SHELBEY74's SparkPeople Blog SHELBEY74's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just doing my thing... It's amazing when things just sort of fall into place. I bought a FitBit about four months ago and I've been wearing it pretty consistently. Up until two months ago, I hadn't made any adjustments to my eating. At the beginning of September I began tracking EVERYTHING. If it went in my mouth, I put it in SP. At the end of the day, I entered the numbers in the FitBit food log (100 Calorie food was my most commonly used food). I told myself that I had to end each day with a calorie deficit... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 01:42:22 EST What if I never lose another pound? I went to my 20 year high school reunion this weekend and had a couple of revelations. <BR> <BR> 1. I am very comfortable with myself and who I am. <BR> <BR> 2. People are just people. Yeah, I know that, but try applying that to the people you went to high school with. The prom queen that I was so intimidated by? Now she’s just as big as I am and struggling with the same issues. The football quarterback that I was afraid of? Now he’s the nicest guy in the world and a lot of fun to ta... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:41:07 EST Making up words Today's word is awesomosity. The state of being so awesome that awesome cannot describe how awesome you are. <BR> <BR> My task this weekend is to remember that even though it's been slow going recently, I am still making progress. As DH pointed out yesterday, I haven't gained weight which sometime is the bigger challenge when faced with the blues. So, I am slowly picking myself up and challenging my inner awesomosity to show itself. <BR> <BR> Goals for the weekend: <BR> 1. Be as active... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:15:38 EST Major Pet Peeve and a Major Win First, the pet peeve: <BR> Why is that some people think it is all right to clip their fingernails in public? A couple weeks ago I was sitting behind a woman on the bus and got hit in the cheek with one of the clippings. Ick. Today someone on the other side of the wall is clipping. What gets me is the visual that goes with the sound. I can only hope he's hovering over the wastebasket as he's doing this. <BR> <BR> Moving on to the major win: <BR> Sometimes the hardest thing you'll ever d... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:58:23 EST Consistency, Consistency, Consistency Be consistent and you will get results. We all know this to be true. Keep plugging away and eventually you will get to where you need to be. Persistence and consistancy will achieve what fad diets promise but rarely deliver. <BR> <BR> I know this. I've gotten results from this (April and May were GREAT months for me). I've been in a different place for the month of June. <BR> <BR> 1. I have consistently NOT logged into SP. <BR> 2. I have consistently NOT tracked my food. <BR> 3. I have... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:47:57 EST Holy Raging Energy, Batman! I feel like I could climb Mt Rainier right now, which is weird because I worked my butt off this morning. I sprang out of bed…Okay. I can’t finish that lie. My alarm went off at 5:45 and I shut it off. My second alarm went off at 6:00 and I hit the snooze button. Why second alarm? Because 9 minutes for snooze isn’t enough. Anyway, about five minutes later, I rolled out of bed. Literally. You know that maneuver where you roll to the side until your feet flop off and then stand up? Ye... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:45:38 EST Not feeling the love right now I kicked butt in April and I THOUGHT I kicked butt in May. Well, okay. I did. The problem is my NSVs aren't reflecting my super awesome kicking butt-ness. Ha! Bet you thought I was going to say that the scale isn't showing my efforts. It's not, but I have to admit that the scale itself isn't what caused my current temper tantrum. <BR> <BR> Let's take stock here. <BR> <BR> 1. Food--I logged everything I ate during the month of May (and I mean everything) and most days I was within my ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:03:49 EST The 7 S's The other night my husband came home after his class and presented the 7 S's to me. <BR> <BR> "What are the 7 S's?" I can hear you ask. <BR> <BR> This is his personal program for personal and family enrichment this summer. <BR> <BR> 1. Savings <BR> <BR> This one is fairly obvious. We will be tightening our budget--not because we have to, but because we've gotten lax about things like eating out and impulse buying. Sure, we have the income to cover that stuff, but it's just not necessar... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 16:50:57 EST I AM AN INSPIRATION When I woke up this morning I was exhausted and more than a little angry. The exhausted I knew right away as I’d been tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning and my alarm at 5:45 this morning was NOT a welcome thing. The angry wasn’t revealed until I was about half way through my workout at the gym and realized I was growling. Softly (I hope), but still growling. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I am changing all the rules in my life and the current result is that I am... Tue, 29 May 2012 14:06:22 EST No, No, No, No, No! I’ve had a hard time trying to figure out what I want to say in today’s blog. The scale was NOT my friend this morning, and that’s been rare. Contrary to common sense and SP advice, I weigh myself daily. I do this for the very simple reason that I am an Excel geek and love, love, love data and trending graphs. I find my body’s weekly fluctuations very fascinating. Most of the time a one or two pound jump doesn’t bother me since the overall trend has been downward. Today and the last co... