NETSUE64's SparkPeople Blog NETSUE64's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sparkcoach for today: Get a mantra This is the mantra I used when I was first successful at losing and I think it's a good one to remind me about being intentional about eating: <BR> <BR> Every bite counts, so count every bite. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:19:37 EST Exercise motivation I have not been motivated to exercise at all lately, so I'm putting this in a blog so I will remember it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:33:02 EST Get back to it, my clothes aren't fitting! I have been struggling to find a permanent job and hating the job and commute where I have been consulting for over a year. A few months ago I had a point where I couldn't really find the energy to do anything but go to work and then come home and get ready for the next day. I was really kind of shutting down, and got to where I couldn't even find the will to track. <BR> <BR> I also started having doubts that God really had a plan for me. When I lost my job in October 2016 I quickly found... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 16:13:45 EST Why am I not tracking? No motivation! Well, I do have some motivation, but not enough to do everything it takes to get thinner and healthier. I haven't been logging in because I keep saying to myself "I don't care anymore". But the truth is I do care. I am not at 225 anymore because I still care and don't want to be like that again. But I'm not at 151 anymore either. I seem to be stuck at about 184 which is not making me happy. <BR> Since I lost my job I feel like I don't have control over things. I'm not un... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:43:48 EST No more yoga? My yoga studio closed. The couple who opened the studio are facing difficulties in the form of cancer treatments, and can't handle everything a new business requires. Our class packages are going to be honored by another yoga studio which shows me just how caring and considerate the yogi community is. <BR> <BR> I know that yoga was doing great things for me. I was getting stronger and much more flexible. I am still not sure that I will continue taking classes. <BR> <BR> It's very hard... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:20:28 EST Updating my goals I have been on SparkPeople for 5 years now. It's been a recent surprise to realize that the goals I set change over time. I expected that goals set based on my values would stay the same, since my values really don't change. But life happens and circumstances cause change. <BR> <BR> When I had a permanent full time job, I could focus on my home and my future was predictable. My weight management efforts were frequently at the front of my mind. My schedule was fixed so I could plan my da... Fri, 26 May 2017 08:49:33 EST Challenge to Focus on the Positive The SparkCoach challenge today was to list at least 3 recent accomplishments I am proud of. <BR> <BR> This is difficult because I'm feeling less than proud because I got laid off last October and haven't been able to get a full time job yet. On the bright side, I am working as a consultant so I am still able to pay my bills and even save some in case I lose my job. <BR> <BR> So, 3 things I am proud of: <BR> <BR> My consulting assignment keeps getting extended, and although I have not be... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:09:20 EST SparkCoach advice taken - re-evaluate I have been visiting my SparkCoach every day and most of the time it's a repeat of something I've already learned over the last few years on SparkPeople. I also joined the Plateau Busting Challenge because I don't seem to be making any progress with the scale. I'm trying really hard lately, tracking everything and working out much more, but to no avail. <BR> <BR> Tuesday night I measured myself because the Challenge recommended that as a way to be encouraged even when the scale wasn't mo... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:47:53 EST Benefits of packing lunches My husband packs my lunch everyday. I used to pack lunches but now he's taken over. Anyway, I don't always eat everything, and if it's like pretzels or breakfast bars I will keep them in my desk just in case I get extra hungry another day. I always like to have something relatively healthy handy so I don't really blow it. <BR> <BR> Last night I was supposed to go home for a light dinner and yoga. Our plans changed because we found out my son's girlfriend was doing an aerial performance 2... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:50:05 EST Progress after 30 days of yoga I was very excited after yoga class last week! We were getting ready to do a boat pose (where you lay on your stomach, bend your knees so your feet are trying to reach your behind, and you grab your ankles with your hands). I didn't realize where we were going, so the "lay on your stomach" part made me say "I can do that", and the "bend your knees" part made me say "this is easy". However, when she said "now reach back and grab your ankles" I thought "that's not going to happen!". I had t... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:07:42 EST Spark Summary Averages I just found the Spark Summary Calendar. I love the gold stars! <BR> <BR> My weight has been holding steady at 184.5 or so. I calculated my calories and I have averaged 1600 a day for the past 5 weeks. Now that I know that, I will shoot for no more than 1500 a day regardless of exercise and hope for a pound a month. