SKC123's SparkPeople Blog SKC123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great end to 2017 Today I did well. A hearty, low-carb breakfast kept me full well into the afternoon, leaving me room for some treats. I shopped for some healthy snack and meal options, so I'm looking forward to a healthy 2017. Last night I weighed in, and I have lost 4 1/2 pounds since Tuesday. Better than i anticipated! The hardest part today was getting my steps in. I'm still working on it! <BR> <BR> I am a little thankful for the cold (when I don't have to go out in it). It keeps me from making unnecess... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:26:25 EST Busier day, easier day Today was easier than yesterday. I was busy, so my mind was not on my food intake so much. I braved a buffet line and did OK. Not spectacular, but OK. I started with a salad and roasted vegetables, had a few taco fillings without the shell. Instead I had 5 tortilla chips with it. I also had a bit of key lime pie and 1/2 serving of ice cream. I went over in carbs, but not ridiculously, and I had a few to spare from breakfast. I also had a 6 oz. glass of Pepsi with ice, but no second snack and ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:04:10 EST Tougher day today Today was a little harder. I know my portion sizes were previously out of control, because after every meal I have not felt satisfied--yet I have been at the upper end of or over my carb and calorie allotment for each meal, so it is sufficient. It will take some getting used to, these new portions. I have been trying to eat within my usual types of foods and not making drastic changes. Sharing my house with my mom and dad, buying groceries with them, helping to make their meals--it's difficul... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:57:44 EST Consistency I am currently trying to figure out how to work consistency with exercise into my routine. It's not going to be a problem between now and 1/8, but after that I will be back to school. I am working full time and taking two classes per quarter to finish my degree by December of 2018. I'm proud of my progress and don't want to see my grades slip, but it takes a lot of time. I wake up at 5:30 AM and often have homework until bedtime. I need a plan! one day at a time.... I'm hoping that by the tim... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:03:27 EST On again, off again...and back on. I'm back after a LONG hiatus. I'm hoping to find some motivation. After some bouts with exercise-induced asthma and some physical difficulties I know it's time to come back and put forth the effort to lose weight. My health depends on it. I also know that I don't want to sit on the sidelines just because I couldn't be bothered. I see the physical toll that weight has taken on my parents, both of whom can barely walk in their '60's and '70's. One of them has diabetes, one has heart problems, a... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:21 EST Wow! It Happened! I've heard of people who have stated that even if you don't feel like exercising, you should go do it anyway because it feels so great when you're done. I have never experienced that. I may have felt relieved when I finished, knowing I did enough to be able to track my fitness minutes, but I didn't necessarily feel better physically when I finished than when I started. Today it finally happened. Today I was tired and had to fight my way to the pool (even though I love swimming). Today I felt... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:02:37 EST How I know There are several reasons I know things are going well. For starters, I have not used slip-ups as an excuse to stop doing what I know is good for me. Last weekend I took a mini-vacation with two girlfriends. We went to a small town where there were very limited food options (at least that was my excuse). On two of the four days I didn't have as many opportunities for exercise, as we spent most of the day in the car. So much for good habits! However, on Monday I got right back in the swing of... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:57:15 EST Enough I think I'm finally getting to the point where I can recognize what enough looks and feels like. I know it will always be easy to override my body's natural mechanism that tells me when I am full. It's been a habit for far too long to just think it will go away completely, but I have recently had some success with realizing that I don't need to eat more to be satisfied. <BR> <BR> At work on Friday there were bagels for a birthday celebration for a co-worker. Typically I would have eaten one ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 08:29:05 EST Firsts This is the first time I have stayed with a health goal for more than thirty days. The first time I have gone for more than two weeks drinking water as my main beverage. The first time I have consistently incorporated exercise into a weight loss plan. The first time I have hope that this will work. <BR> <BR> In July I clocked over five hundred fitness points. Not bad for the girl who didn't like to go outside, who was always the last one chosen for a team in school gym class, or who couldn't... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:38:04 EST Consistency This past week was all about consistency for me. I was focused on drinking enough water, avoiding soda, and getting at least ten minutes of exercise in per day. I did really well! <BR> <BR> After a few false starts I finished strong with drinking water as my main beverage. A couple of days I surprised myself by drinking ten glasses instead of eight. I wasn't aiming to drink more than eight, I just reached for water instead of other beverages and found myself easily meeting that goal. Soda ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:24:28 EST Eating in Anticipation Over the past week or two I have noticed something. When I eat and I'm not hungry it can be for a variety of reasons. Like many people, I eat when I'm bored, lonely, frustrated, or tired. This is not the revelation. What is news, though, is the fact that I also eat in anticipation of hunger. I eat when I'm going to be out for a couple of hours, because if I don't, I might get hungry. Of course, I might not, but that doesn't enter into the equation. <BR> <BR> This is an important discovery f... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:06:03 EST One more time Wow! Four months after my last blog entry, I see little progress, mainly due to little effort. I have decreased a couple of my measurements by an inch or two, probably because I have more overall activity in my day to day life. The numbers on the scale are merciless, though, and I have gained a pound. <BR> <BR> So much has happened in the last few months: Christmas came and went with all its accompanying parties, I moved, I started my job in a new location (same company and position, diffe... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:41:34 EST Let's Get the Party Started! I had another work party today. This one was not as successful as the last. It was a work meeting, but as a treat for all of our hard work on the committee, we met at a restaurant. There were appetizers and beverages. We did not place our order, everything was ordered for us, so there was very little control of the choices. At least that's what I used as an excuse. I did a good job of watching the portion size, but nobody forced me to put the apple strudel on my plate or top it with whipped ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:41:25 EST Energizer Bunny He may be a little crazy, but he never quits. He just keeps going. It's an admirable quality, the ability to outlast everyone and everything else. I don't necessarily think I have to outlast everyone, but it would be nice to go further than the people who give up. It would be nice to keep going to the point in the future when I finally reach my ideal weight, in spite of any obstacles or setbacks. <BR> <BR> The future is still up to me. It's only day four, so it's easy to be an optimist. Thi... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 21:21:44 EST Snow! It snowed yesterday. It gave me an automatic workout, since my car was buried underneath all ten inches and I needed to shovel it out to go to work. I'm thankful for days like this when I don't have to decide whether to exercise. I just do it. It's easier, somehow. I think that may be a helpful mindset. Just plan on it, don't decide from day to day whether to follow through. <BR> <BR> I had to navigate a happy hour today. It's difficult because I wanted to join my co-workers, and I don't fe... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:33:44 EST Day two, off and running I am probably not going to literally run today. We just received snow overnight, and by the time it stops a total of ten inches of accumulation is expected. I might see if I can navigate a walk, but otherwise I will probably by using my resistance tubing in lieu of cardio. <BR> <BR> What I am going to do is track my calorie intake and stay within the recommeded guidelines, making sure to get my eight glasses of water and five fruits and vegetables in. It's been a long time since I have ex... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:10:16 EST Time to start again. I stepped on the scale again today. I have gained 15 pounds since I moved last January. Even though I have been overweight for years, for the first time it is affecting how I feel. I don't want my weight to limit my activities, and I don't want to become diabetic like my mom. I need to lose 60 pounds. It's time to become more active and pay closer attention to what I eat. Today I am eating as I usually do, because I want to see where I am and how bad things have become. Tomorrow I will start... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:32:11 EST