NJORDGAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NJORDGAL NJORDGAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ So frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605206 2.5 months, roughly, of working out with the trainer. I'm UP seven pounds, everyone keeps telling me to just be patient and I'm thinking HELLO 196??? I'm exercising & watching what I eat, why am I gaining???? <BR> <BR> I've been taking my progress photos - every month on the work out day closest to the 15th, after the work out. They're so terrible I don't even want to upload them. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:28:58 EST Being hard on myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546212 I'm an insomniac. It's miserable, but it rarely affects my day too badly (beyond making more trips to the coffee maker!) <BR> <BR> Today was not one of those days. When 6 am rolled around and I was still awake - and knew that my alarm for my work out was going to go off in 45 minutes - I cancelled my appointment with my trainer and managed to get about three hours of sleep. Enough that I'm not loopy, but not enough that I feel anywhere near alert. <BR> <BR> I'm really beating myself up ove... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:40:43 EST The Wheel Turns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542020 Day 1 with the trainer. He said he went easy on me so I wouldn't feel like I'd been hit by a truck tomorrow - three hours later, I'm feeling fine except OMG the seat on their exercise bike is terrible. So bad, I'm tempted to bring my own, except it's not all that easy on/easy off. <BR> <BR> The dreaded bathroom selfie, me in my workout gear: <BR> <BR> <link>farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/10874368<BR>435_1b40b23f45.jpg </link> <BR> <link>farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/10874367<BR>585_70a2acb... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:58:02 EST Back to the Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875461 Weighed myself today, for the first time in a while. I knew I left the high 160s when I went off the GF diet, but I didn't know how bad it was. <BR> <BR> 186. Over my start weight from two years ago. Thu, 10 May 2012 11:55:37 EST Another quote that needs remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508470 The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. <BR> <BR> - Barbara Walters <BR> <BR> Ah, SparkPeople Inspirational Quote of the Day, how I love thee <em>212</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:53:59 EST Not the End of the World, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496631 I knew having a hysterectomy would derail my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> I had no idea how much. <BR> <BR> I started trying to lose weight at 185, I just wanted to go down 20 pounds, to the top of "normal" by BMI. I got down below 170, but not quite there. Then, surgery. I'm up to 180 as of yesterday. <BR> <BR> I'm so bummed <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The way scheduling works out, the only time I have to exercise is after work, and I'm not going to be able to exercise daily, which is my goal... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:52:21 EST Just a note... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441867 ...today's quote really stands out to me: <BR> <BR> The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. <BR> <BR> - Albert Ellis Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:00:44 EST SparkPeople know about goals & streaks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995677 I'm setting myself a not-weight-loss-related goal. So often I've said “Yeah, I need to blog more, I need to write more” and yet, somehow it never happens. Today I'm setting a goal – nay, a challenge - for myself, 15 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> Fifteen minutes feels like a long time, but I imagine I'm up for it. <BR> <BR> I'm waffling about what I should get as a reward ;) <BR> <BR> So, an update. All the things going on... <BR> <BR> Knitting wise, as usual I have a lot on my needles. Tw... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 17:16:22 EST The year of not-sucking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955927 I've known for several years that my self-esteem is... well, lacking. I sell myself short constantly. I denigrate my creative projects. Any negative commentary I take to heart and decide it means that I just can't do whatever. <BR> <BR> I've decided, I'm done with that crap. This is the year I remind myself that I'm smart, talented, funny, and above all, capable. <BR> <BR> So. I will lose those last 5 pounds. I will build a better exercise program for myself, and I will stop beating myself ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:47:55 EST Challenges and streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770094 The good news is, I've gotten at least 30 minutes of exercise in every day since Saturday (hey, three days is more than I did last week!) <BR> <BR> The bad news is... due to some severe family stress I'm catching myself stress eating a LOT more than I normally would. Although... I ran out of those amazing gluten free ginger snaps, so maybe there's less temptation to eat when I get home tonight? <BR> <BR> I'm trying hard to stay focused and away from the snacks. I'd love to hear any tips an... