PBAILEY06's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PBAILEY06 PBAILEY06'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/ Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177512 My son curled up in my lap yesterday for some cuddle time. He is almost 8, so he doesn't cuddle with me as much anymore. <BR> <BR> I lost my mom when I was 20. I know people who lost their parents at earlier ages. <BR> <BR> I want to be around as long as I can for my husband and son. <BR> <BR> While I don't want fear of death to be my primary motivator, I would like enjoyment of life to be one. <BR> <BR> Reasons to be healthy: <BR> <BR> More time with my family. <BR> More energy.... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:30:57 EST Here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173756 I start, I have some progress, I back slide and I stop, and then I start again. <BR> <BR> However, it took me a long time to quit smoking, so I know I just need to keep working at it. <BR> <BR> My goals this week: <BR> 1. Stay within my calorie ranges using DASH diet guidelines (lower fat and sat fat than Spark). <BR> 2. Do my PT 2x/day. <BR> 3. Move more, even it is getting up and filling my water from the further water cooler. My hips feel better when I move. <BR> 4. Cook dinner each ni... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:30:44 EST knocked down again by pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164787 Tired of living with pain. I blogged about barriers before, but this is my biggest one. I don't want to move when I hurt. I don't care what I eat when I hurt. My depression is deep when I hurt. <BR> <BR> I can get out of bed and go to work. In fact, getting out of bed helps, movement helps. But I still hurt enough that once I'm up, I don't want to move. <BR> <BR> I had an eval with a physical therapist yesterday, and she found a number of issue that we can work on. I liked her a lot,... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:59:43 EST Barriers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149924 I have run into a lot of barriers lately, and I've been letting them get the best of me. <BR> <BR> My goal this week is 10 minutes exercise, plus my 10 minutes physical therapy. <BR> <BR> Barriers: <BR> 1. Pain: I overdid it one day and my hips were hurting. I am afraid of falling back into the pain I dealt with previously. *Today I called my physician about a new RX for physical therapy to see if I can update what I am doing to strengthen my core and hopefully that can help with the p... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:12:52 EST Decluttering leads to hummus :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145666 I have to admit I wasn't excited about decluttering being one of the goals on our Spring Challenge this week. But I have to say, it surprised me. <BR> <BR> I had off from work yesterday, so was working on decluttering in the kitchen. I had previously picked up everything I needed to make hummus, and the chickpeas were sitting on the counter. Instead of putting them away, I finally got around to making the hummus. So that was a wonderful thing. <BR> <BR> I'm been off from my exercise. ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:20:18 EST Feeling a little better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142147 I'm starting to feel better, still sleeping too much though. I did a cardio video yesterday, and it felt good. I'm feeling a little sore in my hips, so plan on keeping things low key today. Some strength training and a yoga video. <BR> <BR> But my husband is STRESSED! He is good about stepping up when I'm down, but this is a hard time for him. I thought he was going to lose his mind this morning trying to get our son ready for school and out the door. He has a performance tonight. I... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:02:53 EST depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140596 Been depressed these last few days. I have cyclic depression, so I go through cycles. Affects my activity level, and my nutrition, especially cheese. I love cheese anyway, but when I'm depressed, I swear it is all I want to eat. So yesterday was a big cheese day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was also a no cardio day, I just couldn't push myself into it. But I did do strength training, an arm video and a lower body one. When I feel so down, its easier for me to do strength training instead of ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:10:28 EST No change, but hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138766 No change in my weight this week. but still good with the NSVs. I'm wearing a shirt today that previously was too small. <BR> <BR> Went for a bike ride today, decided to go a different way, one with hills. Wow!! I thought I was getting better but those wiped me out :) I'm planning on including at least one of the hills each time I ride. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:25:49 EST Non-Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136291 I admit, I was a little disappointed when I weighed myself this week and the scale only went down 0.2 lbs. I felt I did really well keeping on track nutritionally and physically. But, I'm balancing that disappointment with happiness at my non-scale victories. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm still doing well getting in my steps, over 13,000 yesterday. It is amazing what a 30 minute walk on lunch can do. <BR> 2. My pants are really loose today. I'm thinking I may need a safety pin to pinch in the wai... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:36:45 EST Positive changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130888 I'm feeling good about the changes I am making. For the last two days, I got in over 10,000 steps. My goal is to go for a walk on lunch every day for at least 30 minutes. I also want to either walk or bike ride when I get home. This week has been a little crazy, so haven't managed the evening walking, but at least got a good bike ride this weekend. <BR> <BR> I need to add in strength training, I know that is important to build/maintain lean muscle and help me not lose lean muscle with the... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:28:06 EST Need to work on recovery more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127355 Once every few months, my friend and I have lunch at an amazing pizza place, and we have calzones. Even cut in half, they are very high calorie and fat. I know I'll be over on those days. <BR> <BR> Last night I planned on going home and cooking fish and veggies for dinner, which would have been a good recovery for an indulgent lunch. But no, I was tired and kinda cranky, so I binged on junk instead and went WAY over my calories and under my protein and fiber. <BR> <BR> I'm good at recove... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:46:41 EST Sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125988 I got my results from my sleep study and I have mild obstructive sleep apnea. I was really hoping I wouldn't need CPAP, but I do :( <BR> <BR> Positive side is that since it will help me sleep, I will have more energy. I'm hoping once I'm in healthy shape, maybe I'll be able to come off it. Who knows. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:32:02 EST Good blood pressure check today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125302 My blood pressure was normal when I went in for my check today. I'm not sure I 100% trust it since its be running high, but I'll be happy just the same. I know its trends that my doctor is looking for, not just one measurement. <BR> <BR> But it was a good push in the right direction. I've been slacking off on walking/being active lately. But seeing that my blood pressure was improved helped me see that the changes I'm making can, and will, make a difference. So afterwards I went for a w... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:13:03 EST My weight and pant sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116844 I have three sizes of pants: 12, 14 and 16. These show the range of sizes that I have worn over the past 4 years. Which I wear have become a way to track not just my weight loss but how I feel about it. <BR> <BR> When I am wearing my 16s, that is when I am very angry with myself. It is my kick starter for my motivation that I must have waned. As soon as I lose a little weight, I move out of these pretty fast. <BR> <BR> My 14s are my middle ground. I can usually wear them but I feel r... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:33:12 EST This is harder than before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115933 Last time I was here, I followed the Sparkpeople recommendations . . . in general. I wasn't very strict about the grams of fat, protein and carbs and if I was under or over a little on calories, I figured it would even out in the end. <BR> <BR> This time I am following the DASH diet and really paying attention to my fat grams because my cholesterol and blood pressure are elevated. I am a carb and cheese eater. I've been staying away from cheese because the fat grams are so high. But two ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:36:22 EST Sore today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114230 I am sore today. I'm hoping it is related to doing a lot of work in the garden this weekend and upping my exercise. I still need to start PT, hopefully that will help too. My fear is that we solved one back issue just to reveal another. <BR> <BR> I did have a lot of fun doing my garden this weekend. I am planting things this year that are quick to cook up and are good in stir frys and bumping up spaghetti sauce - like summer squash and eggplant. My MIL got me a bunch of fun seeds to t... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:47:59 EST Back procedures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111107 I love the Shawshank Redemption, one of my favorite movies. A theme in it is that hope is a good thing. After my recent procedures, I feel hope again that I can overcome all the issues I've been having with my back. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my radio frequency ablation on the nerves on my lower back, left side. Two weeks ago I had it done on my right. I am still having some pain in my right hip, but my doc said sometimes that resolves when the left is done too. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping thi... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:36:19 EST At goal 1 week early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107486 I set myself smaller weight loss goals, and I met my latest goal a week early !!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still feeling good about the changes I am making. Cooked pork chops this weekend. I am a former vegetarian, and when I went back to eating meat, I only added back chicken, turkey and fish/seafood. I never liked pork but I'm working on adding it back because we get tired of eating the same things. It was okay, I cooked it a little too long, so I'll have to watch that next time.... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:31:07 EST Feeling good today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105308 This was a good week. While I would have liked better news from my doc, the bad lab work is helping my motivation. I've been doing well with my steps, and I'm looking forward to getting on my bike this weekend. <BR> <BR> For Christmas I received two cast iron pans, one skillet and one grill pan. I love them!! I learned that it is so easy to heat the pan, give a quick sear to either chicken or salmon and then toss it in the oven to finish. Both came out really well and it was quick and e... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:34:20 EST High cholesterol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104512 My PCP's office called me back with my lab levels, and my total cholesterol and LDL are high. She wants me to cut back my fat intake and start exercising regularly and retest in 3 months. Gives me another reason to make my healthy changes and stick with them. <BR> <BR> I did well with walking yesterday, got in ~9000 steps. I just need to make sure I take the time during lunch to take a walk. I know there will be busy days where I don't have the time, but most of the time, I do. This wee... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:17:20 EST better night last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087566 I slept better last night. In addition to the possible sleep apnea, I also have a horrific cold and my nose is all stuffed up. So I made sure I was properly medicated for bed. I also told my husband that if I woke him up, to tell me to get up and take more decongestants. <BR> <BR> But, I am still sleepy today. I brought my baby carrots and gum to work. We have a lunch meeting, so I'll have to be careful what I eat there. Will focus on salad and veggies first. The main challenge for ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:32:34 EST I'm angry at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086929 Been gone for just short of a year. Got tired of trying to track and not succeeding, trying to make changes and not succeeding. Kept being frustrated because when I first joined spark I lost 20 lbs, gained it back and couldn't lose it again. <BR> <BR> Its okay to be angry with myself. I need to be. I have many reasons to be healthy, I need to take a look at why I'm struggling so hard to make the changes. I'm thinking about seeing a therapist because I know there I thinks I need to work ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:45:36 EST My sprouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919675 These are the plants I am starting to harden off, hoping I can get them planted outside this weekend. <BR> <BR> I have 4 basil plants, a cherry tomato and another tomato that I don't quite remember what type it is. I think it is one of my red varieties but not totally sure. There is also another brussels sprout. I already moved one out. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to my garden soon, its been too wet lately. I can see from my porch that my peas, strawberries and cucumbers are doing well.... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:24:01 EST Had a great day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918114 Got caught up on a ton of laundry. Still need to sort socks, but the huge pile is daunting. <BR> <BR> But the best thing is that I got my bike, finally! I've had my eye on this bike forever and one thing or another kept coming up and I couldn't get it. Finally had some extra money my father sent me for my birthday and we went and bought my bike and a new one for my son. Then all of us went for a ride around the neighborhood. I haven't been on a bike in about 30 years, so had to get used... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:39:32 EST Coming back up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916973 I slipped into a depression this week, not a deep one but enough to affect my diet, exercise and relationships with people. I have cyclic depression, so this is normal for me, and I'm grateful it wasn't deeper. Years ago when I was single, it was worse. Now I can't just work and curl up and sleep when I get home. I have to take care of my son because its been a busy week for my husband too. Not giving in to that desire to disappear and sleep helps me get back on track. <BR> <BR> But, I ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:09:10 EST I'm tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908281 but its a good tired. I forgot how much activity it takes to get 10,000 steps in each day. Right now I'm getting 8000-9000, and that is me pushing. I'm still aiming for 10,000 but I'm happy where I am right now. <BR> <BR> With the weather improving, I'm taking my dog on long walks on the weekends. I want to work this into weekdays too, but the problem is I need to find time. I just ordered a new slow cooker. My old one is too big and I'm eating leftovers forever and that isn't what I l... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:55:36 EST Computer image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904172 I'm going to try to upload this picture. Considering I work in IT, I should know how, right? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This is a computer image estimating what my body size is now and what it will be once I meet my goal. I like it. I like that the face looks thinner, that is one thing about my looks now that I really want to change. I know weight comes off everyone differently, but I'm hoping I lose some of the roundness in my face. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:00:14 EST Checking in today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899437 Haven't been extremely active on Spark People since the end of the winter challenge, but have been working on things at home. <BR> <BR> I think I have a good routine down for my meds. I take way more than I would like, but my husband has been very good about pointing out that with the pain controlled, I can focus on my yoga and physical therapy. As I get in better shape, hopefully I can wean off some of the medications. <BR> <BR> The yoga is going well. I love Yoga with Adriene on YouTub... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:20:27 EST Lab results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891081 The good news is that my rheumatoid arthritis test came back negative. My doc and I had it done just to rule it out, but I was a little worried. There are auto-immune disorders in my family history. <BR> <BR> My HDL is up, so that is good too, although I am looking at lab work from two different sites. <BR> <BR> My LDL is also up. I'm not sure why. I've been eating better and exercising, so I had expected it to go down. According to my father, there is no history of cholesterol issue... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:43:25 EST Ended where I started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889267 The 5% winter challenge is over and I ended basically with the same weight as I started. But, I learned a lot about myself these last few months. I'm making my small steps and getting my head in order. getting my pain under control is an important step. Unfortunately I'm having trouble with my MD again, I had my pharmacy send a refill request for pain meds and they didn't approve it yet. Granted, the weather was nasty last week, and many places were closed. So it is possible my MD was o... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:13:02 EST Non Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884477 So my weight is up. I'm disappointed but not really surprised. I've had a lot going on lately, but I've also figured some things out. <BR> <BR> I've been hung up a while on why I lost weight so well when I first joined spark and why I'm struggling now. Well, its because I treated it like a diet. I was strict, followed all my plans and lost weight. but I didn't really focus on making permanent healthy changes. <BR> <BR> I've been making a lot better choices lately. I am seeing differen... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:36:46 EST Pretty good weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881096 I didn't spend too much time playing minecraft <em>20</em> . Saturday was very rainy and cold out, so got home activity done, but not really active enough to count as exercise. <BR> <BR> Sunday I roasted a chicken, my first, it came out pretty well. The chicken was nice and juicy but the vegetables were a little bland, next time I will up the spices some more. The recipe used chicken stock with a little orange juice. I didn't taste any citrus, so next time I'll increase it. <BR> <... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:11:13 EST Great MD appointment today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878750 I was worried, my doctor doesn't always listen as well as I would like her to. I've considered looking for another doctor but decided that maybe I could improve my communication too. <BR> <BR> Well, today went really well. She listened to what I was saying about my pain and I felt she really understood how frustrated I was. So we talked about what meds I'm on and where we can try some changes for improvement. <BR> <BR> So hopefully the changes we are making will help with the pain. If... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:02:41 EST Recommitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878078 I've been here before. But one of the motivational items I received from another Spark member a while ago has a line on it "you are human, you will fail sometimes. Nothing worth achieving is ever going to be easy or happen straight away. JUST KEEP GOING!" <BR> <BR> I am shifting my plan though. <BR> <BR> I recently started getting back into yoga. I'm going to continue going in this direction, even if it means I may have to drop some other exercises for a bit until I get times figured ou... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:44:09 EST Thank you everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877419 Thank you everyone for your posts and support. Being the Leader in the Spotlight came at the perfect time when I was really feeling down and out. But I'm back up and moving now. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:17:37 EST So Frustrated!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875867 And my weight is up again. Again, I'm losing and gaining the same 2 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have some good non-scale victories. My clothes are fitting better. I'm feeling better. I'm getting back into yoga. I purchased a heart rate monitor and have been paying more attention to getting in more cardio. But I really feel like I am letting my team, and myself, down. <BR> <BR> But, and there is always a but, I had some painful days with my back this week. I know I console myself with chocolate... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:49:38 EST What a great weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872425 I grew up in the North, and sometimes I miss it a lot. But not when they are still covered in snow and we are hitting Spring here in the South. I do wish I lived a little more in the middle where we get some snow but not as much as we did when I lived in New York. <BR> <BR> So I was able to start prepping my garden for spring planting. I got all three cleaned out and fed. Then I shredded some leaves and covered them again as I have a few more weeks before I can start planting. I have a ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:25:46 EST Its a conspiracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870632 I've been weighing myself daily. I know my weight with fluctuate but I just wanted to see what was going on. <BR> <BR> And all week my weight has been creeping back up! I swear its my scale plotting for me to have a higher weight on weigh in day. <BR> <BR> Seriously though, I have no idea why this happens. I don't see any trends in my diet or exercise routine that would cause this. My sodium intake hasn't gone up. I haven't started any new exercise. <BR> <BR> if this continues, I'm ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:13:15 EST Weekend recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867787 I had a crazy weekend and did get some things done: <BR> <BR> 1. Buy a heart monitor. I finally got out and did this. I wanted one because I was estimating calories burned both on my walks and on the rebounder. I used it as I did the bike last night and it reported more calories burned than the bike's computer did. <BR> <BR> 2. Roast a turkey. I'm trying to expand what my family eats. We tend to eat chicken all the time so I'm working on more days with fish and vegetarian and though... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:35:52 EST Not suprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866805 My weight was up a little. As I said, I think I'm bouncing around the same pound or two. I lose it one week and gain it back the next. I wish I could be surprised but I'm not, I haven't been consistent. <BR> <BR> I started using the rebounder more today. And tomorrow I think I'm going to pick up a heart rate monitor to make sure I'm hitting my goals too. As I said previously, I just don't think the walking is giving me what I need. I also need to get back into strength training. I'm... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:54:10 EST Like a rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865999 Was doing well earlier this week and crashed today. I woke up hurting, came to work hurting and just said "screw it" and indulged at lunch. I know one bad meal does not break you but did I have to do it the day before weigh in? Oh well, tonight I'll have soup or something else light for dinner to balance it out. <BR> <BR> I seem to be bouncing around the same few pounds. I lose a few, I gain a few. I've weighed less in the past few years, so I know I can get there. I've been letting my... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:56:46 EST Feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863700 I'm optimistic that my new physical therapy is helping with my hip/back pain. I'm focusing more on stretching twice a day and the pain seems to be less. I know I need to strengthen my core to help support my SI joint, but I'm working on finding that balance between the stretching to relieve the pain and the strengthening. <BR> <BR> I tried out my mini trampoline for the first time last night. The DVD that came with it is harder than it looks, I did 15 minutes of it and then cooled down. ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:56 EST crazy few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861009 So they closed my son's school for Thursday and Friday because about 30% of the kids and teachers are sick with the flu. Thankfully my family is healthy. But I had to take yesterday off work to stay home with him. Dad took him to work today. <BR> <BR> I did get a bunch of cleaning done at least. And tried a new chicken recipe. My rebounder also came in. I did a short work out on it but I need to still do some more research. <BR> <BR> Of course my child LOVES it. We had a big talk abo... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:19:32 EST Biggest supporter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857442 My spark coach task today is to blog about who has been my biggest weight loss supporter. My friends here on spark people have been my biggest support. My husband supports me but also holds me back, I think due to his own battles with weight. For example, he says he supports me having time to exercise, but it's hard to get him to get our son ready and in bed so I can actually do it. It's a huge help to know I can come on spark and touch base with people who are in the same boat as me. An... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:43:03 EST Non scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854282 I stepped on the scale today. I know I shouldn't have, my weigh in isn't until Saturday. But I had hoped to see a difference. I didn't. So I'm going to focus on my non scale victories: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm walking further and faster. <BR> 2. I have less hip pain. <BR> 3. My clothes fit better. <BR> 4. I feel good about the foods I'm eating and the foods my family is eating. (Side note, tried a new chicken recipe that the picky boy actually ate the other day!!!) <BR> 5. My hair and nail... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:56:49 EST New walking plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853625 New plan started today. I will walk my usual route, but designate 30 minutes for my walk and see how far I can go. I hoping this will help me build up my speed. <BR> <BR> Previously I was walking a set distance (1.44 miles) and logging the time. But the faster I did it, the less minutes I was posting. So this way I have a set time and work on intensity, plus the 30 minutes is longer than it usually takes me. So today when I mapped my route for 30 minutes, I walked about 1.9 miles instead... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:20:47 EST Influencing people around me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851983 My spark coach blog today is about how my changes affect people around me. I have blogged about this before. I'm seeing positive change in my sons choices. Saw this again yesterday while grocery shopping, he reminded me we were out if yogurt and asked for oranges. My husband is seeing me exercise and is saying that he wants to do more to. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:12:39 EST Weekly goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851090 Spark coach blog task today is to think about what I want to accomplish this week. My goal this week is to increase how often I use the recumbent bike. I've had it for a few years and haven't gotten into it. But lately the weather has been too cold to do my usual walks, so the bike is my back up. <BR> <BR> I also found a 30- day yoga program in YouTube that I stared yesterday. I don't know if I can do it every day with my hip pain right now, but it is something I am very interested in ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:40:02 EST Friday reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850340 Hooray its Friday and tomorrow is the first weigh in for the 5% Winter Challenge. I'm excited. <BR> <BR> This week I've focused on getting back on track. Over the break I was keeping up with some of my changes but not full force. It was nice to find that getting back full force wasn't a struggle, I just needed to do it. <BR> <BR> I weighed in for my work's weight challenge today, and weigh out is in the Fall. Because I'm obese, if I lose 5% of my weight, I will get a 25.00 gift card, ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:53:18 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846729 I've been doing well the last few days and feel like I'm finally getting back on track. At the end of the last 5% challenge, I was exercising about an hour a day and was consistent too. This week is my week to get back up there before the winter challenge starts. <BR> <BR> Even though it is less than 32 degrees out today, the wind was calm so I went for a walk. While I was walking I thought of something my son has started saying. He says when he is running around he isn't burning energy,... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:59:50 EST