THINKSHRINK's SparkPeople Blog THINKSHRINK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Phase I & Weigh-In It was way too easy to get off track and slide back into old habits and poor choices - binging, not exercising, not drinking enough water... My portions have gotten big (like restaurant-style big), and my largest-sized clothes are too tight. And this is the hardest thing to admit - I've been eating in secret. Scary. <BR> <BR> Here's my first Phase I weigh-in from this morning, 185.8: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:41:57 EST Goal Board I work with very health-conscious people, who are waaaay more fit than I am. They also have normal, everyday struggles with food and exercise. They make daily decisions to choose health, adding in the occasional indulgence. Surrounding myself with healthy and supportive people is uber important, and the fact that they aren't super-human is even better. <BR> <BR> At last month's staff meeting, we decided to encourage healthy habits by transforming our dry-erase board into a goal board. ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:14:02 EST Calorie Countdown I got "back on the wagon" January 1st, but quickly realized I was more interested in weight loss than committed to it. Meaning I dabbled in eating better rather than consistenly making better choices. And it showed. The first week I ate mindfully and lost 3 pounds. The next week I ate with abandon and gained 4! Last week I decided to get a grip and lost those 4 pounds. The numbers don't lie, folks. <BR> <BR> I'm using an awesome countdown app to help track how long I've stayed within m... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:07:07 EST Not My First Rodeo I regained a bunch of weight. As in right-back-to-square-one a lot of weight. The difference between the last time I weighed this much and now is that this time I've ACCEPTED it. I am where I am, and that's all there is to it. I'm not constantly fighting with myself. Once I decided to stop abusing my body by binging on junk food, I feel so much better. I even lost 3 pounds this week. <BR> <BR> I was on a Mental Toughness kick for a little while last year. While listening to what Steve... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:42:36 EST Friday not FRY-day, and a Little Ancient Chinese Wisdom I recently read a message board asking people what triggers them to overeat. I identified with a lot of the responses, particularly emotional eating. That's always been my go-to reason for why and when I overeat. <BR> <BR> But another response really got me thinking: lack of sleep. I vaguely remembered hearing something about lack of sleep producing appetite boosting hormones. It makes a ton of sense, and here's a short but sweet article explaining it: <BR> <BR> <link>healthbytesnyc... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:26:28 EST Wednesday Weigh-In & A Potluck Today was my first weigh-in since I started focusing on following my program rather than losing x number of pounds per week. I didn't weigh in last week since I'd been avoiding the scale, BUT I've lost 11 lbs. (175 to 164) since starting Weight Watchers on Jan. 1! I'm very happy with this, especially since I was *totally* off plan for about 2 weeks in February. I actually regained during that time, which caused me to shift my focus to staying on plan. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:10:45 EST March Goals I had a light bulb moment last week. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I'm currently following the Weight Watchers Points Plus program (and really liking it, btw.) Instead of focusing on losing x number of pounds/week, or x number of pounds by a certain date, I'm focusing on staying OP (on plan) every day. <BR> <BR> So my March goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay OP every day. This averages out to not going over my daily/weekly points. <BR> 2. Exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week <BR> <BR> That'... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:16:59 EST Wednesday Weigh-In and Mental Toughness, Week 2 One of my New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight. My first month has gone well, easing me back in to the weight loss game. Weight Watchers has been helpful, and I started incorporating cardio into my plan a week ago. I've now lost 6.5 lbs: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And because I’m a stat geek, here’s the table view: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Die Fat or Get Tou... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:20:00 EST MT, Week 1 Part II DISCLAIMER: My blog entries about "Die Fat or Get Tough" reflect the hard-hitting directness of the book. If you aren't ready to hear the word "fat", or don't want to take responsibility for your condition, please don’t complain if you choose to keep reading and get offended. <BR> <BR> Lessons Learned: <BR> <BR> • The Vulcan Lesson: Eat strategically, not emotionally. (Okay, so I made up the Vulcan part.