RYDERB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RYDERB RYDERB'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/ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734078 An accountability confession: <BR> <BR> UGLY: I haven't been Sparking much, since March. I've been struggling with my scale, and feeling frustrated and ashamed. I long for the old days, when a bad week meant my scale hadn't budged, or I had only lost 1 pound. These past few months, If I got on the scale at the end of the week, and I hadn't gained, I was actually doing a happy dance. The frustrating part... It wasn't because I had "fallen off" that mythical wagon. In fact, I was ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:28:12 EST February Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614267 <em>409</em> January Jumpstart Challenge <em>408</em> <BR> RESULTS:    I'm happy to report that January was a complete success!  I completed my nutrition goal, a Whole30; and despite a daily mental struggle I completed my fitness goal, Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  I also completed all my Tracy Anderson workouts (which I LOVE)   In the process, I lost 8 pounds and a total of 8 1/2 inches. <BR> <BR> <BR> New for February....   Bahama Mamas Team <BR> <em>129</em>   <em>204</em> Fall In Love... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 18:04:29 EST Jumpstarting January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584088 with a new challenge, for extra accountability. The Bahama Mama team is doing a 30 Day January Jumpstart Challenge, Jan 2nd - 31st. <BR> <BR> MAIN CHALLENGE: Set a 30 Day Nutrition Goal. I've decided to do a Whole30, <link>whole30.com/ </link> . I completed a Whole90 last year, and it was the BEST thing I've ever done for myself. Eliminating sugar, is what I anticipate being the most difficult aspect for me, since I am a sugar addict, but it's also what I'm most excited about and ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:52:30 EST Whole 90 Day 94 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434211 This week was supposed to be about adding back in some of the less healthy foods that I had given up for my Whole90 and testing my body's reaction to them. I didn't do the official testing, like I should have, because there really wasn't anything I wanted to add back in. I intended to officially test dairy, on day 91, by adding grass fed butter to my Bulletproof coffee, but I couldn't do it. I used ghee. <BR> <BR> Then, Wednesday, we went out to dinner with friends, to a Tapas restauran... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:52:12 EST Season of the Beast Week 4 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415561 BONUS CHALLENGE: 3 day photo food blog. <BR> <BR> I won't have a computer the rest of the week so, I have to get this done today. Oh and even though there aren't any pictures, the only thing I drink other than my morning coffee is lots of water, normally with a splash of pure lemon or lime juice or cranberry concentrate. <BR> <BR> <BR> SUNDAY: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes with coconut butter and raspberries These really should be ca... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:10:07 EST Whole60 Day 61 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111594416.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These last 30 days turned out to be both easier and harder than my first 30. Easier because I wasn't afraid of failing. I knew I could eat Whole30 clean, because I had just done it. I had already figured out both meal planning and cooking. Plus, after my first 30 days, I felt great, had more energy, and was happier than I had been in a long time. Harder, because I finally experienced a couple of the expected ... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:26:54 EST Whole30 Day 35: I believe in magic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370573 Day 31 was the suppose to be the start of a 10 day Reintroduction Phase, where you add the "less healthy" foods back into your diet, and test your body's reaction, but ONLY the foods that you've been missing. Although I miss Sheep's and Goat's cheeses, I don't really miss them that much. Given how long I've been dealing with emotional eating, sugar addiction, weight, and hormone issues, I've decided to extend my Whole30 to a Whole45, but I might end up extending it again to a 60 or maybe... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:44:54 EST Whole30 Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355260 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1183088300.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55186913.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So far, my Whole30 continues to be a fabulous experience. It's only day 20, but I feel amazing. I used to wake up STARVING and thinking about food, and I used to NEED to eat every 3-4 hours or I'd get a migraine or worse turn into a CRAZY woman. Now, I actually have to remind myself that I should eat. Everything tastes better. I really c... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:04:43 EST What am I doing wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344560 THE TIMELINE: A DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE TO YOUR WHOLE30 <BR> <link>whole9life.com/2013/01/whole30-timel<BR>ine/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175686748.jpg"> <BR> Today is day 10 of my Whole30. So far my experience hasn't followed the Whole30 Timeline. It's been a cross between Day 1: So what's the big deal? and Days 16 -28 which is described like this... "Goodbye cravings, hello Tiger Blood! This must be what everyone is talking about! You’ve hit the downhil... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:43:53 EST Ready for a Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333647 MARCH STATUS UPDATE: My March Fitness Challenge was a success. I was finally able to stay focused on one fitness program, Tracy Anderson's Method. I'm very happy with the way the shape of my body is changing, and I'm committed to sticking with Tracy's program. <BR> <BR> CONFESSION: April has been rough. I've been struggling with food, and using exercise to offset my bad food choices, again. It's the same old song, just a different verse. I do well for a few days, but then a sle... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:41:20 EST March Fitness Madness & Springing to Action Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272100 Week 3 of the Springing to Action Challenge requires us to create a vision board. To earn the Bonus points, we have to share it with our team or in a blog. Here's mine... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695585684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is day 4 of my March Madness Tracy Anderson Bootcamp. For the first time ever I'm focusing on ONLY Tracy's workouts, and I'm doing an A.M. and P.M. workout session 6 days a week. The P.M. session is a significant mental challen... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 04:37:59 EST Falling for Fitness Week 14 Detox Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225131 Required us to complete a one day detox/cleanse of our choice, and blog about our experience, which I almost forgot to do. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> When I first read the challenge, I wasn't sure what I was going to do, because I've been "detoxing" the natural way, since Dec. 27th. I've really limited my sugar intake, eliminated all processed foods, no gluten, no grains, no beans, and no alcohol. I haven't been perfect; but I have been doing really really well. I've been drinking green or... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 02:10:52 EST Note to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214974 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966752264.jpg"> <BR> I hope you haven't forgotten the day you promised yourself that THIS would be the "last time" your "tried" to lose weight. The day you declared you were done hating your body; done putting your life on hold until you reached a certain weight. The day you decided that you were DONE Being the Fat Girl! Today, it feels like that day was so long ago and yet it also seems like it was just yesterday. These last two years ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 23:52:06 EST Hungry for Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188294 Unfortunately, the last 6 weeks of the year were rough. As usual, lots of visitors, my husbands travel schedule, stress, and the holidays took a toll on my health and fitness journey. I was not able to stick to my new plan, and all my SparkStreaks came to an end. As I struggled to stay on track, my weight continued to bounce up and down those same 5 pounds. But luckily, I didn't give up; and I didn't end 2012 by gaining the usual additional 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:50:46 EST Starting Over: My New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117009 Until last week, I'd been feeling stuck --frustrated --lost. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654800918.jpg"> <BR> Like I'd been driving down a road, not sure if I took a wrong turn and instead of stopping to look at a map or asking for directions. I decided to just drive faster. I'd convinced myself that as long as I kept pushing, which meant more & more exercise, EVERYTHING would work itself out. Right? Wrong! Pushing on, while my scale bounced up and down t... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:30:20 EST Falling For Fitness: A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111947 Every year, on January 1st, I reset my goals, using the "big" dates in my life. Starting with my anniversary in February and ending with my birthday in November. Today I realized that I have exactly 4 weeks until my birthday. For a moment I couldn't breathe. I started to feel overwhelmed, because that means that there's also ONLY 10 weeks left until New Year's Day, and only 16 weeks left until Valentine's Day, which will be my 16th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> Luckily, Sunday was Day ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:26:44 EST Final Motivate Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768634 Reflect on the progress you've made over the last 15 weeks. Share two things you've done well, and two things you will improve going forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of the challenge. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l989335301.jpg"> <BR> First thing I need to improve on... eliminating procrastination. <BR> <BR> <BR> This photo is a great example of how my weight loss journey has felt. I keep pushing forward, but the scenery doesn't change. The ol... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 13:08:36 EST Pressing On! With my friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51353967.jpg"> <BR> One of my wonderful SP friends (AmyElizabeth) mentioned that she was spending the day with her walking friend. Which reminded me of something my mom would tell me when I was a teenager, "Don't think you can play in the mud and not get dirty. "You ARE the company that you keep!" The relevance of those words to my weight issues hit me, and I realized my mom was right. (You have no idea how hard that was to write. So, ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:27:49 EST 2012…. I'm giving in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660421 So... it's a brand new year! WooHoo! Time to look back on 2011 (thanks to CANNIE50) and see how I did. Hmm... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Dec. 27th, was my one year SparkVersary, but I didn't even want to acknowledge it, because I was feeling defeated, after a Five pound Christmas gain (actually on the 27th I think that number was even higher, maybe 8, but luckily 3 of them were from water retention, and were gone by the 31st, the other 5 are definitely pure Christmas Cinnabon madness!). ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 20:12:36 EST Is it time to give up...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585912 "give up" I really hate those two words. Even writing them makes me cringe, but they've been popping up A LOT lately, when friends (real world, not SP) and acquaintances share their mostly unsolicited advice on what I should be doing to "lose weight." <BR> <BR> Example... Wednesday, I got my hair cut and colored. While making small talk, with my hairdresser, I shared the fact that I have challenged myself to reach 180, by December 21st. (that's 7 pounds over the next 5 weeks, well withi... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:33:14 EST My Scale Doesn't Know Everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327159 Today, it's been exactly 6 months since I joined SparkPeople, and I weigh 189. That's a 2 lb. gain from last week. Yikes! My starting weight was 201, which means that for the last 26 weeks, I've averaged less than 1/2 pound a week. Ouch! Really? Can that be right? I've only lost 12 pounds? I feel like I've done so much better than 12 pounds! I've tracked my food, and stayed in range. I've worked hard; and, I've burned over 11,000 fitness minutes!!! Is that my scale laughing at me? ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:12:25 EST The View From The Bottom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308029 I don't want to admit this, but last month I developed an obsession. My obsession was triggered by a woman I saw, while on a walk. The woman, had reached the top of the hill I was climbing and stopped to stretch and take in the view. A view, I didn't even bother to glance at, because I was too hot and too busy gasping for breath. What made her remarkable? She looked as if she had walked straight out of a maxi-pad commercial! Those commercials always have a woman standing in a yoga posi... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 08:53:14 EST So What's Next? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215348 It's late and I still have to figure out the dinner plan tonight. I'm lucky that my husband will eat nearly anything I put in front of him without complaining. It's just sooo HOT here. I don't want to cook. Right this minute it's 95. Double yuck! I really feel like going for another walk, but it's just too hot. Maybe later. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what's up with this burning desire I have today to exercise. Maybe I'm just worried that Sunday is coming. It's the start of the new week,... Fri, 6 May 2011 21:47:06 EST My First 30 Done Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178057 I don't really believe in coincidences. I believe everything happens for a reason, and it's up to us, to figure out what we're suppose to learn from it. <BR> <BR> For instances... <BR> <BR> When I woke up and got on the scale and saw that I had managed to gain back the 8 pounds I had lost since January 1st! I felt sick. I wanted to scream! And then I wanted to eat a pie! Because pie makes everything better! But instead, I decided to look for help. At that point, I really didn't un... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:42:10 EST My Done Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166748 What does Being the Fat Girl mean exactly? For me, it's a lot more than a number on a scale. It's a frame of mind. It's a state of being. A state of inaction. A state of fear. A state of constant insecurity and self doubt. it also means, putting everyone, and everything else in my life ahead of where I place myself and my needs on my list; and I'm Done Being the Fat Girl! I'm done living my life that way, or more truthfully -- I'm done not appreciating the life I have and being too af... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 23:52:39 EST