SNOOPY6180's SparkPeople Blog SNOOPY6180's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Again Well, I fell off the wagon when I was going on the business trips and not following a schedule. <BR> <BR> I've not gained, just not lost either. I'm recommitting, and working on things a bit at a time right now. <BR> <BR> First goals: 1) Drink 8 glasses of water and 2) Monitor my fitness every day (I got a fitbit! for Christmas!) <BR> <BR> After a couple weeks of those two goals that I feel they've gotten to be more of a habit, I will add eating more fruits/veggies and working out/walkin... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:40:08 EST A quick funny Something I saw in the doctor's office on a recent follow-up visit: <BR> <BR> "I'm currently on a 30 day diet. <BR> So far, I've lost 15 days." <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:38:31 EST I'm still here... Well, this year is still year of health for me, but apparently I can't juggle all the balls together yet. Still doing at least a monthly progress report here. I've missed you all, but lately been handling just what I could even just 12 hours at a time. <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> I went through wisdom tooth removal--so far, okay, but I go back to doc for follow-up, so we'll see. I was still kinda tracking through that, but more just water and veggies. When you're on soft food diet... <BR... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:35:05 EST I'm still here...2 months in So I've made some progress and had some setbacks. <BR> <BR> I've joined a couple of spark team challenges for the first time! I did the spark solution one, and I joined a couple of the 100 first steps challenges--they seemed less intimidating and more my speed. I've met some awesome people there too *waves to newer friends from there* <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> However, by poking through the forums/challenges, I end up not spending as much time looking at my "friends list" and reading all ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:32:14 EST A Stark Lesson: Listen to Your Body! There's a guy I know about ten years older than me. Always in good physical shape. Heck, in his prime, he was literally an Olympic level athlete. While diagnosed with high blood pressure, he was on medication, and otherwise in great health. <BR> <BR> He got on a super-fitness kick recently because a job change that meant more travel/less routine made him feel like he was getting too sedate. He was working out with a trainer...THEN going out and doing more exercise. A couple weeks ago af... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:34:14 EST Not a great day today... Today at work a bunch of things caught up with me. Well, let's back up. For the past week or so, I've been having some Murphy's Law stuff happening at work, and I've just felt out of control and behind for a while. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday starting to make a bit of headway, but pulled in all directions, and ended up with a last minute dinner date with a colleague from out of town. Okay, I can manage that with my plan. But with time so short, I didn't get to exercise. <em>4</e... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:20:41 EST One Month In... So, it's roughly been a month since I've been seriously on the plan, one month since I wrote my entry Mother's Day: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354290 </link> <BR> <BR> I've had my ups and downs, even had a couple days I lost my "streak" of tracking food because it was just crazy and ate out more times than I had expected to. But I kept going. This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle change and it's got to work with life! It's no... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:38:58 EST Seriously brain, how hard is it to follow the recipe? Well, I've recommitted to following more of the Solutions menu plans, because until I get a rhythm for myself of what my staples and portion sizes should be, it's easier to have some of them planned out like in the book. I figured I'd do a meal (which is for 4-6 people) and have leftovers a couple days and then try again. <BR> <BR> I'm not a bad cook! Just out of practice/not taking the time. I did the baked Mac and Cheese. It's really good, btw. Cannelini beans do NOT taste like cheese,... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:41:57 EST Trying to stop so much rocking The spirit is willing in concept, but...I cannot get into a routine yet. Thursday, I was like 300 calories over my range, yesterday was 700 under. Even when I'm in the range, my nutrition reports look like a big zig zag. I know it's good to not get the body too used to a routine so you can plateau, but I think SOME routine at this early stage would help. <BR> <BR> Of course, it doesn't help that stuff keeps happening in my life! I mean, that's a good thing--to have a life . And with a l... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:37:36 EST Slipping a bit, but trying! First, the good news. I mentioned earlier that I had my first physical in a number of years. The only thing we were waiting for was bloodwork. I got the results in the mail today. I'm normal for everything including cholesterol (which doc was worried about--although I'm only at the minimum for the "good" kind) and glucose (which I was getting worried about). <BR> <BR> YAY ME! Now to lose weight and get in shape to keep it that way! <BR> <BR> On that aspect, I've fallen a bit off the wa... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:02:58 EST I made recipes! Okay, I think I am never going to end up doing the Spark Solution plan the way they say, at least not for a while. I do everything backwards and out of order. <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm not a "big breakfast" kind of person. I love eggs/bacon/pancakes breakfasty stuff, but my stomach tends to rebel for first thing in the morning. I'll stick with my Cheerios with 1% in the morning as long as I keep working, and make sure to have an apple or banana or something too either with the meal or as a mor... Tue, 21 May 2013 20:03:01 EST Doing the Spark Solution Program...Sort Of Even though I'm not completely following the program yet, the "Spark Solutions" book inspired me to get working again on SparkPeople actively. So I'm taking part in the team's challenge here. Besides, just reading it gave me a lot of good tips as well as inspiration! <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? <BR> <BR> Email that was alerting to the publication along with the swag (because hey, deal!) It hit me at a time I really wanted to make changes in my heal... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:08:05 EST First week weighing... And I lost 4 1/2 pounds! Whoo hoo! Yes, I know, it's mostly water weight and I can't expect results like this every week, but still... <BR> <BR> 4.5 pounds! Whee! <BR> <BR> I'm noticing an increase in my energy level too (well except for yesterday, but I just took that as my body saying take it easy today, I'm not used to this--plus allergies). I'm revved to try again today and the next week. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 07:11:31 EST Trucking along... Paying closer attention to measurements is really hitting home. I knew I was eating a lot when I ate, but seeing the true portion sizes is another matter. Even things you think you "know" can slip when not paying attention. <BR> <BR> I tried a recipe! Well sort of. I kinda made a recipe on the Southwestern Chicken theme, but I think I overdid it--at least by including all the extras (cheese). It's very tasty though, and didn't take long to make. <BR> <BR> I like to cook, I'm not half b... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:07:05 EST So far...adjusting Wow, I didn't expect such a warm response. Thanks everyone who welcomed me to the group. <BR> <BR> So far the only weight I know for sure that I lost was in my wallet. <em>24</em> Spark Solutions grocery list for just week one is...expensive. Granted some of these things are for the pantry (like spices, which are never cheap). <BR> <BR> I haven't had the menu planning time to fully go "on the spark solution plan" yet. I plan to do the full two weeks of menus and fitness. But so f... Tue, 14 May 2013 20:36:27 EST First Day of the Rest of My LIfe Not sure if anyone else will read this, but it's a good accounting for myself. As I wrote in my profile, I'm a fortysomething single professional woman and have put everyone and everything as a priority in my life except for my weight and health. I've been struggling with weight since starting my teens. <BR> <BR> Done the various diets, even lost weight on weight watchers until I hit a plateau that went on for two months. I know most of the right things to do, it's just getting them all toge... Sun, 12 May 2013 18:59:24 EST