USCHI0762's SparkPeople Blog USCHI0762's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting there Today is the first day I didn't feel like I was starving... YAY..... my belly seems to be getting used to be comfortable with smaller meals and I'm getting used to the feeling of being comfortable rather than stuffed.... It's a good feeling. <BR> I've lost 3 lbs in the past two weeks and my student remarked that I was looking "skinnier". I laughed and told her she was "buttering" me up as she'd been off sick the last two days and she just laughed and said it was amazing what two days away ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:48:56 EST Diets Ugh… Diets <BR> <BR> Diets suck; no other way of putting that. I have to get myself kick started to get back into healthier eating as trying to do one thing at a time just isn’t working for me. <BR> <BR> So I decided to give Slimfast a try… I don’t know who ever thought that a slimfast shake could hold you for four hours but they must have been used to eating nothing… sigh. <BR> <BR> My worst place is work. I’m a social worker in a hospital. When I’m not seeing patients, I’m sittin... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:44:09 EST Life and my technology conundrum (long blog) Life nevr really seems to slow down very much anymore given the advances in technology. <BR> Technology is such a contradictory thing in my life. It is on the one hand, great for keeping up with busy friends and yet at the same time, I spend so much time on the computer at work (which is where I am now) that I really find myself avoiding it when I'm at home. This is bad for my weight loss goals as it means I don't blog or log on to Sparkpeople consistently. <BR> <BR> In the past year, ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:51:10 EST Life goes on.... <BR> It’s late April now and I’m grateful the weather is getting warmer. Life is settling down a bit since my stepdad died and my mom is starting to get her bearings back. We’ve spent a lot of time with her going up every other weekend for awhile. She’s had a few firsts to get through without him, first Valentines, her birthday, his birthday, Easter; but she’s getting there and we’re grateful she’s doing okay. I still call her often but it’s not every day anymore; now I call every other... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:41:52 EST Life rant Gosh life can sometimes get in the way of exercising... got diagnosed recently with fibromayalgia. Apparently went through a flare which knocked the stuffing out of me, after a year of being treated with dementia, turns out my stepfather did not have dementia but rather cirrhosis and encephalopathy. He landed in hospital a week before my husband and I went to Mexico (with my husband's sister and brother in law), my stepfather died the day we got back, my stepsibs have caused all manner of ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:23:24 EST Thanksgiving It's Thanksgiving this weekend... for us Canadians that is... and I've so much to be grateful for... <BR> My family... my friends... a strong relationship with my daughter, son in law and grandkids.. the best husband ever ... a job I love... a supportive work environment.... reasonably decent health ... I recovered from the complications after my day surgery in Dec.... the roof over my head... I am so blessed to live here in Canada.... <BR> <BR> My heart and prayers go out to all those... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:24:54 EST Busy weekends, reno's and work outs I love the results of a reno.. there's nothing like a fresh coat of paint and a new look to make you feel great but the journey there is such a disruption! <BR> <BR> My husband is putting in hardwood floors in our bedroom and because I made a bad choice in paint 6 yrs ago, we're paying for it now. I decided back then I really like the Venetian plaster look and I swore up down and sideways to my husband I'd not get sick of it. He'd already had experience with it and knew how hard it would... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:55:23 EST Weddings and shopping Well my husband's nephew's wedding is fast approaching (Saturday) and I had found the perfect dress and now am finding out not only is the service outside but the reception is going to be held outside too and it's further north than we are.....BRRRRRRRR.....but now I have to go out and buy a pair of dressy pants and a dressy top... I have some dress pants but their more for work and my dressy tops are all basically reminiscent of Christmas or New Years.... <BR> Normally I'd be quite happy to ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:55:09 EST Blah day Okay...woke up today 4 pounds heavier than yesterday....a sign I should have gone back to bed... figure it's water weight... sodium up yesterday... <BR> <BR> second day in a row with a migraine..another sign to go back to bed.... feeling blah... weather's blah... warm and sticky sticky sticky.... thick air, breathing a bit harder... head exploding... and of course...gotta go to work instead of stay in bed where I'd rather be! <BR> <BR> Took some pills but just taking the edge off.... sigh... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:34:15 EST Slow days It's a seriously slow day at work.. while it's frustrating, I'm also grateful as I have a migraine... and while the medication has taken the edge off... it's still very distracting and hard to think... it's likely the hot and humid weather we had yesterday and today.. tomorrow it drops again... sigh...and the darned fire alarm keeps going off at work.. that annoyingly loud beep is driving me nuts! <BR> <BR> sigh... it's 2:30... in another half hour I have a meeting and I get to go home at 4p... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:32:16 EST Dress shopping Yesterday I went dress shopping for my nephew's wedding at the end of next week. I just couldn't put it off any longer... had hoped to wait til the last minute to lose that extra pound or two but saw a beautiful dress online and it was marked down a hundred dollars from the original price of $195... now going for $99. They had a store downtown in the underground; on my way to the train and they had my size in stock... had to go. Went in and thought I'd try both my size and the next one do... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:52:40 EST Food and iron challenges Food is challenging... eating the right kinds of food not so much but trying to get enough iron in my day is difficult. For whatever reason, I just can't seem to get enough iron in my diet... <BR> <BR> I've looked at iron rich foods but even adding spinach and strawberries while great, doesn't give me enough. I'm not keen on red meat and eat very little of it... <BR> <BR> does anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Ush Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:43:11 EST Sunny days and rambles.... It's a sunny warm day today and I'm feeling my mood lift along with it.. it's a wonderful feeling to have this much energy in the morning... it's one of those "It's great to be alive" days.. one of those days when it's easy to count your blessings... <BR> <BR> My granddaughters are coming over tomorrow for the night... I do miss them ... and my husband just booked our flight to Mexico in January... whoohooooooo..... got to make sure I stay on track and maybe... just maybe I'll be able to l... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:32:31 EST Long weekends, grandkids and anticipation I'm psyched about the long weekend.. my granddaughters are coming over for the night on Friday and it's always a lot of fun for us... we're going to bake pumpkin cookies (not good for me but they can take them home on Saturday...away from temptation for me). They're always so proud of themselves when they make something. The younger one Cati is 10 and Salina is 12. We will play Aggravation later or Monopoly and I'll have to remember to watch my calorie intake as they both are dying to stay... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:15:06 EST Wow... it's Monday again Ahhhh it's Monday again... wow... they arrive much sooner than I'd like..and my weekends seem to be much shorter than they used to be.. how is that? Guess being busy helps <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> It's a workout day today too... am actually looking forward to the day being over, going home and getting on my treadclimber.....can't ever remember saying that about ANY exercise machine! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Here's to working out... starting my third week and while I've fallen off the he... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:13:35 EST Mondays Wow am I tired today. Ran around all day yesterday hosting our annual family bbq. Not normally this crazy tired but for some reason didn't sleep well last night... too warm maybe. I'm struggling to get through the day today and normally don't do well trying to get a work out in on a day like today but being I just started working out 1 1/2 weeks ago, am so reluctant to post pone it til tomorrow. I'm afraid I'll start making excuses again but I am genuinely exhausted....sigh. This is no... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:00:23 EST Saturdays WOW! There are just not enough hours in the day to do everything! Got up about 6:30, it's now 11:45. Got 3 loads of laundry done, cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen, made omelets for brunch, deadheaded the flowers in the front garden and logged my food, including entering a few new foods to my favourites. Have tidied the kitchen, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher AND, now I need to clean the living room, bedrooms, floors and fridge. Then later I have to take the clothes down off the... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:19:11 EST Frustration and learning patience Sigh. Weigh myself every morning but need to learn patience. I just got my treadcllimber a week ago today and am scheduled to do my fourth workout tonight since then. My weight has been up and down by one pound and it's up again. It's frustrating and challenging to stay on track when you don't see an immediate impact. It wouldn't be so bad if even I could count on one pound a week. I know I didn't gain it all in a week but I'd sure like to lose it all in a week! <em>39</em> <BR> <... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:00:32 EST Helpful husbands Yesterday while I was in the shower after my workout, I thought about how lucky I am to have a husband who is encouraging and supportive with my weight loss goals. He doesn't feel I need to lose weight but is supportive of my goal to lose the extra pounds and get healthier. <BR> <BR> His days are incredibly busy but because I have a long commute to work, he makes dinner while I exercise. He keeps his chips at work (he works part time at the local grocery store since retiring from the Ci... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:20:36 EST staying motivated Well.... staying motivated to exercise is a lot easier when you actually enjoy your workouts! But wow staying on the treadclimber was tough yesterday after doing stairs all day at work. With my office on the 11th floor and my patients on the 7th, I often do the stairs for the exercise. I think tomorrow, I'll skip the stairs or at least only do them half as often... it was rather a bit more challenging than I'd like my workouts to be.,... but I did it and I'm proud of myself for gettin... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:55:11 EST New toys and motivation Yay! I finally got my bowflex treadclimber... it's awesome! I did my first workout yesterday and WOW... what a workout. I love walking and am so happy that after my first workout, I wasn't ready to call it quits. I'm a little sore today but looking forward to doing another workout tomorrow. I don't want to kill myself or do too much too soon as I've not really done much of anything this summer other than flake out...sigh. I got a lung infection and wasn't able to do much of anything ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:35:15 EST Summers Sometimes I wish it could be summer all year round. I do love the snow and cold winter nights by the fireplace but summer I find so relaxing, morning tea on my front patio, my flowers and being able to garden. I also find summer far more motivating and if I could have summer for a year, I think I'd be able to take all the weight off; all 20 pounds of it. I do more bike riding, more walking, more rollerblading, more everything in the outdoors and I eat less because I'm motivated to try to lo... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:01:46 EST Health scares It's Jan 2013... my husband has recovered from his prostate surgery and eye surgery and is doing well. <BR> <BR> Dec 5th I went in for a routine day surgery to have my gall bladder and stones removed. Complications landed me back in the Emerg five days later with peritonitis. A small stone managed to break loose and lodged itself in the bile duct causing the bile to back up and fill my belly. Never knew such pain existed; was on so much morphine I don't even remember the next day. Emer... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:03:16 EST Frustration at 50 Just turned 50 in July...hottest summer I can ever remember....husband recovering post cancer surgery... not able to do much outdoors and I've gained inches inches inches in all the wrong places...sigh. I'm really struggling with frustration right now. Don't think I've ever been this discouraged. I really need to get motivated and moving and I just can't seem to get past my appetite. It feels like I'm always hungry and will power and discipline seem to be a thing of the past. <BR> <B... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:55:16 EST Birthdays and summer Went to my sister in law's home for a family reunion and it happened to fall on my birthday this year. Fell off the wagon but am back on and not going to be hard on myself about it. Am glad they fell on the same day as this means that I won't be "spoiling" myself more than once! <BR> The weather is lovely but HOT HOT HOT! Unfortunately, with this heat, I have to do my bike rides alone. My husband has asthma and can't tolerate this heat and humidity like I can. Will just have to bite t... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:41:57 EST Good weather Good weather is such a motivator for getting out there and getting active! Yesterday I spent about 2 hours gardening and another hour rollerblading, in addition to the regular chores of cooking and doing laundry and hanging it out to dry (it was so nice yesterday, who could resist that wonderful clean scent of the outdoors on your sheets). As odd as it sounds, I love hanging laundry outdoors. I find it very relaxing so yesterday was my relax day as I also find gardening and blading to b... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:54:21 EST Trying harder Well... gained some weight again.. yo yo... but am determined to try again..sigh. Have fallen off the bandwagon since Mexico but am slowly finding my way back. Yesterday walked the strs at work but only once... today.. did the 3 flights (250 strs) right after I got here... and will do so at lunch again.. and hopefully will find time for an afternoon break.. planning to walk home from the train station too.. a 40 min walk.. and my husband just ordered an older style rowing machine.. the kind... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:25:58 EST Mexico Was wonderful and relaxing... loads of fun but I gained 7 lbs..ugh! Everything was either fried in oil or smothered in sauces. I was not going to count calories but I wasn't expecting to gain THAT much weight... we were walking and swimming and our room was on the third floor. That meant 40 strs to climb every time we went to our room (at least four to five times a day). Ah well then, it's a good thing we did as much walking as we did. I can only imagine how much weight I would have gaine... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:24:21 EST Frustration I'm soooooooo frustrated... this is so hard. I have eaten less, counted every calorie, worked out (more exercise than I've done in years) and what do I have as a result? I gain a pound and my pants are a tiny bit tighter around my thighs.. like they're not big enough at 24 inches. ACK! That's the size of my stepdaughter's waist!!!! She's a size zero.... ugh ugh ugh. <BR> So what do I do? Add injury to insult and drown my sorrows in a lunch of wings and fries. Mind you, I was starvin... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:07:47 EST Scared silly Well... in my effort to lose five pounds before going to Mexico, I worked out a little too hard last weekend. Monday morning got up thinking I'd torn something in my shoulder! Panic Panic Panic! Went to the physio therapist at work (I work at a hospital) and she told me that I'd maybe partially torn my pec muscles or simply strained them. Told me I'd be fine for Mexico but to take it easy and not do anything heavy with my left arm. Also said to do some light range of motion stuff in the... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 09:53:29 EST Starting from scratch... ouch Well... here I am again... starting off again... having procrastinated and procrastinated and gained weight in the bargain... sigh. Determined to take off a few pounds before Mexico in a couple weeks though and started and am feeling sore ... a good sore though. Will continue and am determined to continue losing when I get back so as to get into half decent shape for the summer. Lots of time to get to my goal for the summer and get into good habits. <BR> <BR> I'm getting very good at ... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:41:29 EST Disappointed but hopeful Am soooooo disappointed to be back at square one. So easily distracted by all that's happened this year. Am hoping I can stay on track. It's so hard. It's been an unusually hot, humid summer so walking home from the train station has been miserable and easily skipped lately. But... I have a trip to Mexico coming up in January. Am hoping to be at my goal weight of 145 lbs by then but have creeped back up to 162 meaning I get to start all over again. 18 lbs, four months. ....sigh.. time ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 12:54:16 EST Feeling sooooooo tired Am having a really blah kind of day today. Feeling blah and tired and my eyes feel grainy. Not a good start. Am glad it's Friday. Am determined to find the motivation to do a workout when I get home today. Leaving work early as usual on Fridays. Am hoping the reno's will be done this weekend.... am really really tired of messy dining room and uncompleted look. Did not realize how negatively this would affect my mood! The weather is not helping. It's been damp and cloudy and frankly I... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:08:03 EST Two steps forward, one step back Sigh... have gotten derailed this week... with all the reno's going on I've not been doing any workouts at home (at least I'm still walking to and from the train station and doing stairs) and yesterday was the worst! We went out to lunch to celebrate a colleagues milstone birthday and I had a burger... I managed to decrease the sin and exchanged the french fries for a healthier salad but when I got back to work... a very dear friend had dropped by and I'd not seen her for awhile so we went ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:04:27 EST Resisting Temptation As I sit here recording my measurements on my page for the first time and looking at my goals and program and how I"m going ot accomplish it.. I realize that over the past two weeks I've also managed to resist the sweets temptations! <BR> That's HUGE for me... at work the day before yesterday, one of the secretaries came by my office to offer me some jujubes (one of my weaknesses).. I managed to say no and when she tried to push it was able to tell her I was trying to get to a healthier li... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:58:54 EST Week number two has ended and I'm still on track!.. whoooohoooooo <em>104</em> <BR> I"m doing a formal workout three times a week and walking for at least two 25 minute stretches five days a week (walking to and from work from the train station) and so far, I've been really good about logging what I eat and I'm eating a little less.... <BR> <BR> We're in the midst of renovations so it's hard to get at my Wii as we're putting in floors and such but I'm getting on the elliptical (it's seen more of me in the past two ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:25:39 EST On My Way Whoohoooooooo... one pound bites the dust... and I'm on my waaaaaay! <em>104</em> <BR> I am determined to get it all off and get to my goal of 145 by the summer ... did an elliptical workout yesterday as my husband is busy ripping out carpet and putting in new hardwood stairs and the noise and dust are a bit much to be using the Wii in the living room... family room in the basement is out too as his workroom is down there... <BR> however... I AM determined to do a Wii workout tonight..... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:47:55 EST The pleasures of Wii I got a Wii Console for Christmas with the Wii Fit Plus too!... my hubby knew i wanted one but most likely wouldn't buy one because of the expense... have bought enough exercise equip over the years that stands unused! <BR> <BR> I love my Wii! It is soooooooooo much fun... I'm running for the first time in my life and enjoying it! Whoohooooo.. have used it every dayfor exercise for the past four days... it's certainly get enough usage.... hubby uses it as often as I do.. but he's playi... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:04:25 EST Autumn It's autumn again and getting colder and while it's absolutely one of my favourite times of the year, it's also dark when I get home and it's really hard to get motivated to exercise when it feels so late in the day. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I know that exercising increases energy levels but getting started is tough! <BR> <BR> Good luck all in staying motivated and happy autumn days everyone! <em>213</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:06:55 EST The stresses of Life It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride the last six months.... and unfortunately I fell off track again.... My hubby ended up having to go on strike for 6 weeks so no income... strike pay is minimal and it would have cost us more in commuting costs so he stayed home .. he does not like not working.. so lots of emotional stress there.... lucky for us we had savings to cover the mortgage and taxes but this is a second marriage for both of us and we really want to be able to pay off the house... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:04:30 EST Sick sick sick Well... I hope everyone has had a good holiday... I think it's been far too long since I've been off track now... have been sick since the end of December.. going on a month now.. ugh.. a lung infection... got better for about a week but am worse again now..sigh... and back on antibiotics.. hopefully this will do it. But getting a bit worried... my doc wants me to see a respirologist... and being that I work with lung transplant patients; I of course. know most of the lung diseases one can ... Sat, 24 Jan 2009 11:37:54 EST Life and getting back on track Wow it's been a while since I been here.... life has gotten really stressful with the kids... my daughter had split up with her partner Kevin of the last 7 yrs a while back and a bitter custody battle was looming... particularly for the eldest child Salina as Salina is Kevin's daughter from a former relationship and came to live with them when she was just a little over a year old.. my daughter adopted Salina but Kevin seemed to feel that Kristin had no right to take her in addition to the ot... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 07:29:52 EST Yay... another one bites the dust! In more ways than one!... I lost another pound... <em>104</em> and an inch off my hips and a half inch off my waist... unfortunately... I also seem to have lost an inch and a half off my bust... a place I would prefer not to lose any inches from! <em>39</em> But I'm a happy woman and I can't complain.... <BR> <BR> I did another elliptical workout too .. that's two days in a row... a bit of a record for me... lol... <BR> <BR> It's been a wickedly busy day.... took out my fall cloth... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 15:26:35 EST It's a long week... I'm looking forward to the weekend... sore throat today.. am hoping I'm not getting sick... ugh... other than that? It's been a great week.... DRY and SUNNY ALL WEEK! YAY!... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> But I must confess I've been lazy this week.. aside from the 25 min walk to and from the train station (between work and train home) every day (total of 50 min), and a nice long bike ride Monday morning.... I haven't done any other exercise...have been a bit tired.. and feeling guilty..... <em... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 13:19:27 EST What a weekend! It was such a gorgeous weekend! Oh my goodness... after all the rain and lousy weather we've had (we broke record for summer rainfall in the month of July alone!), it feels like we're finally getting summer.... last week was cool but the weekend... ahhhhhhhhhh... sunny.... DRY ... and in the mid to high 20's.... whooohoooooooo! I got sunburnt!.... Not that that's a good thing mind you but just that I COULD.. .restores my faith in summer... lol. <BR> <BR> As for food... not such a good week... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 08:26:54 EST Another day and I'm tired! It feels like a long day today and it's only noon.... I'm hoping my lunch will kick in shortly with some energy... I'm determined to get a work out done after work.. told my husband we'll get dinner in the oven right AFTER I get home so I could do a workout... dinner needs to bake for an hour so that will give me the time to do a work out on my elliptical... <BR> I gotta stay focused otherwise I'll lose it before I go home... I really loathe being makes it that much harder to sta... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 12:55:50 EST OMG.. someone noticed! I'm so excited! I ran into one of my patients today at lunch.... the risks when you work in a hospital and go to the cafe for lunch... but being that I generally like my patients.. it's usually a pleasant break.... <BR> <BR> He was walking with his daughter and turned as I said hello.. and before he even said hello he said to me: Ursula... have you been trying to lose weight on purpose? I of course, said yes.. and he told me it really shows! YAY YAY YAY.. it's not all in my head... <... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:23:18 EST One pound at a time Well... I've lost another pound.... yay me! I've decided to reset my original goal of 150 and try to get down to my optimal weight of 145 by Dec/08. It's been a long, tough haul but I'm still on the road.... taken a few twists and turns and it's taken me longer than I anticipated.. but I'm getting there... one pound at a time... I haven't been 152 since just before my dad died four years ago.... and I'm grateful... but still wearing a size 12.... I want to be back in that size 9/10. It ... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:19:14 EST Fall... rambling about nothing in particular.... Wow... I just realized that the summer is quickly drawing to a close... we haven't had much of a summer this year with all this rain.. and I don't particularly like rain to begin with so it's been tough trying to stay positive and cheerful... <BR> We had our family bbq last weekend... it was wonderful having so much of our respective families over... but my vacation week is done.. it rained most of the no bike riding in..sigh.... my elliptical torture machine has seen more use in t... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:36:00 EST Camping trip Well... we went camping on the long weekend.... I pre made most of our meals before we left so that I would not be as tempted to give in to fast food at the end of the day when I'm tired... but we did forget a few things packing and when we went to pick them up at the grocery store.... somehow a bag of chips and a box of crackers found their way into the grocery cart.. <em>39</em> <BR> Lucky for me the chips were greasy so I stopped after four... but I wasn't so disciplined with the whole ... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 13:24:30 EST