SABLENESS's SparkPeople Blog SABLENESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Motivated Monday Back on track today. Former coworkers in another department invited me to join them for breakfast casserole, so I'm compensating with a light lunch. I've been to the gym for my AM break and will go again at lunch when I finish my blog. <BR> <BR> I have friends at my house tonight, the house is mostly clean, and I baked a small batch of cookies to share. I will have ONE. <BR> <BR> This weekend was tech time. My computer has been reset to factory settings, so I downloaded new Office Pro... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:57:52 EST Two nights out with husband Night out #1 We belatedly celebrated husband's birthday with dinner at favorite Vietnamese restaurant and holiday lights at Largo Central Park with rides on carousel and Ferris wheel. Hadn't been on a merry-go-round in ages. <BR> <BR> Night out #2 Went to a scratch and dent outlet store to pick out a new refrigerator and dishwasher. Both of ours are old and have been making unhealthy noises. The new ones are scheduled for delivery the day after Christmas, yayyy!!! Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:08:52 EST Gratitude helps I'm grateful for <BR> <BR> Some completed Round To-It tasks <BR> The food I've prepared today <BR> Christmas cards done <BR> Wrapping done <BR> Husband says we can afford to shop for new frig and dishwasher tonight. <BR> <em>460</em> Merry Christmas, us! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:29:02 EST Countdown and round to-its There's a little noteboard opposite my desk that says 10 Days till Christmas. I am looking forward to the 11th day, the day AFTER. I will have two weeks off for winter break, but the calendar this year worked out to no time at all before the holiday so I work straight through next Friday. It's taking some planning and prioritizing to get ready for the 25th. <BR> <BR> Food has been over the top this week. I've been too tired and too pressed for time to resist. I have not looked at my s... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:13:48 EST Very Monday Tired <BR> Too many cookies in office <BR> Sleepy <BR> Low energy <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> I did my workout: 10 lb weights, short walk, 10 min on exercise bike. Quote from the gym: "The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen." Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:32:12 EST Missions I'm taking a page out of IMUSTLOSTIT's book and making missions out of my to do list. Here are today's primary missions. Anything else that gets done is a bonus. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 1. Tidy up around my chair. <BR> <em>248</em> 2. Fix husband and me a great Saturday breakfast and clean it up so I can make the next mess in the kitchen. <BR> <em>248</em> 3. Pick up farm share and do some batch cooking. <BR> <em>248</em> 4. Do at least a little Christmas decorating. <BR> 5. Do a... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 10:12:26 EST Clothes hoarder My current eating and exercise patterns are resulting in slow but sure loss. The scale inched down another .4 lb today. <BR> <BR> Last night I tried on some hoarded clothes in the closet, ones that I haven't been able to wear in ages, but couldn't bring myself to part with. They were once favorites, but now that I can wear them again, wouldn't you know, they're not me now, and I'm going to send them to the thrift shop. Let that be a lesson to us clothes hoarders. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:16:03 EST Happy Thursday, surprised again <em>11</em> <em>355</em> That is a happy dance on my scale. I know I've put in some real effort in recent months, but I'm continually surprised when my scale actually shows my hard work. I don't think I've seen today's number in 3-4 years? I've now dropped 20 lbs in 2017 and aim at another 5 this month. <BR> <em>362</em> I surprised myself yesterday. I thought, " I must be really tired. These weights feel really heavy." They were--I had picked up 10 lb weights instead of 8. I di... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:42:47 EST Busy Wednesday and happy scale <em>334</em> <em>11</em> My better eating habits are showing up on the scale. I like it, and I like how my clothes fit. I still see a fat reflection, but it's looking better. <BR> <BR> I've had very little time to catch up from the weekend, and here it is Wednesday already. I have about 15 min when I get home to eat a quick bit of protein, fill my water bottle, grab my choir bag, and head to Tampa in hopes of arriving at rehearsal on time. In work traffic and having to go around Ta... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:06:05 EST Better Tuesday Yesterday was an off day for sure. My weekend had been good but very full, and I was happily worn out. I skipped my lunch workout in the gym and strolled around Ace Hardware, ate more than usual but not to extremes, and went to bed early. <BR> <BR> Today I woke up before my alarm feeling more rested. Work started off crazy. In the first hour or so, I spent maybe 5 min at my desk, hadn't fixed coffee, and got in over 3000 steps. I won't have a problem with being sleepy today if this ke... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:21:46 EST Slow Monday I am SOOO sleepy. I've been for a walk, had another cup of coffee, and I could still put my head down and go right to sleep. I've visited my coworkers for extra things to do and have enough to keep me awake for awhile. <BR> ZZZZZZ <em>102</em> Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:38:27 EST Thirty days to ONEderland I'm celebrating the end of the fall challenge Not as counterproductive as it sounds. I had thought of walking to a nearby restaurant for my favorite light breakfast but decided instead to use up stale rolls from Thanksgiving plus leftover non-dairy eggnog and make a light version of my Gramma's bread pudding. The last of the eggnog went in my coffee. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - went to the gym, ate my healthy bagged lunch instead of ordering out with my department, fixed dinner instead ... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 07:53:10 EST Slow start and good going <em>128</em> Oh, I so wanted not to get up when my alarm went off. Last night I went to choir across the bay and Trader Joe's after, so I got home late, and I sure could have used some more sleep. But no, I'd made up my mind to get up early all week so I could walk before work in hopes of losing that last bit before the end of the fall challenge. I've doubled my workout minutes and eaten on the low end all week to give myself the best chance possible. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> While m... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:00:23 EST Hump day happies I'm happy because <BR> <em>446</em> I think I finished my shopping last night online. <BR> <em>311</em> I've gotten up early three days in a row to add extra workout minutes. <BR> <em>9</em> Most of what I have on didn't fit a few months ago. <BR> <em>387</em> News from other departments makes me so happy I'm where I'm at. <BR> <em>220</em> Friends and family. <BR> <em>187</em> Brand-new great niece. <BR> <em>339</em> I have choir tonight. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:05:08 EST Someone noticed! Woohoo! I've had a second person compliment me on weight loss. I'm even beginning to see some differences myself. I couldn't wear today's shirt this summer, and even when it did fit, the sleeves were never at all loose. <BR> <BR> This morning my scale again showed a number I haven't seen in far too long. What I'm doing is working. For this last week of the fall challenge, I'm getting up early to walk before work to add to my fitness minutes from the gym. <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:41:06 EST What group are you in? Final week of fall 5% challenge. #1: If you've made your goal, huge congratulations to you! <BR> <BR> #2: If you haven't lost a thing or gained, what did you learn about your eating and exercise habits? Believe me, I've learned plenty about my own. See what you can accomplish in the next few days, even if it's saying no to one temptation a day or adding a consistent few minutes of exercise. Even a 1 lb loss is a move in the downward direction. <BR> <BR> #3: If you've lost but not ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:05:40 EST Thanksgiving update in a nutshell Food: good. Almost all my Thanksgiving dinner veggies were from our organic farm share. Made eggplant casserole to share with the farm staff when I picked up this week's share. Enjoying leftovers in modest portions. <BR> <BR> Exercise: didn't do as much as planned, but lots of walking in the stores and lots of cleaning at home. <BR> <BR> Family: me, husband, mom, mom's boyfriend for dinner. Nephew 's family sick, niece expecting baby any day. Sister and husband sick but on the mend. Cal... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 21:35:32 EST Liking my new normal My scale is hovering around my new normal, and I like it. The numbers are still a surprise after being stuck for so long. <BR> <em>34</em> I've bought some heavier weights for home use. My 5 pounders just aren't giving me enough workout anymore. <BR> <em>9</em> I have my first pile of clothes cleanouts started, including a favorite pair of pants that are ridiculously baggy and the new top I'd bought to go with them. <BR> <BR> No pic, but I've dropped a size in undies. Now that I c... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:32:13 EST Profile of a loser A weight loser, that is. Honestly, I'm a little scared about these last two weeks of the fall challenge. I'm so close but not as close as I'd like to be. I admitted when the challenge started that I've never made the 5% goal. I'm giving it my best this time, and I wish I were sure I'm going to make it. So what can I do to be a loser these next two weeks? <BR> <BR> A loser thinks before she eats. <BR> A loser notices what has worked and keeps doing it. <BR> A loser doesn't measure her succe... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:17:39 EST An egg or a cookie...hmmm Choices, choices. There's a leftover box of cookies on the work table. I have a snack planned before I go to the gym on break. Yes, I'd like a cookie BUT...I brought a hardboiled egg for my AM snack. Both is NOT an option. <BR> <BR> Which will best support my workout? <BR> Which will give me the best results for tomorrow's weigh in? <BR> Which will give me the best chance of making my 5% challenge goal? <BR> Which best supports my long term goals? <BR> Which is better for my health? <BR>... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:17:52 EST Potluck rerun OK, here we go again. Today it's leftovers for department lunch from yesterday's potluck. My strategies for yesterday worked well enough to drop my scale another 2 oz. Eating together as a department cuts into my lunchtime workout, so I got up early for an half hour's walk before work. I've been to the gym on my break and put in 15 min on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> I ate veggies and lowfat cottage cheese for breakfast with a midmorning snack of unsalted nuts. I'll stick to mostly healt... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:01:11 EST Making the best of it Thanksgiving potluck at work today. How to make it work for me: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Weigh in to remind self which way I want the scale to go <BR> <em>248</em> Get up early and walk since I'll miss my lunchtime workout <BR> <em>248</em> Eat light healthy breakfast <BR> <em>248</em> Make broccoli salad <BR> <em>248</em> Go to gym at break <BR> <em>248</em> Say YES to small portions <BR> <em>248</em> Say NO to any seconds <BR> <em>248</em> Ask myself how this will... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:11:30 EST Creative "cheating" Sometimes it's better to simply have a small portion of a treat than offend the person who made it. OK, so I had a little piece of homemade pineapple upside down cake that couldn't have been any better. To compensate, I got cottage cheese from the cafeteria for my lunch protein, added a bit of sweetener, and used it as dip for the veggies I brought. That was so tasty I'll be adding it to my lunch options. I have fruit for my afternoon snack, so I still ended up low on calories. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:08:31 EST It's never all straight down Weekend washout. I see in retrospect that I should have recognized I'd be vulnerable to overeating after a stressful week with the time change and not feeling rested. In spite of best laid plans, yesterday was one of those days when I wanted to eat everything in sight and did. <BR> <BR> Today is a fresh start and back on track. One more area of progress is that those days don't happen very often anymore. When they do, I remember that weight loss is never an all straight down journey an... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:02:56 EST What keeps me going Remember my reasons. First and foremost, I'm tired of being the weight I've been. I'm over it, and I want to stop being "obese", stop being "overweight", and actually be "normal" and at a truly healthy weight for my age and height. <BR> <BR> I'm looking ahead to retirement not too far down the road. I need to be healthy enough to sustain working till I feel I can retire, and I want to be healthy enough to enjoy it when I do. A coworker in her 80s is my inspiration. I was amazed when som... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:01:08 EST Meh I'm glad to be at the end of this day. It's been full of stress both good and bad. I'm not even going into it except my normal routine was anything but from one end of the day to the other, starting with waking up a whole hour too early. Instead of going to the gym at lunchtime, I drove a good distance to solve a problem and make someone happy. Husband was as tired after work as I was, so we went out to dinner and ate too much. Neither of our meals would have made good leftovers. After co... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 19:37:55 EST Firsts I had quite a surprise this morning. Yesterday's blog, "Halfway; I can do this," was Voted Featured Blog Post! That's my first ever. THANK YOU, whoever made that happen! <BR> <BR> "Whoa girl! You've lost weight!" Those words were music to my ears yesterday. Finally, someone noticed my missing lbs. Yay! Wed, 8 Nov 2017 06:43:19 EST Halfway; I can do this <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> Yes, that's a happy dance! It's been three? four? years since I last saw today's number on my scale. As I've mentioned, I've never made a 5% challenge goal. Now I'm just over halfway there just over halfway into the challenge. This is looking like a success in the making, and I CAN make it happen. <BR> <BR> It really helped my motivation that I was already losing when the challenge started. The discipline of having spent 12 days on a restricti... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:52:42 EST Monday motivation <em>244</em> My scale has its best ever Monday numbers. My new normal is 10 lbs less than it was this summer. I've been shopping in my closet and finding "new" clothes I haven't been able to wear for some while. <BR> <em>11</em> I weigh myself daily. It's recommended that you weigh weekly or monthly, but daily works best for me. When the scale goes up, it tells me to refocus and stay on track. It also makes a visible connection between what I do and what I see. When it goes down, it g... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 07:22:50 EST Potluck Prevention Another potluck today, and I hope I'm ready. I'm bringing fruit and my own coffee. I've had a substantial breakfast omelette with green onion, mushrooms, rosemary, parsley, veggie hotdog, and almond "mozzarella". I won't be hungry. I will avoid the dessert table and will stick with small portions. I already bring my own coffee container; I could start bringing my own smaller size plate as well. I'll report back later. <BR> <em>4</em> <em>9</em> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Update: OK, ... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 08:32:52 EST Friday gleanings It will be interesting to see what my scale says when I weigh in tomorrow. As I mentioned in this week's blogs, it's been mostly an off week for me. My scale took an upward leap and then started down again so I'm hoping for good numbers tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've gleaned a few things from week 4. One is that my overeating is substantially less than it once was. I've eaten on the top end of my range, but not over. Next is that eating mostly on the high end of my range = weight gain. Whate... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:27:26 EST You make it a success I had a dear friend who believed attitude was everything and that much of life is what you make of it. The recording on her phone ended with "You make it a good day." I'm applying that to the fall challenge. It's up to me to make it a success. I had some off days this week, but the problem was my response to circumstances, not the circumstances. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track, the scale is going the right way again, and I'm going to make today a success. My plans are using the elliptical a... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:33:01 EST Set back but not stopping SIGH. Week 4 did not start well between too much eating on the run, a potluck, and Halloween. My scale has gone up ridiculously. I swear the thing doubles gains and halves losses. <BR> <BR> Bottom line, I don't care. I'm in for the long haul, and even if the scale shows a gain, it's lower than it was this summer. The pants I'm wearing are too big, and they fit fine a year ago. My warm jackets fit comfortably over my clothes. I really want to make my 5% goal, but if I don't, it's not... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:07:56 EST Cheap coffee A coworker and I share a coffee pot. We are serious coffee drinkers who prefer quality coffees. We watch the sales and are really happy when my daughter who works for a coffee company sends us packages. We keep our good coffee in a big tin, but the lid cracked so we needed a new one. I was at a discount grocery store when I spotted a nice big can of cheap coffee. I'd never heard of the brand name, but the can was perfect. I figured we'd just throw the coffee out and keep the tin. Well,... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:23:59 EST Weekend washout and cats Whew! I've had a very busy couple of days with a lot of eating on the run. I'm sure my scale had nothing good to say this morning, so I ignored it for today. On Saturday, I actually managed to go a whole day without ANY freggies. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> For one on the run meal, I stopped at ChickFilA. When I got home, I sat down in my favorite chair, set the bag on my ottoman, and within moments, my tiny senior citizen cat was halfway IN the bag! Yes, she is little enough to do that un... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:50:23 EST Recalculate I have a problem I've never had before; I need to eat more. <em>40</em> I've been eating on the low end of my range and seeing a slow but sure drop on the scale, but now that I've gotten used to eating less and eating almost exclusively healthy, I've actually been eating too little. I know it makes a difference too that I've stepped up my workouts, and that I really do need more calories. Today I had nuts and yogurt for snacks to add some good nutrition and calories. I'll eat a little mo... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:16:21 EST Early to bed I've felt tired all day. I've been running a little short on sleep, and it caught up with me. I was very busy all day and didn't eat enough. At lunchtime, instead of eating my vegan lunch, I took my fresh veggies with me to the cafeteria and ordered baked chicken breast. I ate it skin and all. <BR> <BR> Evening plans are take a short walk to get my steps in, soak in the tub, do a walk through house tidying, and go to bed early. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:05:00 EST Help!! ...never mind My stress level is high, having issues with work computer and copier a day before a critical time, AND a coworker brought in her birthday baking. It's prime time for emotional eating. <BR> <BR> Breathe... <BR> <BR> OK, I caved. However, I managed to get a very thin slice of homemade Boston crème cake. It tasted delicious with my coffee and is the first treat I've succumbed to in awhile. I've been eating on the low end, so I probably have calories to spare, and I'll deal with it. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:02:00 EST Making Monday better with gratitude I've long made a point of practicing gratitude when I least feel like it. This is a dreary gray day, AND it's Monday. I need some gratitude. <BR> <BR> 1. Even though I woke up too early, I was able to go back to sleep for another hour. Without that hour, I'd feel even more sluggish than I do. <BR> <BR> 2. Coworker who made the coffee this morning. Going to need another cup soon. <BR> <BR> 3. Woke up early enough to say goodbye to husband. <BR> <BR> 4. My tiny senior cat ate a go... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:52:30 EST Pleasantly surprised Since yesterday's food wasn't the best, I didn't expect to see any drop on the scale this morning. However, it showed another part of a lb down, hooray! Sundays can be hard. My Quaker Meeting has many good cooks who like to share their baking. That little portion of a lb motivated me to ignore the goodies and stick to the Concord grapes someone brought, bless them. They were delicious. I grocery shopped afterward, and since I was hungry, I was tempted to pick up a little pack of this or ... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 14:58:33 EST I like it! <em>102</em> I'm wearing pajamas that I couldn't even put on last year. <BR> <em>9</em> The winter clothes I packed for vacation all fit better. My nice Colorado jacket was snug but wearable, and now it's comfy even over a sweater. <BR> <em>555</em> I still noticed the altitude but I know I'm stronger. <BR> <em>314</em> This is the seventh month of daily gym streak. I'm most proud of being able to use the elliptical machine and heavier weights. <BR> <em>248</em> I have 6 months of ... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:45:25 EST Friday choices to get that scale going It finally budged this morning, and that motivated me to hang tough today. My hardest thing to do today was ordering and picking up my department's lunch from one of our favorite places. I stuck to the 330 cal healthy lunch I'd packed in spite of how good everyone else's looked and smelled. <BR> <BR> I want the best results possible for tomorrow's weigh in, and today's choices make a difference. I've eaten on the low end again, all healthy except for one 60 cal tootsie roll pop. I figur... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:05:05 EST Not going to let the scale win Since I got back from vacation, that ornery thing is stuck on the number it started at for the fall challenge. I have today and tomorrow to persuade it to budge. I'm eating on the low end today and skipping the Thursday potato bar in the cafeteria. Tomorrow I'll bring my lunch instead of ordering out with my department, unless they go for Thai. If so, I could order spring rolls. <BR> <BR> I am NOT going to let that uncooperative scale get me down. It would be all too easy today to say, ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:55:15 EST Off track today I had a blood donation scheduled at work today, and it didn't go well. My arm is sore, and I was given an ice pack. I missed my exercise break and am not feeling very energetic. I'll go down to the gym, do a light workout on the stationary bike, and refill my water bottle. I will NOT be doing hand weights. <BR> <BR> Lunch wasn't great either. Nothing appealed, and I know I didn't have enough protein. I'll have some nuts for a snack this afternoon. My total calorie count so far is st... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:55 EST Ask myself and be a winner Today's questions for myself: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Do I want to eat in the cafeteria at work? Of course I do. It's inexpensive, and the food is pretty good. But I did that yesterday. So what's quick at home? One frozen multigrain waffle--or two? and what to put on it? ONE waffle with sunflower butter was the winner. <BR> <BR> Snack time: I'm hungry and the Reese's cups in my candy jar look really tempting. OK, do I eat one, or would I be better off having some unsalted mixed nuts? ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:54:59 EST Monday Challenge Wk 2 success plans I'm eating at my desk and having a 360 cal lunch from my drawer. Vacation was great. I did what I planned, ate reasonably, walked, and enjoyed every bit of it. My scale was up slightly this morning, but for all the eating out, I think I did well. The best meals were the pot of vegan stew daughter had prepared for us the night we arrived and pizza night on Saturday. Of the five of us, only husband hasn't got any food issues. At Blaze Pizza, we were all able to order a custom pizza, glute... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:05:32 EST Family portrait, hiking boots <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here we are top around to right: me, husband, older daughter, younger daughter. We like our boots and had a great day wearing them at Rocky Mountains National Park. It started to snow just after we arrived at the visitors center. Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:01:06 EST Travel success I have a four hour flight today. I did my weigh in early and lost 1.4 lbs. Plans for today to help me reach my goal are: <BR> <BR> Did 12 min stretching in bed <BR> Do 15 min hand weights <BR> Take my own flight snack of deluxe nuts and two clementines <BR> Walk while waiting at the airport <BR> Choose water and tomato juice for in flight drinks Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:03:48 EST Tomorrow's blog Day 4 vacation success Going on vacation the first week of the fall challenge is a challenge in itself. I've done the best I could to prepare by: <BR> <BR> Eating on the low end of my cal range <BR> Saying no to any junk food <BR> Avoiding the candy jar at work no matter what's in it <BR> Staying away from tempting situations <BR> Adding minutes and intensity to my workouts <BR> Meticulously tracking <BR> <BR> My plan for success while away: <BR> Follow the lead of my vegan daughter and order what she's eatin... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 18:21:36 EST Day 3 plans for success <em>334</em> SMILE: can't remember when I saw today's number on the scale! <BR> <em>106</em> Stick to black coffee; I don't need those extra cream calories. <BR> <em>17</em> Aiming for a cleared desk by the time I go home. <BR> <em>314</em> Go to the gym at break and part of lunchtime. <BR> <em>180</em> Eat only the healthy lunch and snack I brought; ignore refilled candy jar. <BR> <em>535</em> Finish packing. <BR> <em>91</em> Drink my 8. <BR> <em>102</em> Go to bed at reason... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 10:28:57 EST