SOPH1218's SparkPeople Blog SOPH1218's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back on the wagon! Okay so I took a long hiatus from SP and focusing on my weight and eating right and exercising. This week, it's all back on. <BR> <BR> Well really I'm taking small steps at a time. 1st step is to get back in the routine of exercising. <BR> <BR> I haven't fallen off the wagon so much when it comes to what I eat. Still trying to eat whole grains, veggies, fruits, low fat. I've slacked a little on the calorie intake. Committed to changing that little by little. <BR> <BR> I'm unsure how muc... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 10:00:44 EST 8/27/08 a really bad day I woke up to a flooded basement. 2 inches of water. Its a partial finished room, my son's room. It several hours to push the water with brooms and a squeegee towards the drain and to move all of what was salvageable to dry ground. Thank you Fay! <BR> <BR> Exhausted after what turned out to be a full body workout, we emerged for lunch. I sat a while first, and tried to catch up on my water intake after sweating to the point of dehydration. I guess I chugged it down a little too quickly, then... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 04:19:19 EST Storms are calming I noticed its been a while since I blogged and its mainly because of the chaos that is my life most days. Generally that chaos is just busyness, sprinkled with stressful events like cars breaking down. Recently it was my dd's car that broke down, its fixed now. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, the kids are back in school!!!! Today is dd5's first official day of kindergarten. We will take her there for a few days so she can get a feel for finding her class room. Once she is settled in she will ... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 06:36:32 EST New Goal Setting After reading SP article about setting smaller goals, I've decided to set a 10% goal and also I have a reward to self picked out for reaching that goal. I guess once I reach that goal I'll set another 10% goal and reward. The smaller goals will hopefully seem more doable than the whole, and it will hopefully keep me from getting discouraged and giving up. <BR> <BR> I've also added to my fitness routine. Still doing my 30 min of riding my stationary bike, but adding a 20 min Pilates video c... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:07:29 EST July 16th I have to say I'm really proud of myself lately for my weight loss. Yesterday I weighed in at 170.5, the 160's are so close I can actually taste them. I'm visioning next Tuesday's weigh in at say 169. Vacation didn't even derail me like I thought it would and I was a bad eater then. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I ate out last night for our date night, and we shared an entree. We kept the price low and we stayed in our calorie ranges. <BR> <BR> I'm finally starting to notice the weight loss in my... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 07:37:59 EST Here are my random thoughts We are back from vacation, got back on Monday. I've been busy everyday trying to catch up on my to-do list, things certainly seem to get backed up when you aren't around to do them. Go figure! <BR> <BR> I've done good to stay in my calorie range since we have been home, only I did go over yesterday by about 14 calories. Not stressing about that much. <BR> <BR> I made a new recipe today - my own low cal ranch dressing. It was VERY good, fooled my taste buds into thinking it wasn't diet foo... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 00:12:10 EST On vacation I've been MIA from SP cause we are on vacation. We finally arrived at our destination, luckily no major troubles along the way. Kids fighting was one of our biggest problems, it was expected because that is how they are all the time. <BR> <BR> I didn't track any food for the past three days or so, and I've likely done horrible at keeping things low cal. Obviously eating on the road and in hotels isn't the ideal situation. I have also lacked exercise, with the exception of swimming for leisur... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 07:51:40 EST EXICITED!!!! I'm only half a pound away from reaching 10 lbs lost. It's been just slightly over one month since I returned to SP and I'm so glad I did. I will weigh again tomorrow since tomorrow is officially the last day of the month, perhaps that half a pound will be gone. <BR> <BR> Just think if I hadn't had those bad days of eating fast food and depression, I could have surpassed 10 in one month. According to my SP reports I'm right on goal. And the best part of this whole thing is that in the same m... Fri, 30 May 2008 07:22:41 EST Memorial Day weekend derailment My bad started on Friday. My son stayed home due to a bad ingrown toe nail. So that day after running to the doc and getting him back home, we discussed him needing a haircut. I decided to run him to the Great Clips. While I waited I stopped at the coffee house next door and had a grande caramel frappe, that put me over that day. <BR> <BR> Saturday was race track day, I figured I had some room for extras that day cause we'd be walking a lot and our section was 4 levels so some opportunity f... Mon, 26 May 2008 04:51:50 EST I was bad, bad, bad Okay today I gave in to a craving. It was very yummy, but it put me SO over my calories. Without it I may have been pushing the edge, but probably would have squeaked by just under the wire. My sin today was a grande caramel frappucino with whipped cream, i asked for skim milk but denied the skinny powder and the sugar free caramel. Wikipedia says my drink was 380 calories, practically the same as some meals I eat. <BR> <BR> I have been crazy busy and running all day long so I didn't do any ... Fri, 23 May 2008 19:05:38 EST Feeling a bit down (time to vent) I've had some serious issues at home with my eldest child, the graduate. We had a big fight, which in our house with this child is not all that uncommon, but it never fails to make me feel very stressed and depressed. <BR> <BR> I often feel like my daughter is the most ungrateful, lazy, back stabbing, deceitful, argumentative, and just plain out ugly person on the planet. Has the devil possessed her? What happened to the innocent angel that once was my precious child? Why oh why did she hav... Thu, 22 May 2008 10:00:45 EST Worked hard today! Today was a yard work day. I finally got around to planting my veggies. Last year I was done a month earlier. I planted 6 tomato plants, 6 pepper plants, 4 summer squash plants, and several seeds for cucumbers. I dug the dirt to loosen the soil, raked it to smooth it, then laid black weed control fabric before planting too. Think I'm sunburned too. <BR> <BR> I rode my bike 30 min this morning before heading outdoors to work on the garden. Wahoo!!! Not sure I will get another ride in today... Fri, 16 May 2008 18:14:05 EST Stuggles... Why oh why does it take SO long to lose a pound or lose an inch? I need it to go faster to stay motivated. I need to SEE results, in the form of fitting into a smaller size or a visual on the scale. My current loss could just be water retention that released. <BR> <BR> I get so down being this big. My daughter will be graduating and her mother looks like a cow. I feel like I'm working my arse off at drinking my water, watching the food I eat, and working out but I still feel like I'm standi... Fri, 9 May 2008 14:23:15 EST Monday Report The TRS weight loss challenge started today, so I had to weigh in. To my surprise I was down 3 lbs from a little over a week ago. I'm sure it was mostly water releasing since my measurements haven't changed. <BR> <BR> I did good today compared to yesterday, as we went to Wendy's for lunch and I went hog wild, my lunch calories totaled to over 800. Today's breakfast and lunch combined totaled less. LOL Not sweating it as I don't get to eat out like that often. Hoping the rest of the week wil... Mon, 5 May 2008 20:41:15 EST Feeling Positive Went grocery shopping yesterday, so I'm stocked up on more fat free items. Getting rid of all my empty calories, not sure why I had them in the first place. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I've placed my cardio goal at 15 min a ride, but plan to increase it by a minute each week until I'm doing 30 mins a ride and 2 rides a day for a total of 60 min a day. <BR> <BR> Feeling positive today! Positive that I can... <BR> I can drink more than 64 oz of water today <BR> I can have a positive attitude toda... Thu, 1 May 2008 08:15:52 EST Thoughts of the day It's like day 1 on my new journey. Although for the last couple of months I've been trying to be more active, I've not taken it too seriously. Call me stubborn, but it's been a challenge to eat right and to drink enough water. But this past week I've become more determined. I have a group of friends that have decided to do it together so that is giving me some motivation, and I have realized I need the accountability. I also joined a SparkTeam. <BR> <BR> 1st steps to success. Bought a new 3... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 08:32:10 EST