SCUBAMUM's SparkPeople Blog SCUBAMUM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hitting Rock Bottom So, it's just about midnight on Halloween 2015, and I'm probably at my lowest point in years. I've gained back all the weight I was so proud to have lost a few years ago, and the lump of stress in my throat is just about choking me. No, surprisingly, this is not a reaction to an overindulgence in Halloween candy. In fact, I didn't do anywhere near as much "indulging" as I have in the past. This has been building up for quite some time. <BR> <BR> How did I get back to this state? I don't... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:19:45 EST My SUPER Food Excuse! If you've been following my blog, you know that I took up running a couple of months ago and am LOVING it! <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> I ran my first 5 K race yesterday (a BEAUTIFUL sunny, warm day) and astounded myself by coming 7th in my age division. I was not competing at all - my goal was simply to finish upright and smiling (which I did). So, imagine my surprise when I found out afterwards that I'd done as well as that! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The reason I'm writing thi... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:13:37 EST Everything Happens for a Reason - Disney Half Marathon Recently, my cousin told me that she firmly believed that everything in life happens for a reason. I thought that was an interesting outlook (and one that can definitely help you through life's ups and downs), but didn't really think of it much beyond that...until this week. <BR> <BR> It's just a little happening in the grand scheme of things, but I'm wondering if this could possibly have been coincidence. First a little background: I have never gotten into Facebook. I did sign up for an... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:32:55 EST "Fernando is faster than you" - My Lightbulb Moment I've been asked a lot, lately, why I recently decided to start running at 51 years of age. (Most of my friends are supportive - although I know one or two think I'm completely insane.) To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure. I played around with a few theories, but nothing seemed to get to the heart of the matter. <BR> <BR> Gradually, though, I've come to realize that my "lightbulb" moment actually came almost two years ago. At that point, I was at the lowest of my lows. I'd had a TERRIBL... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:15:22 EST Day/Dydd 108 - MADE MY GOAL FOR VIRTUAL WALK Today is a special day! After 3.5 months of daily walking (and, recently, running), I have completed my virtual walk from Heathrow Airport to my Auntie's house in Wales with a stop off at my cousin's in Liverpool - a total of 249 miles! It's been a lovely, nostalgic motivator; and I'm very glad I did it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started on December 29, 2013, and am feeling stronger and more motivated than ever as I finis... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:45:21 EST Day/Dydd 105 - Including Virtual Walk It was a good week as far as exercise this past week. From Sunday to Saturday (yes, I'm a day late with my blog, but it's been SO busy) I managed 22.04 miles. <BR> <BR> That brings me right into my old back yard as far as my virtual walking tour. This week, I've passed Rhuddlan (where one of my favorite castles is) and St. Asaph (where my friends live that I stayed with last year) and Abergele (where one of my cousin's sons is working at the moment). I've just turned onto the Promenade i... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:28:59 EST Day/Dydd 97 - Including Virtual Walk Overall, I'm pleased with this week. I did 14.5 miles, which is not huge compared with some previous weeks; but it was a very intense 14.5 miles. Rather than just putting on the steps/miles walking and doing the same exercise as I've been doing for months, I spent my exercise time running. <BR> <BR> This week I did 10 sets of 1 min run/1 min walk intervals on Monday and Wednesday, and 8 sets of 2 min run/1 min walk intervals on Friday. This was a LOT harder than last week, and I felt I ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:24:46 EST Day/Dydd 90 - Including Virtual Walk Well, I've had a lovely, active week this week. I ran with my running clinic on Monday, Wednesday, and this morning (although I hope I get credit for that run, as my FitBit battery was VERY low when I set it to recharge just now). <BR> <BR> I've been SUPER careful about eating this week as well, and that's related to the running. Since having my gall bladder out years ago, I'm a bit nervous about getting out in the middle of a run to find that I desperately need "y lle chwech" (as my Wel... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:50:47 EST Day/Dydd 85 LOL! No sooner do I decide only to blog once a week, when I've got something exciting to blog about every day! <BR> <BR> I had my first running clinic last night, and I ROCKED it! I was more excited than nervous; but when I got there and saw how large a group it was and that I was probably one of the three oldest there, I did wonder a bit if I was going to keep up with all the rest. <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> NO FEAR! I started at the back of the pack (just because that's where I ha... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:34:21 EST Day/Dydd 84 - A DOUBLE Milestone Day! Milestone #1: <BR> <BR> YAY, me! It took me 2.5 months, but I've made it to my first goal on my virtual walking tour! I have walked from Heathrow airport to my cousin's house in Liverpool. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I only needed 2.2 miles yesterday to do it, and came in comfortably at 3.84; so, I'll use that extra mileage to pop down the road with my uncle for a newspaper. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Milestone #2: <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:24:15 EST Days/Dyddiau 81- 83 - Including Virtual Walk Well, last week was fairly poor on the exercise and nutrition fronts. WAY too much work at the moment for exercise, and DS's birthday celebrations on Friday/Saturday definitely threw a spanner in the works as far as eating. All that is going to change tomorrow, however, when I start my 5K training. <BR> <BR> I'll try to get out for a dog walk today as well, although I still feel horribly guilty taking Nia out without Anwen. The poor little thing cries so hard I can hear her crying in th... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:46:27 EST Day/Dydd 80 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 2,150 (OVER range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1,976 <BR> Steps: 6,161 <BR> Distance: 2.74 miles <BR> <BR> Starting to get back in the groove - although not there yet. Yesterday, I was a little more active than I have been lately; but I didn't do any formal exercise. I also did much better on nutrition throughout the day. I snacked too much in the evening (hence the calories over range), but it was a huge improvement over the past week not to blow the ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:03:17 EST Days/Dyddiau 77 - 79 - Starting Race Training Well, the truth of the matter is that I haven't been tracking ANYTHING since the weekend. There was really no point. I knew that I got virtually NO exercise since I've spent every waking minute at my desk; and I knew that my eating habits had gone right out the window. I was so stressed trying to get two projects out the door on the same day (didn't quite manage it - the second project ended up two days late), that I was just eating absolute JUNK - way too much sugar and not much else, jus... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:30:06 EST Days/Dyddiau 70 - 76 - Including Virtual Walking Tour WOW! What an intense week! I can't remember the last time I worked so long and hard! Unfortunately, that included working all day both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I had meant to take Sunday off, but we found a bug in our code Saturday night, and it took all day today to fix it. Deployment is at midnight tonight; so it HAD to be done today. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Other than the work, though, today was a lovely day. We spent a couple of hours Skyping with my cousin and he... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:02:29 EST Days/Dyddiau 67 - 69 - Virtual Walk, St. David's Day, and Sandra Bullock This Week's Progress: <BR> Calories: Did not track over the past two days <BR> Calories Burned: 12,919 (average of 1846 per day) <BR> Steps: 28,075 (average of 4,011 per day) <BR> Distance: 12.44 miles (average of 1.78 per day) <BR> <BR> Thank heaven for FitBit. If it weren't for it tracking my exercise for me, I wouldn't have a clue of how I did this week. I was doing alright with exercise and nutrition tracking until Wednesday, but then work got the better of me. I'm back, though,... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:07:34 EST Day/Dydd 66 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,605 (WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1,938 <BR> Steps: 5,919 <BR> <BR> OK, I'm getting back in the groove, burning more calories than I'm taking in. This morning's unofficial weigh-in put me back where I was before I travelled last week; so, that's good news. I always think that if you're able to lose any weight you gained on a trip within the first week, it was probably just water retention anyway. I tend to swell up whenever I fly, so I t... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:23:29 EST Days/Dyddiau 64 & 65 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,387 & 1,585 (both WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1,719 & 1,867 <BR> Steps: 2,359 & 4,474 <BR> <BR> OK, not fabulous, but not a bad couple of days. I tracked my nutrition carefully, and I'm burning more calories than I'm taking in. I didn't do any proper exercise over the past two days. I spent most of Sunday recovering from the hairy trip home on Saturday, and yesterday was your typical first day back at work after holidays - so I was at m... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:09:00 EST Days/Dyddiau 62 & 63 - Including Virtual Walking Tour WOW! What an insane couple of travel days. Friday, our plane was supposed to leave just after 9 a.m. The airline knew it was going to be delayed by hours the night before but still insisted that we were there for our original time. So, we had to get up at 5 a.m. to get ready and eat before our 6:30 a.m. bus. Then, when we got to the airport, it was delayed twice more. We finally lifted off after 2 p.m. <BR> <BR> Then, when we got to Minneapolis, we found that they'd just had a snow sto... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:32:06 EST Days/Dyddiau 54 - 61 - Missing but not Mindless Wow! What an insanely busy week! I'm on my way home tomorrow, but this is the first time I've had a chance to even glance at anything personal on the computer since I've been away. <BR> <BR> Since all of my meals have been pretty well out of my control, I haven't been tracking calories. I have, though, been trying to be mindful of portion sizes and leaning heavily towards the veggies as opposed to fried things. <BR> <BR> The good news, though, is that my exercise minutes have been throug... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:54:26 EST Day/Dydd 53 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,644 (just WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1,815 <BR> Steps: 3,912 <BR> <BR> Work is getting intense, and likely will continue for the rest of the week. No exercise yesterday except for some running around the house, playing with the dogs (Yay, dogs! Without you, I would truly be a mess!) <BR> <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Not much else to report. Almost prepared for the big meeting next week. Now I'm just trying to finish up a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:51:17 EST Day/Dydd 52 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,346 (WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2,202 <BR> Steps: 9,876 <BR> <BR> A pretty good day, yesterday. Calories were towards the low end of my range, and I made it to quite a good step count with elliptical in the morning and a 2 mile dog walk in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Work is starting to REALLY heat up right now as we'll be having our corporate annual meeting next week. Besides all the preparations for the meeting itself, everyone is tryin... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:30:53 EST Day/Dydd 51 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,892 (232 OVER range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1995 <BR> Steps: 5,805 <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was not as bad as I expected it to be. I had decided to take a day off exercising; but I did a lot of moving about with housework, etc. So, my step count is not bad at all. <BR> <BR> I also was fairly sure I'd go over my calorie range, because I was going out to a "mom & pop" type hot dog place for tea with friends. I didn't handle it well, though. I de... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:03:45 EST Day/Dydd 50 & Virtual Walk Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,412 (WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2191 <BR> Steps: 10,457 <BR> <BR> That was a good day yesterday (hit all goals - dogs walked and elliptical) and not a bad week in total this past week. I lost 1 lb since last Sunday and logged 21.35 miles. <BR> <BR> For my virtual walk to Liverpool and then on to North Wales, that puts me close to Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 9 Feb 2014 10:12:59 EST Day/Dydd 49 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,828 (168 calories OVER range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2274 <BR> Steps: 11,432 <BR> <BR> Yes, I overindulged in the Belgian chocolate last night; but I more than compensated with my calories burned. So, I'm OK with that. It was a conscious choice. I knew I wanted the chocolate, so I made sure to do the extra exercise. <BR> <BR> It wasn't too bad outside yesterday, so I managed to get the dogs out for a 2 mile walk. I REALLY hope the weather conti... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:23:51 EST Day/Dydd 48 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,508 (WITHIN range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1869 <BR> Steps: 5,273 <BR> <BR> Another good day on the healthy lifestyle front yesterday. Hit all my goals and moved to a higher level on the elliptical. I won't do that every day, though, as it's a little hard on my knees at the moment. <BR> <BR> It was a great family day yesterday. I woke up to find an email from one of my cousins' sons from Gwynedd (he's the same age as my DS) who wants to Skype with ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:27:50 EST Day/Dydd 47 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,733 (73 calories OVER range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1911 <BR> Steps: 5,706 <BR> <BR> Considering how many hours I put in working, this was not a bad day. Although I did go slightly over my calorie range, I made sure to burn off more than I ate on the elliptical. So, I'm comfortable with that. <BR> <BR> Today I wanted to talk about something I've been noticing this week. I'm starting to actually FEEL slimmer. My nightgown doesn't touch my stomach... