SWEDE_SU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEDE%5FSU SWEDE_SU'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/ Beck day 6 - find a diet coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824119 good morning on this day after thanksgiving; the tools from refuse to regain and beck, so far helped me through the day. we ate at a restaurant (my children are in san diego, new york and paris right now, though they will all be here for channukah/christmas) with friends whose children could not make it to our remote corner of the state because of the snow storm. i put together a lovely plant-based meal, and actually left the table somewhat hungry (could have used a few more veggies) - but be... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:37:52 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 12 / Beck day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823671 and the final rule of barbera berkeley's 12 tough rules: <BR> <BR> now 11 of barbara berkeley's 12 rules: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> rule 8: stop eating at 8 pm <BR> rule 9: eat from a limited menu... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:46:01 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 11 / Beck day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822217 now 11 of barbara berkeley's 12 rules: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> rule 8: stop eating at 8 pm <BR> rule 9: eat from a limited menu <BR> rule 10: have one acceptable treat per day <BR> <BR> today ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:09:57 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 10 / Beck day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821454 picking up again after a short break for travel - and snow! <BR> <BR> berkeley's rules so far: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> rule 8: stop eating at 8 pm <BR> rule 9: eat from a limited menu <BR> <BR>... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:22:02 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 9 / Beck day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820094 berkeley's rules so far: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> rule 8: stop eating at 8 pm <BR> <BR> and rule 9: eat from a limited menu <BR> <BR> i had mixed feelings about this one. i've always wondered if... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:59:05 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 8 / Beck day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819670 to recap the rules from barbara berkeley's book refuse to regain: 12 tough rules … <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> <BR> and now <BR> rule 8: stop eating at 8 pm <BR> <BR> this is a no-brainer for me becau... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:51:44 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818727 a recap of the rules from barbara berkeley's little book, Refuse to Regain, so far: <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> <BR> and now rule 7: daily plan and scan <BR> <BR> this rule is basically your daily strategy: what meals will i eat, what hurd... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:25:31 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818085 the rules so far: <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> <BR> and today's rule 6: eat one major meal per day <BR> <BR> being advised to eat one major meal per day sounds a bit weird, but it isn't really. berkeley tries to "redefine" meals into <BR> - one major meal <BR> - mini meals <BR> -... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:00:03 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817575 the rules so far: <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> <BR> so today - rule 5: eat primarian 90% of the time <BR> <BR> berkeley's primarian food, as i understand it, is really today's paleo diet, which is not my chosen path of plant-based vegan. though i agree with her description of what should be on the plate, with one exception -... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:25:12 EST squat challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816518 just adding a quick blog so i don't lose the link - thought i'd try this squat challenge, day one done! <BR> <BR> <link>blog.myfitnesspal.com/2014/09/the-28<BR>-day-squat-challenge-youll-want-to-sta<BR>rt-now/ </link> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:59:21 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816511 and once again, a recap: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> <BR> and now rule 4: use a scream weight to reverse small gains immediately <BR> <BR> this may be one of the most important rules for me; had i known this one last winter, i would have avoided this last ride on the roller coaster. when i first set my weight loss goal in 2012, i thought that it would be a miracle if i ever dropped be... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 04:03:00 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815294 to recap: <BR> <BR> rule 1: be tough, not moderate <BR> rule 2: commit to a three-month opt out period <BR> <BR> and now rule 3: weigh yourself daily <BR> <BR> berkeley says that rather than tracking calories and nutrients, watching the trend on the scale is the best way to maintain. personally, i think a little of both are helpful - tracking is part of what i consider being tough, and a commitment to the opt out period. but the scale is definitely important in my life; some might say too ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:54:45 EST Refuse to Regain - rule 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813971 rule 2 says commit to a three-month opt out period. berkeley says to <BR> - follow each of the twelve rules, <BR> - eat only what she calls "primarian" foods - which as i understand it is today's paleo (caveman) diet, but it wasn't as commonly known when the book came out in 2008, and <BR> - actively remodel your life <BR> <BR> now, i haven't gotten through the 12 rules yet, but for now i will interpret this to mean to continue strictly tracking calories and fitness, just as i have been ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:34:57 EST Refuse to Regain: 12 Tough Rules… rule 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813405 a couple of weeks ago i became intrigued by this little book by barbara berkeley after reading about it in the blogs by onekidsmom. she gives a good explanation of the background to the rules in her first blog here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803212 </link> <BR> <BR> i followed her blogs for a while, and decided this was something i needed to learn more about. the first part of the book explains where the author is coming from,... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 06:23:39 EST home again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812952 ...after two days on the road, with me driving over the mountains each day (usually i am the passenger, all too happy to catch up on sleep as DH swings the car through the curves). i tried to stick to my "plan" - healthy snack packed, only eat half the meal at the restaurant, with the other half saved for the night meal when i work. weight is definitely up, as expected, but was ultra low when i left home, and i suspect that most is salt-related and will soon fall off. DH actually begged for a... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:24:59 EST still reading... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811722 i've been parallel reading beck (solution) and berkeley (refuse to regain), analyzing and synthesizing. haven't gotten to the actual days and rules yet, but already adopting ideas from reading my favorite bloggers. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, staying active - another hike. it seems like when we wake up each morning, we discuss what the days meals will be (plan and scan, according to onekidsmom and berkeley), and then - where to walk or run today. we could just as well say, how shall we make pelle ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 04:33:52 EST the books have arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810249 well, one arrived, the other is downloaded. and last night i started reading berkley's "refuse to regain" and today i started reading beck's diet solution. i can tell i'll be synthesizing pieces of both to work, but the main thing is to find what does work. as i read i find myself nodding, yup… that's me! or elsewhere, nope, doesn't apply to my life… <BR> <BR> a few things i already know have to be a part of my plan, habits to develop or continue. <BR> <BR> there's the fitbit - goal 15,000 ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:20:46 EST maintenance version 2.0... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809088 so many times i find myself writing blogs while i am out running, but the words have disappeared by the time i get home. and time - who has time? but this one has been rolling around in my brain for a while. <BR> <BR> i hit goal weight in august 2012, and for about 18 months all was well, until… it wasn't. before i knew it, 15 lbs had snuck back on, mostly in pistachio nuts and that sunset glass (or two) of wine. in may, i hit what i now know is my "scream" weight, and got back on the wagon,... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:29:45 EST fall 5% 2014 challenge - catching up - assignments 1&2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780436 i've been floundering a bit, trying to lose the last few pounds that i regained last winter; theoretically i'm within my maintenance range, but i would like to shake off those last few pounds so that i'll have a bit more leeway to fluctuate when winter arrives. someone ( <em>213</em> roxzymom!) suggested that the fall challenge might be just the ticket, and i managed to squeak in just under the wire for sign-up. i still don't know what team, but there must be a seat for me somewhere:-) <BR>... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:24 EST 100 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765780 today marks my 100-day login streak. in that time i have struggled to get back to what i consider to be my goal weight. i hit it, but couldn't hold on to it; i wrote the blogs to celebrate it, and to celebrate my two years, but underlying these "celebrations" is the nagging feeling that i'm still struggling, i'm not there yet. and the feeling that despite the lovely supportive messages, and the popular blog post award, inside, i feel like a fraud, because day after day, the same choices arise... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:13:15 EST celebrating two years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759951 well, it isn't perfect, it hasn't been easy, but it's still good - two years after dropping to the minimum, i weighed in at 107-ish. not as good as my last blog, but still pleased to be there after recent challenges of a cold that left me unable to run, two weekends of house guests with accompanying meals with too many calories (and difficult to track), little time to devote to spark between the guests, the cold, and work. but i'm here, and i've maintained my login streak at 90 days, which sa... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:01:01 EST maintaining again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747279 and i made it… 71 days after recommitting to my SP lifestyle of tracking and accountability, changing habits and establishing streaks, i hit my goal maintenance weight, just two days after the goal date i had set. now it's true that it was after exercise, and before food, but the scale said it once and will do so again. i don't plan to let down my guard, and when my 2-year maintenance anniversary rolls around next month i intend to be solidly at this weight. <BR> <BR> so what worked this tim... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:12:53 EST whatever works…make it so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741168 here's a weird motivational tip - my spark time is the morning, over coffee. it used to be Facebook time, or sudoko time, but now it's spark time. spin the wheel, trivia, blogs, teams. i try to track during the day, manage to get in my meals, but i don't always remember to fill in the glasses of water, or the freggies - both of which i always consume daily out of habit. in the same part of the home spark page i have the goal of strength training, which has been my downfall - i can walk foreve... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:37:27 EST motivation by music + running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739829 through the years i've done different things to keep myself entertained while running; first i listened to books on tape, then various podcasts, and a few years ago i put together some playlists at different speeds to listen to on my walk/runs (galloway style). i found that the music has to be about the beat of my walking, rather than the running, because otherwise i walk too slowly, and i have to be strong enough to keep the pace of walking even when on hills (lots of them wherever i run/wal... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:31:26 EST motivators and progress by fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737639 i do love my fitbit - yesterday i received the "astronaut" badge - for 280,000 feet! not sure how they calculate it, but the dashboard says i have lifetime floors of 30,371 - and yesterday was the first day to hit 100 floors in one day for quite some time. also hit 10 miles… so the past week looks like this: <BR> <BR> 125,974 steps <BR> 531 floors <BR> 53.47 miles <BR> <BR> and if that's not motivation… more than anything, checking the fitbit each day and making sure i hit the 15,000 step ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:01:42 EST slipping up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734880 ok, so i haven't been blogging, but surviving jet lag and fitting in miles of walking and a few exercises a day so i can continue my ST streak, and everything was going great - dropped down to my lowest weight yesterday morning, and so did DH. we went for our first run since arriving, and we were both feeling really good about progress. so DH says, let's have a glass of wine tonight, and i made us a nice salad, and then we sat down - and he says let's have a couple of snacks… and a few olives... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:41:26 EST traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730430 it's that time again - we've been in seattle a couple of days and are heading for the airport in a few hours on our way to the family farm in sweden. despite restaurant meals, i think i've done ok on the healthy choices, and we've actually managed to get quite a few steps and miles in on these days, which should make up for the next two days of airplane sitting. i hope… i've managed to do some exercises too, just to keep the streak going. and the scale is still moving in the right direction. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:47:24 EST day 14 abs/strength - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724584 i don't know if it's the strength training finally taking effect, or the fact that i went to see the doctor about my thyroid meds, but the scale finally started to move, slightly beginning the day i made the appointment, to a nice solid jump down to 113 yesterday, the day of my appointment, and a 4 lb loss since my last appointment on 4 weeks ago. considering the miles, ST, and nutrition, i would have loved to have seen a 1.5 - 2 lbs loss per week, but i'll take it. <BR> <BR> we took a beaut... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:57:47 EST day 13 abs/strength finding what works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723523 so i'm still modifying my "challenge" to what works for me. and i've decided to leave the full sit-ups to the younger crowd, or at least to try again when i am more physically phhhittt. i still feel the muscles from the last time i tried it, and life is too short. so what am i doing instead? i found i like about a 20 minute video of strength/body sculpting. today i did one with coach nicole, and was able to do just about all of it. yay! i have some "favorites", exercises for runners, that i w... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:27:42 EST days 11 & 12 abs-strength sparking on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722954 still at it. yesterday did a 20 minute "body sculpting" video, and today core exercises on my own. 4.5 mile run yesterday, and getting in the miles through various walks today. scale inching slowly downwards. company in the house, rules a bit loose, but still trying. beautiful day! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:23:52 EST days 9 and 10 abs/strength training - frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721338 yesterday became break day, at least for strength training. my back twinged a bit in the morning, and although i was able to go on a run (4 miles, but so much tougher than the 6 two days earlier), i decided to give the core - and everything else - a break from strength training to let the back heal. it's a bit better today, and i plan to do arms, but will give the core another break until the back stops complaining. <BR> <BR> frustration - after the initial drop in weight, the scale has not ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:13:22 EST day 8 ab/strength challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719343 yesterday's 13 sit-ups (still short of day 1 of the "real" ab challenge) left their mark, so today i did a core strength video instead. i still felt it, but it was the Right Thing to Do. <BR> <BR> it was also the scheduled day for my "long" run, working up to the september half marathon - today i would run 6 miles. although a bit sluggish at the start, by the time i turned around at 3 miles i was feeling fantastic - i can really do this again. it's amazing the way the body remembers what it... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:54:39 EST day 7 ab/strength challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718288 <em>418</em> 13 <BR> <em>406</em> 20 <BR> plank 30 seconds <BR> <BR> they weren't purity, but i'm getting there. <BR> <BR> two hikes yesterday in the beautiful methow. new wildflowers as the season progresses, though too busy talking with friends to count. dinner at a restaurant - victory not to think about french fries - except to think about how i was NOT going to order them. slight headache this a.m., must have been the wine. that's it for me, back to cleaning out the system. <BR... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:03:49 EST days 5 and 6 ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717656 no sit ups yesterday, but crunches worked. and plank. arms with weights and a few others thrown in. <BR> <BR> today the muscles worked again, 10 sit-ups. crunches. and a plank. just sayin'… <BR> <BR> rainy run yesterday, first with cooler temps in a while. thought it would be rough but really it was nicer being cool. the colors were more intense, and the scents lovely. <BR> <BR> first weekend off now in a long long time - friends visiting. will get out on a hike today. <BR> <BR> goal f... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:17:10 EST day 4 and 5 of ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716927 yesterday gave the abs a break, or more to the point, the abs insisted on a break, because a sit up was not going to happen. picked up the weights and did arm exercises. <BR> <BR> beautiful hike a few miles from the house. 35 species of wildflowers counted. food tracking on track, but weight is sitting still once again. <BR> <BR> run planned for today. and core workout. will do it. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:55:48 EST day 3 abs challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715886 yes indeed. i did it. my way - i won't be able to do what the "official" abs challenge asks for, but i am working the core, and that is what counts. i did a few attempts at sit-ups (sore today!), leg lifts and crunches, but did the 7 minute bootcamp core workout too. <BR> <BR> add to that another lovely 4.6 mile run - beautiful day, terrific music. i love running to my playlist, it calls to mind where i have been in sweden and in hawaii when i heard the same song. and when "it's a beautiful... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:24:03 EST day 2 30 day abs challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715254 well, it looks like i will do it my way, but i will do it. sit-ups, leg lifts, plank and crunches - not all at once, but in the end got them done. also tried a 35 minute video, and got through 17 minutes. enough. will try shorter. <BR> <BR> walks today, hit the15,000 steps. <BR> <BR> and nutrition: lunch was a wonderful lentil soup <link>vegangela.com/2014/01/09/coconut-cur<BR>ry-lentil-soup/ </link> with enough for leftovers, and dinner, easy peasy bean burgers <link>recipes.sparkpeop... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:01:53 EST 30 day abs challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714342 the question mark is… can i do it… at least i tried the first day. not the greatest form, and i may need to repeat the first day for a week just to move on, but it is a start. here is what i'm going to try to do: <BR> <BR> <link>30dayfitnesschallenges.com/30-day-ab<BR>s-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> meanwhile, i also did a 20 minute video here on spark today. and a 4.6 mile run this morning that actually turned out great. after friday's uphill 5 mile run, saturday's 6 mile marathon walk/... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:13:17 EST another week, another pound... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712549 it's good to see results. feeling a bit stuck last week, i looked at what was going on, received some good advice, and made some adjustments. i replaced my simple peanut butter sandwich for breakfast with oatmeal (just as simple), added a green smoothie for afternoon snack (found that kale, a half banana, almond milk and about 6 almonds with a dash of cinnamon is delicious!), made sure the salads and veggie soups kept on coming, and kept on tracking - and weighing. meanwhile, stayed within ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:44:09 EST week behind, week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708073 bottom line: i feel good. one week of good eating, and no wine, and good exercise, and reasonable sleep, and i feel good. and did i mention that my thyroid (and other) tests came back normal? so yeah, all is well. but the downside - despite what the numbers say - i am definitely in calorie range, and i am definitely exercising - the scale is not moving. just eliminating the wine from my diet should have pushed it more. i realize that some of the first week's loss was water weight from travel.... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:15:00 EST wildflower hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706669 we played hookie yesterday morning; should have been working but the call of the mountain was too strong. a very lovely hike up patterson mountain, half an hour away and visible from our house, took the whole morning. <BR> <BR> the good news - i had absolutely no problem climbing the 93 fitbit stories, was feeling completely normal - huffing where appropriate, recovering on the flat parts, and never needing to stop except to admire the beauty and the flowers - which we did a lot. <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:44:20 EST day 9 progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705775 and there has indeed been progress. eating on plan - check! miles accomplished - check! 15,000 steps per day - check! and most important, no wine since returning home - check! 4 pm mad munchies met with green smoothie instead of wine, chips, and all the other bad-for-me things - check! <BR> <BR> blood test results are back and the good news is that everything is good - which means the bad news is no quick fix to the shortness of breath going up hills that i've been experiencing. i had hoped ... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:25:26 EST day 5 - sunshine and a beautiful hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703691 we are so lucky to have hiking right outside our door. a short walk down the road, turn off on a dirt road, and we're on a trail. i didn't have a camera along, but the methow valley was absolutely stunning today. hillsides covered in sunflowers and lupine, the sweet scents of sage and bitter brush as we walked past. such a bouquet of flowers - we counted 33 different wildflowers on our hike! the climb was steep, 84 stories on the fitbit, and i've got something going on, either my thyroid or c... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:08:09 EST day 4 inspiration and motivation - getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702579 i thought it was just me. but getting back to sparking, reading blogs, i see others who have been in maintenance have been backsliding, faced challenges, but dealt with it - and come back. i read these blogs to find the messages, and realize we're in this together and <em>381</em> . i find how others have coped, adjusted. and understand that shame doesn't help. because i've taken the first step. and the second. baby steps. <BR> <BR> another day of goals met - we went running for the first... Sun, 25 May 2014 06:31:24 EST day 3 - hanging in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701883 and the scale is moving in the right direction. travel water weight disappearing, but also tracking - and yesterday stayed within calories. feeling really good about 3 days no wine. today is saturday, and we agreed that we could/would have wine on saturdays, but i'm not sure i want to break this "clean" feeling just yet. we had more time - and energy! - for walks yesterday, and managed to hit the 15k mark. today hoping to get the first run in. <BR> <BR> reading blogs, looking for what helps... Sat, 24 May 2014 06:04:11 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701208 jet lag is not fun; but we survived, despite some heavy deadlines made worse by the pilots strike in iceland that delayed our trip home. and i tracked - it looked like i was barely going to make calories for the day, until hunger struck at a normal dinnertime, and we ate one more meal - also a jet lag problem when you are awake too many hours in the day. and though i thought the soup would keep the calories down, and i hadn't had any of my "food challenges" during the day, i just topped the l... Fri, 23 May 2014 04:32:18 EST restart - again, day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700453 so we finally are home, after 3 weeks of travel, conference, visiting friends and family. lots of fun, but lots of food (and wine) - some days lots of miles, others not so much. <BR> <BR> and i'm way behind in work now, which poses a new challenge - how do i have time to walk, energy to run, organization to plan meals, with the pressure of deadlines mounting? not to mention jet lag, which is a real b*tch in this direction… <BR> <BR> so the first hour of the first day, recommit to spark - ... Thu, 22 May 2014 03:58:57 EST signed up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687857 ok, there's no going back. i signed up for the bellingham bay half marathon on sept 28. it's going to be tough getting the running in these next two weeks with travel again, but somehow i'm going to do it - no excuses! <BR> <BR> that's the good news. the bad news - had to pick out clothes to pack for the conference trip, and all the new clothes i bought for last year's conference fit - but barely. worse, though, my jeans don't (i was in hawaii while gaining the weight and the jeans were home... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:29:57 EST progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686904 it's working. i should remember that there is always extra water retention after travel (we just returned home), and that is slipping off. but obviously not all those added pounds are water weight and it is good to reset and re-establish the good habits that made it all happen two years ago. <BR> <BR> went running (and stretched) yesterday for the first time since a toe injury about 3 weeks ago. managed with the evening walk to hit the 40 mile goal for the week - which is excellent for a tra... Sun, 4 May 2014 05:03:49 EST back on the wagon, back to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686227 sigh. it happened. 10 lbs back on - and the signs were all there. too many pistachio nuts and chips, too much wine at sunset - and not enough miles to compensate. too much stress, to much escaping. time to focus. <BR> <BR> started tracking food yesterday. set the goal of 40 miles a week walking and running. no wine at home. and back to spark and the scale - this has to be a conscious effort. <BR> <BR> i'm back... Sat, 3 May 2014 06:03:53 EST