SLOWANDSTEADY06's SparkPeople Blog SLOWANDSTEADY06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Changes I need to make. . . Change for this week. . .no sodas (diet or otherwise)! I have to accept that neither are good for me and can easily derail my attempt at a more healthy lifestyle. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:26:10 EST High Blood Pressure I have recently learned that I have high blood pressure. That scares me a lot. It started with headaches (I never get headaches!). I went to my doctor and my blood pressure was high. He gave me samples of medication to try, which I didn't take. My blood pressure is never high, I thought. This is some fluke from that guy that stressed me out on the way over here, I thought. So life went on. Last week we had a health fair at work and it read high again. The nurse showed me that I was w... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:50:18 EST Ketogenic Diet I decided to try the keto life to see if it is sustainable for me. I researched it to death and I really liked what I found. Granted, I've only done this for a week now, but I haven't felt hungry and had no cravings. I don't have the symptom of the "keto flu" I read about everywhere. While I can't say that I have an over-abundance of energy, I'm not sluggish. From what I've read, the energy will come in a week or two. I used my keto test strips today and found that I am in the "moderate... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:22:09 EST Addiction Addiction is a powerful and scary thing. I have an addictive personality and I always have to be addicted to something. Luckily, I figured this out early on, and while I am unable to NOT be addicted to something, I'm lucky in that I never did illegal or prescription drugs, knowing I would love the, and knowing I would be addicted to them. So I never did and I never will and I dodged that bullet. <BR> <BR> That said, I was addicted to alcohol for a while and had to give that up. When I ga... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:37:39 EST WOW! This is a first. . . I'm not hungry! What?? you say? Yes, you read right. I'm not hungry! I'm at the end of week one and I'm down 4 pounds and 1.25 inches (total body). Okay, it's water weight, but so what? I'M DOWN! And I'm not hungry. I actually stayed on plan this weekend (except for some cookies, which I copped to, because who am I kidding when I'm not honest with my tracker?). I'm down and I'm dedicated. <BR> <BR> I was eating for the sake of eating. I wasn't necessarily hungry, I just wanted to e... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:22:56 EST Here we go. . .AGAIN! I'm not sure how many times I've said that in my life, but I'm getting a bit tired of it. I have NEVER reached my goal weight, but I'm determined to do it this time. I've gotten close once (in 2010), but never actually made it. THAT'S GOING TO CHANGE!!! I'm back at it. Doing Medifast and T25 and hoping for the best. <BR> <BR> What's different this time? My life is changing quite a bit. My children are growing up (16 and 19. . .how the heck did that happen???) and I'm pushing 50 year... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:44:39 EST A Shout-Out to My Baby Boy I have to give a shout-out to my baby boy. (My baby boy will be 15 this month.) He is my greatest supporter as well as my greatest cheerleader. Out of everyone in my family, he's the one that keeps me on track. My mom (who always says that double-digit clothes sizes is sacrilege) says that I'm doing well, but then tries to push food on me (she's currently a size 2, which stresses her out, because her size 0s don't fit anymore). My husband really doesn't care. He says that he doesn't car... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:55:53 EST Decision made. . .Tummy tuck here I come! I finally took the plunge! I went to the plastic surgeon last week and I've scheduled a tummy tuck. Now, before you jump on the "what are you doing" bandwagon, let me tell you my story. <BR> <BR> Technically I need to lose 20 more pounds. That would be my "ideal" weight (though it still puts me in the "overweight category" on the BMI charts. . .but that's for another blog). I have always been an "apple" shape. I have always had a belly. Even before I had two c-sections, the belly was h... Fri, 3 May 2013 14:22:58 EST Wow! You get a lot done with you get up early! Needless to say, I am not a morning person. Now, if you need something done in the middle of the night, I'm your gal! But this morning, an amazing thing happened. I got up at 6:30. And rather than be a slug, I got started on my day. I finished all the laundry, fixed breakfast, went grocery shopping, ran a few errands I have been meaning to run, stained two (small) pieces of furniture that have been sitting here for like six months, filed a tax return and it's only 4:45! <BR> <BR> WHO K... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:47:26 EST I want to be a Success Story!!! Good morning all! Today I was cruising around SparkPeople and I always stop on the Success Stories. They kinda help me out in that they make me feel like there's hope. And since I'm "almost" at the half-way point (1.2 pounds away. . .yay!!!), it makes me feel like there is a chance I could actually make it to goal! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking it's highly unlikely I would ever be featured in a Success Story on SparkPeople. But I want to be a Success Story in my life. That would work for me. ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:52:05 EST A cool thing One of the things that is really cool for me about losing a bit of weight (and I know this sounds dorky, but here goes anyway) is that I can feel my breastbone. Who knew I had one? If I ever felt in that area before, it was just soft and mushy. But, who knew. . .there's a breastbone there! How cool is that! And that means that my shelf is gone. You know the one, right under your breasts, where you keep the remote control when you're watching TV? THAT shelf. So now I lose the remote co... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:18:41 EST Milestone fail!!! Man, oh, man! Sometimes you just gotta wonder about yourself. I reached my mini-goal of 20 pounds lost last week. Does that give me motivation to keep going? Apparently not! Forgive me SparkPeople, because I have sinned. While not a MAJOR sin, it is sinning nonetheless. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> I am doing the Medifast diet. I know this is a difficult lifestyle and certainly not a long-term solution. The plan is (yes, there is a plan, right or wrong) to get the first hunk off throug... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:13:10 EST Milestone Reached!!! FINALLY! I hit my first "mini-goal." At the beginning of week 8, I have managed to lose 20 pounds! Sadly, I don't feel any different. You would think 20 pounds makes a difference, but apparently you hit a point in your weight when 20 pounds is just 20 pounds. So naturally, I ask my boys, who are brutally honest at every turn, "do I look any different?" (Yes, I know what you are thinking right now. . .don't ask them, just don't! And yet, I did.) So, like I said, I can count on them to ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:24:48 EST A test. . . Okay, I'm going to share my woes here, since it appears that no one really reads my blogs, so what the heck. I was sorely tested this week with my diet. It has been an absolutely rough week. While my diet has not gone perfectly this week because of the chaos in my life, it has gone okay. I got a call from my mother's doctor's office on Tuesday that I needed to come pick her up and take her to the emergency room. Let's just say it went south from there. Usually stress makes me eat. Tha... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 18:42:03 EST LOVE Billy Blanks Okay, so I pulled my Billy Blanks Bootcamp Elite out of the junk pile. And lo and behold. . .two of the three DVDs hadn't even been opened yet! Go figure! A couple of my coworkers force me to go to the workout room three days a week with them, so I've been doing Elliptical and a SparkPeople 10 minute something three days a week. Let me just note that they are TOTALLY DOING THIS FOR ME! Am I not the luckiest person around to have coworkers who care enough to take 40 minutes out of their ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:07:13 EST What do skinny people do? Good afternoon all! <BR> <BR> On Monday's weigh-in, I had lost another 2 pounds. 7 in two weeks! Woo hoo! At least I feel like I'm getting somewhere. I have to say, I hope I'm in the right place in my life to keep this up. It's been fairly easy so far (half way through my second week), but only time will tell. <BR> <BR> So, last night I was watching a movie and I had my blipper (okay, remote control to most people!) on my "shelf." You know, when your stomach is so big that when you're... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:19:27 EST Hey! My ticker moved! And the first week is done! Five pounds down (yes, I know it it water weight, but who the heck cares? IT'S FIVE POUNDS!). I got to see the ticker move. Woo hoo! Sadly, that's the most excitement I've had in a while! <BR> <BR> The first week went pretty well. I exercised five days and stayed, mainly, on plan. I did have an eye-opening experience last night, though, that I need to share. My husband took me to the movies yesterday. (Broken City - Mark Wahlberg, need I say more?) We we... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:18:55 EST Where the heck is my collar bone???? Did I mention another one of my goals? It is to find my collarbone! i was never really good in anatomy class, but I feel fairly certain that everyone has one. I'm sure I have one too, I just have absolutely no recollection of where i left it! i saw it once when I was younger. Where did it go? So, that's one of my goals, to find my collarbone. To have a dainty necklace rest on that collarbone. I mean, is that really too much to ask?!?! <BR> <BR> Here's to sticking to the diet, exercis... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:15:48 EST Changes happen. . .just not all at once! I have finally learned a lesson (I think? I hope? We'll see!). I try to change everything in a week. Suddenly, I'm going to eat healthier, I'm going to work harder, my house is going to be clean, I'll be the perfect mother, the children will be perfect, the white picket fence will spring up and all will be well. <BR> <BR> Yeah, right! I'm obese, the job sucks, my house is filthy (and starting to freak me out a little, if I may be honest), I'm not even in the running for the "Mother of t... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 12:57:53 EST My first blog! SparkPeople vs. Medifast communities So here I am, new to the blogging world, starting again to try to be healthy and just hoping to survive to tell the tale! I am starting my "journey" (gawd, I hate that word. . .need to find another) this week to better health, better life, better me. Not asking for much, huh? As for diet, I'm going to do Medifast again. I did this in 2009/2010, and lost quite a bit of weight. Which, of course, I subsequently gained back. But I'm going to be better this time, I swear! <BR> <BR> A friend... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:51:16 EST