TLAIR0468's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TLAIR0468 TLAIR0468'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/ BLC23 Week 7 PAWSE - November 6, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534652 Here we are, starting the 2nd half of the challenge and coming up to the 2 Holidays that are the hardest to manage, food-wise. I need to have a plan in place to prevent un-doing the last 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> How did I do with my goals for last week? <BR> 1. I will sit down and take some time to put my November goals in writing, with a plan to reach them. DONE! I don't have a blog on SP, but I do have them in my journal <BR> <BR> 2. I will plan out my meals for the next 10 days (which w... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:34:14 EST BLC23 Week 6 PAWSE - October 30, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527269 I cannot believe we are already at the halfway point of BLC23...wow, time flies! <BR> <BR> I didn't get a PAWSE posted last week. When I stepped on the scale this morning it was exactly where it was last week. This is the first week I haven't had at least a small loss. Directly related to not posting a plan? Maybe not planning my meals? Or perhaps the 2 days in a row of very high sodium? Whatever it was, I guess I am just thankful for the maintain; it could have been a gain. <BR> <BR... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:44:34 EST Week 4 BLC 23 PAWSE for October 16, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516291 Last week my goals were to do ST 3x and yoga 2x. I did yoga poses all 4 days over the weekend, but didn't complete an entire yoga dvd at all. So, I would have to say I partially made this goal. As for ST, I did get 3 days...thanks to the weekend challenge and Monday step ups. <BR> <BR> My weight goal was 1.5 pounds....I actually lost 1.8, so very happy with that. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are: <BR> 1. Continue with daily walk and/or runs. The weather is cooling and the runs h... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:46:56 EST Week 3:BLC 23 PAWSE for October 9, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509737 I completely skipped week 2 PAWSE, so I have no goals to reflect on. I did, however, make all of my goals from week1. <BR> <BR> I have all of my dinner meals planned out for the next week. Grocery shopping is finished and I am on track to have a week of healthy meals. Breakfast and lunch are easy...dinner is the one that usually trips me up. <BR> <BR> I have consistently exercised and have plans to continue. The weather is beautiful and I am enjoying being out on the trail in the aftern... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:41:31 EST September 25, 2013: BLC23 Wednesday Pawse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496292 Today is day 1 of week 1 of BLC23! Part of the BLC challenge is do PAWSE each week. <BR> P - Plan/Prepare for the coming week <BR> A - Act with consistency and determination by making healthy choices and tracking <BR> W - Write a blog reflecting the past week <BR> S - Set a goal, both non scale and scale related for the coming week <BR> E - Execute movement <BR> <BR> I have planned out my meals for the coming week. I've been to the grocery store and stocked up on the 'good stuff'. I have... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:22:16 EST My BLC23 S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496196 My BLC23 S.M.A.R.T. Goals <BR> <BR> As BLC23 begins, it’s time to put into writing, just exactly what I expect of myself over the course of the next 12 weeks. Of course, to lose weight is top on my list, but that’s pretty vague and if I am going to hold myself accountable, I have to be a little more specific and have a plan in place. Below is my plan, laid out in SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) detail. <BR> <BR> I actually have 3 goals that I would like to r... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:32:16 EST ABC's of me. BLC23 1st assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494587 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> I am not an overly competitive person, however, I don’t like coming in last either. I tend to be more competitive on a team because I don’t want to let the team down. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> I have done several rounds of BLC, I believe I started with 15, so this will make my 8th round. I skipped round 21 though…... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:24:04 EST BLC22: Week 8 PAWSE, July 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432440 It's hard to believe we are going into week 8 of BLC...it certainly has flown by. <BR> <BR> Last weeks goals: <BR> 1. Restart week 4 of C25K. I didn't do this. I ran, but did not have the days to dedicate to structured running. So, while I didn't make this goal, I didn't totally fail either. <BR> <BR> 2. 