STYLELADY1's SparkPeople Blog STYLELADY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feb 26 All set to go to Sculpt class tonight! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:56:11 EST Feb 25 So tired - all from Power Yoga! Phew - they call it 'power" for a reason! <BR> Ate more greens today - getting much better at that. I am trying to concentrate on the positive habit of eating MORE of something - vegetables and fruit - instead of eating less of something (the bad stuff). <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:08:07 EST Feb 24 Did strength exercises today. Quit the treadmill after .80 miles. The treadmill has been really tough this winter. Even though it's --- cold outside, I think I need to start running outside. I just need to bundle up. <BR> Eating not too bad - breakfast works well, and so does dinner, but lunch is often too much. I think I use it as a procrastination tool to delay going back to work after lunch. I will explore portioning my food for lunch. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:26:30 EST Feb 23 Not a bad day. No exercise, but plenty of walking. Made a homemade meal - Skillet Lasagna, from Spark Recipes. For someone who doesn't like to cook, that is a big thing. My week is planned out - exercise, and some R&R which I need. Plenty of other Mom stuff to do but will do it. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:17:04 EST Feb 22 Not a bad day! Put spinach in my chocolate shake again today. Sounds icky, but amazingly, the taste is not affected. I had a half a bag of spinach without feeling like I was eating vegetables. Cooked dinner tonight - cooking is always a big accomplishment for me. The crowning achievement was running 3 miles straight on the treadmill. I haven;t done that since December. <em>182</em> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:41:33 EST Feb 19 Exercising just did not happen today. Oh well - there are worse things and I won't worry about it. Good news - eating has been very good so far, keeping up with fruits and veggies. More tomorrow! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:34:11 EST Feb 18 Only 1.5 miles running omn the treadmill - hate that machine, but it's so cold out. Videos were much better than running. Did arms, legs, abs. Pretty good! <BR> <BR> Also - made homemade soup for dinner!!!! Ate vegetables & fruit during the day instead of carbs. <BR> <BR> Lots of improvement today - aiming to keep it going tomorrow <em>9</em> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:32:45 EST Feb 16 Run 4 miles, pilates glute video, pilates arms video, chiro exercises, stretch Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:43:21 EST Goals today - Feb 14 In FLA visiting my Mom. Goals today: go for a run, stretch, some strength such as abs, legs, arms. Hope to do that! MAybe steal some quiet time - not sure I can do that with the crowd arriving today. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:29:20 EST Progress on Feb 13 Ran outside. Pilates lower body workout - video on PopSugar. 3 Spark People stretching videos. Also did chiro exercises <BR> <BR> Goals for rest of day: walk outside, have a relaxing dinner. <BR> <BR> Goals for tomorrow: run outside - longer distance. Do abs video, arms workout. Stretching videos. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:12:42 EST Slow progress, but learning I am making really slow progress on my weight loss, but I am learning some lessons. <BR> <BR> Lesson #1: Two steps forward, one step backward. It seems like this is true of everything in life! Just learn to live with it. <BR> <BR> Lesson #2: Be persistent. If progress happens at the rate of two steps forward, one step backward, that is still one step forward. It is still progress! So keep going. <BR> <BR> Lesson #3: protein and produce - it's a winning combination. Choose unrefined food, a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:53:55 EST "enoughness" Is there "enough" in your life? I think we are all missing something, or at least we feel as if we are missing something. Is it something emotional? Probably. Are we filling up that lack with food? Most likely. Will the food fill up that emptiness? Not a chance. <BR> <BR> The job we all have, is to determine our lack of "enough". Where do we feel we are lacking? Clearly it is different for everyone. And is it rational? I'm sure it's not. Anyone reading this blog post has access to a compute... