REVAMPINGMYLIFE's SparkPeople Blog REVAMPINGMYLIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thank you, thank you, Sparkpeople friends! The holidays were tough for me as well as educational. I realized how much food is a part of my family's holiday traditions. I also struggled with exercising as the weather got cold and rain/snowy. Although I have not progressed as I could have, I have maintained. This is success in and of itself. Part of me feels ready to move forward and another part appears to want to sabotage my whole journey. I lose a few pounds and then have an off day and binge. I'm realizing it's emotional. I... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:41:01 EST What a difference a week makes--take 2 I posted earlier this week how disappointed I was that I had gained 6 lbs while away. I had exercised 2 days out of 8 while visiting family. I didn't track calories as much as count fruits and vegies and watch serving size. Anyway--I immediately got back to sparking upon returning home and in 4 days the 6 lbs were gone. What's surprising to me is that I wasn't following a special diet. I was doing a very loose adaptation of the Eat to Live eating style. But it was pretty much the same f... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:59:20 EST What a difference a week makes :?( You've heard of 2 steps forward and 1 step back? Well...I took a big step back in the past 8 days. We traveled out of state to visit our daughters and grandchildren for the holiday. Bottom line is I did not count calories or exercise daily while away. I ate a LOT more high carb and sugary foods than normal and the scales reflected that this morning after we returned. However, it is what it is--I realized my behavior shows me I am not yet fully converted to the SparkPeople lifestyle yet.... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:50:06 EST Woo-hoo!! I've earned my hooping badge! Yesterday I noticed a bruise on my right waist from hula hooping. I kept hooping though. I had three 5-10 minute sessions of practice yesterday and earned a few more bruises by evening. I still haven't achieved my goal of keeping the hoop spinning for 5 minutes. But, I am starting to sense the sweet spot for pushing and the bruises make me feel like an official hula hooper, lol. Hooping is SO much harder than it looks, but it's fun! <BR> <BR> On another note...I revamped my walking sc... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:21:48 EST Walked 10 miles and started hooping...sorta I reached another "milestone" for me on Friday. I walked 10 miles. As before the first 5 weren't bad...the last 2 were tough. But I did it and survived it. Yay!!!! I'm learning a huge part of walking longer distances is mental. If you think you're right--conversely, if you think you can't, you're right, also. So I remembered The Little Engine That Could and kept telling myself, "I think I can, I think I can..." On another fitness note, I purchased a 42", 2 lb dance exercise ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:47:22 EST Recent NSV's Today's community coaching task is as follows: If "weight" didn't exist, how would you know if your body was healthy? Blog today about all the signs that you're getting healthier, happier and fitter that don't involve the scale. Here are some recent signs of success I've noticed. <BR> 1) I can walk up my home stairs without my knees hurting. <BR> 2) I don't snore while sleeping. (note: husband sometimes checks to see if I'm alive at night bc I'm <BR> 3) My clothes are g... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:51:18 EST Walked 6 miles Today was a distance day for my marathon walk training. Hubby and I walked 6 miles, in a blizzard, up hill----both ways, barefoot... JK. Seriously though, we did walk 6 miles and it was COLD!!!! 37 degrees. I think it's the first time we've walked where he did not end up being my personal porter for my jacket, gloves, water, etc. etc. etc. I kept on everything I started the walk with. I really need to get him something very nice for Christmas. He's a GREAT support for me in my endeavo... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 12:47:35 EST Discussion between my future and present self It's 10 years from today: November 1, 2022. I am 65 years old. I live on the outskirts of Houston, TX. I share a home with my husband and a dog. I open my eyes in the morning and see my dog waiting to go outside, there is sunshine and flowers and a big vegetable garden. There are birds and beeds flitting around. I smell fresh mown grass and roses. My husband is still asleep. The Yorkie is running around the yard chasing butterflies. I think of our grandchildren who live a few miles ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:24:42 EST Photo motivation backfires I thought I would keep a photo journal of my weight loss. My plan was to take photos every 15 lbs down (about a pant size). As the lbs slowly came off I really looked forward to seeing the photos of my 30 lb loss. Tonight my husband took the new set since I reached 30 lbs down this week. I uploaded them only to find...hardly any noticeable difference. Talk about feeling deflated. I'm not sure that the photo journal is going to be a motivator. I can tell my face is a little more chiseled... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:44:17 EST A distance PR My husband and I walked 8 miles this morning. This is a first for me to go this distance. It stretched me. I was tired by the end. It feels good to know I can walk 8 miles. Woot! Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:44:01 EST Walk Mile Times October 23, 2012 4 Miles <BR> <BR> Mile 1: 18:42 <BR> Mile 2: 18:02 <BR> Mile 3: 16:41 <BR> Mile 4: 17:55 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:31:19 EST Adventurous Fitness The Coach's question of the day is "are we having fun yet?" <em>334</em> Seriously though, overall I am! Some moments or even days, I don't want to count calories and/or my body feels stiff and tense. But overall, I feel better, have more energy and manage stress MUCH better. My family and friends notice a difference and I respond that I feel more balanced than in years. One thing that helps me keep it fun is that I have set fitness goals for myself and keep them posted on my fridge... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:26:49 EST Another fun PR My husband and I walked 6 miles yesterday on Rail-Trails. I PR'd on times for individual miles as well as improved my overall time. For the 1st time yesterday I walked a mile in under 18 minutes! drum roll please <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Mile 2 - 19 minutes (hubby and I were talking and I can't talk and walk at the same time <BR> Mile 3 - 17.57 minutes <BR> Mile 4 - 18.22 minutes (this mile was hillier) <BR> Mile 5 - 17.34 minutes (this mile was pretty flat) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:51:15 EST Super NSV! Woo-hoo!! I went clothes shopping this evening and had to purchase slacks that are 2 sizes smaller than when I started sparking! I love evidence that the SP approach is working for me. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:51:45 EST Ready to try giving up soda again The addictive mind is powerful! I blogged before that I was going to give soda for good. Didn't happen. I happen to like Diet Dr. Pepper a lot. I enjoy Ten, too--which is a misnomer, btw, since there are actually 20 calories per bottle. False advertising!!!! They really hooked me when the commercial said "Ten isn't for women." Seriously--I drove right out and purchased one. That'll show them! Hah! Anyhoo--I have set a new fast break goal to give up soda. Part of what I struggle wit... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:01:17 EST A lesson learned--in what NOT to do! We took some friends to dinner last night at Red Lobster restaurant. I ordered a healthy meal, tilapia with salsa, brocolli and mashed potatoes. I did not realize the meal came with a salad. I asked for blue cheese dressing (240 calories). Then the waiter brought out cheesy biscuits (140 calories). I ate 2. Again unplanned calories. But the kicker was my husband asked if I would like dessert. I hadn't planned for dessert, but impulse jumped in and said, yes, if he would share it with ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:57:57 EST Learning the Moderation Lifestyle I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I tend to throw my energy into one project at a time and want to do that project perfectly. I've been working on achieving more balance in my life for about 8 months now and I feel MUCH better. However, every now and then Ms. Perfectionist pops up to pester me again. Particularly when I eat something I hadn't planned for. The nutitionist blog yesterday was a tremendous help with how to manage this tendency. She spoke about banking calories to plan for a bi... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:53:33 EST A new milestone for me: a 6 mile one that is... :) I walked 6 miles yesterday at an 18.5 minute per mile pace. For folks who were active all their lives or have newly created active lifestyles, this accomplishment may not sound like much. But for me--it is huge. My husband and I were discussing while walking yesterday what a difference attitude makes. Two months ago if he had told me I could walk 6 miles 2 months from now, I would have laughed at him and forgotten about it. If he had said I could walk it in less than 2.5 to 3 hours, I wo... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 10:39:37 EST The Importance of Mindful Eating to Success As a therapist, I often teach clients mindfulness skills. Staying in the present moment takes practice. It is natural for our minds to be distracted and to wander into worrying about the future or ruminating over the past. But when we allow ourselves to do this, we often miss precious moments of awareness and insight that are in the now. Learning to be present and in the moment requires bringing your mind back to the now again and again and again. I'm finding that developing new eating h... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:33:56 EST The importance of honesty and persistence in achieving my goals Right after I posted my last status of "I believe in me," I really hit the wall. I have been increasing my exercise frequency and duration and just was not seeing the results I desired in the scale. I know, I know...the scale is not the end all-be all of success. It's true. My clothes were getting baggier, I had more energy (except for a week when I had a stomach bug), but I LONGED to see the scale move down and it was going up and down for about 4 weeks. I began engaging in increasing n... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:16:30 EST I'm beginning to enjoy exercise--weird. I am starting to enjoy my walks and strength training. Not all the time, mind you. But there are moments during that I can look around at the beauty of the day around me and enjoy being in the moment. That's real progress for me. It is also a major motivator. Being able to enjoy being outside and moving and enjoying nature is one of my primary motivations to become fit and healthy. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:05:10 EST Is this realistic? Goal to walk the Houston Avon Walkathon (39 miles in 2 days) in April 2013 <BR> <BR> I felt like I wanted a fitness goal to work toward. One is to hike Half Dome in 2014 after reaching goal. But I wanted something sooner. I researched walkathons and thought this one sounded fun. When I looked up how to train for one I found the plan below and thought, "I can do this." One of my daughters has agreed to walk it with me. I appreciate any feedback about this. Am I overreaching for my fitness level. My thoughts are that as I increase my mileage walking I will ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:03:32 EST What a difference a week makes. While on vacation last week I didn't count calories consistantly. Nor did I work out at the level I had planned. I gained 1.5 lbs. I am disappointed in myself. This type of behavior is what has undermined my efforts in the past. But, I am not giving up. I am learning that if you want the prize, you have to pay the price. Consistancy really is key. Now I am behind on my objective to reach my goal weight by December 2013. Perhaps I can make the deficit up. Regardless, I will keep chip... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:58:04 EST My Most Common Excuses for Not Working Out # 1) I don't have time. <BR> I will counter with the following: SUre, there are days when life is hectic. But thanks to SparkPeople's 10 minute rule I have a minimum now. I KNOW I always can squeeze 10 minutes from somewhere (get up 10 minutes earlier, go for a 10 minute walk during lunch, do 10 minutes when I get home.) Saying I don't have time is really just saying, "I don't want to--and that's a different reason." <BR> <BR> #2) It's too (hot, rainy, snowy, etc., etc. etc.) I... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:01:13 EST Healthy snacks I like • Celery sticks with peanut butter and 15 raisins on top (125 calories) <BR> • Rice cakes with 1 Tblsp almond butter (good for getting a protein punch) (151 calories) <BR> • Hardboiled egg & 1 cup carrots (120 calories) <BR> • 4 oz. Breakstone Cottage Cheese and 4 oz. diced peaches in light syrup (150 calories) <BR> * Ham roll-ups (85 calories) Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:03:33 EST Finding Motivation Beyond the Scale Let's be honest. For most of us who sign on to, our initial goal is to lose weight, whether we measure it in pounds or kilograms. The primary tool for measuring our success in achieving this goal is the scale, so when the numbers on the scale do not seem to be an accurate reflection of our personal effort it can be very discouraging. This is the scenario I was struggling with when I watched SparkGuy's motivation video this morning. I am so close to achieving a 20 lb weight... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:51:01 EST Getting stronger by formula I was re-reading an article I had saved years ago on one of my prior weight loss attempts. The article was from 'Walking Fit' magazine and was about "How do I build up to 20 miles a week?" As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, I have injured myself several times in the past by trying to do too much too soon. It was gratifying to have my instincts (or maybe memory) validated in this article which states, "Take it slow. In any exercise program, you want to first establish frequency, th... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:21:57 EST Swallowing Hubris <img src="">I sweat when I walk, work out, hike, whatever. Heck, I can perspire doing next to nothing. It ain't purty. Often it's downright embarrassing. Today my husband and I were hiking at a local state park, and per usual, I began dripping about 30 minutes into a hike rated moderate to difficult. I was okay with this since it was just he and I. After a water break we were starting down a new path when another couple walks up and... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:56:41 EST Ok. I'm really doing it--giving up soda I have attempted multiple times in the past to get off and stay off caffeinated sodas. Diet Dr. Pepper is my nemisis. I have read (and heard and been lectured to) about the pitfalls of caffeinated sodas. I believe that it does slow my weight loss down, particularly since a physician told me several years ago that I was pre-diabetic. However, all of the knowledge has not prevented me from "falling off the proverbial wagon." Today, I am recommitting myself to me and saying farewell to a de... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:37:56 EST Highlight and challenge of today 8/10/12 The highlight of today was walking for 3 fairly hilly miles around my neighborhood. I could tell I'm getting stronger. I need to be cautious though, because in the past this is the point where I often would begin to push myself harder and end up injured. I keep telling myself, I'm a turtle--not a hare. lol. The challenge of today was when my spouse and I stopped at Red Lobster for dinner on our way home from the airport. I only had a bite of one of their cheesy biscuits and counted it. ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:58:53 EST Small goals are so important to me I have to lose over 100 lbs and when I think about that it sometimes feels overwhelming. Because of my history of past failed attempts when I think of the time and effort and change it is going to require to reach my goal I sometimes feel self doubt. Sparkpeople helps me counter this tendency by teaching me to focus on positive changes--things to do rather than what NOT to do. For example, I have been drinking water more consistently than at any time in my life except for when I was nursin... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:29:03 EST Shout about Sparkpeople I find myself wanting to tell my friends and family about this wonderful website. I told one of my daughters last week, one of my sisters yesterday, and several friends so far. Finding sparkpeople has been like finding a hidden treasure for me. Now I want to share the wealth! Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:16:45 EST Have evidence of benefits of hanging in there. Yesterday I blogged that my momentum had slowed and this has been a point in the past where I get discouraged and give up--but not this time. Funny I wrote that yesterday, because I stayed with the program yesterday, counted calories and exercised, and was down 2 lbs. this morning. It pays to work the plan. This was an important lesson for me to experience. I know I will need to come back to this experience again and again on my journey to my goal. It's going to be exciting to collect mo... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:51:24 EST Momentum slowing I've been doing well with the Spark diet. I find I prefer counting calories to formula eating or cutting out entire food groups. The past few days my weight loss has slowed down--not stopped--just slowed. This has always been difficult for me when it has occurred in the past. I intend to stay the course this time. I believe in this program. I have a plan, I just need to work it. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:10:23 EST I think exercise is getting easier. Only once or twice in my life have I enjoyed exercise. When I was a freshman in college and began jogging for the first time, and after my third child when I was working at losing the baby weight and began jazzericize and jogging again. Obviously, neither of these times did exercise become a way of life for me or I wouldn't find myself in the situation I am in now. As I have aged, exercise has become more difficult. As I mentioned in a prior post, I have injured myself several times by tr... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:29:05 EST What the difference between blog entries and journal entries. I'm a little confused about the options of blogging and journaling. They seem a bit redundant to me. I welcome any explanations as to the differences. Meanwhile, today was a good day. Tuesday is an extra long work day for me so I have to be realistic about exercise. I still got it in today. I exercised for 35 minutes. It feels good that I made it a priority. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:49:55 EST gettin' the water down One of my fast break goals is to drink 8 glasses of water per day. Drinking water consistantly has been difficult for me in the past because of my diet soda habit. I was drinking 6 to 10 bottles of diet soda per day. I have reduced it to 2 to 4 by focusing on doing something positive (drinking water) instead of telling myself I can't have soda. I feel better. My plan is to continue this for 2 more weeks and then get off the soda completely. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 22:04:37 EST Love being a Spark person Sparkpeople is such a helpful site, and it's free. It is actually tons better than a popular weight loss site I previously paid to use. The tools are user friendly, the community uber supportive and the science behind it all it the best part. Thank you Sparkpeople! You are making a difference in my life! <em>224</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:56:12 EST