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/ 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 Spark coach blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845853 Today's task is to complete the thought "I am very good at blank (exercise related) but need to work in blank". I am good at strength training and keeping proper form but I need to work on consistency. I need to work on scheduling time for exercise to make sure I do it daily. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:43:31 EST Things I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845056 My spark coach blog today is to list at least one thing I love about my body. I love my skin, it is soft and any scars are from my life such as my csection. But other than that, I'm not reall loving my body right now. My hips and back hurt and keep me from doing a lot of things I want to do. But I'm working on it. Weight loss and getting in shape will reduce the pain. Maybe then my body and my mind can make up and be friends again. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:41:22 EST Glad its Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843845 Its been a weird two weeks with holidays and work. Yesterday I wasn't feeling well and slept a good part of the day away. I guess my body needed it, but I didn't get things done that I really wanted to. <BR> <BR> Did my yoga and a cardio video this morning. My hip is a little sore from it, so went to take some meds and use a medicated rub, and realized I used the wrong rub the other day. I had meant to put on some pain rub before going on my walk. I noticed it didn't smell strong, but t... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:20:31 EST Is it here yet?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842072 Christmas is over, New Years is here . . . but I can't wait for the Winter 5% challenge! I'm struggling, maintaining but the only thing I have lost is my motivation. <BR> <BR> I know getting healthy is for me, but having the team to be accountable to helps me a lot. <BR> <BR> This week I have been working on moving more, but my hip is fighting back. I remember reading an article once about learning to live with and work out through the pain when you aren't doing more damage to yoursel... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:59:01 EST I needed a pick me up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834542 Work has not been fun this week. I chaired a meeting yesterday that was supposed to go really well as I had good news for people and it didn't go well at all. Then I walked in and had someone chew me out this morning because she feels I've been stepping on toes when it comes to the groups we both communicate with. <BR> <BR> So on lunch I needed some internet destressing. Found hopeforpaws.org. They post videos of their rescues with before and after shots. If you are an animal lover, c... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:18:34 EST Having a hard time lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833878 I've been hurting again. I think I angered my SI joint last week and it was more inflamed than usual. I've been having trouble sleeping because of the pain. I did take some of my major pain killers, but they just treat the pain, not the inflammation. I've been resting it and need to work on using ice/heat to see if I can't get it under control. I've also been taking my muscle relaxants to deal with the spasms, but those increase my hunger. <BR> <BR> Today is a coffee day. As I'm gettin... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:37:46 EST Getting a grill for christmas :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830830 My MIL is getting me a grill for Christmas. I've been wanting one for years, but my husband kept putting it off because he couldn't decide what type he wanted. I just wanted a traditional charcoal grill, didn't need to be anything fancy. And I am finally getting one. <BR> <BR> I live in the south, so I'll be able to use it 9-10 months out of the year, although I'm sure I'll use it mostly in the Spring/Summer when it is lighter out later. By the time I get home now, its dark. But if I pr... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:29:03 EST Slipped a bit, but pushing back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829808 Thanksgiving really did me in, I stopped tracking and stopped exercising. I only gained back 1.5 lbs, so I know I can get back on track. But its frustrating to go through this again. I know I'm making progress but sometimes it does feel like two steps forward, one step back. <BR> <BR> Over thanksgiving holiday, I started baking again. I forgot how much I enjoyed it. So I'm trying to take some of my recipes and make them healthier, even if it means using wheat flour instead of white. ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:08:05 EST Noticing small habits sticking :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826401 Sometimes I'll only pack a protein for lunch and go to the cafeteria to buy veggies to round it out. This used to be a struggle as I would look at the French fries and hear them calling my name. <BR> <BR> It felt really good to be in the check out line today with my mixed veggies and greens, and realize that French fries didn't even pop into my mind. <BR> <BR> Its nice to notice when small changes have become habit and that I don't really have to think about them anymore. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:20:50 EST Inbetween challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820186 5% Fall Challenge is over. I was so close. I lost 4.6%. But I'm not complaining, I'm happy to be losing, especially since not sticking with my program for the Summer. <BR> <BR> So now waiting for Winter Challenge. I'm keeping my plan about the same, so I should be able to continue to lose weight between challenges. Of course, having the holiday right there doesn't help. I'm not too worried about foods, but am really worried about exercise. I am off starting tomorrow and all the way th... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:00:22 EST Was wrong on challenge end-date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814309 woo hoo, I thought the 5% Fall challenge ended this past weekend, but it doesn't end until next weekend. So I have another week to reach for my goal. I've been bouncing around in the 190s, I just really want to get into the 180s. <BR> <BR> The weekend was rough, they always are. That is when I try to catch up on everything, so I don't have time for exercise, although I am active with cleaning and errands. We went out to a Chinese buffet one night, but I like this one because they do ha... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:44:02 EST Lapse, accountability and moving on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809996 I lapsed. Because I lapsed, I will likely not meet my goal weight loss for Nov. 8th. But I am holding myself accountable and looking at why I lapsed. Mostly, it was due to stress. That is still my main trigger that sets me back. But that is an improvement, it used to be stress, anger, sadness, happiness, joint pain, being bored, etc. . . <BR> <BR> So I got out and walked this morning and did some thinking. Just because I may not meet my goal, doesn't mean I can't push through this wee... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:31:30 EST Final week push http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808142 I'm not expecting a weight loss for my weigh in tomorrow. In fact, based on my week, I wouldn't be surprised to be a bit up. <BR> <BR> Fall challenge ends on Nov. 8th. So next week will be my final push. I WILL stay within my calorie goal and exercise goals. <BR> <BR> Looking at the past week or week and a half . . . stress and temptation got to me. Both are triggers I'm working on. With stress, my husband and I have agreed that Tuesdays are my night for me. It is the one night a we... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:21:23 EST Stressed for time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807488 So I know I recently posted on another blog about this same issue, saying I'm hopeful it will all come together. But I need to vent. <BR> <BR> I can't find the time to do everything. I'm lucky, my work is structured so that I can do some strength training during my lunch hour. I avoid cardio since I don't have access to a shower, but I can do some videos. But home is driving me crazy. By the time I get home, cook dinner, eat, help my son with his homework, get him ready for bed and then... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:32:11 EST New pants today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805935 Since my son and I were both feeling better, and home from work/school, I finally got to my goodwill shop. I have two pairs of pants that needed to be replaced, and I love shopping at my goodwill because I'm still on my weight loss journey, so don't want to spend a ton on clothing. When I went down my first size, I donated all my too big clothes to them. <BR> <BR> Ended up buying the same pant size (12). I was hoping to have moved to a 10, but I knew the 12s I was wearing were a little wo... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:24:40 EST Feeling better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802135 Today is a better day. I still had a crazy morning but I'm wearing an outfit that looks much better on me since I've lost the weight. So that is a pick me up. And it is a beautiful fall day outside, so it will be a great day for taking a walk. My walks are partially for exercise, but also a huge stress relief for me. It gives me a chance to think about where I am, what I am doing and where I want to be. A lot of times I come back from my walk and answer e-mails that I had thought about.... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:18 EST I gotta keep pushing through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801512 I'm struggling. All the positive signs are there, my clothes fit better, I'm sleeping better, my joints are starting to feel better. <BR> <BR> But I'm tired. This is a very busy time for my husband, he is a professor and also a musician, so he is out of the house most evenings and weekends. So I find it difficult to take care of everything myself. We don't live near family, so no help on that front. <BR> <BR> My son is doing well in school, but he resists reading/phonics. He doesn't fe... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:31:03 EST Slipping a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798038 I didn't stay within my calorie goal this past weekend. Mostly it was stress. My mother-in-law was here and that is never a good time. I did do cardio most days, so I didn't completely fall off the wagon. Yesterday was the exception but I wasn't feeling well, so took a day off. <BR> <BR> But I'm back on board this morning. I didn't go so far out of my goals as to cause a lot of problems, and I tracked everything, so I know where I stand. Today is pretty cold outside, and I didn't bring... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:36:35 EST Hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793400 This weekend was another off weekend because I had tons of stuff to do and didn't plan time for exercise. However, I was still active. Friday my son's class went to the pumpkin patch, so there was a lot of walking going on. Saturday and Sunday I did a ton of serious cleaning. My mother-in-law is coming this week; we have the stereotypical passive-aggressive relationship. So while my house will never be clean enough for her, the cleaner I can get it, the less snide comments I'll have to h... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:20:08 EST October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790343 Still feeling good and maintaining my motivation. There are a lot of factors with this. First, I'm hurting less. I think I finally hit that point where the physical therapy is making a difference. Also, I'm determined to follow through on my commitment to the Tiger Monarchs for the 5% Fall challenge. Life got in the way for the summer challenge, so I really want to keep everything going for myself and my team this challenge. Third, I joined Spark Coach. Honestly I wasn't sure about it ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:48:31 EST Sticking with it and adding AM yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786059 I've been working hard on keeping my motivation up and not letting daily stress throw me off course. I know its only been a week and a half since I recommitted myself to being healthy, but I feel better about it this time around. I've made some changes to help me. I have my goals posted at work as well as using the goal board on Spark. I've also been tracking my streaks for logging in, tracking foods, walking, strength training and my PT. Its helped me see I can do it. <BR> <BR> I've ju... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:37:48 EST SMART goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784673 I started my Spark Coach trial session last week and decided to extend it today. The video topic today was on SMART goals. So I went through my personal goal list and added dates, which I didn't have before. I used the 5% challenge weight loss/time frame as a planning guide and plotted out how long it will be to meet each step in my weight loss journey to my ultimate goal of having a BMI less than 25. In some ways it was intimidating due to the time frames, but in other ways it felt good... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:33:18 EST