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:56:42 EST Hungry For Change - the movie Last night I watched "Hungry for Change". It was great - I highly recommend it! So much good advice, so much to learn. <BR> <BR> Here are a few highlights that made an impression on me: <BR> <BR> 1) Sugar is a drug. Stay away from it! <BR> 2) Diet soda can make you fat - stay away from that, too! <BR> 3) Whole, plant foods are best (I knew this, but good to hear it again) <BR> 4) Chia seeds are excellent - they help to clear toxins out of your system <BR> 5) Visualization is a great way to ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:13:57 EST Eating for "the hunger to come" This writing prompt I'm using tonight is from Geneen Roth, who has written extensively on the subect of emotional eating. <BR> <BR> Many of us - myself included - eat for "the hunger to come". What does this mean? This is when we say to ourselves, "I'm going to get stuck somewhere for the next three hours with nothing to eat, I'll get really hungry, so I might as well eat now to stave off the hunger, even though I'm not really hungry now. Have you ever done that? I have. <BR> <BR> Why do I ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:23:56 EST Habits - New and Old, Good and Bad There is a saying: "Motivation is what gets you started, Habits keep you going" or something like that. The key idea is, our successes come not from any one big framatic thing, but from the buildup of lots and lots of little things. I agree. <BR> <BR> So...what are my habits, what am I trying to work on? <BR> <BR> Start the day with a green smoothie <BR> Green juice at lunch <BR> Green Juice at dinner <BR> Aim for live, whole foods, avoid foods with a wrapper or a package <BR> only milk in ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:27:22 EST Goals & Intentions for February 11 - 17 My intention this week is to live as healthfully as I can, given my crazy busy life! My goal is to consume greens, and aim for a green smoothie in the morning, a green juice during the day, and a green juice in the evening. <BR> <BR> More goals: <BR> lift weights at gym <BR> talk to gym manager about switching trainers (a delicate issue) <BR> do positive visualizations every night <BR> write in my journal <BR> Exercise every day <BR> get in touch with some friends <BR> get enough sleep this... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:53:36 EST Taking time out to Recharge I am 44 years old, and for the first 44 years of my life, I have always felt the need to do more. Do this, do that, be an overachiever. Don't slow down. Go, go, go until you can't go anymore. But now one of my "resolutions" aka goals for 2013 is to do less. <BR> <BR> Why? Because if I do less I will take care of myself more, and if I take care of myself more, I will be able to eat better. <BR> <BR> Emotional eating is turning to food for comfort. So, there are two parts of preventing emoti... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:28:42 EST What I feel good about this week This week I have started juicing! My juicer arrived on MOnday, and my goal is to have at least one glass of green juice every day. I know some people go on juice fasts, lose weight, become vegan, etc. That sounds great, but I'm going with baby steps - just one juice a day. <BR> <BR> I am lucky, because my workplace has a kitchen and in the kitchen are a variety of appliances we can use, including a juicer. So yesterday and today I brought juicing vegetables with me to work and made a juice i... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:08:22 EST So, so tired..... It's only 7:18 pm and I am about ready to collapse from exhaustion. Why? Not sure. However, I work full time and have two kids and a dog, so I definitely have a full schedule. And last night I was up later than usual, and I've always been a person who needs a lot of sleep. <BR> <BR> So, I'll just get to bed early tonight, and let the to-do list slide a bit. That's ok. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:20:20 EST Green Juicing My juicer arrived today, and I put it to work. My first green juice wasn't bad! My goal is to have one juice a day from now on, and see if it makes a difference in how I feel. I would like my skin to clear up. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:01:31 EST Eating only the right amount I went out to dinner last night and was very conscious to eat only the right amount. What is the right amount? The right amount is what is takes to satisfy me. And that means under the right conditions - i.e. eating slowly, talking to others at the dinner table. <BR> <BR> I had a green salad for an appetizer and offered my husband some of it. Not to offload the salad, but to eat slowly. I did have some tortilla chips(it was a Mexican restaurant) but then moved the basket over to my husband'... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:22:36 EST It's the weekend! what should I do regarding my health and fitness project? <BR> <BR> Strategies for today and tomorrow: <BR> 1) work on desk work, which I am behind in. Catching up will make me feel much better in general, and on top of my life, which will help with feelings of control. <BR> 2) be sure to get some great exercise both days! And I have this planned out. <BR> 3) eat slooooowly and relaxed, taking breaths in between eating. <BR> 4) think about what's really important in life - family, frie... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:06:43 EST More thoughts on emotional needs vs. food needs Some nights I come home feeling like I need a comfort food dinner. Other nights I feel like a need a glass of wine. Rarely do I come home feeling like I need to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book (or my computer). But the third option is really what I need the most. Why? I'll tell you my thoughts on this. <BR> <BR> Fortunately I am very happy with my job, but I am always glad when it's the end of the day and time to go home. When I go home, I need to de-stress, relax and sett... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:14:03 EST Progress on January 26 ...Well, not a whole lot of progress because I ate more than I should have. On the other hand, I did a lot of thinking about the whole question of emotional eating, and I had some good ground-breaking thoughts. First of all, I am realizing that I am emotionally needy every day. We all are, it is just part of being human. However, as adults, we need to learn to take care of ourselves, and not confuse emotional needs with out food needs. Those are two totally different things. There is nothing ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:39:19 EST That hungry feeling in my tummy.. It seems when I stick to my plan and eat just enough for the day, I am hungry before bed. There is nothing wrong with that, I'm a grown adult and don't need as much food as when I was younger. And somehow the empty feeling is ok to deal with at night. I suppose if I can deal with it at night, I can deal with it during the day. But during the day I do pretty well, and don't get very hungry. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:50:08 EST After a long run I ran 11 miles today in the cold and wind. Wow! I am SO glad that's over. It was my last long run before the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Arizona on January 20. If I run 11 miles two weeks before the race, I'll be okay during the race. Next weekend, one week before the race, I'll run 6-7 miles. <BR> <BR> My training plan before races is simple: shorter runs and other exercise during the week, then a long run on the weekend. <BR> <BR> After this race, I'm going to take a break from long-dist... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:51:47 EST Back on Spark People! Back on Spark People after a long hiatus. 386 days - long enough! I was just doing other things. I joined - and quit - Weight Watchers. I have done a LOT of sports/fitness events, and now I'm taking charge of my eating. Have some weight to lose, so it's an adventure. However, I'm convinced of the vale of blogging my way to fitness, and Spark People is a wonderful community for that, so here goes <em>30</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:48:12 EST Experimenting with cooking I have gone back and both with cooking. Sometimes I like it and will make a big effort, other times I thing I would find eternal happiness if a chef and a kitchen cleaner-upper just moved into my house. <BR> <BR> However, until the day comes that Curtis Stone moves in (wouldn't THAT be great!) I guess I will have to do the bulk of the cooking myself. And really, it's not as difficult as I sometimes make it out to be. <BR> <BR> I've been finding vegetarian, low-calorie, high-fiber, high-nutr... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:22:57 EST Stretching even when I don't want to I now have a daily habit of stretching - I'm very proud of myself! For most of my life hated stretching because I wasn't very good at it. I'm still not good at it - still about as flexible as old, dried wood. But - I should still try! In fact even more reason to give it a good try every day. I keep hoping I will get more flexible. Maybe I've gotten a smudge more flexible, it's hard to tell. But, I'm forging ahead. And now I'm off to do my stretches! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:55:31 EST Making the transition to greens I had a big salad for lunch today. I've eaten three fruits already. And next on my list is two steamed green vegetables at dinner time. These are some of my nutrition goals for this week. Can I do it? <BR> <BR> I can just hear the fellow Sparkers saying yes, you can do it! And I bet I can. But, it just takes getting used to, thinkinking about it, and giving myself pep talks. Rome wasn't built in a day. And we all need to be patient with ourselves when changing big things, like what we eat ev... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:13:34 EST New Nutrition goals I went to a nutrition website today, entered my info and it generated some goals for me. Fortunately - and it makes sense - these goals were aligned well with SparkPeople goals. Here are the recommendations: <BR> <BR> 1 large green leafy salad a day <BR> 1/2 cup beans/legumes a day <BR> 3 fresh fruits a day <BR> 1 oz raw nuts a day <BR> 2 servings of steamed green vegetables a day <BR> <BR> And there were a lot of "nos", such as no fried foods, no white flour, no whole-fat dairy, etc. But f... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:56:13 EST Some days you have toke it easy... I have a cold and feel crummy today. Ugh. I am thinking about the exercise I won't be able to do. can't go full speed all the time and some days you just have to take it easy. <em>102</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2011 12:26:00 EST Yay! I tracked food today! I tracked my food today! Well, not on Spark People, but on a note pad. I wrote down everything I ate, and counted calories. And - I stayed on track! A good day. <BR> <BR> I am slowly learning to relax about this whole food tracking thing. Interestingly enough, I am giving myself permission to do it my way - that's better than not at all, isn't it? <BR> <BR> For some reason, it just seems too cumbersome to enter it on the computer. I realize I'm not getting the nutrition data from SP, but, w... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:09:26 EST Working on my running pace! Today I did a long run of 8 miles. My pace was 10:09! Last week it was 10:29 - this week was a big improvement. Now that I am tracking those long runs, I'm improving. <BR> <BR> next on the list - tracking my food <BR> <em>4</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:33:08 EST Doing what I don't like to do I realized today I hate tracking food. Actually I have known that for a long time - which is why I never do it - but I just realized today that doing what I don't want to do is really the key to success. We all have some bugaboo. Food tracking is mine. <BR>'s not that bad really, and I suppose lots of other people don't like it either. I'll have to think about this some more. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:32:53 EST September goals 2011 Today is Labor Day! While I've been checking in on Sparkpeople consistently, I really haven't been using it since the end of October 2010. Time to get back! The best way to start is to list some of my goals for September. As usual, I have many: <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Maintain my long runs: 8 miles, 9 miles 10 miles <BR> Strength 3x a week <BR> Stretch every day (I like to do this) <BR> fast runs on treadmill <BR> Other fitness: Zumba, Spin, bike rides <BR> <BR> Diet/Nutrition: <BR> Eat slo... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 09:30:05 EST Pre-P90X - getting ready for the big one! Okay, I have finally succumbed, and realized I need to do P90X. After all, I'm a new Beachbidy coach and I need to set an example, right? Plus my goal is to try out as many of the BB programs as possible. <BR> <BR> Because I am somewhat scared of P90x, I am taking a "pre-week", where I am sampling the different programs, reading the book, trying out the pull-up bar and getting myself psyched up. This may not be the orthodox way to go, but it is my way. I just need to look and feel a bit bef... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:53:30 EST Believing is better than not believing I realize that is something of a crazy title. However, I have found that on the days that I believe I can stick to my nutrition plan, I do better than when I do not believe. Sounds like simple pop psychology, but somehow it is true. I have always liked to exercise, I feel good about my athletic accomplishments and exercise comes easily to me. Yet there are many times when I feel powerless when confronted by food. Food seems so good, comforting and an easy fix. <BR> <BR> I had a thought brea... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:36:32 EST Yoga - trying to learn more I went to Yoga today, and it was tough! And, it was only a level 1-2 class. So I have work to do. Trying to get stronger and improve my flexibilty. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:30:16 EST The Eternal Battle to Eat right - and less Gosh, eating right and limiting my food intake is an ongoing situation. My weight is not terrible - I'm at the upper end of "Normal", but it sure could be better! Plus, I have gained 20 lbs over the last 20 years and that is definitely NOT a good trend. <BR> <BR> But, I keep going back to the drawing board and trying again. It seems that most people who are successful say to never give up, just keep going. Sounds like good advice to me. <BR> <BR> This summer I have experimented with all k... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:40:06 EST Second 10k results! I may have fallen off of my SparkPeople login schedule, but I stayed on my running (and resting) schedule. The results paid off at my 10k yesterday, the second one of this season. I finished in 1:00:15, with a 9:49 pace. I wanted to do a sub-10:00 pace, so I am happy! I shaved about 8 minutes off my 10k time. Woo Hoo! <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:10:27 EST No butter on my lobster (or is it Lobstah?) One of my summer rituals is a lobster dinner on Cape Cod. When you grow up in New England, and vacation on cape Cod, it is hard to miss. <BR> This year, the lobster dinner was tonight. Yummy! I found out, the lobster is just as good, and less greasy, without the butter. Heaven knows how many calories I saved. And no dessert. And I had a great time! <BR> <BR> Onward and Upward. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 21:15:36 EST Back to Spark People When I started on SparkPeople, I jumped in full swing. I maxed out my points every day, and did everything I could possible do. Then the inevitable happened - I slacked off. M diet and exercise habits have not slacked off, but my participation in SparkPeople has slacked off. Notice my lack of blogs in a while. <BR> <BR> Well, I am back. Maybe this time around I won't do everything, but I will get back in the swing of things on this site. After all, people who check into a weight-loss suppor... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 11:53:18 EST DIY Bootcamp No I haven't done it yet today, but plan to. I'll report back in. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:27:39 EST Completed the 10k! And my time was 1:07:03, with a 10:48 pace. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a terrible night's sleep, and it was pretty tough this morning. But, I finished! The nice thing about running in the morning is that I am done with exercise for the day. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> I have another 10k scheduled for August 21, so as the Cubs say, wait 'till next time! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:08:17 EST Preparing for the 10k I did 22 minutes of walking on the treadmill, then a 40 minute stretch class from Turbo Fire. Then more stretching on my own. It felt great! Would love to get better at stretching & holding certain Yoga poses. <BR> <BR> Now on to a pasta & veg dinner, no wine or other alcohol, and a leisurely evening. <BR> <BR> Then my alarm is set for 5:30 am so I can go run my first 10k since 2004! <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 18:39:19 EST Running in the Heat :( Today it is another, predicted, 90 degree day. When you have a 6 - 7 mile run planned at 6;15 pm, that is not good news. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> But, my running buddy is prepared to take it slow, walk if necessary, and there is always wind at the lake. <BR> <BR> It will be a hot sweaty, long recovery time after. But I don't have any Friday night plans, just the running. And sitting in front of my fan for 30 minutes afterwards. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:30:53 EST Five Month Goals - by 12/15/10 I have been inspired by other Sparkers who wrote down their goals and then met them. I have written down goals in the past and kept them to myself, so here is my attempt to declare my goals in a public forum. Yikes - let's see how I do. <BR> <BR> Five months from now is December 15th. That means there will be winter weather, and all kinds of holidays and year-end deadlines. Work, school, family and friends should all be busy for me. And the new year - 2011 will be just weeks away. <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 22:39:02 EST FleetFeet Running Group Every Sparker seems to have a favorite exercise, and running with the FleetFeet group is my favorite! I love that I get to log my miles and eventually win free stuff (recognition!) I love running outside, in a different place, and the seminars and raffles that they occasionally have. <BR> <BR> Last night was 5.5 miles - Yay! <BR> <BR> And - my calories were good yesterday, so I felt good about that. <BR> <BR> Today I am doing well on eating so far, and I hope to report back tomorrow. I rea... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:37:13 EST Pilates Reformer - First time Well, I can finally say I've been on a Pilates reformer - you know - those scary tables with springs and handles that look like the modern version of a medieval stretch rack. And I survived! <BR> <BR> I bought a "Daily Deal" (like Groupon) for three one-on-one Pilates sessions at a local studio. I thought that would be an easy way to try it out. I am glad tried it! I have now been to the studio, I liked the place, parking was easy (no small item in the city!) and the people were nice. <BR>... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 14:11:53 EST