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:49:19 EST Day/Dydd 46 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,421 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1914 <BR> Steps: 4,736 <BR> <BR> I purposely took the day off exercising yesterday, as I was a bit sore after the active day before. I still got some good steps in, though; so, I'm happy about that. <BR> <BR> Calories were not only within range, but more toward the lower end of the range. I was quite pleased with that. <BR> <BR> Watched the grand finale of The Biggest Loser last night. ****SPOILER ALER... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:47:31 EST Day/Dydd 45 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1,627 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2218 <BR> Steps: 10,391 <BR> <BR> Well THAT's more like it! Finally, a day where I hit all my goals. <BR> <BR> Calories were within range. I'm actually surprised about that, because I got "munchie" in the evening and had a couple of cheese wedges with crackers - not a crazy splurge, but I was sure it would have put me over my range. When I checked the packet this morning, though, it turns out it was "lig... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:03:25 EST Day/Dydd 44 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1598 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1995 <BR> Steps: 6778 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I jointed SP's Winter Wellness Challenge. I wanted something to keep me accountable each day of February, but something that I could commit to even with a holiday coming up in the middle of the month. This seemed to fit the bill, as some of the days are just "reading" days. <BR> <BR> I did alright for exercise - walked the dogs 2 miles and did a 10-minute jump wor... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 17:08:20 EST Day/Dydd 43 and Virtual Walking Tour Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1546 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2107 <BR> Steps: 8626 <BR> <BR> I have lots to talk about today. First, it's Sunday, and that means it's time to update my virtual walking tour. Since I didn't record the walking tour last week, I'm combining the two weeks' mileage. In those two weeks, I've gone 26.17 miles (definitely NOT any of my better weeks, as I was averaging around 18 miles per week earlier). However, it is what it is. So, let's get... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:03:49 EST Day/Dydd 42 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 2010 (350 over range) <BR> Calories Burned: 2242 <BR> Steps: 9698 <BR> <BR> Contrary to the usual, yesterday started out not that great. Normally, I do well during the day and then blow it all in the evening. Yesterday, I was out running errands and got super hungry. I ended up going out to eat lunch at a restaurant even though I knew we were meeting friends at a restaurant for tea the same day. Also, because I was so hungry, I wasn't careful about... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:20:20 EST Day/Dydd 41 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1380 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1743 <BR> Steps: 2710 <BR> <BR> I'm quite pleased with what I did yesterday, as the numbers don't tell the whole story. The calories eaten are accurate, but the calories burned and steps amounts are actually lower than in reality as I had my FitBit off for a few hours during the day while the battery was being charged. (I have to start doing that at night.) I know I climbed stairs several times while it was... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:18:17 EST Day/Dydd 40 Yesterday's Progress: <BR> Calories: 1568 (within range) <BR> Calories Burned: 1803 <BR> Steps: 2472 <BR> <BR> What a lovely thing it is to have friends who understand! Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last two blogs. I can't tell you how much your support has meant to me. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I've decided to take Sarah's and Zosbos's advice and just pick up on my day count where I would have been. I really loved Sarah's idea that I shouldn'... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:37:55 EST A new beginning? OK, I've given myself a few days of "space"; but I can't keep this up, or I'm going to end up right back where I was. <BR> <BR> I've unfortunately "found" two of the four pounds I'd lost the other week. That's not surprising. When I went to write this blog today, I was originally planning to do my old "X calories in, X minutes of exercise" heading that would cover the few days I haven't been posting. The thought of that just imobilized me, though. I felt like Bridge Jones..."Calories con... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:27:36 EST Depressed - not exaggerating Hello all: <BR> <BR> This isn't one of my usual daily blog entries. You might have noticed that I didn't log in for the past two days. This winter just finally broke me. I spent all day Saturday working and all night eating; then, Sunday, I just stayed in my night gown all day (this NEVER happens normally) and did nothing at all but read and sleep. I just couldn't take being trapped in the house with the cold any longer. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I woke up thinking, I HAVE to get out of here ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:33:20 EST Day/Dydd 34 and a New Motivator Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 5,756 <BR> Miles: 2.55 <BR> Floors: 7 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> I was starting to feel much better yesterday, so I completed 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was quite proud of that. <BR> <BR> I was prouder, though, that I stayed within my calorie range; as I was having some SERIOUS chocolate cravings in the evening and there are still Christmas chocolates in the house. I wasn't hungry at all - I just wanted to eat chocolate. So, I stuc... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:49:57 EST Day/Dydd 33 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 4,657 <BR> Miles: 2.06 <BR> Floors: 6 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> LOL! "Within" my range, I wrote - yes, JUST within my range. I hit the top number on the head, but at least I didn't go over. <BR> <BR> I tried exercising for the first time since I started getting sick yesterday. I tried to do 30 minutes on the elliptical, but I only made 16. If I had been thinking sensibly, I'd have started off on the lowest setting to get myself back in... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:17:02 EST Day/Dydd 32 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 3,169 <BR> Miles: 1.42 <BR> Floors: 5 <BR> Calories Eaten: 14 calories ABOVE my range <BR> <BR> Not too concerned with 14 calories; but I still ate above my range, which isn't going to help me any with losing weight. I'm going to have to get that back under control. Unless I'm deathly ill, I do tend to eat comfort foods when I'm not feeling well. Hopefully, I'm starting to get over this latest bout. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I still wasn't feeling well enoug... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:06:19 EST Day/Dydd 31 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 1,694 <BR> Miles: 0.75 <BR> Floors: 2 <BR> Calories Eaten: 174 calories OVER my range <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was pretty much a wash-out. I felt fairly feverish and all I wanted to do was sleep. I did drag myself through my work day, but did absolutely nothing else. <BR> <BR> A Terry's Chocolate Orange left over from Christmas did in my calorie count. <BR> <BR> I guess I should take comfort in the fact that there even WAS chocolate left over from Christ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:17:16 EST Day/Dydd 30 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 3,521 <BR> Miles: 1.56 <BR> Floors: 2 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> Day 30 - that means I've been working my plan properly for a full month - Yay, me! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I started getting sick yesterday (another of those stupid cold sores with a fever, although not as bad as the other one I had recently). So, no exercise. <BR> <BR> At least I stayed within my calorie range. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:40:50 EST Day/Dydd 29 & Virtual Walk Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 10,637 <BR> Miles: 4.75 <BR> Floors: 7 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good active day - the first day I've hit my 10,000 step goal in a while. I did my elliptical in the morning and walked Nia 2 miles in the afternoon. (Poor little Anwen had to stay home as the vet said we should rest her until Tuesday. She didn't understand why she was being left behind. I felt like such a mean mummy.) <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I als... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:43:37 EST Day/Dydd 28 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 6,647 <BR> Miles: 2.94 <BR> Floors: 3 <BR> Calories Eaten: WAY OVER my range <BR> <BR> Did the elliptical first thing in the morning, but still too cold to walk the dogs. The vet thinks Anwen just bruised a bone or strained her one leg when she was slipping on the ice the other week and didn't give it a chance to heal. So, she's given her some anti-inflamatories and said that she shouldn't be walked for the next four days. Poor baby! <BR> <BR> Well, I comp... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:27:06 EST Day/Dydd 27 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 5,834 <BR> Miles: 2.58 <BR> Floors: 4 <BR> Calories Eaten: 9 calories OVER my range <BR> <BR> I was going great yesterday until I succumbed to my DH's offer of coconut M & M's late in the evening. I'm still only 9 calories over - not exactly a binge - but I'm mad at myself for doing that when I knew it would set me over my limit. <BR> <BR> Put in my half hour on the elliptical yesterday, but it was too cold to walk the dogs AGAIN. Poor little Anwen is deve... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:57:14 EST Day/Dydd 26 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 5,444 <BR> Miles: 2.41 <BR> Floors: 9 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> I had a tougher time than usual staying within my calorie range yesterday. I did it, but I wanted to eat more - not because I was truly hungry; just because I "felt like it." Fortunately, I thought twice every time that feeling hit. Sometimes I gave in, but chose a healthy snack like a granola bar or a piece of fruit; and towards the end of the evening I just said, "No" to m... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:45:49 EST Day/Dydd 25 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 4,134 <BR> Miles: 1.83 <BR> Floors: 7 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> I think this healthy lifestyle is starting to become a habit. Yesterday, I woke up feeling achey all over and thought that this would be a good day to take my one day per week off exercise. I still stayed within my calorie range, though. <BR> <BR> While I was watching The Biggest Loser, though, I started feeling really guilty for sitting on my behind while those people wor... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:06:52 EST Day/Dydd 24 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 11,168 <BR> Miles: 4.94 <BR> Floors: 10 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a very good day for staying active and on plan for eating. I did half an hour on the elliptical in the morning and walked the dogs two miles in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I was quite pleased with myself last night. My DH brought some snacks downstairs as we were watching television, but I knew I was too close to the top of my calorie range to eat them. So, I... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:48:34 EST Day/Dydd 23 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 9,901 <BR> Miles: 4.38 <BR> Floors: 10 <BR> Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range <BR> <BR> Eureka! I found it! I was mucking about in my SP account yesterday, when I found that I could change my calorie range back to the old static range instead of the one that floats with activity. I know SP told us we could do that if ours were old accounts; but, for some reason, I got it into my head that once I had chosen the floating range, I was stuck with it. Not so! I w... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:19:07 EST Surprising Non-Scale Progress Well, as you may or may not know, I was making great progress last year about this time, but stalled and started climbing over the summer and autumn. I have been working hard lately, and I'm starting to see the results. I lost 4 lbs this week, which is great. I've still been feeling fairly guilty, though, for backsliding as much as I did. <BR> <BR> Trying to stay proactive, though, I thought I'd take my measurements for the first time in many months today. That way, I could see exactly w... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:24:54 EST Day/Dydd 23 & Virtual Walk Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 7,771 <BR> Miles: 3.44 <BR> Floors: 5 <BR> Calories Eaten: 440 calories HIGHER than my new, self-imposed range <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was not as bad as I had expected. I knew I would be sitting in a car for 6 hours (we went down to the U.S. for a payroll run) and that I would be eating a restaurant meal. So, I planned ahead. I ate below plan the day before, knowing that I would probably be over plan yesterday; and I made sure to take the pups for a good, l... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:46:38 EST Day/Dydd 22 Today's Report: <BR> Steps: 9,092 <BR> Miles: 4.02 <BR> Floors: 13 <BR> Calories Eaten: 82 calories LOWER than my new, self-imposed range <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day yesterday. I did my half and hour on the elliptical in the morning and then spent the day running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Out to the city in the morning to take MOI to buy a new coat and out for early lunch; dash back home for a couple of conference call meetings; dash back to the city to do ban... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:41:16 EST