NUFLIGHER's SparkPeople Blog NUFLIGHER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Go the Extra 10 I actually completed yesterday's challenge--to do an extra 10 minutes of exercise. I had already worked out in the morning before I saw the challenge for the day but I got home from work early enough last night that I pushed myself to go for a quick walk so that I'd meet the challenge. I felt great that I didn't after! Wed, 1 May 2013 08:55:14 EST Eating on the Clock Today's Spark Challenge is to eat based on the clock... waiting no more than 3-4 hours between meals and snacks. This won't be much of a challenge for me as I try to eat that way already. I find it helps to keep my blood sugar levels stable and from getting into that "hangry" state. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:48:57 EST Three Things on My Mind My SparkCoach Community Task for today is to update my blog. I'm supposed to share my "three things" today. I'm not sure if those are supposed to be three certain things or just three things of my choosing. Since I'm not sure, I'll discuss three things currently on my mind that are affecting my journey. <BR> <BR> 1) Focusing on the positive instead of beating myself up on the negative. I have had issues with binging over the past few years. I have phases where I will go without binging ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:09:05 EST Trying Out Spark Coach I am currently doing a trial of spark coach. I really want to take full advantage of it during this time so that I'll get a real feel for how helpful it is. Today I am supposed to write a blog post but I don't have much to say. So this is my current update today :) Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:23:35 EST Trying Out Blogging as a Way to Get the Noise Out of My Head I have had soooo much "noise" <em>18</em> going through my head the past week or so. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven't been able to exercise <em>312</em> for the past three weeks (a great stress and anxiety buster for me) along with a combination of other factors. <BR> <BR> The reason why I have not been able to exercise is that I had a melanoma scare <em>40</em> . About six weeks or so ago I had my annual full body skin exam by my dermatologist. I had a few m... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:45:18 EST Frustrated Ughhh... I just spent so much time writing a huge blog. I forced myself to write it even though I HATE writing my feelings but was hoping it would help me break my recent binge cycle. Now this has just become a blog of my frustration that it got erased when I tried to post it. Not going to write it again. Ugh! <em>28</em> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:26:55 EST Starting Over I have had a rough two weeks with controlling my eating. I binged so many times that I have lost count. My clothes feel tighter. I can feel my skin stretching. I felt so lost. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> There is just something about the summer that I have such a hard time staying on track. I think that, coupled with starting a new job with SO many food temptations, really put a number on me. The past two 4th of Julys have been really hard days for me. For some reason, I made good decisi... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 11:37:19 EST Off The Wagon I have been having a really hard time staying on track this past week or so. I just started a new job so my schedule has been so out of sync that I have been having a hard time keeping my nutrition and fitness in check. <BR> <BR> My first week at work was only 3 days and they supplied food for each day. I was pretty good and only had fruit and salad with grilled chicken. <BR> <BR> My second week was spent in Florida for training where I had no control over what I was eating. I had to rel... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 22:12:12 EST Weigh Ins Are Like Pressing Reset Monday evenings I typically attend Weight Watchers meetings. Depending on if its a holiday and WW is closed for the day, I typically weigh in every Monday. Tonight I finally achieved lifetime status. I have been able to maintain my goal weight +/- 2 lbs for over 6 weeks. It feels really good getting to this point. I know though that I still have to keep track of everything I eat and I plan to continue to weigh in so that I will keep myself accountable and in check. <BR> <BR> I realized ... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 20:01:46 EST Nice Weather = More Exercise The weather was so nice by me this weekend. Sunny, warm, not too hot, not humid. The kind of weather that you just have to be outside. I decided to take advantage of it and went for a walk by the beach on Saturday morning. The weather so nice that afterwards I went for a bike ride too just because I wanted to still be outside. This morning (Sunday) I decided to do the same. I hope that this summer finds many weekends like this so that I will keep up my fitness routine! <em>217</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 18:20:00 EST Out of Swimming Shape Today I had my lifeguard re-certification test. The physical part of the exam requires you to swim a certain amount of laps under a certain time. I had always been an avid swimmer. All four years of high school I swam on varsity and was captain when I was a senior. However, I haven't swam a lap in almost 3 years. I am in pretty decent physical shape right now; I do cardio and strength training regularly. No matter how great of shape I am in, however, means NOTHING for swimming if I have... Sun, 31 May 2009 21:05:50 EST Double Whammy My office through a surprise bridal shower for on of the girls at work this morning. There was a breakfast buffet (french toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, bagels, pastries, the works) and cake. It took so much will power to choose not eat! Everything looked and smelled so delicious! <BR> <BR> Later in the afternoon, the two top bosses in my office had cake and coffee as an employee appreciation afternoon. More cake!!! Again it was so hard to say no!! Especially since they had 3 to choose f... Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:50 EST Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Oat Waffle This morning I had 2 Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Oat Waffles for breakfast. They were delicious! It was the first time I had a waffle since I changed my eating habits. They were a great healthier option to satisfy my craving. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Two Waffles: <BR> Calories - 160 <BR> Fat - 3g <BR> Carbs - 31g <BR> Protein - 6g <BR> Fiber - 3g <BR> Calcium - 6% Sat, 23 May 2009 11:09:15 EST TGIF What a busy day to end a busy week. <BR> <BR> Today I had planned on working out after coming home from work and other errands. By the time I got home I was so exhausted and moody that all I wanted to do was lay down. Just the thought of working out put me in a worse mood. When I walked in the door I planned on pushing my workout to tomorrow instead. I couldn't lay around in my work clothes so when I was trying to figure out what to change into, I decided to put my work out clothes on an... Fri, 22 May 2009 21:18:48 EST Satisfied I finally am winding down from a hectic day. I worked all day, came home, changed quickly, grabbed a slim fast, went to the doctor, went to the pharmacist, and now I am finally home. By the time I got home and had the chance to sit down and eat I was so tired and hungry that all I wanted was comfort food and chocolate. The old me would have gorged myself with carbs and chocolate. The new me had a smart ones and vita top. I try not to have frozen dinners too often because of the high sodi... Thu, 21 May 2009 22:47:48 EST Not Sure What to Write Awhile back I really wanted to start my own blog. I always had ideas about what to write. Now that I have one, I don't know what to write anymore! <em>20</em> Wed, 20 May 2009 20:43:18 EST First Entry Just setup my page. Pretty cool that you can blog on it. Look forward to it. <em>30</em> Tue, 19 May 2009 21:40:05 EST