ROCKSMAPSCRAFTS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ROCKSMAPSCRAFTS ROCKSMAPSCRAFTS'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/ Tracking again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827681 I took the past year and a half off SparkPeople. I was working on mindful eating, learning to listen to my body, eat when I was hungry, stop before I was full, eat a wide variety of foods (mostly home cooked and hopefully nothing too processed), and learning other ways to manage stress and emotions other than with food. <BR> <BR> I was doing alright with it until my mom was diagnosed with cancer in February. Between that and work and moving I had about 4 months of total stress eating and I... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:32:19 EST New Year Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579777 I'm not making Resolutions, I'm making plans. <BR> <BR> The little plans: <BR> 1) I'm back off sugar and wheat as of today, and taking CandaClear 4 again. Gonna do that for at least 30 days. Then for the 30 days after that, no sugar but a little bit of wheat (like 5 things a week or less). Then I'll maintain 5 wheat things a week or less and sugar 2 times a month or less through the end of the year. <BR> <BR> 2) No more picking at my skin. This is a personal thing for me. I've hated my ski... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:22:30 EST Back on Track, Starting Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529310 I will have NO sugar today and no wheat. I will get 10,000 steps in. I will take my vitamins, drink my water and take my CandaClear 4. <BR> I will do this every day this month until Thanksgiving day (when I will have both wheat and sugar, planned now, but not very much of either). I'm starting at 179.6 pounds. Let's see how much weight I can lose in 27 days. :D Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:31:02 EST Yeast Cleanse Month 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519597 Well, my measurements are better but my weight has been up and down and up and down this month with a net gain of 1 pound. <BR> I've eaten just like my previous "normal" which isn't particularly healthy. Wheat far too frequently and so many sugar binges that I don't think I've had no sugar more than one or two days this entire month. I haven't walked enough (only 12 days over 5000 steps and none over 10k) and I haven't done any cardio. <BR> <BR> Life has been extremely busy and too stressf... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:28:48 EST Yeast Cleanse Month 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493977 I haven't taken my measurements again, but I can at least report my weight change and how I feel. <BR> <BR> I've stopped tracking my food, and am getting much better at listening to my body and not over-eating. I'm still working on the only eating when I'm hungry thing, but I've definitely improved. Not having wheat or sugar seems to have helped a LOT with being able to listen to my body - like when I have those things they mess up the communication between my brain and my stomach. And now t... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:20:49 EST 30-Day Yeast Cleanse done, starting another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463177 I cut out wheat (mostly) and sugar (almost completely) for the past 30 days and took the Candaclear 4 herbal/probiotic supplements every day (missed one so this is actually 31 days). <BR> <BR> I did have a flour tortilla twice, sushi with battered shrimp in the middle 3 times, and one or two other small instances of wheat. I had fresh fruit but no refined sugar until last weekend at my Aunt's 70th birthday party (I had a little of the frosting off the cake and about a cup of orange fluff). <... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:23:10 EST Yeast Cleanse Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431854 I didn't start the yeast cleanse until this past Monday cuz we were down in Southern CA visiting friends this past weekend and I didn't want to be off sugar and wheat for that particular visit (friends' baby boy turned 1 and there was a great party) and I generally have a hard time eating very well when traveling and relying on others for food. SO I started Monday. So today is my third day off wheat and sugar and my third day taking the supplements. So there's supposedly 8 active ingredients ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:33:16 EST June Recap, July Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419141 So I had 9 days of vacation in June (it was a WONDERFUL trip) and I didn't track my food during that time. I tried to be conscious of when I ate and how I felt (when I was hungry, when I was full, etc.) and I gave into sweets far too often. I gained a few pounds, some of that water weight. But I WALKED. I got in SO MUCH WALKIING on the trip. And it felt GOOD. 7 of the 9 days I had over 5,000 steps, 4 of those were over 10,000 and 1 of those was over 20,000! <BR> Once I got back, I still wasn... