REBECCATKD's SparkPeople Blog REBECCATKD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Why Do I Want to Lose Weight? Today I weigh about 155 pounds. My maintenance range is 142-146. Why do I really want to get back down to this weight? Inspired by a Sparkpeople article, here is my list: <BR> <BR> 1. I have about 10 beautiful pairs of pants in my closet that used to fit me but don't now. <BR> 2. I'm tired of avoiding dressing rooms. <BR> 3. I will take pride in my appearance feel good about myself. <BR> 4. Eating healthier and exercising will create a better environment for my family. <BR> 5. My cholestero... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:58:53 EST Remembering Food It's been birthday week in my household, so picture a lot of feasting and cake. Has to happen once a year -- no problem. But now I'd like to rediscover the healthy options that I've been missing out on for the past week. The following is my go-to list. Feel welcome to add your own suggestions! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Smoothie -- coconut milk, spinach, frozen banana, strawberries or pineapple, protein powder <BR> Oatmeal with berries/banana and soy milk <BR> Spark Solution Bacon Swiss Scram... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:01:30 EST January Progress It's a bit early, but here's where I'm at. <BR> <BR> Weight: Stable. No loss, no gain. <BR> <BR> Fitness: Definitely built up the exercise habit. The longest stretch with no workout was three days, and I'm going longer. Added strength training, and I'm beginning to see definition in my arms. <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Ah, yes. The downfall. The area in need of improvement. I tend to eat really well until 6:00 and then it hits the proverbial fan. Sadly, I undo a lot of the good decisions I've mad... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:35:52 EST It’s Hard Being Hungry I’m hungry right now. Not because I’m starving myself, but because I’m readjusting to a daily calorie limit of 1800 or fewer. This is based on my age (42) and the recommendation from The Spark Solution that I should stay in a 1500-1600 calorie range. Confession: I’ve been well over 2000 calories a day for a while now. Change is needed. <BR> <BR> But change is hard. <BR> <BR> As my stomach growls, I remind myself that I’ve had breakfast (oatmeal, strawberries, milk) and lunch (kale salad a... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:57:15 EST Sigh of Relief: Back to Regular Life Last week was insanely overbooked, but fortunately, this week can go back to normal. Here are my plans: <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Dinner: a Spark Solution breakfast recipe (sounds weird, but seriously, it will be great for dinner!) <BR> Workout: Hmmm...this is a tough one. I know I SHOULD go to taekwondo. Perhaps I'll do the 7:00 class and leave at 7:45 to pick up my daughter. Certainly, I can handle 45 minutes, right? This also gives me plenty of time to re-center after work and make a proper ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:42:37 EST Managing to Maintain This was a really rough week schedule-wise. Meals were grab and go, exercise never happened, and sleep with minimal. It took all of my willpower just to log into Spark every day and not simply give up. I faced my weekly weigh in with absolute dread. <BR> <BR> And it was okay. Somehow I managed to maintain my weight over the course of this crazy week. Instead of dread, I feel relief and a revitalized energy to keep pushing forward. Whew! Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:33:37 EST Sunday is Always a Great "Day One" I'm giving myself a personal challenge this week of blogging every day. This way I can sort of track my motivation changes throughout the week. <BR> <BR> Today is going well so far. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and I have plans to work out at 4:00 at my gym. Foreseeable problems: I have zero plans for upcoming meals or workouts. Here we go. <BR> <BR> Sunday dinner: Spark Solution turkey chili with buttered bread (for the family; just chili for me) <BR> Monday breakfast: Return of ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:29:11 EST Lessons from the Summer 5% Challenge Summer's over? Already? Yesterday, the Summer 5% Challenge ended. For those of you unfamiliar with this great undertaking, you join a team for 8 weeks with a focus on losing 5% of your body weight. There is a ton of support (thank goodness!) and camaraderie. Here is what I learned over the last 8 weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. When you fall down, your team is there to help you get back up. <BR> I hit a really rough spot at the end of July: vacation eating, lack of exercise, and a splash of depre... