REBECCATKD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=REBECCATKD REBECCATKD'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/ "Your A$$ is Huge" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208711 Got to admit, I'm still burning from my co-worker's comment on Monday: "I love you, but your a$$ 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207106 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168869 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164221 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140629 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137248 ...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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110261 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079825 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074094 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052941 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044839 (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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044383 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043752 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040589 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029358 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f726e01-3062-46f6-94ea-19ff0ae8ad46.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997858 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f628b0b-a291-4c15-aea2-4dcb24b7aa45.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989707 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975482 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965143 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963282 ... 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 What I am NOT going to do... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932013 I am not going to freak out because I didn't get a workout in during the past two days. <BR> <BR> I am not going to eat unhealthy garbage because I didn't get a workout in during the past two days. <BR> <BR> I am not going to skip a workout tonight and blame it on my daughter's concert, being tired, or not getting a workout in during the past two days. <BR> <BR> I am not going to let go of the healthy lifestyle I've been adopting, even though -- duh-duh-DUH -- I didn't get a workout in dur... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:44 EST Successes and Struggles: May 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930824 Thank goodness I wrote out a plan for last night. I couldn't get it all done, but the important stuff happened. <BR> <BR> Successes: <BR> * I ate the planned meals, tracked it all, and stayed in range. <BR> * I did get in a 2-mile walk/jog with the dog (and the kids on their bikes.) <BR> * I was not stressed out. <BR> * I managed to track ahead for today's meals. <BR> <BR> Struggle: <BR> * I didn't have the time to get to the grocery store...BUT it's still a success because I sacrificed th... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:40:24 EST What's the Focus for the Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930151 Last week was mentally tough, and I have survived. This week, I am ready to re-focus on healthy decisions. <BR> <BR> Plan #1: Meal -planning <BR> I'll be using the first week of The Spark Solution for meal plans beginning tomorrow. They are tasty, use fresh ingredients, and won't break the bank. <BR> Obstacle: When will I have time to grocery shop? Hmmm...Has to be tonight. Plan to follow below. <BR> <BR> Plan #2: Exercise <BR> I'd like to get back to tae kwon do this week. I've already c... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:54:34 EST Whoa, Honey! Fell Off Wagon, But Ran Alongside It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928053 Girl, please. The last five days have been a bit of a whirlwind with work and family needing more of my time than normal. Now that's it's over, I'm taking inventory: <BR> <BR> Exercise: Shoot. Didn't really happen. Well, that can change. <BR> <BR> Eating: Ummm.... Good and bad. Ate a lot? Yes. Decently healthy? Yes. Okay. <BR> <BR> Weight: Maintaining. Good. <BR> <BR> General health: Declared healthy at doctor's appointment yesterday. Good. <BR> <BR> Mood: Considering I'm taking the Nati... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:46:23 EST Ten Days of Good Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923674 Ten days ago I dusted off my copy of The Spark Solution, read the book again, bought groceries, planned meals, weighed in, and buckled down to face what seemed to be a turning point in my health: my weight was 12 pounds higher than before my broken foot in August of 2013. Twelve pounds is a lot of weight -- just ask anyone who has lost weight, the pounds get heavier and more stubborn when you're trying to lose them. I faced down the number on the scale, the clothes that no longer fit, the la... