VEGK80's SparkPeople Blog VEGK80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wow... A year later... here I am, right where I was a year ago. It is hard not to be discouraged but, I know this past year I have not made myself a priority like I should. I feel like I keep putting off getting healthy. Like I'll start next Monday then that turns into next month which turns into next year. And here I am. Why don't we do what we need to do? I never regret working out, no matter how much or little I do, I feel like I have accomplished something for that day. <BR> <BR> All I c... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:34:59 EST September Well, this month is almost over and, though I haven't lost any weight, I do have a success to report... I am on week 4 of C25K!! I have had trouble building momentum in the past, so just this level of consistency is an achievement for me. Next month, I am really going to buckle down on my eating. I know that is at least 75% of weight loss but, I wanted to have a foundation to build on. Now that I have that and a little bit of confidence in myself, time to tackle the food issues. So, I th... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:34:32 EST Wow... So I took a leave of absence from Sparkpeople and from my health and weight loss journey. It has been nearly a year and I have not moved forward with my goals. In fact, lets be honest, I gained 10 pounds!! When is enough enough? When is it time to look yourself in the mirror and have "the talk"? <BR> <BR> "Look, you, we have been together my whole life. I only want what is best for you. What is that you ask? Well, I want you to live a full life. By full I mean healthy, active and st... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:12:05 EST SUPER FOOD!! Well I made it to the gym today!! Small victories!! I already have a workout date this morning with my friend at 7 am then I will just need 3 more days this week to meet my goal. <BR> I did eat horrible today. I hate it when you eat something BEFORE you figure out it has 9 bigillion calories in it. Granted, I didn't think that spinach artichoke dip was going to win me any healthy eating awards, but I didn't realize just how bad it was. Lesson learned. I REALLY need to plan ahead and st... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:07:51 EST Lesson 1 Small Steps <BR> <BR> Replacing old bad habits with new good ones takes time. I have a history of jumping into things all gung ho, only to run out of steam before I have even begun. I have never been a great finisher. A good starter, yes, but finishing things is not my strong suit. In living a healthy lifestyle, there is no end until you die. But, I have found that there are setbacks and ruts and bad habits that prevent forward motion. To me, if you can manage to keep moving forward, even j... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:56:50 EST Biking to work!! I live 2.5 miles from my job... I could walk to work but have drove my lazy self for the past 7 years. So today, my friend Julie and I rode our bikes to work. It is only the 2nd time we have done so but, I have to say, I enjoy the ride. The weather this summer has been unseasonably cool and beautiful so, it is a nice cool ride. Not to mention the fact I am saving (a minute amount) of gas and using a fuel source that is currently abundant and free, my FAT. What a win/win!! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 03:35:23 EST Is it really August?! Here I am, starting over again... I am getting really good at starting over. I am pretty psyched this time, though. My coworkers and I have joined forced to fight the "Battle of the BULGE" and, we are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. We are like the A-team, but... the C-team would be a better name since we all work the "C-shift"... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am excited. We are a great team and I have confidence that we will all reach are goals and have a super good time doing it. Go Tea... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:33:35 EST Week 3 - Well... Well, Week 3 was rough, no huge binges or anything but, I ate out, had sushi, and just general did not do great. So, I am back up to: <BR> <BR> 207 <BR> <BR> But, that's why I am here, to pick myself up, dust myself off and re-focus on the task at hand. Part of my problem is that I don't do as well when my fridge is not stocked with all the wonderful healthy food I love. When I dwindle down to the last of my provisions and don't have time to replenish them, because of work or, in this ca... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:15:42 EST Week 2: Still going strong!! Okay, so I had some crackers with my soup today... I'm not stressing, because I am still going strong. Not only that but, I said no to chocolate chip cookies at work yesterday!! Homemade ones!! Who am I?! So, I am down a couple more LBS: <BR> <BR> 205 <BR> <BR> I think I am ready to take some other measurements now... well, not right now but, soon. I want to start tracking that too. <BR> <BR> So, what have I been eating, more like what HAVEN'T I been eating. PROCESSED FOODS!! It w... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:13:24 EST Day 7! Week 1 almost complete!! Today I am: <BR> <BR> 207 <BR> <BR> Not bad. I am hoping to just get into the hundreds by the end of week six, totally do-able. I am so excited about how great I am feeling and how well Mike and I are doing. With the exception of 5 Bugles yesterday, I haven't had any cheats. <BR> <BR> I confessed the 5 delicious carmel bugles to my husband today, to which he said, "well, thats okay, you have to cheat every now and then." Uh... no you don't, sweatheart, I say. I know, he was trying t... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:36:07 EST DAY 5/6 Didn't get a chance to weigh in today. Today I am pretty tired but still eating great and feeling great otherwise. We had a blizzard today, I think that is the cause of my feeling of needing to curl up in a ball and hybernate... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 02:32:24 EST Day 4 - Goodbye Bloat!! Today's number: <BR> <BR> 207 <BR> <BR> Down another pound. Yeah!! I know, it is "just" water weight. I hate it when people say that though. Because, I don't know about you but, I am just as happy to see that water go as anything else. Feeling bloated is uncomfortable and gross. It is one of the things that I hate most about being overweight. So I will take it. Water weight or not. <BR> <BR> I gotta say, though I don't want to jinx myself, I am feeling way awesomer than I thought I ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:08:27 EST Day 3 of eating all whole foods. First of all, I was reading another blog and she did a daily weigh in. I know some might not agree with this but, I think daily accountability may be just what I need. So, here is the number... <BR> <BR> 208 <BR> <BR> WOW... I mean, I am still down 7 lbs from my heaviest but, wow. I can remember my dad weighing this much when I was a kid and I thought, "wow, that is a lot of weight." Of course, at the time I was in high school and weighed 120, so, that would seem like a lot. Now being ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:37:29 EST We begin again... Well, here I am, almost a year later and in the same place I started. Have I been consistent? No. Have I done my best? Not even close. Am I ready to begin again? I hope so. <BR> <BR> The truth of it is, I have lost before. I mean the good kind of loosing, as in weight, and I have gained it back. It is so discouraging. I don't know if I am scared or what I am. I guess all I can do is keep struggling on and hoping one day it will click. <BR> <BR> I did good for a while last year. Al... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:21:39 EST New mantra... "You cannot harm another with your thoughts, you can only harm You." <BR> <BR> We all know this but, it is nice to be reminded sometimes. I'm giving this whole "Law a Attraction" thing a try... <BR> <BR> I am healthy, skinny, and I love to exercise! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:23:22 EST Day 2/60 juice fast... I'll be honest. I crashed and burned today. <BR> <BR> I made it about halfway and I was so tired I just had to eat something. So, I had a TBSP of peanut butter and thought, "I'll keep going, maybe I just need a little protein." It was not to be. I made it a day and a half, people!!! <BR> <BR> The good news is that I am craving healthy food like you would not believe. All day I just wanted a monsterous salad with every vegetable I could find. So, if nothing else, I think even a day a... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:47:53 EST Day 1/60 Juice fast... So far so good. I ain't gonna lie, today was a breeze but, the 1st day usually is for me. I am excited, motivated, and the juice tastes awesome. I just have to keep my momentum going. <BR> <BR> I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect and to maybe work on the internal dialogue that I have often had with myself. One thing that I do like about a juice fast is that it gives you time to think about things. I know for me, I often eat when I'm bored, happy, sad, etc. Just being pre... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:54:46 EST Day 0/60 Juice fast... I have decided to go ahead and start tomorrow on my juice fast. I was going to try to wait until November 1 to start with my new juice buddies but, it is too risky. I really need to ride the wave of motivation that I am feeling now. Tomorrow is Monday, well, technically today is Monday at 2:16 am, but I don't get off work until 6:45 am so my day doesn't start for me until I wake up tomorrow/today... confusing, I know. This is part of the reason I am so crazy. So, here is the plan: when I... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 03:22:41 EST Juice journey So, I have tried a juice fast before and the longest I have made it was 7 days. I am wanting to go longer and farther, to boldly go where I have not gone before... 30 days. I feel like if I say (or write it) out loud, maybe it will motivate me to stay with it. I need something to jumpstart my motivation and get me back on track. <BR> <BR> Looking back at my previous blogs, it is hard for me not to see a theme... I am a whiner. I need to turn some things around, to stir up the chi in my ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:17:53 EST Kale Chips!!! I tried kale chips, reluctantly, approximately a week ago and ever since I have been craving them like crazy. I have also made about 5 batches since trying them. They are so awesome!! I can't say enough wonderful things about them. They are so crispy and delicious and make you SUPER regular. If you are a chip-aholic like I am, I highly recommend them. They are also great with a movie instead of rich buttery popcorn. I know what you are thinking, I was not a fan of kale either. I had t... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:11:11 EST If a 70 Year Old can do it... If you ever want to be inspired, and who doesn't, just Google Annette Larkins. She is a 70 year old Raw vegan and has been since the 60s (as in the 1960s). If you haven't seen pictures of her, it is definitely worth checking out. She looks amazing for a 40 year old, let alone a 70 year old. It just makes you really think what is possible if you put in the time and energy to take care of yourself and eat the foods we all know we should be filling up on. <BR> <BR> Now, if I could just put ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 03:11:25 EST Every other day... This counts!!! I know, I didn't blog yesterday. It has become exceedingly clear just how lazy I am. It is CHRONIC!! And, we are learning... it is a journey after all. <BR> <BR> Today I ate donuts. See, this is my problem. I like to eat crap. I KNOW I shouldn't but, I do anyway. WHY!?!? Its frustrating... but I'll be damned if I am ever going to give up this fight. I am going to keep coming from every which direction I can until it get easier. I know I will never be perfect, who ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 02:33:26 EST Monthly Goals... Thanks to everyones encouragement and suggestions, I think a few new goals are in order for the month of October. Well, they are really more of habits that I should have been doing all along but, here it goes: <BR> <BR> 1. Post a Blog everyday - even if it is boring, like this one. <BR> 2. Log in to spark people everyday. <BR> 3. Track my food (even the naughty stuff) everyday. <BR> <BR> There. Thats all stuff that is pretty easy, I can do it all whilst sitting on my rear. Wish me luck!! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 03:53:01 EST I need some magic... I am starting to feel like all of my posts are negative... but I am not ready to throw in the towel. I just don't know how to get the magic back that I had earlier this year. Does anyone know how to get back my mojo? <BR> <BR> I can't believe the year is drawing to a close and I have done nothing I set out to do. Its depressing, thats all. I'll try to work on not being such a debbie downer. Oh, and I will also try to get on sparkpeople everyday, even if its just to report how much I s... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 05:41:41 EST Hi. My name is Katie and I am a junkfood-aholic. I guess I am on a monthly check in schedule. That is not a good thing. It is funny how time flies when you are eating bad and not exercising. Boy but when you have your nose to the grindstone and are doing everything right on eating and exercising, those days just creep by. That is not really fair. Someone should do something about that. <BR> <BR> This is the moment in my blog where I confess my sins and commit to doing better for the month of August... I came, I ate everything bad, it ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 03:54:19 EST Feeling Better... Today is my BIG day. Well, not so much of a big day anymore, since I'll be walking my 5K instead of running it. I have decided to be content and happy just to be able to walk it, even though I was REALLY wanting to run with all my running girls. I know, it is a waste of energy feeling sorry for yourself, ESPECIALLY if your legs are still working. I have a lot to be thankful for and even if I can't run today, I know after running for 2 monthes what I am capable of. I am proud of that and ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:31:51 EST One month later... Well, it has almost been a month since my last entry, just an update: <BR> <BR> My 5K that I was suppose to be RUNNING in is this saturday and, unfortunately, I will not be able to run. I hurt my ankle at the beginning of this month, I guess my ankle didn't like running every other day for two months. No stress fracture, just tendonitis or a sprain or something. But, for the last month, I have been really bummed about it. I mean REALLY?! <BR> <BR> I was doing so good with the running an... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 03:54:43 EST OOPS!! So, I did have a nice long and awesome blog all ready but I deleted it somehow. I guess the short version is, it has been an awesome two months, can't believe may is over and thank you all for your support and encouragement. I'll try not to erase things in the future. Thu, 31 May 2012 02:13:40 EST The Battle Continues... Today I run 15 minutes STRAIGHT!!! I am doing my best to psych myself up, thinking positive and what not. Why is it so hard though? Every time I worry and worry that I won't be able to do it. Like 2 minutes into the run I start doubting myself. Then there begins this intense and somewhat humorous battle between Chubby Katie and Katie the Warrior Princess. Now, first of all, let me be honest, my running at this point is comical at best. I run like a little old man with his knees tied to... Fri, 25 May 2012 05:55:40 EST My Dogs are helping with my diet!! So, I made a glorious "k80 reuben" as I call them; whole grain bread, sauerkraut, honey mustard with a little pickle relish mixed in, and a slice of swiss cheese. I know, you may be thinking, "but, k80, that isn't a rueben at all, where's the beef? Where's the rye?" Well, I hate rye and I am a vegetarian, it is still delicious, trust me. After grilling it in my nonstick pan with a miniscule amount of earth balance, I cut it diagonally, like always. <BR> <BR> I was just getting ready to s... Wed, 16 May 2012 13:29:32 EST Veggie Explosion - take 2 Day one of Operation Veggie Explosion was a bit of a dud. I lacked the proper preparation, I guess. Day two will be spent stocking up on some veggies. <BR> <BR> I LOVE fruits and veggies, it is just the preparing and storing of them that I dislike. They just aren't as easy to grab and go as other foods. But, I know, like exercise, I just need to make the time commitment and do it. <BR> <BR> This last weekend, I ate a lot of crap and today on my run, it showed. I DID NOT want to run. ... Tue, 15 May 2012 04:34:28 EST Commence Operation Veggie Explosion!! Who loves Veggie? Well, I love them, I just love other things with them, like butter, olive oil, copious amounts of bread and/or rice etc. <BR> <BR> Well, today, Monday May 14 is the dawn of a new era, my friends. K80 is going to be pushing the veggies (in more ways than one ;). I am committing myself to 7 veggies or fruits a day everyday. This has been a goal of mine since the beginning of my spark account but I wanted to focus on the running thing first. Since I am feeling more confid... Mon, 14 May 2012 02:41:45 EST 9 Minute Mile (almost ;) Still not rocking on the eating front, still doing awesome with running though!! <BR> <BR> I feel like I talk about it all the time, Oh Wait, I do!! I'm just really excited about how long I have stuck with running. I really think I'm becoming one of those weirdos that love running. <BR> <BR> Today I ran for 9 minutes without stopping and ALMOST made it a mile in that time. Which makes me SO EXCITED because that means I will definitely make a 10 min mile!!! <BR> <BR> Today was also t... Fri, 11 May 2012 21:14:13 EST Need to do better on eating... I'm doing great with the whole running thing and I am really proud of myself! It has almost been a month since I started and I haven't missed a single C25k session. That is really saying a lot for me because I have a problem with consistency. <BR> <BR> So, in essence, I am trying to celebrate this small victory while at the same time realizing that I REALLY need to work on my eating more. I know that exercise is important and I wanted to get to a place with exercise where I felt more co... Wed, 9 May 2012 04:35:30 EST End of Week 3!! Today my running buddy and I decided to do our running on a 1/4 mile track, just to see how we are doing with time. I was a little nervous, today was our 7 minute day! Its been a while since I have ran for 7 minutes without stopping. I know, I keep saying that in every blog but, I can't help but be surprised and proud of myself. Anyway, we started running our 7 min and I had selected two songs for the run, "Sweet Home Alabama"- just a kinda feel good song, and "I won't back down"- to keep... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:33:00 EST Day 1 Week 3 C25K!! Today I run for 6 minutes. I know, it isn't that long. Lots of people can run for 6 minutes and LOTS longer. But it has been years since I have been able to run that long. I am really surprised at myself, though. Not that I keep meeting my goals for the C25k program but, that I actually LOOK FORWARD to my running days and to the challenge. This is a new feeling for me. I STILL don't enjoy running, far from it. But I am starting to crave the feeling of satisfaction that comes from comp... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:54:50 EST Farmers Market!! I think after going to the farmers market today, I have decided to make the trip a weekly tradition. There is nothing like seeing FRESH, and I do mean fresh, fruits and veggies that makes you want to eat lots and lots of them. I bought some delicious tomatoes, strawberries, zucchini, cilantro, grapes... YUM! <BR> <BR> The key is to avoid those Amish tables and their baked goods. I know the Amish are Godly people but, when it comes to their goodies, they are diabolical! Don't be fool by... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:30:25 EST 5 minutes, here I come! Today was day 2 week 2 of the C25k and I ran 4 minutes straight with my running buddy, Julie. 4 minutes was definitely tougher but, I do think the visualizing before running helped a lot. I tried to imagine running to where I wanted to end up by the end of my 4 minutes and being really proud of myself and, it worked and I was! I thought about a lot of things while I was running too, or rather I tried to think of something other than the discomfort I was feeling from running. Maybe that is... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:59:30 EST C25k - Week 2 Day 1 Well, I know I haven't written anything in a while but, I have been doing things. I started the C25k plan with my friend and fellow "runner" Julie. We completed the first week and now the first day of the 2nd week. Okay, people, I know we've only run 3 minutes without stopping and that is no huge feat but, I'm proud. Not necessarily of the 3 minutes, but of the journey and of the determination I feel to really stay with it this time. I know there will be obstacles but THIS is a priority ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:01:53 EST I'm so LUCKY! I've been off for a couple of days and missed the gym. Today I was back with my nose to the grindstone plugging away on the treadmill at the gym. I was lacking the motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other and contemplating just quitting for the day when I saw someone who inspired me deeply. He may have been in his early 40s, he came limping in on a crutch and went over to the ab machines. I saw him but didn't really SEE him until he put his feet up and started doing crunc... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:43:02 EST I love exercise!! (Remember my last entry? Case in point.) I LOVE EXERCISE!!! Its the best! I mean, why would I sit around when I can sweat and get my heart rate up... Exhilarating! Okay, I am faking it. I wish I was one of those people that LOVE exercise. If anyone knows the secret to loving it, let me know. For now, I am a big, fat faker. <BR> <BR> I can't stand sitting here another minute. I gotta get out there and walk, baby! <BR> <BR> (LATER) <BR> <BR> So, I went and walked for 1 hour, even th... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:51:17 EST Fake it until you make it. It's cheesy, I know but sometimes I forget this sage advise given to me long ago by my late college professor, Andrea. I can't even remember what class she was teaching me but, I remember her wisdom and grace in spite of her already bald head from ovarian cancer. She was one of those inspirational people that sticks out in my memory cheering me on. <BR> Faking it gets a bad rap but in this context, I mean act as though you have already achieved your goal. I want to loose 50+ pounds. Wha... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 08:53:26 EST I'm REALLY out of shape. I'm not trying to beat myself up, just an observation. One of my daily goals is to walk everyday. No specified time, just walk. On a treadmill, around the block, too and from the fridge does not count. Anyway, I didn't get out yesterday and walk because I was on a major cleaning spree and clean the first floor of my house really good. You know, vacuum, mop, the whole nine yards. Also did 10 loads of laundry up and down the basement stairs and even vacuumed the basement. My point is, I ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 14:25:33 EST Here we go!! I am so excited to begin my new journey!! I have decided, since the world will be ending on December 21, 2012, I want to be fit when I meet my maker. And there is always the possibility of the Zombie Apocalypse and we know how important cardio and endurance training is when it comes to running from the undead. <BR> <BR> But seriously, I've been down this road before. I know what it takes and that I cannot allow excuses or negativity to enter the equation. I have made my mind up that I WI... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:42:27 EST