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:10:08 EST View From Rock Bottom I haven't logged on to SparkPeople in days. <BR> <BR> I've been avoiding this look in the mirror. <BR> <BR> I've let down my 5% Spark team and myself. <BR> <BR> No more. <BR> <BR> I'm done with it. The unhealthy eating: cookies on the couch at 10:00 at night, eating random snacks because I think I'm a lost cause. The sadness that I can't control my own life. The hopelessness. I'm done. No more of that. <BR> <BR> Eat healthy. Log in. Exercise. Log in. Take time to meditate. Log in. ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 15:06:49 EST Why Do I Want to Lose the Weight? For better or worse, the following are my motivations for losing the last ten pounds and getting back into my maintenance range: <BR> <BR> 1. I have about seven pairs of size 8 pants for work -- really cute ones! -- but none of them fit me without looking incredibly inappropriate. <BR> <BR> 2. I want to show up my co-worker who said to me last year, "I love you, but your a$$ is huge in those shorts." (This co-worker is getting married next month, has talked all year about how she needs to l... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:00:32 EST It's Official: I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt Holy cow. My belt now has two embroidered stripes, one for each degree. Wow. <BR> <BR> Getting a black belt is like graduating from high school: you're now ready for advanced college-like training. Getting a second degree? That's like the college graduation...and I did it. I'm still shell-shocked. <BR> <BR> Aside from the usual testing requirements, I had an added personal challenge: I tested with my husband. He is an absolute taekwondo rock star. He's six feet tall and 150 pounds of pure m... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:52:35 EST Planning Out Tonight Much better day today. I woke up super-hungry so I ate cereal with milk and also had a Fiber One bar on the way to work. Then my coffee. Mediocre on the healthy side, but not bad. <BR> <BR> Lunch is Greek yogurt with banana and strawberries. Super filling. Here's what comes next: <BR> <BR> 4:00 Oil change. Darn it, I forgot walking shoes. Can I do yoga in the waiting area? Probably not... <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> ~5:00 Get home and take daughter to dance practice. <BR> ~ 5:30 Make di... Wed, 24 May 2017 13:05:34 EST Curse of the Free Bagels It's 2:00 in the afternoon, and I've nearly met my daily calorie limit already. What the heck is wrong with me? <BR> <BR> Good decision: cereal, milk, apple for breakfast <BR> Good decision: coffee with one creamer as a treat when I got to work <BR> <BR> Bad decision: Whole bagel with cream cheese immediately upon arriving to work. Why?? I wasn't even hungry! Seriously, that was 500 calories down the drain because I can't resist free food! <BR> <BR> Good decision: Brought a salad from home... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:15:16 EST Training for the Next Challenge I'm addicted to challenge. Now that my National Board submission is turned in, I'm ready to focus on my next challenge: Testing for my 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo on June 23-24. <BR> <BR> The test may or may not include the following: <BR> Performing 15 forms <BR> Knowing Korean definitions for forms <BR> Performing any number of kick combination as they are called out <BR> Running 1-2 miles <BR> Full-contact sparring for three minutes (minimum three rounds) <BR> "13 minutes of pain" ... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:15:36 EST Breathing Again For the past couple of months, I've been investing hours of time into completing my final portfolio submissions for the National Board Certification for Teachers. Everything has gone by the wayside: the house is filthy, dinners have been scavenged or eaten out, exercise has been a luxury for those with spare time -- not for those who spend hours on a Sunday at work, finishing this huge project. <BR> <BR> It's done. <BR> <BR> Now, it's done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I posted my final portfoli... Mon, 8 May 2017 13:05:36 EST One Day at a Time It's Wednesday, the third day of a new binge-free streak, and I'm feeling pretty good. I had a good weigh-in today: 151.2 pounds. I celebrated that I am down five pounds since January -- five solid pounds, too, not water weight or "I starved myself to get here" pounds. These are five well-earned pounds. I'm looking forward to saying goodbye to the 150s (again -- and hopefully forever) sometime in the next week. For now, it's simply one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Life is good. My kids are doing... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:52:01 EST Getting Armed for After-Work... I've tracked well today, yet I can foresee an ugly ending to my Monday: stress, hunger, reaching for anything, figuring "What the heck?" and indulging in any and every food in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I will not let this happen. <BR> <BR> The Plan: <BR> <BR> 4:00 Arrive home. Have a pork chop as a snack. (No, this is not normal, but I baked them last night!) Make a cup of tea. <BR> <BR> 5:00 Dinner with the kids. I get the rest of the pork with salad: tomato, cuke, greens... <BR> <BR> 7:0... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:24:16 EST Temper Tantrum I've got the mindset of a petulant toddler today: I don't wanna fill my water bottle -- I don't wanna go to taekwondo tonight -- I don't wanna eat healthy and track everything -- I DON'T WANNA!! <BR> <BR> Keep in mind, I'm coming off a bit of a binge bender this weekend. Literally, (used correctly) I tracked none of my food yesterday in some fit of insolent rebellion against -- what, exactly? Being fitter? Healthier? Dear Lord, not that. Seriously, I'm trapped in some kind of pissy mood, an... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:07:09 EST I Lost 3.2 Pounds This Week! How did I do it? <BR> <BR> 1. Ignoring a lot of "naughty" foods: cookies, chips, extra pasta servings, dinners out... <BR> 2. Eating foods that are REALLY good for me: smoothies, Greek yogurt with fruit, turkey sandwiches loaded with veggies, lean protein with pre-calculated side dishes, TONS of salad. <BR> 3. Re-introducing exercise after re-gaining control of food. Otherwise I convince myself that I need the extra fuel or that "I deserve it," which leads to overeating and binges. <BR> 4.... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:49:00 EST LBF Day 2 Since writing my last blog, I took a step in the right direction and joined a Spark Team called Living Binge Free. It's a great resource and I look forward to my first 4-day challenge. I've chosen to use tracking as my first goal. Here are the struggles I overcame: <BR> <BR> 1. Making a smoothie instead of cereal because I would have eaten two bowls <BR> 2. Ignoring the cookies on the counter <BR> 3. Ignoring the peanut butter jar after dinner <BR> 4. Turning down half of my daughter's soft ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:59:46 EST Depressed...? I was covering the last 20 minutes of a health class for my colleague, and the students were working on presentations for their upcoming nutrition fair. For fun, I walked around and asked general questions to prepare them for future visitors. <BR> <BR> Their topics were all self-chosen and related to questions that they had about real life nutrition: the effects of skipping breakfast, calories in Starbucks drinks, etc. I was having a good time and feeling pretty smart (since I already knew... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:49:42 EST Evaluate: What Needs to Change? The scale should never be the only measurement used to track progress...but it is an indicator. At my job, we talk about triangulating data -- using at least three sources. <BR> <BR> Source 1: The scale <BR> I am back up to 155.4. This makes me feel like I've undone the past couple of weeks' work. <BR> <BR> Source 2: Clothing <BR> Still fits the same -- still tight in the hips. Still not able to wear most of my pants. This is a problem. <BR> <BR> Source 3: Fitness Tracker <BR>... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:03:59 EST 5% Challenge: Revelations from Two Weeks of Work Thanks to the 5% Challenge, I am posting my weight to a thread each Saturday. This can be intimidating at first...until you realize that we are truly all in this together. Once over the intimidation factor, I discovered that tracking weigh-ins can be quite affirming. <BR> <BR> Here is what mine looks like: <BR> 1/14: 156.2 <BR> 1/21: 155.2 <BR> 1/28: 154.0 <BR> <BR> Now, technically, I've "only" lost 2.2 pounds over the last two weeks. Two pounds doesn't sound like a lot of payoff for two w... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:02:34 EST Recognize. Recover. Teachers around America are getting new students around this time of year. When semesters end and new classes start, our class lists become a mishmash of former faces and transferred ones. It's a bit stressful -- kind of like Day 1 all over -- and I could see the stress showing up on my tracker. <BR> <BR> Solution: <BR> First, recognize the problem. Yes, this is a stressful time. Yes, it doesn't help that Daughter had a dance competition on Saturday and performs at a college basketball toni... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:05:02 EST A Wednesday Carol This is one of those moments where I can easily predict the future. The Ghost of Wednesday-Evening-Yet-to-Come has shown me what will occur later today: <BR> <BR> I work until 4:00 and get home at 4:30. I have no idea what to make for dinner so I throw in pizza and play video games on my iPad until it's done. After eating, I need to go to my hair appointment at there's really no time to work out. I get home with new highlights around 9:00, eat something unhealthy since the day's al... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:32:32 EST Got Bustle? <img src=""> <BR> Remember the bustle? That lovely 19th century fashion statement for all wealthy ladies? I gotta say, I'd personally like to bring the bustle back into style. The best part for me is that I wouldn't even need the cage required of the old-fashioned bustle. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No, ma'am, I got a built-in bustle going... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:10:32 EST This Will Be Funny Later A series of unfortunate events kicked off an evening that left me screaming Edvard Munch-style in my car today. <BR> <BR> 1. Stayed at work too long, creating a panic with my daughter who needed a ride to dance. <BR> 2. Got a Kohl's bill for $80...even though I just overpaid a bill with a $100 gift card and should have had a negative balance... <BR> 3. While panicking on the phone with poor Moby who was clearly overseas, I get a similarly panicked text from my daughter: I forgot my jazz unif... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:29:03 EST How I Learned That Tracking Matters Sure, it's Thanksgiving weekend, and I didn't track my family get-together. Totally understandable, right? <BR> <BR> Ah, but here's the crux: I haven't actually tracked in a month. (I haven't weighed myself either -- let's not go there!) <BR> <BR> So today I decided to return to tracking. Everything. Guess what I learned...Calories are everywhere! I mean, all I had for lunch was a turkey and cheese sandwich...and potato chips...and a granola bar for creamer in my coffee. Tha... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:44:01 EST Singing Smoothie Praises Over the weekend, my husband attended a nutritional seminar. He came home excited about a "new" concept: smoothies. <BR> <BR> "You've heard of smoothies?" he asked incredulously. <BR> <BR> "Well, yes. I mean, a smoothie is just a mix of--" <BR> <BR> "No, no. There are special smoothies you can make for, like, building immunity and stuff." <BR> <BR> "Okay, yes, I bet there are. But there are literally hundreds of--" <BR> <BR> "Where can we buy smoothies?" <BR> <BR> Oh, dear. I had my wor... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:17:09 EST "Your A$$ is Huge" Got to admit, I'm still burning from my co-worker's comment on Monday: "I love you, but your a$$ is huge in those shorts," she had said while giggling. <BR> <BR> Here were my many internal reactions: <BR> <BR> Horrified -- OMG my butt is so big! Everyone is staring with judgment. <BR> Insulted -- Did you seriously just say that to me? Out loud? <BR> Insulting -- Glass houses, bit@$. Y'all just threw the first stone. <BR> Self-destructive -- I will now starve myself while exercising 12 ho... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:05:47 EST Summer Successes and Challenges Two months without a blog? You can tell my work laptop was turned in for the summer! Here's what's new: <BR> <BR> Successes: <BR> 1. Lots of fun with my family, including an adventure trip across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota ending at Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Lots of hiking to stay fit on the trip and such a great bonding experience with the kids (ages 11 and 9) and hubby. <BR> <BR> 2. Xperience Fitness membership. My daughter's dance team practices at Xperience... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:51:32 EST Don't Call the Game Until It's Over My husband is guilty of calling the game the first time an opposing team scores. One touchdown during the first few minutes inevitably elicits an ominous prediction: "That's it. We're done. Might as well turn it off." Now, he does forget this pronouncement once the score is tied, and when the game is won, he will claim that he never once doubted. (I love that man.) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've realized, though, that I am also guilty of "calling the game early" -- except I do this with eat... Mon, 23 May 2016 14:49:31 EST And...we're off! I feel like the starting gun has popped, and I am on my way! <BR> <BR> First, I have spent the last six weeks working uber-hard on a portfolio submission for the National Board Certification for teachers. Yes, it's a great endeavor, but I've let everything else take a back seat, including my health. But IT'S DONE. It's done!! A gigantic weight has been lifted from my back...which means I am now free to get some exercise and actually plan healthy meals and snacks. <BR> <BR> So I took stock t... Mon, 16 May 2016 15:02:07 EST Spring Arrives with New Beginnings! Ah, my dear Sparkfriends, spring is here, and the winter funk is dissolving more each day. I am back to tracking food -- and enjoying the challenge! -- and I plan to add in exercise in 15-minute intervals. My downfall has been an all-or-nothing attitude: run for 3 miles or don't run, go to Tae kwon do or don't go. I've had to learn that 15 minutes of pilates is a wonderful way to treat myself and my body. <BR> <BR> In other news, my darling, wonderful daughter just earned a spot on a competi... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:41:11 EST It's Been A While... ...and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Because we're still here for each other. <BR> <BR> Because health and wellness is a journey. <BR> <BR> Because I'm back now. And I may come and go, but I'll always return. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:30:01 EST What's My Spark? I just read a great article about verbalizing your spark -- your motivation for a healthy life. I'm going to write as many as I can (good or bad). <BR> <BR> I want to eat well and exercise because... <BR> <BR> ...I'm a role model for my kids. I want them to take healthy habits for granted. <BR> ...I'm 40 and it gets harder to stay in shape! <BR> ...Holly Holm is my inspiration to stay fit. <BR> ...I want to rock a red bikini this year. <BR> ...a boyfriend dumped me because my "a** was too b... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 11:08:52 EST Suck it up, Buttercup. Yeah, yeah, I'm a whiner. Seriously, I had Oreos and potato chips for dinner last night. Thank goodness I can find the humor in it today. <BR> <BR> So what's going well? <BR> * New semester started today, and my 8th-grade classes are off to a lovely start! In fact, as I compare to the noise level and work completion occurring in the other classes, I'm feeling very solid that my students are getting a top-notch, valuable, respectful experience. <BR> * Family is healthy and happy. One is behin... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:40:29 EST Plan for tomorrow Breakfast: steel cut oats, Apple <BR> Lunch out, hopefully Panera <BR> Dinner: turkey meatballs with pasta <BR> <BR> Big day at work! Several school districts coming for a visit. Stressful yet invigorating. <BR> Meeting after school. Dinner after that. <BR> <BR> Workout options: treadmill with Breaking Bad, TKD in the rec room, yoga.... 6:45 is a good time <BR> <BR> Then scoring some papers. Cheers! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:47:35 EST Winter Break = No Excuses for Missing Workouts I like the feeling, at 1:00 in the afternoon, of my body recovering from a workout. Ahhh... I just finished 3 miles on the treadmill and 15 minutes of toning exercises, made a smart lunch, tracked everything, and here I am blogging and making a grocery list. <BR> <BR> Being on winter break is a luxury for us teachers. I have all the time I need to cook nutritiously, plan meals, and get my exercise in. The downside is that there is also time to snack on cookies, etc. But I refuse to consider... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:32:17 EST Plan for the Night 12/9 (It really helps me stay accountable if I blog my plans. I would feel too guilty about not working out!) <BR> <BR> 4:30 Arrive home <BR> ** Slow cooker meal already being made for dinner! <BR> <BR> Best workout bet: Take the dog IMMEDIATELY for a walk/jog. It's supposed to be about 40 degrees and kind of sunny. <BR> <BR> Backup plan: Run on treadmill while watching "Breaking Bad" Season 1, Episode 2. <BR> Other backup plan: Go to the 7:00 TKD class...which should probably be my first prio... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:04:54 EST Plan for the Night For absolutely no reason, I have not worked out in three days. Hence, my plans for the night. <BR> <BR> First, finish school at 3:00, supervise basketball games until 5:30, arrive home at 6:00, make a spaghetti dinner, eat dinner. Therefore, no workout until at least 7:00. <BR> <BR> Option 1: Take the pup for a walk/jog. Minimum time: 30 minutes <BR> Option 2: TKD forms in the rec room, possibly with weightlifting sets in between. Minimum time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> I will edit this entry ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 15:19:55 EST A Strong Week Here's my week in review. <BR> <BR> Top Moments: <BR> Logging in to Spark every day <BR> Getting in 180 fitness minutes! <BR> Sparring on Friday night with my husband <BR> Eating pretty well at holiday parties on the weekend <BR> Trying a Barre class <BR> Holiday shopping is fun AND almost done <BR> Presents got wrapped <BR> Baked cookies with my daugher <BR> <BR> <BR> Oops Moments: <BR> Pretzels and a jar of peanut butter last night. Not bad, but deserves a head shake. <BR> How did I let ... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:20:01 EST A New Day - Day One All positive thoughts here! <BR> I can do this. Water. Track food. Breathe. Get some exercise. <BR> <BR> A line from The Art of Fielding (paraphrased): She used to have toned arms and swim miles a day. Oh, well. <BR> <BR> Oh, well, you can get it all back. <BR> <BR> <BR> My schedule for after work: <BR> <BR> 4:00 Get home. Take dog around the block. Greet kids. Defrost turkey soup for dinner. *Make grocery list based on Spark Solution.* <BR> <BR> 5:00 Soup and rolls for dinner <BR> <B... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:06:29 EST Just Being Honest... Yeah... <BR> <BR> 1. I have avoided the scale. I have an idea that my weight still hovers around 150, but I'm terrified to find out if it's worse. <BR> <BR> 2. I have been making every excuse in the book not to exercise: Too tired, not enough time, TKD classes are just focused on tournament prep, my kid's playing video games so I can't watch TV while I run... (Man, when I list them, they just sound so whiny...) <BR> <BR> 3. I have had a love affair with Halloween candy. Enough said. <BR> ... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 15:09:20 EST Loving Lambeau <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Awesome time at Lambeau Field on Sunday; rough recovery from sleeplessness on Monday. <BR> <BR> Now it's Tuesday. Get back to fitness! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:00:45 EST I'm Even Steven! On Friday, I did two hours of tae kwon do. <BR> On Saturday, I put in three straight hours of biking. <BR> On Sunday and Monday, I took a break. <BR> <BR> Two hard days followed by two rest days...even steven! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I need to look ahead to tonight's schedule: <BR> <BR> 4:00 Arrive home; have snack <BR> 5:15 Take Jack to soccer <BR> 6:30 Pick up Jack from soccer <BR> <BR> So...I can e... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:52:28 EST Workout Options Brainstorm I'm back at work (yea, 8th graders!) and while I love being with my teens, I was so exhausted after Day One that I couldn't work out. (To be fair, the glass of Merlot with dinner may have had an influence. But it was worth it!) <BR> <BR> I can't let that happen tonight. So here's my brainstorm of possible workout options. Note: the weather in Wisconsin today is a sticky 88 degrees. <BR> <BR> 1. Bike ride! Of course! I love biking, and I can handle the heat when I'm flying down the trails. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:37:45 EST On My Way It occurred to me today that I've regained one of my good habits: exercise. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I would have said that I work out 5-6 days a week. That dropped to 3x...then 1x...then I became a couch-rider. Exercise seemed really hard -- and, honestly, who has the time? Certainly not me... <BR> <BR> So I made a resolution in July when my weight spiked to post-birth levels: I would get back. Back to exercise, eating vegetables, tracking, you name it. But the exercise was the seemingly ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:59:54 EST Darn it, I'm Healthy... I thought for sure that my 12-pound weight gain and general lethargy was due to a thyroid issue. But my report came in today...totally normal. <BR> <BR> For the first time, I actually wanted a health problem; it would have been such an irrefutable excuse and one that would have solved my weight problem with a simple pill instead of hard work. Well, looks like the hard work needs to happen now. <BR> <BR> I did well today: 1600 calories and an 18-mile bike ride. Tomorrow I plan to get up wi... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:42:58 EST You Know You're in Trouble When... ... your BMI is officially in the overweight range after years spent in the healthy range. <BR> <BR> ... you react with defensive anger when your spouse suggests a walk after dinner. <BR> <BR> ... you find yourself full of excuses instead of energy. <BR> <BR> ... you say, "Yeah, but I'm too busy to work out." (Really? Just admit it: you don't feel like it.) <BR> <BR> ... you splurge several times a day, each time claiming it's just this one time. <BR> <BR> ... you start searching for str... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:21:19 EST