TDUFF1's SparkPeople Blog TDUFF1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Reasons... Blah blah blah....I have not been successful at losing weight in many years now. I have always wanted to get in shape mostly because of the way I look. Now that I am a little older and a LOT heavier, I have new reasons. Mainly my health, and that's scary. We just got back from vacation, and I am embarrassed to say I could not do much at all! We usually hike and play in the waterfalls and go down to the beach. I was able to do maybe 1/3 of what I usually can. My legs hurt, my ankle hurt, my ba... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:49:22 EST Seriously??!!! I sound like a broken record...starting over again and again. Maybe this time..? I am at my heaviest weight ever and feel absolutely horrible about the way I look. I am out of shape, and can barely keep up with my teenage daughter. :( <BR> So, I'm starting my new healthy eating and exercising AGAIN! Trying a new approach though. I have set up a "bucket list" for my daughter and I this summer. The 1st one is to play on all 31 city playgrounds in our town. The 2nd one is to ride our bikes on al... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:53:41 EST My new phone app! Last week a friend told me about a free app called JogTracker. Of course, my first thought was "yea right, I can't even jog!" I looked it up and saw that it tracks walks too, so I downloaded it. The 1st time I tried it I was hooked! It keeps up with distance, time, calories, speed, and your exact route. I have a new bike, and can even use this app for cycling. On the JogTracker website, it has your history and all the details of your walk, run, ride, or whatever. It is pretty awesome to chall... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:13:04 EST ugh... cravings!!!! Yesterday before lunch, I was thinking about a Burger King chicken sandwich. I had seen a few BK commercials over the last week. I love their Italian chicken sandwich, even though I know how "bad" it is. So anyways, I have been craving a chicken sandwich and onion rings. I was thinking to myself at work, "I'm gonna go through the drive thru and get me a dang sandwich!!" But then I was thinking, "Ok, I don't have any cash. I'll have to use my debit card and my husband will know I went to Burg... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:20:19 EST Here I go again.... Between Last September and the beginning of this year (Jan 1) I gained back everything I had lost. It was only 12 pounds, but I worked hard getting rid of those 12 pounds. I am pretty disgusted with myself for not having the willpower to keep going with my healthy lifestyle. <BR> So...New Year...New Me! It is 2013, and my lucky number has always been 13. I am thinking that THIS is gonna be my year to finally do it. I turned 40 last month, and it only gets harder as I get older. I have ab... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:13:12 EST Reality check I slacked off on my "lifestyle change" in about June. I just started back a few weeks ago, and as always,it was easy. Now that it's been a few weeks, my motivation is starting to drop. I don't know what it is about me that makes me want to give up so easily. We ate out at a pizza/fried chicken buffet last Friday.Then we went to a Germanfest on Saturday and had fried cheese curds, french fries, and funnel cake. Yea...I know...MISTAKE. But it just smelled so yummy! And it was heaven in my mouth... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:25:44 EST Weird fear? Tomorrow will be Day 7 of my new healthy lifestyle. I have been doing so good this week! I have not had any junk food or candy, have been more active, and it has been somewhat easier than last time (...and the time before that..) Anyways, I like to only weigh once a week. If I do it more often, I feel like I'll get obsessive about it. So I have not even "sneaked" a peek at the scale since Day 1. Tomorrow is my 1st weigh day, and my biggest fear is that it will still read 178. I am so proud of... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:49:55 EST Small victories This is going to sound silly, but it's true. This past week, every time I resist a temptation I am so proud of myself. In the past, I would give in way too soon and way too often. I would even sneak a piece of candy or a cookie, but "forget" to add it to my tracker. I am going to be absolutely honest with myself this time around. <BR> I was offered doughnuts and cookies on Monday at work. They were my favorite, and were sitting right in front of my face. I said "No thanks" and walked out of ... Thu, 3 May 2012 07:32:08 EST New approach I have tried to lose weight so many times. I successfully lost about 25 lbs a few years ago, but have gained it all back and more. I get up to a certain weight, and freak out. I then decide "I'm going on a diet!" I usually last about 2 weeks of eating low fat foods and trying to exercise. Then I get lazy and just give up. <BR> This time, I am trying to do it differently so maybe it will last. Instead of "exercising" (yucky word to me) I am striving for at least 30 minutes of FUN TIME a d... Tue, 1 May 2012 15:02:13 EST Motivation? I realized I have about 4 months before DragonCon. I love going, love dressing up, and love being "someone else." I do not love being pushed aside for pictures when I'm with my younger, thinner friend. This has actually happened the last 2 years. Not everytime, but definitely enough to make me feel bad. I know I am overweight, I know I am not in shape, and I know I am not getting any younger. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:07:22 EST