TIRED49's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIRED49 TIRED49'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/ Wednesday 5/14 Progess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695299 It has been crazy the last few weeks at work, but some of the craziness is over and today I recommitted. <BR> <BR> Exercise--Only 7,000 today so I fell short of my 9,000 goal. Will work harder tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tracking--Done and stayed in range. <BR> <BR> Cola--too many. <BR> <BR> Sleep--Did get seven last night but I was up and down a lot. <BR> <BR> Bible--Bible study tonight--so that is considered my Bible time. <BR> <BR> Home--Cleaned on the bathroom counter, trying to keep it in... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:22:11 EST CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695291 5/14 (840) <BR> 5/15 (1144) Wed, 14 May 2014 23:16:02 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690952 Exercise--Only my 9,620 steps. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Tracking--Done, only over 200 today. Don't laugh, I've been ov er a lot more. I did have only one quesadilla, instead of two. And I measured my ice cream! I know I am doing better when I have that 'not so full' feeling. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Only one cola today! <BR> <BR> Did not sleep my 7 last night. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> No Bible tonight--by the time these clothes get dry it will be past bedtime. <em>42</em... Thu, 8 May 2014 23:57:58 EST Wednesday--Goal Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690465 Exercise, Tuesday--I crawled around and planted more flowers-that was my exercise, but it is the best. I enjoy it and it makes me sweat and I use muscles I never use, which was evident when I woke up Wednesday morn. Did not exercise last night unless you count unloading the flower truck at work (which I don't think to do) and I can tell I twisted certain way this morning unloading those flats and baskets and bending and turning because I am sore in new places. I met my step goal on both d... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:41:13 EST Monday--How I Did Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688543 No exercise today. Monday's are the worst. <BR> Tracked today, but still went over. Caved in and went out to eat, have to stop that. <BR> One cola today, not three like several days last week. <BR> Did not sleep 7 hours last night. I stayed up to late, washing clothes. <BR> No Bible reading yet, taking my Ipad to the bedroom with me and that will close my day. <BR> No house cleaning today--I worked late for one, unless you count getting some of the dirty dishes out of the sink. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 6 May 2014 00:05:00 EST Goals For BLC25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687898 I always seem to be a day late when it comes to getting things done, but here goes. <BR> <BR> My goals for BLC25 <BR> 1. Lose 10 lbs. I did it the first time I participated in BLC and then I let the holidays wipe that out. I haven't been able to get that momentum back, but I know I can. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at least 5 times a week, not including the 9,000 steps a day goal I have set for myself. This can be my stationary bike, working outside, heavy cleaning, or other get myself moving... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:04:17 EST CICO 5/05--5/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687890 5/05 (786) <BR> 5/06 (1180) <BR> 5/07 (970) <BR> 5/08 (680) Mon, 5 May 2014 09:56:38 EST CICO 2nd Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683175 4/28 (418) <BR> 4/29 (628) <BR> 4/30 170 <em>227</em> <BR> 5/01 950 <em>230</em> <BR> 5/02 (668) <BR> 5/03 (1131) <BR> 5/04 774 <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Total (9.51) And I wonder why I am maintaining? Hmmpph. I have to do better than this! And I will. <BR> I did meet my goal of tracking every day regardless! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:58:35 EST CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673172 4/15/14--(923) <BR> <BR> 4/16/14--(1119) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:59:18 EST I Must Be the Slowest Turtle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640681 I must be the slowest turtle but that's ok, when I get it I get it. <BR> Everyone's race is different. I've been observing for a long time as I watch all the people pass me by on their way to their goals. <BR> I've read over and over what works for them and wondered why it didn't work for me, or why I could do this one time and crawled as fast as I could only to hit a rock in the road or something. <BR> So this year I seem to be hitting a lot of rocks. But I keep crawling up the hill and do... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:49:46 EST BLC24 Week 8 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640667 BLC24 Week 8 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday, March 05, 2014 <BR> <BR> BLC 24 Week 8 CICO <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 2,806 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 560 <BR> Total Burned 2,750 <BR> Differential 56 <BR> <BR> Thursday 6 March: <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 2,655 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 928 <BR> Total Burned 3,118 <BR> Differential -463 <BR> <BR> Friday 7 March: <BR> Calories Eaten: <BR> BMR: <BR> Exercise: <BR> Differential: ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:27:38 EST BLC24 Week 7 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634858 Wednesday February 26, 2014 <BR> <BR> BLC 24 - Week 7 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> <BR> Eaten 2,955 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,190 <BR> Differential 765 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 2,425 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,190 <BR> Differential 235 <BR> -Food Tracking: Y <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:49:56 EST Week 6 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629375 BLC 24 - Week 6 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> -Food Tracking: no <BR> -Fitness Tracking: no <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat: <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Mon: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR>... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:34:31 EST Pleasantly Surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628356 Surprised by weigh in this morning. This has been a hard BLC. I was full of such great expectations in January when we started. <BR> <BR> Then I had the cold and sinus problems. <BR> Then it was just cold. <BR> Now it has been my knees and feet. <BR> Then the scales were down 1.4 this morning. And I <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> They were down earlier in the challenge but that was before the above mentioned items. <BR> <BR> But I mostly believe they are down now, because I just won't stop... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:54:22 EST Overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626945 I am overwhelmed and humbled by the comments on my last blog. <BR> <BR> It was kind of hard to come back and read but I am thankful I did. <BR> <BR> Everyone was so supportive. I worry too much about what others think, even those that don't know me. Silly huh? <BR> <BR> Spark is made up of the best kind of people. I'm so glad I found it. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:52:20 EST My Love Letter (Not) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625986 When I saw the wec I stopped when I read 'Write a love letter to yourself" <BR> I thought about it for a moment wondering what I would write. <BR> And then I realized I couldn't. It bothered me for a bit and I put the thoughts aside. <BR> Then yesterday while exercising I thought about it again, and it brought tears. Because I thought about my past and my upbringing and the challenges or rather 'sheer hell' times I have been through and I thought I can't do that square on the challenge, be... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:37:50 EST BLC 24-Week 5 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621843 BLC 24 - Week 4- CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> February 12 <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed: Calories <BR> Eaten 2,398 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,190 <BR> Differential 208 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 2,387 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,190 <BR> Differential 197 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 minutes <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 2,841 <BR> BMR* 2,190 <BR... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:42 EST Borrowed from a Sparkfriend (with permission) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617405 Copied from Triangle-Woman <BR> <BR> I wanted to keep this in front of me because I have had some of these same feelings. I am learning to rethink some of my negative thoughts and am a lot further up this rung than I used to be, so that is an accomplishment. All my teenage and young adult life. I was so negative, about myself and everything and everyone. I don't want to be that person anymore. I want to love me. I'm getting there. Thanks Spark and thanks Triangle-Woman. Power Pose! ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:45:29 EST BLC 24-Week 4 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616783 BLC 24 - Week 4 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Eaten 3,238 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,180 <BR> Differential 1,058 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 2,294 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 905 <BR> Total Burned 3,085 <BR> Differential -791 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 68 <BR> <B... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:33:10 EST Fitness Test-BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611713 Saturday February 1 <BR> <BR> For one minute <BR> <BR> push-ups <BR> week 4-25 <BR> week 5 - <BR> week 9 - <BR> week 12 - <BR> <BR> crunches <BR> week 4-25 <BR> week 5 - <BR> week 9 - <BR> week 12 - <BR> <BR> lunges <BR> week 4-17 <BR> week 5 - <BR> week 9 - <BR> week 12 - <BR> <BR> bicep curls with 5 lb weights <BR> week 4-25 <BR> week 5 - <BR> week 9 - <BR> week 12 - <BR> <BR> squats <BR> week 4-25 <BR> week 5 - <BR> week 9 - <BR> week 12 - ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 01:08:27 EST BLC24 Week 3 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608716 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 <BR> <BR> BLC 24 - Week 3 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Eaten 3,273 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,180 <BR> Differential 1,093 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 2,580 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 815 <BR> Total Burned 2,995 <BR> Differential -415 <BR> Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 62 <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 3,411 <BR> BMR* 2,1... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:07:45 EST BLC24 Week 2 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602230 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 <BR> <BR> BLC 24 - Week 2 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Calories Eaten 2,199 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,180 <BR> Differential 19 <BR> -Food Tracking: Yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 0 <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 2,353 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 979 <BR> Total Burned 3,159 <BR> Differential -806 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 66 <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 2,798 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> E... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:03:00 EST In the Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594210 Today I went out and bought a $1 small notebook at the dollar store to write down my goals for each day and keep for ideas on meals and snacking. I had first thought about just writing food in it, because I want to begin to see if there are any foods that cause other challenges I have, but then I realized I could use it for so much more. <BR> <BR> Then I came home and watched Biggest Loser. Light bulb moment! This season is about 2nd chances and the contestants met Apollo Ohno. He told t... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:56:43 EST Goals for BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593001 I learned a lot in BLC23 <BR> I was apprehensive to start it when Thanksgiving, vacation, and Christmas with more vacation were around the corner. I was right to be apprehensive, I have gained most if not all of the weight back. <BR> <BR> But I learned a lot in BLC23. I learned not to let that discourage me like I have in the past. What would I weigh if I hadn't participated? A lot more I can tell you. <BR> <BR> I learned a lot in BLC23. I learned there are lots of great people, prev... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:51:09 EST BLC 24 - Week 1 - CICO & Tracking Reports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592392 BLC 24 - Week 1 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> <BR> BLC 24 - Week 1 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> -Calories in: 1808 <BR> -Calories out: 2190 BMR + 708 = 2898 <BR> -Differential: (1090) <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 47 minutes <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> -Calories in: 2431 <BR> -Calories out: 2190 BMR + 1002 = 3192 <BR> -Differential: (761) <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 70 minutes <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> -Calories in... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:59:18 EST January 4th Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581473 Where does time go? No one knows the answer to that, it just does. I wish I could blog every day, but time just flits right on by. <BR> <BR> I have been psyching myself back into doing what I need to do. Yesterday I logged my food, exercised 30 minutes. I was sore too! <BR> <BR> and then there was today. I started out logging food and ate well. Then I was too hungry and too tired from staying up too late and I came home and took a nap which meant I woke up even hungrier. And the... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 01:29:24 EST Year of Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576122 I have been reading a lot of blogs in the last few days catching up on my Spark emails and have noticed everyone making their 2014 goals and some have even named their year. That appeals to me. <BR> <BR> My goals for 2014 would be. <BR> 1. Continue BLC challenges, they are helping me shrink in size and grow in character. <BR> <BR> 2. Get more sleep. Even though I could sleep more to make a challenge, I can't seem to make it routine. I would like to get 7 or more hours each night. <BR... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:11:12 EST The Best of Days and the Worst of Days (Well, Not Really) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524304 After posting my blog on Thursday I woke up Friday in a funk. Just so tired. It was my husbands birthday and we were going to dinner in a little joint in MS called Doe's. It's in an old house, you may be seated in the kitchen or in one of the many other rooms. There is no menu, just a few choices steak or steak (and sometimes shrimp) and the appetizer is tamales. They come in 3's . The side is home made French fries or home made French fries and a house salad, just one dressing. And a ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:20:35 EST My Inspiration to Try Again and Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698976532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never been one to search out inspirational quotes even though I like them. My daughter says "Mom, your whole house is a bunch of signs." I don't think I have that many. Maybe one in every room. But I words make me feel connected and make me think. <BR> <BR> Right before I joined the team BLC23 I came across this quote. I have been with Spark since 2008. I always started and stopped and started and s... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:05:47 EST My Saturday Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517849 Good afternoon! I slept in this morning and it felt so good! I must have needed it I lost four # of water overnight. Because I slept so late I didn't have breakfast and went straight to lunch. I made a taco salad lining a saucer with four chips (If you haven't tried the Beanfields Pica de gallo rice chips, they are yummy) a little bit of ground beef, cheddar cheese, and the rest in veggies. It was so good. I used Beanfields Pica de gallo rice chips. If you haven't tried their chips the... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:27:17 EST BLC23-Where Am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503089 First of all, I stay on this computer too much! At work and at home! <BR> <BR> But I am loving seeing the progress and struggles of my Falcon Friends! <BR> Yes, even the struggles because I'm finding out when we share the struggles too we get the support we need to overcome them. WE are not alone in this. <BR> <BR> I don't have any lists to put here about goals and how I did. I wish I was one of those people that could do that. But I would rather talk <em>334</em> and tell you how muc... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 00:57:14 EST CICO Week2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503085 10/06/13 <BR> Calories Eaten 2,107 <BR> BMR* 2,170 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,170 <BR> Differential -63 <BR> <BR> 10/05/13 <BR> Calories Eaten 2,356 <BR> BMR* 2,170 <BR> Exercise 1,797 <BR> Total Burned 3,967 <BR> Differential -1,611 <BR> <BR> 10/04/13 <BR> Calories 1,916 <BR> BMR* 2,170 <BR> Exercise 1,470 <BR> Total Burned 3,640 <BR> Differential -1,724 <BR> <BR> 10/03/13 <BR> Eaten 2,562 <BR> BMR* 2,170 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 2,170 <BR> Differentia... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 00:46:09 EST SparkCoach ? of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502033 So SparkCoach asks "how do you plan to shake up your workouts" <BR> <BR> We all know that exercising the same way every day soon gets us no where. I know I do. It is easy to go down to the den and crawl on the recumbent bike. I can watch tv, read a book, I am off my feet, the elliptical is harder, etc. <BR> <BR> But what I really wanted to do when I read this question is "Are you kidding me?!" <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> "I am in the BLC23 Challenge!" Can you hear me? We are doing someth... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:56:01 EST A Little Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500854 I hold onto water. I am like a pond, a stream, a lake. So it is frustrating from day to day or rather days to days. I don't always just lose it overnight. <BR> <BR> So rather than fret about it, I decide to just quit looking at my ankles and think more about what I need to not put in my body like that salted popcorn the hubs made the other night. It didn't have butter but it had salt! And those hamburgers I made hmm. <BR> <BR> And today I had a victory of really sticking within my cal... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:19:49 EST CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497380 10/01/13 <BR> Calories 2,456 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 995 <BR> Total Burned 3,175 <BR> Differential -719 <BR> <BR> 9/30/13 <BR> Calories 1,636 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 841 <BR> Total Burned 3,021 <BR> Differential -1,385 <BR> <BR> 9/29/13 <BR> Eaten 1,764 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 1,137 <BR> Total Burned 3,317 <BR> Differential -1,553 <BR> <BR> 9/29/13 <BR> Calories 1764 <BR> BMR 2180 <BR> Exercise 1137 <BR> Total Burned 3317 <BR> Differential -155... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 01:02:28 EST BLC23 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496456 Keeping it Simple: <BR> <BR> I want to lose 25 lbs <BR> I want to increase my water to 6 8 oz cups a day. <BR> I want to sleep at least 7 hours. <BR> Exercise 50 minutes-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> To accomplish this I am going to learn to plan my food. If I can't plan a week ahead, then I will at least plan a day ahead. <BR> I am going to put down what I am doing and go to bed. <BR> I already drink 3 cups a day so it is just a matter of doubling the water. <BR> And I like to exercise, I just... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:56:19 EST Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495471 Pictures are painful, at least for me they are. Wish I had let someone take pictures of me years ago. Maybe I wouldn't be in this shape now. But I have hope again. Finding Team BLKC will make a difference for me. I'm not stopping this time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096471344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390423971.jpg">( <BR> <BR> It is very late. This is all I have time for tonight. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:26:05 EST No Stealing My Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490719 So today at work (new job-been there 9 mths) the manager became confused about a vendor I already paid (he forgot even though he approved it on Tuesday and signed the check) and the asst manager gave me the wrong info on an invoice and I paid the wrong vendor. Both of them basically told me it was my problem. I was so angry. I am an emotional eater and this just set me off. <BR> <BR> I confess I drove to the Sonic after work (after already planning my dinner in my head, husband worked lat... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:20:40 EST Meals Before Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490052 SparkCoach asks do I have a special no-fail meal I eat before I workout. <BR> The answer is no. I usually do my workouts after dinner at night. I wait a little but to let my dinner settle. <BR> What I have done lately is have water nearby and try to get in a cup or two. Then seems to keep me refreshed and not be so thirsty after. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:06:25 EST SparkCoach wants Me to Write about and Area that Needs Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486716 <em>40</em> <BR> Some of these assignments! <em>46</em> <BR> That's me crying and whining because I don't want to face the truth, but paying good money for SparkCoach I am thinking I better own it. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> My biggest area of trouble with moderation is FOOD! <BR> <em>22</em> <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <em>497</em> <em>498</em> <em>473</em> <em>495</em> <em>494</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> Do you see the pattern, there are no ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:13:59 EST Fill in the Blank-SparkCoach Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485805 I am grateful for God because He loves me despite my shortcomings. <BR> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:26:22 EST What Would I Do With An Extra Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478994 What would I do with an extra hour asked SparkCoach--- <BR> Oh my I need 3 extra hours! <BR> <BR> I would spend more time exercising, sleeping, and Bible study for sure. <BR> Then would come spending more time sending cards and letters and doing things for others and house cleaning. Not all necessarily in that order. Whew I said I needed more than one. <BR> The truth is I used to do all those things. And I blame my extra weight for a lot of the lack of energy as well as trying to burn t... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:36:43 EST 3 Good Things this Past Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478145 I spent more days than usual staying in calorie range. That means I'm moving toward even more days of better food choices. <BR> <BR> More exercise and hopefully I will keep it up, even when I am tired. :) <BR> <BR> I feel more motivated this week and this will propel me forward and results will be visible. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 21:32:04 EST I know I've had a good workout when http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477245 The SparkCoach question of the day. <BR> <BR> My exercise is sporadic right now but when I do that muscle fatigue I start to get on my recumbent bike helps me realize I am getting somewhere. When I am just 'ho hum' peddling along I don't feel that good about it. <BR> And the energy I have afterward makes it worth it. <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:35:57 EST Friends-good or bad Influence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475074 That is the SparkCoach ? today. <BR> I realize everyone will have a different answer. For me I only have one friend. She is overweight and had lapband surgery a couple if years ago. She never followed up with the program and only lost 50 lbs. or so. She is a sweetheart and happy in her skin and where she is. Which I think is great and the really great thing is she would support me in whatever I choose in life. We only get to have lunch once a week if we are lucky. She is not aware t... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:28:48 EST Is Someone Sabotaging My Weight Loss Efforts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470393 The answer to that SparkCoach is Yes! And it is my spouse. I am not doing too badly now but I was doing better until the day last week I told him I was subscribing to SparkCoach and that I had cut down on soda, overeating, and started exercising again. He says he is proud and that he will support me, but immediately he started wanting to go to some of my favorite buffets and then last night he wanted me to make a pan of brownies ( my favorite by the way) and I succumb. I did eat brownie... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:11:47 EST Spark Coach so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466267 I have been using Sparkcoach faithfully for approximately two weeks. I will say it has been a really useful tool and has worked when I use it. <BR> I started out deciding I was going to track my calories faithfully regardless of good or bad. what an eye opener and I immediately found myself making better choices. I lost 3 lbs. This past week has been harder and I fell back into emotional eating (challenges at work) but I only gained one pound. <BR> I have had a good talk with myself ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:30:03 EST Spark Coach asks "How would I know I am healthy if the scales didn't exist" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452284 Good question and something I thought about as I listened-- <BR> I have been back on a journey the last couple of weeks using Spark Coach. Some of the time it is just getting used to using it and the tools just like using the tools here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> And seeing as how the scales are not down that much I needed the video today because I have noticed some changes. <BR> I am getting more sleep and feeling rested. I am feeling rested even when I only get five hours of sleep as was ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 23:32:01 EST Today's Blog Topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447958 Going clothes shopping makes me feel depressed. <BR> <BR> That was the topic SparkCoach chose for me today. <BR> <BR> I know, I know I should love my body, but lets face it-I don't. If I did I prob would not be here. <BR> <BR> I have to walk through all the smaller clothes to get to my size in the back. Unless I go to the "my size" store. And the shapes an patterns on the clothes, not to mention the colors are just not me. <BR> <BR> But I'm going to get there where I like to shop a... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:21:33 EST Describing How I Feel Today In One Sentence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434539 One word, tired. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:35:14 EST