TRACY-BEARSFAN's SparkPeople Blog TRACY-BEARSFAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First 5K finished <img src="">I can cross off one of my bucket list items, yay! I finished a 5K with my daughter and a friend of mine. However, I plan to do more of them and I have already signed up for the warrior dash for September. <BR> <BR> We did the turkey trot last night in Portland, Oregon. Beautiful as it was at the Portland International raceway, and we could see the holiday lights aglow. It was cold, but fun and I a... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:48:54 EST Exercise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how much in the past month I have cut salt, and realize how much salt is on french fries. I have had fries once while making this life style change, and I was thirsty beyond belief after eating them. Glad I am making healthier better choices, and I love Mrs. Dash. <BR> <BR> I also think before I indulge just how much work it takes to keep off the extra goodies. <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:47:26 EST Laugh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taking life too serious just isn't for me. To make people laugh, its one of the most fun things that can happen in my day. <BR> <BR> And seriously, I still laugh when the Ketchup bottle farts! <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday, share your beautiful smile and your laughter, it might make someones day! <BR> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:11:28 EST Smile! <img src=""> <BR> It's always a good feeling when you smile and others can't help but to smile back. We have way too much negativity in this world. Smile as often as you can! Its contagious! Have a super smiley Saturday! Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:07:26 EST A few weeks in.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My energy level seems much higher now, most days anyways. I feel better about myself and the choices that I am making. I NEED to do the treadmill and when I complete my time I feel so good. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I tried some multigrain tortilla chips made out of corn and other things. Bought them because the sodium was only 3%. Man, I have cut sodium out of my meals, and thought tho... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:53:41 EST What I am noticing: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 5, I really notice when someone puts too much salt on my burgers! I had burgers yesterday for lunch at a bbq, and I am still drinking water from the thirst! (I have been watching my salt for about 2.5 weeks.) <BR> <BR> I notice I am making better choices at this bbq. I did not give in to the numerous variety's of potato chips available. Instead I put a cucumber salad on my plate along... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:09:37 EST Flirting with High Blood Pressure <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4th day of being back on Sparkpeople. Over the past year or so I have had a few dr. appointments and each time I have been questioned about my blood pressure readings. Flirting with hypertension. <BR> <BR> I do have a stressful job, and I am busy running my youngest teenager around and the daily chores that go along with life. Therefore, I have left out an important key ingredient. Tak... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:17:12 EST I can Do it! <em>521</em> I have said this over and over, but here I am again. The only thing that helps is to stick to spark people. So here I am to start this journey again. Go Me! <em>521</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 12:33:45 EST Day off from work..what can I do... I was surprised this morning that there were an abundance of help and I was offered to go home. I didn't hesitate. I said sure. It will hurt the paycheck, but a me day is more important. I am going to clean, organize, exercise, and read. I just made sure my kids walked out the door with a good lunch. They just throw things in a bag. hubby is awake and I plan to get some stuff ready for goodwill. I feel like I am rambling...but that's ok. It's a start! Hope you all get a me da... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:02:44 EST New Year, New Me? Weight loss, getting healthy, exercise, oh we have been down this path before. AND I have not accomplished anything. But yet, I feel the need to try again. I guess you just get to a point where you know you need to change, reverse the procedure, etc. That's why I am here again. <BR> <BR> I see that my last blog posting was May of 2014. Not good. I get complacent. And then I don't do anything to control my situation. So here is to me, <BR> Lets get it moving again, let's eat better, moni... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:23:40 EST You fall, you get back up and do it again. That's what I tell myself anyways. Although, for breakfest, I didn't make a good choice. I guess it was out of guilt?? <BR> <BR> Son had friend stay over, I was up early and made my healthy breakfest. Boy's got up, cooked like crazy, ( I think they were feeding an army). And they set a plate for me. Told them I had eaten. BUT then, the biscuits they made looked so good and they were dissapointed I didn't eat with them, can figure it out from there. I am sure that if I hadn't final... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:47:25 EST Spring Colds Spring colds are for the birds. Raw throat, stuffed nose, doesn't make it easy to feel good about things. Go away cold, I did not invite you into my home, you hitched a ride on my son's shoulder and decided to make a go of life here. Your not wanted, please leave as quietly as you came in. I don't have time for feeling down. <em>39</em> I have better things to be doing. <em>311</em> Farewell cold, and don't bother visiting other member's of my family or my friends, they don't want... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:17:34 EST A success for Easter Dinner Had my Mom over for dinner, and she brought a scrumptious ham, and I provided all the yummy side dishes. My Mom has never filled herself to the point of FULL. And I generally try not to as well. There have been times. But since this new me, I am able to walk away much better. It's really not even a thought now. Smaller portions, and will power. (I really wanted an easter egg, but was full and figured, why now? Why not later for my snack? ) Perfect. And that's what I did. We didn't indu... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:23:29 EST McDonald's YOU Lost today~ AND I WON! I think it's a stress thing....stress eating...and yes, a cheeseburger and small fries from McDonalds...SOUNDED so good. Then I sat at the traffic light and changed my mind. Ate that apple and drank that can of sparkly water! Not only did I save myself from the wrong choice, I saved a bit of money too! Phew....(it wasn't easy, happened) <BR> <BR> As far as wall will mark 25 seconds. OMG.....burn and shake....phew. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Have a goo... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:44:32 EST Need to focus on staying focused. This past week hasn't been my greatest week for making the right healthy decisions. I guess I should say, it's been since Thursday evening the choices could have benefited me more. I didn't make good choices in the foods that I ate for dinner, or the beverage that I included with them. I feel once a week is ok, but another set of friends invited us out and well, Friday night, round two. And then lastnight, I gave in to the munchies. AND another glass of wine. SO.....Lesson learned, once ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:31:12 EST Recruiting Friends to Sparkpeople. I noticed a friend of mine was posting about walking and swimming, which, wasn't like her. SHe is a busy Mom, and good Mom, but has neglected herself. So I decided to give her a call, and we chatted. Am so proud of her for some of the decisions she is making, baby steps. I gave her tips, ideas and tried to lead her to Sparkpeople. I do hope she will join as I know it will help her as it is helping me. ( I have been on this new journey for a month) I have more energy now, more push, more des... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:03:25 EST Junk Night carried over to the next Day Ok, I can't win everytime, I realize that, and I can't kick myself for some of my choices. Well, I could, but you know... <BR> <BR> Let's just say, breakfest was at Elmer's, and I had the Avocado Egg's benedict and fresh fruit. That was the good choice, the fruit <em>277</em> . Egg's Benedict, not so much....AND....your going to go....AHHH! nooooo....yes, I did it, Lunch, I am embarassed to say....consisted of ONE KRISPY KREME apple fritter.....And that is not my normal style. SO off I go... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:30:09 EST Junk Night Maybe not so much JUNK night, but lastnight, was an endulgence night. I had cookies and wine and went over my calories, but they tasted so good!! SO back to it today. <em>315</em> Sadly though, meeting some friends for breakfest, praying I make good choices and don't choose badly. I am sure I can, think positive. Afterwards, were heading to the hospital for a dear friend who has been in ICU for over a week now. If you can send a prayer, she really needs it. Thank you Have a great day... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:05:05 EST Feeling Groovy <em>224</em> It;s working! I am so excited that I am sticking to this life style change. I look at food differently, in terms of do I really want to put that in my body?? I am making healither choices, and I am excercising a lot more. I have LOST 7 pounds! AND my clothes are looser on me. I can't wait to drop my pant size for work. I had bought a pair (uniform pants) ones with elastic in the waist because I could no longer fit into my smaller pairs. And said to myself at the time, this... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:52:15 EST 10 days in...and doing ok. Well, lets see, where to start. 10 days ago I decided to take this journey and try to lose some weight. I have lost a pound and am happy with that loss. I have tried real hard to track food and use mostly sparkpeople meals for breakfest, lunch and snacks. As for dinner, I eat in moderation, more vegetables that sort of thing. <BR> <BR> I realize how HARD it is right now to make healthy lunches. I brown bag everyday so finding creative meals is challenging. I find I am sticking to the same... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:47:16 EST Oh My Gosh I am back, I figured I better start this again. It's been over a year I believe since I was involved with sparkpeople and my body is showing the lack of motivation and excercise. <BR> <BR> It started out with going to the mall to spend a gift card...and I really need undergarments and man...I don't want anyone to see me. Its time to crack down. I can't handle this body. I ended up with some things, but frustrated and glad that's over. (I HATE SHOPPING). <BR> <BR> I need this for me,... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:39:33 EST Day 2 of C25K And I MUST say today, after working out, I feel great. I can feel my energy coming back. I know it's soon, but believe me, I sit and drive a city bus for 8-9 hours and this feels groovy!! <BR> <BR> I finished W1 D2 from warm up to cool down on the treadmill 1.73 miles. I also hit the boxing bag for a few minutes. (that's more fun with hubby), so I didn't go as long as I could or should have, and the heater was on, which was right in front of the bag, and Phew tooooo warm for me! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:41:52 EST Wow, almost a month inactive, BUT....don't count me out I take a day off and then another, and then I get out of the routine. I do that with a lot of things so it seems. I joined a team C25k, and I really, Really want to complete this. I am almost afraid in mentioning it because so much of what I do, I don't finish. I am tired of not finishing, completing, losing, etc. <BR> <BR> I did W1D1 of the program, and feel good, then did about 10 minutes of beating a punching bag to all get go! That felt GOOD! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So anyways,... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:17:22 EST Didn't make the water total. <img src=""> <BR> Today could have been better, but then it could have been worse. <BR> <BR> This one isn't all my fault, I blame my employer for not providing us a restroom when the lock on our's broke, making access non-existent. You see, I drive a bus for a living, a city bus, and we have restrooms available, but my route only has one of those restrooms, and when that one is down, um ya......We were asked to ask the local business'e... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:05:28 EST Feeling Good <img src=""> <BR> Up and at em, and feeling good about myself and my achievements so far. <BR> <BR> I worked out longer yesterday, I did 45 minutes on the treadmill, burning 276 calories, earlier in the day I walked around a scenic path that hubby and I stopped at for 15 minutes, and after the 45 minute workout on the treadmill, my neighbor and I walked about 20 minutes in our neighborhood. It was cold. I had texted her to see if sh... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:22:37 EST Day 5 and feeling good. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I didn't get to work out, and tonight, it was almost looking like I might not either, part of it mental and part of it the lateness. WELL, Mind over matter, and the mind wins and so does my body! AND it feels good. I am loving this!! <BR> <BR> Food intake, was good, not great, I didn't go over, but I could have made a couple other choices, BUT it's all in learning to teach my brain it can overcome ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:24:15 EST Day 4, on a roll Well, at least I did fine with my foods. I did eat a cheese burger after work, which I felt guilty afterwards, but then dismissed that as I had hit the calorie range, and I can allow myself to eat those things. <BR> <BR> I did not get to excersise, too busy running kids around this evening, and I wanted to get on the treadmill before bed, but was afraid it would keep me awake longer. ( I get up at 4am), need my sleep! <BR> <BR> So tomorrow is another busy day, but I can do the treadmill a... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:11:11 EST Day 3 completed! <em>104</em> Yay, I finished day 3!! Whoop Whoop! I am sticky and sweaty and probably smelly, and I love it!! It is feeling good on that treadmill. <BR> <BR> I ate well today, and am working on those 8 glasses of water, I am at 6 now, will probably get in 7, 8 if I push and want to get up in the middle of the night! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I am feeling good! <em>244</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:49:03 EST Oh Look, Day 3 again, Well, my last time was Oct 9, 2012, and I just gave up. Yea, 3 days into it. I am dedicated, I am going to do this. <BR> <BR> Watching my meals, counting my calories, and have exercised two days in a row, whoop whoop. <BR> <BR> My pants for work are just about ready to retire or rip out, and I am NOT buying a bigger size, forget that!! <BR> <BR> So I will go beyond day 3, I know I can do it, I have what it takes for ME! <em>41</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:14:27 EST Day 3 - Tired This is not upbeat, but I just wanted to take a moment to journal my adventure. Work today, and I am HAPPY that I was able to take care of the water I needed, I was concerned with my occupation. So Hip Hip Hooray! <BR> <BR> My food was spot on today, so I can't complain there even! <BR> <BR> What I can complain about, is this dang headache that has visited and won't leave. I didn't do cardio today mostly because of the pounding headache. <BR> <BR> Off to bed early for me in hopes that ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:14:35 EST Day 2 - Learn as I Go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, lesson learned. So today, well, let's say it didn't go as planned. My alarm for work did not go off as I reset the clock after a power outage, but hence forgot to reset the alarm and went to bed a tired pup and used to my normal routine, did not bother to check the lil switch for the alarm. So....I got a lucky day home, you see, in my line of work (seditary, line of work)...BUS Operator for a transit agency, ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:08:54 EST Day 1 - Full Day of SparkPeople Today I am at it, everyone in the house is asleep, including the dog snoring in the room where I am at. I have all kinds of things running through my mind. <BR> <BR> 1. My first glass of water is setting beside me. I should drink it as I poured it 10 minutes ago. Oh wait, here I will do that while I am thinking about it..... <em>194</em> , ok, first glass is history. 7 more to go. <BR> <BR> 2. The treadmill and I are going to get to know each other again. I am sure the dust will fl... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:30:04 EST