RUETHEDAE's SparkPeople Blog RUETHEDAE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Will Be Back Some Day! As I mentioned in my last post, I am somewhat immersed in this "Eat For Life" class at the moment. Which I am still LOVING by the way. <em>30</em> I find that since I am already calorie tracking, as well as keeping track of water and exercise for the class, that my attention has wandered away from Spark People. I will be back though........class runs through until just before Christmas. <BR> In the meantime, all is well, the weight is coming off sloooowly, but surely. And in reality, i... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:06:10 EST Eat For Life So, I have decided to try something new for this winter, which I may have already mentioned?? <BR> I am going to try really hard to focus, and I do mean FOCUS on the diet and exercise and being mindful in all things. Including my eating. Nay, especially my eating! It is by staying on track with all of the above that I hope to avoid any sort of prescription medication for my SAD this winter. <BR> I am not morally opposed to medication, because I know from personal experience how very helpful... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:46:01 EST I'm Still Here! Gosh, where has the summer gone to? I can't believe that we're into August already! <BR> In a nutshell, I have been gradually increasing the exercise, mainly by being more consistent. Mon., Wed., Fri., are run days. Thursday is riding lesson day. Which leaves Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday as my walk days. The only day I missed this week was Saturday, and that was only because I had plans to spend the morning with an old friend of mine whom I haven't gotten together with in forever. And w... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:58:45 EST It Was Hot. I Still Ran. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, this is a less than flattering picture of me, taken a few minutes after my run this morning. And note the dark circle on the front of my t-shirt. That's sweat. There were dark circles on my back, and under my arms to match. And when I returned home, I was literally dripping with sweat. I bent over to untie my sneakers....drip....drip....drip.....drip.<BR>.... And I normally get sweaty when I run, unless it... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:49:27 EST Testing Some New Vegan Recipes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These were from Tuesday......I was in a cooking mood and had some ingredients that needed to be used. Such as blueberries and eggplant and some wanton wrappers. Sooooooo, for breakfast we started with Vegan Blueberry Muffins. And then for lunch I moved on to Vegan Eggplant Parmesan.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I say "we" for breakfast because the rest of th... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:00:37 EST Non- Motivational Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow. I never knew it could rain so $#%&*@& much without actually being in the Rainforest. Seriously?? It can stop raining ANYTIME now as far as I am concerned. <em>24</em> <BR> I woke up late this morning, and had the brilliant thought that if I headed straight out the door for my run, then I would get back in plenty of time before my husband had to leave for work and before youngest child woke up yadda yadd... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:14:04 EST Lunch Date and Edamame <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I try to get out once a week for a quick lunch/dinner date just so that we can sit alone with each other and actually catch up with what is going on in each other's lives. And one would think that since we live together and all of that, that we would be able to discuss things throughout the week. Enter the children. Chaos, busy, and constant interruption. Arrgh. <BR> <BR> So, we tried this new p... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:28:05 EST My New Favorite Recipe I made the most amazing kale dish yesterday and I am in LOVE with it. So yummy!! <BR> It is called "Massaged Kale Salad (A.K.A. Ari's Special K)" and I got the recipe from the <BR> "Vegan's Daily Companion" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. She has also written "The Joy of Vegan Baking" and "The Vegan Table". These are both on my book wish list now. Is anyone familiar with these books? I would especially love to hear any thoughts on the "Vegan Baking" and "Vegan Table". <em>41</em> <BR>... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:40:18 EST Going Vegan <img src=""> <BR> Breakfast. Oats and fresh blueberries and nothing else added. Yum. <BR> <BR> I am on a mission of sorts. To reach a point where I don't have to count calories. To feel better. More energy. <BR> I have been in an observational pattern of sorts for the past few weeks, while simultaneously doing my research as it were. I just finished watching "Forks Over Knives" and all I can really say is WOW. I was already on the p... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:06:39 EST Another 2 lbs. Down!! Life has been INSANE this past week. My oldest son's 8th grade Graduation last night, in addition to our 15th Wedding Anniversary (my husband's and mine that is). Tonight is a friend's High School Graduation. After I get through the chaos of dishes, laundry, feeding children and one Doctor's Appt. for youngest child. <BR> <BR> But, I digress. Wednesday Weigh in?? A 2lb loss. Boo Yah!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Somehow it's all kind of working.....not sure HOW exactly, other than exerc... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:37:47 EST Another Crazy Week So, would you believe that I am just now recovering from ANOTHER cold?? <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But, for some good news......I am actually getting better on my own with this one, so there shouldn't be any need for a doctor visit or antibiotics at least. Knock on wood!! <BR> <BR> Also...... my Wednesday weigh in for yesterday was good. I am down to where I was before I got sick. So, those two pounds I had gained when I was ill last time are gone again. And now time to move forward. Fo... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:41:29 EST Could Have Been Better.... But then again, it could have been a whole lot worse too. Up 2 pounds this morning. <em>198</em> It's all good though. I'm back on it with the exercise, stayed within my calorie limits and drank all of my water today. I did take today as a rest day though because I was so tired I went back to bed after walking the dog at 5:00 a.m. Sleep is an important factor in all of this as well right?? <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to miss my riding lesson tomorrow <em>46</em> due to a s... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:07:27 EST Some Good and Some Bad The good news: <BR> I am getting back on track with the exercise. Got my 10,000 steps in total. Did a combination walk/jog this morning. Drank 8 glasses of water. Barely. <em>20</em> <BR> I am really tired though. Like I need lots more sleep kind of tired. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> The bad news: <BR> The GF banana muffins proved to be a little too tasty. Sooooo, a little over in the calorie department. And tomorrow is Wednesday Weigh in day. Gulp. <em>40</em> I have a feeling tha... Tue, 28 May 2013 20:19:47 EST I Feel Like I Have Been Stuck in a Time Warp OMG. I feel like I am trapped in a house of plague. My family keeps sharing all of these less than lovely illnesses, all viral in nature. None really Doctor visit worthy, but all just crappy enough to put life on hold. The children have been bouncing around from one cold, stomach bug, cold, etc to another. I just had the one illness out of all of them. But it knocked me completely on my ass. Remember that cold that led to laryngitis?? Yep, well that led to a sinus infection. Which le... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:29:16 EST Weigh In Wednesday So, today was the day. And I really, REALLY did not want to step on that scale. I have been distracted with being ill, not drinking as much water as I ought. Though more tea than usual. And those cough drops I have been sucking down?? Turns out they are NOT calorie free. How is that even fair I ask you??? <BR> <BR> BUT, I have kept up with the exercise (mostly) and really focusing on eating real food and not processed. And I have come to the conclusion that coughing must burn a lot ... Wed, 15 May 2013 08:27:37 EST Laryngitis Kind of Sucks I'm at the tail end of a cold, compliments of my family <em>46</em> and I am battling a case of laryngitis. Though I have kept up with the exercise, I have been finding the drinking of 8+ glasses of water to be difficult. To say nothing about salad consumption. Meanwhile the children are alternating between bemusement and disgust as I whisper/salt water gargle my way through the day. Oh, and tea with honey. Tea with honey........... Normally I am not a big tea drinker, but coffee with... Tue, 14 May 2013 11:39:45 EST Yep, still here.............. It has been a BUSY, BUSY, BUSY week. <em>40</em> Eldest child is in DC with his class for the week, after I spent 4 days straight helping him get organized, packed, filling out permission slips, etc etc. And youngest child has been ill. Despite which I have kept up with the progress in jogging by working my way through week #4 of the 5K Your Way program. AND, riding lesson today. As always, the high point of my week. <BR> As far as meals go it has been catch as catch can. Not much in t... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:40:52 EST Feeling Lean and Mean This Morning Last night my husband and I went out for dinner, And knowing ahead of time that we were going to be doing this, I parcelled out my calories very carefully throughout the day, thus allowing a few extra for dinner. I was famished by the time we got there, and thoroughly enjoyed my leafy green salad of baby spinach greens, vinaigrette dressing, and grilled salmon. I stuck with lemon water, even though all cocktails were $2 off last night. <em>40</em> Besides, I was saving room for a slic... Thu, 2 May 2013 21:14:05 EST No Gain No Pain Right?? So, the scale stayed the same. And I am really o.k. with that. I would have been <em>192</em> bummed if I had gained, truth be told. But, all things considered I am content with maintenance for this week. The biggest bummer is that I have promised myself little rewards along the way for every 10 pounds gone. And I am almooooosttt there. Just 1 pound to go. Next week for sure!!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I did awesome staying within my calorie limits yesterday! Had salmon for dinner to... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:55:58 EST So Much for Every Day No Matter What <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To make a long story short, my husband was out of town from Thursday to late Sunday night. Which left me with the two boys, all of my normal weekend duties, plus a few of my husband's. BTW, I will happily do the dishes, but I hate trash and recycling day. Normally my husband's job. <BR> <BR> So, I was tired, and stressed, yadda yadda yadda. I did go over with the calories, but I was also gradually increasing t... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:03:39 EST Meet Calvin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Calvin. Isn't he gorgeous??? He's my Thursday morning exercise buddy, LOL. <BR> Pretty much every Thursday morning, I drive to my riding lesson and find Calvin waiting in his stall for me. One of the good things about having to pay to ride is that I don't have to catch the horse.:-) Or pay for all of the upkeep, which is EXPENSIVE. <BR> I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Thursdays. It is therapeutic, the whole proce... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:17:03 EST Worry Not I have to admit that I was a little nervous about stepping on the scale this morning. I mean, I did great with the calories yesterday and all. However, Friday, Saturday, Sunday , AND Monday? Well, let's just say it was less than stellar. <em>198</em> <BR> Oh, and then there is the PMS factor. Bloating, cravings, and lethargy. Oh my! <em>40</em> <BR> I pushed through it this morning though and stepped on the scale. Another pound lost. I'm not sure how, but I will take it! And I m... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:29:51 EST Veggies and More Veggies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been absolute perfection in all things healthy eating and exercise today. <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of veggies, 9 glasses of water, and a 30 minute walk even though I could have called today a Rest Day if I wanted. I took my iron supplements, Vitamin D, fish oil, and multi vitamin. Quick, I better go to bed before I get tempted by anything sweet that would totally push me over my calorie limits. ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:48:00 EST Rest Day I had a "date" with my husband last night, wherein we left the children (with Grammy) at home and drove far enough away that nobody knew us, and we didn't know them, and we enjoyed a show. We got to pretend, for a few hours at least, that we are normal adults living in the normal adult world. It did however, make for a rather late evening. Yawn......... <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I had an early morning, on not much sleep, and today was slated for either cross training or rest day. I opted... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:04:57 EST New Sneakers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I totally missed yesterday. It has been a loooong week, what can I say. My husband has had the flu, and though he has been able to drag himself to work, barely, once he gets home he has been worn out and useless. So, no parental back up in the evenings when I most desperately need it. I'm usually pretty good until about 8:00ish. At which point my husband usually takes over. So, I have been up late (10:30 las... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:47:58 EST Derailed No blog post yesterday because I was too busy allowing myself to be derailed. Throw in a bit of self sabotage and bingeing and you pretty much have my evening from yesterday. <BR> BUT........ <BR> it has allowed for a lot of inner reflection this morning. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I have a riding lesson this morning! I look forward to my lesson day ALL week long. It is therapuetic as well as a great total body workout. So, I'll come back later for today's blog post with a more positive ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:12:07 EST I Have Got to Post Earlier I promised myself that I would make a blog post entry every day. No matter what! Except that I have noticed that by saving it for the end of the day I am too tired to do it justice. Sooooo, tomorrow I will be here MUCH earlier in the day. <BR> Just a few random thoughts and observations........ <BR> I need to NOT be in the kitchen around 3-4 pm <BR> Which means I need to do a lot more dinner prepping/making earlier in the day <BR> And then........ <BR> Take a bit of a rest/short nap around... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:19:35 EST So Close......but Not Quite I did MUCH better with keeping in line with the calories. Still went a bit over, but I was in range at least.:-) And I did great on the water intake. Plus I did my RunYourWay 5K, day 3 today in the morning, and yoga class in the evening. So I probably burned a few extra calories as well. <BR> Too tired to focus, so I am going to think about getting some sleep very soon. Sleep is GOOD. <em>40</em> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:15:52 EST Why Didn't Somebody TELL Me??? That I actually look as large as I am?? That the shirt I wore today was NOT covering my tummy bulge in any sort of way resembling flattering?? That wearing shirts that I was able to wear 60 pounds ago don't really work anymore??? <BR> As the saying goes.....a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe even a million in my case! <BR> Iam totally freaking out because I saw a picture of myself from today. OMG. <BR> Oh, and also.......THAT"S IT!! No matter calorie splurges. I am only cheating... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:31:08 EST Run,run,run..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was day 1 for me in the 5K Run Your Way challenge. And despite the crap roads of a snow, slush, mud combination (which can make for tricky footing!!) I did push myself out the door early. I felt great when I got back. And even when I was running, for my 1 minute at a time, it felt great. <BR> I can do this! <BR> I feel a bit like Homer Simpson trying to run right now. But with persistance and time, I wil... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:11:38 EST Time to Run I just signed up for the 5K running program AND the Accountability group here in Spark world. Sooooooo, I'm freaking out a little here. But I WILL do this. My main goal for today is to stay within my calorie limits and drink all of my water. Been a bit over the calories for the past couple of days. yesterday it was still kind of o.k. though because of all the calories burned at my riding lesson. But today I'll just be doing yoga, so not as much of a "free pass" in the too many calories ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:42:01 EST Stress Eating My youngest is sick with some sort of upper respiratory virus. Which is always stressful because of his asthma. I hate having to listen to him struggle for breath and having to watch and observe and try to decide that exact tipping point of "is he getting better?" or "do we need to go see the doctor?" <BR> I am also sleep deprived from having stayed with him all night and making sure he was doing alright, making him use his inhaler as needed etc etc. This also leads to stress eating . Jus... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:51:42 EST Daily Checklist Daily Checklist <BR> Dark Green Vegetables: Rainbow Vegetables: <BR> minimum of two cups minimum of two cups <BR> ___1/2 cup ___1/2 cup ___1/2 cup ___1/2 cup <BR> ___1/2cup ___1/2 cup ___1/2cup ___1/2cup <BR> ___1/2cup ___1/2cup ___1/2cup ___1/2cup <BR... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:42:24 EST Feel the Rainbow I have battled an eating disorder, as well as depression, for most of my life. I have gained and lost the same 100 pounds over and over again. I tend to be a bit of an all or nothing person. It's the perfectionist in me fighting for control. I think it's time to let my more forgiving side make an entrance. Instead of berating myself for how "fat" I am, no matter my current jean size, I am going to treat my body to a little love and respect. It has certainly earned it! <BR> And on this... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:21:59 EST