SONFLOWER67's SparkPeople Blog SONFLOWER67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week Two of Training! Week one of my training program went surprisingly well. I had a lot of anxiety about it before hand, but from the beginning I have simply wanted to give it my best (after all, that's all I have to give!) and enjoy the journey. The older I get, the more difficulty I have keeping track of things, so I have the menu printed out and on the fridge, but I also have a little notebook that I write down when I eat my first meal. I can then just do the math (every 2.5 hours) and list the times for the ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:14:05 EST Mini Meals Day 2 I hired a personal trainer and started her program this week. Don't think that the irony of starting this on April Fools Day wasn't lost on me. <em>30</em> <BR> I couldn't decide if I was more scared about the food or the gym! I love to cook and generally make something different every night. I also only eat a couple meals a day plus one snack, staying within my sparkpeople goals and everything. This plan has me eating 6-7 mini meals timed every 2.5 hours all day. I spent Monday morning ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:00:21 EST Goals for the next 90 days I know that this is only the second day of spring, but my mind is thinking about summer as I set goals for the next quarter. The first quarter has been a good start for me. I have been consistent with exercising, been great with the clean eating, and gotten much better on drinking water or green tea. The 6 mo plateau I had been sitting at after an 18# loss (so maddening, but I kept telling myself at least I'm not gaining anything back!) finally gave up and I've been losing 1/2 -1 pound a week... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:16:04 EST Binge alert!! I'm currently in North Carolina babysitting my two darling grand daughters--ages 2 1/2 and 15 mo. The weather has been too chilly to go outside the last couple of days, but we have had fun reading books and dancing to music :) <BR> <BR> At home, I never buy junk food. Out of sight, out of binge possibilities! In fact, since getting serious about losing the extra weight and getting healthier, I don't buy prepackaged food of pretty much any kind. We never eat out, not even once a month. It h... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 08:27:21 EST Traveling this Week but I have a plan! I head out tomorrow for a week long trip to my son's home in North Carolina. He and my daughter-in-law are heading out for a much needed four day getaway. I get to be in Grandma heaven babysitting their two darling girls. Lily is 2 1/2 and Aster is 15mo. We skype, but being face to face is so much better!! <BR> <BR> I have been making steady progress since signing up for the sparkcoach thingy. I really want to keep the scale moving down. I also don't want to lose my fitness streak. I k... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:21:56 EST Gotta love rollar coasters! As much motivation as I had for several days this week, is as much motivation as I lack today. Hahaha! You gotta love hormones, emotions, and humanity. For a couple days this week I was hiking along, picking wildflowers, and enjoying the view. Then, the climb got steeper and sh!t got serious. I had to clench my teeth and fight for uphill progress yesterday, but fight I did!! I stuck to the plan. I wanted to eat my feelings pretty badly, but I knew ultimately, that would make things worse. I'v... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:07:50 EST Motivation is at an all time high! This was the end of the second week of weight training :) I lift four days in a row and then rest three. My body (especially my arms, abs, and obliques) are SOO SORE!!! That makes me so happy! I don't mind the sore muscles because it tells me I am making progress! My biceps are starting to show some definition already. That is so motivating! It has really surprised me how much I enjoy the weights. It makes me feel so powerful. The time I spend lifting is becoming the best part of my day. Wh... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:23:32 EST Week one of weight training I just finished week one of a twelve week weight training challenge that I joined on (Grinning) I never, ever saw myself joining I have been really encouraged and motivated by Clean eating and Oxygen magazine as well as Tosca Reno's blog. Tosca Reno was in her forties, overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy when she decided enough was enough. She studied nutrition and started working out, eventually competing in body building/figure competitions. She is in her... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:18:26 EST Non Food Rewards I used to reward myself with food. I didn't think of it that way, of course. Long week?? Lets have lunch out with the girls. Accomplish some goals?? Dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant. Depressed?? Let's go have coffee and pie (or cake :). It's funny the things you just 'do'. It's been an interesting journey of self discovery. When i got serious about losing the extra weight, I set up a schedule of rewards...non food rewards. When i lost the first 5 pounds I got a pedicure. When I lost 1... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:35:41 EST Feb 1st...another month to reach my goals! i haven't blogged in quite some time. I've thought about it and hoped to get it done, but life has been getting in the way!! Happy to say that other than the week i spent in PA (without wifi) i have been faithfully logging in and keeping track of my food and such. <BR> I have been good about getting at least 15 min of fitness in daily so i decided it was time to up my exercise. I bought Brazilian Butt lift over a year ago, but it was way too hard and i just quit after a week. I am learning... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:23:06 EST Rambling thoughts on my weight loss journey My body is so weird. I am not sure if it's because i had my five children in 6 years or because when they were young i often only ate one or two meals a day or what the deal is. I think i have one of the slowest metabolisms around. I eat very healthy and have for years. We milked our own cow, made our own cheeses, raised our own organic beef, chickens, and eggs. I've always had a large veggie garden and love to can and freeze the produce for the winter. My weight has always fluctuated. Wh... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:33:36 EST A Super Saturday My BF has been very sick with some nasty upper respiratory bug that decided to turn into pneumonia. By the time he was willing to see a doctor :) he was VERY sick and i was very surprised that they did not admit him. He's lucky he went to an emergicare clinic rather than the ER. He is on massive drugs and doing better (thankfully!) and we are finally sleeping through the night again. Amazing how much more energized you feel when you get a solid nights sleep!! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I d... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:01:19 EST Just do it anyway! This week has been challenging on many levels. It's freaking cold here (teens for high temps) and while i love, love, love snow, I am not a huge fan of frigid temps. Extreme cold tends to make me want to huddle in bed or under a blanket on the couch. It helps my sloth nature try to take over. I literally do not want to move. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I hate it when just getting 10 min of exercise feels like I'm contemplating climbing Mount Everest!! Its 10 MIN of MOVING!! <em>30</em> <B... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:11:14 EST This is my year This year I am determined to continue the positive changes that I made in 2012. <BR> 1) i am excited to report that i did not gain ONE POUND over the holidays. That was my only goal from Thanksgiving to New Years. It is so motivating for me to start the new year knowing that i can do what i put my mind to. Eating clean (no sugar/processed foods) has really been good for me. I did enjoy some homemade candy during Christmas, but it was a conscious choice and not an out of control binge. :) I ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:31:20 EST Bizzard headed our way!! Woo Hoo!! I realize that i am strange. I love Mondays. I watch squirrels for entertainment. and I get super, super, hyper, deliriously happy when it snows :) It was one of the best reasons for living in Northern Michigan, where the average snowfall was 218 inches!! Here in the Midwest our average is about 2 feet. :( Tomorrow the national weather service has forecast that central Iowa will we getting 10-12 inches! YES!!! Blizzard conditions are expected over night with blowing and drifting snow. Bri... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:01:42 EST How i am overcoming my 'I don't want to work out' I am soooooo not a morning person. I'm not the wicked witch of the west in the morning. I'm more like a zombie, oh wait, zombies are very busy trying to catch people for dinner. I'm more like a sloth. I wake up but don't get out of bed for at least 30 min, sometimes an hour. I check email, catch up on facebook, think about how I'm going to jump out of bed and exercise (never happens), think about the day. When i finally do get up, i just move my blob from a snuggly bed to the snuggly recl... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:07:56 EST This was just a great day all around!!! Today was just a really good day as far as days go. I had one final left which i wasn't worried about (easy class) and i did really well on it. I headed to campus to pick up my test from my English class and find out my final grade. I was totally surprised to find out that i had the second highest grade on the final and that i would be getting an A-!!! Makes me happy! Looks like my GPA will be 3.78. WooHoo!!!! Now to not think about anything school related for the next 28 days!! <BR> <em... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:15:00 EST Wow, Time flies!! I can not believe that i have not blogged since Dec 1. It hasn't felt like 12 days...It has been a blur of studying and writing papers, but it is all coming to a close this week. Actually, my last paper is written, and my last final is tomorrow. Yay!!!! I'm still waiting on my final grades, but I did my best and I'm happy with that! <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> I have been keeping up with the healthy eating the past 12 days. I am doing really well with limiting sugar. I'm not craving it anymo... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:40:42 EST An Inspiring Moment i have missed blogging this week. It has been late by the time i am settling down and done with homework and i just have not had anything left. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> I had a pretty good week. I exercised, i made good food choices, i still struggle to drink enough water (i love green tea and coffee). I am under a lot of stress with finals this week and next but i have not been buying junk and so have no junk to eat when i want it :) Broccoli is amazingly delicious to munch on, too. ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:24:36 EST Monday is my favorite :) I was happily able to make good decisions while out of town. Avoided alcohol completely...i know myself and I once i am enjoying alcohol i am eating whatever i want, as much as i want :) When i got home and logged my foods i found out that i actually didn't eat nearly enough cal for the day so i had some oatmeal. I was especially proud of myself because my Dad ordered onion rings (one of my FAVORITE junky foods) and i put 4 smaller rings on my plate with a tbls of the dip stuff and enjoyed... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:34:47 EST Rough day... Tough day today...and it's not over yet :p I'm not sure what it is exactly. We are heading into Omaha for the day tomorrow to see my dad and my brother. The two of them didn't speak to each other for a couple years after my mom died. It made a very difficult time even more difficult for me. Last year, my brother started to come around again and lately he has even stopped by to see my dad. But I'm kind of anxious about seeing them. We are meeting at a restaurant (my brothers choice) and... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:40:29 EST I keep learning about myself and that is a good thing! Woke up early so i could elliptical and get it out of the way. In fact, it was so early that by the time i was entering my spark points i forgot i had run lol. My BF reminded me :) <BR> <BR> I had a huge computer test to take this morning and then two projects that had to be done and turned in by midnight. My BF's mommie, Kate, was arriving for the holiday about 2 and i had some grocery shopping to do. She arrived with pies and other goodies. I do love Thanksgiving!! We headed out to d... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:50:28 EST I love Monday!! Unlike most people i love Mondays. They are usually a great day for me to relax, play around in the kitchen, sew or craft, and basically do what i want. I don't let myself clean the house and i try to have all my homework done by Sunday night. <BR> <BR> Today i canned a bunch of different kinds of dry beans. I also made a couple different kinds of whole wheat bread to see if there was one we LOVED and to do an experiment by freezing the dough before it rose. Next week i will thaw and se... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:31:54 EST Sunday Sunday was pretty low key and uneventful. Not really a catchy way to start a blog post but that's all i've got! The BF made a delicious breakfast he calls a 'ham stack'. It is hash browned potatoes (cooked in spray not oil), topped with a thin slice or two of deli black forest ham, half a slice of lowfat american cheese, topped with an over easy egg that had sundried tomatoes cooked in the whites. I think it is my favorite. He makes a plate and we share so the damage is only about 250 ca... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:47:03 EST A great Saturday This was just a really good day :) I was so exhausted yesterday that i fell asleep on the couch at 8pm. My BF woke me up at midnight to go to bed and i actually slept until 7am. I felt so refreshed and ready to have a great day!! The BF makes breakfast pretty much every day and today he made the most delish breakfast sandwich with egg whites, turkey sausage patty, 1/2 slice cheese, on one of those multi-grain sandwich thins. YUM. He has been super supportive even giving up his love of but... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:51:56 EST Friday Night :) It's Friday night and the BF and I are just hanging out watching Netflix and enjoying a glass of wine. I have been experimenting with low sugar/no sugar and low fat sweets. Tonight we had crock pot mexican chicken soup and some banana pumpkin baked oatmeal from Delicious! That has to be my favorite food blog. She lists nutrition as well as ww points with every recipe. When i got home from running some errands the entire house smelled so delicious! <BR> I did 45 min ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:57:48 EST Weigh in day i have been trying to get on here to write since yesterday but it has been crazy. i am sticking to my goals however and getting on the elliptical like a good girl. I have also been thinking about what I'm eating instead of skipping food until im so famished i just eat anything that is in my immediate path! I added weight training in starting last week. I found a app that has 10 min upper body, 10 min lower body, and 10 min ab routines. It's quick and easy and i can do it during commercia... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:46:29 EST Honestly Honestly: <BR> I don't want to exercise any way...but I am going to anyway. I know from past experiences that i will feel better and be proud of myself afterward. But I am not feeling it now. <BR> <BR> I want to go drive thru and drown my depression in buffalo chicken fingers and onion rings...but i know that i will hate myself after that and it will definitely not make me feel better. Ever since my mom died i struggle to get through the holidays. T... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:21:36 EST you win lose some The past 12 hrs have been a huge struggle. I was tempted to capitalize huge. I have wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I wasn't hungry when i left home and had considered taking a snack, but made the wrong decision to skip it (too lazy). I headed out to work serving papers (which involves driving all over town for several hours) and i wanted pizza, donuts, candy bars, and onion rings. The hungrier I got, the stronger the temptation. <BR> The fact that i knew i would be blogging about my day actuall... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:15:58 EST I thought i was having a bad day... Its funny how my perspective can change so easily. It was my only day off today and i had it planned out (as usual) so that i could get a bunch of sewing projects done as well as a wreath i have been wanting to make for the backyard birds. But it wasn't meant to be. I spent the morning fighting...or should i say surrendered to a migraine. I don't get them often, thankfully. And it couldn't have been a better day, really. I ended up working for a couple hours in the afternoon. My BF owns... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 21:22:14 EST Like water to a thirsty soul... Day 3 First, thank you, thank you, thank you for the nice comments and encouragement!!! What a nice surprise after a really long day!!! I never actually expected it to be read for some reason :) I just figured that blogging would be a good accountability thing for myself. <BR> <BR> This was a long but mostly good day. My alarm went off at 5:45 and since i was already awake because of the daylight savings change, it was easier to get out of bed. :) I'm extremely glad that i did my run be... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 23:46:27 EST A Journey of 1000 Miles Starts with One Step Day One. So far so good :) I overslept which usually annoys me but I decided i couldn't let myself start the day that way. I had about 6 hrs of homework to do today and decided that I would take several 10 min exercise breaks. It worked beautifully!! Every hour I did something different for just 10 min: Lower body, Upper body, Abs, and then 30min of Elliptical time to relax before dinner. The Elliptical time was a fight for me to get through. I was tired but told myself to just run for 10 ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:10:49 EST Here we go... i have been a spark member for over a year and have lost about 18 lbs. I'm very happy that i not only lost that 18# but have kept it off all year long. I have been gaining and losing the next five pounds so many times i can not even count :p Consistency has been my biggest problem...especially with working out. I am hoping to change that over the next couple months. All this time i have not really participated in groups or chat boards or blogging at all. I have logged my food, my exercise... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:57:10 EST