SMARTPOET06's SparkPeople Blog SMARTPOET06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 42 - 06/24/17 Still going strong, although not so much this week. Still have tracked all food and drinks. Ate a few things that were high calorie or high fat (fried potatoes, hamburger, sherbert). Today was the first day I have exercised all week. Just did not have it in me. Today was weigh-in day. Figured I would have gained due to some eating choices, and no exercise. But...I lost 1.8 lbs!!! Just think what I could have accomplished if I had really stayed on track!! Went to the gym today and it ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:23:41 EST Day 35, 06/17/17 Another great week. Had my weigh in this morning. Gained .2 lbs, but I am ok with that. Still going strong with eating healthy and exercising. Although I did have pizza this week. Had an appointment yesterday morning with a personal trainer at the gym to set up a program for me. Kicked my butt!! Was so exhausted afterwards. But it was a good kind of exhaustion. Did not think I was sooo much out of shape! Had to take a nap when I got home. Still went to bed early and slept over 10 hou... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:07:35 EST Day 29, 06/11/17 It gets pretty hot here in southern Texas. In the 90s and 100s every day, then factor in the humidity and it just gets too hot to go outside. Have still been doing my walks around my park, but it has been difficult because of the heat. <BR> <BR> Today I was sitting on the couch watching TV, and knew I would spend the day being a cough potato. I had thought about giving up my walks because it is too exhausting with the high temps. Have to walk after 8 pm when it is cooler, and that makes ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 21:22:24 EST Day 28, 06/10/17 Has been a great week. Have tracked all food, weighing and measuring everything, and continued with exercising, increasing my walking around my park. And the results shows all my hard work...lost 1.4 pounds!! Proud of myself! Looking forward to another successful week! Life is good!! Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:29:35 EST Day 23 and still working it Still having healthy meals and getting in my exercises. Life is good! Tue, 6 Jun 2017 22:00:11 EST Day 21 - should be a habit now Another sleepy day, guess that is what weekends are for! <BR> <BR> Decided to get my walk in early today, so after I did a few things around the house, I had my protein smoothie for breakfast and went for my walk. It was 94 out at about 9:30 this morning, with no breeze, which is unusual. There is always a breeze here in Southern Texas! Extremely hot, but I finished my walk in about 45 minutes. Didn't take any water with me and that was a big mistake. Felt like jumping in the pool as I ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 22:34:19 EST Day 20 - not much going on Usually get up around 7 am. Today when my eyes opened and saw the clock it was 10:30...never sleep that late!! Felt like I could continue sleeping, but got up and had my coffee. Made breakfast of 2 scrambled eggs with onion and green pepper, 1 piece of whole grain toast, 2 pieces of bacon. Then turned on the TV, laid on the couch, and fell back asleep at about 12:30 pm! My body must have really been tired, or else I am getting sick. Hope that is not the case. Woke up at 7:15 pm, had a ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 21:31:12 EST Day 19 and loving it! Did not want to have a repeat of yesterday, meaning no motivation and wanting junk food. I believe the Good Lord answered my prayers, as I woke up this morning full of motivation and excitement for another day! <BR> <BR> Had breakfast of coffee and protein smoothie. <BR> <BR> Lunch was leftover chicken, green pepper, hard boiled egg. <BR> <BR> Dinner was yogurt, blueberries, hard boiled egg, cheese, walnuts. <BR> <BR> Calories eaten was 1207, calories burned was 500, so far have over 8,0... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 22:43:24 EST Day 18 of my new beginning Today is Day 18 of my fresh start of getting fit and healthy. After the first few days, I quit tracking my food, as I once again, found it too tedious. But then I realized that if I was serious in changing my eating habits, that I had to know what and how much I ate, which meant weighing and tracking every morsel that I put in my mouth. So I started tracking again after about 3 or 4 days of not doing it. I dutifully weigh and measure everything I eat, no more just guessing. <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 00:09:46 EST 05/31/17 - doing it just for me Throughout the years I have been a yo-yo dieter. So many times I have tried to lose weight, not because I wanted to, but because I was made to feel like I had to. It was very hurtful to be told by my husband (now ex) that I was too heavy and needed to lose weight. The comments he would say