SASS122's SparkPeople Blog SASS122's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fight for the Positive Choice The way that has worked best for me in this health and fitness journey is to focus on the positive. Positive thoughts lead to more positive thoughts. Although I know that this is the key for me, it's sometimes the hardest thing for me to do. There are moments when stress creeps in and my thoughts veer off track, going into tangled, murky, fearful terrain. Once I let myself go there, it's not unlike binge eating - it hooks me in and I can't stop. I find myself harping on the what-ifs and ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 02:03:36 EST 8 lbs down!!! The last couple of weeks have been slow - no weight loss at all happened. I tracked my calories (had a few bad days) and worked out, and stayed at the exact same weight. One big setback for me was starting a big cooking project without taking into consideration the fact that I'd just worked out and hadn't eaten - halfway through the cooking I was hit with hunger, and I ATE. I ate whatever was there. So much so that I couldn't possibly track my calories consumed, and when I tried to, I fig... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:32:25 EST Going Strong I've had days where I'm not perfect at this, and those days have been the biggest learning boosts, for me. They enable me to accept that it happens - and is going to happen - without feeling that I've ruined the whole experience and have to start from scratch. As simple as it sounds, the key lesson here is balance and moderation. Most days I stay active and right at my caloric intake. But when I don't, I no longer see it as a lost cause, and I don't berate myself for it. Instead, I accep... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:57:44 EST Week 3:) Starting on week 3 - I like that the first two weeks have introduced me to a variety of meals. It keeps me eating produce, and now that I'm more "on my own" with choosing the foods I want to make, I find that I really love the abundance of fruits and veggies that I've been eating. It's important to me to continue including that in my daily plans. It makes all of the difference. <BR> <BR> I weighed in and am a steady 6 lbs. lighter - my stomach is smaller, and I tried on a pair of my pre-... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 01:11:41 EST Day 14 Made it through the first phase of the Spark Solution! I am feeling really good. I went off of the calorie counting and portion controlling on Saturday. It sort of just happened - we got a spontaneous offer from my sis-in-law to babysit, and we had an afternoon out and about. We ate out and ran errands. I made the choice to enjoy the day and to not obsess over food. I didn't over-indulge too badly, but by the days end I really did feel a difference in my over all energy and sodium intak... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:09:00 EST Yeesh - 6 lbs....!!! WOW - got on the scale this morning and have dropped 6 lbs...that's crazy. I'm following the menu, eating my appropriate caloric intake, and getting a lot of physical activity in every day. I'm not starving myself or cheating. But 6 lbs seems like a lot in such a short amount of time. I'm HAPPY, don't get me wrong! I woke up this morning and I haven't felt this light in a long time - I feel more like my old self. This has been the most dramatic day yet. <BR> <BR> Last night my family... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:53:41 EST 4 lbs. Down:) Good Morning Day 11! I haven't blogged for a couple of days - every time that I sit down and start, something pops up that takes me away. My goal was to blog every day of the 14 day challenge. It really helps keep me motivated and on-track. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was great - I took my daughter out for an interval-style walk along the coastal trail. The sun was out and it was nearly 80! I did 3 minutes of intense walking, followed by 2-3 minutes of lower-impact walking. We went for the ful... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:35:24 EST Day 8 Things are getting easier - shopping wasn't nearly as daunting, for week 2. I already have a lot of the stuff, and I'm more comfortable with the concepts of portion awareness - not just how much to eat, but of balancing proteins with veggies, fruits and grains (I find myself eating a lot of produce, fresh and frozen). When I'm portioning the proteins and carbs out the right way, my energy picks up. I'm especially feeling it these last couple of days. <BR> <BR> Sun's out - gonna go enjoy i... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:18:18 EST One Week and 2 LBS.!!! I made it to day 7 (heaves sigh of relief). It's been a rough and even annoying first week, because it requires cooking the recipes that are laid out for the each day. I've made so many different things that my freezer and fridge are bursting. I'm so busy cooking stuff up that I forget to stop and snack, and once I eat one meal, I'm on to prepping for the next. I feel like I'm ALWAYS in the kitchen. And I hate cooking:) <BR> <BR> Part of this is because I'm also taking care of a little ... Sun, 26 May 2013 12:11:30 EST Day 6 Wow - today's the first day that I'm really starting to notice a physical change. I'm slimming down in the waist and belly. Muscles still hurt from the workouts - I haven't taken a day off to let them recover, because I really want to stick with the entire 2 week plan. I just take it slowly when I'm working out, and I focus on doing it right. It's like re-training my muscles to do what they used to do thoughtlessly. <BR> Still haven't weighed in - I never remember, until after I've eate... Sat, 25 May 2013 13:30:24 EST Day 5! <BR> Feeling good today! Incredibly sore, still. The cardio that I tried out yesterday was a new one - again, I was blown away by how difficult it was for me to get through the 30 minutes. It's a strange reality. My muscles are in full rebellion. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was great, until there was a stall at dinnertime. By the time that I managed to finish cooking, I was tired and starving. I had done 30 minutes of a Spark interval cardio online before cooking, and ended up eating mor... Fri, 24 May 2013 14:36:44 EST Day 4 Yesterday went better than the day before (sigh of relief). It was a little easier to stick with the plan, without feeling overwhelmed with the newness of everything. And I really did hit every goal, yesterday, including getting the strength training in. <BR> <BR> I am more out of shape than I realized. I was looking at the strength training moves (Spark Solution) and rolling my eyes at how basic the moves were. 2 years ago, this would have been a warm-up for me. But yesterday? It kick... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:22:48 EST Day 3:) <BR> Made it to day 3!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was rough. it was a choppy night's sleep (at best) with a very fussy little one, and a packed day on top of it. I was bone tired, which made me feel this primal urge to go stand at the counter in the kitchen and shovel in fats and carbs for some soul-healing fuel. Uch. <BR> <BR> I didn't do it. I stuck with the plan. <BR> <BR> At the day's end, before bed, it felt good to record my healthy food choices, and it felt good to see that I ... Wed, 22 May 2013 14:26:16 EST My First Day of the 14-Day Plan My biggest challenge in my relationship with food is planning and preparation. I tend to want things quick and to not want to put the work into the cooking. I'm someone who would rather invest my time in working out than in eating healthy. So it's taken me the better part of a full week, just to make the changes that I need to make before I started the Spark Solution. <BR> <BR> I had to buy a scale. I only ever bother to look at my weight when I'm at the Dr.'s for check-ups. Sometimes... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:28:13 EST First Day Technically it's not my first day. I discovered SparkPeople about a month ago, and began tracking my calories. But I lost steam pretty quickly, because I jumped into it without any planning or organization. I was in a quick-fix state of mind. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge is food. Foodfoodfood. I'm the all-or-nothing type. And that doesn't bode well when I'm trying to restrict myself from things that I enjoy, while spending copious amounts of time in the kitchen preparing foods for my... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:38:36 EST