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/ two year spark anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735385 So its been two years since I joined spark. <BR> <BR> Although I did not achieve all my goals, I am healthier now than I was then. <BR> <BR> My weight is a little lower. <BR> I very rarely drink diet soda, water is my standard drink now. <BR> I became more active, then slowed with my injury but am improving once again. <BR> I make a lot better choices with foods. <BR> I've gotten back into gardening. <BR> I have a much better support group now with my spark friends. <BR> <BR> Looking bac... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:50:53 EST Zombie mode today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735250 So my back started acting up yesterday, and I ended up having to take a muscle relaxant for spasms. I only took part of one because they hit me hard, but I'm still in zombie mode today. Good thing is that zombies can still walk, or shuffle. <BR> <BR> Tonight is my night to do the exercise bike again. We have a recumbent bike in hopes that it will give me more support for my back. But honestly, with the way I feel, I don't know if I'll get on it. I'll make sure I do my walking so I get m... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:27:48 EST And up and down again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733917 It was a bit of a crazy week and weekend. I visited my sister and her family. it is a very different dynamic than mine, so didn't make the best choices diet-wise. The good thing is they don't have a fenced in back yard, so many dog walks. Unfortunately I can't record my steps because I forgot my fitbit there. Oh well, I'll just have to make sure I keep track of my minutes. <BR> <BR> My weight is up again, which I'm not totally surprised about considering the weekend. However, it is up ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:20:41 EST Feeling good today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727113 So last night was my cooking night. I cook every night, but one night a week I get to do a more complicated meal. I tried to make Saag Paneer last night (Indian spinach and cheese dish) but my paneer didn't turn out. So I used chicken and it was really tasty. <BR> <BR> Today is Friday <em>30</em> Tomorrow is my son's birthday party, so we are having fun planning for that. The weather isn't great but I can go over and walk in the hospital. <BR> <BR> I'm actually looking forward to my ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:06:12 EST Better prepared today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725600 Today we are having a birthday party at work. Every month my department gets cake to celebrate everyone who is having a birthday that month. <BR> <BR> I planned a small piece into my plan today, so I know I can have it. Plus I am having a nice salad before the party to help fill me up and resist the temptation to go back for more. <BR> <BR> I'm a little behind on my steps today. I usually do a 15 minute morning walk but we had a great thing at work today. A local television station here... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:59:02 EST Ugh, I just overate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724910 And one of my weaknesses: free food. So did I avoid the free food and eat the measured out lunch I brought with me to work? No, I ate the free pizza, and I ate too much. <BR> <BR> Did this put me over my calories for the day? No, but I will have to change my dinner plans for something lower calorie to make up for it. <BR> <BR> I'm just annoyed with myself. I know free food in one of my weaknesses, and today I couldn't resist. But on the plus side, I didn't go back for seconds. Also,... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:22:07 EST 5% summer challenge helped this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724022 I was worried about the challenge starting on the weekend, I'm not good about tracking and paying attention on the weekends, my family takes too much of my attention. <BR> <BR> But knowing I had to meet my goals for my team really helped a lot. I made sure I drank my water, tracked my food and got my exercise in. Granted, my poor dog was confused that our exercise walks took place at night, after my son was in bed, but I got the time and steps in. Besides, with the summer heat here in the... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:37:02 EST 5% summer challenge: Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721314 My biggest trigger foods are cheese and free food. <BR> <BR> I love cheese, I could eat it with every meal and every snack. I deal with this by only purchasing pre-sliced or shredded cheese so I can add it to foods but am less likely to eat it plain. If I purchase a block of cheese, I can sit there and slice off pieces and eat the whole thing in one night. My mom used to do this too, so its a comfort thing. <BR> <BR> If there is free food, I want to eat it. I think this comes from times... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:42:36 EST 5% summer challenge: Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721303 Part of the 5% summer challenge is to post my motivation so I can come back and look at it again as a reminder. Putting it down in a post makes it more solid. <BR> <BR> Motivation is a hard one for me because it changes, waxes and wanes. <BR> <BR> I started this journey about 6 months after my friend died, leaving behind her husband and young children. I want to live to see my son grow up. At that time, I also started a new position at work, so it was a positive time to make changes. <BR... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:33:20 EST Not letting stress get me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716452 Had a stressful meeting at work yesterday, which made me want something sweet and chocolate. Had some water, went for a quick walk and got busy to where I forgot about the craving. <BR> <BR> Messed up on my flex spending reimbursement account. I submitted items that were inappropriate and although I notified them, they were paid. Now I have to refund them $2800. Definitely a stressor. Instead of going crazy, I had my planned morning snack and came on spark to do some reading until I cal... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:23:56 EST Had fun last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715718 So I cooked my vegetable korma and roti bread last night. It was nice to do some cooking again. It came out pretty good. I've noticed my flavors are never as sharp as when we get Indian food in a restaurant but maybe that will come with experience. <BR> <BR> But, all that cooking time took away from my steps. I ended up walking the dog after 9 pm. At first my son came with me, but he decided it was too dark and scary. So I took him back but continued my own walk. We scared some deer... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:33:40 EST 23000 steps?? & cooking tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714952 I received a friend request on fitbit, this new friend averages 23000 steps per day!! <BR> <BR> When pedometers first starting becoming popular, I was on a site for tracking and the top trackers there always got 20000+ steps per day. Turns out they lived in New Zealand where everyone walked everywhere. So maybe this person lives like that too. I haven't had a chance to look at their fitbit profile yet. <BR> <BR> I think they will be good motivation, if they can do it, eventually I can ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:54:17 EST gained it all back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711990 I know why, I know what to do, I know all the excuses I let myself get away with. <BR> <BR> today my husband and I weighed ourselves. He was a lot happier with his weight than I was with mine. But he still wasn't jumping for joy. We have both been allowing ourselves to slip into bad habits. <BR> <BR> I joined sparkpeople just under two years ago. My close friend had died that year leaving behind her husband and young children. My mother died when she was only 50. I want to be around a... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:02:15 EST Having trouble staying steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698334 I'm doing ups and downs with my foods and activity. I'll do well for a few days, and then find an excuse (I'm tired, its raining etc) to ignore my good habits. The end result is I'm not losing weight, but I'm not gaining either. <BR> <BR> I've been stressed, which is one of my biggest challenges. I even realized yesterday that I ran out of one of my medications and forgot to refill it. I think it was only a few days, but I can't be sure. Thankfully it isn't one that can have nasty side ... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:46:36 EST Last night was a binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694782 I had a lousy day at work and went for the mexican food I was craving. Did I do the better choice of the chicken with no cheese or heavy sauce? No! I went all out: chips, cheese dip, polanos and rice and beans. I've been craving mexican for a while and let my bad day at work be my excuse. <BR> <BR> Good points: <BR> 1. I only ate 1/2 my entree. <BR> 2. I logged everything instead of ignoring it. <BR> 3. I overate one day. Not every day. <BR> 4. We did take out, so no excuse for ge... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:57 EST I want to wear dresses again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693556 One of my motivations is I don't feel comfortable wearing dresses right now. I see them on other people who are around my size and I think, it looks good on them. But when I try them on, I just don't like how they look on me. <BR> <BR> For a long time I didn't like how my arms looked an wore 3/4 or full length sleeves all the time. I've lost enough weight that I am okay wearing short sleeves now. I still need to work on toning up, but that will come. <BR> <BR> Doing well eating and trac... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:31:15 EST Protein helped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690593 Increasing my protein helped yesterday. By the time I got home, I had plenty of calories left for dinner and even a before bed snack. Today is going to be a little tighter. I get free lunch and make as healthy choices as I can, but they are usually pretty carb heavy. I don't do low carb, but I stay towards the bottom of my carb range. I've found it just works better for me. <BR> <BR> Got my walk in before the rain hit. Thinking I may have to drag my son to the mall to get the rest of m... Thu, 8 May 2014 13:33:09 EST Having a hard time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689757 I'm having a hard time getting on track. I'm doing well with my walking, I take a 20 minute walking break at work each day. I'm adding a walk with the dog in the evenings after dinner. <BR> <BR> But I'm having a hard time staying in my calorie goal. I am hungry and I am snacking all the time. I'm mostly sticking with healthy snacks, but I'm still over my calories. <BR> <BR> I took a look at my tracker on the days I have eaten well and stayed within goal. It looks like I am pretty c... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:46:11 EST Day 3 and brain is already trying to trip me up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662618 I went a little over on calories on Day 1 but was right in the middle on Day 2, so I'm happy. I've been good about taking small breaks at work and walking. <BR> <BR> However, my brain is already trying to trip me up: <BR> <BR> There is a "shake" machine at work. The smoothies aren't too bad at about 290 calories if I count it as my morning and afternoon snack but the milk shakes are terrible at 600. I'm walking by today and my mind starts saying "you've been good for two days, wouldn't a... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:09:32 EST Reboot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660760 I've had some false starts this year, but today is day 1 again. I'm due to have an out patient procedure on my back, so I know I can't do a lot of exercise right now. But I can eat right and do more walking than I am. <BR> <BR> I live in the South, so the weather is nice and the days are long. My son loves riding his bike and our dog is fat too, so she will benefit from walks just like I will. <BR> <BR> I know what foods to eat. I enjoy eating better, but I'm an emotional eater, and s... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:52:48 EST Don't want to move today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634281 I'm tired and don't want to move today. I've been doing well, and am getting my 10000 steps on most days. Basically I'm adding steps when running errands by going the long way to get to where ever I am going. I work in a hospital but my office is down the street, so I'll go to the front door with is a longer walk than the back door. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately today I don't have many meetings or errands. So it would be really easy for me to sit at my desk and work on my computer all day. <... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:16:36 EST Weight is down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632373 Aha! So tracking my foods, staying within my calorie goal and being more active works! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better lately, the weather has been nicer out and both my husband and I are working on losing weight and being more active. His weight is now lower than mine, but I know I'll catch up. <BR> <BR> Its nice working together on this. Last night we went out to Chili's and for the first time he actually was interested in looking up the calories and how to make a better choice. We ar... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:20:25 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565581 Went to put on a dress Saturday, and it was too tight :( <BR> <BR> I listed my excuses previously and pledged to myself I'm going to resume my healthy habits and I didn't. So what is different now? I now have definite, tangible proof that I've backslid without stepping on the scale. Clothes are tight, energy level is low and I feel yucky. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to get on the scale today, for me, that would be self sabotage because I would say what is the point? Look how back I've been.... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:58:03 EST not losing, but not sparking either http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488315 Having a hard time getting back on track. I'm using every excuse in the book, and the terrible thing is I know they are excuses. I'm not regaining, I'm holding steady, but I'm still obese and still have many reasons for wanting to be healthier. <BR> <BR> So this is my way of facing it, by posting it. I'm not ignoring it, not hiding it. I'm going to start with 10 minutes a day activity again and work my way back up. I have no excuses why I can't take a 10 minute walk each day. <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:19:43 EST Day 1 after procedure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470919 So far so good. The procedure went well. They gave sedation and I recall commenting at one point that there was pain. I suspect they then pushed a little more sedation because I don't remember anything else until we were getting ready to go. I had to ask my husband later about getting re-dressed because I didn't remember it at all. <BR> <BR> The doc said to go home and be active to see if there is pain. If not - then they numbed the right place. But I could barely keep my eyes open. I... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:48:56 EST No wonder I'm depressed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468816 I have a FitBit and wear it, but haven't been paying much attention to it and haven't been looking at the reports. I took a look today. Wow - I have been waking up 18-20 times/night. I knew I was waking up a lot - I have a hard time rolling over without pain. Also, my dog is back in the habit of going out to pee once a night. This weekend we are working on that one! But I didn't realize how often I was waking up. Another reason I'm hoping tomorrow's procedure works. <BR> <BR> For the ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:57:43 EST ranting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467774 Each year I have to take a health assessment for work. I hate it! I get to sit and have some nurse, who knows nothing about my currently medical conditions or medical history, sit there and tell me that I need to exercise more and eat better. I feel like I have been trying so hard. I was so positive last year at this time that I was making positive changes and then I hurt myself. I see my doctor regularly, who knows my medical concerns, and we are addressing them. I hate having to sit t... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:57:28 EST Nice surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466903 Today was my weight-out for our summer weight challenge at work. Basically you weigh in at the beginning of summer and weigh out at the end with the goal of weight maintenance or loss, depending on your goals. I was hesitant to weight out because it has not been a healthy summer for me. But not only was my weight down - it was down a good amount! <BR> <BR> I'm having a steriod shot in my SI joint on Thursday, this is supposed to be the cure-all for what ails me. And it might be, but I'm ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:15:52 EST Tired muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402634 Day 4 my exercise plan - cardio 3x/week and strength training/PT 3x/week. Wow are my muscles tired! I'm suspecting that Friday's cardio will be pushed back to Saturday. I'm feeling good, but I am definitely feeling it. <BR> <BR> Doing well tracking. I suspect I am going to go over calories today but I'm okay with that as long as its a healthy snack. Basically I was super hungry after working out and ate my planned snack early. I know I'll be hungry before dinner. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:09:12 EST No surprises here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401205 Today was weigh in day, and my weight was down. No surprises, when I eat healthy, track my food to confirm my calories and exercise, it goes down. So why is it so hard for me to continue to do this? <BR> <BR> I'm still frustrated with myself, I'm 10# higher than my Spark lowest weight. But I'm reinforcing that I'm working towards those changes again and seeing results. I know I can do it, I did it before. <BR> <BR> I was reading different places on Spark yesterday. There was a comment... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:28:27 EST Saying good-bye to running for a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400274 I still can't find my rhythm, and I'm hurting every time I try. I keep having terrible shin splints every time I try to run, even sometimes when I'm just walking. I don't understand why - its the same track I was running on last fall, and the same sneakers (they were brand new then). The only thing I can think of is this stupid SI brace is throwing my stride off just enough to hurt like heck. <BR> <BR> So instead of just belonging to the running track at the gym, I've signed up for the re... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:40:35 EST Hard time finding my rhythm today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377026 Had a meeting end early today, so was able to go to the gym on lunch after all. It wasn't great; I had a hard time finding my rhythm. You ever have one of those days where it just doesn't feel right? Annoyingly, at the end of my work out is when I seemed to be getting in sync. Oh well. Some good days, some bad. <BR> <BR> I am actually looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. Its been a long time since I've felt this way. Last Fall I was on plan, making changes and doing well. Then I... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:58:31 EST feeling good today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373854 I was sore last night, and stiff this morning, but felt better as the day went on. I had my apt at the health center with the personal trainer - he went over some beginning exercises to strengthen my core using the exercise ball. It was a good session and then I walked/jogged afterwards. I'm trying not to push too fast but I think the soreness I'm feeling is just normal restarting to exercise type of feelings, so not anything too painful or dangerous. I think I've been so afraid of hurtin... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:30:01 EST If I could keep this feeling . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372790 Just got back from the gym - did mostly walking but did sneak in a little jogging. I feel so good. If I could just keep feeling like this - I know I would stay on track. <BR> <BR> My chiropractor scolded me (nicely, but still scolded) about not getting back to being active. At this point of my recovery, I need to get moving. He also wants me to start doing some core strengthening using an exercise ball. One of the personal trainers at my health center is going to show me how to do that ... Thu, 30 May 2013 16:42:02 EST Not a great week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363585 So last Thursday I had a pizza party to go to. I did not do well - I love pizza and over ate. Unfortunately I did not jump back on the wagon right away. I wasn't out of control but didn't follow my plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my anniversary and we went out for sushi. All that rice and sodium was not kind to me. My weight was up today. I know its not all actual gain but its still frustrating. I logged it - one of my past avoidances was that I would not log my weight and ignore it. I... Tue, 21 May 2013 14:28:35 EST Hurting today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357479 Well, the results of walking yesterday was me waking up in the middle of the night with a lot of pain from my SI joint. I'm not going to let it stop me, but it's frustrating. I'll be sure to still get my 10000 steps fr the next two days but won't go back to they gym until Friday. Right now my goal is to do the gym walking track 2x/week and work up from there. <BR> <BR> Watching me meals/snacks is goin well. I was running late today and so ended up getting lunch in the cafeteria but walke... Wed, 15 May 2013 13:24:44 EST Faced the scale this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356577 Weight gain was a little higher than I expected. About 10#s. I'm disappointed but not surprised. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went really well. I was worried I was going to be hungry having a light dinner (veggies and fish) but did fine with it. The fiber in the veggies always helps. <BR> <BR> Walked today on the track. My back is a little sore but not too bad. I wish I had longer to ice it but I'm running late today. I know I might pay for it later, but we'll see. I managed to do the whole ... Tue, 14 May 2013 17:32:04 EST Frustrated but have to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355193 I'm frustrated. I'm hurting, I can't exercise like I want, I'm eating junk because I comfort myself with food. My brother-in-law is doing great! I know I shouldn't compare myself, but he is running 5Ks. I wanted to be doing that but my "stuck" SI joint put those plans on hold. <BR> <BR> So I need to face facts: <BR> <BR> 1. I can't walk fast/hard every day, and I can't jog. But I can go on the walking track 2x/week and listen to my body and push a little to build back up. <BR> 2. ... Mon, 13 May 2013 13:01:04 EST First day back at the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352269 Woo Hoo! My doctor cleared me to start on the walking track again - no jogging yet but at least I can walk. I iced my back before, stretched well and started slow. After about 20 minutes I felt some discomfort so stopped. During my after walking stretches, I felt a little pain but not too bad. And I iced after walking too. <BR> <BR> It felt so good to put on my headphones and just walk again. I've been allowed to walk around the block but no real focused work-out type walking. I hope ... Fri, 10 May 2013 14:45:54 EST Why do I lie to myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303049 Okay, I have a back injury and it hurts a lot. I really can't walk/jog right now but I'm seeing a chiropractor and we are figuring it out. <BR> <BR> So I've been telling myself I'll get back on track after my back feels better. So I haven't been watching portion sizes, having been tracking, wasn't getting on the scale. So I get on the scale last week and my weight is up. But I tell myself - its just one time, no big deal. So I get on the scale this week, and guess what . . . its up ag... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:08:05 EST The good and the bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277299 Haven't been sticking with my healthy lifestyle lately. I go through these phases and just need to get back on board. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> Went for a dog walk yesterday with my son riding his bike. I was able to jog next to him for most of the time. <BR> Was feeling hungry this morning, choose to grab a yogurt instead of the doughnut that was calling my name. <BR> Aiming for my 10000 steps again instead of not pushing for it. <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> My back is hurting again, not sure ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:11:01 EST Binged yesterday, but feeling better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228512 I felt myself spinning out of control lately, and it came to a head last night. As a lay feeling bloated on the couch, my husband walks in and asks are we out of frozen yogurt? Oh yes, we were. I binged on it. I'm not sure what the deep down cause was and I don't binge often. <BR> <BR> But I'm feeling better today. Its like I needed to say, okay, I fell and now I am picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting all over again. Because I was slipping for a few days, I'm sure my wei... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:01:45 EST To jog or not to jog - that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221844 Its already 2:20 here. Since I went to a meeting on my lunch hour, I could go jog at the track and count that as my time off for lunch. <BR> <BR> Reasons not to - by the time I got back it would be 3:30, which seems late in the day to finish things off (I leave at 4:30). <BR> - I'm feeling a little better, but I'm also medicated. I may start jogging and then cough a lung up. <BR> - my gym stuff is in my car, so I would have to go there first then the gym. <BR> <BR> Reasons to - <BR> - I'... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:26:06 EST So stuffed up :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217351 I've caught my son's cold :( His was clearing up, so I thought maybe I escaped it, but no, I woke up yesterday stuff and now can't breathe. I hate cold medicine, it leaves me feeling fuzzy and dried out. <BR> <BR> I still dragged my sorry tukus to the gym today, but only managed a partial work out. I was hoping working out would get me moving and make me feel better. Now all I want to do is crawl under my desk and fall asleep. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to work out because this weekend w... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:38:43 EST 2nd goal met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211689 I am officially below my pre-pregnancy weight! And coincidently my son informed me that he wants a brother. I had to tell him that he is our one and only. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling good lately. I recently increased the jogging/walking ratio and it seems to be going okay. I still have to watch my stride, I tend to lean forward and take too big of steps, which leaves me with shin splints. <BR> <BR> I had a >2 pound weight loss this week. Considering last week was TOM, I'm going to wa... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:40:34 EST weigh out completed (challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203713 At work we had a holiday weight challenge - with the goal to maintain or lose weight over the holidays. I went ahead and weighed out yesterday. I started on 11/28 at 186 lbs and weighed out at 180 (their scales always weighs me higher than the one at home). Didn't lose as much as I wanted to, but I'm happy with it. After all, I did lose motivation and stop working at things for a few weeks, and then there was my back injury. I'm just glad I'm back on track. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:07:23 EST Anniversary of friend's death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200285 Today is the one-year anniversay of my oldest friend's death. I suspect genetics had a strong roll in why she had a massive heart attack although she was only in her early 40's. Her death gave me a strong kick in the pants to change my life. I don't have a medical history of heart disease in my family, so I know my risk of something like this happening is lifestyle. About 6 months after her death, I made the solid committment to change. <BR> <BR> Although I still have a ways to go to get... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:37:58 EST My wedding ring is loose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197394 I'm putting my coat on and for some reason my wedding ring caught my eye - there is space between it and my finger! This may seem like a normal thing, but not for me. A few years ago I had to stop wearing my wedding ring - it was too tight. My engagement ring is a little bigger, so I could wear it. When I lost enough weight, I crammed the wedding ring on, knowing that chances were it wasn't coming off it I needed it to. And if I consumed too much sodium, it hurt it got so tight. But I d... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:45:14 EST I can't believe I'm enjoying this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190318 No offense to anyone, but I would see people running or jogging and think they were insane. I didn't see any reason to run unless someone was chasing you. Way back in high school we were forced to run around the track - I think the teacher threatened us with a cattle prod - it was miserable. I enjoyed running when playing soccer, but where I grew up that was something you did in gym class once in a while. <BR> <BR> So I posted a little while back that I was getting bored walking and was... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:11:44 EST Back at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186606 Day 1 back at the gym - I had started doing the Couch to 5K (walk/jog) a few weeks ago and had to stop due to an unrelated back injury. So I restarted today. It went pretty well. One thing I've noticed is that I have a bit of gym attire body dismorphism - basically I'm buying stuff too big! I bought a few pair of black cotton pants at walmart - they were cheep and will work for the gym. I can buy cute work out clothes once I'm at a healthy weight. I also bought some sports bras since I'... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:51:25 EST