SUSANS706's SparkPeople Blog SUSANS706's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fitbit is doing the trick! I asked for a Fitbit for Christmas, and hubby was so glad to be able to get me something I really wanted! I absolutely LOVE it! I think it is doing the trick. I am moving so much more than I was before. If I see I am low on steps, I will take the stairs a few times or walk around my house to add a couple thousand steps to it. I also love the sleep tracker portion of it, I am sleeping much better than I thought I was, I just need to get to bed earlier. I love that it syncs to SP, and I c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:15:58 EST 1 year anniversary Well one year ago today I joined Spark People. I am no where near where I had wanted to be, but am a few pounds lighter than last year. While I have not lost what I have wanted to lose, I have gained so much more. First of all I have added more fitness in my life, I may not be the weight I want to be, I am healthier because of my increased fitness. I have also gained spark friends, who are in this journey with me. You have all sparked me on, when I have been in the dumps, inspired me with... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:27:49 EST First holiday baking session a fail!! Ok, I have got to get a grip on my "tasting" while I bake!!! I was not very good about it today, on my first batch of holiday baking, and I wasn't making my favorite items. Not that what I baked was terrible, quite tasty actually!!! I need to start chewing gum or something when I do my next batch, and while preparing my Thanksgiving meal. I think I tracked what I tasted very generously, have enough calories for a light dinner, no wine for me tonight! Cleaning up the kitchen, drinking water... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:44:57 EST Taking it day by day! I am slowly increasing my workouts, trying to string good days together. This is my danger zone of the year. I am going to battle my all or nothing attitude, and hope that I still lose some weight. I will be happy if I just maintain through the holidays though. I do not want to break out my "holiday pants" > Those are the larger pants I bought 2 years ago to get me through the holidays. 2 pairs of black pants, and a pair of jeans. I like having the variety that I fit into now, actually wa... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:37:25 EST Seems to be working! My new mindset and weighing every day seems to be working!!! Forced to stay home today, our water heater started leaking last night. Working from home, I tend to get into trouble, made my WW vegetable soup and some air popped popcorn. Next taking a windy walk with my dog. Praying for everyone in the NE. Sandy is one nasty storm. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:25:33 EST Changing things up! I know they say not to weigh yourself everyday. After reading another spark friend's blog, I think I am going to start again. I used to get up every day and weigh, I know some days are up, some days are down. If I have to face it, I tend to stay on track. I have been having trouble with late night eating lately. Last night I was up watching football, and thought" I was hungry". I reminded myself that I was weighing in tomorrow, and drank some water, and did not go foraging for food!! W... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:24:55 EST Willpower I think I may have finally found my willpower!! It has been missing for the past month or so. Every morning I was getting up, with such good intentions. Starting my day with a healthy breakfast, tracking etc. Most days I would make it through lunch, but then old habits surfaced. Emotional eating, taking that piece of cake, or cupcake, having an extra cocktail.......etc.....etc.....! Forget about the late night eating... I had done so well for so long. I think I may have found my mojo o... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:58:01 EST Whew, I'm a lucky one! My shoulder is finally doing better, I still have a way to go, and will start my PT this week, but I am on my way. Had a few rough days though, went back to bad habits. When I had my MRI they detected a spot by my breast, they wanted me to follow up. I was getting ready to make my annual mammogram anyways. The last few days were tough, waiting it out, but my test came out normal this morning. Just a lymph node that was enlarged because of my shoulder injury. I can breathe again. Did no... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:14:22 EST Got to find my patience. Report, came back, it's a tear. Getting some other opinions, but looks like more resting, icing, physical therapy ahead. I don't think it's bad enough for surgery, but I need patience to let it heal, so hard since it's my right shoulder. I do not like to accept help, am always the one helping others!! Got something to help me sleep, that should make me less cranky!! Sugar and I took a nicely paced walk today, kept my shoulder still. That in itself made me feel better. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:24:05 EST Hope I get an answer! Heading for that shoulder MRI this afternoon. Hope it is definitive and fixable. So over not sleeping, and not being able to fully function. Have totally laid off fitness except for dog walking. Wish me luck!! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:34:37 EST Saturday Going to a wedding this evening, so trying to budget my calories. I know I will go over some, but hopefully there will be enough dancing to work off some of the extras. Had a little progress with the scale this week. Had some social situations, and overall had fun, and did not go overboard with calories!! Woo Hoo!! I am heading into my dangerous time of year, and I figure every day I stick with my program, I will be all that better off when the holidays arrive. Still taking it easy on ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:58:24 EST Is this the beginning of a streak? Seems like I have a bit of a streak going here. Just a couple of social situations coming up. I just may make some progress !! Able to do some extra walking, but still nothing major, my darn shoulder is getting better, but so slowly. Something is better than nothing!! Not turning to food, when things get stressful, that is major for me!! Slow and steady!! Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:09:14 EST Consistency and moderation. Seems like I am doing the same dance, I have been doing in past years! I know why the scale is not moving. I can't seem to be consistent with my program. I string together some good days, then I have some crazy days, that I eat anything that is not nailed down! So no wonder I cannot seem to make any progress!!! I have been back in good mode, I wish I could figure out what sends me over the edge. I feel better when I do not over eat, and exercise, so why can I not make it a habit??? I gues... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:39:37 EST This may be really turning into a lifestyle change!! I am just fine when I am home, and cooking my food and tracking, I can so stay on target. Social situations can just throw me for a loop. I had a girls night out with Mexican food last night, and date night with hubby, and made great choices, stayed within my calorie range. and had a good time!!! <em>244</em> Even with cocktails!!! Let's see if I can roll this on through the wedding tomorrow, and shower on Sunday! Starting to walk some more, shoulder is still on the mend, but getting... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:56:15 EST Moving forward! Found out that besides neck issues, my shoulder pain is actually rotator cuff!!! It has not been getting better, but of course I have not been resting it as I should. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a major one, just annoying. I am going to do as the Drs' tell me, and rest and get my treatments, and put this in the rear view mirror!! Been keeping close to my calorie limit, and not eating my way out of it, so that is a positive change from the old me!! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:55:42 EST ABC's of me (borrowed from a sparkfriend) A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> Not really, I am more of a craft person. <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> Mayo and cheese <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Blue <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? <BR> Diamonds, definitely diamonds! <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> None. <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- we have not been to the movies in... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:18:21 EST Good week so far!! Had a major case of insomnia this morning. Woke up at 2, tossed and turned until 3:15, got up, and got busy!! I don't know if it is still my shoulder pain, or my worrying over a lot of things that my worrying about is not going to change. Did some laundry, and paperwork, all before 6AM!! Went to the office for my treatment. It is helping me so much. Really cannot do much strength training, but am taking my dog for her walks. It is so beautiful now, we go a little longer. Think I may be... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:32:59 EST Feeling better In less pain for the last two days, after 1 treatment. I got a MRI yesterday, and it shows that I have what they call "bulging discs" in my neck. Sounds kind of gross to me, but that is what happens before they herniate. Funny thing is, my neck does not hurt, my shoulder does! I do not know what I did, but it was clear as day on the images. Did my first decompression yesterday, and actually slept through the night!! Whew, I needed that! Helped co-ordinate my daughters move home today, no ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:10:19 EST Bad News- Good News Well, finally went to the office and got my x-ray, and it shows severe disc degeneration in my cervical region, which is most likely causing the pain in my shoulder. The good news is I am married to a Chiropractor, who has a spinal decompression machine. You would think I would be adjusted all of the time, but I never like to "bother" my husband after he has had a long day adjusting others. I had never had issues or a reason to get x-rayed before So got adjusted today, start my decompressi... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:12:31 EST Monday! Still in pain, but reeled in the emotional eating!!!! Managing the pain with Advil right now. Even did a little cardio today. Could not get to our office for X-ray, but a perk is, he is bringing home the laser machine, to work on me. Between the dog and I we should buy a machine for our house!!!!! Going to relax and ice and laser tonight!! Hopefully, I will sleep tonight, and it will get better everyday. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:17:16 EST Really????? Yesterday morning I woke up with some shoulder pain. Have had it mildly before, usually worked itself out. Yesterday, as I was running errands, it got worse and worse, so much so, it was giving me a headache. Came home and rested it, and then of course ate wrong, that snowballed into more wrong eating!! I am so mad at myself right now! I had controlled that monster all week!! Hubby (the Chiropractor) thinks it may be bursitis, or tendonitis. Today I am not much better, and with his hel... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 13:54:07 EST Been a good week so far! Have almost strung 7 good days all in a row, have not done that in quite awhile! I feel really good about getting through some major stress, and did not turn to food for once!!! Now to make that a habit. I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Keep Sparking!! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:10:06 EST Emotional eating- 0 vs me 1 !!!! Thanks for being there Spark Friends. Doing better today, we will find a solution, and it could be so much worse. It hit me, I would rather have our problem than theirs for sure!!!!! Best news of all, the Lemon bars and cupcakes are still in my fridge!!! I need to find them a new home, but now I'm thinking they are getting stale!!! I am proud of myself for tackling that emotional eating opportunity. ( I did not mention, that my husband was not home either, which usually gives me the go a... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:44:05 EST Grrrr, just needing to vent! Had my world turned upside down this afternoon, and trying like crazy to keep the emotional eating at bay ( those cupcakes and lemon bars from my friends bakery are still in my fridge)!!!!!! My youngest daughter who is in college, was supposed to move in with a childhood friend who goes to the same college next week. Well low and behold there is a boyfriend who is now planning to move in with this other girl. So they decided to look for a larger place unbeknownst to us. Got the phone call... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:18:16 EST Day 2 Day one went well, now let's see if I can get a streak of days together!! Meeting old friends for dinner tonight. She is a Lifetime WW, who was even featured in the magazine. She is "back on program" so we should keep each other on track! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:11:27 EST New month- new me!! My experiment with not having the scale out, seems to have backfired!! Going back to once a week. This morning was not pretty at all!!! Also pulled out my measuring cups/spoons, no more "eyeballing" my portions!!! Going to take a break from my cocktail consumption for a few weeks, even if we have some social situations!! Got out my 28 day bootcamp video, dusted it off, trying to shake up my fitness!! Taking veggies and greek yogurt dip to our neighborhood cookout this evening, even if it... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:36:48 EST Looking forward to September! July and August have not been my most stellar months. I seem to have no self control. I have been talking the talk, but not walking the walk (figuratively and literally)!! Still better than I was when I started SP, but not where I wanted to be at all at this time of the year!! So I am going to pretend it is January all over again, dig deep and find that self control, and make some more progress before the holidays are here, and I am in the same boat as I was before!! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:18:08 EST 3 years smoke free!!! 3 years ago today, I finally made one of the best health decisions I could have ever made for myself. I quit smoking cold turkey. I was a "closet smoker" for years after my daughters were born. Many people never knew I did it. I knew it was so nasty! I had quit for 6 years then, during my pregnancies, but then stupidly picked one back up, and battled that for 15 years! I really wish I had done it so much sooner, because I am not only battling quitting smoking weight, I double whammied mys... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:44:44 EST Dangerous days (actually nights) ahead !!!!! Tonight starts out a series of danger zones for me. It seems that all of my groups of girlfriends have all planned to meet this week. Tonight, I have a group of girl friends who have "girls nights" from time to time through the year. Every once in awhile, we rent a local hotel room with a shuttle service, who then drives us to our favorite Mexican Restaurant, with the most awesome margaritas! Then we go back to the hotel. We have a pajama party, play board games,talk, drink and eat more!! N... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:11:32 EST Liking my break from the scale. Friday is my usual weigh in day, but since I broke up with my scale, I had no worries this AM!!! I feel thinner, and more energetic. My clothes are fitting different. I have had a great week, thanks to Spark Coach, and starting a running program. I know I have made progress, but I am not going to let the number get me up or down right now!! I did not have time today to work out after all, a meeting got changed, but I have been running errands, and did the park as far away as I can routine... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:35:05 EST One of those days! It's been one of those days when I start a dozen projects, and get nothing completed!!! That even includes my fitness plans. I did not get it out of the way the first thing this morning, so other than walk the dog for a little bit, I have not completed that!! It seems like when I "work at home" I don't do either job well. It did not help, to have some computer issues, but I touched on 5 things for work, and did not complete those either!! Going to go get on the treadmill, then finish the ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:59:43 EST Bye, Bye scale! After reading a few blogs here on SP, I have decided to take the scale out of our bathroom completely. I have tried to break up with it before, with no success. I have had too many days, where I am feeling so good, step on the scale, and it has either not moved or gone up!! Totally messes with my mind and attitude!!! I try to only weigh myself once a week, but with it sitting right there, I cannot resist the temptation to hop on it, because it has to have gone down, only to be disappointed... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:04:17 EST Why? I just can't figure myself out. How and why do I "fall off the wagon" and make such bad choices, when making good choices makes me feel so much better!!! Why do I make a "bad choice" and not just move on? I tend to be a it's all or nothing kind of gal. I must work on this moderation thing, you would think at my age, I would have learned it already!!!!! I am only on day 2 of being back, and feel so much better. I love that soreness that comes when you wake up some muscles that have not bee... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:15:56 EST It is time! It is time to get myself back on the down roller coaster track! It is time to stop the uncontrollable eating, the not tracking (because it would be horrible), the talking myself out of working out!! I do not know why this is happening because I still want the same goals. I tell myself, that I am not that bad, but then I look at my BMI, and it is not healthy. So it is not just how I look, I still need to do this for my health!! I was going to do the same old, I will start on Monday rou... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:21:21 EST I didn't forget how to use the treadmill!!!! It had been so long, I just thought I might have forgotten how to use my treadmill!!!!! Ha!!! Lucky for me, it all came back quickly!!!!! Felt really good to get back into the fitness mode! I plan on making frequent visits from now on, so that never happens again!!!!! Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:01:08 EST I'm back,------ sort of! July has been a horrible month for my program. First i was sick, then had company, have been stressed out, eating poorly, no fitness, hardly sparking. Trying to get it together, but I leave for the final vacation of the summer tomorrow. Kept sabotaging myself, saying you are leaving in a week, or a couple of days, why start again now!!!! Not too smart I know! Going to visit my family. I am bringing my walking clothes, will try to be good, but I know I will not be good all the time! My daug... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:34:36 EST What is next? Got over my flu, now my ear issues have fired up! On my way to the Dr, but first had to bring my dog to the vet. Suspected tear in a ligament, it would be like the ACL for people!! Right now, not definitive, we are going to try resting, and anti-inflammatory drugs. My hubby is also using cold laser on her (helps his patients, so why not?) Still trying to figure out how I can completely rest a crazy dog!! She is slowing down a bit, but need to leash walk her in the back yard (so much for ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:50:36 EST Who knew? Who knew you can get the flu in the middle of the summer? Just spent 3 very uncomfortable days with aches, fever, and the most horrible headache you can imagine!! I had no other symptoms, no cough, no cold, no pain anywhere else, except for a scary bout of chest pains, but that ended quickly. Pharmacist told hubby that it is going around. Lucky me! The good news is, I got better in time to celebrate my birthday with my family!! Glad that is over, now on to getting going again on being healt... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 08:13:28 EST Uh Oh, Man Down No fireworks tonight, it is pouring rain, we so need it. My garden and grass will be so happy! Not that I would have gone anyways, feeling very achy, weird, and headachy, almost like my skin hurts! Very strange, never have experienced anything like this! Going to go to bed soon, hope it is gone in the morning, whatever it is!! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 21:47:48 EST Hit all my goals today!! I am always over or under, but every nutritional goal was in range, even got my fitness in not as many minutes as I wanted, but 30 is better than nothing!! Woo Hoo!! Going in the office a little later tomorrow, so 60 minutes fitness it will be!!!!! Thanks to all of you who lifted me up! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:43:15 EST Again! Well I am "back in the groove" again, after a horrible week! No fitness, terrible eating. It seems if one piece falls out of place (like not being able to work out) the whole program goes caput!!! Would love to figure that out. Planning on starting tomorrow morning with my friendly treadmill, I always seem to have better days when I start out like that! I have stocked up on healthy foods, and ready to start my birthday week off right, cause you know I am going to have cake for that!! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 17:22:54 EST Why do weekends fly by so fast?? Looking forward to one more day of spreading mulch and planting some shrubs. Yesterday was a killer in the 90 plus heat, but I stayed hydrated and took some breaks. My legs are telling me I did some work!! Heading out much earlier today, plus I am working in a shady area. It's been a productive weekend, and getting prepared for another work week! Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:40:37 EST Bad News- Good News Bad news, got to the concert, and got rained on. Thought we could wait it out, but just got soaked. Decided we were all going to be wet and miserable, so packed up and headed home. It's too bad because the band was good! Good news- had allowed extra calories for the evening, since we bring adult beverages, and food, did not need to use them!!! Busy home day today and tonight, nothing social, so I do not need to juggle calories!! Woo Hoo, may make it through a weekend on program!!!! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:26:30 EST End of a pretty good week!! Well it's the weekend, looking forward to a concert tonight, and getting the rest of that darn mulch spread!! My tomato plants are looking good ( I do them in containers, as my patio is the only sunny spot). Can't wait to get my first one's off the vine. Stayed pretty steady this week, need to keep stringing those good days together. I did let the day slip away, and did not exercise today, but will make up for it tomorrow!! Happy Weekend all!!! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:05:55 EST Love the changes! Really liking the new fitness tracker! So much easier to use!! Great job SP!! Did not have to work early today, so finally was able to add some strength training today! Felt good, now off to work this afternoon. Almost to the weekend!!!! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:11:34 EST Thanks Again Spark Friends!! Thank you all for your encouraging words, yes busy is better. But sometimes, if I do not plan, I get into trouble!! So far a good day, sliding into the weekend!! Woo Hoo!!! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:51:50 EST Another busy week! Another person out sick, more extra hours. Backsliding on my program. It is so easy to fall out of healthy routines!! Trying to find time to workout, plan, track! Hanging in there!! Figure, it would be so much worse if I were not trying at all!! Tue, 19 Jun 2012 20:47:04 EST Happy Father's Day Enjoying Father's Day with my husband and girls, taking him to his favorite Italian Restaurant after church this afternoon. Miss my Dad, even though he has been in heaven for many years. Hope everyone is enjoying their families, and the day! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:43:02 EST Gardening is my workout today. Rare cooler June day here in Atlanta, hubby and I are going to finish spreading mulch, we are expanding it farther in our back yard. I figure hauling, bending and raking is going to count for my fitness. Triple benefit, workout, enjoy the day outdoors, make our yard look prettier!! Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday!! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:15:44 EST It moved a little! Weigh in day today, the scale moved, but not as far as I would have liked it to. I still have not taken off all of the vacation weight. It took me a week to put those extra pounds on, why is it taking me longer to take it off??????? Oh well, I am not letting it frustrate me anymore, and maybe I will think twice about my indulgences, the next time I need to make that decision of having "just one more bite/piece/drink, etc" Well off to get my workout in, have to go to the office again today... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:37:55 EST