SUSUSUZZZIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUSUSUZZZIE SUSUSUZZZIE'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/ Back on the trail, new shoes and working through a slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654924 Hubby and I enjoyed our first trail run in quite several weeks. We did an easy 5.5 miles with about 400 feet of elevation gain (300 ft in a short span). I haven't been on the trails since my 10k last month. (A couple 5 AM trail runs don't count because I can't see outside my headlamp beam). The sunshine and beautiful springy weather were just what we both needed today. <BR> <BR> I was able to try new trail running shoes for a maiden voyage and I think I have a winner. I didn't think... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:13:30 EST First 10k, a 10k trail race - Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625935 Beautiful location. <BR> It was windy but it got much worse after I was done. <BR> I didn't have a real goal other than finish, have fun and hopefully get done within 2 hours. <BR> I had fun and I got done in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Not fast but it was hilly and I had to walk up hills more than I expected. <BR> <BR> A few shots. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685398805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I passed this guy going up hill :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:29:05 EST Today 8.39 mile run/walk on trails including some tough hill repeats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612529 <em>363</em> My goal was to do 7 miles today. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I estimate that I ran at least 2/3rds - 3/4th of the total distance/time. <BR> A slow pace but still running. <BR> <BR> It was sometimes difficult to talk myself in to continuing the run or picking it back up but I was motivated by knowing it was making me stronger, especially when I didn't want to continue. <BR> <BR> I did it by myself. I used to have to have my husband or a friend to get out there. I've been do... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:02:26 EST Challenge this week: Increase sleep to 7 hours per night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605729 To do this I will: <BR> - go to bed by 9 PM or earlier and at least by 8:30 on days I get up at 4AM <BR> - limit the amount of time I read in bed <BR> - do everything possible to honor my personal time and stop working before 7 PM <BR> - pre-plan and pre-track my food and eat what I planned and tracked to avoid the need to shuffle/edit pre-tracked food which is a waste of time. <BR> - meditate 5 times this week <BR> - make sure TV is off well before bed (eliminate needless noise) <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:53:48 EST Nearing 1000 Days of Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599489 I've been reflecting on my upcoming 1000 days on SparkPeople. This reflection ties to changes I want to implement but will hold until I reach the milestone. This post is a little premature because I'm about to get busier (I don't know how that is possible) with a job change (a promotion, bigger team, but still stuck with old job until replacement found) and I'm starting to do more run-training (for sanity and just to keep pushing). With the new job, I realize I'm going to have to make c... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:23:18 EST 2013 Highlights and 2014 Initial Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578401 2013 Highlights <BR> <BR> MILES <em>48</em> <BR> - Goal=750. Actual=878 (around 1200 miles in 2012) <BR> <BR> WEIGHT <em>346</em> <BR> - 1/1/2013=171. 12/31/2013=162 <BR> - (LOW: 4/4/13=160; HIGH following low: 10/12/13=165) <BR> - In Feb. I reached the important milestone of weighing less than hubby! <BR> - I learned that my size medium is the same as other people's size medium <BR> - I'm still 5 pounds from my original goal of 157 <BR> - Fit in cute dress for a wedding tha... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:01:53 EST Gravity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571294 Finally! A picture of me with both feet off the ground at the same time. <BR> <BR> I should have made this an official goal because it's been a long-time hope. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863510156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:06:53 EST Getting stronger! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570620 So much is going on these days. It's like this for so many of us this time of year. <BR> <BR> On top of all the normal life stuff, there is more work to do at me job while somehow trying to take time off. There are employee issues (1 on a performance plan, one looking for his next big thing, and 1 interviewing an exciting career move. ) There is new technology creating temporary added work for my team. Then we all have had extra vacation and holiday time off of work. You know, more wor... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:34:39 EST My first 5k Trail Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560067 It was cold - very cold for us at 22-23 degrees. At least it wasn't windy. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Little Hotties in my shoes and gloves, and thank you super-awesome warm running pants for after the race. <BR> <BR> I even made a costume. What has happened to me? The Suz I know doesn't do costumes. <BR> <BR> It was a fun and challenging course but not because of steep inclines. The challenge was the frozen-tundra-like ground with numerous gigantic frozen-solid mole mounds and unseen... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:01:45 EST Streaks have to end in order to better them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558014 I'm sadly reporting that my 72 day 10,000 steps per day streak ended Monday. <BR> <BR> I had such a hard time getting that step streak going after surgery in Feb. I find it easier to keep streaks going than to start them. I'm determined not to falter in the early stages of my new streak. <BR> <BR> Work has really amped up as it does this time of year and I made a conscious choice to let the streak go rather than stress myself during a stressful time at work and while I'm not feeling 100... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 23:30:01 EST Trying Turmeric Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543761 I've wanted to incorporate turmeric into my diet for a while, mostly for the anti-inflammatory benefits - but also it is reported to help or prevent conditions from Alzheimer's, arthritis, some cancers, colds, infections of several types, liver problems just to name a few. <BR> <BR> There's a lot of info. out there on the benefits of turmeric. Here's just one link: <BR> <link>umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/t<BR>urmeric </link> <BR> <BR> I looked at turmeric supplements because I'... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:23:27 EST Today's Trail Run Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538605 The sun came out today. I wanted to FEEL the sunshine on me but I went into the shaded forest because I couldn't stand the thought of pavement. It was beautiful and a little brighter and dryer than normal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Highlights <BR> *4.2 Miles <BR> *65 minutes of run/walk time (I stop my app when I stop for pics) <BR> *Run time at least half of the total <BR> *Was the only car when I arrived and the trails felt creepy for a while and then very peaceful <BR> Had the bejeezus scared out... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:42:41 EST Hiking-Running-Staying Fueled-Running for Points-Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538391 This weekend I hiked/ran 9 miles with my 3 nephews, my SIL and my hubby. The boys did great and we all had fun. It was supposed to be a semi-level route but there were lots of small hills, obstacles, and puddles. <BR> <BR> I love the idea of getting more and more miles under my legs and I dream of the calories I'm going to burn but eating for weight loss has to take a back burner. Eating to stay fueled in order to go the distance and prevent legs and all from getting tired is counter we... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:29:49 EST Trail running in the dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506455 Last Wednesday evening was the last group trail running in the forest at night for several months. We're moving to paved trails and tracks until daylight returns. But I hope to take hubby out a few late evenings so I can get my forest fix. <BR> <BR> I took hubby out for a hike Friday after work. He didn't love it but he isn't familiar with these trails, he didn't have a good headlamp and we have since learned that he had the beginnings of an ear infection that messed with his balance. He... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:51:28 EST 17 Days until 1 year anniversary of losing 100# - Goals for next 17 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495969 I'm 17 days away from celebrating keeping 100 pounds off for a year. I've lost 12-17 more since then and I really want to get to my overall goal of losing 120 so I can set a goal for my maintenance weight (probably around 160). <BR> <BR> My 17 day goal focus is on a portion of my existing goals that need attention or will help me solidify streaks and reach my overarching goals. <BR> <BR> 17 days of eating what was planned (only exceptions for adjustments need for activity changes and incre... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:03:28 EST Small steps worth celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494380 Today was another busy and less than stellar work day. I sat in front of my laptop and barely moved a muscle since I sat down at 5:45 AM. I only had 331 steps at 4:00. I was also super hungry and I knew practically any meal would put me over sedentary calories. <BR> <BR> I was tempted to go to the Y but that would have meant shaving my legs (LOL) and coordinating with hubby who was not interested in working out tonight. It was also pouring rain which meant the Y would be really-really b... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:33:37 EST New Trail Personal Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488797 I remember how I couldn't even make myself go to check out B. Rock State Park when I was at my heaviest and unhealthiest. I didn't want to be seen or try and block others from going up the trail as I huffed and puffed. <BR> <BR> While working my way through my first few days of the Spark-program, I made this one of my medium-term goals. Since then it has served as a measuring stick for my overall progress. About this Mid-Term goal and the hike (May 2011): <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:22:01 EST Lots going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482169 My parents arrive this week. It will be nice to see them but it's always a challenge. I'm trying to be positive about it. And especially try to be thankful for having parents who love me (in their unique way). <BR> <BR> My grandmother passed this weekend and it's been hard not to be able to go back and spend time with family. She was in her late 90s and lived on her own up until about two months ago. I hope I can make it to 98 and live independently like her. There's lots I could say... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:25:13 EST A-Ha! Or DUH! is more like it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459391 It occurred to me tonight that I'm eating very close to my calculated daily burn most of the time. <BR> <BR> In the past I carefully noted my calories in/out in my Excel tracker and then reviewed trends and made adjustments. I think that habit fell to the side and was forgotten during one of my ultra-crazy phases. <BR> <BR> I'm still tracking but I'm not reviewing. I'm not analyzing (this is darn embarrassing!). I'm not reflecting on this part of it. I've had a feeling I was missing... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:02:42 EST I joined a 6 week trail running group http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448981 After being inspired to run after a recent 5k with co-workers and then experiencing leg pain on a treadmill 5k, I went on an unsuccessful search for a book or information on running form, strength training and conditioning. I needed help if I wanted to better my time and to really be able to run <BR> <BR> About a couple weeks ago I happened upon a 5k running class for all fitness and running levels/abilities that was starting in two days. It wasn't too far away. It was a time of day I c... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:22:33 EST Goals for next few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436822 1. **Healthy Lab Results** (they were great last time don't let that slip!) <BR> <BR> 2. Hit **Healthy BMI** for next Dr. visit (then consider goal weight) <BR> <BR> 3. Get this **Goal Weight** thing done! (glider reward?) Move to maintenance! <BR> <BR> 4. **Great Fit in new dress** for wedding in September - it just fits - it won't take much to make it fit like it was made just for me <BR> <BR> 5. **Improve 5k Time**in Sept. <BR> <BR> 6. **Practice yoga** <BR> <BR> 7. More **... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:43:43 EST Time to use my energy for what I can control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435195 Yesterday morning I started thinking about how to dig deep to the old feelings I had when I started here (over 110 pounds and 2 years ago). I wanted to feel that same sense of urgency that helped drive my success for so many months and pounds. As much as I want to keep my old life in the past, I can't afford to put it completely away at this stage. Not only do I need to remember it, I NEED to really feel it and draw some of that energy to keep me on the right path while practicing making ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:00:31 EST Planning a small change to reap big rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433707 One of my Spark Goals that I'm streaking is Pre-plan and track meals 7 times per week. I'm doing fine with that goal, but I'm not consistently sticking to my pre-planned meals. Not only does this mean I'm probably not eating as healthily and balanced as I should, it means I'm wasting a time. <BR> <BR> Time to get this one under control. <BR> <BR> This is a small goal I can manage right now and the success will be beneficial in many ways. <BR> <BR> Resetting that goal planning for t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:13:49 EST Sat Highlights (Part 2) Raising Awareness and Funds for Domestic Violence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428360 This is a part two from my Highlights from Saturday & 5k #7 Blog <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428340 </link> <BR> <BR> I organized a work-team's participation in a 5k benefiting a domestic violence organization that was held yesterday. We had 14 on our team and a little more info. can be found in Part 1, along with more information about my day. <BR> <BR> There's a lot I could say here, but trying to keep it brief. <BR> <BR> - This ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:01:42 EST Highlights from Saturday & 5k #7 (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428340 Yesterday highlights: <BR> - Drop dogs off at day care for overnight stay and head to Seattle for long day <BR> <BR> - Seattle REI (actually left without buying a thing - has to be a first - didn't need anything and really wasn't in a shopping mood) <BR> <BR> - Parked and walked to brunch - indulged, but not over indulged (key); was planned for a long and active day <BR> <BR> - Walk to Sounders, met IRISH and family - so good to share a hug and see her smiling face, and catch up for a few ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:39:27 EST Looking for the lesson so I can get over this hurdle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423472 I need