SVELTSTER's SparkPeople Blog SVELTSTER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community NOTE TO SELF: It's all about the processed carbs. . . NOTE TO SELF: Remember this. . . <BR> <BR> Reached and exceeded weight-loss target in the fall 2010. Process had been much less difficult than I'd imagined. I tracked food and exercise every day, counted everything (except on vacations) and watched the pounds come off, slowly but surely despite a back injury that cut out all exercise and eventually required surgery to fix. <BR> <BR> After I hit goal and then some (about 5 lbs below "target weight"), I stopped tracking. By January (after... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:44:26 EST Milestone.. . .literally Back on my bike today for the first time since late May 2010, when I injured my back. Spent the summer and fall in agony--it hurt to sit in a chair, walk, drive or push a shopping cart, so cycling was out of the question. <BR> <BR> Surgery in early October stopped the hurting immediately but took several months to heal. And looking at the post-op changes to my vertebrae was sobering. Lost some serious bone when the orthopedist removed the herniation at L2 and the overcrowd of spinal c... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:36:29 EST Not being able to exercise is driving me crazy. . . Had a fall on my bike early this month. It didn't seem especially serious at the time. Dented butt, sore wrist and some lower back pain that seemed to be easing up, then WHAM! About two weeks after the fall, my left leg started hurting 24/7--from upper hip to knee. OTC painkillers knock the pain down from 8-9 to 5-6, but the only time my leg stops hurting is when I'm lying flat on my face. <BR> <BR> Today is day 10 with what my doc has diagnosed as sciatica. Did PT last week, have anot... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:53:47 EST Great Bike Trip DH and I traveled on the Eastern Shore in MD and DE for six days last week with a company called CarolinaTailwinds. This was one of the best bike trips we've taken with a group, and our first with this company. We definitely will be traveling with them again. <BR> <BR> Highpoints for us: <BR> <BR> Location was terrific--farmlands and sea shore, cute historic towns, national wildlife refuges. See photos below. <BR> <BR> Roads: Routes were extremely well chosen. Most had little to no tr... Wed, 12 May 2010 20:32:34 EST WEEK 8: Think I'm getting the hang of this. Good week over all, but the lesson learned (yet again) is don't eat out on Saturday if your weigh-in is on Sunday. We rode 35 miles on Saturday--to our friend Frankie's Italian restaurant and back. Had lunch at Frankie's. I exercised considerable control--salad with chicken instead of pasta, only two hot-out-of-the-oven garlic breadsticks--and stayed within target range for calories, but the salt got me. Sunday's weigh-in was more than a pound higher than my mid-week low. <em>39</em> <... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:27:54 EST Unexpected Side Effects Unusually stressful couple of days this week--work related. I was tied up in knots, frustrated that I couldn't seem to make happen what needed to happen. Despite my best efforts, other people just weren't doing what they had to do to get the job done with a deadline fast approaching. <BR> <BR> My go-to solution for this kind of emotional upset has always been large quantities of high-calorie, high-salt, nutrition-free snacks. Yesterday, I logged on to SP and started reading friends' blo... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 22:21:41 EST WEEK 7: A year is just a big pile of days. Today I was catching up on friends' blogs. IDEBORAH celebrated her one-year anniversary with SP a week or so ago. She's lost 80 pounds. Eating reasonable amounts of healthy food and exercising regularly have become routine for her. She writes, “it’s not THAT big a deal.” <BR> <BR> Nearer the beginning of the journey, it seems like a year is a very long time and sticking with the program month after month will be hard. I wondered why when looking back, it doesn't seem so difficult ... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:57:05 EST Week 6: Scale's up. . .I'm down. . .I'm up Maybe writing about chocolate jinxed it. Or celebrating my birthday by eating Middle Eastern food. Two days in a row. With baklava for dessert. Maybe it was just a fluke--too much salt in restaurant food. . . This week the scale went up instead of down. Last week I posted my "10 lbs lost award." Yesterday I took it down. <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: Tougher week, more stressful work-wise, energy level more down than up. Worried about the kids. Did the basics--recorded food an... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:48:26 EST On Chocolate. . .because inquiring minds want to know <em>493</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> <em>494</em> <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> Friends-- <BR> <BR> Living a healthy life-style is one thing. Giving up chocolate is quite another. From the beginning, the SP program seemed different from other diets I've tried in that NO FOODS are forbidden. That's huge for me. If someone says no, I've got to have it. And the longer I put off having what I want, the more of it I eat once I give in to the craving. <BR> <BR> The first few week... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:46:40 EST Week 5: Celebrating I know it's silly to let a <em>192</em> control your mood, but I'm <em>334</em> today because I've lost 10 lbs since joining SparkPeople. <em>244</em> Especially happy that the result came just a few days before my birthday. What a great <em>144</em> ! <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: Seem to be settling in with water, recording and making better decisions re: nutrition. Not only check calories but also monitor major nutrients plus fiber and cholesterol throughout the day to be sure I... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:59:40 EST Week 4: On the road again. . . High point of the week was a bike ride with dh on Sunday--with weather in the mid-60's it was great to be back on a real bike. My average speed has dropped some from end of last season, but I was able to ride just under 35 miles with no trouble. <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: Keeping myself honest--logging all the food, even on the days when I went over. Ditto exercise and water. Minimal movement of the scale last week, but my nutrition is MUCH better overall than it was befor... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:48:40 EST What's "good enough"? Struggling today with the old "not good enough." This is a really bad place for me to be. Next step is "why bother." <BR> <BR> Try to talk it through. What's not "good enough?" I'm having a really hard time getting myself onto the stationary bike three times a week. It's right here in my office--no trip to the gym, no special clothes required. I've tried to bribe myself with books on tape -- not working -- it takes way too long to get through the books. I've read SP articles on moti... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:09:20 EST Week 3: Still going. . . Not feeling much like the energizer bunny today. Tired, maybe feeling a little down. Just got back from an intense session of pilates. <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: Scale moved, so weight loss is on track. Sticking with the nutrition program. Posting food intake and keeping calories in target range. I'm not finding the food part as hard as I expected it to be. Tougher to do non-scheduled exercise. Stationary bike is BORING. <BR> <BR> SO ready for spring. Temps have been 10, 15, e... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:18:07 EST Week 2: Worthwhile Goals Timely message on the Inspiration Board today. It said "You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." So I'm reminding myself that eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are worthwhile goals in and of themselves, whether the needle on the scale moves or not. <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: The number this week didn't show as much movement as I'd hoped--which usually is cause for giving up. But I've found a couple of new friends who I really like, so I ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:56:18 EST Started Pilates Finished first week of pilates. They have me on doing something called "active core training." Hurt in places I didn't know I had muscles. After three sessions, I could do the beginning form of the basic lifts without the support sling. Also started working my arms, so I'm really psyched. I'll need that upper body strength to go sailing. <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> Mel Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:03:27 EST Week 1. Decided on my reward. MY REWARD: We'll go sailing. When we sailed in the BVI a few years ago, it wasn't as much fun as it could have been. It was hard for me to get in and out of the boat and awkward to move around--both above and below deck. The photo on my sparkpage shows me at my target weight. It was taken on our honeymoon, nine years ago. We sailed from Key West to the Dry Tortugas. <BR> <BR> WEEK IN REVIEW: Recorded food intake on my nitrition page every day. Started riding on my stationary bike a... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 08:51:35 EST