PEORIAPOLE's SparkPeople Blog PEORIAPOLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 1 Whole Year! Not One Potato Chip!! That's right. <BR> <BR> As of today, I have gone a full year without eating a potato chip. <BR> <BR> They were once my go to food morning, noon, and night. <BR> <BR> Did I loose a bunch of weight? No, but I didn't gain either <BR> Do I feel loads better? No, but I don't feel worse <BR> Am I excited about it? Yes. <BR> <BR> This means that I can accomplish what I thought was impossible. It's not like the temptation wasn't there. We have bags of potato chips in the house all the tim... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:25:35 EST What Use To Be... I'm currently reading Get Motivated! by Tamara Lowe. One of the points is discovering your motivational type. If anyone is familiar with it, I am a CSI. (Connector, Stabilizer, Internal). <BR> <BR> As a connector, the book states that I need to be surrounded by people and thrive on social interaction. This couldn't be farther from the truth. The rest of the description is spot on. <BR> <BR> I feel awkward in social settings, I would prefer to stay at home rather than go out, when we do ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:56:39 EST Recommitted Week 2 Accentuate the positive....Accentuate the positive <BR> <BR> I am only talking about the positive items for the week. I am not forgetting or hiding the negative, but I refuse to dwell on them. And yes, it was not a perfect week. <BR> <BR> Remained positive more often than not during the week. I accomplished a lot of little tasks that needed to be done. We had pretty good weather this week, that always helps lift the spirit. I set up a budget and a method for tracking expenditures for t... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 08:15:12 EST Recommitted Day 7 is end the of the week and my daily blog. <BR> <BR> I feel renewed. <BR> <BR> Adding to my current goals <BR> <BR> -28 Day Boot Camp <BR> -Weekly Recommitted blogs <BR> -Continue to learn about myself and why I do the things I do <BR> -Maintain my daily positivity journal <BR> <BR> Have a great week <BR> <BR> Matt <BR> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:45:14 EST Recommitted Day 6 Another good day yesterday. <BR> <BR> I am making good choices. <BR> -I have been craving a DQ M&M Blizzard for a couple of weeks, I had a half cup of vanilla ice cream instead and that took care of the craving <BR> -I was going to eat pizza for lunch, but changed it up to a sandwich since dinner was going to be a high carb one. <BR> -I tackled the inside of the garage that I has been on my list all spring. Now I am ready for stage two next week, which is tearing off the siding, replac... Fri, 31 May 2013 07:45:52 EST Recommitted Day 5 I remained positive yesterday. I also accomplished a few things. It felt like the first sunny day in central Illinois for year, even though it was only a week. <BR> <BR> I got the grass cut, hit 11k in steps, went to the library, and did a few other chores that needed done. It really felt like summer, it was warm, humid, and windy. Sometimes the weather just takes my memory places. Much like smells, certain conditions sparks memories. <BR> <BR> All in all a good day. I remained positiv... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:26:58 EST Recommitted Day 4 Yesterday went well. My daughter and did some grocery shopping and we actually had a good time doing it. It just goes to show that any mundane task can be made enjoyable. <BR> <BR> I started a Positivity Journal. Throughout the day, I jot down positive things that I did or happened around me. <BR> <BR> I am slowly, but surely, pushing away those negative and self-defacing thoughts and actions that have prevailed in my life. <BR> <BR> I actually see the sun right has been hidi... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:27:07 EST Recommitted Day 3 Today begins my third day of recommitting myself. I logged all food for yesterday and walked the treadmill for 30 minutes last night. I got in my 10k steps and 20 flight of stairs. <BR> <BR> I also joined a few more groups. One area that I have stayed away from was becoming involved in the groups. I am changing that. <BR> <BR> I also discovered the Law of Attraction. It has really shown me that positive affirmations are important. I have been negative for far to long and that ends no... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:28:50 EST Recommitted(?)-Day 2 I did very well yesterday. I spent some time thinking about how to recommit to a healthy lifestyle. Decided to keep it easy and not overwhelm myself as I normally do. I am very good at doing this for a few days in a row. <BR> <BR> I know I can make a habit of a better lifestyle. Here are a few habits I have formed... <BR> <BR> -Logged in to Sparkpeople 541 days in a row <BR> -Almost a year without a potato chip-June 17 will be a year <BR> -Stopped smoking 6 1/2 years ago <BR> <BR> So I... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:05:10 EST How to re-commit I want to re-commit to this process. When I first joined Sparkpeople I did pretty good for a short time but would never commit to the long term. The choices I currently make are not the best, and I am aware of that as I am making them. I don't even bother making excuses anymore. <BR> <BR> I know I can change my lifestyle because I have done it in the past. I smoked for over 25 years and I managed to stop that habit. It's been 6 1/2 years now. I started the weight loss journey before l... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:40:22 EST Couldn't walk away In my last blog entry I stated I was done for now, but I couldn't just walk away. <BR> <BR> I am adopting a new strategy by attempting to only focus on logging food and activities, reading articles and posts, and journaling. To that end, I left all of the groups I had joined. I'm not a very social person to begin with and never really felt that comfortable in them...just me being weird, I never had any bad experiences with anyone. <BR> <BR> So let's look at at how I am doing: <BR> <BR> L... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:47:16 EST Time To Be Honest... ...At least with myself. <BR> <BR> I have lost the desire, determination, fortitude, gumption, credibility, drive, motivation, faith, attitude, continue. <BR> <BR> I have a moment of inspiration and I type on these pages that I'm going to do this, or not do that, and that is all I do....Type. I don't follow through. <BR> <BR> I won't even take the time to enter my meals with any regularity. I come on, spin the daily wheel, glance at my recent post and page, and then log ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:55:07 EST Lost Momentum I was really doing well going into the end of January. I ended up losing 11.2 lbs and I had completed 5 days of the 28 Day Bootcamp. You think that would have generated a lot of momentum on its own. <BR> <BR> But NO. <BR> <BR> I skipped the workout on Friday and started down the slippery slope of snacking, eating out, not getting in my 10k steps daily, and stopped tracking. I did do day 6 and 7 on Saturday, but skipped day 1 on Sunday. And Cardio? Non-existent. <BR> <BR> This just do... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:41:02 EST Starting up Bootcamp-Week 1 Goals Thought I would throw this in blog form for some accountability. <BR> <BR> My goals for the 1st week beginning 1/27/13 are: <BR> <BR> Exercise to the videos daily <BR> Walk 10k steps daily <BR> Cardio 4 times during the week (Might give my daughter a good laugh and play Just Dance with her) <BR> Track food daily <BR> <BR> Matt Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:55:51 EST 100 days Without a Potato Chip Today marks 100 days without potato chip. <BR> <BR> You don't understand understand.... <BR> <BR> I LOVE potato chips. They were my go to snack, heck, sometimes they were my breakfast, lunch or dinner..... <BR> <BR> To be honest, I really don't miss them anymore. The first few weeks were the roughest. Last week I was standing next to the wife when she opened a bag of chips and the smell actually grossed me out. I didn't smell the salty potatoty goodness, I smelled grease. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:23:17 EST Blogidy Blog, Blog I have not blogged in awhile and was trying to figure out what I would say...came up with nothing. <BR> <BR> So, why am typing then? <BR> <BR> I can talk about nothing as well as the next person, if you catch me on a good day, and the jury is still out deciding if this is a good day or not. <BR> <BR> I rebooted this process in December and by the end of January I had seen my weight drop below 200lbs for the first time in many years. I kind of fell apart at that point...I was still loggin... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:53:41 EST Common Theme-I Started Again! I started up again. I'm down a couple of pounds this week. I am actually finding inspiration this time around. <BR> <BR> I don't care about healthy- <BR> I don't care about weight- <BR> I want a cool before and after picture!!! <BR> <BR> I'm joking, shhh...not really. <BR> <BR> I am truly inspired by a lot of the success stories I am reading. I have been spending time looking at peoples pages and their pictures, and that is driving me. Sometimes, I feel like I am intruding on others s... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:44:07 EST Smart Goals Out with old....I made an attempt at some smart goals and they are listed below. <BR> <BR> A smart goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely <BR> <BR> I will lose 50 pounds by May 1, 2013 in order to achieve a healthy BMI. I will achieve this by recording my food intake daily, formal exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes three times a week, a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a week, and drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> Short term goals <BR> 200 poun... Thu, 24 May 2012 12:13:23 EST