WACFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WACFIT WACFIT'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/ Tip: Tracking food, a very fast and simple method http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667527 This is a simple method to track calories only when you are in a hurry and don't have the time or info to enter a new food. <BR> <BR> It can be overwhelming at times to track every bite accurately. I have spent a lot of time 'searching' for a food item only to have to enter it all myself because I just can't find an exact match. I got frustrated with spending several minutes entering an item, especially those things I knew I would probably not eat again such as when you eat out or at a frien... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:09:39 EST Tips for newbies! Eat out, don't 'pig' out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597982 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590112328.jpg"> <BR> Dinners out wrecking your resolve? Recently, someone asked how to handle going out for Chinese, so I thought I would offer some tips that have helped me. This applies to eating out in general as well as having any higher calorie day. <BR> <BR> One of the most important keys to losing weight is tracking everything you eat. It really helps you realize how much you are eating, when you eat, what you eat, protein/carbs/etc.... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:37:22 EST Why quitting is not an option. You CAN do this if I can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50078050.jpg">One year ago I thought I was going to 'try to lose some weight'. I had no idea the journey I was about to begin. <BR> <BR> Today, as I reflect on the past year, I realize that it is so much more than just losing weight. It is learning to eat to live and not live to eat. It is choosing to be kinder to my body by giving it healthier foods and plenty of water. It is discovering that I still can find exercise that works for me at ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:33:22 EST Hitched up without a Hiccup. (The Wedding.) Phew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646104134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ah, yes. The wedding. So , so many months, weeks, days and hours of preparation and hard work…gone in day. If you have been there, you ‘get it’. Was it worth it? Yes. Would I want to do it again? Not anytime soon! <BR> <BR> Quick recap: Our youngest son, Ben (27), got married in May. He and his bride decided on a rustic wedding to match the log-sided lodge where the reception took place. I was asked to help quite... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:00:29 EST You can't out-exercise a bad diet. Fact. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168936540.jpg">Wow. Light bulb-going-on moment when I read those words somewhere here on Spark recently and it has been stuck in my head ever since. <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining for a couple months now. I am in a tight 2-3 lb. range. Not altogether a bad thing. I'm not gaining and that is great. However, life got busy and I have slacked off on tracking my food. I really think that is a key for me. Yes, I have kept exercising regularly ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:46:43 EST Groom saved the drama for his mama-true story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346125 Warning: This will probably make you laugh so hard you will wet your pants. It made me cry. But then, I am the poor mama. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352793764.jpg"> <BR> Oi vey! The wedding is next Saturday and the final push is here. Cue the last minute drama…The groom (my dear care-free, laid back, la-la-la, mom-you-worry-too-much, son) was responsible for the groomsmen getting the pants (to match his suit) and the shirts. Easy peasy, right? Step 1 was choosi... Sun, 5 May 2013 10:33:41 EST Before & After photos with a surprise twist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276201175.jpg"> <BR> Something so surprising happened to me recently that I thought it was worth sharing. My hope is that it will encourage some of you. <BR> <BR> While I haven’t reached my goal weight yet, I have lost a significant amount of weight. Like many of you, I have been reluctant to buy anything new to wear during the process of losing. I have not wanted to spend money on clothes that I will only wear for a short time. So for the... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:43:34 EST Ch-ch-ch-changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1018370996.jpg"> <BR> Who knew losing weight was only one part of the journey? You will experience many positive changes, physically, mentally and emotionally. <BR> <BR> When I started on Spark in July 2012, I had never really tried to lose weight before. I didn’t know if I could do it. I didn’t know how to get healthy again. The task was daunting. The pounds too many. I found myself saying things like, 'IF I lose some weight…' <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:21:44 EST Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162456 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698915779.jpg"> <BR> Dear Santa, <BR> I have been a very good girl this year. I have tracked all my food (Except on holidays. And my birthday. Nobody tracks calories on their birthday. And days when my DH brought home Chinese. You know I love Chinese and there is no way I'm tracking those calories.) <BR> <BR> *sigh* Ok, I have tracked most of my food on most days. And I exercised every day. (Or... at least 3 or 4 days per week. Except on ho... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 18:44:23 EST It's my birthday and I'll Spark if I want to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156250 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1188928428.jpg"> <BR> Tomorrow is my birthday. There are some things I have learned that may encourage you and I wanted to share them. Birthdays tend to be milestones and cause us to reflect on where we are today compared to one year ago. I have only been using Spark People since July, yet I have made significant improvements since my last birthday. <BR> <BR> This year on my birthday: <BR> I weigh about 25 pounds less. <BR> I have increased... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:22:30 EST NSVs (Non-scale Victories)-You're doing better than you think! Yep, YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134239 Lots to lose? Doing the work, but the scale isn’t budging much? Good news! You probably made more progress than you think! I know I did! <BR> <BR> If you are honestly making healthier choices on a consistent basis-food, exercise, water, then you ARE making progress. The scale is not our only barometer of health. There are a slew of NSVs (non-scale victories) that can indicate your improved health. Here are some examples. How many of these can you relate to? <BR> <BR> My personal October NS... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:21:28 EST Don't give up! You don't have to do this alone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108787 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745151425.jpg"> <BR> Decided to get healthy? Congrats! Let's see...Food tracker? Check. Treadmill? Check. Greek yogurt? Check. Support system? Umm...not so much... Don't despair! Help is only a click away. <BR> <BR> I've been really impressed with the tools and info made available for free here on Spark. But, I've been absolutely blown away by the support I've been given by total strangers! I believe the people here are the most positive, e... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:28:24 EST Did the scale disappoint you aGAIN this week? Read on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101581 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605133768.jpg">I had an 'aha!' moment recently that may help you. Whether you lost, gained or stayed the same the last time you weighed yourself, something I read from SP in an email has really 'stayed' with me and maybe it will help you too: <BR> <BR> 'Trust the process. As long as you are embracing healthy habits, changes are happening within you.' <BR> <BR> That really struck me as truth. If I am consistently doing the right things f... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:01:48 EST The surprising number of ways to exercise with your dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091273 You've seen those fitness ads on TV promising amazing results from all sorts of contraptions. Well, there's no need to invest in fancy equipment. If you have (or can borrow) a dog, you have everything you need to get in shape now. The following exercises can be done anywhere, anytime. <BR> <BR> Inner Thighs: Place the dog's favorite toy between thighs. Press tighter than the dog can pull. Do not attempt bare legged - dogs who favor shortcuts to success will just dig the toy out. You co... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:25:35 EST Where do you want to be in 1 year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088184 "Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of you doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. " - Earl Nightingale <BR> <BR> Don't know if anyone else can relate, but I needed to remind myself of this today. If I think of how long it will take me to get to a reasonable/healthy weight, I can get a little discouraged. So, even if it takes a year (or more) then I can be proud of myself for... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:33:53 EST Marathon shmarathon...I'm starting to get it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086913 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607201080.jpg"> <BR> Ok. So we are in a marathon. Not a sprint. It is going to take time. I think I am starting to get it. <BR> <BR> I am not a runner. Never have been. Don't run. Ever. Yet, I find myself in a marathon. A journey toward better health. And I am beginning to see some of the similarities between this and an actual marathon. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who is a marathon runner. In fact, his lifetime goal is to run a marathon in ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:55:02 EST Vacation? Uh oh!... My Appalachian revelation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063527 Calories eaten on vacation shouldn't count. (Can I get a witness?!) <BR> <BR> I'm not gonna lie. I'm struggling a bit. I was doing really well...until...we went on vacation. (The Appalachian Mountains-hence the blog title) Too many calories, too little exercise. (Sound familiar?) I came home feeling defeated and frustrated. I had such high expectations for myself. Maybe too high. I only started this journey in July, but I was expecting myself to be near perfect in a difficult (for me) situat... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:02:33 EST “I can afford it.” vs. “I deserve it.” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009979 There is an important difference between telling yourself that you ‘deserve’ to eat something and making a conscious choice that you can ‘afford’ to eat something. <BR> <BR> I have only been on this journey for a month. In that month, I have exercised every day, drank 8 glasses of water every day, and stayed within or darn close to the calorie range every day. I have met every single goal for myself for the month every day. I have read health articles, chatted on boards, written blogs and ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:13:17 EST To Undo or not to Undo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993234 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807328721.jpg"> <BR> I have only been on SP for about 3 weeks. I have only been on this journey to better health for 24 days. In that time I have logged 845 minutes of fitness, drank 173 ounces of water, stayed in my suggested calorie range (except for a total of about 600 calories over), met every goal I set…and I have lost a whopping 4lbs. Sheesh. That’s a whole lot of work for 4 measly pounds, right? <BR> <BR> So I am faced with the choi... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:54:08 EST Quitting is not an option. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984762 My husband and I married very young-just 20 years old. We made plenty of mistakes, but one thing we did right was to agree before we were even married that 'divorce is not an option'. No matter how hard things were, or how much we wanted to quit, it was not an option. When things were rough we had to find a way to work it out because-divorce is not an option. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight for my health. If I don't make some drastic changes, I am headed for a world of health problems and an... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:43:59 EST 18 Jul 2012 Ten days into the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976816 10 days on SP, 10 days tracking food and fitness. I'm doing well. But it's been a bit of struggle today to stay the course. I didn't sleep well last night, so it may be that. The good news is that I have met all my goals since I started, including this first tough day! <em>244</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:22:22 EST