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:26:11 EST New workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408749 So I'd read a lot about the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts and getting a full day's cardio in 4 minutes (here's SP's summary of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p<BR>ost=the_4minute_miracle_workout_that_r<BR>eally_works ) and then also read about other short workouts that are supposed to give you all the benefits with a lot less time. HIIT sounded like too much for me - going "all out" for even 20 seconds would put me so out of breath I'd be crying. <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:01:12 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Month 2 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344589 I got my 5000 steps in on Wednesday, fell 350 short yesterday. Ate in my calorie range Wednesday, went about 75 over yesterday. No sugar either day. No actual exercise either day. Today I'm gonna be at the top of my calorie range, but not over. I might go take a walk break in a few minutes, even though it's about 85° outside. Or maybe I'll walk the stairs for 10 minutes since that's at least air conditioned and that way I won't be quite as sweaty when I get back to my desk... <BR> <BR> I'm f... Fri, 3 May 2013 16:25:00 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Month 2 Day 2 - Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343382 Measurements. <BR> <BR> So, I have a seamstress' tape that I use to measure. My last set of measurements look like this (all in inches): <BR> <BR> wrists (L/R): 6/6 <BR> upper arms (L/R): 13.75/14 <BR> neck: 14.75 <BR> upper chest (above bust line): 38.75 <BR> at bust line: 42.5 <BR> under bust (ribs): 35.25 <BR> waist (natural, above belly button): 38.25 <BR> hips (biggest part of belly just below belly button): 43.25 <BR> butt: 44.25 <BR> thighs (L/R): 26.25/26 <BR> calves (L/R): 16.75/16... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:50:39 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Month 2 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342162 April Short Recap: <BR> starting weight April 1st: 187.8 <BR> starting total inches measured** (April 8th): 331.5 <BR> days no sugar: 23 <BR> days in cal. range: 22 <BR> days active: 14 <BR> days actual cardio ~8 <BR> Reward: rainbow clay art pendants I like (ordered today!) <BR> <BR> May 1st Weight: 181.4 <BR> May 1st total inches measured: 328.75 <BR> Loss for the month: 6.4 pounds, 2.75 inches <BR> <BR> Goals for May: <BR> days no sugar: 29 <BR> days in cal. range: 27 <BR> days over 5000... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:19:56 EST Decade Goal Reboot, month 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340794 On April 1st I reaffirmed my goals to get to 150 by my birthday in September and to overall get healthier. I gave up the scale on Friday the 5th and started adding exercise and overall increased activity on a weekly basis. <BR> In the past 30 days I have: <BR> -had no sugar for 21 days (planning on today being 22). <BR> -stayed in my calorie range for 21 days (planning on today being 22) <BR> -got in at least 5000 steps for 14 days (planning on today being 15) <BR> -actually exercised and go... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:22:44 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Week 3 whatever day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329057 Today is a down day. I feel like I should've noticed SOMETHING in the way of positive changes after 3 weeks of working at this. I have a ton of stickers on my calendar, but I don't really seem to have anything else to show. I at least haven't gained weight/size, I can tell that much. But whatever I may or may not have lost in weight or inches isn't showing up. I even tried measuring this morning. I was a half inch smaller at my waist and an INCH BIGGER at both my hips and my butt. I'm not gon... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:28:36 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Week 3 day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326593 I ate over my calories yesterday but had no sugar and got in 6000 steps. Pretty soon I'm gonna have to distinguish between actual cardio exercise and simply being more active. For now, just being more active is a huge improvement for me so I'm gonna keep focusing on that. Busy today today so this is a short post. <BR> Onward and Downward (I really really hope... I still want to weigh in and check...) <BR> I can do this. I am worthy. I am nurturing my body. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:45:07 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Week 3 day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325309 Ate very well yesterday, though under my calories. Then again, I was over the day before and it's the weekly average that matters so I'm sure it'll be fine. I had no sweets. I also walked 26 minutes yesterday afternoon, and then another 5 minutes at home before bedtime. That means I got 7500 steps in yesterday!!! YAY! I'm gonna see if I can get 7,500 each day this week as a stretch goal, with at least 5,000 every day. I'm working up to that 10,000 goal one of these days. But first, making 5,0... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:01:52 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Week 3 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324096 I've had no sugar/sweets 12 of the last 14 days. I've gotten in at least 5000 steps 7 of the last 9 days (most of the time that means I exercised, but it at least means I was overall more active that day). I've stayed within my calorie range (or only been about 25 over) for 11 of the last 14 days. <BR> <BR> I am starting to feel a bit better, less tired, a little more energy, a bit more cheerful. I'm noticing when I don't eat vegetables, or when I eat fried foods, that I don't feel as good a... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:03:18 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321098 Just a quick update today. Walked yesterday and went to Pilates, haven't walked yet today and not sure when I'll squeeze it in but I have to since I've had 2 days off this week already. <BR> <BR> Still wishing for some other way to notice immediate feedback now that I'm not weighing. I can't tell if I'm down a little tiny bit or not. It doesn't feel like much. But then, I know it takes something like 10 pounds before I could really start to tell. So even if I'm managing that miraculous 2 pou... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:19:17 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320006 Didn't mean to skip blogging yesterday but it was a really busy day at work so it happened. <BR> <BR> I didn't get a walk right after my post on Tuesday, but I did get one later in the day. Saw my chiropractor and then my osteopath and got a few things feeling better. My osteopath asked how I was feeling (as usual) and I told her I'd been off sugar for 9 days and was eating pretty healthy besides that and had a couple days of exercise and before I could finish she said "and you're not feeli... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:43:53 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317415 I didn't exactly get any exercise in yesterday, but I did get over 5000 steps so that almost counts. That's 3 days in a row of more than 5000 steps. I'm gonna take a walk today (actually probably as soon as I'm done with this post) so that I can be sure and get my 20 minutes AND my 5000 steps in today. I'm feeling ok, still kinda down. I woke up with a pre-migraine and remembered that the other reason I feel kinda off and down is that my period is due tomorrow or Thursday. So there's that emo... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:49:28 EST Decade Goal Reboot, Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315996 8 Days off sugar, I exercised the last 2 days. It's insanely windy here, which makes me much less interested in the walk break I know I need to take. <BR> <BR> It's been a a struggle not to weigh. I would've weighed Friday, Saturday and Sunday to check my progress, and weighed today to see if I could report a loss on SP for the week... <BR> <BR> I was using the scale to tell me how well I was sticking with my process, my healthy behaviors; using the scale to tell me if it was "working" in... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:30:29 EST Decade Goal Reboot Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312815 Weight 186.0 <BR> <BR> Did I mention I have a bipolar scale? It has 4 "memory" settings so you can theoretically track 4 different user's weights. You can set your goal weight, and it'll keep track of how far you have to go to get to it. So you turn it on, set it for your "user number" and then step on it. It tells you your weight, your change since the last weigh-in, and then switches to display your pounds left to lose to reach your goal. Since there's only two of us in the house, and I kn... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:49:28 EST Decade Goal Reboot Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311589 Weight: 186.0 <BR> I caved in and ordered dinner between work and a meeting. I'd planned to be just a little under my calories and not worry about it, but I'd been busy at work and had skipped one of my planned snacks and was hungry. So I ordered shrimp green curry with brown rice to go, and then made sure I only ate half of it. That was all good. <BR> <BR> Then someone brought little home made muffins to the meeting. They only had natural sugar (honey or agave) and weren't all that sweet, a... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:08:24 EST Decade Goal Reboot Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310138 Weight: 185.2 <BR> Recap of yesterday: no sugar, mostly good for me nurturing foods, and only 2 slices of pizza at dinner. I did have one light beer at happy hour and a small glass of port before bed. Neither drink affected the headache, which I still have today. <BR> Still not walking cuz of the ankle, but should get the go-ahead from my chiropractor this evening so can start walking tomorrow. <BR> Today will be all good for me, nurturing foods and no sugar. <BR> <BR> I am worthy. I can do... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:28:58 EST Decade Goal Reboot Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308979 Weight: 185.8 (yay for bloating going down) <BR> Recap of yesterday: <BR> no sugar, all good for me nurturing foods, nothing fried, no white bread or rice or pasta even. Got my veggies in too. Did not exercise, but then my ankle is still healing from rolling it last week. <BR> Today: already got in my veggies but gonna have more later. Breakfast, lunch and snack all planned and healthy. We'll see how dinner goes. I may try to walk today too, I may rest the ankle another day. <BR> I do have qu... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:00:56 EST Decade Goal Reboot: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307572 Starting weight: 187.8 <BR> Goal Weight: 150 by Sept 16th <BR> Plan: No sugar, almost no fried food, walking or some kind of exercise every day, veggies every day, eat out less. <BR> <BR> Mantra: I am worthy. I can do this. I will nurture my body. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:08:47 EST Decade Goal Mid_Week Update (week 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285297 Well, I was 185 Monday morning and assumed it was mostly bloat so I didn't track it. Then I was 186.5 yesterday morning and I just about cried. I decided if it was 2 days in a row, it must not be bloat and so I tracked it. Then this morning I was down to 183.7. What a roller coaster! I know, this is why I'm not supposed to weigh daily. So at least I haven't gained back ALL I lost since I started in December (pre-decade goal). But it's still 6 pounds above where I was supposed to be this week... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:19:35 EST Decade Goal Update (week 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282959 Missed a goal today. I was supposed to hit my first 5% goal this morning and be down to 177.7lbs. I weighed in at 185 this morning. I'm not gonna track it, cuz I know most of it is bloat/salt from eating out last night, but it was still very discouraging. And knowing how I've gone up instead of down isn't particularly helpful. Sugar binges don't really respond to logic and reason. I know what I need to do. I'm trying to do it. I had no sugar yesterday and I'm not going to have any today. I a... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:23:33 EST Decade Goal Update (week 7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272752 So I had a huge backslide the past week and a half- plus. Major sugar binge, gained back a few pounds. This week is also monthly cycle so this morning's weigh in is probably a pound or two higher than it actually should be, but still. I'm now 5 weeks behind schedule, which might be too much to catch up. Or maybe I can do it if I really kick up the exercise AND the eating carefully. I don't want to try to do too much at once and just cause myself to fail that way either. But either way I am ge... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:15:09 EST Decade Goal Week 5? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256289 Ok, I don't blog often enough for this - I'm having trouble keeping track of what week I'm in on my goal! lol! So, doing the math, I started Decade Goal on January 21 so that makes this the beginning of week 5. I was 184.4 when I started Decade Goal, I'm just hanging onto the very bottom of 180.0 as of this past weekend. That means I'm a little behind schedule but not too bad. I didn't eat well yesterday, but today I will resist the Valentine's Day leftovers and it will be better. I got my wa... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:06:44 EST Decade Goal Day 17 (or week 2 day 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240350 I just realized I'll be typing "day 238" into the subject line if I keep doing it as days, so I might do it as weeks and then months. :) <BR> <BR> I'm more than 2 weeks off sugar again, which is good. I'm not down any pounds this week, hovering just above 181. But I remember the last time I lost weight (before the wedding) I'd be same, up, back down, same, 3lbs! with weighing on a weekly basis. So I already know I'm not gonna actually see 1 lb a week. I just want to stay on schedule OVERALL ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:24:57 EST Decade Goal - mini goals and rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231999 I have a few things I've been wanting and saving to buy myself when I make some part-way weight-loss goals. But since I've been going up instead of down for the last 2.5 years, I've been waiting for these awhile! But here are my ideas. They're based around the "lose 10% of my current weight" concept except that I'm really trying to lose 20% of my current weight. Still it's good to make a goal every 5% cuz it's setting those intermediate steps and rewarding yourself for getting there and that ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:25:38 EST Decade Goal Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231828 I'm still eating well, within my calorie range and no sugar for 9 days (gonna make today 10!). YAY ME! I haven't been moving as much as I intended this week, but hopefully by eating well I'll still be down a pound on Monday weigh in. I had cramps all day yesterday and still have them today (so lovely being a woman) so that's part of why I didn't feel like moving. Though I'm sure moving would've helped them some! So I'm planning to walk today cuz I got into work early enough. Tomorrow morning ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:10:15 EST Decade Goal Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227648 I ate pretty well this weekend, didn't have any sweets but also didn't get any walking or jogging in. I even went only slightly over my calories when dining out with friends this weekend. I EVEN managed to serve dessert to everyone else at a family gathering last night and NOT have any of it. (Even though it was homemade cupcakes and ice cream.) When It's been a month with no sugar, maybe I can have a cupcake. Maybe. I want to seriously get down to that once or twice a month being it for swee... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:20:53 EST Decade Goal Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223178 Skipped the walk because of the rain but did go to Pilates last night. Got in 4 stairs breaks. Had a mostly healthy dinner. Had no sugar/sweets. Had only 3700 steps. <BR> <BR> Got in a bit of a walk this morning, but have actually been busy at work so haven't taken the stairs breaks yet. Gonna go do that now. Aiming to top 4000 steps again today. <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Run or Dye 5k in March. If I want to walk it, I don't need to train. But if I want to walk it fast and/or be able t... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:10:51 EST Decade Goal Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221660 Ok, I only walked stairs like 2 or 3 times yesterday. Cuz I discovered it made my head worse. So I mostly sat still and tried to work and didn't worry about it. Only 2300 steps. But my head is mostly better today, and I have a walk planned this afternoon. I did eat really well yesterday, and am on track to do the same today. After cookies Monday and cookie dough Sunday, I haven't had any sweets the last 2 days either (or for the 3 days prior to that). I also have Pilates tonight, which is goo... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:55:38 EST Decade Goal Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220223 Migraines suck. <BR> <BR> I didn't get the lunch walk in yesterday, and I also got special dinner out with my folks so I ate way too much. I did get 25 flights of stairs in with all my step breaks and over 4000 steps. <BR> <BR> Today I will eat better and keep doing stair breaks once an hour. I doubt I'll get the walk in. I think I need to do that first thing in the morning if I want it to happen. That's been the case with me for exercise before so it's no surprise. Hopefully tomorrow. To... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:46:30 EST Decade Goal Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218805 So I took my "stairs" break 6 times yesterday. This means: get up from desk, walk to central stairwell, go up 2 floors & come back down and go back to my desk. It takes only a couple of minutes, and I can combine it with a trip to the bathroom if necessary (which was surprisingly often yesterday since I also got in 3 liters of water instead of 2). It's about 290 steps each time, which added over 1700 to my daily step total yesterday. <BR> <BR> Since I got this awesome FitBit for Christmas, a... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:09:28 EST Wake Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217216 This morning as I was contemplating getting out of bed and thinking about life and my future and stuff; I realized that it's been almost 10 years since I weighed 150 pounds. There's this thing about nice round numbers - they fascinate our culture. That "decade" figure really stuck out in my head. It's 2013. The last time I weighed 150 was in fall of 2003. It's been almost TEN years. It's been 6.5 years since I first met my hubby, and I weighed somewhere in the low 160s then. It's been almost... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:59:59 EST Thursday already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200881 Monday I caved in to cravings and had 2 little chocolate butterfinger bells that someone had in their candy dish at work. But that was all, so it's not too bad. Tuesday and Wednesday I had no sugary sweets, despite craziness of 3 house guests spending the night. I haven't even been at work full days, let alone taken the time to walk. Today I got in late cuz I was trying to catch up on sleep, so no walk today either. But at least tonight is Pilates. I just had a mini orange scone from Panera, ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:08:35 EST Monday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195235 Well, 7 days off sugar was spoiled this weekend. I made caramels to donate to a fundraiser and I just can't make them without tasting some. So I licked the spoon and the thermometer on Saturday, and had the equivalent of about 4 pieces when I was cutting and wrapping them last night. So it could've been worse, but that's why I'm up a pound this morning. If I'm careful the rest of this week, I'll be down that much again by next week. Though, my Aunt & Uncle are getting remarried on Saturday (... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:49:54 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190322 I'm 6 days off sugar, ate within my calories yesterday, didn't walk yesterday, had Pilates last night, and have my next osteopathy appointment this afternoon. Hopefully she'll finally tell me my body is sitting good with all the other changes and she can do something about my head and neck. She told me they'd be last or near the end of the appointment series. But I have quite the tension headache today so I'm hopeful she can help it or give me some stretches or exercises for it. <BR> <BR> D... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:14:49 EST Thursday of a short work week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188180 I forgot to blog yesterday, but here's a recap. I'm back up to 5 days off sugar and already feeling good that it's mostly out of my system. I didn't go for my walk, but I did climb 10 flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> I forget the overall happy feeling I have when I'm not eating sugary-non-food items. It's not sudden or strong like the immediate rush I get from eating the sugar in the first place. But it's pervasive and a consistent level and overall quite nice. Plus it comes without the huge cr... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:44:09 EST 2013 day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185157 So I'm starting this year on the right foot. I had 3 weeks off sugar in December, then 5 days on (yay Christmas) and have been back off for 4 days (including today). I walked on Christmas day, yesterday and today. I know that's only 3 days of walking when I'd hoped for 4-6, but it's better than none! I'm down 4 pounds since I started again in December, which was only 4 weeks ago, so I'm ahead of schedule, even with the Christmas sugar detour. GO ME! I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but if I... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:53:51 EST Mid-Vacation Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177084 Well, I resisted the gobs and gobs of holiday sugar and sweets until Christmas Eve. I had more than I should've that day, didn't do as bad on Christmas, and haven't done too bad today. I tracked the couple of days before Christmas and gave up entirely on Christmas day and today. But the leftover treats are almost all gone now. I'm gonna have one other treat tonight and then tomorrow it's back to no sugar. I DID get a walk in on Christmas Day, but not today. Tomorrow I will walk. I will also t... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:18:04 EST Week review and next week goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173027 I will likely not be logging into SparkPeople from an actual computer for the next week and a half, as I tend to only log in at work. I will however be tracking my food and weight and exercise with the app on my iPhone. I've had a good week, Pilates last night was good, and I think I'm well positioned to survive Christmas without gaining any weight. <BR> My actual goals for the next week+ are <BR> 1) no sugar, except possibly one or two small things Christmas Eve and Christmas Day <BR> 2) ea... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:11:25 EST Thursday check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172349 I only ate a little bit too much yesterday, and I've managed to keep my no sugar streak going. I did have a MAJOR temptation today when I grabbed a few pieces of (individually wrapped) holiday treats to take home for the mini stockings Hubby and I are doing this year. But since he was out running errands and wasn't too far from me, he rescued me with freeze dried mango (my favorite!) and also took the tempting sweets home. Though he looked at me really carefully asking if I'd be eating those ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:13:00 EST Oops, missed Tuesday... Wednesday it is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171090 So, Monday night I survived the Chorus holiday party with out ANY sweets, with only 2 small plates of food, and only grazed the table once after that. I only went a little bit over my calories and am generally proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, we had a lovely breakfast at work as a gift from our property management. I had NONE of the pastries and stuck to the veggie frittata, a tiny bit of bacon, and 2 small glasses of fruit juice. THEN the gift basket from the property management arrived... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:43:52 EST Monday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169445 So I've been off sugar for 2 weeks now (assuming I manage the rest of today) and am down 3 pounds (as of weigh-in this morning, and again according to the higher of the two numbers from my scale). Which is awesome! I've had a couple of days over my calories in the past week, but really not too bad. That puts me 2 weeks ahead of schedule, or gives me wiggle room for 2 weeks of plateau later. Good thing to have. I'm still aiming for 10% gone (reaching 168 lbs) by the end of May. If I can step ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:21:55 EST Friday/Saturday Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167591 Friday was cruddy. I managed not to eat any sugar, but I didn't really feel good about it either. All I could really focus on was what I was missing. Maybe that's the psychological side of the sugar cravings? Then again, the simpler answer is that I'm used to having sweets to comfort me when I'm having a bad day and I didn't have any. So I was definitely missing that (perceived) comfort. Instead I ate too much and had a glass of port and went to bed. Today is going better, but definitely some... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 20:06:44 EST