3 days of ST. Again, I didn't do this. I managed 2 days of ST. So, again, not a total success, but not a failure either. <BR> <BR> 3. Do measurements. DONE!! Let me just say, I ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:22:20 EST BLC22: Week 7 PAWSE, July 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424507 As I start week 7 of BLC 22, I feel like I have made some progress. Not great strides on the scale, although, slowly but surely, inching closer to the 150's. I can tell a difference in my attitude, in my mindset...something on the inside feel different. I can't quite put my finger on it, but whatever it is, it's keeping me on the right track. <BR> <BR> Ok, with that said, let's see how I did on last weeks' goals. <BR> 1. Take the week off from structured C25K running and just 'freestyle... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:08:40 EST BLC22: Week 6 PAWSE, July 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418262 I can't believe we are at the half way week of BLC22; it's gone by so fast. <BR> <BR> Let's see how I did last week. My goals last week were: <BR> <BR> 1. To do week 4 of C25K. How did I do? Well, this is a tricky one. I DID complete week 4, I just DID NOT complete it with the confidence that I would like to. <BR> <BR> 2. To do ST 3 days. How did I do? I did ST 2 days this week. <BR> <BR> 3. To stay on track and focused. How did I do? Well, this goal is a little harder to meas... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:17:59 EST BLC22: Week 5 PAWSE, July 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411715 So, I didn't get this posted on time, but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> I had a very good week 4. The scale didn't do anything spectacular, a loss of 1 pound. But I feel really good about how focused I was and all that I accomplished. <BR> <BR> My goals for last week were: <BR> 1. To do week 3 of the C25K program. DONE!! I finished week 3 and ended it feeling really good about my progress. <BR> <BR> 2. To do ST 3 days during the week. DONE!! I actually did ST on 5 days..... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 17:24:53 EST BLC22: Week 4 PAWSE, June 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403183 Well, week 4 is here already. I think I really like setting a couple of small goals each week. It's nice to focus on something little on the way to something bigger. <BR> <BR> How did last week go: <BR> 1. I was aiming for 3 days of ST during week 3. Well, I missed that. I only managed 2 days, so I need to work harder on this in week 4. <BR> <BR> 2. I planned to continue C25K program. I got this. I finished week 2 of the program feeling very strong. <BR> <BR> 3. I was hoping to... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:15:44 EST BLC22: Week 3 PAWSE, June 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396663 Here we are starting week 3 of BLC22. <BR> <BR> A recap of last weeks' goals: <BR> 1. Continue focusing on ST. How did that go? Well, I was shooting for 2 days last week and did just that. I did Thursday TT and Tuesday upper body. I also did all of my step up and punches on Monday, so maybe I actually got 3 days? Gasp... <BR> <BR> 2. I will start the C25K program. Did I? Yes, I did. Not only did I start it, but I completed week 1 and it felt great! <BR> <BR> 3. I will focus on ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:14:34 EST BLC22: Week 2 PAWSE, June 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386766 Today is day one of week 2. Week one went very well and I feel like I am settling into a groove of keeping up. <BR> <BR> Last week I wanted to focus on doing ST 2 days during the week and start the C25K running program. I was shooting for a 1.5 pound loss on the scale. So, 2 out of 3 isn't so bad, right? I did do ST 2 days last week. I had my Thursday TT challenge for the BLC and then added in ST on Monday as well. I did lose at least 1.5 pounds on the scale...actually lost 2.2. It'... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:55:51 EST My S.M.A.R.T. Goals for BLC22 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385162 S.M.A.R.T Goals <BR> <BR> S-Specific <BR> M-Measurable <BR> A-Attainable <BR> R-Realistic <BR> T-Time Bound <BR> <BR> 1. I will log all of my food intake. This helps me stay accountable to myself, plus, it gives me a good tool to see where I might make improvements. I will aim to stay within my WW points/calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> 2. will do strength training 2 days per week. I am committed to TNT on Thursday, so I will add at least one day each week. I will start s... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:26:26 EST BLC22: June 5 PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380390 It's day one of BLC22 and PAWSE Wednesday. Part of my PAWSE challenge is to write a blog reflecting on the past week and setting goals for the upcoming week, both scale and non-scale. <BR> <BR> I have been back on track for a couple of weeks leading up to BLC and the past week went fairly smooth. We had Miranda's birthday. Miranda is Josh's (my youngest) girlfriend. We celebrated with a cookie cake and I knew it was coming so I saved WW points and had a small piece of cookie cake. I di... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:27:53 EST BLC22 Homework: ABC's of Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377720 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> I am not an overly competitive person, however, I don’t like coming in last either. I tend to be more competitive on a team because I don’t want to let the team down. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> I have done several round of BLC, I believe I started with 16, maybe. I skipped round 21 though…just way too much going on... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:27:24 EST BLC20 'before' picture and plan for the 12 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062868 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198500058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my official BLC20 before picture. This picture was taken mid week of the 1st week of the challenge. My weight is 156.4. My goal is to lose 12 pounds in the 12 weeks of this challenge. I'm really hoping to have a bit more of a waist by the end of this challenge. <BR> <BR> My 12 week plan includes the following steps to keep me on track: <BR> 1. Log every single bite in my WW etools. Stay with... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:45:53 EST Letter to myself (BLC 20 assignment) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055681 Dear Me, <BR> <BR> So, you took that full body picture last night...not pretty, huh? Well, you've joined a great new team with BLC20 full of support and resources, so use all the resources, support and challenges and make your 12 week full body picture something to be a little more proud of. You know what you need to do, so get your head on straight, focus and DO IT!! <BR> <BR> You are getting closer to your goal all the time. Stick with it. You've had a rough couple of weeks since vac... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:03:09 EST The Future Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884137 As part of BLC19, we were asked to write a blog about how we see ourselves in the future, what we want and how we plan to make it happen. I found it very interesting that this was assigned on the same week that the Weight Watchers leader talked about shedding the image in our mind of 'who we used to be'. <BR> <BR> The Tammy of the not too distant future is happier and healthier. Healthier because I exercise almost daily, eat healthy and make better decisions, in general, about my healt... Wed, 16 May 2012 12:23:56 EST I can't believe it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3135739 This Monday morning started like any other Monday morning. You know the routine...alarm goes off, hit snooze, alarm goes off again, drag yourself out of bed and into the shower. I was going through my routine somewhat on auto-pilot. I finish my make-up and hair, get dressed, put on my jewelry and get my shoes and belt out of the closet. I slip on my shoes and pull on my belt and then.....wait a minute, this belt always goes into the 2nd hole and this morning, it's too loose on the 2nd hol... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:56:49 EST Better late than never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973537 I had every intention of getting a February review done last week, but somehow the days just got away from me. Here I am a week into March and just getting it done. <BR> <BR> So, how did I do in February? Here is what I DID do: <BR> **Still logging everything, everyday...the good, the bad and the ugly. <BR> **Still drinking my water. <BR> **Still journalling. <BR> **Still cooking at home and trying some new things. <BR> **Still exercising, although, not back to running yet. <BR> **... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 13:27:00 EST February is NOT lake weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2943061 As many of you know, I have committed to volunteering or participating in at least one charitable event each month. February's event is one I've done in the past and will continue to do in the future. This past Saturday, my youngest son, Josh and I, along with a friend from high school did the Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Ozark in Missouri. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/3/l130474178.jpg"> <BR> Cheryl, Tammy and Josh <BR> <BR> The Polar Bear Plunge benifits Special... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:44:03 EST Let's see how I did.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2829905 Happy Groundhog's Day! According to Phil, it's 6 more weeks of winter, which means I have a few more weeks of managing my exercise without being able to get outside. That's why I have a gym membership, right? Now, I just need to use it! <BR> <BR> I cannot believe it's already February. Wow, January skipped right on by! At the beginning of the year I posted my 2010 goals and committed to coming back, at least monthly, to see how I was doing. So, how did I do? Let's see... <BR> <BR> 1.... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:53:17 EST Out with the old, in with the new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2696870 I ended 2009 trying to find my way back on the wagon. I can't say that I was completely successful, however, it wasn't a total failure either. I didn't quite make it back on track, but I certainly found my way a little closer. <BR> <BR> Overall, 2009 was quite a roller coaster year for me. I started out at around 182 pounds and ended at 168 (it was 163 before the Holidays). 14 pounds...hmmm, that is just over a pound a month. Nothing to write home about, is it? On the other hand, it wa... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:20:17 EST It's been a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2601155 I knew it had been a while since I last posted a blog entry, but I didn't realize it had been almost a year. Hmm, I'd say it's way past time for me to get back into the swing of using SparkPeople to it's fullest. <BR> <BR> I have written down some goals for December on a piece of paper, but decided that posting them 'for all the world to see' would hold me more accountable. So, the following is what I plan to accomplish for the month of December 2009 <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 6 pounds, which wil... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:12:01 EST Making progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1792542 Since starting back to weight watchers on January 14th, I have consistently lost weight each week. The loss ranges from .2 to 2.8. While I much prefer the 2.8, I'm happy as long as it's got the minus sign in front of it. <BR> <BR> I have had a very stressful couple of weeks. Josh (my youngest) was very sick for a week, Jacob (my oldest) cut his arm with a chainsaw, then broke up with his girlfriend of almost a year (who I am crazy about). My Granny is decling very quickly and it's so d... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:25:17 EST Getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1730908 I should have posted this blog a couple of weeks ago, but, as it sometimes happens, life takes priority. <BR> <BR> I completely enjoyed my 16 days off at Christmas/New Year's. I very much needed the break from work, schedules, committments and just the daily grind. Although I was sick most of the time I was off (head/chest cold), I did manage to do alot of relaxing. I slept in, watched movies, played games with the kids, shopped and well, basically, just whatever I wanted to do. As you... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:13:45 EST My plan to make it snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1614407 Let me start by saying that I am NOT a fan of cold weather, but my theory is, if it's going to be cold we might as well have some snow on the ground. Everytime the weather man has even suggested that we might get some snow, I"ve kept my fingers crossed. Every single time, I'm sorely disappointed. I woke up this morning to just barely a dusting of snow on the ground and thought to myself, 'I really want a white Christmas this year". Then I got to thinking back to Christmas' in the past whe... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:17:43 EST FREE to a good home, 2 teenage boys.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1597462 Ok, so I'm not REALLY giving them away, although, after Monday, the thought of locking them in seperate rooms did cross my mind. <BR> <BR> If you've ever read my spark page, you've read that I LOVE talking about my boys. They are the light of my life and truly, I cannot imagine having had a fullfilling life without them. They are sweet, kind, considerate, intelligent, onery, rough-housing, strong-willed, stubborn, handsome, 100% boy, boys! <BR> <BR> After 18 years of being their Mother... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 14:08:53 EST I had WHAT for breakfast?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1593625 I managed to survive Thanksgiving and only gain a single pound. Considering I had pecan pie and Mt Dew for breakfast a couple of mornings, I'm pretty happy with the pound. <BR> <BR> I got up early on Thanksgiving morning and walked in the Turkey Trot 5k with 2 of my nieces, my sister in law, my son's girlfriend and a couple of my spark buddies and their families. It was good weather, lots of people and a great way to start the day. Last year I walked it in 48 minutes, this year I walked ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:27:34 EST I am so outta there!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1565497 So outta 170ville, that is!! <BR> <BR> Friday is official weigh day for me, but I couldn't help but sneak a peek yesterday. When I saw the scale yesterday I was very hopeful that it was going to read the same way today. <BR> <BR> So, when I got out of bed this morning the first thing I did was take off my p.j.s and put on my glasses (didn't want to misread the numbers) and hopped on the scale. Oh my goodness...I did it. I am actually below 170 for the first time in a very long time! W... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:27:19 EST Happy Halloween!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1542315 Happy Halloween translates into 'It's almost the Holidays'. Wow, I am so not ready for the Holidays. It's not that I haven't made my Thanksgiving plans and started my Christmas shopping, because I have. I am not ready for the Holidays in the sense that I'm not confident that I have a good handle on my eating. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I gained 3 pounds. This was disappointing, but not really a surprise considering the way I had eaten that week. The following week, I was very conscious ... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:50:19 EST Where is the year going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1511235 I cannot believe it's almost time for the Holidays again. Wow, where has this year gone? Realizing that we are so close to the end of the year also makes me realize that I am still a long ways from my goal weight, which I was hoping to reach by New Year's Eve. Hmmm, not looking like that is going to happen. <BR> <BR> I don't find myself so bummed about it though. I've had alot go on in my life this year, finding out I was pre-diabetic was among the happenings. I am still working to g... Tue, 14 Oct 2008 09:00:57 EST It only took 3 weeks, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1492815 I finally managed to get rid of that pesky little pound that I gained 3 weeks ago. I was determined not to let that one single pound get the best of me, but it certainly hung on for dear life. I woke up this morning and FINALLY it was GONE!! All the exercise and calorie counting paid off!! <BR> <BR> I am on week 3 of the couch to 5k program. So far, so good. The first week I had sore calves, the second week my shins were sore, but so far this week all the aches are leveling out and no ... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 09:08:35 EST I know life's not fair, but this REALLY sux!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1453431 This is not something I would normally blog about, but I think I really need to put it out there so I can start to deal with it. I have already found myself making bad eating choices (nothing too crazy, just not as healthy as I was) and I know it's because of stress. On a good note, I have been walking. Hoping it will be good therapy. <BR> <BR> Ok, let me start by saying that today is my Granny's 90th birthday. For those of you who know me, you know we are throwing her a huge party this ... Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:47:09 EST Trying to master the first 14 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1423331 For those who have been following along in my 100 day journey, I thought I'd let ya know that I haven't given up on it. Nope, still plugging along, but, I decided that as I go along the challenges of each day will get a little tougher and so I'm taking a couple of weeks to master the first 14 days and lessons learned. So far, so good. I have lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks, so I'm happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> I will be back in a few days to start on the next 2 weeks of lessons and bloggi... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:55:47 EST Aug 18 -- Day 14 Morning affects evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1409708 This chapter was basically just a reinforcement of what I am already doing. The focus was on eating breakfast every day and planning a mid-afternoon snack everyday. <BR> <BR> These are both things that I already do on a daily basis. Skipping breakfast just does not work for me. I am always hungry for breakfast and skipping just doesn't make good sense to me. <BR> <BR> By early afternoon (you know, that time about mid way between lunch and dinner?) I am starting to get a bit hungry again... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:52:46 EST Aug 17 -- Day 13 Oops, I forgot to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1407817 I have forgotten alot of things in my life, but forgetting to eat is not one of them. I don't have the metabolism to makes me 'forget' to eat. No, my stomach rumbles like clockwork if I don't feed it. <BR> <BR> This chapter talks about the importance of always eating regular meals and not skipping meals. As I was reading this chapter I was thinking to myself 'that is exactly what my doctor told me' or 'yep, that's what I read when I was researching my insulin resistance'. Our bodies are ... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:31:34 EST Aug 16 -- Day 12 Fuel or Filler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1407775 Am I eating fuel or filler? <BR> <BR> Fuel is described providing solid nutritional contrent, with limited amounts of fat, sugar, and empty calories. Generally we get decent fueld from mostly healthy foods, such as low fat meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. <BR> <BR> Filler on the other hand tends to add extra calories but provide minimal nutrients. Most sweets, chips, and snack foods fall into this group. <BR> <BR> When we fill up on 'filler' the calories often get sent direc... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:16:31 EST Aug 15 -- Day 11 Two Purposes of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1407610 The lesson for today is to learn to put food into one of two categories: Fuel for my body or to appreciate flavors. If I eat something that does not fit into tone of these groups, then it's most likely emotional eating. <BR> <BR> I know emotional eating is something that has been a problem for me in the past and I am consciously working on this. One of my earlier committments is to eat only when I'm hungry. When I get ready to eat something, I ask myself if I am really hungry, try to p... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:10:30 EST Aug 14 -- Day 10 Appreciate Good Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1407558 I just mentioned in yesterday's blog that knowing what I want to hear is something that I already knew about myself and that I hoped knowing that would make the next step easier. <BR> <BR> Well, Day 10 is all about accepting compliments and showing appreciation for support. This, I don't do so well. <BR> <BR> "When people give you solid, helpful support, let them know you appreciate it. Be willing to talk about your goals and your plans for achieving them. Do you feel uncomfortable when ... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:54:54 EST Aug 13 -- Day 9 Here's what I want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1407518 Today's lesson goes hand in hand with yesterday's lesson. It's all about getting the feedback from others that is exactly what I want (or don't want) to hear. Today I took a quiz, that would help me decide just what it is that I really do want (or don't want). <BR> <BR> My quiz: <BR> <BR> 1. If you see me eating somethat that's not on my diet plan.... <BR> <BR> A. Ask me, "Should you be eating that?" <BR> B. Ignore it entirely <BR> C. Ask me if I've had a bad day <BR> D. Give me a h... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:38:13 EST Aug 12 -- Day 8 Help me, please.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1397476 I am collecting my thoughts on this one, making some notes and will be back later this evening when I have decided how I would like to approach this chapter. <BR> <BR> I'm back. I have read the chapter a couple of times, thought about it, jotted down some notes and I have decided that it's OK if I don't exactly fit the mold on this one. <BR> <BR> "To get support instead of criticism from the people you love, you may have to train them. Decide what type of support you truly need. Instead... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 19:38:27 EST Aug 11 -- Day 7 I Can Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1395019 Wow, it's day 7 of the program already. I was thinking earlier today about how long I would stick to an eating/exercise plan in the past. Probably by day 7 I'd be starting to 'cheat' or skip the exercise. <BR> <BR> I am not sure what it is about this time, maybe the fact that I'm not dieting, but instead, just making better decisions, maybe the fact that I am focusing on one day at a time and not really thinking long term right now. Maybe it's the fact that I am not trying to make a b... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:17:40 EST Aug 10 -- Day 6 Protecting My Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1392181 "No one will ever care as much about your diet plan as you. So it's your job to prevent people or events from pulling you off track. Instead of depending on others to help you be successful with your diet, make a commitment that you will potect your program at all costs!" Linda Spangle, RN, MA Author of 100 Days of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Wow, don't we all know this to be the truth. Most of my family gatherings are based around a meal and usually a HUGE meal at that. I am very fortunate ... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 13:36:18 EST Aug 9 -- Day 5 Magic Notebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1390781 Chapter 5 is all about acknowledging food cues and then letting them go. Just because I think of food doesn't mean I have to eat it. <BR> <BR> “Create a special notebook or journal section for recording your favorite foods. When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don’t have to act on it. Instead, write down the name or even a description of the food, and then anticipate the pleasure of eating it sometime in the future.” 100 Days of Weight Loss, Linda Spangle <BR> ... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 16:03:48 EST Aug 8 -- Day 4 Boundaries, not diets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1388327 It seems that every time we start a new 'diet' we try to follow such strict rules that, even though we CAN do it, we find that we 'won't' do it. So, after reading today's chapter (yes, I bought the book), I had to do some thinking and decide how I can manage my 'diet' without making it so strict that I don't stay with it. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am done with saying I am on a diet. I don't want to be on a diet. I just want to eat healthy, well balanced meals that I enjoy. I want to sta... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 08:53:41 EST Aug 7 - Day 3 Do it anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1388312 Here I am at day 3 and so far so good. My task for today is to determine one thing that I really don't want to do and then do it anyway. <BR> <BR> This was an easy one. I get off work at 3pm and by the time I got all my errand running done, got some dinner and headed home it was almost 8pm. Needless to say, I just wanted to go home and flop on the couch. Instead of doing that, I had my husband drop me off almost 2 miles from the house and I walked home. When I got home, I did my challen... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 08:41:51 EST Aug 6 -- Day 2 Interested or committed?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1386637 My day 2 task is to determine if I am just interested in losing weight and becoming healthy or am I truly committed. Of course I am interested, I must be or I wouldn't be making any effort. However, being interested is not enough. I have to determine if I am 100% committed to this journey. I am. So it's time to make that committment and stick with it. <BR> <BR> My committment declaration: I am going to make this a lifestyle change, lose weight and not let my medical conditions make the... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:51:53 EST