ROQUIE3's SparkPeople Blog ROQUIE3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Totally Frustrated! I've logged in food and stayed within my calories, have watched my cholesterol intake, exercised almost daily....definitely more than I have in the past. AND I'm gaining weight and not losing. I am so frustrated. I can't find a reason to keep on going with all of this planning, working, dieting, etc. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:48:45 EST The Bottomless Pit That is exactly how I felt today. I just couldn't get enough to eat for some reason. I've done pretty well today. My calories are in range, but I did not eat as healthy as I could have. I just wanted some of the foods that I've deprived myself for a week. Tomorrow will be better, and I will eat healthier. I also weigh in tomorrow. I hope I didn't blow it too badly. Hoping for -2lbs. With all of the hard work and exercise, it would be nice for it to be more. Had a great work out toda... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:44:58 EST Still on track! It is day 6 and I am still on track. I have to admit, I am somewhat surprised. I've done well with me eating today. Everything is on track! I'm nursing a sore knee and ankle so haven't exercised today. I'm feeling quite tired, too....but am feeling good about my diet. I know there is room for improvement, but I am doing it! AND it feels good! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:06:38 EST Marvelous Monday! Day 5 I had a good eating day today! I stayed within all of my ranges. I actually had a difficult time meeting my minimal calories! I got in a very good workout from my personal trainer. I'm really hoping for 2 pounds down on Thursday when I get on the scale again. Keep your fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> It has only been 5 days, and this one has been the easiest so far. It was challenging because I had to eat out quick for both breakfast and lunch. Thank goodness there is a Panerra close by! ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:14:30 EST Happy Father's Day! I hope everyone had a great Father's Day! <BR> <BR> It was very difficult to stay on track with all of the food around today. I did have some popcorn that I didn't track yet, and that is going to put me over. But I did keep my cholesterol down, and I did get some exercise in, so it is all good, and not as bad as it could have been. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:13:35 EST Cholesterol Trying so hard to keep my cholesterol down. Anyone got any tips? I did real good all day until dinner. It's amazing that I was able to keep withing my calorie limit, but was over with cholesterol. UGH! But, I need to look at the success of the day, and not the failure. I exercised, drank my water, stayed within my calorie range, and got enough sleep last night. All in all it was a good day! <BR> <BR> I think tomorrow I will track everything I eat before I eat it to see where I am at... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:20:57 EST Go Me! Well, days 1 & 2 are just about over with. Went over on calories a little bit, but kept everything else (proteins, fats, carbs, cholesterol, etc.) within the limits! That is even with eating out for lunch and dinner! I tracked it all even though I knew that I was going to be over with my calories. That was my problem in the past. I wouldn't track if I fell off the wagon. Was too embarrassed, I guess. And if I wasn't going to track, then why not eat that piece of cake! I even manage... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:27:28 EST Back in the Saddle.....Again! Yes, I'm trying again. This time I'm not going to be so hard on myself and give myself a little patience. Take smaller steps toward getting healthy. Starting over sucks, but not starting over is much worse. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:58:22 EST Looking for the silver lining Not sure what has "sparked" my new outlook, but I'm glad it did. I've decided to find the silver lining in every situation. I really need to work on my stress so this is my solution to this problem. Exercising works well, but I can't always go for a run or head to the gym when the stressors hit, so I'm going to try this approach during those times. I go back to work tomorrow, and I just hope I can remember what I need to do. :-) Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:51:38 EST Going to Italy! I found out the other day that my husband and I are finally getting our honeymoon! (It has only been 9 years!) We will be traveling to Italy I'm so excited! However, I'm a bit apprehensive also. NO, I'm not worried about traveling to another country and experiencing a new culture. I'm worried about eating. I love Italian food and I can't wait to experience a true real-life Italian meal! BUT I"m scared about the calories and jeopardizing my weight loss efforts. I don't want to come ba... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:01:46 EST Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired It is day 3 or 4 of fighting a cold. I can't believe how knocked down I feel. I've lost all motivation to move, eat right, etc. Totally feel like I've let this cold sabotage all of my efforts. All I want to do is eat, and I don't seem to care what it is either. Frustration has totally set in. Hopefully soon, I'll feel better and can get back on track. UGH Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:17:49 EST What a hike! I can't believe that I actually did it! I completed a very hilly 6.3 mile hike today! It was over a year ago since the last time I was able to walk that far on flat terrain. I'm so shocked that I was able to do this hike. I had a few twinges of knee pain so I stopped for a minute or two and just kept step at a time. The hills were brutal, but the scenery was beautiful, and I was with good company. :-) I'm on my way to a Mardi Gras party. I've already eaten my calories, so... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:28:37 EST My Trainer Rocks! I have to say it....My personal trainer rocks! Purchasing her services was definately the best thing that I have done for myself. Her name is Jennifer. She was a nurse and a Physical Therapist. I'm sure her background and training is what has made her such a good fit for me. She use to teach nursing classes also. She is really good at pushing me just the right amount. My confidence is improving, and when we are working out, I actually feel like an athlete! Its been a long time since I... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:50:09 EST Stress Work has been really stressful the past couple of days. It seems like when I try to do something to help reduce the stress, the higher ups find a way to add more which totally defeats all of my efforts. Several things happen when I'm under a great deal of stress. First of all, I tend to hold on to it. I haven't figured out how to let it go. I often hear that I need to let it go, but no one seems to be able to teach me how to do that. Second, I carry all of that stress in my back. This ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 17:01:52 EST Painful Monday Well Saturday I ran the first mile of a 5K. After that I ran and walked. I rested and iced my knee yesterday, but had to bowl in the after as part of a league. Needless to say, I didn't bowl all that well. I was sore and my knee was in pain. I woke up today with a slight pain, but after a full day of work, I'm walking with a limp again. So, tonight is ice and Alleve therapy. I really wanted to get out and walk/run this afternoon. Not going to happen. Hopefully, it will be rested enou... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:48:53 EST The next step "Live like you are dying." Heard those words in a song yesterday. Talk about hitting me hard. I've heard that song many times before, and I've always liked it. But for some reason, it really hit me hard yesterday. I'm not sure why. Yesterday was the first time in over 5 years that I was actually run a mile without needing to walk. It was a goal I made for myself at the new year, however, I didn't think that i would have accomplished it so soon. I'm so not complaining. More surprised.... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:52:57 EST Day 1: Realizing This is going to be a lot harder than I thought. The habits that I have gotten into are numerous to say the least. After not even coming close to any of my goals, I feel as if I'm not going to be able to do this. However, I did drink all of my water. I don't like water and usually drink soda. No soda at all, and only one glass of tea. I also went to Zumba class. I do like this site, and am hopeful that it will motivate me to keep on trying. I have lots of things to improve upon, howev... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:04:28 EST