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:47:27 EST Universal Clue-by-Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3533537 "And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. <BR> <BR> - Anais Nin, Danish diarist " <BR> <BR> Y'ever get the feeling that the universe is really trying to tell you something? <BR> <BR> My boss has taken to saying things like, "Your job isn't on the line, don't worry, but you need to look at this project as though it could cost you your job." <BR> <BR> I've been getting regular Reiki treatments for the last two years, an... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:26:52 EST Refreshing myself… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193538 Every so often, we all get off track. I’ve found lately I’m having a hard time keeping up with my support network – all you lovely SparkPeople! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I’ve been exercising, a little, every day. I’m not really pushing myself, mind you, just making sure I get up and move. I’ve been eating mostly OK – kinda hard not to when you’re gluten intolerant. No fried food, no bread products, very few sauces. Of course, I’ve discovered that Tootsie Rolls & Rollo’s are gluten free, so… t... Tue, 4 May 2010 12:19:56 EST Two Victories in One Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2974169 Very minor brag, but I had to share! <BR> <BR> Saturday morning Hubby said he wanted to start jogging a nearby park trail with me (about two miles) every day! He's been pretty resistant to exercising with me, so I'm THRILLED that he wants to do this! I don't even care that I don't especially like jogging <em>311</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> ALSO! Since neither of us had running shoes or appropriate clothes to work out in, we went to Target and picked up new workout clothes - I got MEDIUM ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:57:47 EST Ah, Week 2: Healthy Diet Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2741399 1. Take the Healthy Lifestyle Pledge <BR> I did this back in July. Haven't printed up the card though...I'll fix this when I finish this blog post! <BR> <BR> 2. Adopt the 3 Nutrition Secrets of Success <BR> Hmm... <BR> a) 5 servings of Fruits & Veggies: I'm not so good at this one. I've been a lot better since I started on the GF diet though. <BR> b) Breakfast: Better, but not 100%. My big issue lately has been that I spend so much time packing lunch I forget to grab breakfast! And I've got ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:43:24 EST Happy Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2734306 Finally completed the Vision Collage that I've been meaning to do since... oh, about the time I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> Truth to tell, it's not much of a collage! It's a single image, but there's so much meaning behind it that it encompasses why I want to lose weight & get healthy, and inspires me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/4/b141984012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a variation of <link>www.yogajournal.com/poses/936 </link> , The Lord of the Dance pose. It's a rea... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 11:58:04 EST Less interesting today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2716589 Finished The Spark last night, I do plan to go back every Tuesday and re-read the next week until I finish the 4 week plan. The Wednesdays after I plan to blog the action steps. <BR> <BR> In the meantime: YAY! FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> I forgot to grab breakfast this morning (it was One Of Those Mornings, getting lunch together for DD & me was more work than expected). Fortunately, a planned first-thing-in-the-morning walk around the building with a co-worker ended up going past the cafeteria and I... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 19:49:41 EST Restaurants and special diets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2710699 To everyone who said "NG, Don't eat out while you're on the Gluten-Free trial!" and noticed me rolling my eyes at them, I apologize. <BR> <BR> To everyone who said "NG, Don't eat out while you're on the GF trial!" and didn't notice me rolling my eyes at them, I apologize. <BR> <BR> I went to a Mexican restaurant on Sunday. I asked the hostess what GF options I had, she rattled off a few things, and seated us. When I ordered one of the things that she said was safe, the waiter asked if I wan... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:36:55 EST Blogging The Spark, Continued, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2704123 <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I only managed one chapter last night - pretty good, actually, considering that I worked a full day, had a doctor's appointment, and spent the evening with my mom & sister. <BR> <BR> I read Chapter 7, which is about Week 2 of the Spark Program. As such, I'm not going to address the various points until, you know, Week 2. Amazing how that works! <BR> <BR> I will say, a lot of the action steps are things I'm already doing, more or less. It is very similar to the Spa... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 13:10:14 EST Blogging The Spark, Continued. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2698113 I only got through one chapter last night - not too surprising, my sister is in town and we were out late with her. Man, that lady can COOK! <em>4</em> She made roast chicken (with sage and rosemary tucked under the skin - beautiful presentation!), roasted root vegetables, and a salad. Oh, and some crusty bread but that doesn't count because I couldn't have any <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So, Chapter 6: Week 1 - Fast Break <BR> <BR> Write down your Fast Break goals: <BR> I only picked one fr... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:48:33 EST Blogging The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2692231 I started reading The Spark on Sunday. Quite frankly, I was a bit concerned it would read like an advertisement for SparkPeople and it does in places - but places where you'd expect it too. I got through the first chapter of Part II yesterday, and today I'm working through the online guide for the book. This will get long, I'm sure :) <BR> <BR> Chapter One: <BR> Accepting Your Mistakes: How do you react to mistakes? Do you let them get you down and then stray from the path toward your goals,... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 14:53:43 EST *Pout* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2664851 I suppose I should be grateful that there's a possible diagnosis... <BR> <BR> I saw a Naturopath last night, after dealing with uncontrollable eczema for years, migraines for as long as I can remember that don't seem to have any of the normal triggers, fatigue, blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> Apparently my symptoms are textbook for gluten intolerance. She wants me to try a GF diet for 6 weeks and see how I feel. <BR> <BR> Today is day one. So far, so good: I had yogurt for breakfast, packed humm... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:44:50 EST Gah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2620217 Not so related to my weight loss progress (or rather, weight-plateau stasis), but I wanted to put this somewhere I'd be able to find it later LOL. <BR> <BR> My migraines are coming back. Totally incapacitated on Sunday, then the big storm Sunday night & I figured it was low-pressure induced or something. Back again this afternoon, but I'm wondering if it's environmental: The duct for the office heating system is directly over my head and it's blowing grit and goodness knows what else all ove... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 18:57:14 EST It's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2428692 Weighed in today. 174 lbs. FINALLY I have broken through the 175 mark. <BR> <BR> Now the challenge is, keep it there! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Or less, of course <em>30</em> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:22:48 EST Challenging myself… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2399504 The company I work for has an associated Fitness Center – a work-out area with machines & free weights, classes, and a number of support groups (mostly Weight Watchers variety). There is also a group called the “Fit Club” – membership includes getting weekly articles or healthy recipes, and periodic challenges. <BR> <BR> The current challenge started today: for next 6 weeks, every week that I turn in a spreadsheet showing that I accomplished 150 minutes of cardio activity I earn a raffle tic... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:29:02 EST Y'all must think I'm nuts or something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2267468 First, my status says “Frustrated.” Today, “Proud”. <BR> <BR> There’s a long story behind that, and I realized last night while talking to my husband what I was doing to myself. <BR> <BR> If you’ve got – or have had – an eating disorder, you may want to stop here. I’m about to launch into the story of my own (blessedly minor) bout of anorexia. <BR> <BR> I went to a college that was a 5 hour drive from my home town. Needless to say, I lost touch with a lot of my friends. I was painfully shy... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:02:56 EST What’s in a goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2237039 I joined SparkPeople because clothes shopping tends to make me really, really upset. Crying in the dressing rooms kind of upset. I’m curvy enough that pants either fit the hip or the waist, not both. My bra size doesn’t appear to exist in anything other than ugly, super industrial looking really expensive bras from the specialty bra shop. Shirts either are way too tight or way too loose. <BR> <BR> I set my goal based on what I thought would make my clothes shopping easier – a pant size & bra... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 14:00:53 EST So much for goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2218584 http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/10/attit<BR>udes.overweight/index.html <BR> <BR> ""You may actually be a size 14 and, according to whatever particular store you're in, you come out a size 10," said Natalie Nixon, associate professor of fashion industry management at Philadelphia University. "It's definitely to make the consumer feel good."" <BR> <BR> Given that my current goal is to go from a size 14 to a size 10 by October, I'm thinking it's time to rethink my goal. Not this weekend - go... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:57:28 EST Ah, what a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2216134 Last night I finished the book I was reading – the V for Vendetta graphic novel – but stayed up until after 11 to do so. Of course this means I woke up late and really had to force myself to work out. Well, late is an exaggeration – I hit snooze once – but I was really dragging. Then I go take my shower, and it takes FOREVER for the water to heat up (thanks so much new water heater), and there’s almost no water pressure (thanks so much sprinklers that come on at the same time as my shower). T... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 16:48:30 EST As requested... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2196983 I uploaded pix of hubby & me in our new costumes. The dress I was referring to in the last post is the dress I'm wearing in the photos. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 00:48:27 EST Holy cow, it shows! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2193193 So, I keep watching the numbers on the scale not go down, and trying to decide if my clothes are actually fitting looser/better or if it’s just my wishful thinking… <BR> <BR> I was fitted for a custom dress over Memorial Day weekend. I got the dress on the 27th, it doesn’t fit right. It’s too big! <em>104</em> The tailors are “mad” at me for losing weight, and offered to take the dress in. I told them to wait until after October to make sure I’m at my goal. (I should clarify – they’re real... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:19:36 EST A little sad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2180980 I'm on SUCH A GOOD RUN with eating right, and exercising every day, drinking all my water.... And I'm about to leave for a weekend with friends. So excited to see everyone, so worried that I'll derail myself. <BR> <BR> Ah well. Thinking good thoughts! And hopefully I'll come back with some great new pix of hubby & me! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:30:21 EST What the heck? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2166790 So, they keep telling us not to do daily weigh ins, weight is just a number, think of how you feel, how your clothes fit... <BR> <BR> And then, this: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=512 </link> Daily Weigh ins to help weight loss, because you catch fluctuations sooner. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway. Rantiness aside. I hit a minor goal today: I worked out every day for one week. Most of it was 30 minute workouts on my new Wii Balan... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 14:20:37 EST I just gotta say… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2155742 When I started seriously trying to lose weight, I came across another website that provides a similar service to SparkPeople – food tracking, articles, forums, etc. A month or so later, I joined SparkPeople thinking it would be redundant, but I knew people from another message board who had memberships here, so I figured I’d give it a try. <BR> <BR> It’s hard to say “Hey! I made it with SparkPeople where I didn’t with the other site!” because really, I haven’t lost much weight yet (also, I h... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:13:41 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2153440 I'm full, really. Big breakfast (fruit & yogurt), reasonable lunch (grilled chicken sandwich & salad), just had a bag of baby carrots (about 4 oz). <BR> <BR> Why am I craving cookies? Chocolate? Ugh. It's all i can do to keep from walking to the vending machine in the break room and buying tons of junk food. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help that I'm having pizza for dinner tonight, the evil temptress in my head says "You're going to ruin your diet with the pizza anyway, what's a package of pop tar... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 18:40:59 EST Support! Chaos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2065590 No, not support chaos! Support AND chaos! <BR> <BR> I am trying to convince Hubby to join Spark. Maybe, but not until after we finish our traveling in a few weeks. OK, I can live with that. It will be really nice to have his support, not to mention, if we’re both losing weight I don’t have to listen to him gripe about his waistband… <BR> <BR> I am a little concerned about how much I’ll backslide on my trips. Memorial Day weekend I’m camping with friends, and due to the distance I have to t... Fri, 15 May 2009 18:37:05 EST So… frustrated…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2036352 I can’t seem to get up early enough to work out, and evenings are too chaotic to be able to count on regularly working out. At least it’s warm enough that I can usually get a good walk in on my lunch breaks – ok, so, it’s usually walk 20 minutes to a restaurant, and walk 20 minutes back, but at least I’m doing SOMETHING. <BR> <BR> I’m thinking of getting a Wii Fit to see if that inspires me better, but on the other hand… what’s to say it wouldn’t be one more ignored gadget littering the path... Tue, 5 May 2009 17:38:12 EST Argh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1997165 I had every intention of going for a salad for lunch today. But no, I let a friend pick a restaurant and the healthiest thing they had was chicken wings. Deep fried, of course. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> I got up and did strength training (2 sets each of 3 exercises) and a little bit of yoga (8 Sun Salutations) today. I had a good healthy breakfast, and I’ll have a healthy dinner. I’ve made good progress towards getting my 8 glasses of water today (not quite halfway through my day and on gla... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:52:16 EST Ah, the sweet smell of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1978337 ...not really getting anywhere. I'm very discouraged lately, and it's making it tough to get up and exercise. I'm doing a pretty good job of watching my food choices and generally doing pretty well. My biggest challenge is lunch at work. I tend to eat out a LOT because otherwise I'll eat lunch at my desk and just work right through, and the change of scenery (and walking away from the computer!) is important. Fortunately, most of the restaurants around here have good healthy choices on the me... 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