SPINNERFROG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPINNERFROG SPINNERFROG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Joining the August Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441146 I've decided to try my hand at one of the SparkPeople Challenges. Well, try my hand again anyway. So the idea behind this August challenge is that you pick one thing and you try to be consistent about it. It's supposed to be a way to get back on track which I totally need. <BR> <BR> So I decided my consistency challenge for getting back on track will be exercise. I am going to attempt to exercise in some form each day for the month of August. Now, I know this is a little extreme because you ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:50:12 EST Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422366 Today marks the end of my blogging challenge. 30 days writing about my progress and thoughts on my health. Today was another day full of tired. However, I've had to push the tired away some to work and get the cat taken care of. Now its come towards the end of the day and I feel exhausted again. There has been no exercise and nothing out of the ordinary today. I will be keeping up with my water streak on Sparkpeople. I feel like this is a good thing. After today though I won't be writing eve... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:52:54 EST Exhaustion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421071 Today has been a day of exhaustion. I went to work but I wasn't there mentally. Then yesterday I broke my water bottle so I didn't start drinking my water until later in the day today. After work I met up with family and a friend, grabbed a bite to eat and came home then went to bed. Then I woke up and went back to bed again. Then I got back up, ate dinner and have been doing my sparkpeople. The plan is to go back to bed. <BR> My husband has this theory that between the long walk yesterday a... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:49:40 EST And away we go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420202 Today I didn't feel like exercising but I still needed 25 minutes to keep on a roll with the 90 minute spark streak. My husband asked if I wanted to walk around the neighborhood and I turned him down. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately... he asked again. So i went walking. It was tough and I was winded. But I walked and that makes me happy today. 30 minutes down... on to next week! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:08:22 EST Scheduling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419351 Today was alright. I got in my water for the day. However, I didn't exercise. I don't feel bad about not exercising except that it seems to be affected by my work schedule. Working retail means that I have an always changing schedule. Because of that I am not always prepared when the chance arises to exercise. I find this difficult. Lately I've been fitting in the 10 minute videos but it still takes some time for me to switch my mindset. So, I am feeling confident in my water intake and I thi... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:02:55 EST Water Rush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418378 Today has been a long day and because of that I haven't gotten all my water in. In fact before about 30 minutes ago I hadn't got any water in at all. So now I'm pushing myself to drink as much water as possible before I go to sleep. I don't count 12 midnight as the end of my day because I am still awake. Once I go to sleep, then I start over. It's just a shame that I end up pushing myself at the last minute. I'm just not willing to give up the streak yet. Nope, not yet. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:20:31 EST Starting at my own pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417229 Today I was off from work and it was relatively stress free. I always enjoy that. <BR> In terms of my health I don't have anything that just begs to be told tonight. I'm on track with my water goal (16 day spark streak! <em>244</em> ) <BR> I also did about 20 minutes of exercise today. I'm always a little fuzzy on how the warm up and cool down count. I've been including it in the time I enter. I've actually been doing some 10 minute workouts and it helps. I don't feel pressured to get a ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:12:00 EST Portion Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416028 That's all I read and all I hear about when it comes to changing my lifestyle. It's everywhere. Rightly so though. I struggle with my portions everyday. For instance, today when I came home I had two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. I was just really hungry and didn't stop myself. I did know I was doing it and mentioned it to my husband. So I consciously ate what I guess is the equivalent of two portions. <BR> <BR> I understand that controlling what I eat is very important. But... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:04:05 EST Having a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414937 Today was really good. I did 30 minutes of exercise and met my water intake goal. I also didn't take a... wait, I lied. I was going to say I didn't nap all day but I did. I just didn't take an extremely long nap like usually. Instead, I took a shorter one hour nap. I woke up, grabbed a shower and felt really refreshed. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to attribute this good day to though. I'm sure it is a combination of things. My main takeaway from today is that I'm only 2 days into the week an... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:03:09 EST Today was okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413725 Today was alright overall. <BR> <BR> I got up early and did about 15 minutes of exercise. I didn't get up on purpose though. My husband made me get up and get out and walk. I so didn't want to. I'm glad I did though. Getting up this morning really set the tone for this week. I feel like I can focus and get my exercise in easily this week. <BR> <BR> I was also reading on SparkPeople about going from being a night owl to a morning person and wondered if this was something I could achieve. I w... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:03:27 EST Figuring out Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412386 I usually write about my day towards the very end but today proves to be a little different. I'm scheduled to work and I could possibly be there after midnight. I hope not but there is always a chance. <BR> <BR> So it is to early to talk about my water intake and I probably wont get any exercise in for the day. But I do want to talk about some food issues we are having in the house. Since my husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes we have had a time trying to figure out what we should ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:40:55 EST Water and food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411899 I've taken to drinking water more regularly. It has become easier over the last few days. I'm not sure if that is simply because my only option is water or that I am genuinely doing better. Today I will have reached the same amount of days drinking water as my current spark streak. That means tomorrow marks the beginning of a new streak! This is a big deal to me since the original streak was from 2010. So on the water front I am doing really good. <BR> <BR> Now onto food. I suck at this at... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 22:06:31 EST Short Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411006 Nothing outstanding has happened today so I will just write a short update. <BR> I'm on track with my water goal. <BR> I've realized that I only have to exercise for 15 minutes and I can make the 90 min goal for the week. This is encouraging because it means that I could be starting another spark streak if I try hard enough. <BR> I've been unusually hungry today even after eating food. Actually, its been the last few days really with yesterday evening being an exception. So, it just makes m... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:10:07 EST Snack Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410092 Today was an interesting sort of day. I didn't monitor my water intake as closely as I normally do but feel like I've gotten in my 8 cups. I did however go on a small snack binge. <BR> <BR> We went to a friends house to celebrate the 4th and there were snacks. There were snacks and I was hungry. So, yep, I definitely went on a small snack binge. I will say that when it came time to eat, I didn't stuff myself though. I think that counterbalances the fact that I went snack crazy. The only hea... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:40:52 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409074 I don't have a lot that I want to write about today. I have still made my water goal for the day. My previous streak was for 12 days in a row so it looks like I'm getting close. <BR> <BR> I didn't do any exercise today, though I was offered a chance to go back to the gym I visited. I had to turn it down but I'm sure I could go back at some point. In fact, I'm thinking about the possibility of joining the gym. It's not that expensive but I know my financial situation. I also know my sense of ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:40:08 EST Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407933 Today, I'm a gym goer. I visited a friends gym and exercised for about an hour. I'm also on track for my water. Other than that I'm feeling kinda blah so I'm not going to write much today. I'll be back tomorrow and hopefully in a better mood. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:11:21 EST 15 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406750 Today's big highlight is that I did some exercise! I got 15 minutes under my belt doing various WiiFit games. This made my day and was extra nice because my husband did some of the exercise with me. <BR> <BR> In other news... <BR> <BR> I'm still streaking on my water intake. Today marks the 7th day that I made it to my daily water goal. Even still, I've reached my personal goal of at least 32 oz for many days beyond that. <BR> <BR> I'm also over 500 spark points this month for the first t... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:45:14 EST It's okay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405882 I'm okay. Still doing my blog challenge and doing very well. I have also made my water intake for the day. <BR> My biggest faults for the day would be the fast food lunch I ate which has to easily be 1,000 calories. I'm not in denial, I just don't want to know. =) The next would be the beer that I'm drinking tonight. It's never just one when I drink, its 4-6. The good thing is that I won't be drinking as much since my husbands diagnosis and medication. However, I do know that I have to slow ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 22:58:01 EST Meh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405072 Today has been a very "meh" sort of day. I was very distant mentally. While at work I had delayed reactions to conversations. Earlier in the day, my husband kept asking me what was wrong. He described it as looking like I was deep in thought, bad or negative thoughts. <BR> <BR> I'm still good on my water intake, another 8 cups today. I didn't get any exercise done however. To add insult to injury today, I ate some fast food on the way home from work. Fast food can be so incredibly tasting wh... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:16:53 EST Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404090 I've been reading through SparkPeople today and reading about all the changes to the points system. That's one thing that always happens. Change is inevitable. <BR> For instance, everyday I am changing. I have been focusing more on coming to SparkPeople and getting my points. I do this because it helps me focus more on actually changing my habits and my way of life. I know that I want to change. I want to grow. I want to lose weight and improve my health. <BR> Today was a good example, I con... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:27:59 EST So far, so good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402955 Today marks three days since I managed to get all 8 cups of water. Small spark streak, YAY! <BR> <BR> It also marks the 12th day straight of blogging about my health related thoughts. While I haven't attempted to do any exercise today, I am feeling really good about the day. I worked an 8 hour shift at work, which is retail so all standing. I didn't feel any depression symptoms and I'm still awake at 20 minutes to eleven. Which is great since I didn't get a nap. <BR> <BR> All in all, th... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:41:07 EST Today's Health Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401882 Today was okay. I drank my 32 oz of water and I still have time to get the other half in. <BR> <BR> In exercise news.... I didn't do any. I didn't have the momentum or inertia to get going. Which is funny because I have the best motivator ever. My son. Since I said I wanted to exercise he has decided that he will do it with me. We have WiiFit Plus so he always brings out the balance board and basically starts to chant at me "exercise, exercise." So far it hasn't worked. Though when he tried... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:01:27 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400748 Today was a really good day for me. I made the water goal of eight cups. I also got out and mowed the grass. The lawn mowing definitely counts as exercise for the day. So even after having a super early morning to contend with, I managed to do it after all. <BR> This makes me happy. <BR> Tomorrow I can only hope or rather aim for more of the same. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:53:20 EST Just another day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399493 I had a very early work day today and an even earlier one tomorrow. This all means that I am really tired, all day long. <BR> <BR> Today I got in slightly more than 32 oz of water. It was another no exercise day. I think I have all of 20 minutes in for the year at this point. <BR> <BR> Being awake was a plus for me. I struggle with this since I'm already tired, this work schedule just kills any other momentum. The depression is a big factor in the tired. <BR> <BR> The tired is a big fac... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:46:04 EST Quick Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398725 Today was a very lazy day. I didn't exercise. I did drink 32 oz of water. I just had a late night at work but then I have an early morning. It's days like this that I miss having a set schedule. <BR> That's all for tonight, I'll be back tomorrow. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 23:49:13 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397826 I didn't make the grade to day. I failed to exercise. But that's okay. I will do it one day. <BR> <BR> Today I was thinking about consistency. Well, really I was thinking "What do I want to write today?" That's how I settled on the idea of consistency. I'm not good with this concept. Which sucks in the long run. So many things run on the idea of consistency. <BR> <BR> In fact, this change of lifestyle that I'm undertaking is completely based in the use of consistency. That being said, I... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:55:51 EST Not today, Maybe tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396772 That's what I just said to myself. <BR> <BR> I didn't exercise today, maybe tomorrow. I did drink about 32 ozs of water, but I didn't exercise. Maybe if I keep telling myself that I will, one day I will. Then I will be able to say, "Today, I exercised" instead of maybe tomorrow. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:15:27 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395526 Today's topic is depression. <BR> <BR> It's all about my mental health. I have been officially diagnosed as having depression. I've had this diagnosis for a while now. This sucks. It makes so many aspects of my life more difficult. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I mentioned that I felt that there was another reason for my tendency to sleep a lot. This is my other theory. I think it is due to my depression. <BR> <BR> Depression tends to be a double edged sword. I sleep a lot due to depression, I do... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:21:25 EST Challenging Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394067 I've decided to really challenge myself. I'm going to push myself to write a little something on my spark blog for 30 days in a row. My only condition is that it has to have something to do with health, mine or my family. So far I have been doing okay but I'm only three days in. <BR> <BR> Today's health note included drinking water, about 32 ounces. Believe it or not that is up from practically nothing. Which kinda makes me sad since at one point I was easily getting in 8 cups a day. <BR> ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:37:12 EST What a Shocker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392543 So today was a day like any other. Wake up, take your husband to the doctor's, find out your husband has diabetes. <BR> Wait. <BR> Did I say like any other. I meant like no other. <BR> He has been in total shell shock since this morning. Unfortunately I'm not far behind. It's not what we were expecting in the least. Plus, you start to feel like you don't know what you'll do. What I do know is that I'll be standing beside him as we make some dietary changes. These changes will affect both u... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:29:43 EST Reality Check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391345 I just took a quick look back at my blog entries and realized that I have tried to "restart" my lifestyle change once ever year since 2011. So I had one good year it appears. I need to kick myself in the butt and do something different. Something that will actually work. Today I drank 32 oz of water. I guess its a start. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:59:41 EST One Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390318 It's been one year since I said I would start over again. I regret to say that I have really failed to make the grade. Somewhere along the way I mentally quit. At least that's what I think happened. I'm still not back at the top weight but I suppose if I let any more things slip I'll be headed there soon. <BR> So, err.... I guess this is take two. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:45:50 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928587 That's right, officially this time. I went to the doctor and was measured Monday. I'd gone up 5 lbs from where I was holding. This wouldn't be a big deal if I was trying to maintain a weight range. Instead, it signified that my thoughts and observations regarding creeping bad habits were indeed true. Slowly but surely the bad habits that got me to my top weight were slipping back into my life. Like when I don't drink any water in a day. Except that now that I have adjusted my body to being h... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 05:27:38 EST It's all about habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558029 I recently had this realization. It's all about habits. Habits run our life. We have a habit to be late or early, quick or slow no matter what the situation it is all about habits. That's what a change of lifestyle is. Put simply "changing your lifestyle means changing your habits." <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I was pretty sick. During this time I managed to start drinking my 8 cups a day of water. Once I was better I saw that I was still drinking my 8 a day. I was (and still am) extrem... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:14:02 EST So Far, So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4509177 So far I am at almost a full week of tracking the foods that I eat. <BR> I've also gotten in 8 glasses of water the last three days in a row. (This surprised me when I saw it on my streaks yesterday.) <BR> The only thing I am having a little trouble with is fitness minutes. Earlier in the week I got them just by virtue of working on my garden. Sadly, I am missing a few key elements and gardening is on hold. I'm thinking I will try to do a ten minute activity after I post this blog. I know i... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:56:24 EST Redo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491595 or restart or reset or something. <BR> <BR> No matter what I call it this amounts to getting back on the proverbial horse and kicking the crap out of it. (No proverbial horses were harmed in the making of this posting.) <BR> It's been a rough year and a lot of things have happened. All of these things have been stressful. None of this has included me working toward my goal here. However I am starting over as of today. (Luckily I haven't gained much of my lost weight back so that's a good th... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:46:10 EST UGH! Just can't seem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864550 I just can't seem to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I have started to actually backtrack even. I'm drinking less water, not tracking my food. I'm even 22 points from my yearly fitness goal but haven't exercised once this month. (no intentional exercise rather.) I have gotten to Stage 2 and restarted it between 3-4 times. I'm afraid I've lost focus and motivation. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I still want to lose the weight, I want to get on track but I don't know what to do anymore. I gu... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:10:47 EST speaking reality to gain perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737484 This is going to be short but I wanted to put it out there. I lost approximately 36 lbs since May! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The reason I titled the blog post "speaking reality to gain perspective" is because just saying it out loud made me realized what an achievement that is. That's 25 lbs on my own and 9 lbs since joining SparkPeople. This takes into account the inaccurate scale that I originally started weighing my self on. <BR> <BR> That scale was approx... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 20:31:30 EST Sometimes its the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687628 I did my weigh in this Friday. I remembered to do it ON Friday and not the next morning. (Or redoing it Saturday night to make sure the fluctuations are closer to accurate.) Nope, this time I measured it on Friday night. And YES! I rock. I lost another 2 pounds this week. <BR> <BR> I have only been on the site since Sept. 11th but I am measuring 6 lbs thinner. Add that to the 25 lbs I already lost since May and I am already over the 30lb mark. So far, I really haven't thought much of this t... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 20:12:31 EST Why Oh Why Morton? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3663448 Just being a bit silly but I have to say that salt is killing me! I mean really. Today we put together this delicious meal from slow cooked chicken, 90 second rice and chicken broth. We new using a 90 second fast cooking rice would have tons of sodium. We were prepared for that. What we weren't prepared for was having to make a batch of broth to put it in with the chicken. (I really couldn't stomach using the juices that had cooked out in the slow cooker and we were all hungry.) Just when we ... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 22:46:36 EST Did you know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3650143 ... that carrots were sweet? I sure didn't and it was pretty odd how I found out they were. <BR> <BR> The other day I needed to take in food for a lunch and thought I would grab some carrots to go with it. We'd had the mini carrots in the icebox for a week and hadn't opened them so they needed to be used. I grabbed a snack bag and my scale (since I was just starting to track calories I needed to know what a serving was) and got some ready for later consumption. Next came the problem. I NE... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:04:03 EST Just getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638588 Not a whole lot to say yet. I'm just getting started on the site. I have already started my weight loss journey in May but needed additional resources to keep up the momentum. **crosses fingers** wish me luck! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:07:00 EST