to make and keep me a priority. Taking the lazy way out and self-soothing isn't helping me at all. It's actually quite damaging. I'm not going to wait until I've lost all of my good habits and dreams to learn that lesson. <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:20:40 EST Wish this foot would get better soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407969 I running shoe shopping today hoping I could get something that would cushion or make my foot and big toe joint feel better. I have come to the conclusion that it's not my shoes - it is the joint after being fitted with several pairs of shoes. It is very stiff with little flexibility. It hurts more than I expected and probably more than before surgery. Before surgery the pain came and went and was most noticeable after being active. Now it hurts almost all the time. I think I'm favorin... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:45:45 EST Awareness helping mood management and I AM the same size Medium as other people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399579 1. Awareness has helped me react better when I feel stressed. Still going to the doc to make sure hormones are in check or figure out if anything else is going on. <BR> <BR> 2. We just returned from a grueling day of helping family move from one house to another. Silly me wore a white jacket (what can I say it was way to early when I got dressed this AM). I was very fearful the dark sweatshirt my sister-in-law loaned me wouldn't fit. After all, she is so much smaller than I can eve... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:53:15 EST Finding some success in challenging times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392592 I ate too much for breakfast yesterday with my husband's family but it was so good and worth the calories. (...so glad that breakfast place is 2 hours away) I also had lots of activity so it really wasn't that bad overall. Breakfasts like that, especially following a few weeks of eating more than I should and eating too much of the wrong things can be a huge trigger for me to continue the pattern. <BR> <BR> My parents shared some heavy stuff when I called dad for Father's Day. Basically ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:11:42 EST Posting to hold myself accountable for food - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386463 I've been on an ice cream kick. <BR> <BR> I'm still eating my planned healthy foods but I've also been eating ice cream, brownies, and I had a cupcake. I've also been eating lots of extra nuts. All was worth the calories except the cupcake. <BR> <BR> I've been journaling and reflecting about why and what to do about it. <BR> <BR> (And my diet is balanced with 10-14 servings of veggies, more than enough fiber, lean protein and healthy fats and more - the issue isn't that I'm not eat... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:48:50 EST Plan, Prep, Track, Measure, Live, Reflect, Learn, Adjust, Persevere, Support (Non-linear) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377109 Finally a new Vision Collage! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442806223.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Continue weekly meal planning and prepping <BR> <BR> Track food and exercise and other goal progress <BR> <BR> Measure food and self (scales, measuring cups/spoons, tape measure) <BR> <BR> Live. Get out there and try new things. Enjoy in moderation. <BR> <BR> Reflect on progress, challenges, emotions, triggers and look for lessons <BR> <BR> Apply lessons to learn an... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:39:15 EST Need changes but I'm so much better than 2 years ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361611 Just posted this on my activity update and I wanted think about it more. <BR> <BR> SUSUSUZZZIE is hoping work schedule can change soon so can get back on track. This is getting old and tiring. Starting to CRAVE time to focus on me and my goals. <BR> <BR> "Craving time to focus on me and my goals." <BR> <BR> WOW! What has happened to me? <BR> <BR> What a difference a couple years makes. I used to do anything possible to avoid thinking about goals, the future, the now or me. <BR> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:40:55 EST Two Year Sparkversary and Misc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354548 Hi Friends! Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <em>375</em> <BR> I want to take time to drop by and say hi to each of you; to see what you've been up to; to send goodies and to give a real update but I'm lacking time (yes, this definitely sounds like a broken record). <BR> <BR> I'm doing well. <BR> <BR> I realized today is my 2 year Sparkversary and I have not reached my goal to reach 157. In fact I'm up 3 lbs. I'm good with that given all that is going on and my lack of real effort and th... Sun, 12 May 2013 23:34:44 EST Good day today. Planning for success tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342662 Today went well but it wasn't easy. In a way I like that it isn't easy - it reminds me how much work I did to get this far and how much work it will take me to reach all of my goals. It reminds me that this is work and it will never be completely easy for me. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a challenge...work retirement potluck for a manager I quite like. I'm supposed to bring something but I'm unprepared and will hit the store at the last minute. I'm taking my lunch and I'm going to avoid th... Wed, 1 May 2013 23:46:19 EST Not on track with food. Ate Chocolate Chips. Foot Update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341351 I ate chocolate chips. I even searched to find where hubby hid them from me. Why? I don't know. I wasn't particularly stressed. I wasn't hungry. I was craving sweets. I dumped out the rest (what a waste) and I'm coming clean here. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm planning to have some grapes after lunch to take the sweet-craving edge off. I have grapes and wish I'd thought of them. I have lots of healthy sweet options but chocolate was calling and willpower was still on a beautiful hike back ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:10:02 EST Need Food Accountability AGAIN and Hike Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340160 We had a nice vacation including some planned, earned and somewhat balanced food indulgences. All of that was fine, but as usual after allowing those empty carbs back in turns into a death spiral of more-more-more. and my willpower apparently is still back on vacation. Add some extra stress and hormones and it becomes too easy to continue making bad choices. <BR> <BR> So here I go again using my blog to kick my butt back in to accountable (to me)-gear. And I'm restarting my goal jar for ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:36:48 EST My tummy shrunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324421 I realized today that my stomach has shrunk. I don't mean the waist or belly measurements. I can't eat as much as I used to eat even if I wanted to. I can't eat as much as I ate 3-4 months ago without feeling very uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I don't think I believed this could or would happen. I thought I would have to feel deprived and hungry. <BR> <BR> I wish I would have really known or really believed this would happen long-long ago. (There I go again, wishing for something to be di... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:45:49 EST Three pounds from original goal - what's next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322753 Right now my weight is fluctuating between 159 and 160 (officially posted 160) which puts me close to my original goal set May 12, 2011 to lose 120. <BR> <BR> During February and March I read quite a bit about ideal weight to try to figure out where I should land. <BR> <BR> <BR> Height/Weight Charts: <BR> - 135 is the midpoint of the range based on my height <BR> - 148.5 is the high end of the range for large frames <BR> <BR> This is me squeezing my fingers around my wrist as tight ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:07:59 EST Surviving and Learning from Overwork-Load http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322633 I'm giving myself one more week of overworked focus and then my exercise will be a bigger priority. I can overwork effectively for periods of time but eventually it takes a toll on me. I will not allow myself to slip into that pattern which has been hard for me to overcome in the past. It leads to me heaping everything that isn't right with myself/the world on myself and pushes me deeper into the couch. <BR> <BR> Vacation starts in less than a week. I'll be working some, but it will be ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:00:22 EST Trying to shake tire marks from the bus off my back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313436 I'm tired <BR> I'm jittery <BR> I'm shaky <BR> I need good restful sleep <BR> I need to stop thinking about the mountains of work I have in front of me when I'm not working <BR> I need to turn off the trouble-shooting so I can get a much needed break so I can achieve max productivity when I am working <BR> I need exercise <BR> I need to sweat <BR> A meeting yesterday didn't go well <BR> I was tossed unexpectedly in front of the bus by a peer <BR> It wasn't pretty <BR> The unexpected part was... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:15:29 EST Walking to give my brain a break from work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311219 I'm having trouble going to sleep, staying asleep all night and not waking too early. The cause is overworking without giving my brain much else to do or think about. I'm even dreaming about work. <BR> <BR> After trying to force work out of my thoughts and non-work into my thoughts for about an hour, I finally got myself and hubby up at 4:15 to go to the gym or walk. I haven't been to the gym since surgery and after walk-success on Sat., we decided fresh air and being outside would be be... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:58:48 EST Enacting Food Accountability plus Misc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308651 I'm about 5 pounds from my original goal to lose 120 and I really want those last 5 pounds gone before 5/12, my SparkVersary. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with chocolate. I don't stop with the small amounts planned. I eat it when it's not planned. (And it's not even Easter Chocolate - just chocolate chips) <BR> <BR> It is time to get the goal jar back in action today. <BR> <BR> Also posting my food plans and if I stay on plan for my accountability. <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> K... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:52:32 EST Foot-healing milestones are good for morale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297560 My foot surgery was 6 weeks ago this past Friday. I've been to the doc for a few checkups and everything is moving along fine (just slow in my eyes). I don't have to go back for another 5-6 weeks and I have my orders about what I can try, what I shouldn't do, what is ok, and what could be a problem. My wound is healing nicely with just a couple little scabby places. That reminds me - I need to look in to what I should put on the scar. <BR> <BR> Today I am celebrating two foot milestones.... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:53:49 EST Addressing my avoidance and procrastination challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290077 I'm working on being mindful about my procrastination and my avoidance. <BR> <BR> Like all, I have a lot to do in a limited amount of time. I need to be more mindful to make sure I'm not avoiding what needs to be done. My worst procrastinations are usually related to work projects that take my own time. <BR> <BR> Step back almost two years and my pre-Spark-self used work to avoid everything about me. Numbing myself in work was an easily justifiable excuse. My current-self has fli... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:57:46 EST ...But when she was bad she was horrid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283000 There was a little girl, <BR> Who had a little curl, <BR> Right in the middle of her forehead. <BR> When she was good, <BR> She was very good indeed, <BR> But when she was bad she was horrid. <BR> <BR> - Henry Wadsworth Longellow <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53489633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I'm good, <BR> I'm very good indeed. <BR> <BR> Ok, When I do bad I'm not quite horrid, but <BR> <BR> Some call it "all or nothing" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:06:35 EST Terrific Day! Pancakes, New Driver's License, New Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280311 Today was my planned pancake breakfast outing. Our favorite breakfast place is about an hour from here; about mid-way between my in-laws and our home. We packed me, pillows and ice packs into the back of the car so I could prop my foot up on the center console and headed to breakfast. Riding like this turned out to be very easy on the foot. <BR> <BR> For some reason we left much earlier than needed. With lots of time to spare, I suggested that we hit the DMV for my driver's license rene... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:54:20 EST New NSV - I can fit hubby's hiking pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279375 I bought a couple pairs of good hiking pants at an outlet last fall. One pair was little too small so set aside for future. It was too good of a deal to pass up. The other pair replaced the saggy-baggy things I'd been wearing too long. <BR> <BR> While in the closet, I decided to try on the pants to see if the recent losses have helped. <BR> <BR> THEY FIT! <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Took them off and noticed the tag said "S"...what the..? <BR> <BR> I know I never bought siz... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:39:50 EST Another boring blog about my calorie range (this time increasing cals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277640 Yesterday and last night I was hungry - very hungry. So hungry I woke up in the middle of the night hungry several times. (I also had strange sci-fi dreams and I don't really watch sci-fi so I don't know where it came from. It wasn't because of eating spicy foods or chocolate. Perhaps hormones?-I hope hormones don't cause crazy dreams like this!) I don't mind the hunger, but that combined with feeling a little drained tells me it is time for an adjustment. <BR> <BR> By the way, it is r... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 15:52:28 EST A Streak of Beauty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276383 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493839774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was supposed to get that streak (at a little higher range) started by the end of Jan. <BR> <BR> Looking at my blogs, you can see I've been thinking A LOT about food and calories this year. Finally on 2/22 I created a plan that has helped me get my streak started. I have three goals, each with $1 payments, a penalty cost and an added bonus at the end of the week. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_publi... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:10:59 EST Weight loss and muscle loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274199 My weight is still moving down but I'm not able to celebrate. I don't really get why it is dropping like this right now. I don't feel like I'm doing enough for it and I wonder what is wrong. <BR> <BR> Prior to my early Feb. foot surgery, I started attempting to transition to a lower calorie range to offset for a sudden decrease in activity due to surgery. There were some lower low-cal days than in the past but not many. That lower calorie goal was to maintain, not to lose. <BR> <BR> Two... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:19:40 EST