SURSHIRE's SparkPeople Blog SURSHIRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Different victories My scale broke yesterday. Well, not broke so much as the battery ran out. Not surprised, seeing as how I use that sucker every day. When I'm "on the wagon" anyway. <BR> <BR> So I realized I'd have to figure out other ways to track/see and celebrate the small victories that keep me on the right path to getting healthier. See, I feel like getting healthier is the ticket. If I eat better and exercise more, the whole "getting skinny" thing will pretty much take care of itself. So I figured... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:00:51 EST The food/workout continuum It's kind of like the time/space continuum, which, never having taken physics, I couldn't even begin to explain to you. I read A Wrinkle in Time, but that's about the extent of my quantum physics education. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I will admit, there are days when I don't/can't work out. I mean, I can walk for ten minutes waiting to pick up a kid off the bus, but the whole "workout clothes, getting sweaty, committing a half hour to an hour of my day", on some days, just can't happen. As long as... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:30:40 EST Food: The main event or something else? Years ago, I had a conversation with a man. He was the dad of a boy my son played hockey with and was in great shape himself. I don't remember how we got started talking about food but at some point in the conversation he said, "Food is more of an inconvenience. I eat it because I have to, but sometimes it's a pain." <BR> <BR> That statement has stuck with me for years because I remember at the time feeling jealousy. I remember thinking, "How awesome would it be to not have food dominate... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:36:12 EST Fear is a 4-letter word I heard someone say once that every negative feeling we have is based in fear. And in her meditations, on her inhales, she would breathe in a "good" word, i.e. strength, patience, focus, happiness, peace, etc. to encourage bringing that good thing into her life. But on the exhale, she would breathe out the word "fear" to release fear from her body. Fear of not being good enough, fear of what others think, fear of failing, fear of rejection, all of these things that were bringing negativit... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:57:06 EST How do you keep from starting over? Stop quitting! <BR> <BR> I mentioned, in the last year, to my best friend, that I had found some stretches to do, post-run, that help me avoid that terrible muscle soreness whenever I've restarted a running routine. Her response? Stop quitting and then you won't need those!! <BR> <BR> Hmmm, there's a novel idea! Stop quitting and just keep doing it. Well, that's how all of it's supposed to work right? Stop quitting eating right, stop quitting going to bed on time and getting enough s... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:34:56 EST No feet dragging.... Sometimes, when somebody starts exercising, or starts "eating right", it's with complaints and grumbling and drudging and a general negative attitude. Focusing on all of the things they'll have to stop eating or how much earlier they'll have to start getting up to get their workout. Or how much fun other people will be having while they're stuck working out or eating only "rabbit food" or not enjoying that cocktail. <BR> <BR> But not me. I jumped off the wagon two months ago and just as h... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:59:08 EST Hi honey, I'm home! Kicked some winter/springtime butt this year! Participated in a biggest loser type contest among family and came in second place with a weight loss of 6.87%!! It was fun and I had actually started on the getting healthier journey prior to the contest, so I was comfy in my ways of how I wanted to do it and do it right this time (see previous blog posts). Also participated in my second mud run/obstacle course and had a blast. <BR> <BR> But then the contest was over, training was over and I ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:36:20 EST Six pounds down I started this weight loss/heathier me journey shortly before christmas and in that time, through eating better and trying to move every day, I've lost a little over 6 pounds. I've also lost more than 2% body fat and gained muscle! I'm excited about this for many reasons. I mean, duh, losing weight's half the point right? But also because I'm not doing some crazy elimination diet, I'm not swallowing pills, I'm not starving myself and I'm not working out 100 hours a day. I feel like I'm d... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:39:18 EST Perceptions Change Couple months back, I went to a concert. I hadn't started, or restarted, this weight loss/fitness journey so I was feeling rather frumpy-housewife-ish. I felt pretty good in what I was wearing that night though: jeans, black boots and a fitted black v-neck shirt. I had no disallusion though that I in any way resembled the very fit 20-somethings in the crowd, but I also had no desire to look/dress as they were. <BR> <BR> Near the end of the concert, I wanted to buy a tshirt from one of the... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:03:46 EST Sometimes the scale doesn't tell the whole story. I know there are a couple schools of people out there when it comes to the bathroom scale. There are those who loathe the scale, whether it's because they're afraid of the truth or feel that people rely on it for the wrong reasons, they just hate it. There are some of us who are in love with their scale. I know that the number can change for a myriad reasons, but the scale is my little reminder each day. Either that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing or yup, that extra piece of whate... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:24:10 EST Not a Hammer, But Still a Tool Been sick the last couple of days. You know the kind. Four boxes of tissues and three bags of cough drops later and you finally stop sounding like you've smoked 3 packs a day for 30 years. Can't say I worked out every day. Gave myself a few of those days off. Did walk a time or two on the treadmill. Funny thing is, when I walked on the treadmill, I could actually breathe through my nose! Good motivation, but not enough to do it the two days I truly felt craptastic. <BR> <BR> But I got... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:44:16 EST Calories and Fat Grams, Oh My! So I looked up recently to find out how many fat grams I should be taking in on a daily basis to lose weight the right way. Saw a couple different things. One said under 60, one said under 50. One said Take your age, multiply it by the number of full moons in your birthday month and subtract the first number on your license plate. Okay, I might have changed that one a bit, but there was definitely math involved. <BR> <BR> I worked for a bit as a life coach a few years back and there was ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 20:25:09 EST Restaurant dinners are expensive....calorie-wise!! Tonight, Grandpa is coming to pick up the kids for an overnight so Nanny can take them to a cool Lego meeting tomorrow in Virginia! That means hubs and I have a date night opportunity! Since we have a couple of Outback Steakhouse gift certificates, we decided to go there for dinner. I always order the same thing and enjoy it. We don't go but maybe once a year, so it's a nice treat. <BR> <BR> Since this week's jumpstart challenge includes tracking your food for a couple days each week, ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:20:26 EST Slow and Steady FINISHES the Race! That's always been my motto. I don't care if there's people beating me in a race I'm running. As long as I'm moving (and preferably not the LAST person in the line) then I'm making progress. I have a very competitive husband who always likes to challenge me to try to beat him. I don't need to beat him. I just need to improve on what I did the day before. I saw a motivational poster recently that said " The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday!" LOVE T... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:45:00 EST Treadmill Therapy So, I had one of those days at work today. You know the kind. Where when I talk about it I want to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and lots of exclamation points and maybe even a few other funky characters to express my frustration level. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is, earlier in the day, it was pretty slow, so I got on the treadmill and walked for 30 minutes. Had to stop once or twice to handle a phone call or two, but did 30 minutes, burned something like 150 calories and felt good that I had ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:40:08 EST Yummy Salad Haven't gone to get groceries, but I had to stop at the store to grab stuff for dinner. So I grabbed a couple different things for the makings of a salad and when I got home, I grilled up some shrimp from the freezer in a pan with a great seasoning mix. Tossed that with the veggies and a confetti bean salad and MAN! That was a good dinner! Perfect post-workout meal too. Lots of veggies for the fiber and the micro nutrients. Lots of beans for fiber and protein and yummy shrimp for prote... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:48:15 EST 2013 - The Year of Me! HELLO January 1st! <BR> <BR> Got off the treadmill, starting the year right! Excited to do something, EVERY DAY, to make me the best me I can! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:14:03 EST New Year, New Me! So I read recently that cardio is awesome in so many ways. It's great for building cardiovascular endurance, losing weight, toning up, all that good stuff. However, a study was done <link><BR>ips/fitness-facts-and-fiction-revealed<BR>/myth-4--boosting-cardio-the-best-way-<BR>bypass-plateau </link> that showed that people who cycled for 30 minutes everyday lost 3 pounds of fat (YEAH!) and gained a half a pound of muscle in 8 weeks. That's not terrible. ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:40:21 EST Merry Christmas and HEALTHY New Year! So, I didn't so much fall off the wagon for the holidays as I jumped, wholeheartedly, with both feet right off that thing! Focused on finishing crafting/baking gifts, getting shopping done, kids christmas concerts and just in general getting ready for the big days to come. <BR> <BR> Now that those days are blissfully over (New Year Eve is always spent at home with a couple friends just having a quiet good time - too many kids between us to pay for a babysitter!), it's time to get back into ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:06:39 EST Cheese and Machinery Oh Cheese, what a love/hate relationship I have with you. I LOVE to eat you in all of your many forms, but how I hate the guilt I feel after I indulge. Down 2, up 2. And I think I can blame cheese. <BR> <BR> But today's a new day, we have a brand new treadmill in the house and after my first run on it today, I might have commented to my husband my intent to leave him and marry the machine. I LOVE it!! Talk to me in a couple weeks/months and see if we're still on speaking terms, but fo... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:46:42 EST I must be doing SOMETHING right! Hopped on the scale this morning and I've lost a little over 2 pounds. That in just a couple of days can mean a couple of things. I know the body fluctuates on a pretty regular basis within a couple pounds each way, but I'll choose to see it as the effort I am making is moving me in the direction I want to go. Walking every day. Trying to eat less crap and work in some veggies when I can. I had a couple buckets of wine at the company Christmas party last night, but all in all, I think I'... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:18:32 EST Today is just as good a day to start as any! Not sure why it seems that all of the exercise programs I've ever tried have always said to start on Monday. Is Monday a magic day? Does something secret happen on Monday that affects your ability to stick with a program or make you work out harder? Somehow, I don't think so. <BR> <BR> So today's my "Monday". I've read some random Spark emails that hit my inbox (not sure I even remember how I got signed up with Spark) and I almost feel like I don't have a right to complain because I don'... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:20:24 EST