NEWKATE3's SparkPeople Blog NEWKATE3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Three weeks done, 22 lbs. gone! I am feeling pretty good this morning! It's amazing how stressed I was about today being my weigh in and picture taking day. It's like, in my head I completely discount all of the work that I've been doing and was afraid that I wouldn't have lost any weight, or that I wouldn't look different. Guess what? No matter what my head thinks, if you make healthy choices, you see healthy changes! <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm very excited about the weight loss. Although, my head won't let me completely e... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:45:30 EST Day 19! I can't believe it has been almost three weeks and I am still doing this! Really. This is a first for me in a long, long time. I have not given in to binge eating, despite being sick and stressed over exams. I have maintained a reasonable amount of fitness based on my physical condition. I have not given up despite my brain telling me that I'm not doing things as much, as fast or as well as I could. <BR> <BR> If there are any men reading this, beware! Girl-talk coming up! This is also the f... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:58:58 EST Happy with today! So far, it has been a productive and positive day! Not too many days can I say that at only 10:30am. <BR> <BR> I got up and did my calisthenics workout. It was awesome. And hard. And I really didn't want to this morning. I was a little scared because my breathing still is not great and I didn't want to get worse, but I also really didn't want to get derailed this early in the game. So, I did it. <BR> <BR> I had a scheduled re-check with the doctor this morning about my bronchitis. My infec... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:30:24 EST It's all in my mind... Well, I did the C25K on Saturday and yesterday felt like crap. So, that goes on the back burner until my lungs heal a little bit more. I felt fine after the calisthenics on Thursday, so I think I will try to jump back on that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I think I have figured out why I am having trouble not being able to work out right now. One is that I am obviously obsessive. Working on that! The other is that when I can't work out, I feel like I'm not doing anything toward my weight loss goal. So... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:17:33 EST December Already? Good morning! <BR> <BR> I managed to sleep in a bit more again this morning. I woke at 6 like regular and put my running clothes in the dryer (this is how I get behind!) and used my inhalers and thought I would see how I felt when my clothes were dry. I ended up falling back to sleep. I am glad! I am trying to learn how to listen to my body and not push it past what is good for it. Today may turn out like yesterday, where I opt for a workout later, or maybe even just an easy walk. With the ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:18:01 EST Day Twelve! (I had to count back...) Almost two weeks down and keeping on track with food and fitness. Have had a little bobble with the bronchitis returning, but I hauled tail to the doctor pretty fast this time. I don't seem to be feeling as bad as I did a month ago. I just wanted to put some little things on here that I have noticed about my body in just 2 short weeks: <BR> <BR> I put it as my status, but it's kind of a really big deal to, in class, I crossed my legs like a lady. I still have to "assist" my top le... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:21:18 EST Friday Morning I just wanted to say good morning to all of the incredible people I have met on here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was kind of a panic day for me. I have always been an all or nothing kinda gal. So, if I'm gonna do something, I have to do it all the way. That has always included weight loss for me. I'm sure that it has also contributed to the many times I have QUIT. <BR> <BR> Through coming on here and communicating honestly about my feelings, I am actually not feeling panicked this morning. It's ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:25:49 EST Ok, ok! I'm Awake! Ah, Wednesday! I woke to a sore throat and runny nose this morning, triggering all of my, "Oh no! I'm gonna get sick and quit triggers." In the last several years, I have learned that I don't need to push myself beyond my capability at any given time. I also know that what I am doing is so much better for my health in the long run. <BR> <BR> So, I put on my clothes and did the walk/run scheduled for today. I didn't die. My nose didn't run off my face. Actually, I feel better than I did when... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:50:42 EST Looking at Day 9 Well, it's official. I am starting to lose the excitement of starting something new. I could actually feel the pull of the bed trying to keep me in it this morning. It was not made any easier by the fact that there was a nice gentle rain falling! One of those mornings made for staying in and dozing...not for calisthenics. But, at least my calisthenics are inside! I didn't have to go out in that rain. Whew! <BR> <BR> That being said, there is a part of me that loves the calisthenics app that ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:39:23 EST Week 2 Day 1 (or Day 8!) I am feeling proud of myself this morning. Not cocky, but definitely proud. Not only did I manage to turn in two papers yesterday, but I have maintained my eating and fitness goals for over a week. It's been a really long time since I could say that. <BR> <BR> I love this site. <BR> <BR> I am headed back to classes this morning. This is the end of my first semester back as a returning student. I should finally graduate with my Bachelor's a year from now. It is the week before exams, so in ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:58:54 EST The crazy comes out! End of week 1. I just weighed myself and am still in shock. This is where my particular crazy comes out. <BR> <BR> I used to be very fit. For about 8 years, fitness was more than a lifestyle for me, it was an obsession. I have found that I'm really good at being obsessed. During that time, I lost about 60 pounds and was in tremendous physical shape. Better shape than I have been my whole life! I am, to this day, very knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition. Lack of knowledge has never bee... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:57:52 EST Slowly but Surely I made it through Thanksgiving without going crazy! Very relieved and proud of myself. My 15yo daughter asked me why I was starting this right before the holidays. I told her that if I start now, I will be more likely to go right back to it if I mess up. So far, so good! <BR> <BR> I actually felt good doing my fitness this morning (C25K day 3). My muscles are starting to remember how to move. Amazing, cause they are truly buried under a lot of fat right now! I think I forgot they're still in... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:58:45 EST Day Three As much better as I feel when I'm eating right (for me, low carbs, high protein, low sugar), you would think that I wouldn't have a problem continuing to eat that way. That has not been my story, however. <BR> <BR> But! This morning, before I even opened my eyes, I could feel it. The energy that's always right there if I treat my body right. What a relief! <BR> <BR> So, I went out to do the 2nd day/ 1st week of my Couch to 5K workout. My legs were like lead this morning. They're still try... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:57:54 EST Hunger Pangs It has been a while since I have sat with hunger pangs. My usual response to any twinge in my stomach is to find something to fill it...and not usually something good for me! As a result, I know my body's insulin response is all out of whack. <BR> <BR> In the past, when I am eating the right things for my body in the right amounts, I have noticed that I don't really feel hungry much. I'm glad that I have this experience, because I know that the hunger and cravings will subside. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:43:25 EST Day One Well, the most important thing is that I made it! Even after everything I said and did yesterday, the thought STILL crossed my mind to just stay in bed. But I didn't. I had laid out my workout clothes the night before which made it a little easier. <BR> <BR> 10 years ago, I was as fit as I've ever been in my life. I ran and worked out on a regular, if not fanatical basis. It is hard for me to be honest with myself about my abilities today. I did download the C25K app for my phone. I really ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:46:01 EST Making myself sick, I'm getting so ready! Having made so much headway today as far as making the decision to change and connecting, I am now proceeding to eat as much crap as possible before I start tomorrow morning. I know this won't help. I feel sick right now as a matter of fact. But, it's kind of what I do. I'm just praying that this time I can make the small, slow changes and stick to it. Or, make the big fast changes...but stick to it! <BR> <BR> Alarm is set at 6:30am. Clothes are laid out. Apps are downloaded. I am as ready ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:12:19 EST Begin Again! I joined this site in July of 2011, bought the book, The Spark and everything! I think I even read some of least it appears that I underlined some things. It was a long time ago! <BR> <BR> So much water under the bridge since then, but one concern about my weight and health. I have made other changes in my life to improve my health. I think I am now ready to make the changes necessary to be physically healthy as well. I know for me, there is a mental/ emotional compone... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:36:13 EST