REBECCATKD's SparkPeople Blog REBECCATKD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 What I am NOT going to do... 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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