REBECCATKD's SparkPeople Blog REBECCATKD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Reflection and Goal for Feb. 25 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 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! 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 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 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 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, should try more fruits and vegetables, you know? For your test?" <BR> <BR> In a fury, I tossed the nearly-empty bag into the 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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' 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! 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... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 23:13:54 EST Day 5 Good day. <BR> <BR> Ate well and stayed within ranges. <BR> <BR> Took a Rest Day from exercise but purposely walked down my hilly street and back (twice) to get those sore muscles working. <BR> <BR> I had a personal day from work, and I spent the afternoon cleaning out the basement and pricing two carloads of toys and clothes for my church's upcoming kid and baby rummage sale. My basement can breathe -- how exciting! <BR> <BR> I budgeted an evening snack (the time when I normally want to ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:24:01 EST Day 4 (Rhymes with sore) All is well! <BR> <BR> *Taught a kickboxing class last night and really focused on the butt <BR> * Did one of Grandmaster's tae kwon do classes tonight <BR> * Ate REALLY well with the Spark Solution meals (calories back down to 1200-1400 a day) <BR> * Ready for tomorrow's weigh-in! <BR> <BR> For the record, I was SO tired after work that I curled up on the couch and napped. Then my kids said, "Are we still going to TKD?" and I forced myself off the couch and said, "YES!" <BR> <BR> Sometime... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:02:26 EST Spark Solution: Day 1 First blog in awhile here -- must have been in some pretty deep denial!! So, here goes. <BR> <BR> I weighed 150 pounds this morning. <BR> <BR> Not a big deal in the grand scheme of life...except that I said goodbye to the 150s back in 2011. Why have they returned uninvited? There can be only two logical answers. <BR> <BR> 1. I am developing some sort of medical condition. (Doctor's appointment next week just in case.) <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> 2. I've been eating too much, exercising too li... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:44:38 EST I Figured Out Why I've Been in a Rut! Thank you, KAYTIE22, for suggesting that I search for the underlying cause of my recent lack of motivation and increased sluggishness. I found it! <BR> <BR> I've had a student teacher with me since January 28. He is the fourth student teacher of my career, and I usually enjoy mentoring new educators. However, this guy's attitude and arrogance was such a downer that I was dreading going to work, sinking into a depression, and binge eating every other night. <BR> <BR> FINALLY, I held some med... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:44:53 EST Better Days I avoided the scale this morning -- probably a good thing. I didn't want my attitude to depend upon a number. <BR> <BR> Small victories: <BR> * Ate healthy and tracked everything <BR> * Joined my 8-year-old daughter for 30 minutes of Just Dance 2014 and worked up quite a sweat <BR> * Dealt patiently with a student teacher who does not handle constructive criticism -- at all <BR> * Read for 30 minutes with my daughter <BR> * Helped my 6-year-old son learn how to count change <BR> * Had a fami... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:02:01 EST Struggling -- Facing It This is weird. I'm in the biggest rut, and it's characterized by some bizarre manic behaviors. For example... <BR> <BR> Friday: "Hooray! I have the day off work. I did a 5k on the treadmill and was able to jog the first 1.75 miles! I ate healthy. I am a strong, capable woman, and I will meet my goals!" <BR> <BR> Saturday: "...I just don't care. Eat the chocolate-covered raisins on the couch. I should work out...but I don't want to. What does it matter? I'll never win. My legs are lumpy and ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:22:56 EST My Inner Personal Trainer My goal on the treadmill today: Get in 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> As I was setting up (fill water bottle, get shoes on), the slightly wimpy side of my psyche began its spiel: "So...30 minutes. I could walk two miles, then, right? Or, how about if I jog one mile and then walk the rest. Or...what if I just do two miles and then call it a night, no matter what the time says?" <BR> <BR> From deep within me, a voice answered through clenched teeth, "I don't give a damn what you do. Just make sure tha... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:27:48 EST Welcome, 2014! Hello, New Year! I am so happy right now, relaxing in my sunroom with a snowstorm whirling outside. Why, you ask? Simply because I feel so incredibly blessed. This holiday season has given me so many wonderful moments with my family. For those of you who know about my husband's medical issues, he is doing SO much better -- almost completely healed. After two tumultuous years, the sun is shining, the pain is nearly gone, and our marriage is stronger than ever. <BR> <BR> Now, that doesn't mean... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:43:48 EST Busy Doing Great Things! Yes, I have not logged in for awhile, but this time there is no guilt attached to it. (I've been behaving even without logging in, seriously.) Here's run-down of my December: <BR> <BR> December 3 Took a small group of middle school kids to a Writer's Conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum <BR> <BR> December 12 Attended a one-day conference on education <BR> <BR> December 14 My dance team competed in the Jazz division at an invitational after two months of preparation. They did well! <B... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:27:25 EST Post-Thanksgiving Workout Today! After a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with 12 at the dining room table, I got to jump start the turkey-calorie-burning with a Grandmaster Lee workout today. We ran 120 laps around the dojang, a nice 40-minute jog that the foot handled just fine. I really feel like I am making healthy choices again! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:23:39 EST On a Roll Yes! I'm on a roll! <BR> <BR> 1. Eating healthy <BR> 2. Tracking food <BR> 3. Went to tae kwon do tonight. I could do everything except the jumping kicks. This is great progress for the mending foot -- two weeks ago, the jumping jacks hurt. <BR> <BR> My goal: Back into maintenance range by Christmas <BR> <BR> I can do it! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:27:28 EST Hard Work To Do -- So Get Started I sit here at 8:30 p.m. with Crest White strips on my teeth, accomplishing two feats at once: whitening my teeth and avoiding night-snacking. <BR> <BR> Yes, it's time to get serious. <BR> <BR> I visited a neighbor today who has lost 10 pounds and is looking to lose 10 more. His workout plan: 3-4 days per week, he hits the treadmill. He jogs two miles, walks a quarter mile, jogs 2 more, walks another quarter, and then jogs a final mile. This takes him one hour. <BR> <BR> What commitment. ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:42:39 EST Confession: I've Been Avoiding SparkPeople Let's just get it all on the table: I didn't make time to exercise. I started to overeat (and returned to night-bingeing). I drank only about four glasses of water a day. But the worst? I purposely and intentionally avoided logging into SparkPeople for 21 days. <BR> <BR> Why? Why did I turn my back on a community that has helped me in so many ways? <BR> <BR> Guilt. <BR> <BR> I KNEW I was making poor, unhealthy decisions. I didn't want to enter my food into the nutrition tracker and face ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:57:43 EST Day 3: First step toward a TKD comeback Tracking: Done and in range <BR> Workout: 30 minutes of tae kwon do forms <BR> <BR> For the first time since the August 7 bone break, I actually did my tae kwon do forms tonight. Thank you, muscle memory! I was able to remember 10/11 of the forms without a hitch, and then I called my husband downstairs to help me with the final one. I cannot pivot yet on the right foot, but I'll keep working on it. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:39:57 EST Day Two Nutrition: All tracked and in range! <BR> Workout: A walk with another mom during kid's soccer practice. And about to hit the floor for the first Skinny Jeans workout <BR> <BR> Good day! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:23:24 EST October 1st: Day One Okay, I'm back now. How fitting that I decide to return on October 1 -- new month, new attitude. <BR> <BR> The good news: I went for a 7-mile bike ride today. First workout in about two weeks since I've been LAZY. Luckily, I was not out of breath on the hills. Let's see if I'm sore in the morning... <BR> <BR> More good news: While I was busy getting my LAZY on, I was able to maintain my weight. Whew! <BR> <BR> Bad news: None, really. Just that I've been LAZY (insert slap on wrist here) a... