SPARKCHICK's SparkPeople Blog SPARKCHICK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's beyond my comprehension. It's all beyond my comprehension. I see people losing weight right and left. I'm so proud of them, because they are so inspiring. Then you take me -- I don't know what's going on. I've been working at this for over 3 months now. I am totally eating within my range and have been exercising daily, only to lose about 4 lbs. What is happening to me? I'm so frustrated right now. Sorry. <BR> <BR> This is Friday, and usually I'm jumping up and down, but today I'm not feeling physically ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:51:01 EST 100 day on Plan - day 91 Stats: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1344 <BR> Exercise: 1 hour <BR> water: 12 <BR> Motivation: classes in Sept. <BR> Joy: Walked thru The Botanical Gardens today. Saw a baby bird catch a bug. He was so cute and proud. :) <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's Friday tomorrow?! The days are flying by so fast. 2 months until Halloween. <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:12:04 EST 100 days on plan - Day 90 Here are my stats for today: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1356 <BR> Exercise: 30 min, maybe more tonight after dinner <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: Classes in September <BR> Joy: Beautiful morning. Plenty of sunshine. I'm now going for my walk, where I'll see lots of little creature - like bunnies, quail, rock dove, chipmunks, etc. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:14:37 EST 100 on plan - Day 85-Lost 1 lb! Went out of town for several days, but now I'm back. Have been exercising and eating within my range. <BR> <BR> Today's calories: 1230 <BR> Exercise: 50 <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: Classes in Sept. <BR> Joy: Beautiful morning. Have the cutest, little plant growing in my yard. (He just popped up. The wind must have blown a seed from a neighbor's yard.) <BR> <BR> TGIF! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:10:13 EST 100 days on plan - Day 75 Well, my birthday came and went. I don't know why it's a big deal for me to celebrate my birthday, but it is! Maybe it's because I didn't have real celebrations when I was growing up. There was always some kind of problem. In any event, I had high expectations this time, reminding my husband constantly about my special day. He thought he'd take me on a helicopter ride, and I thought that was a great idea. But when the day arrived, it was too windy. So that was a bust. But we had dinn... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:45:12 EST 100 day plan - Day 73 TGIF! Did a lot of house cleaning today. I had to stop by Starbucks, so I would feel motivated to do so. LOL (I did more than 70 minutes.) Of course, now I'm all hyped up. I still want to get on the treadmill later. Thank you, AZ Mom and Cassie, for your wonderful compliments in yesterday's blog. I really appreciate them! Have a great weekend, everyone! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Calories: 1340 <BR> Exercise: 70 minutes <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My birthday (tomorrow) <BR> Joy: ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:57:58 EST Day 72 - Ate in my range after all! Day 72. Wow, yesterday was a hard one. And now I think I know why. The night before, friends of mine threw me a birthday party (my birthday is really July 27). And although I resisted birthday cake for 2 years, this time I ate some frosting. I hadn't had sugar for a long time, and I didn't want to feel deprived anymore. Well, sugar is not only addictive, it makes you crave more sugar and carbs! Thank God, and thank you, Cassie and AZMom, for your support. I can now safely say that ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:31:20 EST 100 days on plan - Day 71 I'm just trying to get through today without going over my range. I must make sure my emotions stay in tact, and not throw me for a loop. I've done very well for 71 days, and I need to keep going. I know I will only feel bad if I go over my range. Stay strong! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:39:40 EST 100 days on plan - Now we're talking! Day 69. Well, I finally feel like all the work I've been doing is finally paying off! Got on the scale this morning, and lost 1 and 1/2 lbs. - one from last week's scale craziness and 1/2 this week. I'm slowly getting to my goal. Now we're talking!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Just did 45 minutes on the treadmill. I will do more later. <em>315</em> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:00:48 EST 100 days on Plan - Day 66 Nothing much to report, except I've been really working at this. Exercising 45 min to an hour everyday, and eating within my range. Hopefully the scale will start moving downward again. Today it surprised me by going up! Maybe next week. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But on a happy note, it's FRIDAY! Going out to dinner tonight. Already counted my calories, so it should be ok food-wise. Goat to take a shower and wash my hair, because I just got off the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Happy TGIF!! ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:03:38 EST 100 days on plan - Day 61 My hubby and I had a great time last night! We went out to dinner, had a great meal and had good conversations. I wasn't sure what to expect because there was 10 of us, several people I hadn't met before. But everyone was great! <BR> <BR> The cool part about all this is, is that I was well prepared. I ordered a delicious salad and a glass of wine (and stayed in range), while everyone was ordering high calorie meals, and then had cheesecake and many drinks to boot. I've got to say I'm pr... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 17:06:49 EST 100 days on plan - Day 60 Well, I've been doing this for a couple of months now - eating in range and exercising, that is. I haven't seen a huge weight loss (about 3 lbs.), but I do feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. My clothes fit better, and a couple of people complemented me on my shape. So all in all, it's not too bad. I'm not where I was last year, but I'm not as bad as a couple of months ago, either. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going out to dinner to the Cheesecake Factory with friends ton... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 19:32:14 EST 100 days on plan - Day 58 Wow, I didn't even realize that it's day 58 already... almost 2 months on track and exercising. This is a big deal for me, especially when I really didn't feel like exercising some days. (The extra high heat and no air conditioning can really make you lazy and cranky.) But I made it through, thank God. And now that the air conditioner works, and I started drinking coffee again (LOL), I have a lot more motivation. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for all of your support and encouragement! <em>247... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:49:53 EST 100 days on plan - Day 55 - Lost a pound! My hubby picked up the air conditioner parts tonight, started working on the AC right after work - and now it appears to be fixed! Thank God for a hard working, intelligent husband. These several days have been horrific! (107 degrees and above) <BR> <BR> Calories: 1266 <BR> Exercise: 32 minutes <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My birthday <BR> Joy: The AC is fixed! <BR> <BR> Oh, I forgot to mention, that I lost a lb. last week! I have to go correct my ticker. I was so busy with the 4t... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:00:04 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 53 Well, to finish yesterday's saga, my husband went to pick up the air conditioner parts only to find out they didn't have them. They had to order them. Will be in on Monday. In the meantime, I'm sitting here in sweat. Sleeping wasn't as bad as the night before. Maybe because I was tired. And we also used a fan, which merely blows around hot air. But it was better than nothing. Plus it dropped to 107 degrees today. Oh, and thank you all for your prayers and luck. If anything, it made ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:09:25 EST Goal: 100 day plan - Day 52 It's about 110 degrees out today. Seriously! And guess what?! Our air conditioner went out!! My poor hubby! He finally got a day off from work, and what is he doing? Trying to fix our air conditioner. In fact, he's out now shopping for parts. I hope this all works out. Last night was pretty unbearable as far as sleeping. Talk about parched and dehydrated! <BR> <BR> Calories: 1268 <BR> Exercise: 50 on the treadmill <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My birthday <BR> Joy: Proud of m... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:14:36 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 51 Well, this is the 4th of July! <em>232</em> I was a little worried when we went out to breakfast, but I didn't do too badly. I came home got on the treadmill for 41 minutes to burn off the calories and skipped lunch. Instead because of the heat, we decided to see "The Heat," which turned out to be a fun movie. And best of all, I stayed within my range today. <BR> <BR> Calories: 1482 <BR> Exercise: 41 min on the treadmill <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My birthday <BR> Joy: Went to a ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:20:03 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 50 I just came home from a fun night out with my girlfriend. Made sure I knew how many calories White Zin had (although, I only had one glass of wine). Lots of catching up and laughter. I'm so glad I stuck to my plan for 50 days. I actually felt like I looked about the same as the last time she saw me. At least, my clothes are fitting better these days. <BR> <BR> Calories: 1228 <BR> Exercise: 45 min on Treadmill, 10 min of Pilates <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My birthday - July 27 <B... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:09:22 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 48 I did it! I lost the two pounds from my new scale! (Remember, I bought a new scale, and the darn thing weighed me 2 lbs. heavier than before...) Well, I got rid of those, and now I can continue on to my goal of losing the rest. <BR> <BR> Cals: 1250 <BR> Exercise: 10 min. Pilates, 45 min. on the treadmill <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: It's my birthday month! (July 27) <BR> Joy: This morning I saw the cutest quail family with their tiny, little babies. So adorable! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:08:06 EST 100 days on plan - Day 44 I just got off the treadmill after 45 minutes. I'm determined to get these last 10 lbs. off! I also did 10 minutes of Pilates and plan to walk after dinner for another 20 or so. <BR> <BR> Calories: 1279 <BR> Exercising: 75 min. <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: My girlfriend visiting me in a couple of weeks. <BR> Joy: A phone call from a friend I haven't talked to in a while. <BR> <BR> Even with all the obstacles in my way, I'm making this happen! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:49:04 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 43 I just got off the treadmill after 45 minutes, and I feel great! <BR> <BR> My calories: 1304 <BR> Exercise: 45 min on the treadmill, 10 min Pilates <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: Getting together with my girlfriend in a couple of weeks <BR> Joy: My hubby brought home beautiful roses, which is my favorite flower. <BR> <BR> Goal weight, here I come. I'm making this happen! <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:02:48 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 41 I'm kind of proud of me for sticking with it. I got a new scale. I thought that would be a good thing. Instead it measured me a couple of pounds higher than the old one did. I didn't realize that would throw me for a loop. It actually decreased my motivation, although I stuck to plan begrudgingly. I just have to get over that feeling of defeat. Other than that, I did 32 minutes on the treadmill and 10 min. of Pilates this morning. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:52:39 EST Goal: 100 days on plan - Day 38 I'm so proud of myself. Tues. night I went out to a birthday party dinner with friends, ate half my portion and left before they served me cake. I had a great time, enjoyed conversing with everyone, but really didn't need or WANT extra sugar. Not tempted a bit. Yeah, me! <BR> <BR> Now my quest to find an accurate scale today. LOL Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:19:05 EST Can anyone suggest a good scale? I need your help. It involves a good scale. Can you suggest one, because mine is crazy. It gives me a thousand different numbers with each weigh in, and today it actually went down to zero while I was on it. That's cute. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions regarding which one to buy, please give them to me. I'm trying to stay motivated so I can get to goal, but it's hard to do with a crazy scale. (I think I only bought it a couple of years ago, but it was a cheapie.) <em>303</em> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:48:55 EST 100 days on plan - day 35! Wow, I can't believe I've been eating within my range and exercising for the last 35 days! Even went out to breakfast yesterday and only ate half. Worked out both days over the weekend, too. I'm super proud of myself. <BR> <BR> The good part about being on this journey and writing about it is the fact that I have so many people here cheering me on. I really appreciate everyone's comments and spark goodies. This only brings great karma back to them! <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of us. ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:41:46 EST 100 days on plan - Day 30! Hey, hey, hey! I did it! 30 days on track! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> It wasn't easy getting started again. It even wasn't easy coming back to SparkPeople. I was feeling pretty low, like I failed the person I'd become, a strong warrior with lots of passion for helping others. <BR> <BR> Then lots of stresses happened to me in my life, which equated to less exercise and more eating. I didn't learn how to handle stress in my life. I felt sad and alone in this dilemma, even though I have a wond... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:36:10 EST 100 days on plan - day 28 Wow, it's almost a month, since I've started this journey again. While I have not lost much weight, I have gained the following: <BR> 1. Developing better eating habits. <BR> 2. Feeling healthier since I've been back on track. <BR> 3. No junk food in the house <BR> 4. My hubby is following my lead, and I'm so proud of him. <BR> 5. Back in with SparkPeople, where I'm getting support. <BR> 6. When going out to a restaurant, always leaving half. <BR> 7. Feeling better physically, mentall... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:26:43 EST 100 days on plan - day 25 I finally did it! I lost 1/2 a pound! It's not much, but I'll take it! <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone that supported and encouraged me. It's because of you I didn't lose motivation. Thank You! <BR> <BR> Now on to the weekend. I will stay strong! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:17:05 EST 100 days on plan - day 24 I don't get it!! I'm frustrated! Since I've started working at this again, I haven't lost any weight!! I've been doing all the right things, have worked hard at developing better eating habits and have been exercising - 20 minutes Pilates and walking. I haven't been working out as hard as I used to (due to the 106 degree temperature), but you'd think some of that sweat would also help to drop some pounds. I just had to vent today. Maybe that'll keep me motivated. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 07:50:56 EST 100 days on plan - Day 22 I forgot all about my blog. I have been so busy lately, that I forgot all about it. I have been eating within my range and exercising, however. But now that it's hot in the West, it's a little harder to be motivated. But I'm chugging along. I continue to do 10 minutes of Pilates in the morning before I start my day, and now I have added another 10 in the evening. I also am walking briskly at the new park. I'm also using SparkPeople as a motivator to keep me in check. Whatever it tak... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 19:09:25 EST 100 days on plan - Day 18 Yesterday I went out to lunch with a friend. I only ate half of a Chicken Caesar Salad (without the dressing), and brought the rest home to eat for dinner. I almost think my friend was trying to sabotage my eating habits, and was not that supportive. <BR> <BR> Well, the weekend is here, thank God! And here's to having a great weekend! Fri, 31 May 2013 17:17:56 EST 100 days on plan - Day 16 About 5 or 6 years ago, I came up with the following plan and it helped me reach goal: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1506 <BR> Exercise: 50 min <BR> Water: 12 <BR> Motivation: medical labs tomorrow <BR> Joy: We have a mockingbird family living in our bush. I saw the baby! <BR> <BR> This was yesterday's. If I start doing this again, I'll get back there again! Wed, 29 May 2013 12:54:48 EST 100 days on plan - day 15 I had a great Memorial Day Weekend, plus I lost the 2 lbs. I gained last week. Maybe it was due to salt. I feel so much better, too. I'm finally off my antibiotics and can eat dairy again if I want to. All in all, I'm proud of myself for being good over the holiday! Tue, 28 May 2013 20:16:02 EST 100 days on plan - Day 12 Well, Memorial Day Weekend has started, and so far, I'm within my calorie range, did 10 minutes of Pilates and 20 minutes of WATP. It's not a lot, but considering it's the weekend, I'm proud of myself. I gave up coffee about a month ago. That was a big deal for me! And now I'm eating better foods. My goal is to stay disciplined over this long weekend. Sat, 25 May 2013 19:26:39 EST 100 days on plan - day 11 Happy Friday! I knew better than to get on the scale, but I thought it was time. I gained 2 lbs.! Are you kidding me! (My only hope is that the scale is broken.) Talk about losing motivation in a hurry! But I'm still calculating and exercising - just hoping something good will happen soon. Memorial Day weekend is here, and I must stay strong! Please, God, let me stay motivated, lose those dreadful pounds, and feel healthy and confident again. Fri, 24 May 2013 16:54:51 EST 100 days on plan - Day 10 Day 10! Woo Hoo! I'm on antibiotics today, which has helped bring my motivation back. Not only did I plan my meals, but I also exercised - 10 minutes of Pilates, 10 minutes of weights and 20 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds. Now back to drinking Cranberry Juice.... <BR> <BR> Thank you AZ Mom and AJB for your support. I appreciate it! :) Thu, 23 May 2013 19:07:38 EST 100 days on plan - Day 9 Yesterday and today were particularly hard because I was in pain. When I get stressed, I develop a painful Urinary Tract Infection. I managed to stick to my eating plan and exercise anyway. But it was hard! I seem to have a lot of obstacles in my way of reaching my goal. But I will get there again! Wed, 22 May 2013 19:26:54 EST 100 days on plan - Day 7 I was within my range over the weekend! I did it! I was having some trouble for a while, but I'm feeling stronger. Got to stay strong today. I went to the doctor's for an office visit this morning, and that usually rattles me a little. (The whole process of going to the office, checking in, getting on the scale, etc. etc. irritates me.) So I will count my calories before I eat today and plan to be disciplined! Mon, 20 May 2013 15:12:42 EST 100 days on plan - Day 5 The Weekend is here. Here's where I have to be careful. So many things going on. Plus, my hubby and I are going out to dinner with friends Sun. night. I shall stay strong! Sat, 18 May 2013 06:56:35 EST 100 days on Plan - Day 3 Yesterday I got super busy, so I forgot to blog. My hubby took the day off, so part of the day we went to the suburbs to our favorite, peaceful ranch. Just the thought of it brings peace to me. Then in the afternoon I applied for a business license, which rattled me a little, but I got through the craziness of it all. My joy yesterday was spending time with my hubby at the ranch. Now on to a new and brighter day. This is day 3 of staying on plan! Thu, 16 May 2013 11:37:58 EST Goal: 100 days staying on plan This is day 1. I can do this! I've done this before with flying colors, so I can do this again! Many crazy things have happened since I've met goal (which shook me up a bit), but now I'm back, baby! I'm really not that far off - 10 lbs. or so, but to me it's like a million. This is a commitment to me. Let's do this thing! Tue, 14 May 2013 15:00:33 EST My Reminder How to Stop Emotional Eating - This is a reminder for myself when I become overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> All or nothing thinking <BR> Example: You go over your