OSDOWNS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OSDOWNS OSDOWNS'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/ "Stand" by Rascal Flatts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852937 I love this song. I find the lyrics very inspirational. I feel that they truly apply to each of us in our individual journeys as we try to overcome what we are faced with. The point is to never give up and always keep trying. <BR> <BR> "Stand" <BR> <BR> You feel like a candle in a hurricane <BR> Just like a picture with a broken frame <BR> Alone and helpless <BR> Like you've lost your fight <BR> But you'll be alright, you'll be alright <BR> <BR> [Chorus:] <BR> 'Cause when push comes to sho... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:28:44 EST New scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841226 I bought a new scale yesterday. One that is more accurate than the one I currently have. My old one measured weight in half pound increments (i.e. 155, 155.5). My new scale measures in 1/10 increments (155.1). It also measures BMI, water weight and a couple of other things--very fancy schmancy! I know that I will like my new scale eventually. Right now I don't, though. My new scale puts me at 2.8 pounds higher than my old one! <em>24</em> I know that all scales are different so it will ta... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:36:43 EST Heavy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840170 is the name of a show I just finished watching on Amazon prime. It was originally on A&E during 2011. This show chronicles the weight-loss journey of two people in each episode for a period of six months. In the first five episodes the people are in a controlled environment for the first 30 days. Here they are taught nutrition and exercise. They are then sent home and are given a personal trainer and are monitored for the next five months. The other episodes have the participants in a control... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:34:06 EST Yay!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839460 Today I finally started again. Exactly 10 months ago today I started my first 100 days streak. I decided I wanted to do another 100 days. I technically started last night I guess. All day yesterday I was craving exercise. Finally in the evening I got out and walked. I convinced my son to go with me because I didn't want to walk it the dark. It was a good bonding time for us. <BR> <BR> I have a goal to run a 5k this year. This morning I got up and walked over to the middle school that is ne... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:05:31 EST Begin again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828055 I fell off the consistent exercise wagon about six months ago and stopped exercising all together about four months ago. I have tried to have good eating habits throughout it all and I am pleased to say I did pretty well. I even managed to lose a few pounds. Now, though, I realize I need to get back on the wagon if I do not want to regain the weight and put on additional pounds during the Christmas season. Today I decided it was time to begin again. <BR> <BR> I have had a goal this year to ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:30:46 EST This is silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749552 Its been forever since I made a blog post and my motivation to do so right now is because I want the three points. I'm only 12 points away from my next level. Isnt that silly?! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:03:31 EST New goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729660 I need to put this out there into the universe...I want to be able to run a 5k. Ok, there, I said it. Now, to make it happen. <BR> <BR> Here is the plan... <BR> <BR> Hmmm. I have to get back to you on that one. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:20:46 EST Back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719099 My family and I went on vacation last week and although I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, I didn't do as poorly as I might have. <BR> <BR> This past Saturday I started another 100 day streak. Today is day 3. My goal is the same: exercise 10 minutes per day for 100. I also added stay away from sweets. I have learned that if I even have a little taste of something I'm bound to eat it all! <BR> <BR> My sister is joining me on this new streak. We live across the country from each other but we c... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:30:58 EST Day 100--How did I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709777 Day 100!!!! I made it. I am so psyched! To celebrate I walked a 5k to see if I had shaved any time off of my time when I did the Color Me Rad 5k in April. I managed to shave over 5 minutes off my time! <BR> <BR> So how did I do? Pretty well I think. Although the scale and I have been fighting a rigorous battle over the last 100 days, I did manage to lose 7.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> The thing I was most surprised was the number of inches I lost. I was negligent and didn't do my measurements back on d... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:20:55 EST FINALLY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704376 Today is day 93 of my 100 day exercise goal. One more week. <BR> <BR> Today the scale moved down after two months. I am now at the weight I was at the beginning of those two months. Finally! Tue, 27 May 2014 12:47:12 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698299 Today is day 85 of my 100 days. I have exercised every day for the last 85 days. That's a pretty big accomplishment for me. You would think that I would be satisfied with that, but today I'm not. I am afraid that I am frustrated with the scale. I have been fighting with the same stupid three pounds for most of my 85 days. The first three weeks brought a 7 lb. loss. That is huge for me as I tend to fight for every ounce. Since then I managed to regain three pounds (?) and have been up and down... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:20:18 EST pretty happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686002 I started to do the plateau buster program with Spark Coach today. My assignment is t blog about my exercise effort. <BR> <BR> I have to say I'm pretty happy with my efforts. Today is day 68. Fri, 2 May 2014 19:56:35 EST Time flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684768 I cant believe it is May 1st today. Where did April go? My kids are on year round school and they will be done on May 30. Only 4 more weeks of school! Wow. My eldest son is entering high school in August. Where did all those years go? <BR> <BR> I am hoping that this summer will be an active one for us. I have told the boys that all these weeks that I have been exercising has been preparing me to play paintball with them! Am I crazy or what? <BR> <BR> Today also marks day 67 of my 100 day e... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:11:14 EST Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682231 Today I got a trophy from SP telling me I had completed 500 lifetime fitness miles, with the last 100 being in the last month! Wow, that is a huge accomplishment for me and I am really psyched about it. <BR> <BR> I've been waging a battle with the scale this past week. It seems that after the "binge" I had a couple weeks ago I had gained 3.5 pounds. That cant be possible. I didn't eat that much! So I chalked it up to retaining water (hopefully) and today the scale is finally coming down. It... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:41:34 EST Fell off...back on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676940 This past week I have fallen off the sugar free wagon--HARD! Not good. But I am back on. Good. <BR> <BR> I've learned that I cant have even a nibble of a dessert or other goodie. I will then crave it so much and give in. So...no cookies, candy, cake, pie, chocolate (oh no!), or other sweet for the foreseeable future. I do not want sugar to rule my world as it had done. I have felt like garbage this weekend so now its time to start feeling good again. I am in charge of what I put in my mouth ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:56:11 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673587 Yesterday was not a good day for me. My oldest teen aged son and I spent the majority of the day is a series of power struggles. All day I had been wrestling with stress and emotional eating. Finally in the evening I gave in and CHOSE to binge on sugary grossness. It made me feel sick and I didn't feel any better for having done it, but I knew that when I chose to do it. I guess that in itself is a small victory...I didn't do it mindlessly. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:21 EST Half way there!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671909 Today is day 50 of my 100 day exercise goal!! I cant believe I've come this far. That's not true... I can believe it. <BR> <BR> Some things that have happened during these 50 days: <BR> <BR> 1. I've lost 6 1/2 pounds <BR> 2. I've done a 5k <BR> 3. I've run 10 straight minutes on the treadmill <BR> 4. I've tried yoga and will go back! <BR> 5. I've been sleeping a little better. <BR> 6. I was able to go 37 days without eating any sweets. New streak has started. <BR> <BR> Not bad for a gal wh... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:23:43 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665202 I completed my 5k today!!! WooHoo!!!! I walked 3.25 miles in 1:00:06. So pleased. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>521</em> <em>311</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:27:15 EST 5k on Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663348 In February I set a goal to do a 5k. First step was to actually register for it. I did that. Next step was to train for it. I've been doing that. Today I walked the distance of the 5k to get a baseline for the race since this is my first one. My time for 3.11 miles is 1:03:02. That's the time to beat! <BR> <BR> I cant wait until Saturday! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:05:48 EST Day 39 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663191 Today is day 39 of my 100 days of exercise and day 37 without sugar. I have to say I feel pretty good. <BR> <BR> This week has been a rough one emotionally for me and my family. I have a special needs son and living with him is sometimes very difficult. Yesterday was a particularly bad day when I felt like giving in to my depressive feelings and staying in bed. However, my commitment to exercise took over and I decided to go for a walk. About 15 minutes in I started to feel a little better. ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:19:39 EST Day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658341 Today I am 1/3 of the way to my goal. Today is day 33 of my 100 days of exercise. I also happen to be at day 31 without added sugar! Wow, a whole month with no goodies and NO CHOCOLATE! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I feel amazing today. There have been days when I haven't felt so great, but today isn't one of them. I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Next weekend I will be competing in my first 5k. I cant believe that it will finally be here. I have never been a runner let alone a racer, and although this will be... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:01:27 EST WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652282 Today is day 25 of my 100 day exercise goal. I am 1/4 of the way there! I have never exercised 25 days in a row in my entire life! I'm also at day 23 of no sugar. I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> A few days ago there was a featured success story that resonated with me. One thing that the lady said was she took things very slowly. What really struck me though was she said that we should look at exercise as our job. We need to get up and go to work when we don't want to... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:06:34 EST Keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648331 Today is day 20 of my 100 day exercise goal and day 18 without sugar. I'm 1/5 of the way there!! <BR> <BR> The last several days I've had a real hard time hauling my tuchus out of the door to exercise. My son came home on Wednesday from having been away for 10 months and so that delayed my exercising until the evening. Was it ever hard to do that! I had to do the same thing on Friday. I know that I really have to get my bottom up in the morning to get the exercise in--problem is it means I h... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:48:46 EST Hmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643828 I am one of those people that has to fight for every ounce that I lose. I was hoping to see the scale move down this morning since I've had a good couple of weeks. No luck. It stayed right where it was last week. Hmmm. <BR> <BR> I have to wonder why I have such a difficult time dropping the weight. Now don't get me wrong, I do not let the scale define me by any means, but it would be nice. I am over forty--there's a strike against me, but I have been weight training the last two weeks--there... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:54:09 EST Feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642077 Today is day 12 of my 100-day exercise streak and day 10 of no sugar. I have to say I'm feeling pretty good about what I've accomplished so far. <BR> <BR> Today I completed the first week (all three work outs) of my C2k program. Never done that before. YAY! Last night I had the biggest sugar craving yet. I am allowing myself to have honey (within reason) so I had a piece of toast with a little honey on it. It worked! I was afraid I would be wanting more, but I was satisfied. Thank goodness. ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:46:02 EST :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636988 Today is day 6 of my 100-day exercise streak and the end of the week! It's also day 3 without sugar. Wow, two at once. Yowza! I'm so excited that I've gotten this far. <BR> <BR> I have decided to reward myself for getting this far with a new song from iTunes. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:05:53 EST Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634139 I have to say that I felt inspired by the video of the lady that committed to going to the gym for 100 days. It really made an impression on me and I decided to make the commitment of really exercising for 100 days. <BR> <BR> I will go to the gym as many of those days as I can and if I cant I will walk and exercise at home. The 5k that I registered for is also motivation for me. <BR> <BR> I am anxious to see where I will be 96 days from now. I currently have a three day streak going. <BR>... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:02:45 EST Step 1 accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632522 This year I set the goal of completing a 5k-not competing but completing. The fact that I even set this goal is a huge deal for me. I have been doing a C25k program pretty sporadically but never committed to a race. <BR> <BR> They say on SP that we are supposed to break down our goals into measurable and trackable pieces. Step one of this goal for me is to actually register for this race. So.... <BR> <BR> Last night I registered for my first 5k! I picked one that is relatively close so that... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:37:40 EST Crash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618617 Well, today I crashed and burned with my C25K program. I had to stop because of a really bad shin splint in my right leg. On the upside though, I did 20 minutes of the recumbent bicycle for a total of 4 miles. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:25:19 EST YAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616782 <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I did it! I completed W1D1 of my C25K program. I've never been able to do it up until now, but this morning I was determined. <BR> <BR> Hot diggity dog! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:32:02 EST Kickin' my butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613906 Today I decided to do my C25K program. I could only do half of it and had to walk the rest of the time, but at least I did half! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:02:19 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589067 My new year is getting started a little late this year. I have just spent the last 2 weeks with my aunt after she had a STEM cell transplant for leukemia. I am so grateful that I was able to be there for her. While I was with her I sat around most of the time. I did walk the hallway a few times, but by the end I found myself really craving exercise. So yesterday, in my mind on my 9 hr car ride home, I recommitted to myself to get healthy again. <BR> <BR> This morning I planned all of our din... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:44:09 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557352 I exercised for two days this week. Today I am headed out for a 3 mile walk with a friend. Exercise is always so much better when you have a buddy. <em>30</em> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 06:56:43 EST Back again 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555667 It sure is hard to get back on the wagon. This time I think my DH has joined me. The ride will be better with him here. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 06:23:15 EST Back again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535472 Wow, its been quite a journey over the last six to nine months or so for our family. I feel like I dropped off the end of the earth. Thank goodness the earth is round so I made it back up again! Hehe. <BR> <BR> I decided to try again and get healthy. Although I have not regained much weight according to the scale, I feel heavy--both physically and emotionally. I am doing what is necessary for the emotional and that is motivating me to again take care of the physical which will then add to th... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:22:20 EST I hurt today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299109 Arthritis sucks. There is no other way to put it. Most of the time I am just fine, but when I have a flare up my world has to slow down dramatically. <BR> <BR> I've had osteoarthritis since my early 20s. I'm now in my 40s. It is something I have learned to live with and manage--most of the time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I have a big flare up in my left hip and can hardly walk. I tried to move as much as I could because I know I need to get blood flow to those joints that hurt. Today I'm in the ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:59:50 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291980 Today is going to be a good day, I just know it. <BR> <BR> Today I will speak more kindly to my children, particularly to my older son (he's 14). <BR> <BR> Today I will not put garbage into my body. <BR> <BR> Today I will move my body and stay active. <BR> <BR> Today I will spend most of my day outside enjoying the nice weather. <BR> <BR> Today I will be a sweetheart to my husband and not just his wife. <BR> <BR> Today I will be good to myself and those around me. <BR> <BR> Today is go... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:56:01 EST I'm surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283591 I weighed myself today. I don't usually do that. I dont let the scale rule me. However, I realized today that I hadn't weighed in in over two months. Lately I have had some poor eating habits, poor exercise, being waylayed by arthritis pain, etc. Throw in "woman stuff," and I was sure I had gained at least 5#. Well, much to my great surprise, I only gained a 1/2 pound! <BR> <BR> YAY!! I'll take it! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:15:54 EST This morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279882 I woke up and was actually craving exercise! Very cool. <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:05:51 EST Step by step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278496 This year I want to do a 5k. I have never been a runner, but being on SP has motivated me to try to do something I have been afraid to do for a long time. Why? I don't know. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what I've done so far... <BR> <BR> Step 1. Joined a Couch-to-5k Sparkteam (January 2013) <BR> Step 2 Downloaded an ap to my phone that will help me with the training (February 2013) <BR> Step 3.Completed Wk 1 Day 1 of the program (March 6, 2013) <BR> Step 4. Completed Wk 1 Day 2 of the program ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:11:10 EST One day at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270803 I admit it, I fell off of the wagon. I'm back on now and with my husband to boot! I have been talking a good game but not doing what was necessary to follow through. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my DH and I went TOGETHER to the gym (without the kids) and worked out together. This was fantastic. My hubby has been avoiding exercise like the plague, but now know he needs to do it for some serious health issues. This was just what I needed to get motivated to move my tushie again! <BR> <BR> Today I got ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:53:22 EST Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204662 I love chocolate. All kinds. I love dark, milk, bittersweet, semisweet, you name it, I love it. I especially love it during that "time of the month." my kids know they don't touch Mom's chocolate or I may bite off their head! <BR> <BR> I remember when I was going through nutritional counseling prior to my gastric bypass they said no sugar. Don't eat anything that has more than 6 g of sugar. Well, I busted that a long time ago! I can now eat all of the sweet things I used to and not get sick... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:41:07 EST Transitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201859 I've been thinking a lot lately about transitions. I have a son with special needs and one of his challenges is transition. So transition has been a topic of great significance in my life for quite a long time now. But I've been thinking specifically about my own transitions-both past and present. <BR> <BR> Of course there are the big ones, both happy and sad. We all have those in our lives. I've been more focused on the smaller transitions. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in my transition from st... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:42:06 EST Why did I put this off for so long?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196657 Today is my first blog entry! I don't know why I have been avoiding this part of my Spark journey. Maybe its because I am very private and don't want the world to know my business? Maybe its because this takes thought and effort? Well, whatever the reason for the delay, I'm doing it now. <BR> <BR> I've been hearing/reading a lot lately that I should set small attainable goals, write them down, track, and then reward myself for my efforts. Here are my goals: <BR> <BR> Health- <BR> Exercise 6... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:52:59 EST