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:01:47 EST Yoga continued... We continue to go to yoga when we can work it into our schedule. We have taken 4 classes so far. Last Friday we tried a Yin Yoga class, which is basically holding different stretching poses for about 5 minutes or so at a time. They were some intense stretches so I spent my time remembering to breathe and trying to relax all my muscles. It's funny how your shoulders and thighs tighten up when you're stretching your hips! <BR> <BR> Monday morning we went to a class because I didn't have ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:09:00 EST Our First Yoga Class I am getting older, and along with that I am less flexible and not as strong as I used to be. I hate the feeling of the stiffness and have thought for a long time that yoga would be a good option. We already walk on a regular basis and have done a little running so we are not in the worst of shape, but definitely need to add something. <BR> <BR> Sunday we went out to eat breakfast and after decided to wander around with the dog and check out a yoga studio nearby. We had walked by a couple... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:49:51 EST Feeling fat I feel so terrible and so fat! I am so disappointed in myself today. Usually I can pull up my britches and say "just do what you did before, you know what to do" but lately I can't keep the momentum past 5:00! I'm not eating like crazy, but often am 100-200 calories over target. My body just seems to hold onto every little calorie as hard as it can. <BR> <BR> I feel doubly bad because Jeff is having the same struggle. I think that if I can keep control better he will as well. I know t... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:04:38 EST List of non-scale victories I have joined the plateau busting challenge as a way to try to get myself back in control. Too much snacking and too little exercise has the weight creeping back on and that is unacceptable. <BR> <BR> For day 3 of the challenge I am supposed to list recent non-scale victories. I am instead listing the non-scale victories that I achieved and lost, and now want back! <BR> <BR> I am wearing a bikini again - I don't look as good as last year, and I want to. <BR> I lost all those rolls of flab... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:21:21 EST It's not just about weight A few weeks ago I went back and read The Spark all the way through again. This time I was looking for ways to improve my life, not just my weight or my diet. So much on this website will work in areas of life that aren't just about food and exercise. I spent the first 4 weeks on diet habits and motivation which was great to get me back into some of the habits I've lost over the last few months. I was down 70 pounds but am now down 46. This is awesome! I am down 46 pounds after 4 years! ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:00:49 EST SparkGuy's Ultimate Life Challenge You must have seen SparGuys emails and blogs about the Ultimate Spark Life Challenge. So far I'm finding the rules to be a bit loose, but it's definitely got me thinking and motivated! I was feeling a little like I was just reacting to life and not really getting anywhere. It's not a bad feeling, just sort of like "is this all there is?" I've been thinking more about retirement and how to get there since I'm 51. (Now that Jeff and I are married my financial situation has improved and I f... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:51:03 EST Motivation at Goodwill? I went to Goodwill to get some pants on Friday night, and I have been SUPER MOTIVATED ever since! I was getting lazy about portion control, tracking calories, and exercise, and I really didn't care. I gained back about 20 pounds from my lowest weight. It wasn't horrible, my clothes still fit although they were tighter. I just had some jeans that had ripped and another pair that I lost and I really needed new pants. Jeff and I always look at our local Goodwill store first because we have ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:53:31 EST Better than I was but not as good as I could be I am so much healthier than I used to be. I can fit into clothes that you can buy in a normal store, not just stuff in a plus size store. I am very happy about where I am. <BR> That said, I am not at my best. At the beginning of 2014 I was at 151, and I couldn’t believe how I looked. I don’t even think I really saw myself. I remember seeing my legs in jeans and thinking “Wow, that’s a flattering mirror!” I am at 169.8 as of today, and it’s mostly because I haven’t been as careful with m... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:51:54 EST We ran a 5k! It’s still so hard to believe we ran a 5k! I never EVER thought it would be possible. About a year ago, after I got married, I mentioned to my husband that I felt like we should step up our exercise a bit and maybe try a couch to 5k program. This was after I was out for a walk and a car was coming as I was crossing the street, and I jogged a few steps and realized it didn’t kill me. We had both been walking regularly so we weren’t really at the “couch” level, but neither of us ran. Well ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:34:12 EST Too many calories, and 30 days is too long! I have been lazy about how many calories I eat. I'm not going all wild or anything, just have a few too many most days. <BR> <BR> I ended 2014 happily married with about a 15 pound gain for the year. I was warned that being married could make that happen. I'm still down 60 pounds so I'm not upset about it. I almost wish I was more upset because that might give me the motivation to get my calorie intake down to the lower end of my range. I'm improving, I'm not going over by more than 1... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:51:38 EST What a great 2014! I will miss 2014. It was such a great year. We rang in the new year at Disneyworld, I got married, my daughter started college, my finances are under control, I got a new car and everyone is healthy! <BR> <BR> I didn't talk about losing weight because I didn't this year. I gained about 10 - 15 pounds. I just got lazier about staying at the low end of my range. There has been progress in the exercise department! I have started a running program and although progress is slow I can do it!... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:51:03 EST Music really helps - playlist samples I have been walking almost daily for a couple years, and recently started a couch to 5k program with Jeff. We are taking longer than the plan to get through the running program, but the progress is really amazing! I can run (jog is probably a better term) for 24 minutes (in 3 minute intervals) when before I couldn't even jog across the street! <BR> <BR> Anyway, to the point of my blog. I STRUGGLE to walk or jog when I start, and it's not very enjoyable. I created a walking playlist and... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:40:42 EST A busy 2014 so far So much has happened this year! Not in the weight loss category, but I can live with the maintenance I have done. I got married which took a lot of time and attention away from the weight loss - completely worth it! Now my new husband (JeffAllen70) and I are adjusting and getting into the routine of living together. We have rededicated our efforts to incorporate more fitness and better nutrition in July. <BR> <BR> I have never been a runner. I have heard so many good things about it t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:30:01 EST My weight loss article! I have lost 73 pounds since I joined SparkPeople. I never thought I would be this successful. But what I really can't believe is that I am frequently asked about diet and fitness advice now! My company recently started another round of the Biggest Loser with the new year, and as part of the quarterly newsletter they asked me to write about how I lost weight! I just can't believe it! So I want to share what I wrote with my SparkFriends. There were before and after pics as well but they a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:17:52 EST Trust the process! I have had great results with SparkPeople - 65 pounds down! I am much more active and healthier. I track my food, stay in my range, and exercise at least 10 minutes every day. I've been doing it for 18 months and I know it works. <BR> <BR> The problem is that my weight loss is sporadic. I might gain a couple pounds for a day or 2, but mostly I maintain for 2-3 weeks then will have a pound or 2 loss all at once. It would drive me crazy so I would just keep getting on the scale even when ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:45:52 EST Crying in the Old Navy dressing room Yes I was. All out crying in the Old Navy dressing room in front of everybody. I was going to ask JeffAllen to write this for me because he's such a good writer but since I felt it I thought it would be better coming from me. <BR> <BR> So I wrote in my blog last week that I had tried on some Levi size 12s and was very excited that they fit. I was so motivated that it's been easier to say no to snacks and stuff. Well Saturday Jeff and I had to wait for my daughter to get out of work and I... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:19:34 EST Hello 12! This is my version of the trip to the mall already blogged about by my friend JeffAllen. If you get a chance you should read his "32" blog, but this is my side of the story. <BR> <BR> In the last few months, I've found myself getting a little bored with the old watch tv or a movie, play on the computer, or read a book past times that used to be all I wanted to do. Now in the evening I find I have more energy to "do" something. So Jeff and I had finished dinner and we didn't really feel li... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:30:36 EST Exercise doesn't have to be expensive! I don't have the money or the time to commit to a gym membership or lots of equipment. I'm so glad that with SparkPeople I don't have to spend money or a lot of extra time. <BR> <BR> One of the biggest problems I have with exercise is that I don't like it. Well I didn't used to because it hurt and made me sweat, etc. But that's because I was so unfit and unused to the feeling. I like it more now. I like my walks and the time I get to listen to my music and enjoy the scenery. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:04:25 EST Is overweight the new average? A response to myself I wrote a previous blog entry titled is overweight the new average? <BR> <BR> Apparently so. 2 days ago I actually had someone tell me I don't need to lose anymore. I believe she was sincere. It was in the ladies room at work and she asked me if I was done. I said no I am shooting for about another 10 pounds at least. She seemed very surprised. <BR> <BR> I have just gotten to the "overweight" category on the BMI scale, down from the "obese" category. I still weigh 170 pounds (well, 16... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:17:58 EST My vegetable adventure I've had some great results with the SP program so far, losing over 50 pounds by tracking my food and getting fairly regular exercise. I didn't focus on changing what I was eating because I didn't want to feel deprived, I just watched my portions and stayed within my ranges. I almost always packed my lunch and ate out maybe 3 or 4 times a week. I had a lot of convenience foods like frozen dinners and canned soups with breakfast bars and packaged oatmeal, along with a piece of fruit thrown ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:38:03 EST Exciting surprises! Sometimes the scale surprises me in a good way! I am so excited today. I lost 1.5 pounds this week! It may not sound like a lot but to me it is HUGE! <BR> <BR> Now that I've lost over 50 pounds (wow, can that be for real?) continued weight loss comes harder. Add to that the normal body fluctuations of 2 - 5 pounds of water, hormonal changes, time of day, etc., and it's even harder. <BR> <BR> Once in a while, like today, the stars align and the scale drops again! These are the days th... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:02:00 EST Goal setting: Reading The Spark I got The Spark on my Kindle last week, finally. I have looked for it when I've been browsing book stores but not seriously, then I decided I really wanted to know how this all started. I'm not very far into it, but Chris Downie is talking about goal setting and how far he's come and it's really making me think. <BR> <BR> Recently Jeff and I have realized that an easy way to think about dieting is to think of it as spending money. I am already good at budgeting, even if I can't always mak... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:57:44 EST My 1 year Sparkversary I have made it through a whole year on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> It has been a challenge to say the least, but I have made so many positive changes to my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The most exciting part is that over the past year I have lost 50 pounds! I can't believe that I made it. My goals have been to lose 10% at a time, usually giving myself about 4-6 months to do it. Then for a while I just tried to maintain. There were times when the loss was steady, times when it stopped and times whe... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:34:43 EST Finding out what size I am I am now down 20% of my starting weight. My clothes are all getting big. I even went through my "too small for me" closet and everything fit. Well, actually, they were all a little big too. I went right by the sizes in my too small closet. <BR> <BR> I think I started at about a size 18-20. I say I think because I had stopped clothes shopping. I HATE to go shopping and try on a bazillion things and have none of them fit or look good. My Aunt Linda recently retired, and when I went to v... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:45:17 EST Better than I thought I never changed my Spark page since I joined because I wanted to be able to look back and see how I was doing compared to my original goals. I haven't paid very much attention to what I wrote because I was concentrating on my day to day tracking. So how am I doing? <BR> <BR> Lose those flabby rolls - I can say that they are much improved! They are not completely gone but they are fewer and smaller, definitely. <BR> <BR> Feel better in shorts and bathing suits - I don't know yet, I haven'... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:50:22 EST Sometimes I want to give up Life would be so much easier if I didn't have to track my food and exercise. Life would be easier if I just ate what I felt like it when I wanted to. Life would definitely be easier if I kept smoking and didn't quit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the hardest quit day so far. I would have thought it would be so much easier by now. I was in a foul mood. Nothing made me happy. Just some things didn't make me as angry as others. I just wanted to sit quietly or curl up and sleep. I didn't want ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:37:15 EST Next step: Quit Smoking I have made some significant changes to my lifestyle and have improved my looks and my health. I've decided it's time to take the biggest step and quit smoking. I know it is the most significant change I can make to be healthy but that is not the reason I'm quitting. I HATE how much I have to spend to buy cigarettes! I also hate interrupting what I am doing to go smoke. I don't like having to figure out where or when I am going to be able to smoke when I am making plans. <BR> <BR> So as... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 12:12:35 EST Opening the skinny closet I have a spare bedroom closet where I stick clothes when they get too small for me. I didn't put everything in there, just the things I really liked and knew it would be hard to replace. I always knew that eventually they would go to Goodwill, but I had to work myself up to giving away some of my favorite things. There were a couple formal dresses, jeans, cords, tops, a few of everything. It's only about 1/4 of the closet, not a lot of stuff, but it was growing. <BR> <BR> Now the stuff i... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:34:50 EST Is overweight the new average? I look around these days and I notice, there are very few thin people. Anywhere. There are average sized people. Well wait....what is average anymore? Average back when I was a kid seems to be very different from average now. Average then was, well, thin. Average now is, well, plumper. <BR> <BR> Have we become so used to overweight that it has become the new normal? I no longer know what my ideal weight is. Will I look too thin at say, 120? Will I be less that the average weight? ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:49:53 EST The diet is over! The biggest loser contest is over! Thank goodness. I HATE diets! <BR> <BR> I started SP just to get a little healthier and stop gaining weight. I made small changes just like the SP program recommends, then added a little more here and there and made some nice progress. I didn't make anything off limits or consider anything really good or bad. I just wanted to stay in my ranges and try to be a little more balanced with my nutrition. <BR> <BR> I made good progress, losing 25 pounds way ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:50:17 EST Spreading the Spark I am so excited. People are noticing my weight loss and it's giving me the opportunity to talk about SparkPeople. And even better people are signing up! I can't wait for them to make their SparkPages so I can friend them and keep encouraging them! <BR> <BR> It makes me happy that I am doing so well that people want to use my plan. (Well the Spark plan, I didn't make it up.) <BR> <BR> If any of my friends read this I want to let you know that you have encouraged me just by noticing my we... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:02:31 EST Something under my control I can't beleive I'm saying this, but food has become something that I can control better than other things in my life. My auto insurance company is upping my rates, my kids are money pits, my car is acting up, and the cable company keeps increasing my bills. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has given me the tools to control my weight. It gives me goals, information and motivation to make healthy changes. I come here and track and read and learn that I'm doing the right things for my health and my ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:21:15 EST Choosing my next goal I am getting very close to my second 10% goal. My first goal was 25 pounds, then my second was 45 pounds (25 plus 20). I have set my goals in 10% increments rather than trying to pick a number to end at. I have no idea what I want my weight to be. I just want to look better and be healthier. I find myself thinking about what's next. <BR> <BR> My progress has been a little slow because I started with small changes and have been working my way up. I feel very confident about my calorie... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:01:07 EST Saying Goodbye to Big Clothes I never thought about this part of losing weight. My comfy clothes are too big. I look like a clown in my too big jeans. Not just one pair, but now 2 pair have hit the give away pile. <BR> <BR> I got those jeans from my Aunt Linda back in May. She gave me about 6 pair. I was so happy to have so many to choose from. I hate shopping for clothes because I can never find a pair that fit right unless I go to the fat woman's sections. (I know, the politically correct name is the "plus size"... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:06:41 EST Eating until I was miserable A couple days ago it occurred to me that it has been a very long time since I ate until I felt miserable. I can't remember exactly the last time I did it. I used to do it a couple times a week. I would eat so much that my stomach hurt, I could barely get to the couch, and I felt sick. I would wonder why I did it. I wanted to eat everything because I didn't want to miss out on something that was yummy. If it was yummy, I wanted to keep eating it, maybe even 2 or 3 servings. I didn't wan... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:16:13 EST 30 pounds is the magic number So I've been walking around feeling thinner, with looser clothes, for a couple months now. But no one really said anything. I was a bit disappointed I must say. I mean, hey, I look much better don't I? If I told people I lost weight they would say "yeah, I thought you looked thinner" or "oh yeah, you look really good". But I didn't get the comment unless we were talking about dieting. Then yesterday.......a woman at worked called to me to make me stop in the hallway and said "you look r... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:20:49 EST My vacation intentions I thought it would be a good idea at the start of my vacation to record what Jeff and I intend to do on this, my first day of vacation. It will kind of commit me to a plan, and will give me a way to measure my success, that is assuming I am successful. <BR> <BR> We are having a staycation. We are going to stay at my house. The goal is to have plenty of relaxation (not inactivity) doing what we want without the stress of outside interference. I have a honey-do list which includes cleaning... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:39:51 EST Quotes to remember I am starting this blog because I found a quote in my SparkMails that I don't want to forget. I will store them here so I can keep track of them: <BR> <BR> Coach Nancy says: <BR> Trust the process. As long as you are embracing healthy habits, changes are happening within you. <BR> <BR> Coach Nancy says: <BR> We learn the most not by doing everything perfectly, but making mistakes and figuring out what to do next. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople slide show: <BR> You don't get what you want, you get ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:36:54 EST Pouting does not count as exercise I have to admit that I have been having a pout the last few days. My scale is not reflecting the work I feel I am doing and I don't like it. I was a good girl and did my 28 day boot camp workouts, but still the scale was stuck. So what have I done? <BR> <BR> Saturday night I went out to dinner for my birthday. I didn't go hog wild, but I did eat over my daily range. And it was so yummy. Then I went to my mom's for Sunday dinner and ate too much and didn't care. Jeff and I had agreed... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:01:48 EST