TRI4LIFE's SparkPeople Blog TRI4LIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 7 Check In The no sweets thing is going well! It's harder to stay away from carbs in general when lunch is lasagna and dinner is grilled cheese and the cornbread is delicious, but I'm giving myself permission not to feel guilty about that. <BR> <BR> I have been doing pretty well drinking water, thanks to the 32-oz Nalgene I bought from the Palmer Store. I don't get to 64oz every single day, but I have been getting close. <BR> <BR> Flossing feels good! <BR> <BR> The running around Oahu thing before ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:22:45 EST Day 1 Check In Yesterday went pretty well: <BR> <BR> - No sweets.....CHECK! <BR> <BR> - 2000 calorie limit....I'm not entirely sure, because I didn't track, but I definitely could have enjoyed seconds of Mexican dinner and I abstained. Later in the evening I had peppermint tea to quiet my stomach. I did have a glass of peach wine because I was playing cards and Nandi poured a glass for each of us, but I went to sleep with a slight rumble in my tummy which I always take as a sign that I did not overeat. <... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:14:18 EST 40 Days and 40 Nights of Rules for Healthy Living I was worried this would happen, and it has. Last summer and fall I was on fire with my new low-sugar, low-carb lifestyle. I was exercising more than ever and I felt great about my body and myself. I finished an Olympic distance triathlon. I lost a few pounds. I even started dating a wonderful, attractive, awesome guy, and I don't think it was a coincidence that love snuck in when my confidence was at an all time high. <BR> <BR> Just after Christmas I left for a three and half month field s... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:20:35 EST No more weigh ins At least for a few weeks. On each of the last two weigh ins I went up a pound. Who knows why. But I had been eating well, exercising a ton, feeling great. And the number made me feel not so great. <BR> <BR> Let's go the next few weeks focusing on another number, 2000. That should be the maximum number of calories I consume per day. That should leave me with enough of a weekly deficit to lose some weight. <BR> <BR> I am getting discouraged and feeling fat. Today I lost control and ate an en... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:02:37 EST Binged. Over it. Whoa. What got into me yesterday? I had an insatiable appetite, and once I was no longer hungry I kept wanting to be chewing on something. I think I'm getting bored of the foods I've been eating. I need to come up with some more options. <BR> <BR> But have no fear, this train has not been derailed. I had a chat with myself in the mirror last night. "Don't stop now, Nicole. You're doing amazing. You look amazing and feel amazing and it's only going to get better. I am proud of you. But next ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:40:21 EST Nervous I'm nervous about my weigh in tomorrow. I've been doing great, exercising every day, keeping a calorie deficit most days, but I don't feel any different than last week. I've gotten used to this workout load. A month and a half ago it would have felt like a lot, but now it's my usual routine. I think I need to up the intensity - for weight loss purposes and triathlon training purposes. <BR> <BR> But for now I'm just nervous. I don't want to see a number higher than 153.5. I want it to be low... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:16:59 EST Wednesday Weigh Ins I think Wednesday weigh ins are a good idea. Every time I've tried to lose weight in the last several years, I've always stepped on the scale every morning. Two pounds down means I start the day relaxed and happy and proud. A pound up or no change at all and I'm dejected. By the end of the day maybe I'm thinking, at this point, what harm is a bowl of ice cream? <BR> <BR> But I know better. I know that weight fluctuates due to all sorts of things besides just losing fat and weighing in every ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:08:25 EST This time... I activated this account almost six years ago, while I was still in college and still deep in my dark days of overeating. I never really used it, but I'm ready to give it a shot now. I've overcome the binging habit. Over the last several years I learned to binge less often, and to not be ashamed of it. Not being ashamed helped me get back on track more quickly after a bad night. <BR> <BR> In the last few months though, the desire to binge has gone completely. I made a dramatic change to my ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:04:18 EST