SADIEMAE32's SparkPeople Blog SADIEMAE32's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 9 -- The Write Weigh <em>192</em> I am so happy that I prepared myself yesterday for today's weigh in. I rolled out of bed, still in a half state of sleep and stumbled to the bathroom. The scale loomed in front of me on the floor. A deep breath filled my lungs and thrust out my chest. Releasing the air through my mouth, my chest fell and my head dropped with it. A moment of serenity hit as I stepped my first foot onto the scale. My second followed, and I watched as the scale climbed it's way up. <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:00:32 EST Day 8 -- Gearing up for Tomorrow By the end of the day today, one week will officially be down. I jump back on the scale tomorrow, and I must admit, I have my reservations. Ultimately, the weigh-in can go one of three ways. <BR> <BR> 1) The Ideal Weigh -- when I step on the scale, I will be delighted with a wonderful 2 pound loss. This is what I am shooting for, and nothing would make me happier than to reach this goal. <BR> <BR> 2) The Bad Low -- I will see either less than a 1 pound loss. Or, equally horrific, a gain! Th... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:03:13 EST Day 7 -- Feeling a Change Already Today, I tried Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds for a 2 mile brisk walk. It is still only moderate intensity stuff, but it was so nice to vary what I'm doing a bit. I haven't focused on intense workouts yet, and it has only been a week. But I am excited that I can already feel a change!! <BR> <BR> I've been making a conscious effort to take the stairs when I am on campus. This may not seem like a lot, but since I have been teaching, I have been wearing relatively high heels for my profe... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:29:51 EST Day 5 and 6 -- Slowing Momentum I knew it was going to be like this. Life has not thrown me any unexpected curves. Yet, no matter how much I prep myself mentally, I still struggle with finding the time to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> I haven't broken my streak, nor let my team down by skipping a workout yet. But these past few days have been killers. When do I find the time to go over/prepare my lectures, do my own homework, attend meetings, eat, sleep, etc. etc. etc. Adding in time to workout seems like an impossibilit... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:38:18 EST Day 4 -- Difficulty I finally hit the first day in the week that it is a challenge to squeeze in a workout. The moment I wake up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get ready for work and leave by a quarter to seven. I don't return home until eight o'clock at night. The long days don't bother me much, but where do I get in my 30 minutes? <BR> <BR> I tried waking up early this morning, but it didn't work out. I was just too exhausted. I have a little break that I could use to workout some, but now way to do so (I work... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:29:55 EST Day 3 -- Feeling the Workouts So far, so good, as the saying goes. Knowing that I have not been as active as I should have been the last few months, I have started off a bit slow. Moderate intensity workouts to begin before I build onto them. I can't say I notice a change in my energy level yet, it's only day three after all. But, there is a definite improvement in my mood. I had forgotten how good a workout could make me feel. <BR> <BR> I would love to say that I have been burning calories like crazy, hitting an intense... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:16:44 EST Day 2 -- Challenge Accepted Weighing myself this morning I came in at 204 pounds on the dot! That means I have gained just under 6 pounds during my 3.5 month hiatus from SP. Not too shabby, if I say so myself. I gain is always a gain, but I prefer to think of it along the lines of how much I would have gained had I not instilled some habit forming changes from using SP all summer. <BR> <BR> I literally just posted my weight and stomach measurement for my February team challenge with the DONE Girls. This is my first tea... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 10:19:24 EST Day 1 -- Aspirations I have set a lot of new goals for the month of February, including attempting to blog daily. And thus, it begins.... <BR> <BR> To start the month out, I am going to forgo my plan to pick out one of my work dresses that is a tad bit tight in my certain problem areas. I have a few that are like this, but I also have two or three that do not even zip up! Having recently joined a challenge for this month and being fraught with determination, I am positive that I can chose one of the dresses that... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:56:47 EST Scheduling in SP Time It has been quite a while since I last recorded how things have been going. It can't be hard to tell that I let things slip a bit. More than a bit, actually. I stopped tracking food, workouts, and I even stopped logging on to SP for quite a few months. I knew classes resuming would throw a wrench into my plans, but I had hoped it wouldn't be this bad. <BR> <BR> But I'm back now. And as a way of ensuring that I continuing coming back, I have just joined a new month-long challenge. It runs fr... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 00:03:18 EST Reeling from Shock I weighed my self on Sunday morning to check in after a month away from SP. I wasn't sure about trusting the number on the scale, so I wanted to weigh myself again to double check. This morning right after I got up, I jumped on the scale and the number remained the same. Last month I was just over 201 lbs. This morning I am holding steady at 198.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> I was sure that I had gained weight due to my lack of exercise and bad nutrition choices. But, I guess that some of the habits ove... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:18:46 EST Fallen Off the Wagon Wow, it has been almost an entire month since I have had the chance the log on to SP. Classes are literally killing me this semester. I have broken my exercise streak -- I was 3/4 of the way to 100 days! :( I have also started grabbing quick meals (ie, super unhealthy) and let life get away from me. <BR> <BR> Last month, I was starting to realize how much a part SP was actually playing in my journey into healthy living. Now, I fully understand SP's impact. The site is a way to help remind ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 15:08:06 EST Confused For myself, I had to mark this point on my journey. I am just so confused! All of July and the beginning of August I watched what I ate and consciously paid attention to my workouts, focusing on their intensity. Since classes began, I have unfortunately slowed down quite a bit. <BR> <BR> No longer tracking my food due to the time it takes, I have been relying on making healthier decisions. But there have been days where time is of the essence and I have grabbed whatever I could. I have even ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:03:04 EST Attention Divided Since school has started back in session again, I realize I have been taking my healthy living down a notch. I am working at being creative in finding ways to workout and eat small, healthy meals, but I am noticing a huge change in the past week and a half. Lately, my drive has been missing. Or, better put, my energy seems to be lacking. <BR> <BR> I know that when I workout, I crave less junk food -- well, less food in general. I don't desire all the extras and it is easier to say no when I... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 22:35:22 EST Learning to Balance Though things have been difficult this past week in regards to keeping up the eating and workout habits regimes I implemented this summer, I didn't fall off the wagon completely. I am disappointed that I was not able to keep up, this being only the first week of classes, but I have come to accept that reality. <BR> <BR> I may have slowed down a bit, working out less and with less intensity, but I am still working out. I may have stopped tracking my food and ate more calories/worse food than ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:50:36 EST And It Has Begun... It is only Monday, the first day of classes, and yet I am so exhausted from waking up so early and heading out that, honestly, all I want is a nice nap. I don't want to work out. I don't want to get off the couch. I am also sick and can only breathe through my nose. All together, I am just ready to crawl back into bed. <BR> <BR> But yesterday all I did was stretch out as my "conscious workout." I have to do something a bit more today, no matter how hard it is to get up and move. Classes are... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:26:02 EST Relinquishing Stress So today, I woke up feeling so refreshed and more energized than I have in days!! I am not sure why or how to go about repeating it, but I hope it's going to be a new trend. <BR> <BR> Of course, waking up early put me ahead of my days schedule. Already I've done my daily morning stuff, jogged on the treadmill, got my hair and brows done, last minute school supply shopping, and am now in the midst of cooking a very healthy early dinner. I am working very hard at eating bigger meals early in ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:54:04 EST Gearing up for Fall 2013 Classes begin next week!! I can't believe how the summer has flown by. I am so glad I was finally able to focus on myself for the first time in many years, but I am very worried about whether or not I have truly been able to make it a habit. Eating correctly and working out daily has been wonderful, but will I be able to keep it up when things get stressful? <BR> <BR> Everyone hears and talks about the freshman 15, but for me it's more like a school year 15. The weight gaining began my fresh... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:30:01 EST The Write Weigh III Well, it is the 19th of the month again. The first weigh-in was my initial weight, so this third official weigh-in designates a full 2 months worth of consistent work. It is amazing how easily and quickly I can put on the weight, but how awfully hard it is to take it off. With two months equaling approximately eight weeks, I have lost a total of almost 8 lbs. That's basically a pound a week. <BR> <BR> I know this is standard, and recommended, but it just seems that I have been working so har... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:48:51 EST Going Through the Closet Usually, when I go through my closet, I am looking for clothes that no longer fit. I discard the ones I don't care much about and safely guard my favorites that have become a wee bit too tight. Those special garments go on a hanger near the hardest part of my closet to reach. I know the experts say to get rid of all your clothes that don't fit, to never hang on to clothing that is too small, and you can replace your wardrobe with new items when you do finally lose weight. But these articles a... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:39:23 EST Reminding Myself to Move It's just that time when I feel icky and the last thing I want to do is be active. Curling up in a ball on the couch and not moving sounds like the perfect fix for the day. But if I do that, I not only break my streak, I encourage those bad habits I have been working hard to dig up by the roots. <BR> <BR> I am still working on my motivation to move today, which is why I am on SP. Being on here reminds me that I am not alone, there are many others who desire to improve their health but have ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:27:41 EST Getting Stronger Finally, I have proof that I am truly getting healthier! And it's not the number on the scale. Today, my brother and I decided to hang out for some family time. We drove to a state park located just under an hour from the city in which we live. The park is actually across the state border, and one in which we have not ventured before. <BR> <BR> It took us a while to find a place with a map; apparently, there is no visitor center at the park because the main attraction there is the lakeshore... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:15:21 EST Counting Calories These last few weeks I have come to understand that diet not plays not simply an important role in the weight loss arena, but a crucial one. It is the key to moving the scale in the right direction. When I first started truly using SP, I focused so much on becoming more active, getting into a routine of working out everyday. Though I tried to eat healthy, I didn't place much emphasis on my diet. <BR> <BR> I still cannot track calories on any site; it takes long enough to calculate them for ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:06:42 EST Not a Scale Player I am very thankful for the fact that I have never been a scale addict. That calling was simply meant for someone else. I think the reason I am not is grounded in my personality. I am not the kind of person to worry over or celebrate weight fluctuations. This may be in part due to the fact that I lose weight slowly and there are always minute changes. <BR> <BR> Of course, from the standpoint of my need-to-succeed personality, checking in monthly gives me ample time to lose more than a couple ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:45:28 EST Streaking Celebration Tomorrow will mark the 20th day of my exercise streak. It seems like such a small number, and yet at the same time it seemed to take so long to get here. Because of the latter, I have decided to celebrate this small achievement. <BR> <BR> My time will be limited tomorrow, so I prematurely celebrated this evening with a 50 minute hike at one of our county parks. The evening approved of my celebratory hike with cloudless skies and cool temps as the sun nourished my body with vitamin D. <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:52:56 EST Struggling Through Injuries My achilles tendinitis has been acting up pretty bad lately. For years, when that would happen, I would stop working out for fear that I would rip the tendon completely. Now, I am facing that fear. The doctor scared me with the thought of surgery if I overstressed my feet, but I have come to learn that I can still do things with some pain and not cause damage. <BR> <BR> Instead of not taxing my feet at all, for the last week or so I have simply lightened my load and fixated on taking care o... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:44:35 EST The Write Weigh II Though I was not able to log on to SP on July 19, one full month since my last weigh in, I did jump on the scale that morning. There has not been a huge difference in the number, as one would expect for a whole month's time. Only a few pounds have gone missing since June. <BR> <BR> I am okay with this considering my clothes have been resting better on my body. It may be that I have gained some in muscle since beginning my weight training routine -- another thing I am perfectly okay with cons... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:26:24 EST Woohoo Wednesdays :) I am still not a morning person; still struggling to wake up earlier, get in my little leg routine, and check in with SP during my first cup of coffee. I must admit, I was quite cranky this morning after having worked so late last night. But I woke up, worked my legs, made my coffee, logged on to SP, and BAM! <BR> <BR> There was a message waiting for me on my SP from one of my friends. She was celebrating the day, what she calls, Woohoo Wednesday. Honestly, the motivation those few words con... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:32:53 EST Mornings I am sooooo not a morning person. Never have been. Both of my brothers are, as is my mother; they LOVE mornings. It has always been simply another point towards my life as the odd duck. But I do hold the hope that my feelings towards the am will eventually change, and, as we all know, hope is what keeps us striving for a difference. <BR> <BR> Today, I am logging in during my first cup of morning coffee as a wonderful Sparker advised. However, since I found it hard to motivate myself out of b... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:58:33 EST Holiday Side-Tracking I have been sidetracked by the holiday. The Fourth is a big deal for my family, being a time when we can literally paint the sky in colors. However, unlike most holidays, I was able to be consciously aware of what I ate and my activity level. I am sure it was not the best, but I am happy with how I came out of it. <BR> <BR> No, by being sidetracked by the holiday I mean that I was too busy to be concerned with tracking or blogging on SP. Blogging is important to me because I really want a re... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:21:32 EST Fixing the Food Woes Today marks exactly 2 weeks since I started streaking. It seems that though I may not have my physical life perfected, I do have a beginning grasp on it. Thus, it is time to start looking at my nutritional diet, a part of my life I am ashamed to admit hides buried in the utter recesses of my mind. It is rare that I give more than a single thought to what I am eating right before I ingest the delectable goodness. <BR> <BR> It is not that my diet is horrendous, per say, but it is lacking in ma... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:56:44 EST Hooping For a while now, off and on, I have been interested in hoop dancing. I have heard it can be great exercise, but have been skeptic on that point. I just thought it looked neat and could be a cool hobby to take up. <BR> <BR> Not too long ago, a SP community member (who often blogs/vlogs about hooping) made an amazing video on how to pick out the perfect hoop. With all the information compiled into that one little vlog, I realized I no longer had an excuse for not purchasing my own hula hoop. S... