SANDRAPSKI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SANDRAPSKI SANDRAPSKI'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/ Back in the Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225462 Not that I've entirely left but experiencing more of a motivational "plateau." You know how it goes, you still record your fitness minutes and everything you eat, well most of what you eat, well quite a bit of what you eat. OK, the truth is little "cheats" are occurring on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Boredom with the whole "get fit and lose weight" process has set in. On the positive side, haven't really gained any weight beyond the holiday two pounds, but can't seem to shake them permanently ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:45:12 EST Back in the Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225461 Not that I've entirely left but experiencing more of a motivational "plateau." You know how it goes, you still record your fitness minutes and everything you eat, well most of what you eat, well quite a bit of what you eat. OK, the truth is little "cheats" are occurring on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Boredom with the whole "get fit and lose weight" process has set in. On the positive side, haven't really gained any weight beyond the holiday two pounds, but can't seem to shake them permanently ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:45:12 EST Annoying Trivia Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167954 I "play" the trivia game because I learn interesting things from it. However, it does tend to bring out my competitive streak and I feel resentful when I miss a question related to something I haven't read about anywhere else on the site. <BR> <BR> It feels "unfair" - yes, I'm sure this is a hang over from school where if a teacher asked a question on a quiz that had not been covered anywhere, it was unfair. <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself that it is not being graded by anyone but me and ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:38:48 EST When Motivation isn't enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156872 Yesterday was a tough day for getting the 45-minute elliptical worked in. Busy with holiday preparations (cooking ironically) and business meetings I found that in spite of receiving good messages from the scale goddess, I just was not psyched to sweat. <BR> <BR> And yet I still worked in the 45-minute session, late in the afternoon (not a normal time for me to work out). I'm looking at why I did so I can bottle it for another time (grin). <BR> <BR> It came down to having set a goal for inc... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:04:49 EST Sometimes a number is a happy thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156312 In my blog yesterday I forgot the most important point, I weighed in at the same weight as when I left for the weekend - heck, that doesn't happen even when I stay at home!. <BR> <BR> Today the scale dropped even further, to a number I haven't seen for a year. I'm not growing attached to it because I know I haven't been drinking enough water for several days but just seeing the number gives me renewed hope. <BR> <BR> I've focused a lot on using other methods for measuring progress so I don'... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 19:40:14 EST Moderation on Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154648 Well, not so much. This past weekend my husband and I went away for the weekend - to a favorite spot which normally involves much eating, drinking, and absolutely no elliptical. <BR> <BR> This weekend was no exception - lots of eating, lots of drinking, and the closest thing to a "workout" was hanging out in the hotel Jacuzzi with the occasional dip into the pool to cool off. <BR> <BR> However, I did eat mindfully (rather a change for me on vacation (grin)), eating only what I liked, stopp... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:38:40 EST Resolute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145902 Our big celebration went well and I stuck with the plan of including both "wicked" side dishes as well as healthier alternatives. Turns out everyone ate both. I guess that means overall we all ate less of the higher fat options so it's all good. <BR> <BR> This morning, after stepping on the scale and seeing what I expected to see - a temporary weight gain - it was motivation enough to go downstairs and pitch all the leftovers except two pieces of apple pie. <BR> <BR> The pie will be pitche... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:37:26 EST Staging for the Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142833 Oh decisions, decisions. The family is coming here for Thanksgiving (we're celebrating on Saturday to accommodate everyone's schedule) and everyone is looking forward to their favorites - creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing with sausage and nuts, homemade cranberry sauce, two or three desserts. Oh yes, absolutely delicious. <BR> <BR> I've found light versions of everything, but I know they will not taste the same. It is one thing for me to choose a different, lighter lifestyle, but determining ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 19:27:04 EST Moving towards Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137368 I've done the yoyo weight loss/gain thing for years - fortunately it's the same 15-20 pounds (meaning I never got more than 20 pounds from target weight), unfortunately I'm aging and finding it harder and harder to lose these guys. This time I'm super focused on lifestyle changes that truly will be maintainable for the rest of my life. It has meant slower loss, maybe a half a pound a week instead of one to two, <BR> <BR> Yesterday my husband and I decided to run errands and grab a bite whil... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:06:21 EST Patience Pays Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133759 While yesterday was a "tough to stay motivated" day it did turn around. I did get a good work out it, ate well all day, and read some inspirational articles. I also had a mini-blowup with my husband. When I looked back at how I got to my "low" it wasn't just the number on the scale but watching my husband reach into the pantry at 9:30 in the morning a pulling out a handful of mini chocolate chip cookies - and offering me a handful as well. <BR> <BR> I'm sure others face this challenge with t... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:17:33 EST Heavy Sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132973 Just having a tough day. Stepped on the scale and heart just sank to the toes. I've been really focused on not using the scale to judge my progress but every once in a while it just really gets to you. It takes a week to lose a half a pound and two days to gain two. I'm sure it's not "real" weight and I'll be back down by my official weekly weigh in on Wednesday. But it won't be lower than last week's weight. <BR> <BR> It's cold, my joints ache, and I have a sorry case of the poor pitiful me... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:04:27 EST Fitness Tests - Setting a baseline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124796 After working out for a month, I felt brave enough to take the 3 recommended basic fitness tests: 1 min crunch, 1 min modified push-ups, and 3 min step (to determine recovery heartrate). <BR> <BR> Much to my surprise, based on the results and my age, I ended up in the very good or excellent range for all three. It is good to get affirmation that I'm in better shape than I thought but I am taking care to not get too cocky about it. I have worked to get in better shape but I am also blessed wi... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:37:31 EST Step by Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118991 I'm now down another three pounds ... and two inches in the waist. As I mentioned in my last blog, when I get back into the swing of "sparking," my initial weight loss is always very slow and then I start to gain momentum as my fitness increases (lovely little muscles that they are). I'm also more focused on losing perhaps 1/2 to 1 pound a week instead of more. I'm hoping for a more seamless transition into maintenance. <BR> <BR> This time I'm being much more attentive about tracking what I ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:10:45 EST Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099641 After logging what I eat, boosting workouts and elliptical work for three weeks, being more mindful, I have lost ... drum roll please ... 1 pound. Sigh. However, as I keep reminding myself, when I've gradually added the pounds and returned to the land of size Large - a 12 pound difference between small/medium and large, and I once again stride down the spark path, the first 3 to 4 weeks is generally a time of little weight loss and much muscle gain. <BR> <BR> It is good to remind myself that... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:48:29 EST Psyching up for the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2354121 Having looked at my nutrition log for the past few weekends, weekends are apparently fraught with opportunities for wagon falling off of. <BR> <BR> This weekend I'll at least focus on getting 8 glasses of water a day; I noticed that in addition to way more fat that usual, I have significantly less water. Once I get the water thing down, I'll add another goal for the weekend. Last one was to eat a healthy breakfast and have been doing that consistently for several months. Fri, 28 Aug 2009 14:15:28 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1930175 So I'm busy kicking myself for having gained a few pounds after a long vacation weekend. Dang, trying to keep a balanced perspective is harder than it sounds. Every pound has been a hard fought loss and the little buggers come back with a much greater ease. Yet I know that nailing a magic number is silly -- finding a reasonable range is much more practical but it's still hard when you go 3 pounds over "magic." <BR> <BR> I know though that keeping my focus on lifestyle is more important than ... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:20:18 EST