PATTISTAMPS's SparkPeople Blog PATTISTAMPS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A little food for thought.. <BR> While going though my email from the last 12 days, I came across this little movie about coffee.. sort of.. I had to share this with all of you. <BR> <BR><BR>LifeIsLikeCoffee <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:45:04 EST I DID it!!! Happy Friday, everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is the end of week 1 of the 5% challenge. I have to say it has been a GREAT week. First of all, I lost 3 pounds. Wait, let me say it again... <BR> <BR> I LOST 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!! <BR> <BR> OK, last Saturday's official weigh-in was high, and I knew some of it was water, but I am now at my lowest weight this year. And that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I also had the debacle with the step mill... but today, I decided I was going to do 5 minutes on ... Fri, 17 May 2013 13:37:10 EST And I thought I was in good shape..... Well this morning I had a wake-up call... I have thought I was in pretty good shape. I've been working out regularly, can do 35 minutes on the elliptical, and get that heart rate up there. I live in Orlando, where it is flat, and in 29 days we are heading for Seattle and then onto an Alaskan cruise. There are lots of hills and mountains to be climbed on the trip, so I am trying to get into shape for that. Today I decide to use the Stair Climber... <BR> <BR> There are 2 types of stair ma... Wed, 15 May 2013 12:53:15 EST It's Monday... Sometimes Monday is a drag... have to work, the weekend is over... but today, I am feeling good! I got through the weekend without significant deviation from my healthy eating plan. I did some exercise each day. Today I did a really good workout at the gym, and am feeling pretty darn proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Except it is 2:30 PM, and I have a bad case of the munchies. I know I should really keep working on my tax stuff, but I really want to hit the kitchen for something... maybe some... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:29:42 EST Week 2 - Day 7 - Sharing Today is the final day of "directed" blogging. Today's topic is anything else I would like to share with my team. First let me say that my team goes beyond the Sparkling Firecrackers, who ARE amazing, and includes all of my sparkfriends or anyone else who happens upon this blog. <BR> <BR> I was a little resistent to being told what to blog... and honestly, by day 3 was thinking "what else can you say about drinking water?". But I persevered, and learned new things by doing so - about m... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:59:47 EST Week 2 - Day 6 - Motivation and Support Today's blog homework is to access whether I need help with motivation and/or support and if so, to ask for it. This is still applicable to my new habit, drinking that 64 ounces of waer! Well, right now my motivation is really high - for one thing, I am really wanting to help my team. For another, I want to lose the 5% of my weight. If I do this now, and joing another challenge after this, I can expect to be a lot closer to my goal for the year, and closer to my eventual long-term goal. ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:50:12 EST Building a habit - Day 5 Today I am supposed to write about what I can do to improve on this habit - drinking water. I feel as though I am doing it well, and there is not much more I can do except follow through on drinking it, follow my plan to get the first 4 cups in the morning and drink one first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> I think the real value in this blog is to keep that new habit firmly in mind. To keep me from letting it slip before it is hardwired into my life. I have to think about the daily que... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:54:55 EST Week 2 - Day 4 - Day by Day So how am I doing - day by day???? Am I incorporating my new water habit into my life? I am. I have not missed drining at least 9 glasses daily since the start of this challenge. So far today, 4, but will have 2 more down before I leave the office. I really fell like it makes a difference, and I am going to do my best to keep this up. However, I am now thining I should have made a committment to food tracking... I'm guessing that will come up as a weekly challenge later in this 8 wee... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:56:48 EST Week 2 - Day 4 - Day by Day So how am I doing - day by day???? Am I incorporating my new water habit into my life? I am. I have not missed drining at least 9 glasses daily since the start of this challenge. So far today, 4, but will have 2 more down before I leave the office. I really fell like it makes a difference, and I am going to do my best to keep this up. However, I am now thining I should have made a committment to food tracking... I'm guessing that will come up as a weekly challenge later in this 8 wee... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:56:47 EST Week 2 - Day 3 - Winter Into Spring 5% Challenge Today's topic is "What Am I dong to stay on track" with my new habit - drinking water. <BR> <BR> I am tracking my water all day.. And getting those first 4 cups prior to noon is my best shot. So it is now 10:21, and I have had almost the first 4 cups. I do find that after last week's emphasis on water that drinking it this week is easier - so that maybe it WILL be a habit before this challenge is over. <BR> <BR> If you are reading this, and did not join this challenge, think about th... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:24:43 EST Week 2, Day 2... How will I create my water habit <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> To get the habit of drinking enough water, I need to start with a glass before breakfast. I always have a glass of water with dinner, and if I eat lunch out, have one there, but that first glass is the one that sets me up for the day. Then I need to fill that 32 oz bottle, and keep on sipping! If I get 4 glasses in before noon, I always have 8 or more. If I don't, its an uphill battle! So I am starting with water ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:09:08 EST Building a habit it is week 2 of the 5% challenge, and I am feeling good. last week were were tracking water - up to 10 cups a day. I managed 10 most days, and 9 yesterday. But I know this is a hard one to make a habit for me. And yet, I feel better, my body processes work better, and the scale said it was a good thing! So how do I do it??? <BR> <BR> I am going to try hard to do 9 glasses a day instead of 8. That means filling that 4 cup water bottle twice, and having a glass of water with dinner. s... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:54:21 EST All Personal Trainers Are NOT Equal! My gym was bought out last year by another large chain. We lost all of our personal trainers. Every last one. Most went to a new gym that one of the best trainers started. But it is a little further away, and a little more expensive, so I stayed where I am. <BR> <BR> Now that they have new trainers, they are offering 2 free sessions to current members to try to get us to sign up with a trainer. Not a bad thing - that was how I had found my trainer before. So I was willing, and yester... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:49:17 EST Thoughts on Triggers As you may know, I have joined the 5% Winter Challenge. We are having daily assignments prior to our 8 week challenge. My assignment for today is to analyze trigger foods - what, when, why, and how I can avoid them. <BR> <BR> My main triggers are home are not the foods themselves - I generally eat healthy snacks, and don't keep unhealthy snack foods in the house. But on the afternoons when my DH is out and I am working from home alone, I have an insatiable appetite. I eat a 90 calorie ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:54:48 EST Why do I want to lose weight?? I have joined a challenge group, and my assignment for today is to list why I want to lose weight. A little introspetion is required here, folks... I mean I know I want to look better, feel better, and be healthier, but that's not quite specific enough. <BR> <BR> The first reason is health - I do not want to end up with heart bypass surgery like both of my parents. I do not want to become a diabetic. I don't want to be the one puffing up the stairs! I don't want to lose a limb, like my ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:48:47 EST 2,500!!! 2,500 Calories. That is what I ate yesterday. Needless to point out, it was pretty far above my range... I had a fairly high calorie snack yesterday - Bel Vita cookies. And we went out to dinner and then to the theatre. I really didn't think I made bad choices - a salad with citrus vinigarette, Blackened Sea Scallops... No desert. But the bread basket proved irresistable, especially with the citrus butter seasoned with paprika. And the scallops were served on a bed of sweet potato ris... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:39:40 EST Jump Start I made it through the first week of my January Jump Start challenge. Adding the extra days of cardio is probably the best thing for me. I know my doctor will be pleased, because he always tells me 3 times a week is not enough. 5 will make him smile, especially if I can weigh in lower than the last time. I have a month or so till I see him, so hopefully I will have a good number! At least he didn't see what I did during December... he would not be pleased! <BR> <BR> Today I worked out at... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:57:58 EST Headed in the Right Direction I have tracked my food for 7 full days now - the calorie graph is up and down, looks wild. BUT, when I averaged all 7 days, I am within my range, and slightly in the lower half! That is a great accomplishment for me! <BR> <BR> Do you find that knowing you have to post it to your tracker sometimes keeps you from eating something? I have found that. Happily, I might add. Of course I could eat it and not track it, but I think I do enough lying to myself on a regular basis, no point in tel... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 15:42:08 EST Tough One week ago I joined the 13 pounds in 13 weeks challenge. A couple of days later I joined the January Jumpstart challenge. My first week - and yes, I lost that first pesky pound. Honestly, I had hoped for more - I know it would have just been water weight, but you know how those numbers can affect your brain... <BR> <BR> Now the workouts... I have been doing (sort of...) 3 30 minute cardio workouts and 3 strenght training workouts a week - except in December, when I probably did 5 the... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:07:56 EST Week 1 - Day 6 I am -participating in 2 challenges right now - The 4 week jumpstart, and the Lose 13 pounds in 13 weeks challenge. Tomorrow is weigh in day, and I am not feeling very good about it. My scale was NOT kind to me this morning... I know, you shouldn't weigh in daily, but I seem to have a compulsion... I did not stay in my calorie range over the weekend. Not far out of it, mind you, still less than I burn daily, but still... OK, on Friday I was only 1 calorie over.. So far today, eat... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:49:50 EST Making progress Day by day... I have been doing better. I have tracked my food beginning on January 2. OK, it is only 2 full days, but I haven't tracked in MONTHS, so I am proud of this. And I did a long workout this morning at the gym, and then did my January Jumpstart Video. The scale even showed a pound down today, although I know I haven't actually lost a pound. Still, it feels good to see it heading in the right direction! <BR> <BR> The weekend is always difficult, but I actually ate below my ca... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 11:54:56 EST A new year - a new me! 2013 - Wow! I guess it seemed like 2012 just began and here we are in another new year. Will this be the year I finally lose that weight?? Nope, not it that's my attitude. Let's try that again... <BR> <BR> THIS is the year I will lose that weight once and for all!!! <BR> <BR> How was that? I have a number of things to work on this year - personally, professionally and health and fitness are all on my list. I have taken the first steps... I reset my weight ticker, joined a challenge, ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:59:23 EST A poem written for the Connecticut children I received this in my email, and had to share it. The author is attributed at the bottom of the poem: <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate. <BR> <BR> Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.. <BR> they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. <BR> <BR> They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say. <BR> they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:17:28 EST Happy Birthday To MEEEEEEE Yesterday was my 60th birthday. 60.... Hard to believe I am that old. But I rejoiced yesterday while I was working out. I am stronger and healthier today than I was when I turned 50. I can do more. I like myself more. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm not where I want to be, but today I can rejoice in where I am. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:03:18 EST What I learned last month... Last month I realized I was within stiking distance of 1,000 fitness minutes for the first time in months. I had been sick for pretty much the month of May, and just haven't gotten fully back. So I decided to try to make the last 400 minutes in 6 days. I didn't make it - life got in the way, but what I did manage was a new personal best workout. And I also learned that you do need a day of rest. It seems to have given me the boost I need as far as fitness.. I am doing much better this m... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:28:14 EST Can I do this????? I had really planned to get in 1000 fitness minutes this month, but the month is winding down, and I am a ways away... After today's 85 minute workout and with Monday's 85 minute workout, I will still be short about 174 minutes... I usually do 25 minutes a couple of non-gym days a week, but I will need 58 minutes all three days - tomorrow, Sunday and Tuesday - in order to make it. I know it isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things, but I WANT that trophy... <BR> <BR> I CAN... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:27:33 EST