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:23:26 EST "I don't know how you people do it." While watching The Bridge the other night, I witnessed one of the characters break down at an AA meeting. "I don't know how you people do it," he said. "Every time I try to start over, I just keep failing." He had just heard from an AA member who had been sober for over 200 days. <BR> <BR> I thank God that I do not have a substance addiction issue. But doesn't that dialogue sound familiar? We try so hard for a certain number of days, and then a setback occurs that knocks us on our butts: a f... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:44:27 EST Church, Beach, and Healthy Cooking What a wonderful Sunday! We started off at church, where we had an emotional service saying farewell to our retiring pastor. Afterwards, the kids had cupcakes, which didn't tempt me a bit, and DH and I splurged on coffees at Starbucks. DH is finally allowed to have coffee again after months with none so this was indeed a treat. (We both put vanilla almond milk in the coffee in place of creamer, which seemed like a huge indulgence - yum!) <BR> <BR> After a lunch of sautéed farmer's market veg... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:51:19 EST Interesting Challenges... Challenge #1: The Broken Foot <BR> I've got this one under control. I wear my little boot when I need to and I even found a pair of sandals that have the same height so I no longer limp. Also, I'm really enjoying all the cycling I've been doing. I'll have to post pictures at some point from the trail that I take; it's very wooded and peaceful. When I can't get out on the bike (rain, kids, night, etc.), I drag myself onto the living room floor and do push-ups, crunches, and pilates moves. ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:45:53 EST Planning Workouts I have to laugh a bit here about my near bike-crisis today. If you haven't read my earlier blog, I have a broken bone in my foot and cannot do any fast-walking, jogging, or tae kwon do for the next two months. However, I am cleared for cycling, which was a huge relief. <BR> <BR> However, I noticed earlier this week that my bike was spontaneously shifting into different gears, especially when going uphill. Ugh! I needed to bring the bike into the shop to get fixed. In my mind, the excuses st... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:33:47 EST The Verdict: Broken Here we go again... <BR> <BR> I did indeed break my right foot last Wednesday night. The doctor was actually shocked that I have been walking around for this long without pain meds. (I still didn't take any.) The break is the outer bone that travels from the heel to the little toes; instead of a straight bone, mine looks like a lower-case y. <BR> <BR> The bad news: No running or tae kwon do for 2 months. This means I will NOT be doing the 8k that I signed up for in September, nor will I co... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:13:53 EST Clumsy I'm heading back to the orthopedic doctors tomorrow, this time to check out my foot. Jeez, what a klutz! First I fracture my elbow, and now I've had a bruised foot since landing on it badly last Wednesday night. I can put weight on it, just can't do the bending motion needed for walking. <BR> <BR> I did go for a 9.8 mile bike ride yesterday, but my foot seemed worse today. Therefore, I stuck to non-impact pilates just to get some fitness minutes logged. Cross your fingers, please, that it's ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:48:06 EST Grind Your Teeth Go figure: I didn't want to work out today. And so began the excuses. <BR> <BR> This morning, I was too tired to go for a bike ride, and then it was too close to the time I had to leave for work. Then my son had a friend over -- obviously I had to supervise, right? I planned on going to tae kwon do at 6:00. Oh, but it's library night at the kids' school (which we've never gone to). Can't work out, I guess. <BR> <BR> Then I popped onto my Firecracker team and read through some posts, event... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:46:13 EST Fitness Minutes? NEAT? Are We Fooling Ourselves? What does exercise mean to you? Is it a ten-mile hike? A walk with the dog? Gardening? I tend to agree with the Spark definition of exercise: "Any rhythmic activity that increases the body's need for oxygen by using large muscle groups continuously for at least 10 minutes." In that case, the hike, the dog walk, and gardening all qualify as exercise -- assuming of course that the pooch prefers to go longer than ten minutes and walks faster than my old strolling Malamute. <BR> <BR> When I re... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:58:51 EST Summer 5% Challenge: New Team, New Goal It's Day 1 of the Summer 5% Challenge, and a few changes are in the air for me. <BR> <BR> First, I am on a different team: the Firecrackers! I was getting too complacent on my former team and needed a kick in the pants to keep me motivated. So hello, Firecrackers! Thanks for letting me light the sky with you! <BR> <BR> Second, I have a new 5% goal. In the spring challenge, with the help of The Spark Solution, I was able to lose 6 pounds, from 147 to 141. I weighed in this morning at 144 (d... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:22:48 EST Wonderful Vacation Splurges Oh, what a vacation! Gorgeous views of Green Bay from our condo, three outdoor pools and one indoor. Ice cream EVERY day -- and I don't regret a spoonful! No internet use by choice. Lots of reading. Hot coffee in the main building ready at all hours. Pool, beach, read, repeat. I loved it! <BR> <BR> Naughty splurges: Ordering whatever I wanted, the aforementioned ice cream, and deciding NOT to work out. This isn't normal for me, and therefore I got to enjoy every guilt-free moment. <BR> <BR... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:39:17 EST Appreciated...? Warning: Venting about to occur. <BR> <BR> Stuck in a funk for hours today, I finally took out the bike. While on the paved trail, I actually had a conversation with myself as such: <BR> <BR> "So what's the issue? Why are you so cranky?" <BR> <BR> "Because I'm tired of not getting a 'Thank you' or 'I'm sorry' from my immediate family. Because I'm tired of making sacrifices when I'm the ONLY one making them. Because, while I am empathetic to my husband's daily journey with pain, he is in no... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:21:11 EST No Limitations I graduated from physical therapy today! My right arm has regained almost 100% of its range of movement, meaning I can now do anything -- and can actually start lifting again with light weights. <BR> <BR> I am lucky. I am blessed. I am no longer injured! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:25:18 EST New Goal, Nature, and Nostalgia I was feeling kind of "off" recently when it came to fitness. Black belt test completed? Check. Can run a 5k? Check. Maybe run a 10k? Ugh...don't really want to. <BR> <BR> Why not? Why didn't I want to push myself to run 6.2 miles...or at least walk/jog it? I noticed that every time I planned a run, part of me rolled my eyes and groaned in protest. Running (or jogging, in my case) just doesn't do it for me. Yes, I'll do it -- if there's a reason, like training for a 5k. Otherwise...I'd rath... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:40:05 EST Great News on the Bone-Front! While I do have a radial-fracture-yadayada, I have the kind that does NOT require any further splinting or casting! As the doctor said, "We need to get you out of this splint and into physical therapy. And start using your arm. Yes, it's going to hurt. Don't over-use it, but don't baby it, either." <BR> <BR> Hooray! This means I can resume most of my usual exercises. No hardcore punching or blocking with the right arm yet, but running and biking is back on the menu. <BR> <BR> As an aside, I... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:28:09 EST Fracture So...apparently, one week ago, I fractured my right arm at the elbow while unsuccessfully attempting to break a brick at my black belt test. <BR> <BR> I let it go for a week, figuring it was just badly bruised. Wrong. Today a radiologist confirmed a small fracture. I have a splint from my palm to my armpit, elbow stable in a 90-degree shell. Will call the orthos on Monday to set up the next step. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I need to brainstorm a list of arm-free workouts: <BR> <BR> Walk/Jog ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:21:54 EST In the Midst of Challenge "You're like...a machine!" blurted one of my co-workers at the retirement luncheon yesterday. She had just invited me out for some wine with a group of our teachers, and I had to decline because of my black belt test. <BR> <BR> "Oh, you're getting your black belt tonight? What do you have to do?" <BR> <BR> So I told her about the run, the full-contact sparring, the rounds of kicks and punches on the bags, the forms and definitions, being ready for anything the instructors may ask you to do.... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:07:34 EST What's My Motivation? Spark Coach asked the question is my session today: "What will be different when you've lost the weight?" <BR> <BR> So what will be different? Now that I've hit the upper level of my maintenance range, I notice that I'm more cheerful and have more energy. I don't seem to stress out if I miss a workout, and I can easily substitute foods here and there to stay within calorie ranges without starving. Yet...what exactly is my goal? <BR> <BR> What I can do better at maintenance weight: <BR> * Te... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:03:33 EST