TCHNCRFT's SparkPeople Blog TCHNCRFT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Small Changes Day 1 I just joined the 30 Day Small Changes Challenge. For the first day, I'm supposed to tell one person about my goals. Instead, I decided to tell the whole SP universe. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've been a member of SP for 3-1/2 years. It's been a great resource for me - the tools and support here are amazing. Plus I found a weight loss buddy here and we emailed almost daily to keep ourselves accountable. I lost 33 pounds and have kept it off for 2 years. That feels great. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:47:42 EST Life got a little complicated Yesterday and today, I didn't manage to fit in any exercise either day. The good news, however, is that I was actually disappointed when things came up and derailed my exercise plans. That's certainly a good sign. <BR> <BR> I just have to figure a way to fit in exercise regardless of how busy life gets. I can't wait for things in my life to calm down so it will be easier to work out. This IS life. <BR> <BR> I know that people who exercise in the AM have more success in sticking with their... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:42:11 EST mixed results today Did pretty well today. Calories 1226 & 8 waters. I hadn't planned any exercise today, since I'm easing myself into it. I figured I'd give myself a midweek day off. <BR> <BR> But I did plan to have 2 F&V, and never worked the 2nd one in. I didn't plan for it specifically and just thought I'd work it in somewhere, but I got busy and..... <BR> Lesson learned. PLAN the specifics of my F&V. <BR> <BR> So tomorrow's goals: <BR> 1600 calories (I know I've been staying well under my max, but I'm s... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:28:09 EST following through again Made it through a second day of sticking with my goals. My calories were 1255, had my 8 waters (water is always pretty easy for me), and had my 2 F&V (not so easy). Even did the 5 dreaded ST exercises. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> I appreciate those of you who've taken the time to post a comment - it does help a lot. You never know when someone will say the one thing that sticks with you, that makes a difference. <BR> But even if nobody comments, just knowing that I stated things publicly is h... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:29:37 EST I Followed Through Well, I did what I said I'd do today: <BR> calories below my max of 1650: 1429 <BR> 8 waters <BR> 2 F&V <BR> 20 min. walk <BR> <BR> I reminded myself every once in a while throughout the day that I was going for a walk after work. Knowing that I put it in a blog put pressure on me to follow through. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's goals: <BR> calorie max 1650 <BR> 8 waters 2 F&V <BR> 5 ST exercises <BR> <BR> This will be tougher, since I hate ST. Again, public pressure should help. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:15:22 EST Stating my Goals Publicly I'm really having trouble sticking to what I say I'll do. So I'm hoping that if I put it out there and say what my goals are for tomorrow, I'll feel more committed to following through. <BR> <BR> So, tomorrow: <BR> Calorie limit 1650 <BR> waters 8 <BR> F&V 2 <BR> cardio 20 min. <BR> <BR> I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's better than I've been doing lately. Even baby steps are still progress, right? <em>30</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:30:37 EST So Easily Turned Wow, have I fallen off the wagon. I had been journaling, at least 3 or 4 times a week, since I started this process in April. I haven’t journaled in about 3 weeks. And, interestingly, in the last 2 weeks, I’ve gotten way off track: stopped exercising; not always tracking my food; not getting my minimum F&V; eating a lot of things that aren’t good for me, in quantities that shouldn’t be. <BR> <BR> Wow. That’s sad. <BR> After all the progress I made, after the 11# I lost, after all the posti... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:07:58 EST It's All About Choices Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein <BR> If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got - W.L. Bateman <BR> How's that workin' for ya? - Dr. Phil <BR> <BR> I was reminded of these quotes today as I contemplated what to do. My husband and I had stayed up way, way too late last night and were pretty tired this morning. That tiredness didn't dissipate as the day went on; in fact, it go... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:22:57 EST UNTIL... I was looking through some old articles about weight loss and I found something interesting. It was from the first of the year, a time when most of America starts a new fitness program, complete with a laundry list of resolutions for change. <BR> <BR> How many New Years (or Mondays, even?) have you thought about all the things you're going to do differently in order to lose weight? Only to have things implode after a short time. <BR> This article said that, in order to create realistic goa... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:31:52 EST My First Blog - Some Thoughts Okay, so the One Day Challenge team challenged us to blog yesterday. I know I’m a day late, but I journal a lot and didn’t feel the need to blog. But a challenge is a challenge...... <BR> <BR> Where to begin? I’ve been down this weight loss road more times than I can count. In the past 30 years, my weight has yoyo-ed between 125 and 175. Somehow, I knew that if I went above 175, there’d be no going back. Anything over that number would personally seem too overwhelming to lose, and I knew I’d... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:13:13 EST