ROXONA's SparkPeople Blog ROXONA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 18 - Stay Focused Hmmm... the last couple of days have been disjointed. I slid off of my eating habit because I ran out of my staples. I made it to the store and have them, time to slide back on the wagon! <BR> <BR> Stay focused everyone! You're doing a great job. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 14:55:42 EST Day 17 - Confessions of a Hershey's Layer Mint Crunch Bar Addict I know!! I know!!! I didn't want to, but I did it!!! I ate it...and I'm sorry/not sorry. Sort of.... <BR> <BR> There has been a Hershey's Layer Mint Crunch bar sitting in my desk drawer at home for a week or so. My stepson gave it to me for Christmas. When he handed it to me I nearly repelled like a Vampire to a sudden exposure to the cross, garlic and holy water all rolled up in one....but I remembered that you should never turn down a gift from a child. It was the first time that chi... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 14:57:52 EST Day 16 - Positive Thought Taking a moment to be thankful for the warm sunshine coming through my window at work, and the leftovers from last night's meal. <BR> <BR> Yesterday an anxiety prayer was answered positively, and today has been very even keeled. Hopefully, the rest the day will remain the same. <BR> <BR> What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all! <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:58:37 EST Day 15 - Back to Normal This has been an extremely difficult holiday season that was made easier by a couple of terrific friends who stepped in and gave me a bit of distraction and an ear to bend. I am glad to see it over. Hello 2018! <BR> <BR> I missed blogging yesterday, but I kept within my calorie guidelines. I mostly-finished my India elephant art quilt and will deliver it to the show I made it for this morning. In my mind it is not finished. I didn't have enough time to do everything I wanted. However, ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:05:46 EST Day 13 - Almost There I am .3 lbs away to being my lightest in years. Woohoo!!! Just need to be keep what I'm doing and hopefully I will meet my goal tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Today will be spent working on my India elephant art quilt. I have it pieced and worked on the top stitching until 1:00 a.m. this morning. Today I will finish the top stitching and hopefully start the binding. I need to have it finished by tomorrow night in order to make the art show Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I also want to take my dog... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:11:16 EST Day 12 - It's a Dog's Life I took my dog to the dog park for the first time today. He's a two-year old mini Australian Shepherd and only weighs 20 lbs. He suffers from some anxiety, so I thought maybe some exercise and fresh air would do him good. I think he had a good time, but I think he might have been a bit overwhelmed as well. He is not used to other dogs, and he was quite surprised by the other dogs surrounding him to say "hi." Some dogs he adapted to very well and some were too aggressive....he spent a lot ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:48:13 EST Day 11 - Back to Work The office closed down for the whole week between Christmas and New Years. I took off the time, but decided to come in on Friday to get my email and desk caught up, so I can hit the ground running next Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I'm meeting with friends for dinner tonight. There's been a lot of eating out and being off my normal plan. I haven't gained any weight, but I haven't lost any either. It will be nice to get back on a schedule again. <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful day! Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:17:22 EST Day 10 - Spending Time with Others Last night I went to dinner with my son and his girlfriend. We went to our favorite family owned Mexican place, and I shared some fajitas with my son. The restaurant is still all decorated with Christmas trees and lights in the New Mexican style I have grown to love. We had a good time and enjoyed each other's company. My son has come a long way in the last couple of years. I nearly lost him to drugs a few years back, and am so grateful that he has turned it around, and is thinking about h... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:33:08 EST Day 9 - Sad News My husband's mother died in her sleep over night. This was sudden and unexpected. She was a feisty woman with a heart of gold, and I really liked her. I only met her once because she lived many states away, but my husband loved her very much and spoke with her on the phone almost every day. <BR> <BR> I lost my parents suddenly long ago, so I know what he is dealing with. However, he has been going through a crisis and has lost his way for quite some time now, so this is going to be espec... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:11:08 EST Day 8 - Weigh-in Today was my first weigh-in. I went from starting at 193 to 191, including Christmas feasting and all! I'm am very happy with my accomplishment. My goal is to only lose one pound a week, so losing two pounds is a special treat! <BR> <em>192</em> <em>248</em> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:23:23 EST Day 7 - 190.8 Goal Met I finally did it. I broke 191 and finally saw 190 on the scale this morning. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> was Christmas and I cooked breakfast for my son and then attended a very lavish dinner at a friend's house. So, I'm nearly positive I will be over 190 tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That's okay though because I enjoyed my meals. I didn't over eat and tried to eat mostly protein and vegetables. Tomorrow I will be back on the wagon, and I know I was working in the right di... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 22:02:51 EST Day 6 - Almost there Got on the scale this morning and weighed 191. I've halfheartedly been trying to break that number for all of 2017. Halfheartedly because the chaos at home has been so intense, but now I am no longer in charge of the chaos. 190 here I come! <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 24 Dec 2017 14:55:46 EST Christmas Shopping Who all waits until the last few days to do all of their Christmas shopping? *raises hand!!!* I'm not a materialistic person, and I am a natural saver, so it's really hard for me to get out there and spend a lot of money on "stuff." However, I tend to wait until the last few days...or even the last few do all of my Christmas shopping. I also like to give thoughtful gifts that people will appreciate and use, so you would think it would be almost impossible to do all of my Christm... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 13:23:57 EST Carb Cravings Getting a Little Better The first day wasn't too bad, well because I had eaten a lot of carbs that day. The second day was the worst by far. I felt like I needed to eat everything in sight all day long and staying within my allotted calorie guidelines was difficult. The third day was better. I was able to get by with only one snack, which was a hard boiled egg. Although, I was starving by dinner time and kept myself from eating anything. Today was the best day so far. I've made it without that "I seriously ne... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:05:18 EST Back in the Saddle One of things I like about SP is it's always here...waiting for me. Maybe not quite as exuberant as my dog, but just as faithful. According to SP I have been a member since 2007. That's 10 years!....and I don't have much to show for it in weigh loss. I did really well the years before I met my soon to be ex. Apparently, married life doesn't agree with a well maintained waistline... <BR> <BR> Life is still messy right now, and will continue to be so for the next 3 months. I thought about... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:35:30 EST Graduation After spending the last two months in the 30 minute circuit room at Planet Fitness, I have finally met with the personal training to have a new plan drafted up. This new plan pulls me completely out of the circuit room and puts me in the main workout room. I am now doing more weight training and cardio. I started my new plan on Monday, and notice a big difference in the routines. I haven't lost any weight in the past two months, but I have lost an inch in my waist and a 1/4 of an inch in ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:05:53 EST Finally! I finally lost the 5 lbs. I initially put on. I don't know if it was body recomposition...water body fat trying to discourage me from trying to get rid of it...etc. But, I'm back to where I started. Thank goodness! Now, off to the gym I go!!! <BR> <BR> Happy day to everyone!!! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:54:57 EST Goal met! Today was the first day I could do 25 reps on the crunch machine without weight added. Plus, I did 3 sets of 25 reps! The first time I tried it, I could only do 4 reps. Yay me!!! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:33:44 EST Stress Very stressful morning with step-kids today. Going to the gym helped. Got to get some kind of positive out of it, I suppose. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:11:07 EST Body Recomposition My phrase for the day. I wonder if this is why I'm not losing any weight even though I'm working out. <BR> <BR> Here's the story... <BR> <BR> I'm 46 and overweight. I have been overweight probably most of my adult life. Not obese, just overweight. I have successfully lost weight by eating a high protein/low carb diet, although I never made it to normal weight...almost, but not quite. <BR> <BR> With what I normally eat I can maintain my weight with very little fluctuation. However, since... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:10:55 EST Happy New Year! The kids are back in school! Yeehaw! I spent the last two weeks traveling across the US from Albuquerque to Florida to Alabama and back the Albuquerque. The kids and puppy traveled well enough, and it was nice seeing our relatives, but it is sooooo nice to be back home. Now that the kids are back in school, I can get back to my routine. That includes my workout routine...and boy was missing two weeks of exercise hard on my body! I had to adjust some of the weights down a bit, but I think I should be back to speed by the end of ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:19:19 EST Second week in review Well, I did it. I made it two weeks with working out five times a week. Even though I gain a pound, I do feel more energetic and a bit stronger than when I started. Over the past two weeks I've increased the weights I use and increased the amount of time I spend on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> The next two weeks are going to be hard. I will be traveling with my family with no Planet Fitness in sight. I think my mother-in-law has a treadmill, but I have no idea about my father-in-law's hou... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:40:54 EST Carbs are evil So I cheated and got on the scale today to see if I had lost that pound I gained last week. Not only is it still has a brother! Another extra pound this week! How can that be?! I think I'm eating better than I did before I started working out, and I'm working out about 45 minutes, five times a week. I thought I would have lost at least one teensie weensie little pound by now. But no! So, fine! Okay! <BR> <BR> Now...I tend to eat a lot a carbs because my hubby and his kids ar... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:30:17 EST Bumping it up Today is my eighth day of working out, and I'm noticing that some of the weight machines are getting I increased the weight on a few of them. M, W & F I do a 30 minute total body circuit training routine. I love this routine, but I felt inclined to also add 15 minutes on the elliptical at the end, so I did. Adding the elliptical turned out to be a great decision. I was already warmed up, so my speed was increased, and I didn't feel sluggish or out of breath like I do when I get... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:32:12 EST Tuesday Good morning, Everyone!!! I'm having a great start this Tuesday morning, and I hope you are too. Worked out hard at the gym and had some granola. Be well! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:46:27 EST About Day 6 - Week in review Okay, so after my first full week of exercising and trying to eat healthy...I gained 1 pound! Bleh! Not entirely what I had hoped it's okay. I'm not giving up. I worked out five days in a row and tried to watch what I eat. However, I live in Casa de Chaos, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday were rough. I stress eat, which I tried not to do, but I guess I wasn't too successful. :) Oh well. Today is a new day and the start of a new week. I got to the gym and did my circu... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:14:44 EST Day 6 - Week in Review So I worked out five days in a row...Monday through Friday. I made it through the initial upper leg burn, which took about 3-4 days to subside. I feel like I have more energy and not as creaky as I felt before I started exercising. My weigh-in isn't until Monday, but those things alone make it worth the exercise regardless of whether I lose any weight or not. I will take today and tomorrow off from exercising and start back up on Monday. Happy weekend, Everyone! Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:33:54 EST Day 5 Yesterday ended up being a difficult day. Everyone was poking me. Everyone had a problem or an issue and needed to download it onto me. I hate that. I am have introverted tendencies and other people's negativity affects me easily, especially when I've had no time just for myself. By the end of the day I just wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. My husband has a hard time understanding why I get that way some times, but he sent the kids upstairs to play and leave me be for a while, and then h... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:01:28 EST Day 4 Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the abdominal machines this morning. My upper legs aren't screaming at me as much today, so that's a bonus. I think the exercise is helping with my patience level. I spent six hours with my 9 year old stepson yesterday working on his book report, and only lost it a little close to dinner time. We broke for dinner and then he hit it again for another hour. He's high anxiety and can be very ODD, and I'm thankful yesterday was a good day and... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:50:33 EST Day 3 I've worked out three days in a row. My upper legs are KEEEEIIIILLLING me! So hard to go up and down the stairs yesterday. Hopefully, today will be better. I am resisting the urge to weigh myself every day, and just wait until Monday when weigh in is. I'm eating reasonably...sometimes hungry in between meals, which is something I never felt because of how much I was eating. So, I think there are improvements on all fronts. :) Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:00:40 EST Day 2 Made it to the gym. Did 15 minutes on the abdominal machines and then 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. Right now my puppy is playing soccer with his tennis ball with a chewy bone in his mouth, and I'm laughing my butt off. :) Tue, 8 Dec 2015 12:24:05 EST First day back Last week I joined a gym, and today I met with the personal trainer and did my first workout. It was on the 30 minute circuit trainer and I really enjoyed it. I've been excited to do my first work out since last week when I joined. I plan to work out at least five days a week Monday through Friday for at least 30 minutes a day. I really want to be able to wear my tighter clothes comfortably again! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:03:02 EST 162.4 1 lb. down 8 more to go to reach my goal. The clothes I normally wear are getting so big that I really need to buy new ones because they look so baggy. It's a neat feeling, but I hate shopping for clothes. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:38:32 EST 163.6 1 lb. down into my new challenge. 9 more to go by the end of the year. It will be exciting to break the 160s and enter the 150s. I can almost taste it! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:21:58 EST 164.6 I was looking at my history, and I haven't been this weight in about five years. I can officially wear a size 12, but I don't like the way I look in some of my skirts, so I'm still wearing my size 14 skirts. Size 16 for the most part is way too big, and I need to cull all of that out of my closet. I can now wear shorts I haven't been able to wear in years and be comfortable in them. I feel really good and have the most energy I've had in years. The only problem I've noticed is my legs an... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:05:53 EST When Pigs Fly... I received an email from a woman I stay away from at work yesterday. She's generally a hateful person who spreads gossip and causes grief where ever she goes.... <BR> <BR> In the email she told me that she had just walked past me and noticed that I had lost a lot of weight, and that I look marvelous. I sent her an email back thanking her for the compliment. <BR> <BR> ...I think you could hear my jaw drop to my desk. I've gotten a few compliments in the last couple of weeks, but this one ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:08:41 EST 165.8 It seemed like I was stuck at 170 lbs. for a really long time....but I just blast through to 165.8 in what seemed like a week. I think I can attribute it to a couple of things. <BR> <BR> First, my BF and I were eating out at nice restaurants in the initial weeks of our relationship. I tried to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes it just couldn't be helped to eat the wrong things or eat a little too much of something that was really good. Now we're over a month into our relationshi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:02:27 EST 167.8 Lost about 3 lbs. in one month. Slow and steady wins this race. I'm eating healthier and feelings really good. I don't crave sweets or bread anymore, but I still like to have part of a special treat every once in a while. Last night I shared a hot fudge sundae with my boyfriend, and it was perfect. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:09:25 EST 170.4 The scale initially said 169.8, but when I re-weighed two other times, I got 170.4. I'll take it. :) Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:29:41 EST 171.4 Cutting out carbs and soda has been the key element for me in losing weight. I feel better, have more energy and am not as hungry as I used to be. As of today, I have lost 25 lbs. from my highest weight. I feel terrific, and I'm starting to look good too! <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:49:11 EST 172.6 Going without most carbs and portion control is really working! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:25:26 EST 173.8 Moving right along. Happy Friday everyone! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:56:42 EST 174.4 My 7 week challenge is almost over. My son will be back home on Saturday. Over the past 7 weeks I have lost 10 lbs., dropped from a size 16 to a size 14, and I have learned a few things about food. I have learned that protein and green veggies are best for my metabolism. I feel better and have more energy when I eat this way. Carbs and sugar cause me to bloat and make me feel sluggish. I won't cut carbs completely out of my life. I don't think I could and I don't really want to. That ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:56:24 EST 175.6 I haven't seen this weight in probably three years. What an excellent way to start the day! <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago when I moved into my house I organized my closet by size, and had tried on a bunch of different clothes to see where I was with them. Most of them I could zip up but size 14 was really snug and size 12 was definitely out of the question. <BR> <BR> This past week my sister came to visit, and we went shopping at all the nice clothing shops. We walk up to White Hou... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:55:54 EST 7 Week Challenge - Week 1 It hasn't been quite a whole week since I started my 7 Week Challenge, but some things are definitely happening. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty good about sticking to my South Beach Phase 1 food and recipes with the exception of a few Fritos (not many) here and there (because they were still in the house when I started this challenge). They're gone now, and I wouldn't say I miss them. I think they actually might of helped a little because there were a couple of days where I was missing the c... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:39:40 EST My 7 Week Challenge to Myself My son is away for the summer, and I have seven weeks to make the most of it. Sunday morning was spent going over the recipes in my South Beach book in order to make a shopping list of what I needed for week 1 of Phase 1. Went to the grocery store today after work, brought everything home and made my first South Beach dinner: broiled salmon with rosemary, asparagus and a salad with South Beach approved veggies. Phase 1 is going to be the hardest because it's all about detoxing my body of a... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:56:25 EST 182.0 On New Year's day I weighed 183.6. Getting back on tract. 2013 is going to be a great year! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:20:42 EST 182.2 - Fall Closet Clean Out I spent the day cleaning out both of my closets today. One contains the clothes I can wear and the other contains two sizes of clothes I'll get to use again once I lose the extra weight. I was able to zip up all of my size 14 clothes. They're still a little snug, but maybe in another 5 lbs. they'll be more comfortable to wear. I went ahead and put them in my what I can wear closet and put my summer clothes away until next year. I even bagged up some clothes that are too big for me and so... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:04:50 EST 183.0 I'm exercising, working and out and trying to be more active, but the weight is not coming off as quickly as I like. However, my carb intake has been moderate, and for me I think carbs are what make me hold onto the weight the most. I did manage to get down to my lowest weight that I have seen in many years, so I think I'll try to make this a low carb week and see what happens. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:27:51 EST 183.6 This week I have worked out four times, instead of my usual three. The elliptical trainer is getting easier to use, and I'm starting to go faster on it. I pushed myself a little harder today and feel a little more sore than usual. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:50:57 EST