SMORECAMPING's SparkPeople Blog SMORECAMPING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yup I got this.... So I am feeling better...still no answers completely yet on my health issues but taking advantage of feeling more like myself. I got great exercise in this week running, biking and walking and it all started to spark my goal thoughts again. Like wouldn't it be awesome if I could run a 5k in each state. Ok well that isn't going to happen anytime soon. But I did come up with maybe running a 10K next year and maybe climbing Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. That would be great! But for all... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:22:34 EST A bit stalled.... My life revolves around my kids and this is fair week...we are completely immersed in the fair, we spend usually 8-12 hours per day there each day while fair is running about 1 week. So right now I am off my routine and really have found I am behind with exercise or at least the intensity of exercise I use to be able to maintain. I also have an undefined medical issue that is also getting in the way of my running lately and I find I mentally get down about this. The "flare" I get with my ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 21:44:59 EST Picking by day... I am feeling a bit least I am walking regularly again. Today I will see if I can do a bit more in the afternoon. MD ordered some medical testing just to be sure of where things are at but I really feel that my allergy shots may be triggering my fatigue and GI sensitivity. Testing will tell. In the meantime...I will plan to eat well to support my health and get in any exercise I can. Here's to day by day....but back to 5k training is the goal. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:49:15 EST A bit discouraged but planning to kick it to the curb... Every time I start a real plan for my health it seems my health throws me a curve ball. No excuses here its actual my body has some issue and I get derailed with pain for a few days. I just have to remember that overall I get more days than not that I can kick but. So whenever I hear that negative talk coming into my brain...I have to really pay attention so I can throw a positive thought right at it. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>364</em> <em>363</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:02:25 EST Paleo day 1 Started the Paleo Lifestyle today: <BR> Breakfast 2 scrambled eggs with spinach, mixed fruit (berries, grapes, banana) <BR> Snack almonds <BR> Lunch lettuce wrap with applegate farms ham and avocado <BR> Peach mini sweet peppers 4 oz diet soda (I know not paleo) <BR> Snack mini sweet peppers, 1 tsp almond butter, 8 black berries <BR> Dinner portabello mushrooms layered with fresh tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella ( I know mozzarella is not paleo) cooked in olive oil <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:23:37 EST Need to get serious...exercising but eating is not what it should be. I gained 2 lbs....this isn't really a big deal except the truth is that I am not exercising the way I use to, I am eating a lot of chocolate and I just feel run down and older. Yes there it is all out on the table...I could continue to sugar coat it ...or not and just get on with a better feeling life. I know what I need to do and the first thing I decided to do was get back in touch with spark people. I know I can accomplish now I'm going to get started! <BR> <BR> <em>386... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:15:54 EST Counting down the days til I can start running again... I have about another 3 weeks before I can start running again due to medical reasons. I so miss the running and because I do not have a treadmill now I had been training on an elliptical...not as much fun as the actual running outside. 3 more weeks ....I must stay sane. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 06:31:37 EST Looking forward to training for a Spartan Race...bring on the power! Well I am currently about a month away from being able to continue my training for a Spartan Race. I've had to take a few weeks off due to medical reasons but I really look forward to resuming my exercise. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:34:58 EST Feeling a bit of a lull Well I am feeling a bit of a lull in my exercise and healthy eating habits. I am having a harder time getting my morning exercise now that school has started and find I am reluctant to exercise indoors yet. Its been a bit rough and instead of eating healthier to balance the exercise lull I am eating crappy again. So tomorrow I plan to get a good bike ride in and eat better (no chocolate). <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:13:58 EST Got my tools together 2012 bring it on.... <BR> <BR> I am getting ready to bring myself back to my fitness energy state. You know that point where you feel have energy that doesn't quit, you feel the strength building, you feel the pride of knowing you are taking care of yourself and you know you are exuding positive energy. This time I have to take it to the next level. I have to tackle my addiction to chocolate, no I am serious I am a complusive chocolate eater. So I have my tools in place: ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:34:34 EST Manageable, doable, be flexible and be positive... So I have been sick on and off since Wednesday and I am missing my exercise. Actually before this my regular walking partner has been unable to walk (we walk on our treadmills and talk hands free on our cell phones 5 days per week) for about 2 weeks now and I finished the wii active 30 day challenge recently and this all has snowballed to "not my usual active self". I truly miss it, mostly I miss the energy I was feeling and I miss the "level headed feeling" it gave me. So today mid-day I ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 14:59:36 EST Too busy to totally spark... Well work has had me very busy. I have been spending more nights doing research as my work has become more challenging. I welcome the challenges (most of the time) but find its taking time to brush up to do the best job I can. I find that my faith and surrounding myself with positive people, music, and messages really strengthens me. So as a result I am not tracking my nutrition which means I am goofing off on my eating somewhat. Still I stay within my new eating awareness perspective ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:39:20 EST Better fitness level = happiness Well my weight has not changed, which also means I have not gained...I can live with that for now. I am reaping the benefits however of improved fitness and this is what I am experiencing: <BR> <BR> 1. Improved energy level. I actually need less sleep 6 hrs vs 8 hrs. <BR> 2. Can walk briskly up the 4 flights of stairs at work with no breathlessness. <BR> 3. Better flexibility especially in my hips where I was having pain before. <BR> 4. Improved muscle tone...all over, legs, arms and ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 20:34:46 EST I vow to step out of the family drama....again So like many families there is drama. My immediate family is great you know the usual rushing out the door, the kids fighting with each other and cranky kids at bedtime but a piece of cake compared to my extended family. I am the oldest of 5 ...that should be enough said already. Well again I must re-assert my boundries and decide the following: <BR> <BR> 1. To do what I can to help my siblings but also honor my household family needs. <BR> 2. Is my sibling even benefitting from my help... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 13:05:39 EST I'm still sparked...but I had a bad week I've been a bit off this past week. Thursday the 15th was B day for me...not my birthday but the day I finally followed my doctors advice to take my first Boniva injection for osteoporosis. Unfortunately I had a bad reaction to it and ended up with bone pain and muscle stiffness like crazy. I also ended up having flu symptoms again a reaction to the Boniva. So after having to modify my exercise this week and talking to my doctor we both agreed no more Boniva for me. For now I will conti... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:12:22 EST Being committed... NOT EASY <BR> TAKE A STAND <BR> COURAGE <BR> ONLY YOU CAN CHANGE YOU <BR> BE THE CHANGE <BR> <BR> My Team leader just sent me a kick in the pants and this is what I got from it. Now I commit to 5 lbs weight loss before the holidays and to stay there through the holidays. Doable, yes with the slogans above my regular exercise which I have committed to since daylight savings time Yayyy and now I must commit my nutrition to the same goal if I want to lose. I have been maintaining but I reali... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:40:59 EST Again...stressed Well I am getting the what the heck attitude because I am a bit stressed. Trying to get to be sure the kids are off to school, getting to work on time, then getting the family something to eat thats nutritious before heading out after school and work to soccer and 4h. We are now booked nights M, Tues, Thurs, and then Sat mornings and Sun mornings. Well this is just tail spin me. Once I get use to the routine it will be just fine. Gee maybe I should make taking care of myself better par... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:58:01 EST I'll be back .... Well I'm not too sure whats going on I am going off a bit on my nutrition and haven't been tracking daily. But today I exercised well...I did 30 mins of lower body bowflex workout and then walked for 60 mins. Now I have to get my nutrition tracking going consistently again. So its not all bad ...but I have to say I have veared away from my nutrition committment but I will be back. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is doing well! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:05:08 EST No exercise today... Well today I had to not exercise. I flared out all night with my 2 autoimmune being celiac. Somewhere I got a gluten bomb...hate when that happens. But anyway I had a painful, restless night so I decided not to get up and exercise afraid I would aggravate my current state which was better then last night but I was not quite up to my usual energy level. Tomorrow is a new day. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 18:04:04 EST Ok I could not do it... I could not give up the chocolate...I posted Wednesday that I would be giving it up but by Friday I had some. Today as well I had a mini DQ blizzard with chocolate ice cream and reese's pb cups. I have been going over my calories too usually by less then 250 or so but all in all I need to pull it together. Its when I am with my family out having a celebration or eating out I find the most difficulty. But I really need to bite the bullet and get real. Ughhhhhh! <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 21:36:54 EST Chocolate and I are not friends <em>493</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well I am addicted to chocolate...everyone who knows me well knows this. When my hubby now and I got engaged and my Dad had an engagement party for us my Mother-in-law to be bought us a gift as a couple but for me personally she bought me a winne the pooh candy jar filled with chocolate kisses. Thats saying something huh. <BR> <BR> For 3 years I tried to give up chocolate for lent and I could not do it that is until last year...I actually did it. A... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:47:49 EST Managed a good day today. I did well today. I started eating the mini chocolate chip morsels today but didn't get crazy like I did yesterday...Yayyyy! I was going to do some zumba for wii today but DH and I worked on some furniture moving and decorating in the house today while Hurricane Irene was dumping heavy rain and wind outside. I plan to workout in the morning ...outside walk if its not raining otherwise I will be walking on my treadmill and then I plan to use my bowflex. All is well in Smorecampingville LOL... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:55:15 EST Being too hard on myself and too involved with stress. Well I have been hard on myself the last few days...stressing out about my not so healthy food choices but I have managed to stay within my limits. So I decided not to worry about it so much and to just do what I can within the stress bubble I'm in. And as far as that stress bubble well I can do something with that too...I can stop giving it so much attention. I can decide that there is only so much I can do and and that I can not take responsibility for things that are not my responsibili... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:46:48 EST Catch up day! Well its official I finally feel caught up. I have even started packing for our camping trip on Thursday...Yayyy! <BR> <BR> <em>201</em> <em>434</em> <em>134</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:41:52 EST Stress is building but I can keep it in perspective. So after posting an "on the verge of a nervous breakdown" blog post the other day I was able to gain some perspective. First I deleted the blog post LOL . Then I decided that I can be supportive but not become responsible for other peoples issues. I will remember all the positive parts of my own life and continue to be grateful for the little and big things I have in my life...such as my husband and children. I also have a job I really like doing even though I can get overwhelmed with the ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 20:12:31 EST Stressful day at work Stressful day at work today...followed by a bit of a chocolate splurge. Will do better in the morning and just remember my personal boundries when it comes to needing to say No at work when I really need to. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:04:00 EST Need to firm up my Spark plan So I weighed myself once and I lost a pound. I have no real planned weigh in day but from now on I will weigh myself on Thursdays. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I also need to really stick to my calories and closer to the lower range about 1500 calories. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I would also like to add in the strength training faithfully twice a week and add a spark 30 min workout once a week. <em>104</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:13:27 EST