EST Try, try again Yes, yes, starting over again, blah blah blah. Not gonna beat myself up again. It's getting old. <BR> <BR> I have too much sugar in my regular eating habits. So I decided to address that, and get back into at least mild activity. <BR> <BR> Walked for about 23 minutes yesterday, then my hips got all weird. I started using splenda in my coffee yesterday. Yuck. But I keep saying to myself, "What do you REALLY want? Sugar? or a more healthy body?" Today I skipped the orange marmalade on my... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 08:47:48 EST Back to normal (not good) I'm back on the work treadmill again, and that's not a good thing. Working all day, then working all evening on a second career, then getting up early to work on it a little more before going to work. No time to exercise, no time to cook (which I hate doing anyway) and not enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I've given up caffeine, so how to stay awake at work? Eat. Not a good thing, and a habit I've had for years. <BR> <BR> Today, at least, I have yogurt and peaches to snack on. At least that'... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:42:05 EST What's the date, again?! February was a rough month. A little illness, doctors appointments, a death in the family, terrible weather and an power outage that just set everything into chaos. I feel like I just woke up from it all, and realized that I have not exercised much at all, and been eating terribly. So, once again, I'm starting over. Again. I wonder how many times a person can start over? I know, I know, as many times as it takes. Sigh. OK, here we go again. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:50:45 EST 4 Days Later... Didn't do anything Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday - for various reasons. Danced again last night, and even though I planned about 30 minutes, I ended up playing Dance Central for about 50 minutes. You know, just one more song. Then I thought I'd cool down with a new song in the Break It Down mode, but I wound up dancing that one three times <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Now that I've found an activity I really enjoy, I need to get the food under control. Even though I'm being much more active t... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:22:36 EST Dancing again 45 minutes last night, and my knees were not quite as sore. Still iced 'em, but this morning they were almost normal. <BR> <BR> I still can hardly believe how much fun this game is! I'm dancing to hip hop songs...which is absolutely one of the funniest things I've done in a long time. When the game takes photos during the Freestyle part, it's hysterical to see the photos of me doing the moves! Sometimes I'm getting tired, so I'll use this part to do something silly - hold my little dog up, ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:34:29 EST And again! Dance Central Danced for an hour last night. I didn't mess with the Break It Down mode because my heart rate slows, so I just danced (fumbled!) right along in the Easy mode with each new song. This is just so much fun! <BR> <BR> Danced for an hour - and wanted to dance more. Xbox suggested I might be tired and maybe I should take a break - LOL! I wonder if it was because of the length of time, or because my scores kept dropping and that indicated fatigue. <BR> <BR> Had to ice both my knees afterwards, b... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:13:42 EST Dance Central Just opened it last night and had a BLAST! I was terrible, but who cares? THAT is the way to exercise. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to use the word exercise anymore since I hate the word and I hate to do it. <BR> <BR> Last night I DANCED for nearly an hour! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:31:30 EST The New Year Whew! The holidays are over, and I didn't do too bad. Not great, but not too bad. I resisted 95% of the goodies both at home and in the office. Last year, it was more like, um, zero percent! <BR> <BR> Got a new Xbox Kinect for Christmas, along with a gift certificate to Best Buy so I was able to grab some games to keep me active. And with all the Christmas cookies and such out of the picture, I'm very hopeful for the New Year. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 13:42:52 EST Baby steps Today I had to crawl under my desk at work and fiddle with the plugs because something came unplugged. I was able to stand up again without a struggle, and I was not out of breath from the whole activity. <BR> <BR> That's one baby step achievement - must be my workouts are beginning to help! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:03:59 EST Back to the routine It's easy enough to feel strong in my decision to lose weight when I am at home, happy and relaxed and in control of my time. But the real challenge is getting back to work and the routine. <BR> <BR> I have a desk job, and I'm tied to the phone all day long. It's boring and frustrating, and sometimes very stressful. I've turned to food for comfort my whole life, so this habit needs to change to make my goal of weight loss. <BR> <BR> I have to let go of the stress or negative emotions, relax... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:22:33 EST Thanksgiving Resolution? I know, it's supposed to be New Years resolutions but I'm not one to stick to the norm. Besides, I weighed myself TODAY, and at this rate I'll be over 200 lbs if I wait until New Years. So I cannot wait. Hey, that sounds eager, doesn't it? OK, rather than being depressed that I put on 8 more pounds this year, I'll remind myself that "I cannot wait!" <BR> <BR> I cannot wait to have a lap again. <BR> I cannot wait to be able to sit cross legged on the floor. <BR> I cannot wait to put on off-... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:59:24 EST Bad day OK, so, yesterday really stunk, diet-wise. I ate too much AND topped it off with chocolate. At least it was the extra dark bitter chocolate, which has heart benefits. <BR> <BR> Today I started by measuring out my breakfast cereal, and I also had a banana. Got enough to eat and hopefully it will last. <BR> <BR> No beating myself up over yesterday, not every day will be perfect. It's the overall that truly counts. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:42:04 EST Weekend Challenge This was my first weekend on my new path to a healthy weight, and boy did I blow it on Saturday! I knew it would be a challenge. Live and learn. <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to say anything to hubby because, frankly, I'm embarassed at how big I've gotten and I don't like to talk about my weight or dieting. Fear of failure I guess. <BR> <BR> But I ended up having to tell him that I'm working on losing weight because he didn't understand why I didn't want to have fried fish and fries for dinne... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:26:53 EST You gotta start somewhere We all know that. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is the most simple - starting. <BR> <BR> I didn't PLAN on starting a diet program, but I was curious about my normal breakfast. How many calories? It didn't seem like much, just toast and Silk. So I plugged it into the calorie counter here and I was SHOCKED. 736 calorie?! Are you kidding me? It's no wonder I keep gaining weight, if all my "small" meals are like that! <BR> <BR> So the next day, I changed breakfast to one of the recipes... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:06:11 EST