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:38:16 EST Maxing Out My younger brother came over today just as I was squeezing in my daily workout. I was in the midst of lifting some weights when he came strolling through the door. True to his utter awesomeness, he grabbed some of the dumbells I was not using and jumped right in there with me, keeping up with my pace. Of course, as a physical laborer, he is extremely fit and energetic. He could have lifted one of my little weights for a straight hour and not felt a burn. <BR> <BR> There was a moment when my... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:20:19 EST Shopping Today I had to do one of the most dreaded tasks for a woman of my size: clothes shopping. I have a very important interview scheduled tomorrow morning at a local university, and realized today that my most professional attire is a tad bit tight. So, rather than feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious of the hugging material, I braved the stores in search of a suitable dress in the proper size. <BR> <BR> I spent, literally, four and a half hours going from store to store this afternoon. I d... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:45:02 EST Time I am so glad that I began streaking and have taken the steps to join my first challenge here on SparkPeople, the official 10-minute daily exercise streak team. Even though it is still summer and I have loads more time than in the school year, I am still finding it hard to carve out a select number of minutes each day to workout. Normally, I would just tell myself that it is okay to skip the day and just do some extra exercise tomorrow. But as anyone can guess, tomorrow never truly comes. <BR... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:36:41 EST Road Trip Yesterday I tagged along with my brothers on their firework haul. We drove 6 hours to pick up the fireworks they had ordered, then 6 hours back home. That's 12 plus hours of sitting when you factor in bathroom breaks, a side trip to Kent State University (I really wanted to see the campus and we were only 6 miles away!), and two missed exits we had to circle back to. <BR> <BR> When we got to the firework wholesaler, we did look around their store for quite a while, so I had some movement st... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:53:54 EST The Write Weigh I It has been less than a week since I started blogging each day to remind myself to live a healthy lifestyle. I did not weigh myself the first day, though now admittedly I wish I had, but I did get on the scale first thing this morning. I figure mid-week is the perfect time since I often fall off the saddle over the weekend -- it gives me time to get back on track, but not a full week's worth as I would if I weighed in on my originally planned Fridays. I also fear that if I see good results on... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:07:50 EST Night of Networking So, I did get my 10 minutes in today. It was actually 20 minutes of strength training. I also did some cleaning up for a little over an hour. More active than yesterday, but still not as much as I'd like. When I drove to the library to print off my CV, I was running a wee bit late, so I even parked closer than I normally would have. <BR> <BR> My diet today has also not been top notch. I held off eating last night telling myself that breakfast would come soon, and even tried to go to bed ear... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:34:17 EST Late Night Snacking Today hasn't been the best of days in regards to being active. I've basically been sedentary the entire day. I did go for a short hike, spending 40 minutes walking small, grassy hills in 87 degree weather. That means two days in my streak so far! <BR> <BR> But the workout I should be proud of has diminished in the face of numerous hours sitting on my bum. It is the wrong time in my womanly cycle to do any strenuous activities, but I am disappointed in myself for not doing much at all. I did... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:52:15 EST Streaking So streaking is new to me. I joined SparkPeople last December, but was not very active on the site and only recently stumbled upon what a streak is. Considering they can be anything for anybody, I have set mine up and started today!! <BR> <BR> Everyday I plan to make an effort to "consciously workout" for 15 consecutive minutes. What do I mean by that? Well, I can park in the further spot from the store, carry groceries in a basket rather than pushing a cart while walking around the store, c... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:17:45 EST Daily Blogging It is not always that I have something important to say. Blogging here is much more like a journal I am keeping. One day, I will look back upon these entries and most likely ask myself why I chose to write on something so mundane and unimportant. <BR> <BR> It is actually the act of blogging, or journaling, that I am striving towards. The way I figure it, for this particular chapter in my life's journey, taking time out every day to blog is another way of reminding myself to keep on track. T... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:15:12 EST Beginnings How does one start a weight loss blog? It is almost like starting a novel. The artist may have ideas of the plot line and even how the story ends, yet the first few words to begin the novel are always the most difficult to put to paper. <BR> <BR> In a way, so is any weight loss journey. The ending, or at least a vague idea of the end of the journey, seems clear to the participant, believing that reaching the goal weight is the culmination of the first chapter. However, the beginning is still... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:03:59 EST