really cut to my core, and now, even after more than 15 years, those words still hurt. My second husband (now ex) also said things about my weight. One day I came home with a new shorter haircut. I love... Wed, 31 May 2017 21:01:24 EST back on track today Good day for food choices and good day for exercising. Knew I would get myself back on track after two days "off" the healthy food wagon! <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 May 2017 23:30:04 EST didn't work as I planned Well...yesterday's "anything" day seems to have backfired on me! Today I went to my community Memorial Day potluck lunch and did not make good choices. Then for dinner I ate more pizza, and some pretzels. Still stayed within my calorie range, but food choices were mostly bad. So today was not a good day for eating healthy, but I did get my exercises in!! <BR> <BR> Not going to beat myself up over today. Tomorrow is a fresh start and I will get back on track. Mon, 29 May 2017 22:43:08 EST My anything day Realizing that I am now controlling food, and food is no longer controlling me, I needed to set up an "anything day", which will be on Sundays. Some call it a cheat day. To me cheat means that it is going against the rules so to speak. Since my journey to get fit and healthy is a lifestyle change, and not just a diet, there are no hard and fast rules for me, other than to do my best each day. If I were to severely restrict or not allow certain foods then I know I will start to feel depr... Mon, 29 May 2017 00:06:18 EST exercise is interfering with my beauty sleep Weighed in today. Gained .2 lbs. But I am guessing that is maybe the start of building up my muscles. Eating has been very good this week. But I am fine with it since I know I have done well this past week both with eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> Normally get my exercise in with Spark videos on my computer in my home office. Wanted to be able to exercise in my living room since it has more floor space, so I spent several hours today trying to hook up my little DVD player to my TV and to... Sat, 27 May 2017 23:38:04 EST sweatin' to the oldies...ME As I sit here with sweat dripping from my brow, I have to admit that yes, I am getting older! At 62, I find most exercise to be somewhat of a challenge. My body is no longer flexible and limber, and does not adapt very well to what I am asking it to do. <BR> <BR> If I had only known when I was younger that being fit and healthy was really important, I would have paid a lot more attention to how I treated my body. Although, when I was a teenager in the 70s, I don't remember exercising be... Fri, 26 May 2017 19:36:26 EST this is a life journey, not a sprint race for me I have tried many "diets" and used countless other ways for counting calories and tracking food, but always have come back to Spark People. The amount of knowledge and support available on Spark People is just amazing. There is a never ending stream of videos, challenges, tips, recipes, etc.. The support from everyone is always so positive. I don't think I have ever seen a negative comment on here. We are all here to get healthier and learn from each other. I have read many blogs on thi... Thu, 25 May 2017 00:21:05 EST Starting over...again Did not think it has been 2 years since I've been on Spark People, but it has! So am starting over...again! Sometimes our lives do not turn out how we thought they would. Life changed drastically for me since the Spring of 2016. Started working from home, which was great - no more commuting. Nice to just get out of bed, turn the coffee pot on and walk into my office. Had a very unexpected divorce thrust upon me, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I am so much happier now an... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:07:13 EST Day 15 Everything was going great...up until today...Met up with a large deer this morning on my way to work....hitting a deer at 65 mph can really mess up a car! Nothing broken on me, but I did get a little banged up and have lots of bruises, mainly from the airbag and am already sore....whole front end needs to be replaced and partial passenger side...and of course, no collision insurance since car is 8 years old, but that is okay since I am okay. Car can be fixed. Will have to drive hubby's b... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:41:30 EST Day 7 Can't get on the computer everyday but do keep track of everything on my phone. Today is day 7 of my exercise challenge for myself. Just finished my dumbbell workout for upper body and did my core exercises. No gym today. Usually don't go on the weekends as it is a 40 minute drive. <BR> <BR> Have been doing great with the exercises. Food choices can be better, but that is life...some days area better than others. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:03:17 EST Day 2 - my exercise challenge Another good day... <BR> <BR> treadmill at gym -- 196 calories burned, 2.24 miles, 47 minutes <BR> home -- hip flexor standing front crossover 2x10 <BR> squat, narrow w/ back kick 2x10 <BR> squat, basic w/side leg lift 2x10 <BR> squat, sumo 2x10 <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:18:07 EST Day 1 of my exercise challenge Was going to the gym 4 times a week and doing strength training with dumbbells at home. Then I was sick for a week, and then we were piled up with snow, then my husband was out of town for a everything stopped. Could have done the strength training still when I got home but didn't. No excuse not to, just didn't do it. <BR> <BR> Winter is over (it better be!) and I'm not sick, so there are not any reasons for me to not exercise. I so love the way I feel afterward. I just someti... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:56:09 EST Proud of Me I have surprised myself with how well I have done the last few weeks with my plan to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. There have been a few instances where the food choices I made were not very good, but at least I didn't blow it for the day! Have continued to motivate myself. I think it is getting easier to make healthy choices on what to eat. <BR> <BR> When I went grocery shopping today, the snacks I bought for the hubs are snacks that I don't like so there is no worry on my ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:50:51 EST New Year, New Start, New Me New Year, New Start, New Me... <BR> <BR> I have lost count on how many times I have tried to diet and lose weight. I keep trying and starting over and over and over. Never reaching my goal because I give up too easily after just a few weeks if I don't see results in a timely fashion. Instead of losing I give up and then the pounds continue to add up. I always got tired of eating low fat, no fat, diet food that tasted like cardboard. I wanted pizza and good stuff that made me feel better... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:14:17 EST It is working! (11/21/13) Doctor put me on the DASH Diet weight loss solution to lower my high blood pressure. Read the book and stocked up on groceries according to the meal plans. Phase 1 is restrictive in what you can eat and lasts for two weeks. I started the DASH diet on Sunday, 11/17/13. The only "cheats" I have had are not giving up my hazelnut creamer in my coffee (2 cups of coffee each morning with 1 tbsp creamer each) and eating Dannon light & fit greek strawberry yogurt. I've read countless testimonials ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:30:53 EST Monday, 11/04/13 Some days I am so good and everything goes right and other days I am just horrible and not on track at all....My best times for tracking and eating properly and healthy are at work. Once I get home it all goes out the window.....just can't seem to find my willpower or motivation or whatever it is that I am lacking. I hate to talk negatively to myself, and that is what I end up doing, which just makes me feel worse, which makes me eat the wrong foods. Feel like I am spiraling downward. <BR>... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:48:15 EST Wednesday, 10/30/13 Went to the doctor's today for my physical and annual exams. Lost 1.2 pounds since I was there last week, and my blood pressure was down! Woohoo for me!!! Have been trying to eat healthy, although this evening I didn't do too well with that. My weigh-in day is always my "anything" day, so that was today....if I have a craving for something I wait to have it on my anything day...and by the time that rolls around I have forgotten all about the craving! Works for me! <BR> <BR> Purchased th... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:04:46 EST Thursday, 10/24/13 It has been a week since I've been on SP. Have not been able to use my right hand and type...Have been having trouble with my hands the last few months and finally today saw my doctor. Have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, but right hand is the worst and now is really bad. Can't use thumb anymore and now have to wear brace until I can have surgery...makes it hard to type! Didn't realize how much we use our thumbs, something we just take for granted! From getting dressed to undoing seat... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:54:55 EST Thursday, 10/17/13 Forgot to weigh in this morning before I left for work, so will have to write myself a note to weigh tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Had a "wellness" day at work on Tuesday. One of the tests I signed up for was the blood glucose and cholesterol test. Was concerned since there is diabetes in my family and since I am overweight....actually considered obese by the medical charts...was so hoping for positive results. Well.....blood sugar was 94 and cholesterol was 179!! Woohoo for me!!! <BR> <B... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:24:19 EST Wednesday, 10/09/13 Disappointed in myself a little today....took the elevator...just did not feel like climbing up those four flights of stairs. Woke up tired. Have not been sleeping very well. My husband says something must be on my mind, but nothing is bothering me or pestering at me so I don't know what the problem is. Only thing I can think of is feel a little down....always do when it gets dark early. Hate it when I go to work in the dark and then it is dark before 7 pm! Didn't even walk today. Just ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:28:43 EST Tuesday, 10/08/13 I am really wanting a piece of that pumpkin roll I bought yesterday for my husband, but think I will have a weight watchers mini carmel bar instead. When I have a snack, I have to have the 100 calorie packs or very small packs of whatever as I have no control over portions. Last week I bought a treat for myself...a can of regular pringles...and dag gone ate nearly the whole can in a matter of, I know I can't bring them into the house. <BR> <BR> Trying to drink water, but it i... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 20:39:26 EST Monday, 10/07/13 Has been a busy few days. Saturday was at Apple Harvest Festival craft show all day with my girlfriend. Had a ball looking at all the crafts for 7 hours! My husband had his antique farm equipment display set up there so we took a few breaks to go sit with him for a few minutes and rest our weary legs...walked 4.5 miles Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday was my day of rest. Always clean house and do laundry on Sundays. So stayed home and did my chores. Played with baby kitty Lucky, who is now... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:20:35 EST Thursday, 10/03/13 Back on track today. Ate healthy and had a walk. Baby steps will get me to my goal! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:49:12 EST Beat Myself Up Day Blew it today....Had big egg order to take to work...(I raise chickens and sell the eggs) so I broke my streak and had to take the elevator this morning...kicked myself all day for that. Breakfast and lunch were good and healthy. Walked a lap on the walking path. So day was good...til I got home. Planned on making a healthy shrimp dinner. Husband wanted pancakes...need I say more?? Had two small pancakes with blueberry preserves and syrup. No protein, and then I just spiraled downward.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:20:55 EST Tuesday, 10/01/13 Wow...October 1st already! Leaves are changing. Don't know where the year has gone but they just go by too quickly anymore! <BR> <BR> Goal for October is to drink water. Got 3 cups down today...that is a start! By the end of this month I will have increased it to 8-10 cups a steps! <BR> <BR> Stairs even seemed easier today. Guess since I've done them for a month now they should be easier. Got a walk in today on morning break. Felt good to be outside. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:57:19 EST Monday, 09/30/13 One month into SP and I think overall I did pretty darn good! Have eaten more healthy meals and walked to get my steps in. Need to improve though on both eating and exercising. Will step them both up in October. <BR> <BR> My goal for September was to always take the stairs at work (work on 4th floor). I accomplished my goal so now I consider it a healthy new habit! <BR> <BR> My goal for October will be to drink 8-10 cups of water a day. This is especially important to me now that I h... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:22:24 EST Sunday 09/29/13 Ate good healthy breakfast and lunch. Then spent the afternoon at the ER due to a kidney stone. Very painful...but feel better now but worn out so going to bed early to get a good night sleep. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:28:02 EST Saturday/ 09/28/13 <em>24</em> <BR> Not a good day today. Bad choices for my eating. Fell off the healthy wagon! ate junk and did not even enjoy it. Had meals planned but did not eat them. Was out running errands, and weekends are my hardest time to stay on track. But tomorrow is another day so I am not going to beat myself up about stumbling today. Have to remember my vision board and remember my goals so I can stay on track tomorrow. I can do this and am not going to let food rule me! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:42:09 EST Friday, 09/27/13 Was another wonderful day of good healthy eating and exercising. Did splurge and had a cupcake at a team meeting to celebrate a coworker's birthday. But I had looked the calorie info up before I went to the meeting so I would know that I was spending 130 calories to eat it. And I savored every bite! Was really tired this evening but still managed to fix a healthy supper! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:04:13 EST Thursday, 09/26/13 Today was my weigh-in day....more trash to throw out....down 1.2 pounds!! Woohoo for me! I am headed in the right direction! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:29:51 EST Wednesday, 09/25/13 For the last several years I have worn a pedometer daily. Sometimes I hit the 10,000 mark, sometimes go over, lots of times get in the 5000-7000 range. Have two that I alternate with, one from weight watchers and one from Omni. But they are big and don't stay on my waistband very well. So today after work I decided that since I am so motivated, I stopped by Radio Shack and splurged on a FitBit Zip. Love that it will sync with SP and I won't have to remember to record my steps anymore. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:48:48 EST Tuesday, 09/24/13 Another successful day of staying on track...just need to step up my activities! But at least I am heading in the right direction! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:57:14 EST Monday, 09/23/13 Has been a good day. Planned my meals last night and so didn't even have to think about what to fix....that was easy! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:27:14 EST Sunday, 09/22/13 Worked 18 hours overtime this week, so today I slept in and got caught up on my sleep. Felt good! Spent about an hour last night planning my meals for this week using the Spark menu mix and match. Then went this afternoon to the grocery store to get what I needed so this week I am going to be eating healthy! Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:15:39 EST I am that magic pill.... The time has finally come to fess up and be honest with MYSELF. Writing these words down is my therapy. And putting them out there makes me vulnerable and exposes me. It is the only way I can be accountable to myself. So I will just ramble on... <BR> <BR> Oh, how we all want to lose weight. I want to get rid of mine, not lose it. I, for one, have always looked for that "magic pill" that will take the weight off effortlessly. I've dieted all of my life, tried every kind there was. Lo... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:50:34 EST Friday, 09/20/13 Felt much better today after going to bed early and getting a good night's sleep! Walked 2 laps at work on the path, which is only 1.2 miles, but it is better than not doing anything! Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:47:45 EST Trash day! Today was a good day and a not so good day. The good news....I've got trash to throw out! Woohoo! I am getting rid of .4 lbs today!! I'll get rid of any amount, big or small, as it all adds up to reaching my goal. <BR> <BR> Did not do any exercise today, and did not eat much today, except for my "comfort" food for supper....Little Ceasar's pizza. Not feeling well today, lots of folks at work are sick. So thought I'd get my post in for the day and then go to bed early. Tomorrow is a... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:38:08 EST Wednesday, 09/18/13 As I sit here I am listening to one of my favorite sounds....geese flying overhead! Love the symphony of the honking! Fall is right around the corner now, and the leaves are just starting to show some colors. My favorite season! <BR> <BR> Increased my activity today by walking around the path at work twice. My challenge for me to stay motivated and stay on track is that I am going to practice one new good healthy habit each month. September my goal is to always take the stairs instead o... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:07:45 EST out with the trash! I am not going to lose any more weight! <BR> <BR> Ha! Generally speaking, when you lose something you look for it because you need it or want it back. Like your keys, or a library book, etc. <BR> <BR> In my case, I have lost weight over and over again, only to have it come back. So now I have decided I am not going to lose it anymore...I'm going to get rid of it for good! When you have something you no longer want, like clothes, or books, or household items you get rid of them. If th... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:34:59 EST Monday, 09/16/13 I think I have given up the elevator! Walked up 4 flights of stairs 4 times today and never even thought about taking the elevator! Starting my second week of stairs only. Woohoo for me! Think I have established one new good habit! Satisfied with my food choices today. No snacking and under my calorie limit. Feel very satisfied and not hungry. Worked some overtime today to try to catch up with the workload. Will hit the bed early tonight...right after I finish my sparkcoach! <BR>... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:28:16 EST Sunday, 09/14/13 Beautiful day today, perfect fall weather! Went to church this morning. Sunday is my normal cleaning and laundry day. Was a very pleasant relaxing day. Read a few chapters of a book and watched a little football. Didn't eat too much today, under my calorie limit. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:50:20 EST