SADIEMAE32's SparkPeople Blog SADIEMAE32's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hitting New Personal Bests Ever since I purchased my fitbit back in March, I have been working towards hitting an average of 10,000 steps plus per day. Some days I have really good days, and some days not so much. Considering the average daily steps are calculated based upon the average of a 7 day week, I have found it a bit difficult to reach that goal. Until this week, that is! I surpassed the 70,000 steps a week and am now at an average of just over 10,500 steps a day :) <BR> <BR> This week, I have also hit a new p... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:13:10 EST Joyous July I didn't do so well keeping track of Junk Free June in blog form. It was a rough and tough month in regards to my workload the last few weeks. I had expected things to slow down during the summer months, but unless July settles down my summer will be over and classes back in session before I know it! This craziness is one of the reasons I have chosen to spend my time this month focusing on finding the joy in little things. <BR> <BR> Another reason comes from speaking with one of my colleague... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 20:24:10 EST Junk Free June - Cleaning out the Email I am working on my pledge from last night to use my time more wisely. After checking in with my teams, friends, and bloggers, I find I don't have much time left of that which I set aside as Spark Time. That's okay though. Short blog it is. <BR> <BR> Today, I have also set aside time to clean out the junk in my email. I have so many notifications and promotional emails that come to me that my email really gets cluttered. Because of this, I sometimes miss important emails, or I tell myself I w... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:36:18 EST Junk Free June - Getting Rid of Time Junk I had great plans for what all I would do this summer. Plans I made during the busy semester believing that summer would slow down. Yet, now that summer is here, it seems to be flying by so fast. I am as busy as I was when classes were in session! <BR> <BR> I have decided I need to reevaluate how i spend the hours of my day. I have started keeping a schedule of what I wanted to do this summer. Since then, I have been successful at knocking things out slowly. More, however, keeps being added ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:21:51 EST Junk Free June - Ridding Myself of the Guilt Yesterday was a bad day both dietary and physical activity wise. A really bad day. Yet, I knew it was going to be, and even made the conscious choice to allow it to be. <BR> <BR> My brothers and I took our annual sibling road trip over a few states to pick up a load of fireworks for the 4th of July. They are not the kind of people who like to take stops for much of anything except emergency bathroom breaks (yes, that means hold it until you can't any more). I knew weeks in advance that head... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:23:04 EST Junk Free June I truly feel that focusing on being more mindful in life last month was a major success for me. It helped me stayed motivated. It helped me stay positive. It helped me stay focused. <BR> <BR> In keeping with the month long goal, I have decided to make this month Junk Free June. It is not just my diet I am looking to rid the junk out of. It is more than that. I pledge to spend this month decluttering my life. <BR> <BR> Today, I spent a lot of time at the office reorganizing my files and col... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:25:03 EST MindfulMay -- Weighing In I cannot believe that it is Wednesday once again. It is not just another Wednesday, but also very near the end of the month of May. I am very happy that I chose to be more mindful of my body throughout this entire month. I have seen many changes, nonscale victories to be more precise. Today, as the last Wednesday of the month, there is one particular area which I feel I must weigh in on. My hair. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I became fully conscious of how my hair now appears to be thriving. It was ... Wed, 27 May 2015 20:53:08 EST Mindful May -- Pushing On I came home from work today simply exhausted and with a tummy grumbling for dinner. I ending up picking up lunch at the cafeteria today since the holiday through me off and I did not have my weeks worth of salads prepared to grab this morning. I know that threw me off. The soup was good, the fruit was sweet and the beets were tasty, but I felt like I was missing something. I guess that's what I get for eating salads every day, even though I vary up what I put in them. <BR> <BR> In any case, ... Tue, 26 May 2015 20:27:31 EST Mindful May -- Additional Body Baseline I decided to take a SP Friend's advice regarding NSVs. I have been focusing a lot this month on my body and how well it is feeling, even though the scale has not been moving much at all. In addition to these little body changes I can feel, she suggested I take some body photos as a base comparison so I can visually see how my body is altering during my journey. I loved the idea... but I didn't love what I saw. <BR> <BR> I took some pictures on my computer this morning: frontal, side view, a... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:34:08 EST Mindful May – Weighing In with BCA I am not sure how to record my weight today. I followed through with my normal Wednesday jump-on-the-scale-first-thing this morning, and the the same scale I have been using throughout my weightloss journey indicated that I had lost 1.6 pounds. Not too shabby. I'm one step closer to breaking back into One-derland! <BR> <BR> My issue is that today I had a Body Composition Analysis (BCA). According to their high powered scale, I weigh exactly what I weighed in at last week. Could it be that my... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:28:58 EST Mindful May -- Noticing a Difference Losing weight takes time. It is just in the beginning of the third full week in May, and I have been noticing a slight difference. When I say slight, I do mean very slight. Some days I see more than others, as if all it happens to be is how much I am bloating on a particular day. My clothes seem to slide on easier, but then there are days like today where I feel as if my round stomach is pushing out a bit further than it should be. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 May 2015 22:29:52 EST Mindful May -- Feeling Productive I had quite the day today. Last night, I made good on my promise to myself and scheduled a list of things to do today. Of everything I had listed on there, there were only a few items that I did not get to. For two of them, I should have known better. One was to finish the book I am reading, and the second was to get through chapter one of a new book, one I have been dying to crack open. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I overestimated how much was left in the book I have yet to finish. I know ther... Sun, 17 May 2015 22:28:17 EST Mindful May -- Lists and Schedules There are so many things I want to do this summer. I need to sit down and make a list of everything, but I know that there is not going to be enough time to accomplish it all. I just worry about getting even one thing checked off that soon to be made list. <BR> <BR> I have been focusing a lot on taking the time out of my day to hit the treadmill after work each night. I know this is good for me. I'm glad I am able to spend my time this way. It just seems like I wake up in the morning and je... Thu, 14 May 2015 23:01:09 EST Mindful May – Weighing In My day did not start off on a great note. Since it is Wednesday, the only day I jump on the scale, I started my morning routine by checking in with the number of the week. Unfortunately, I did not lose any weight at all. On a different note, I did not gain any either. I maintained up to the exact tenth of a pound. <BR> <BR> My initial reaction was one of frustration. I had cut out all daily sweets, only indulging on my weekend relax (cheat) day. I had made sure to be active everyday this pa... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:02:33 EST Mindful May -- First Virtual 5k It sometimes amazes me that there is still so much about SP that I do not know. Hunting around for a new challenge yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time on SP looking around for something that would intrigue me enough to motivate my workouts. I found a couple challenges (one of them I'm not sure I'll be able to complete, but I'm sure going to give it my best!) and started tracking them for accountability today. <BR> <BR> What struck my fancy the most was the SparkPeople Virtual Races. <BR... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:11:21 EST Mindful May -- Feeling Tired I know I have been working out a lot this week. I know this because I have a calendar hanging on the wall in front of my treadmill. I purchased it at the dollar store, along with some colored sharpie markers so I could motivate myself. It has been amazingly motivating this past week! I use my green marker to log how many miles I have walked on the treadmill each day. On the days don't get in a workout, or chose to take a rest day, I use my red marker to draw an X across the day. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 8 May 2015 20:29:33 EST Mindful May – Weighing In It has been six days since I reworked my weightloss strategy, deciding to focus on my inner being rather than my outer. It is Wednesday, the day I chose to be the only day of the week that I would step onto the scale. I didn’t have a major loss, but I did weigh exactly 1 pound less than I did last week. I know, no ending in a decimal .2 or .4, but exactly one pound. <BR> <BR> I cannot say that I am overly happy about this loss, but at the same time I am in no way disappointed. I will alway... Wed, 6 May 2015 21:46:34 EST Mindful May -- Cravings Coinciding with Irritation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am craving sweets today. Well, not today exactly. The cravings really only kicked in tonight. I am fighting them off right now actually. How? With a tall glass of water and surfing SP. I can't say that it is in any way stopping the cravings, but I am doing pretty well fighting them off by keeping my hands busy on the keyboard. <BR> <BR> The only problem is that there is this unique irritation that is coinciding... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:11:42 EST Mindful May -- Rethinking the 10,000 Steps a Day In late March, I finally broke down and bought a fitbit. I had been wanting one for quite a while, but was afraid to spend the money on it until I knew that it functioned as well as the company’s marketing team claimed. I read reviews and blog posts from people who had them, but it wasn’t until some friends voiced their opinions after wearing theirs for a few weeks that I was completely sold. I have been wearing mine ever since. <BR> <BR> When I first got it, excitement over the product ... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:14:12 EST Mindful May -- Lunches I am very proud of myself today. I was asked earlier this afternoon to join some friends for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to fully finish all of my Sunday chores before I left. And, of course, once we ate, we sat around chatting for quite some time. By the time I left, I was ready to call it a night. <BR> <BR> One of the chores I didn't get to was preparing my lunches for the next week. On the car ride home, I debated whether or not to stop at the store to grab wh... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:12:29 EST Mindful May -- Breakfasts I have never really been a breakfast eater. From early childhood I have simply had an odd aversion to eating first thing in the morning. I attribute it to not being a morning person. It's not just food that I don't care for in the wee morning hours, but most everything outside of my hot cup of coffee. And, I prefer to sip in silence. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I will not be able to change this. It is a part of who I am. ... Sat, 2 May 2015 12:40:12 EST Mindful May -- The Beginning This month I have decided to set my focus upon the goal of being mindful. Of course, this means I will work at being mindful of what I put into my mouth and how much time and effort I put into working out. However, I choose to go beyond that spectrum and establish mindfulness in all aspects of my life – being mindful of the words that come out of my mouth each day, of whether I am maintaining positive energy throughout the day, of how I spend my free time. <BR> <BR> I am making the choice ... Fri, 1 May 2015 18:56:01 EST