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/ 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 Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783672 Whew. Got two of my raised beds and one flower bed cleaned out today and ready for Fall planting. I have one other raised bed to get to, but the tomato plants there are still producing, so I'll wait on it. That one has a cover, so I will use it for winter planting. I'm not positive if I'm going to use one bed or two for fall planting. I need to do some planning. <BR> <BR> I'm exhausted. When I was first getting ready to do this, I didn't think I would count it as exercise, but let me... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:41:47 EST Reflecting back, its been a good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782948 On Monday I gave myself another kick in the tukus about getting back on track. So far my motivation is good, but it usually is the first week. The weekend is usually a different story, but I think I've built a good foundation during the week that I can take on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I've been walking every day, doing videos for strength training and getting back in the habit of doing my physical therapy at night. Yesterday I had a flare up of my back pain, so did walk but skipped the stre... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:56:29 EST Health Insurance Health Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781780 My health insurance is through my husband's company. The new thing they are doing is giving a gift card incentive to have a biometric screening, and then do an online assessment. When the assessment is over, it asks you to take a pledge to take ownership of your health, including logging your exercise on their website, completing an online wellness course and having at least one telephone discussion with a Disease Management coach. I know its just a gift card now but think its likely it wi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:48 EST This has to be a wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772623 So I was very sick last night, food poisoning. Warning to all, reheat those leftovers fully! <BR> <BR> So there I am, sick as can be, and I catch a good look at myself in the mirror. The pale drained complexion did nothing for me, and I just stood there and looked at myself. I've heard other people talk about being honest with yourself in front of the mirror, but I never did that. Wow, I did not like what I saw. <BR> <BR> I dress well for my body and use different clothes to "hide" my... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:25:55 EST Back on the horse, wagon, whatever it is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766765 Got off track again. Why? The usual. Busy, stress, easier to grab something unhealthy. All the usual reasons. <BR> <BR> So what am I going to do different this time? Well, there are some things I've changed and I'm sticking with, such a menu planning and having healthy breakfasts. I haven't been so good about moving, but I did start some of the sparkpeople videos for sitting exercises. That way I won't anger my SI joint, I hope. <BR> <BR> Tonight is grocery shopping night and I need... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:54:07 EST Crazy day on Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763647 So I'm driving to work on Tuesday, and as I go along an overpass connecting two very busy highways, I do a doubletake. "Did I really see a kitten there?" So I drive on and think about it. Is there someone I can call? I don't know the local non-emergency number for the police and I don't know animal control's number. The radio is on and the weather report said that with the heat index its going to be over 100 degrees. <BR> <BR> So I pull off and circle back around. Yes, I do see a kitte... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:45:41 EST Weight not down, but other signs good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762145 So I am disappointed, I did not meet my goal of 5% weight loss for the summer challenge. But, I am seeing other positive signs and making healthy changes: <BR> <BR> I am continuing to meal plan and cook healthy foods. This has helped me stay away from processed foods and try new things. <BR> <BR> My pants are fitting better, which makes me feel better. I also think I am sleeping better. No signs of more energy yet but that may improve as I'm able to add in more exercise. Unfortunatel... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:52:26 EST Those evil oreos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760194 I have these in my house because they are my son's favorites right now and he gets them as a treat. Usually I'm good about staying away from them because I don't really like them all that much. But for some reason last night and the night before they called to me and I didn't resist. <BR> <BR> I was tired and craving something sweet, and I didn't have anything else to reach for. So I'm going to make sure I pick up some sweet but healthy snacks for me this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm glad it... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:14:36 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758858 Okay, I know I'm in my "honeymoon period" of my plan, that start time where you are highly motivated and sticking with the plan no matter what. But really, I'm feeling good about the changes I'm making. <BR> <BR> Am I doing everything 100%? No. Time management at home is difficult for me. By the time I get home, I have to start dinner immediately, then there is eating, clean up, homework/bath for my son, getting him to bed, then working on getting everything ready for the next morning. ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:13:39 EST Being Effective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757559 So last week I took a class at work called "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." At the end we had to say what step we were going to start with. I said I was going to start with prioritizing, but that isn't the full story. <BR> <BR> Step 1 is being proactive, taking responsibility for my actions. That is where I really need to start. Yes, there are factors outside of my control, but there are many things I can either control or influence that I need to work on. For example, I hate ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:34:50 EST I hate insurance companies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754500 So out of the blue, my insurance company decided they want to do a full case assessment to see if I need another SI joint injection, which means I could get it done, but there is a chance they won't cover it. So I cancelled it. I'm still going to take the time off work. I'm also going to meet with the doctor to discuss options, including better pain management. As soon as I cancelled the procedure, I did go back on my antiinflammatories. So I am feeling better today. My big meds were ca... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:27:16 EST Endless circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752825 I feel like I'm in an endless circle. I start doing better, then the pain comes back and I go back to my bad habits. I should have listed that as a trigger when I first started the summer challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed that I won't be successful with the summer 5% challenge. I have to say, the support I received from the team was amazing. I feel like I let them down and myself. <BR> <BR> Even though it doesn't show in my weight, I have started some really good habits this summer.... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:16:48 EST Can't seem to get moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750402 2 of the medicines I'm on right now cause fatigue. I don't want to do anything but sleep, but I have to work, so I sit at my desk and power through. However, I notice I'm snacking more this week. I stepped on the scale and weight was up. I'm hoping it is more due to sodium, when I feel like this I crave salty snacks. I've been sticking with sunflower seeds, but they add up calorie and salt wise. <BR> <BR> Movement also is difficult because there seems to be a small line between slight p... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:16:05 EST Scheduled an apt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748159 I really didn't want to, but I scheduled an appointment for another SI Joint injection. The last time, I started having some pain again within 2 weeks. But I need to go through this again before we can start looking at other options. My plan this time is to push the physical therapy as far as I am allowed to see if I can avoid further injections. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated and tired of being in pain. Sometimes I feel its just the way it is, and nothing will ever get rid of the pain. But a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:18 EST doing a little better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745122 No back spasms, just a little pain left over. I didn't do a lot of walking around work today, but when I did I took the stairs and no elevators. I'm a little worried about my weigh in this weekend. I gave into some temptation while flat on my back this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Monday night my son and I did some shopping and picked up a new bed for the dog. And yes, the big chicken can't figure out it is hers and won't eat her. So she sleeps next to it instead of on it. No the sharpest k... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:01 EST Starting back slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744337 Been gone for the past few days, my back started spasming on Thursday, so I was pretty much out of commission for the weekend. Today I started walking a little, only 15 minutes but its a start. I'm worried this is a sign that I will have to have another SI Joint Injection. The annoying thing is I have to take off work for two days and be sedated for the injection. And last time it only helped for about 10 days before the pain started again. But I need to have at least three before my ort... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:29 EST Feeling optomistic today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738718 I had a good weekend. Today is a little stressful at work, but nothing too crazy. My weight isn't coming off as much as I would like, but I'm okay with it right now. <BR> <BR> I was frustrated. When I first joined spark I lost 20#s pretty quickly. This time around it is going a lot slower. But, that first time I was really strict: I ate 1500 calories (not 1510, not 1490: 1500). And looking back, it wasn't sustainable for me, as evidenced by gaining it all back. <BR> <BR> This time I... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:45:38 EST 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