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:49:31 EST If you want to be somebody else, change your mind... I was listening to the 90's station on Pandora this weekend and Change Your Mind by Sister Hazel started playing. I'd never really listened to the lyrics before and when the words began to register it was like someone hit me on the head with a big ol' mallet. <BR> <BR> If you want to be somebody else, <BR> If you're tired of fighting battles with yourself <BR> If you want to be somebody else <BR> Change your mind... <BR> <BR> Isn't this what it's all about? We all have... Mon, 7 May 2012 00:51:45 EST Time to replace my shoes It all started on Tuesday when I was walking from my office to the South Lake Union building, which is about 2 miles. Most of the walk was fairly uneventful--I listened to tunes and looked at the scenery as I walked. A couple blocks from my destination I noticed a pain in my foot. A sharp, stabby kind of pain on the top of my foot. I walked the last couple blocks, then sat and pulled of my shoe. I couldn't see anything. I massaged my foot for a bit and the pain went away. Or so I thou... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:33:18 EST I'm Just Gonna Ask If I had any doubt in my mind (and I don’t) about striving for a healthier lifestyle and losing weight, a conversation I had this morning would have convinced me it’s time to stop messing around. I walked into the break room to rinse out my coffee mug and struck up a conversation with a co-worker. After exchanging pleasantries this very well-meaning gal says “I’m just gonna ask.” While I waited for her to get on with whatever is on her mind, she’s gazing at me with this look on her face. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:45:39 EST MHW Vacation You know... Mental Health Week! I've reached the point of burnout at work and the stress is spilling over into the rest of my life. Hence, the vacation. But it's not a vacation where we go anywhere. <BR> <BR> There will be no long car rides with the husband and children, no trips to visit extended family, no sight-seeing, and definitely no itinerary. I had one task to do this week and that was to visit the dentist. Did that yesterday morning to get it out of the way. <BR> <BR> The ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:06:34 EST There is a reason Anyone else feel like humanity is racing to an inevitable conclusion? How do you sum up the current state of the world in a few words? It’s bad. That’s about as succinct as I can get. So, why bother? Because underneath it all I believe that there is something worthwhile here. There is a reason to strive to make things better for our children, even though it seems all the odds are against us. <BR> <BR> I was listening to one of my classical playlists on Pandora the other day and this so... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:12:14 EST Paying It Forward I got caught again today, which made my pleasure in the activity dim a little bit. <BR> <BR> Let me start this story a couple weeks ago. First of all, I love the Starbuck's app that let's me wave my phone at the barcode reader to pay for my morning latte. Super easy and I don't have to dig my wallet out to find my Starbuck's card. Since I am an almost daily customer, I have an automatic reload on my card. The last time it reloaded Starbuck's software had a glitch and charged my bank acco... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:29:59 EST Sarah - 1, Shoulder Devil of Temptation - 0 I was so good this morning. I packed my lunch and I worked out. I was feeling good about my progress for the day and then lunchtime arrived. There were two microwaves available and no one waiting for them, so I popped my leftover chicken in one and the Easy Mac in the other, figuring that the chicken would be done first so that anyone walking in after me would have a minimal wait. I know, slight etiquette gaffe to take two of the four microwaves, but my intentions were good. Besides, sti... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:14:04 EST 5 Ugly Truths I took a major hiatus this summer. Not intentionally, of course, but the fact remains that I let my guard down and once I started paying attention again I had to face some hard truths. I am bigger than I have EVER been in my life, aside from my pregnancies. How did I get here? Well, let's start with the day I woke up. <BR> <BR> August has been a little warm and the last two or three weeks have also included some vacation time where I have been wearing clothes that are a little more for... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:12:20 EST When, Oh When, Will This Cold Go Away My daughter had a very mild cold last week. Of course you all know what that means. After many slimy kisses and hugs with grubby little hands, I caught her cold. Why is it that the colds incubated in small bodies are always the most ferocious? This thing FLATTENED me. Sore throat, runny eyes, drippy nose, sneezing so much I almost gave myself whiplash. I could have passed it off as seasonal allergies if it weren't for the fever. And the little rat is fine! I've missed four days of exe... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 23:10:01 EST Failure is not an option FAIL is a four letter word. And I hate the way it makes me feel. So, instead of thinking about how I 'failed' to lose weight last week, I'm going to list the positives. <BR> <BR> Success #1 - Working out <BR> I signed up for a gym membership in February and have made it a habit. I started out at five days a week and, aside from a couple off weeks, have maintained that. <BR> <BR> Success #2 - Not giving up <BR> Last week I had a couple 8:00 meetings, which meant my morning workout wasn'... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:57:22 EST Post Workout Glow I have a confession. I came this close to bagging my workout all because I left my headphones at home. Like many people, I suffer from a complete inability to do anything without being entertained. I'm working on it, but my workouts are one area where I need some sort of distraction from the sweating and grunting going on. <BR> <BR> I stood in the locker room and rummaged through my bag for the third time, convinced that the darn things had to be in there. When I finally convinced mys... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:28:23 EST It Started With a Donut I went over my calorie range yesterday by about 500 calories and I know EXACTLY where my choices began to go wrong. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: I made my customary latte (non-fat Grande with sugar free B-52 syrup. Very satisfying), but instead of pairing it with something lasting like oatmeal or yogurt and granola I had one of the left-over rolls from dinner the night before. <BR> <BR> Mid-Morning: I was STARVING!!!! As I begin to reach for the box of instant oatmeal, temptation walks my way i... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:12:48 EST Today I Will Do Better We went to the in-laws for a week and I lost my ever-lovin' mind! Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my in-laws. They're wonderful people and I am thankful everyday to be a part of their lives. No. The part where I went totally insane was about the time I was making fudge on the second day we were there and... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tracking went out the window. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Exercise? Not this week! <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> Mmmm. Cookies. <BR> <BR> <em>494</em> Oooh. C... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 16:13:24 EST What do I REALLY want? A shiny new pair of skates! I was reading Roller-Girls blog entry "Weekend Wheels" ( <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836169 </link> ) and then I read a couple more of her blogs and then it occurred to me. What is the one activity over the years that I have longed to be good at? <BR> <BR> I went to birthday parties at the roller rink when I was growing up. And the first couple times I managed to stay upright by clinging to the wall. After a while I was zipping around the ... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:33:37 EST I'm all funned out This therapy stuff is hard work. Not quitting, tho. It's good to be doing a thorough review of my mental and emotional make-up. It's about time I addressed some of those core truths about myself that I've been avoiding for years. But I don't want to get into that now (Ha! That's the mantra for my life!). <BR> <BR> I went a little over-board last night, but everyday is a start-over day, no matter how successful I was the day before. Even if I rocked the calorie range and the exercise, w... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 19:25:10 EST My Liberation I am at war. I have fought battle after battle. I 've won a few and lost many more. I still keep coming back to fight some more. For a while I was taken prisoner by something I thought would help me. I would head to headquarters first thing in the morning and gaze upon it's cool grey lines and digital display. I would take a deep breath and then step upon it, my shoulders slumping as the display showed a number that I did not want to see. A number that told me that General Cheeseburger... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 15:58:25 EST A new month - it's soggy out there! It's the first o' November. A brand new month. It's pouring rain here in Seattle, but I didn't let that stop me from walking to work. Well, I kind of cheated a little. I parked near the Scary Clown Bar in 5th, which cuts my usual walk by 10 - 15 minutes (depending on my pace). That much precipitation generated some thinking on my part. <BR> <BR> 1. Chucky T's, while cute, do not provide any dryness to the feet at all. As a matter of fact, they pretty much solve the whole aversion to p... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 13:48:50 EST Back to Stage One I moved back to Stage One today. The past year has been an emotional ride for me. The good news is that I've managed to maintain my weight through it all. I haven't been main-lining ice cream to cope. I've been walking 4 - 5 times a week (an hour or more each day). Thing is, I still feel like I'm lost. I'm heading in the right direction, I know I am. I just feel like I need to step back to the beginning and re-learn everything I already know. Drinking water, tracking, portion control.... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:13:37 EST I Know What I'm Doing The past month has truly sucked. My mother was diagnosed last summer with a rare form of Leukemia. After a round of Chemo, she was okay. Not fantastic. The prognosis was that she'd have five years at most. Not even close. In August they did a PET scan and found a shadow in her sinuses. Not a good place for a tumor to grow. If left untreated it would kill her in one of the most painful ways imaginable. Since the Chemo almost killed her last summer, they opted for Radiation treatments.... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:02:59 EST Day 3 of 7 I'm on my third 12-hour day and I have four more to go. <BR> <BR> The Good... <BR> 1. Google Maps says it should take me 10 minutes to get to work and at 5:00 in the morning Google Maps is correct! I-5 is actually the quickest route to work. <BR> <BR> 2. Free Parking - well, free to me. My project is footing the bill. <BR> <BR> 3. Free meals - gotta love the food budget <BR> <BR> 4. Good meals - I was worried that we'd get the usual semi-nutritous fare (pizza, box lunches worth ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:47:17 EST How tired was I? The stress from my project at work have gotten to me. I haven't been sleeping well and it finally caught up with me. I fell asleep last night at 8:30 and didn't wake up until 9:00. I feel refreshed and ready to face the day. Best part is that today is Saturday. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:36:44 EST Ugh We are 8 days away from our go-live. and the stress and frustration on my team is so heavy you can almost touch it. I just want this to be over. <BR> <BR> I am looking at working a 12 hour shift for 7 straight days to begin with. 5am to 5pm. Since the hospital I work at is in a, shall we say, risky neighborhood I don't want to walk if it's not daylight. 5am is a little early. And then at the end of the day I get to do the daycare pickup. My walks will be non-existent for the duration o... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:28:00 EST You've lost weight I haven't weighed in yet. I'm feeling a little bloated. I'm tired and a little cranky. But when, out of the blue, my husband says "You've lost weight" I begin to smile and feel a little more invigorated. The daily tracking and 4+ mile walks are beginning to pay off. Yay! <BR> <BR> Goals met today... <BR> 1. Stayed within my calorie range. <BR> 2. Did my twice daily walk. <BR> 3. Flossed <BR> <BR> Goals for tomorrow... <BR> 1. Stay within my calorie range. <BR> 2. Get out of bed at ... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 01:13:24 EST Commitment Phobia I am turning over a new leaf. For so long I have been terrified to make a commitment. Terrified that I will be let down. But seriously, what's so different about this than committing to my man, my children or my job. Each area is work but the rewards are limitless. So why am I so unwilling to commit to my own well-being? No more. I am worth the time I spend to better myself and thoses around me will reap the benefits as well (no more cranky, tired wife/mom, for one). <BR> <BR> I commit... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:04:45 EST Drama!!! The universe has yet again given concrete evidence that Thursdays are cursed. What's next? A torrential downpour of frogs? <BR> <BR> A brief summary of my morning... My sister and I are planning on visiting my parents to box up some stuff we want to get before they have a garage sale and sell it all. Ok. It's mostly my sister. I got all I wanted out years ago and if I don't manage to get to the yellow set of dishes (which are way cool) before they sell them, I won't be crushed. Mildly ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:02:40 EST Climbing the walls!!! Formal testing at work is over, which means I have officially gone from more work than I can possibly handle to just enough to keep me busy for the first hour or so during the day. I am climbing the walls here, folks! The danger, as you all know, is eating because I'm bored. Fortunately my new office does not have vending machines -- except the ones in the tunnel to the hospital. And, really, if I'm going to go to the trouble to go that far, I'll just head to the cafeteria and get myself ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:58:01 EST Blech I'm feeling very blah today. It's grey and rainy outside, I'm alone in my office (otherwise known as the cage) and my motivation is at low ebb. About everything. My job, my meals, my exercise. Mostly I want to crawl back in bed and sleep for another couple hours. I won't becuase, hey, I'm already at work. I might as well start ticking off the items on my checklist for the day. But my heart isn't in it. I'm aching for some sunshine and a couple days off where I don't have to do anythin... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:24:51 EST Taking It Back I fell off the wagon in a BIG way. No excuses. I know where I took a wrong turn. Albuquerque, right? No. Last summer I was rocking the healthy lifestyle. I was walking 2 - 4 miles 5 times a week, I was tracking everything, and the weight was beginning to drop. And then... <BR> <BR> My husband got a new job. He couldn't take the kids to school anymore, which meant my morning walk was deep-sixed. No matter, I blocked time over my lunch hour to take a 35-minute walk. That worked for a... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:09:21 EST Slow progress and sleep issues Yep. Slow going. That's okay, though. If I weren't doing anything I would be slowly gaining weight. So, at the end of the week when the scale has only dropped a half or a quarter of a pound, at least it's moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Ever since day light savings time, I've had the hardest time getting up early enough to workout. I can not seem to get up any earlier than 7:00 and it's driving me nuts. So, instead of expecting that I will be able to suddenly wake up at 6:00 w... Tue, 5 May 2009 17:15:16 EST Cheese and Whine "I don't know what happened?" <BR> "Why can't I seem to gain any ground?" <BR> "The scale can't be right." <BR> <BR> I've been really whiny this week. Last Friday's weigh in was awesome. Down 3 pounds. Woo hoo! But the week sort of deteriorated from there. My husband had to teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, which meant I was stuck with the cadre of picky eaters. Since I didn't want to fight the good fight, and I didn't really have anything planned, we had ramen for dinner y... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 19:12:53 EST Let's try this... I am exercising like a fiend! I'm feeling good, really pumped, really motivated, but there's one thing that keeps throwing me off. What I'm eating. I have good days and I have unrestrained days. Why don't I just say bad days? Because bad is gives it a negative connotation and that's a shame spiral I refuse to go on. Maybe unrestrained is negative as well, but it's not as harsh sounding. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dancing around the issue. I know what's going on here. My unrestrained... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 19:50:28 EST Hit the Brakes!!!! Yeah. I almost sabotaged myself again. I had a day and a half of spiraling downward. <BR> <BR> Wednesday started out okay. We had a leadership retreat all day and lunch was provided. I can see where ya'll are going, and I went there too until I was confronted with what lunch REALLY was. It wasn't the usual box lunch provided at these things--sandwich, chips, apple, massive cookie and a soda. They set out two platters of really crappy sandwiches and handed out bottled water. I looked a... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 13:12:29 EST Oh, Dude! What Happened? Yep. Stepped on the scale this morning and it's up 2 pounds. Last weekend was out of control, but I added it all up. The calories and the exercise. No way this should have happened! I mean seriously. Is this someone's idea of a SICK joke? It's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair, it's not fair! <BR> <BR> Dang. My back hurts. And why did I start crying just then? It's not like... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:03:45 EST Food Hangover This weekend was a HUGE learning experience for me. It all started on Thursday, which was my birthday. My husband, having troubles figuring out what to get me, decided to go for a "gaming" theme. There are a couple card games we love to play with our son--Killer Bunnies and Munchkin. The boy LOVES these games. So, we have a weekend tradition where we pull out some snacks and wile away a couple hours playing one game or the other. My husband gave me a couple of booster packs for Munchkin... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:22:29 EST The boys are back in town! Hey there guys! Long time, no see! <BR> <BR> I know I abandoned you for a cheeseburger. What can I say? I'm only human. At least I found you again. Sure, it took a month of lifting weights. Sure, no one else can see that you've returned. But I know, and that's all that matters. <BR> <BR> Yep. It's been hard to keep from touching you--flexing so you pop and I can feel how big you're getting. I have to resist, though. People are beginning to stare. <BR> <BR> Tell you what. Toni... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:57:18 EST I missed the bus! Today was one of those days. I seemed to be running about 30 seconds late all day. I woke up this morning to the usual flute concerto--I've been trying a new wake-up technique in the mornings. Instead of the buzzer or the loud rock music, I set my iPod alarm to some nice classical music. The great thing is that it doesn't jolt me out of sleep. It's a more gentle process each morning. THIS morning, however, it took me an extra five minutes to wake up. Little did I know this was going t... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:23:17 EST I made it! As the weekend comes to a close I have to give myself a pat on the back. My Friday evening was as they always are. You see, we have a tradition in my family--one we started about 6 months ago. We decided to have family movie night. This is the one night each week where we eat in front of the TV and watch a movie or an episode (or two) of the shows we recorded during the week. It's the one night where we throw caution to the wind and order pizza or make nachos or a series of appetizers. ... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 22:51:51 EST Worry, Worry, Worry My mom's in the hospital. Again. It's her heart. Again. To make things even more exciting I get two ends of the spectrum depending on which parent I'm talking to. My dad spouts gloom and doom. My mom says everything is all right and not to worry. The truth is somewhere in the middle. My biggest concern is that my dad will leave a voicemail about my mother being deathly ill and that this time it'll be the truth. So I'll listen to it and decide I can wait to call him back. And by the ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 16:52:44 EST Super Monday! I broke even this weekend. Woo Hoo! Now that's something to celebrate. <BR> <BR> And then this morning I was up at 6:00 and doing my workout in the garage. 40 minutes later and I was in the shower, getting ready for my day. I've been up beat, motivated and energized all day. I even went for a 30 minute walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> Am I thrilled? Absolutely. Am I going to keep it up? You bet. <BR> <BR> Yay me! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 18:05:46 EST Stupid Weekends! Monday through Friday I am a pillar of strength. I walk every single day, I strength train 3 out of the 5 days... I've even dragged out the jump rope, much to my toddler's amusement. "Do it again, Mommy!" I stay within my calorie range, I track everything I eat. I so totally rock during the week. <BR> <BR> And then Saturday morning rolls around. I start the weekend with the best of intentions, but by the time Sunday rolls around and I'm recording everything I ate and I wonder what the h... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 17:54:36 EST