calorie limit or eat something on your “forbidden” list, and then decide to keep eating because you’ve already “blown it” for today. Reality: Weight loss is not a one-day event. If you stop overeating now, you’ll gain less and have less to re-lose later. That’s something to feel good about! <BR> <BR> Reading your own thoughts into someone... Sat, 11 May 2013 07:43:40 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 2 DAYS TO GO Well, it's been a while since I've blogged. I've had so much to do these past couple of weeks. And even though I screwed up a couple of times due to the usual "stress gets to me" pattern, I'm still working at it everyday. <BR> <BR> I've lost my job due to budget cuts. That hurt me a lot. My hubby and I are doing the best we can, just like a lot of Americans these days. He keeps reminding me to say, "Money and opportunites that bring lots of money come to us." <BR> <BR> I'm consta... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:29:28 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 8 WEEKS DOWN, 3 WKS TO GO Wow, the time is really flying by, and I didn't get a chance to blog anything last week! In any event, I have been in range, have been exercising and drinking my water. <BR> <BR> Not only has my birthday been a motivation, but I am also going to the doctor on Friday. That motivates me, too. I hate getting on that scale. It must be the feeling I had from the old days, when the nurses would shout out my weight. It's funny, since I've lost weight they're suspiciously quiet. I want t... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 19:32:19 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 7 WKS DOWN, 5 WKS TO GO! Nothing really new to report, except to say that I've been at this plan for 7 weeks now, and I've been working at it. In the middle of all of this, I got sick and had to take it easy for a few days (Drs orders). So my pilates and yoga workouts this week were out. Darn! <BR> <BR> It's not always easy to resist temptation. In fact, I'm hungry right now.LOL But I'm sticking to my plan. (I just wish the weight would drop off a little faster.) Habits and strength are what I'm really develo... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:08:56 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 6 WKS DOWN, 6 WKS TO GO Last week I decided to follow my old weight watcher program to help break my plateau. Well, on Friday I got on the scale, and finally saw a 1 1/2 lb. drop. (Sorry I didn't have time to post this sooner.) My plan of shaking things up a bit worked!! <BR> <BR> So I'm continuing on with this plan... less calories & still doing the Pilates on Tues. & Thurs, and taking Tai Yoga with my hubby on Saturday. I either get on the elliptical or walk on M, W, F, Sa and Su. <BR> <BR> I hope to ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:54:44 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 5 WKS DOWN, 7 WKS TO GO! I 'm happy to say that I've been in range for 5 weeks now. It hasn't been easy, but I'm doing it! I'm also taking Pilates on Tues. and Thurs., and yoga on Saturday. Yesterday I got on the elliptical. I exercise everyday. <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd have this tremdous weight loss. Well, I don't. So, I decided to reduce my calories a bit. This week I'm following my old weight watcher's plan from a billion years ago . Let's see if this helps shake some of those pounds off. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:36:42 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 4 WKS DOWN, 8 WKS TO GO Wow, I've been totally good for 4 weeks now. This is huge! <BR> <BR> 4 weeks ago, I was starting to go off the deep end. It was scary. After doing sooo well for 3 years or so and having met my goal weight, I started to slip. Before that, I got thru a number of stresses staying within my calorie range and exercising daily. Then I got tired of it all, and one of the last stresses threw me over the edge. I started to gain weight, and I saw that gaining weight made me feel horribe... Tue, 31 May 2011 18:55:06 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 9 WEEKS TO GO TILL MY B-DAY! (I HATE THAT SCALE!) Three weeks have come and gone, and I've been totally good. Everyday I've been in range, have been exercising, drinking my water and trying to stay positive. I haven't been on the scale for 3 weeks since I've regained 10 lbs. last month. My clothes are fitting me better, I feel great, we went to a wedding and I felt good about myself and only ate a sliver of wedding cake. <BR> <BR> I hid the scale from myself, because I know too well if things aren't showing what they should, I tend to g... Mon, 23 May 2011 19:53:44 EST MY 12 WEEK MOTIVATION PLAN - 10 WEEKS TO GO Wow, 2 weeks went by already?! I couldn't wait to say that! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm so proud to report that I've been totally good over the weekend! No fiber bars, no quaker or other processed foods that seem to be addictive for me - just healthy food like vegetables, fruit, protein, dairy and complex carbs. This is huge for me! <BR> <BR> I'm still staying off the scale. Don't want to rock the boat. As long as my clothes aren't as scary looking on me as they were a few weeks ago, we're ok... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:01:06 EST