SUZECOOKS's SparkPeople Blog SUZECOOKS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life Matters Kind of a deep blog title, I know. I need to get my act in gear. I keep dabbling in getting healthy and fit and then I don't make the time for ME. I have to now. I am continuing to gain weight, I don't get hardly any exercise and I'm indulging and drinking my fav wine too often. It's showing and I feel it every day. <BR> <BR> I'm starting by participating in AF challenge. I am getting back in to daily exercise and working on making time to get outside for walks. I am meal planning an preppi... Tue, 2 May 2017 17:37:30 EST Mental Preparedness I need to get my mind set right. I know what I want, I know how to get there. Now I need to identify the obstacles and prepare how I'm going to react - and WHY. <BR> <BR> I want this. I'm close. I want to be healthy. I want to weigh less and I want my clothes to fit nicely. <BR> <BR> I need to eat healthier, fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables and I need to exercise more. Regular strength training and lots of cardio. <BR> <BR> I'm seeing results after just a few weeks. I'm feeling... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:28:55 EST What I've learned with BLC25 <BR> The best experience I've had with this round of BLC is getting to know my teammates better and staying involved the entire round. <BR> <BR> I have learned that I start off strong and I do best when I am motivated by someone who is really making progress towards their goals. I liked having an accountability partner. I started struggling around week 8 and then stopped tracking and eventually gained back a few of the pounds I lost. I almost made goal for the challenge but lost my way tow... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:56 EST BLC25 Weigh In Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's all I'm going to say! Wed, 28 May 2014 14:09:04 EST May 19 - 25 PreSeason for 21 day FIX I've started prepping for the 21 day FIX. It's a Beach Body workout. You may have heard of p90x, TurboFire, Insanity. Same company, different program. I will get a handle on portion control and develop my workout routine. Same concept as other for loosing weight: eating fewer calories, working out more. It just works. <BR> <BR> My goals this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Write out my goals and reasons for wanting to lose weight and do the program <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Take measurements <em>248</e... Tue, 20 May 2014 17:03:01 EST Week 1 Celebrate and Week 2 Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is on my refrigerator and I'm taking it to my daughters house this weekend when we visit. <BR> <BR> I'm on my way to where I want to go! <BR> <BR> How was I successful during week 1? <BR> * Ate less, tracked everything, planned ahead <BR> * Ate more veggies <BR> * Exercised more <BR> * No booze calories. NONE <BR> <BR> What are my goals for Week 2? <BR> * Stick to plan on the weekend <BR> NO WASTEFUL BOOZ... Wed, 7 May 2014 13:26:48 EST BLC25 Fitness Test <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not fit. Not yet. But I'm working on it! <BR> <BR> This is my before picture. I prefer to call it my "beginning" picture. <BR> <BR> I took the fitness test today, Monday, May 5. Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Push Ups: 16 modified <BR> * Goal is to do 20 regular push ups. I have always done modified, even when I was in better shape. <BR> <BR> Crunches: 46 crunches <BR> * Goal is to do 55 strong <BR> <... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:56:18 EST I miss my friends We moved a year ago and now live about 4 hours from where we lived for 25 years. When I travel back to the city for doctor appointment or for work, I avoid my friends. When I see them or when I see family, I always bring up my weight. I just realized today that I have been hiding because I'm embarrassed by the gain. I'm missing opportunities to be with people I love - people who love me - because I have put on about 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> I feel sad. A little ashamed, Embarrassed. Not just a... Sun, 4 May 2014 00:42:59 EST BLC25 Goals - Hope you see less of me I've really been battling the bulge this past year. I was so darn strong and healthy just a while back. That means to me that I can do it again! I will reach my goal this round. <BR> <BR> #1 Goal: Eat less, exercise more <BR> #2 Goal: Be confident <BR> Use affirmations and visualization. I'm pinning sticky notes with goals and encouragement <BR> #3 Goal: Load up on veggies. Try harder. Get 5 freggie servings a day. Plan for it. <BR> <BR> Do not lose focus. Figure it out. How can I kee... Sun, 4 May 2014 00:32:49 EST BLC24 This Ivory Falcons Fitness Test Results Today is day 3 of Week 3 of BLC24 and I did my fitness test. I will do it again at the end of the 12 week challenge. <BR> <BR> Perform each exercise for 1 minute and record the results. <BR> Results at the beginning of the challenge: <BR> 1. Modified push ups - on my knees: 18 <BR> 2. Push through crunches: 50 <em>402</em> <BR> 3. Lunges: 15 each side <BR> 4. Plie squats: 32 <BR> 5. Biceps curls with 8# weights: 22 <em>362</em> <BR> 6. Plank: held for 1 minute but it was HARD! <... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:30:22 EST BLC24 Goals & Rewards This is the first week of the Biggest Loser Challenge. I have 12 weeks to meet my goal of losing 9 pounds. <BR> <BR> My overall goal is to get to 142 - 145 pounds and maintain. <BR> I can accomplish this goal by counting my calories every day and staying in range, getting in at least 200 fitness minutes each week and eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> STEPS: <BR> Use the SparkPeople tracker for food and fitness minutes. Participate 100% in the BLC24 Ivory Falc... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:11:51 EST Today and Tomorrow I love lists. I feel great when I can check something off as done. My new challenge that I joined suggested that I write a "today" check list and a "tomorrow" list. <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> 1. Count calories and stay in range <BR> 2. Walk for 30 minutes. No matter what. Even in small blocks of time <BR> 3. Workout one way or another <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings or more of fruits and/or veggies <BR> 5. Is today a green juice or smoothie day? <BR> <BR> TOMORROW <BR> 1. What's on my meal plan? <BR> 2.... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 23:04:40 EST What's next? Planning for BLC "Break" The BLC Challenge is almost over. I don't want to start the next round at the same weight I started this round so I need to have a plan. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be extremely busy because I'll be moving and settling in to a new home during the few weeks between challenges. I want to pay particular attention to what I'm eating and fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> 1. Set clear defined goals <BR> 2. Track to my goals <BR> 3. Be accountable <BR> <BR> * Eat 5 + servings of fruits and vegetables eac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:20:39 EST Why the Yo-Yoing? This is not a game I want to play. Lose a pound, gain a pound, lose it, gain it. Up and down. What is stopping me from losing and sticking to my plan? <BR> <BR> I got comfortable. I started to play games with myself. I let life happenings get in the way of my goals and I used them for an excuse. I got in to the binge a little, work it off by Wednesday weigh in routine. Some weeks it worked, some it didn't. Every Monday I hit reset. What is my plan to change my ways? <BR> <BR> 1. How bad do I want this? List pros and cons ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:18:48 EST Rebooting I am doing my own type of a cleanse. I need a reboot. I keep challenging myself to eat all 5 serving or more freggies. I like them but I still have a tough time. I decided that I will create my own cleanse. I'm eating fruits and vegetables and raw almonds or walnuts for a few days. Then I'm going to add in egg whites, chicken and fish. I'll need to either juice or cook a lot of my veggies due to fiber restrictions since I have Crohn's disease. If my body lets me, I'll keep it up as long as ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:57:43 EST Needing to commit. My weight loss is yo-yoing. Again. I know I can do this - but I must commit. I must truly decide what I want and stick to it. I have been back at the "work hard all week, play all weekend" game I play with myself. I need a change in my life. I want this. Badly! <BR> <BR> Some simple changes to get me started: <BR> <BR> Quit drinking. <BR> I drink socially. It's getting me nowhere. All I ever accomplish is feeling guilty for consuming useless calories. It's really not that fun. I would like... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:47:19 EST Doing whatever I want is not going to get me where I want to be Well, that just makes sense. Why can't I remember it all of the time? <BR> <BR> I triggered a binge last Friday. We had a little house party. There was the recent tragic event in the world and it was wonderful to get together with friends and be merry. I over ate, had a few cocktails. Over all, it was lovely. Then I started to bake and make candy. I nibbled. I had a couple of glasses of wine during the last few days. I missed one workout. I've been getting in my fitness minutes but my mind... