SIGAL40's SparkPeople Blog SIGAL40's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rainy day It has been raining ALL day!! I love the rain. I have caught up on some DVR tv/movies that I recorded recently. I have a new cookbook that I am hoping to find some dishes I can either fix the way they are OR tweek them to be healthier. I need to get more organized with my meals. On the days where I know I am going to have more sodium intake in a meal I need to balance it out with fruits/veg. I keep going over. I will get this. It is just taking time. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:49:13 EST Day 4 Well, I did pretty good today. I had a large salad and cleaned out the potato soup that was in the frig. The soup was ok, but I need to make a healthier version next time. I have added more foods to MY list which is continuing to make it easier to keep track the items. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:28:47 EST Day 3 I am trying to get more of the foods I like in my favorite list. This is making it much easier. This is the reason I really like SP. It doesn't delete you and your foods when you stay away for months. I did WW a few years ago and all the time I spent entering foods was basically thrown out when I stopped paying the monthly fee. If I were to start again I think I would have to start over. Plus SP is free! <BR> <BR> I am really trying to make some positive changes this year. I KNOW I ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:33:26 EST Starting over in 2013 I got really serious about this about 1 year ago today and I started out really doing well. I kept at it for longer than I ever have. I got off track, was sick a lot and my job changed which resulting in my giving up seriously trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I have GOT to do this for ME! <em>40</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:44:38 EST Could have been a good Day 287! I have been away for months. I am frustrated that I could be further on this journey, but know that doesn't really help anything to think that way. I have a new smart phone so the SP app should be really helpful! My best friend who was doing this with me has now went to WW and lost about 35 lbs. I am happy for her, but want to be on the 'losing journey' too! <BR> <BR> Here we go again.... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:30:30 EST Day 163 Where has the time gone? I almost didn't write this because I have not lost anything in months. I have been away from SP even though SP is my HOMEPAGE for my computer!! I just always chose to bypass it. It has never completely been out of my mind. I have recently got a new smart phone and I have the SP app on it. I think now that I know how to use it - it will make it easier for me to track my foods, etc. I KNOW I have been way off in my eating habits and I also know that when I tracke... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:36:43 EST Day 120 Well, I have no excuses. I have been away from SP (this last time) for over a month. I haven't checked in, read inspirational blogs, read articles, viewed healthy recipes or weighed. I have just lost the 'pizzaz' I had when I started and cannot seem to get it back. <BR> <em>46</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:15:43 EST Day 82 I haven't been on SP for about 3 weeks. I have gained some weight back and I am frustrated. I will be honest I just didn't want to log my foods in and check in everyday. I am still struggling. I want to be better, but there are a lot of personal things going on right now. I am doing better today and will continue to try new each day. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <em>2</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:56:10 EST Day 57 Well finally I made some positive changes! I lost 4 lbs from last week. I had been going the other way. Come on March! I am so ready or walking outside and being in the sun!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:38:15 EST Day 50 Well, strangely enough I am looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. This vacation was not very relaxing and it totally messed my schedule up. I kept my tracking, etc. better when I was working. So..... it will start again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:09:58 EST Day 46 I am still dealing with constant sinus/migraine headaches. I know I will get past this and feel better. I hate that I am in a slump right not and not feeling like doing what I should be doing. It is hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you feel like your head is going to pop off! <BR> <BR> I am not giving up. I believe that I can do this. I WILL do this! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:07:36 EST Day 43 Started out the day with a 1.2 lb gain. Expected a gain so actually glad that was all it was. Reviewing motivational things for myself and continuing this journey. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:46:02 EST Day 40 Rough day. Didn't eat b'fast - got up too late. Had lunch at Burger King. Came home and didn't make great choices either. Went over calories. Frustrated with myself because I am afraid I won't lose ANY this week..... <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 20:54:55 EST Day 38 Not my usual weigh day, but for some reason I stepped on it.... I had gained 1 lb. I am trying not to be discouraged because I am technically 'not counting it'. <BR> <BR> I brought my lunch to work. I fixed chili last night and even used NSA tomatoes and NSA tomato sauce. Tasted pretty good. My crackers had enough salt for me so I think my taste buds are changing a bit. <BR> <BR> Cold outside and the temps are gonna drop overnight and the weekend - more like February is supposed to ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 13:34:56 EST Day 37 Still doing good. Brought left-overs to work. Others went out for lunch. Their options are usually not healthy. Someone brought chocolate and I RESISTED! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I am lovin' this! <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:19:19 EST Day 35 After church this morning I ate leftovers and took a nap. I got my 30 min of workout done and enjoyed a book this afternoon. It is a GREAT day! Sun, 5 Feb 2012 22:04:44 EST Day 34 Well, I had a good day! My best friend and fellow SP pal came to my house last night and since we started doing SP one month ago we decided to 'get a plan'. We set goals, make posters with motivational pictures and made plans for those 'big losses'. We don't have the exact same weight loss goal, but we started basically the same time and have lost the same amount. I made a healthy meal and we had a smoothie for dessert. It was funny because usually we have junk food, candy and watch movi... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:22:42 EST Day 31 I have done a good job so far today. I was already starving by 930, but didn't cheat. (Not that it was too difficult - I was at work and there isn't any food here). I drank a lot of water and that seemed to help. I had a salad and a Lean Cuisine Pizza for lunch. I had a few comments, "where did you get that salad - it looks good!" I told them I made it (which I did). <BR> <BR> I took my measurements last night & was REALLY surprised to tell that I had lost 9 inches total! In the pa... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:23:56 EST January 31 - Day 30 Blew it today! Ate 2 pieces of pie!! Disappointed in myself, but know I will have times like that! Start again tomorrow.... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:12:29 EST January 29, 2012 Day 28 Today we had a funeral of beloved church member. So, after the funeral we had a dinner for the family. There was enough for the church people to eat too so I had my first piece of fried chicken since I started SP this second time! It was really good! It was difficult to track the foods the regular way since I don't know exactly what ingredients were in it. <BR> <BR> I didn't splurge too badly. I'm so tired! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:49:22 EST January 28 - Day 27 I can't hardly believe that I have kept at it this long! I never stick with it. I have a frig full of healthy foods and I am doing even better at having things prepared for a quick meal. Yesterday I had lunch in less than 3 minutes. I feel more in control! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:37:44 EST Day 23 I think I'm going to start dating my blogs by the date. I think it is encouraging. I saw another person do this and it was really neat to look at her Day 23 and see what she was doing. I am proud of myself and my friends who are doing SP! It just FEELS different this time. There is such amazing support on SP and at any moment that I start to feel down I read a story of someone else's struggle and accomplishment and I feel better. I pray that someone MY story will inspire someone else to... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:34:32 EST Exercise at 5:30am I got up this morning at 5:30 a.m. and decided to do my exercise before I even left for work. I worked out for 20 minutes. I did GREAT on my food today and have ended the day with the lowest sodium that I've had in a while! <BR> <BR> I have now been doing this for 3 weeks! <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:14:23 EST Can I count moving furniture as exercise? I didn't get my exercise in today, but I moved my entire living room around and vaccumed the floor and put things away. Am I allowed to count that exercise? (haha) I had such a headache yesterday I didn't do much other than log my foods. I still am really enjoying this 'new way to live' because I have accountability and my best friend is doing it with me! <BR> <BR> I'm having some 'ah hah' moments about the sodium intake I have been eating lately. I am really trying to watch it and even... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:49:16 EST Didn't do my exercise last night Well, I didn't do my exercise last night. No excuses. I just didn't want to and I was tired. I will try again tonight. I had a good breakfast and lunch. I stepped on the scale this morning and it wasn't my weigh-day and I had gained! I was frustrated, but not broken. I will do better. I AM doing better by continuing this adventure... <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:26:54 EST Salad for lunch So, today it was really cold outside and I didn't want to get out of bed. I had a huge healthy salad for lunch and healthy breakfast. I didn't get my exercise in last night and I want to exercise when I get off work tonight. I'm feeling a lot of support and I know it is helping. <BR> <BR> The adventure continues... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:19:38 EST Brrrrr outside I woke up to lightening and thunder and before I got to work it was a downpour. It also dropped 30 degrees and was very windy. This makes a bit harder to want to work out when I get home for work, but I'm gonna do it. <BR> <BR> I did my first workout last night and WHEW! am I out of shape! I did 15 minutes and had to quit. My feet hurt and I was breathing so hard! I am going to HAVE to keep at it or this problem will not go away. <BR> <BR> The adventure continues... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:36:44 EST Weigh day <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I started this 2 weeks ago and I'm down 4.6 lbs. I have tried very hard and I feel proud of myself. I knew that other things I've tried could have resulted in a faster weigh loss, but I want this to be slow and steady. I am really happy today!! <BR> <BR> The exercise starts today. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:49:09 EST I'm going to do better tomorrow I fixed the breakfast and received a lot of compliments. I added it to my recipes on here. The only problem with it is that I haven't yet adapted it to a healthier recipe. I plan on doing that now because it is so easy to fix and tasty. I ate too much salt today. Thankfully, that is not normal so I hope it doesn't affect my 'weigh-day' tomorrow too much!! <BR> <BR> I am soooo thankful that I still feel good about doing this and I haven't blown it! Praise God! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:04:06 EST Beautiful day outside We have had some beautiful weather today. The sun is shining and there is a brisk breeze outside. <BR> <BR> I slept in today since I was starting to feel sick last night. I hate that so much of the day is gone, but at least I'm feeling better today. <BR> <BR> I have to fix breakfast for my Sunday School tomorrow (for about 40 people). Naturally, it is a bit difficult to find something cheap, easy and filling that I don't want to eat myself! I am trying to keep from snacking. <BR> <... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:17:32 EST Starting to get sick I am getting sick. You know the feeling, the sore throat, aching body and no way to get warm. I ate some soup - I tried to eat the Low-Sodium kind because I knew it would naturally have a lot of salt. Did not get my water in and I know that being sick means more drinking than normal. The good news - I didn't get a bunch of junk today! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:27:37 EST Just got home late and still have to eat... Today was my longest day of the week at work - 12 hours. It is also my last workday for the week and I didn't get home until late and I still have to eat supper. Thankfully, my parents, who live next door had a nice piece of roast and a potato left over from their supper and I had a salad at home. Yummy! Now, I don't have to try and figure it out! Things work out, don't they?? Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:00:23 EST I'm beautiful now, but I want to be better I read a year or so ago about a lady who had a long journey of weightloss. She did it slowly and successfully, but there was one particular thing that really stuck with me. I cannot quote it, but basically she said, 'Take a before picture - but make it a good one. Get dressed up like you're going out for a night on the town. She said 'do your hair and makeup'. She also said that 'you are beautiful NOW because God made you! You are of value NOW and even though you want to be better you ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:34:13 EST Employees can unknowingly sabatoge you! Would you believe someone from work brought in 4 boxes of chocolates and left them in the break room? I did pretty good this morning, but while getting my lunch from the frig I took one piece of chocolate! I didn't scold myself too bad because I had a gi-normous salad to eat. I'm still down on the calories, fat, etc. <BR> <BR> I can do this - one day at a time.... <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:29:55 EST A great day of worship! Went to church this morning and had a great time worshipping with my church family. My pastor had surprised the congregation last week by announcing he was resigning as of January 29th. We were all shocked and upset. He had been here for 3 years. Well the church met and asked him to reconsider or least give it a trial period of 6 months. We still do not know what he & his wife will decide, but we have prayed about it a lot and will support him if he does decide to move on. <BR> <BR> W... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:02:42 EST Sometimes the weekend is harder Sometimes my weekend is harder because I am home more. I work Mon-Thurs and then I'm off for 3 days every week. I love it, but being home can be a challenge too. I have been telling my co-workers about SP because they have all started Biggest Loser. I thought if I had more support at work then it would be easier. So far, everyone I told seems to think it is probably a good idea. I tried the WW version, but I HATED paying so much a month. There is NO EXCUSE to not try this out with all ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:33:30 EST Day 5 - Doing better today Well, I had a few extra minutes last night so I spent time adding the food I like to eat to my 'favorite foods' so that I won't have to add them later when I may not have time. Wow! To see the contents of the food - other than fat can really be sobering!! I liked the Smart Ones from Weight Watchers, but know they are loaded with salt. I am trying to eat more things that have more flavor and less salt. I found a company Penzey's <link> </link> that has a huge catalog of... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:39:46 EST Trying to get the hang of it I signed up a year ago and didn't take the time to look at the website. Time went by and I just didn't 'check in'. Well, now I am trying to get really serious about weight loss and taking better care of myself. I am TIRED of being TIRED ALL THE TIME! I work a full-time job as a case manager so it can be very emotionally draining. When I get home I just want to crash. I don't have anyone to take care of so it is REALLY easy to just lay down on the couch and take a nap. I have allowed my... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:56:17 EST