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:53:47 EST Mental Toughness: Week 1, Part I DISCLAIMER: My blog entries about "Die Fat or Get Tough" reflect the hard-hitting directness of the book. If you aren't ready to hear the word "fat", or don't want to take responsibility for your condition, please don’t complain if you choose to keep reading and get offended. <BR> <BR> "Die Fat or Get Tough" (I'll call it DFGT for short) covers 101 differences in the way fat people think and fit people think. Siebold suggests that by applying its messages, you should see results in 12... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:41:47 EST Mental Toughness Several months ago, I gradually walked away from all weight-loss and exercise attempts, and straight into the arms of self-neglect, gluttony, and guilt. I gained back all the weight I lost from SP a year ago, and then some. I'm coming back around, wanting more for myself and for my family. <BR> <BR> Last week I came across a book called "Die Fat or Get Tough" by Steve Siebold. It's about mental toughness, which the author claims is the missing link to our weight loss efforts. He's been t... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:55:53 EST 40 in 6.5 My new goal: to lose 40 lbs. in 6 and 1/2 months. I'm aiming to reach my goal weight of 125 by Dec. 31! My new job is way busier than my old one was. This means that I don't have as much downtime to blog or soak up as much motivation from SP as before. It also makes it more challenging to meal plan and track my food. But impossible? I think not. <BR> <BR> I've gained back all of the weight I lost and feel like I did as when I started SP (see my first blog post if you want the nitty gr... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:21:40 EST Dost Mine Eyes Deceive Me? Asian cuisine must be swimming around in my subconscious today. I got a work email about "Spring Payroll", but I read it as "Spring Roll". <BR> <BR> Seriously? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 May 2012 15:28:13 EST Coming Up for Air As I come out of my first month in my new job, I'm finally taking my blinders off. While it was a lateral transfer, there were a lot of new responsibilites delegated to me. (So in this respect lateral move means more work = no more pay. LOL...sort of.) I am on staff at a college and the workload is very cyclical. Work has slowed down a lot, at least enough for me to come up for air and re-connect with other areas of my life. <BR> <BR> When I started SP I wondered what I would do when a ... Mon, 14 May 2012 15:04:06 EST Makin' Groceries It recently hit me that the key to my success is grocery shopping. (Or if you really want to get back to my South Louisiana roots, we sometimes called it "Makin' Groceries".) That one activity can make or break my plan. It's not as simple as hopping in the car and wandering around the aisles, buying a bunch of stuff that I don’t need and don’t know what to do with. If you’ve ever done that you know how stressful it can be! Before I go, I plan (not obsess over) my weekly menu, and make a ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:53:23 EST I Am Thankful Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by the major areas of life - work, home, finances, food, and fitness. There's so much I need to balance, change, and improve. It becomes all too easy to forget just how GOOD things are! Below is an email that really helped me get a grip. I hope you enjoy it, too! <BR> <BR> I AM THANKFUL: <BR> <BR> <em>489</em> FOR THE WIFE <BR> WHO SAYS IT’S HOT DOGS TONIGHT, <BR> BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, <BR> AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. <BR> <BR> <em>91</em>... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:27:39 EST Why Makeup is Not a Toy <img src=""> <BR> Oh, the carnage! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Is the lipstick too much?" Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:40:28 EST What a Croc! I'm just going to say it...I. HEART. CROCS. My husband thinks they're hideous, and I suspect this opinion is based on their original Mammoth Clog style. I've tried enlightening him to the fact that Crocs have come so far, and there are lots of different styles to choose from now. He won't budge, so we must agree to disagree. He also hates how our closet smells like fresh rubber when I put a new pair in my shoe cubby. I admit the strong, new-Crocs smell is pretty weird, but it dies down. <BR>... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:37:33 EST Lucy Puppy Dog We got a puppy yesterday! My husband and I have been talking about getting one from the SPCA for a while and we finally did it. We figured our daughter could use a puppy to grow up with, and our other dog, Roxie, could use a break from all the toddler attention. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daughter named her Lucy Puppy Dog (which I think will eventually be shortened to just Lucy.) She's a Plott Hound/Pit Bull mix and soo... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:51:02 EST When the Honeymoon's Over My first few weeks on a new health regime are always full of motivation, optimism, and hope. I lose a little bit of weight and feel great about that. Then for some unknown reason, the shine wears off, real life sets in, and I return to my old ways. The old ways that keep me overweight, self-conscious, groggy, and grumpy. Lately I've been feeling really unmotivated. I've had that annoying (and totally untrue) thought that maybe I'm just meant to stay at the weight and size I am. Life is ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:39:50 EST My Blahs & Workout Update <em>39</em> The Blahs <BR> <BR> First, THANKS TO EVERYONE for all the support and encouragement during my blahs! They're still here, but I think my motivation is creeping back in. This is in part due to the fact that I'm staying within my daily calorie range and still exercising. Also, all of the positive comments and goodies have really kept me going! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> Week 8 - Point of Interest <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took my daughter in for her haircut. (She's almost 3, and ... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:20:54 EST Waiting for the Blahs to Pass For the first time since becoming active on SparkPeople 7 weeks ago, I have a critical case of the blahs. You know, that flat feeling where you don't feel like exercising or eating right. I'm still doing both, but MAN, is it hard without that surge of motivation! <BR> <BR> I'm doing well and making progress, so where are these blahs coming from. (Maybe I just need a big fat nap!) I know they'll pass, and I'm sure I'll feel that "spark" again. But in the meantime I'm just holding on tig... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 15:57:59 EST Turbo Jam Progress Report: Week 1 of 12 I just finished Week 1 of my 12 Week Turbo Jam schedule. (There are only four workouts this week.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My plan is to workout in the mornings as much as possible, since that's the only real quiet time I get. (And I'm not totally wiped out like I am by the end of the day.) I also resolved to roll with whatever schedule changes come up. I was immediately tested on that. <BR> <BR> On Monday (my very fir... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:26:08 EST Six Years Later... In 2006, I spent waaaay more than I could afford at the time on a set of exercise DVDs. I saw a late night informercial for Turbo Jam by Beach Body. The program looked so effective and so motivating. It was especially enticing given my ongoing weight loss struggle, impulsive spending habits, and love for "before and after" photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turbo Jam was everything it promised. It was SO much fun, an amazing... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:05:43 EST A Lesson in Bliss We were desperate to get out of the house this weekend, and my toddler really needed to burn off some energy. The weather was gorgeous, so we loaded up our daughter and took her to the park – one of her favorite places ever. There was a lot of build-up on the way as we talked about all the fun stuff we were going to do…swing, go down the slide, try out her new kite. (She was really pumped about that.) <BR> <BR> I carried her to the middle of a huge field, and my husband was all geared up ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:54:57 EST I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie "If your dog is overweight, you aren't getting enough exercise." ~ Anon <BR> <BR> I knew we were in trouble when I saw my dog go through the dog door, her stomach almost skimming the sides. Roxie is a 5 year old, 65 pound mutt - a golden retriever, mixed with who knows what. She has always been the most active member of our family, and I was shocked when I realized how close she was to outgrowing the doggie door. I started walking Roxie more and put her on a weight management dog food, a... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:03:40 EST Sounds Like a "Spark" to Me I had to share this quote that my husband sent me today. All is can say is...WOW <BR> <BR> “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other peopl... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:15:48 EST Veruca Salt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm having a Veruca Salt kind of day..."I want it NOW!" I'm feeling awfully impatient and would like, by sometime this afternoon, to drop 20 lbs. or so. I want to wake up tomorrow morning and be able to comfortably wear my smaller clothes. But something tells me that's not going to happen. <BR> <BR> "Slow and steady wins the race" has been my catch phrase, and it's serving me well. I remind myself daily to be ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:13:39 EST Energize Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This cartoon really spoke to me today. Around 9:30 last night I realized I had a ton of energy. We had a busy evening and didn't get home until around 8:00. That's usually enough to wear me out after a full day at work. But something was different, and I felt great. <BR> <BR> I went through a quick mental checklist to figue out what in the world was going on. I haven't had caffeine in two weeks, so that's not... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:03:02 EST I Love My Muffin Top! I love my muffin top! Well, my muffin top baking pan, that is... <BR> <BR> I got a new Wilton muffin top/whoopie pie baking pan this weekend and IT IS FABULOUS! I christened it by making Homemade Chocolate Vitatops. The recipe is from the "Runs for Cookies" recipe blog: <link>www.runsforcookiesrecipes.blogspot.c<BR>om/2011/09/homemade-chocolate-vitatops<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> They came out as picture perfect as the recipe photos, which almost never happens to me. They weren't ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:35:18 EST Friday Funnies Happy Friday! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> I think I just ate my willpower. <BR> - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> It’s called DIET because all the other 4-letter words were taken. <BR> - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is. <BR> - Ellen Degeneres <BR> <BR> Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can us... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:38:35 EST Holy Smokes, It's Working... It's my "Weigh-In Wednesday", and I'm so excited to report a loss this morning! I've lost 4 pounds in 2 weeks, which is a nice steady pace for me. Usually I go all out and make too many changes at once. I inevitably "crash and burn", gaining back all the weight I lost and then some. <BR> <BR> I'm a former weight loss program junkie - I've tried them all. I'd see progress at first, but nothing really stuck. So I figured all those programs must just work for everyone but me (deluded, I kn... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:12:49 EST Break Up Follow-Up Let me say THANK YOU for all the supportive posts on Wednesday's blog "The End of a Love Affair". I've been free from Diet Coke for two, yes, TWO whole days now. Well, I wouldn't exactly call it free, since I've had SPUH-LIT-TING nighttime headaches. <BR> <BR> I remember these headaches from when I've given up Diet Coke before. They're painful and agonizing, and when I'm in the middle of one I picture someone splitting wood with a giant ax. This image is quickly followed by the thought... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:39:21 EST The End of a Love Affair I gave up Diet Coke for Lent this year. Anyone who knows me knows what a big deal this is. I looooovveeee Diet Coke. I drink it all the time. (Really, ALL the time.) And there's a pretty good chance that if you stuck a pin in me, I'd leak Diet Coke. <BR> <BR> To borrow the words of Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias, I love Diet Coke more than my luggage. <BR> <BR> I'm totally hooked, which is why I'm shocked that I haven't had withdrawals yet. I haven't needed a caffeine kick-start to... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:53:17 EST Taking the “Fat” Out of Fat Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is Fat Tuesday. In a nutshell, this means celebrating like crazy on the last day before the Lenten season begins. Knowing 40 days of self-discipline and sacrifice lie ahead, many people follow the tradition of eating rich, fatty foods. Some people partake in other shocking forms of debauchery, but my blog isn't rated for that. LOL <BR> <BR> This binge mentality is pretty much ingrained in me, maybe becau... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:22:36 EST It's All Relative A few years ago, I stepped on the scale and was devastated by the number staring back at me - 140! Using the mixed-up logic of a true food addict, I turned to food to comfort my aching heart. So, the weight kept piling on - 150, 160, 175... Before I knew it, I reached my highest weight of 180 lbs.! I had a lot of major life changes during that time, but I made the mistake of using food to satisfy every emotion. <BR> <BR> It's funny, because now I can't wait to see those numbers again...16... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:43:02 EST It is what it is... Just to be clear, I do NOT hate myself. What I hate, is being fat. <BR> <BR> It drives my sister crazy when I actually use the word “fat.” I don’t go around saying it all the time, but now and then I’ll laugh and say “Gosh, I’ve gotten fat!” or “I’m too fat for these pants!” My sister is quick to respond: “You’re not fat! You’re just overweight.” At that moment, my heart swells with gratitude for such sisterly love, and I have to stop myself from correcting her: “Actually, in medic... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:51:15 EST Best Birthday Present EVER! I (very) recently turned 38, so instead of buying myself a little something nice, I’m making a New Year’s resolution. The way I see it, my birthday marks one more “real time” year our gracious God has given me in this world. So my birthday becomes my true New Year, and my gift to myself becomes a resolution. A promise. A commitment to make my life better in some way. <BR> <BR> This year I’m giving myself the gift of weight loss. And forgiveness. Losing weight has been a lifelong challe... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:38:06 EST