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:45:36 EST Updated tracker says I should eat more calories I am nervous. I updated my fitness tracker and I just lost 2 pounds but my calorie range is higher. I admit. I have not been losing and I have increased my cardio and fitness minutes. I have been eating in the mid to high range of my calories. I guess the updates show I can and should eat a little more to lose weight. How hard is that for a life time dieter to wrap their head around??? Eat more, lose more? Yikes. I have heard it over and over. Now, it's just 150 - 200 calories more so I still... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:22:15 EST After pictures and my 4 week plan The BLC20 is over. I am starting a 4 week plateau buster plan. I'm not really plateauing but I have not had any progress for several weeks so I figured the plan with Spark Coach will get the scales moving again. <BR> <BR> Here are my after pictures. I tried to add my before shots but I couldn't so you can check them out in my photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I o... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:19:20 EST Feeling Revved Up I started a new workout program. Thanks to my friend Natalie, who recommended it. We are doing it together - long distance - but "together". She helps me to be accountable! <BR> <BR> We're doing TurboFire. For the past two weeks, I had been gaining weight, not losing it. I needed something new and the timing couldn't have been more perfect to start this program. I decided to start with what is called Inferno. One of those mega workout, low calorie plans, for just 5 day. Whew! I am nearly do... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:44:40 EST Reality Check - Just 3 more weigh ins for the BLC20! I'm nearly at goal. Can I do it in 3 weeks? With a holiday coming up? I have just 3.5 lbs to go to make my goal. I'm not good at setting a goal and reaching it. I am good at changing the goal. But I'm different now. I'm losing weight. My goal IS obtainable. What do I have to do to reach it? <BR> <BR> Count my calories. Calories in vs. calories out. IT WORKS Really. It's that simple. If I do this, I will make it. <BR> <BR> Plan a days worth of meals ahead of time. Add the food to my track... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:24:47 EST First Holiday Hurdle This weekend brings holiday parties, company and treats. Drinks and food. I want to stay on track. I have not had a gain in weeks. Actually, I've made it to a couple of goals. I have not rewarded myself yet for meeting those goals. I decided today what I'm going to do. Cashing in on my rewards will help me to see how my hard work has paid off. I have never rewarded myself for dieting. LOL It seems odd but I think I could get used to this! <BR> <BR> I reached my goal of 143 lbs and I was g... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:08:23 EST BLC20 No Slump About It We are mid way through the BLC20 Challenge. I'm getting closer to my goal. I need to take a look at my plan to evaluate 1. What's working? and 2. What changes should I make? <BR> <BR> Food <em>4</em> <BR> Plan my meals ahead of time. Build them around protein and vegetables/fruit. Balance with whole grains and dairy and good oils. <BR> * protein <BR> * 1 or 2 servings fruit/veg <BR> * dairy and/or whole grain <BR> <BR> BEAT THE SLUMP MOVE: Get in more vegetables. Make nutritious... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:00:34 EST Monday Reset & Plan I followed my plan completely in September but I totally went out on my own this past weekend. What happened? My excuse is, I made a decision that it would be OK and as long as I started to track and exercise on Monday, everything will be fine. Alright.. but now have I consumed so many calories that I will have gain come Wednesday? How do I prevent this from happening next weekend? <BR> <BR> I need a sturdy plan. My fitness minutes were very low last week. I didn't make my goal. Here's my wo... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:07:53 EST BLC20: I will be successful for 12 weeks & reap the benefits! I am ready to make a life style change. I am getting older and I need to stay healthy. I need to be strong and I need proper nutrition. I eat well, but now I will be eating even better. I have to face the facts. I'm getting older. My metabolism is slower. I need fewer calories and more exercise. Forever. The rest of my life. I'm doing it now and I am adjusting to being more aware of what I'm eating and I feel great. To be even more successful, I will follow this plan for the next 12 weeks. <B... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:50:47 EST My little Spark. I'm gonna let it shine! I have a Spark in my eyes today. I have a little skip in my step today, as if Sparks are at my heels. Does the room light up when I walk into it? As if I am carrying Sparklers in the dark? <BR> <BR> I am happy and it shows. I met a mini goal today. I reached a weight I haven't been at for a long time. I can't remember when. I feel good. I am exercising consistently and I am counting calories. I am still able to have things like a donut hole. Just one though and I count it. You know what? I... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:25:32 EST Thank You Friends I was getting lazy. I was starting to try to track calories in my head and only some on SP. I was starting to think I look OK the way I am. If everyone else can eat that why can't I? I will make up my cardio tomorrow.... I was only thinking some of these things some of the time and it was only over a couple of day period. I know what that kind of thinking leads to. Binging, guilt, splurging, sabbatoge, shrinking confidence... No no no! Won't have it! <BR> <BR> I log in to SP and I see new... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:38:05 EST My plan for success - just for today Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I'm going out tonight for a retirement dinner for a good friend. I already decided to skip the cake and gathering at work today. Tonight, I will go with a plan and have a great time. We're eating at an Italian place. I'm getting a to go box with my order and packing up half. I'm skipping the bread basket, ordering a dish with seafood or chicken and no heavy sauce. I'm going to enjoy every moment with my friends and go to bed tonight with a smile on my face. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:41:38 EST What am I doing?!? STOP Woah! I have been so successful. Granted, I've been using SP and following my plan for just over 2 weeks but I felt so confident this morning. What happened? <BR> <BR> Seems like I do this every time I "diet". I know this isn't just a diet - it needs to be a life style. Forever changes. But, when I'm going along, feeling like I've accomplished something, I see now that I always start to cheat. I try to tell myself that I have a lot of calories left for the day, I'm doing so well it won't hu... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:40:10 EST I WON! I had a mental challenge. I have led myself to believe that if I "blow it" over the weekend, I won't ever stick to a diet plan. My goal last week was to make it through the weekend following my eating plan and exercise plan. I DID IT! I don't know exactly how because I cooked all day yesterday. I started with breakfast for my family, crepes special ordered by my daughter. I only had one with s/f syrup, a banana sliced on it and a soy breakfast sausage. Kept the calories low and got in my se... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:40:22 EST Game face is ON! I just weighed for the first time since starting on Monday. Down 1.5lbs! I'm loving it. Just what I need to keep me encouraged to get through this weekend. I am being very strict with myself right now because I need to stay on track. I'm so used to yo-yo dieting and that's just losing 3 -5 then gaining it back, plus 1 lb. That's not happening this time. I don't have a lot to lose but it's HARD. When I get these extra pounds off, I'm going to look and feel great. I will relax and maintain lat... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:53:36 EST So easy to mess it all up I'm doing great. It's Thursday, I've been following my plan perfectly - even getting a lot of extra cardio in. But I'm nervous. All it takes is one binge, one F up, one slip and my weeks effort will be lost. It doesn't seem fair. I am living for a loss in a 7 day period. If one of those days I over do and go to Happy Hour or give in to my craving for cheese and carbs, I am screwed and will have to work another 7 days to measure my loss. I know I have to stay on track. It's working. I feel fan... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:57:33 EST Tuesday and on track Here we go. I made it through day one of week 2 and thinking about the weekend already. I gotta do this. I have a dinner date on Wednesday and potential night out on Thursday. I think I'm skipping Thursday. I don't want drinks = empty calories. I don't want to sabotage my efforts. I'm excited to see results! How will I succeed on Saturday and Sunday? I think if I can do it once, I'll have this. <BR> <BR> Keeping this short and simple today. Just concentrating on success today. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:11:53 EST Every Monday I start over. This is my first blog post ever. I have been dieting all my life. I know how to eat nutritiously. I know how to exercise. I do both of those things. I have a sit down job, I am in my late 40's, I like to have cocktails on the weekends and then I binge eat. So, every Monday, I start over. I'm tired of it. I am slowly creeping up on the scale. I don't want to gain! I need to lose the fat on my belly. I've done WW but I've gotten used to it and I cheat myself. It was time for me to see how many ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:53:09 EST