SLEEKKITTY's SparkPeople Blog SLEEKKITTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Party's Over. Yesterday I put away all Christmas decorations around the house. Why? Well, it seems that I have been having a "party in my mouth" for too long. By putting away the holiday decorations (there weren't many), I am psychologically ready to get back on track and away from the indulgence that has been bringing my weight up this month. <BR> <BR> It is back-to-reality time for me. So far, so good. No more having a couple glasses of wine, chocolate, and cookies every day. It has been two days in a r... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:51:43 EST I Am Not in a Holiday Mood and I am Venting. I spent November away and on vacation. The weather was beautiful and it was relaxing and fun. Now that December is here, I am home, where it is cold and gray. My house is in disorder with redecorating going on and things out of place everywhere. I am not putting up a Christmas tree or decorating the house for the holidays because I don't have the room for any more clutter right now. <BR> <BR> We are going to no parties. We are not having friends over. I am not shopping for gifts, and have op... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:33:41 EST What, Me Worry? I have had some trouble sleeping well and eating right. There are personal issues that i worry about, and my good intentions go out the window. <BR> <BR> When I think of my problems, I don't sleep well. And when I get exhausted from not getting sleep, I finally fall asleep during the day and throw my whole healthy lifestyle out the window. <BR> <BR> Somehow I need to relax and not worry so I can get back on track. When I not stressed and have had a good nights sleep, I do well. Now how to... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:39:30 EST Does Waxing a Floor Count as Exercise? I have been busy trying to get the house in order, cleaning everything in sight. Now I am working on waxing the old style hard waxed hardwood floors in our family room. Is there an easy way to do this? Now I know why my mother stayed slim with no "exercise". <BR> <BR> I did find out a use for the old wool socks in my drawer. I put them on my feet and slide side to side to buff the floors. I think this is aerobic and have no idea how I would track this as exercise, but surely it must be! <BR... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:26:53 EST Ouch, owee, oooh, I had an accident Yesterday I tried to do an unassisted pullup on the assisted pullup machine. I folded the food rest platform out of the way and it was in front of the machine on the little wall that forms the structure of the machine. <BR> <BR> Then I proceeded to pull myself up, unassisted. My body swung forward and both knees banged the metal front wall on the machine. I did my best to hold the inner scream of pain. I never grunt or make noise when I workout, as I don't like that kind of attention. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:07:11 EST OMG! The Donut Burger! Now I've Heard Everything. I went to the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus Ohio at the State Fairgrounds last weekend to see my daughter compete. At noon, I looked for something to eat, and walked down the midway area where the food concessions are. Then I saw it. A DONUT BURGER. It is basically a burger with donuts instead of a bun. It looked horrible and the combination sounds awful. <BR> <BR> We joked among ourselves that we would buy one for anybody who wanted to eat it. Nobody took us up on our offer. One perso... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:49:48 EST Naughty Me, Went Running Yesterday The doctor who did my knee surgery doesn't want me to run. But yesterday was such a beautiful day, after days of rain, that i had to get outdoors to exercise. So i took a 6 mile run on the trail. <BR> <BR> My knee didn't hurt, as I was careful to land softly with my leg under my body and not out in front of it. I still don't hurt today. I won't push this as a regular exercise, but it felt so freeing and wonderful. <BR> <BR> Now it is back to spinning and the elliptical and weight training. ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 18:18:10 EST Day 3, October Challenge and Still Going Strong I put on a new workout outfit today to celebrate logging my food carefully. So far, so good, 3 days into my Oct challenge. <BR> <BR> I have another week to go before my husband gets back from his trip and I have only myself to look out for. I miss him, but it is so good to get the things done that i have been putting off in the house. And meals are whatever I decide to make, not what he likes too. <BR> <BR> Just me and my kitty, here enjoying the solitude. I am starting to talk to the cat,... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:17:15 EST Day 2 of October Challenge and Guilty of Indulging in.....Clothes. Oh, I know, only day 2. but I am on track with food and exercise. Sleep--still difficult to get enough of because i don't sleep well at night. But I am tracking every bite and eating well and at my goal calories. <BR> <BR> Bought lots of new workout clothes because the store had 20% off everything today and i got an addition 30% off coupon I used. <BR> <BR> OK, I over treated myself and didn't need that many new outfits. But I am going to be strict with myself and not let myself wear the ... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:28:56 EST October Goals (GOYAM TEAM) I've slipped a little lately and need a new month to get back to working my goals. <BR> <BR> Starting today, I will: <BR> <BR> Log food <BR> Spin class 3 x per week <BR> Weight training 3 x per week <BR> Get on bed on time, and get up on time <BR> Practice balance exercises daily <BR> Cardio: Minimum of 3 hours weekly (spinning) <BR> Limit carbs and emphasize protein <BR> <BR> By the end of the month, I want to weight 127 pounds <BR> Do one unassisted pullup Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:28:13 EST One Crazy Week, Bitter Sweet and Wacky! It has been a crazy week. My cat needed surgery, my daughter and son-in-law were visiting from out of town, and son-in-law had a wacky time here. <BR> <BR> Son-in-law (Bryan) missed his flight here because he lost his Blackberry and didn't want to get on the plane till he found it. He never found it, but at least he got on another flight. It was the last flight of the day, and by the time he got to my house, it was very late and we were all tired. <BR> <BR> Then his sister had to have emerg... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:59:18 EST Do I Really Want to Get There? I am so close to my goal weight. Yet I think I am resisting trying too hard to reach it. Maybe I think I will miss those moments of satisfaction at seeing a pound drop off. I have reached other goals in the past, like completing a marathon, Somehow the initial excitement wore off and I felt a little depressed. I felt, "What now?" The race is finished. I need a new goal, so I would start working a new goal of beating my time. <BR> <BR> So when I reach my goal weight, what will be my goal the... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 07:25:59 EST Oink, Oink....Yesterday Was A Disaster! I had such a bad case of "I"m starving" yesterday. My calorie intake has been not that low lately, about 1500-1800, so I don't know what happened. <BR> <BR> I think weight training is upping my appetite. Anyway, I gave in to my urges to splurge. <BR> I ate 3 ice cream cones (triple chocolate chip), a beer, a big sub bun size pulled pork sandwich, in addition to a sizable lunch and breakfast of about 400 calories each. <BR> <BR> Today I am on track, but feeling the disappointment in what I d... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:58:11 EST Sometimes Things Are Just a Little Too Convenient For My Own Good! When I joined a 10 day to stay off the scale for 10 days, I decided to put the scale out of sight for that time. I half-joked that I wasn't sure if I would remember where i had put it after the challenge was over. That old scale had been ruling my feelings and its ups and downs daily were driving me crazy. <BR> <BR> I was still looking for some credit cards that I had hidden in the house two months earlier before we went on vacation. Just in case we were robbed while we were away, I wanted ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 22:08:46 EST My New Plan With the @*!*?&#* Scale. After I completed two 10 day challenges to stay off the scale, I have decided that I am OK with weighing myself only 3 times per month. It was making me completely crazy. One day I weighed myself before exercise, then afterwards. How crazy is it to find that after I worked out I was two pounds heavier. Did I drink that much water. <BR> <BR> I have decided that from now on, I will weigh myself only on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month. (OK, November and February will permit me to use the... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:34:50 EST New Challenges and A Shameless Admission I started Yoga and Spinning Classes the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Spinning: I like this class, with its pumping music and energy. I go at it so hard that it can wiped me out for a day or two. I must moderate my effort or I will burn out. That's hard to do for me, a competitive person with a type A personality, but I think that would be in my best interest. My reward for sticking it out for the month will be spinning shoes. <BR> <BR> Yoga: Whoa, that is hard for me, with my balance is... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:54:24 EST Pilates Report: The First Time. I did some checking the day before class to see what I need to bring. Answer: nothing, as the gym provides mats, pilates balls, yoga blocks (to use if one is not flexible to reach a position without a little extra height), blankets (to cushion the knees or tush if needed) and wipes to clean the mat after use. <BR> <BR> The same room was used for Yoga classes. It had fabric-draped ceilings, some candle lights (the kind without real flame), soft music, low lighting, and a beautiful hardwood f... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:15:31 EST When Somebody Notices. I was in the coffee shop yesterday and saw a friend whom I haven't seen for quite awhile. She said to me, "Wow, you look fit." Nobody has given me a compliment lately, and I have been wondering how I was doing, considering that I am doing a "stay off the scale for 10 days" challenge. <BR> <BR> That made my day. Most of my friends see me more frequently, and I'm sure my slow weight loss has not been noticeable. Should I need to hear words like that? I should be more confident in myself to kno... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 17:00:04 EST Hot, Lazy, and Indulging Myself with No Guilt. Just got home from an evening out with the hubby. It was over 95 degrees today, with high humidity. We had a storm with a funnel cloud spotted, and some heavy winds at the place where we were. Everyone was herded inside to shelter themselves--a little scary. <BR> <BR> On the way home. we noticed that it was very dark and we could see no lights in the houses. Tree limbs were down and leaves were strewn all over. <BR> <BR> We got home safely and had power on at home, but I can still hear ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 23:22:35 EST Will Curiosity Kill The (Sleek) Kitty???????? Day 3 of the 10 day challenge to keep off the scale. <BR> Get up in the morning and automatically look for the scale--GONE because I temporarily hid it for the duration of this challenge. Every time I go into the bathroom, I automatically look for the scale. <BR> <BR> I haven't cracked--yet! Keep wondering, am I losing weight? Patience, patience stay with me. <BR> <BR> On a different note, I am continuing to track every bite on the nutrition tracker, and having been faithful to stay within ... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 14:39:51 EST Some Things are Harder Than You Think! Reality Check. Today I tried Yoga for the first time. I entered the class with no clue of what to do and I asked somebody what equipment I should pick up. She said to pick up a mat, 2 foam blocks, a pilates ball, and a blanket. <BR> <BR> O.K. Ready! The blanket is incase I need more cushion for my knees when kneeling. No nap! <BR> <BR> We start the class. Holy Crap! I thought Yoga was relaxing, meaning easy. We did no chanting, but the class had us holding difficult poses: planks, warrior, downward dog. ... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:25:59 EST Day 8 Tracking Every Bite It's 8:45 pm and I'm a little under the top of my calorie range for the day. I had a good workout today with weights for 30 minutes and elliptical for 45 minutes. That included some tough 1 minute intervals. Very satisfied with that today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went over my range a little with the birthday party for my grandson, so i am now on track again. <BR> <BR> Today I joined the 10 days without weighing myself challenge. I need to do this. I had been trying to do this and managed 5 da... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 20:50:08 EST Day 7 Tracking all Food I made it. One whole week. Tracked everything. <BR> <BR> Little problem today: I went over my calorie range by about 200, due to the birthday party for my grandson. I had some wine and a few chips, and a beer. (But no cake! ) <BR> <BR> Two more weeks to the end of my 3 week tracking contract with myself. I think I have lost weight, as my clothes feel a little looser. Could it be? After only a week? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be more careful to stay in range. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:34:21 EST Day 6 Tracking Every Bite on Spark Still within my calorie range. I have about 100 calories to play with to reach the top end of my calorie range. I have been keeping to my goal to track daily and keep within my range. <BR> <BR> It's been a long week. I'm usually hungry. Oh, well, I guess I can't easily trick my body. It knows there is a calorie deficit. Well, get used to it, body. You may as well stop trying too tempt me. JUST AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. <em>20</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 19:11:08 EST Day 5, Tracking all Food on Spark Here it is, 10 pm. I have returned from our evening out. Yes, I did follow my plan and stick to what I planned to order. Oh, I am a still a little hungry, but it will be time for bed soon. I like to think of hunger as the fat cells screaming bloody murder as they leave my body. So good bye to a little more fat! <BR> <BR> I hope that soon I will get used to eating less and not be so aware of that subtle hunger. I guess the body is so smart that it knows when it is in calorie deficit, which is... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 22:23:50 EST Day 4 Track all Food on Spark Here it is, almost 9 PM. so far so good: still in my calorie range. I am not going to weigh myself until the last day in July. The scale can be deceiving, and for me the very early loss is mostly water weight. <BR> <BR> I measured my waist today, and it was an inch down. The tape measure will be my only gauge of my progress until the end of July. <BR> <BR> I guess those handfuls of pecans I put into my oatmeal daily really contained a lot more calories than I thought. Now I resist eating be... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 20:58:00 EST Day 3, Posting all Food On Spark Boy, I was eating more calories than I realize. It is a wakeup call to get on track with my food. <BR> <BR> I went over by about 125 calories today. I guess that's not too bad, considering how many more calories I must have been taking in before tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm hungry-not starving, but hungry. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a long 3 weeks. I hope it gets easier to eat less as time goes by. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 22:05:08 EST Day 2, Tracking all food on Spark I need to get tough with myself. I have not lost weight in weeks, so for the next 3 weeks, I will track EVERYTHING I eat. It is only the second day, and I am getting used to the process quickly. It does make one start to really think about what goes from hand to mouth. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 19:10:14 EST Race Report: Peachtree 10K It has been a week since the 10K, I wasn't sure how well I would run, with my knee problems. It was the first attempt at running in 13 months. I concentrated on putting my leg down gently and without too much impact, and I felt no pain during the race. However, it did slow my pace considerably. But remaining uninjured was a more important goal, and I didn't want my pride get the best of me. I managed a 13 mile an hour pace for the 6.2 miles and didn't need to walk, except for a few steps to ... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:15:34 EST Am I Ready? I'll Soon Find Out. I will leave for Atlanta tomorrow. My family will meet me at the airport and we'll have a few days before the Peachtree 10K on July 4. It will be a great time, and the anticipation is building. <BR> <BR> We will go the race expo on July 3, pick up our numbers, and look at the merchandise. Then off to see the Braves play. It is an afternoon game, so we will get a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> It isn't everyday that one runs with 55,000 runners in the largest 10K in the country. It is a part... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 01:47:06 EST Knee, Consider Yourself Warned! Exercise has been reduced this week due to problems with knee pain. I had to skip three days of activity and baby my knee, since it hurt to bend it at all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the gym with the attitude that I would try the elliptical at a slow pace and see how much it hurt, promising myself that if it hurt a lot that i would STOP. I do tend to be compulsive, and I know that I can overdo things, so stopping sometimes takes discipline. <BR> <BR> So I got on the ellliptical. The kn... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:42:34 EST Gearing Up for the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. I'm gearing up to do the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta on July 4. This will be the 8th year for me to do this with my family, and with 55,000 of my "closest friends." <BR> <BR> It is fun, but it makes for a very long day. I get up at 4:00 am to get the train to go downtown, and usually get back to my family's house in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> My running will be slower this year, due to knee problems and having to crosstrain more than run this year. But with the huge crowd and some hills and heat... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:24:21 EST You Can Do It. Determination is All It Takes. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 16:33:15 EST Time to Downshift into a Lower Gear! I had such lofty goals with my exercise. But my body is rebelling. I think it's the intensity of the exercise that is my undoing. <BR> <BR> Every time I go to the gym, I go all out on the elliptical machine and do intense intervals. I was also doing weights on the same day, so as to maximize my time there. But this week I have been feeling so exhausted that I think it is interfering with my daily energy, and also with sleep at night. <BR> <BR> This week, I took Monday and Tuesday off comple... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:37:08 EST Ditching the Protein Powder, After reading on Spark an article on heavy metals found in protein powders, I no longer feel comfortable using them. I loved it in my oatmeal and used it for a coffee creamer, too. <BR> <BR> So I am making a big turkey today. There will be lots of protein for several days. Now, what can I do about breakfast protein. Turkey in my oatmeal doesn't sound appetizing. I put nuts in oatmeal, but there is more fat than protein in those and I have to limit my nuts. Eggs? Trying to avoid too much chol... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 10:48:41 EST My Reward This Month; It's Set in Stone! We live in an area with lots of nice wineries. At one winery there is a big stone table they call the Heritage Table. It is a big flat stone top with a rock for a base. A stone engraver will, for a reasonable fee, engrave several of lines on it. The phrase? Well, it has a special meaning to us only. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be cool to have our names, wedding date, and a short phrase put on it. So we had it done, as a reward for working hard at getting fit during the winter months. We a... Wed, 26 May 2010 08:55:22 EST I'm Eating Chia. Yup, Cha,cha,chia. My sister who works at the Cleveland Clinic told me about Chia seeds. The Clinic sells these in their health food store. They are the same seeds as sold with the Chia Pet, but don't the seeds that come with the "pet", as they may not grown for purity. <BR> <BR> They don't have any taste, just a little crunch. <BR> Chia expands up to ten times its size and weight, and makes me feel full. It's also a source of Omega 3. <BR> <BR> When I cook, I use them to thicken food that are little too thi... Sat, 22 May 2010 12:11:25 EST Shop Till You Drop--Pounds, That Is. I need to do some less intense exercise on some days of the week. I have been working too hard, I think, and often have no energy after a workout or the next day. That needs to change. I need to listen to what my body is telling me. <BR> <BR> So have plans this weekend to find some community garage sales where there many houses participating, and where I can walk from one to the other. I saw one advertised where over 60 families are participating. <BR> <BR> I will take money with me and l... Tue, 18 May 2010 19:33:13 EST No, I AM NOT Wearing a Biggest Loser Shirt! I used to work out at the "Y" several days a week. The physical director was on my case about my smoking. I went the Mother's Morning Out programs, with the wish to look good and be slim and trim. Health? That was incidental. Appearance was much to me at that point of life. I was young enough to think that serious health problems happened to older people, and I didn't worry that anything serious would happen to me. <BR> <BR> The director said to me, "You are an athlete. Smoking is harmful to... Mon, 17 May 2010 21:38:27 EST With friends like these, who needs enemies? I was surprised to see an old friend in the coffee shop. She saw me first and came over to say "hello". We used to be best of friends years ago, but have drifted apart as our lives and interests took different directions. <BR> <BR> The the next thing out of her mouth was, "Have you been ill?" She wondered if I had cancer, because I looked so thin. <BR> <BR> Wow, just when I was feeling and thinking that I looked great. I didn't know what to say, so I mentioned that my doctor thought that m... Sat, 15 May 2010 15:49:07 EST