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:09:19 EST Whoa! Binge Began, Then Stopped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921007 Lesson: must track food or eating gets out of control. <BR> <BR> My school brought in lunch from Panera since a group of us were interviewing today. No biggie; I had salad and bread. But I didn't track. And that's how the binge begins. I feel like I must have screwed up and therefore all is lost. <BR> <BR> I got home, made pizza for the kids, ate a quarter of it, heated up a healthy dinner for hubby and me, ate that dinner as well, then grabbed a handful of dark chocolate chips to finish ... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:20:33 EST Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919651 Okay, this just happened. <BR> <BR> I have a colleague at work who I confided in on Monday about my recent weight struggles and my plan. (You know, tell people, enlist support.) She appeared very supportive at the time. <BR> <BR> Today, I told her that I'm already seeing results from eating better and exercising consistently and that the number on the scale had already started going down. She laughed and said, "Or maybe you just took a big poo." <BR> <BR> Really? <BR> <BR> The added irony... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:42:54 EST Successes and Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919054 Successes: <BR> I had a great Monday by following The Spark Solution Day 1. Ate well, exercised, felt really good. <BR> I avoided the scale this morning. I am committing to weighing myself only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. <BR> <BR> Segue into Struggles: <BR> The Scale: I am really letting numbers freak me out -- and then I shut down. Numbers can be motivating, yes. But I've been watching the numbers creep up on the scale since Christmas, and I've done nothing about it. <BR> St... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:46:49 EST Does Everybody Lose Control? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918547 Because, seriously folks, I have let my bad habits get out of hand. <BR> <BR> (I almost wrote "let myself get out of hand" but this isn't about blame. It's about progress.) <BR> <BR> Let's talk numbers. 154. There. It's out there. Not that it's a bad number for a lot of people -- but this is more than I've weighed in the past five years. I'm facing it. <BR> <BR> That's important. I'm facing it. <BR> <BR> I've got today's food planned and under control, but I'm having trouble figuring out ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:19 EST Reflection and Goal for April 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915070 What's Going Well: <BR> <BR> The beginnings of the week are always good for me: meals are planned, exercise is planned, my attitude is one of a fresh start. That said, it's been a good couple of days. I am tracking food (until 3:00) and I had a good moment yesterday with exercise... <BR> <BR> I knew I wanted to work out, but the Excuses kept talking me out of it. <BR> Me: I should run on the treadmill. <BR> Excuses: Yeah, but Jack's playing a video game... <BR> Me: Wait! Now he's reading! <... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:33:20 EST Reflection and Goal for March 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900642 What's going well: <BR> I've been much more conscious about eating healthy lately. Oatmeal or raisin bran for breakfast, more salads with or for lunch, and watching portions at dinner. <BR> New habit: I must drink 4 glasses of water before I can have coffee. It's amazing how quickly that quart goes down when coffee looms at the finish line! <BR> Family relationships are good -- perhaps that's why I've been slacking on the exercise; I just want to spend time with them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challe... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:58:14 EST Reflection and Goal for March 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886269 What's Going Well? <BR> Most things! Still eating healthy for the most part. I'm getting back into the workout gig. Last night, I dragged myself to TKD (dragged because I was exhausted), and over the weekend I managed to do a weightlifting/cardio circuit. I had forgotten how much I enjoy weightlifting. Also, I am making a conscious effort to get all my 8 glasses of water in. <BR> <BR> Challenges/Concerns <BR> Just keeping the discipline up. <BR> <BR> Goal for today <BR> No plans tonight wi... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:17:27 EST Reflection and Goal for Feb. 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882526 What's Going Well? <BR> <BR> I feel really good today. Mostly, this is because I've been tracking food, eating GOOD food (meaning healthy), staying full, and avoiding the binges. <BR> I'm not stressed -- and I'm not feeling negative about my body. <BR> I've started drinking a bottle of water on the way to work and not having coffee until I've consumed two bottles. <BR> All good things! <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenges/Concerns <BR> * Finding time to work out -- It's been a busy week. I'm not g... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:31:28 EST Reflection and Goal for Feb. 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881163 What Went Well Over the Weekend: <BR> <BR> I went to sparring class! I haven't gone in months, and it felt good to put on the gear and again and kick people. :) I also did the regular class, getting an 80-minute workout in on Saturday. <BR> <BR> On Friday night, I was feeling lazy, but I knew I needed to get in a 30-minute workout. My self-compromise: Put in Just Dance and challenge the kids to a dance party. It worked! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenges/Concerns: <BR> <BR> The eating was o... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:00:22 EST Land, ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868610 Along with chronic laziness, I was struck by a bout of bronchitis (indeed, nobody got time for dat) and have just floundered for the last two weeks. What happens when one flounders too long? One eventually hits land. <BR> <BR> I've decided to name this new land New Clean Eating. <BR> <BR> Now, I don't actually know that much about clean eating, so I am changing the definition a bit. To me, clean eating implies <BR> 1) Cooking from scratch with natural ingredients <BR> 2) Eating more fruits... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:33:40 EST Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854273 I am channeling the mindset of an Olympic athlete. <BR> <BR> I am in training. Food is my fuel. Only healthy, nutritious food can enter my body. <BR> <BR> I am in training. My body is a machine. It will become a stronger, faster, more powerful machine every time I use it. <BR> <BR> This is my mantra. Everything I eat and every workout I complete will follow this mantra. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:47:52 EST Start Your Engines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853112 Picture an old car in the winter: the engine sputters, dies, sputters again, rolls over, starts...but then stops again. That's me. <BR> <BR> <BR> But today, the engine started. I joined an old car club with similar vehicles, and we're committed to refining our chassis together. <BR> <BR> Okay, enough of the metaphor. I'll keep checking in. <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:12:29 EST Busted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806301 Confession: Last night my husband said, tentatively, "Uh...when you get closer to black belt testing, you should probably...not eat chips like that. I mean, like...you should try more fruits and vegetables, you know? For your test?" <BR> <BR> In a fury, I tossed the nearly-empty bag into the trash...my feelings were hurt. I'd gotten busted while binge-eating, and I hated myself for it. I vowed in that moment to never eat again, to run 5 miles every day, to starve myself...etc. etc. Just a ve... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:42:52 EST Got Booty? This One's For You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802697 I heard this on the radio this morning -- it's my new anthem! All you ladies out there with junk in the trunk, embrace your curves! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "All About That Bass" <BR> by Meghan Trainor <BR> <BR> Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two <BR> But I can shake it, shake it <BR> Like I'm supposed to do <BR> 'Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase <BR> And all the right junk in all the right places <BR> <BR> I see the magazine workin' that Photoshop <BR> We know tha... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:54:33 EST Tomorrow is the Dreaded 4th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802071 A co-worker and I just figured out that <BR> <BR> 1) We are both secret binge-eaters. <BR> 2) When we start a plan, we are both really good for the first three days. Then we blow it on Day 4. <BR> <BR> Well, tomorrow is my Day 4. I'm gritting my teeth already. So here are the plans: <BR> <BR> For today, food is already pre-tracked. Also, I am planning to jog tonight. To make sure it gets done, I will run BEFORE dinner. If I can't eat until I run, you better believe I'm going to run! <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:46:34 EST Back to Solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801144 I found myself recommending The Spark Solution to a co-worker, especially since I lost about six pounds in two weeks when I did it. <BR> <BR> Then I thought, Hmmm...Perhaps I should be doing this again. <BR> <BR> So today was the first day! I've grocery shopped, chopped, roasted, and cooked. I pinpointed my weaknesses today (cookies and Halloween candy) and nearly stayed in range. <BR> <BR> I also took my new German Shepherd puppy for a hike in the woods. She's 12 weeks old, and she was q... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:20:14 EST Intervention Day 8: One Step Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776178 I did okay...until I got home from work at 5:00. Hungry. Facing down a pan full of brownies. Hungry. Italian bread on the counter. <BR> <BR> I couldn't stop from eating two helpings of each. Then I gave up and ate half of a Tombstone pizza before I got it back under control. The entire day ended up at 1860 calories -- 450 over my limit. <BR> <BR> Went to Tae Kwon Do at 7:00 and worked hard. Hopefully, this will help counteract the binge fest. <BR> <BR> Plan ahead: Track now for tomorrow's... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:41:19 EST Intervention Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775404 The hump to get over: my weight was up a bit today from yesterday. However, I'm still down 2 pounds from Sept. 1. <BR> <BR> The victories: <BR> 3 days in a row of strong workouts <BR> Ordering only coffee at the after-church Dunkin Donuts run. <BR> Taking my kids (and their friends) to the park for an hour to avoid snacking <BR> Cooking a healthy Spark recipe for dinner <BR> <BR> *Today, everything I ate was whole-food healthy. I stayed within calorie ranges AND was not hungry. Still managi... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:57:40 EST Intervention Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773619 I've had to detach myself from...myself. <BR> <BR> Sounds weird, doesn't it? Yet I' ve to treat myself like a whiny toddler: <BR> <BR> "I want snacks!" <BR> <BR> "No. You're not getting any snacks before dinner." <BR> <BR> "But I'm hungry!" <BR> <BR> "Good. Then you'll enjoy your dinner more." <BR> <BR> "Then can I have ice cream?" <BR> <BR> "NO. Eat your dinner." <BR> <BR> (I've found I'm actually quite petulant.) <BR> <BR> It's Day 4 of staying within nutritional limits. If I don't... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:36:50 EST Intervention for My Last Few Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772180 I updated my Spark page. That says it all. <BR> <BR> I weigh more today than I have in 4 years. <BR> <BR> This is, frankly, inexcusable. There is no excuse. I do not have a medical problem. I am not an overstressed single parent working two jobs. I am not incapacitated in any way. <BR> <BR> No, I am simply lazy. (Wow, my cheeks burn as I write this.) <BR> <BR> It's easier to eat at 9:00 at night when I'm not even hungry than it is to get on the floor and do some pilates. <BR> <BR> It's ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:22:58 EST I Think I've Got This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735587 Okay, I was initially going to call today a "fail" for the following reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I did not work out this afternoon/evening. <BR> 2. I did not use meals from The Spark Solution for lunch or dinner. <BR> <BR> So this is why tracking is important. I was ABOUT to binge, figuring my day was shot. Then I finished tracking my dinner and realized that I am doing fine: within calorie and nutrition ranges! <BR> <BR> Also, I somehow forgot that, duh!, I teach tae kwon do in the mornings. I ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:37:22 EST Yesterday's Over...Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733099 Sure enough, yesterday was rough. I did not record anything in the nutrition tracker aside from breakfast and I don't plan to. Must simply move on. <BR> <BR> Schedule: Take family to Bristol Renaissance Faire, stop at Culver's for a late lunch, attend a birthday party, attend a graduation party. <BR> <BR> Victories: <BR> I was very conscious of making good choices and only small splurges with food. <BR> <BR> Challenge to Overcome: <BR> At the end of the day, I figured it was probably blow... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:50:03 EST Rollin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731564 Day 2 -- I'm on a roll. <BR> <BR> Yeah, it's a short roll from yesterday to today, but I'm hoping it will continue to snowball. (Mixed metaphors -- I must be tired.) <BR> <BR> Today's Highlights: <BR> <BR> My daughter and I rode our bikes on a 4-mile round trip jaunt to Culver's so she could get a well-deserved dessert. I enjoyed the ride and drank water while she licked her custard cone. Then we rode home. <BR> <BR> I followed the Day 2 Spark Solution meal plan to the letter. Was hungrie... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:17:59 EST Happy July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730948 I am back in the proverbial saddle. Hallelujah! Let me sum up my day: <BR> <BR> Victories: <BR> 1. Did not eat the cinnamon rolls that I made the kiddos for breakfast. Just had one bite to satisfy the craving and then moved on. <BR> 2. Read Day 1 of The Spark Solution religiously and made great nutritional choices. <BR> 3. Walk/jogged 3 miles in 38 minutes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Challenges: <BR> Just the cinnamon roll craving. I was THIS CLOSE to saying, "Ah, screw it. I'll eat what I want for on... 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