WALKMEHOME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKMEHOME WALKMEHOME'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/ Week one and done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737788 Week one went well... it feels different this time... a good different. I didn't have some grand epiphany, but I guess more of a realization that I don't have to try SO hard. It's not about following every rule of whatever eating plan to the letter. It's about making healthy changes and that's what I did. <BR> <BR> Last night I babysat for some friends who went to a wedding and they brought me a cupcake. It was delicious... and it's ok. <BR> <BR> So the first week results. I met my step g... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:53:29 EST ... my cats hid my spark tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735680 I woke up early this morning because I had a school paper to finish before class tonight and some work progress notes to do before I actually left for the office. As I get ready to walk out the door I noticed that my spark tracker was missing! <BR> <BR> I know I left it on my desk before I went to bed... and searched and searched, but couldn't find it... those darn cats. I just envision all those steps I could have been adding during the searching process! It was funny to me how motivating t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:57:07 EST Let the Journey Begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732966 I have a solid menu planned for today and it's nice enough so I plan to take a walk. The local stores are close enough I can walk to them - though I rarely do. I need to get myself out of the "I have to drive everywhere" mindset there are many close places that I can just walk to. <BR> <BR> I'm excited not just about the prospective to lose weight with Paleo, but of how good it made me feel last time. I really struggle with hormones at certain times and it helped a lot. I hope it helps agai... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:50:51 EST ... and back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731906 Blah blah... fell of the diet wagon... blah blah... this time it will be different... Now that is out of the way. <BR> <BR> I really, really, want this to work... I've accepted that I'm probably going to be fat forever. I'm ok with that... I like me. However, before, when I was doing Paleo, I felt good. <BR> <BR> So here I am looking for support... again... are you still there? <em>303</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:45:50 EST I just don't know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643688 Sometimes I tell myself why bother and other times I want to be thin (yeah healthy is a close second) so bad I feel like I would do anything. The problem is the anything that I feel like I can't do is just adopt a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have read every book, every inspirational story, and every nutritional fact that there is... I know to make small changes, eat healthy, exercise more. I know that part of motivation is being active in a community and accountability. I know all of the... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:14:08 EST Winter Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608525 I have a little bit of treadmill high right now. I had a really "off" weekend - it feels good to get back on track. <BR> <BR> We have a lot of snow here right now and temperatures that have a high in the negatives. I think this weather is bringing me down - big time. I actually ordered a sun lamp to see if that can improve my mood. <BR> <BR> Not being able to leave home for a couple of days has made me feel really isolated. Today, the travel ban was lifted, but my car wouldn't start. I hop... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:26:04 EST So off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598951 Yesterday I was having an extreme off day! I know it was brought on by lack of a loss for the week, but dang I really over did it! <BR> <BR> I just felt miserable and I wanted something, anything with sugar in it... and I ate them. I felt so guilty... and I hate that the simple act of eating can make me feel that way. <BR> <BR> Today, I seem to be back on... I have a plan for my week (I have to pre-plan with a 20 hour internship, 6 hours of class, and 40 hours of work). I keep telling myse... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:42:51 EST Just Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593006 I feel kind of emotional today. There isn't really a reason for it... maybe I'm just a little tired and stressed. Day 1 of my internship went well... I hope the rest of the week (and the semester for that matter) are also ok. <BR> <BR> I got a short workout in today, but I was already over my steps when I started. If I keep making them every day this week I'm going to need to up my goal! <BR> <BR> I'm getting good at packing my lunch and snacks for the day, just in case I don't make it home... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:54:49 EST Down 3.6! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589242 Today was my weigh-in and dun dun dun... it was down 3.6 pounds! As a reward, I got the most anticipated Frappuccino... ever. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129380318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's gone... so back to good ole healthy real food. (but wow that was delicious) Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:06:29 EST Weighing in After the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588537 So, tomorrow is my first weigh-in since the Friday before Christmas. I feel confident yet a little nervous about it. I know it's because I put so much pressure on myself to make that number go down... deep breath. PLUS there is Starbucks riding on this weigh-in. I used to go to Starbucks everyday sometimes twice... and I haven't been in the past 6 weeks since I started Paleo. Tomorrow if I'm at least two pounds down, I'm taking myself to Starbucks for lunch... mmmmm. <BR> <BR> Today I tried ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:51:43 EST Dehydrator-mania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578027 I own a cake-pop maker (which of course I'm not using currently because cake pops are definitely not part of paleo) and my friend wanted to borrow it in exchange of using her dehydrator. I've never really dehydrated stuff, but I though "what the heck" and I started looking for things to dehydrate. <BR> <BR> I ended up putting bananas, strawberries, star fruit, apples, and kiwi in for the first go round. I discovered I'm super impatient when it comes to waiting for things to dry. The strawbe... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:15:01 EST Weighing in on a weigh in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576987 After Christmas my scale said I had lost a little, but the place that I weigh in weekly was not available. NOW that I'm going to weigh in this week I have a couple of false pounds hanging around (stupid hormones) and it's so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I need to stop stressing about numbers on a scale... but I'm too stressed about the numbers on the scale. I guess I do have until Friday to hope they go away... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:05:58 EST Cravings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573647 I'm pretty sure hormones are responsible for the unquenchable hunger that I've been feeling since yesterday... and the craving for chocolate. I've done a lot of googling (because everything on the internet must be true) and it turns out no one knows for sure why this happens. Guess what that means? I'm going to continue to crave chocolate. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if it's better to reduce carbs or add them right now, because reducing them makes me want to eat a lot of everything else to still ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:49:05 EST Talkin' Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572112 With the past few days full of Christmas festivities (and food) I was nervous about the scale when I woke up this morning. I stretched and breathed all of the air (which weights nothing anyway) out of my lungs... then I softly put one foot and then the other on the scale. It seemed like a long time before the numbers appeared... and I didn't gain anything! In fact, I lost .2 LBS. How cool is that?! I definitely went off Paleo, but it was planned and didn't make me feel out of control. Now it'... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:30:50 EST Oh Christmas food, Oh Christmas food, why are you so delicious... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570575 I celebrated Christmas on Saturday with my family. I told myself I could eat whatever I wanted for that day. It was good, the food was very good, but honestly if I could do it again I would have eaten just the Paleo items. I think I've reached the point where my enjoyment was from the activities and hanging out with everyone and not the meal. <BR> <BR> I, of course, had a little gain on the scale today and that's ok it was a planned gain. However, the worst part is that I'm having KILLER su... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:59:25 EST I'm so frustrated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564708 I lost a lot of weight in two weeks and then week three it was only .6lbs. Now, today, day three of week four my scale said I GAINED a pound. Really?! What is happening - it's so discouraging. I'm fighting the urge to use this as a reason to eat something super unhealthy (yet oh so delicious). <BR> <BR> I'm a problem solver and I hate that this is one thing I can't figure out... dang it. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:32:00 EST The EVIL Temptation of Mac & Cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564518 I revamped my weights to match what my doctor's scale says (I use it on Fridays to weigh-in) and so it messed up my ticker... oh well. <BR> <BR> Today was a good enough day - blizzard like in the morning, but I still made my trek to Whole Foods. Then I came to babysit for my friends girls (3 of them; 7, 6, and 4 months). It was much harder to eat Paleo when I was cooking some of my favorites for them for dinner (mac and cheese and taquitos). I did it though... and that's something. <BR> <B... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 21:52:34 EST Brain Scramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563586 Well my weigh in today left me with a weekly total of dun dun dun .6 pounds lost. Really self... really... that's the best you could do?! I'm going to only weigh on Fridays "officially" from here on out. <BR> <BR> I guess I need to up the exercise... there is no way I can drink more water or I will float away. I've double checked the ingredients in all my food and I'm doing ok there. It's just me... sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be babysitting this weekend - so I'm going to have to pack up s... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:41:31 EST What is wrong with today?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562153 I woke up and saw no real loss on my scale... and that started it all. I tried to blow dry my hair, but my blow dryer wouldn't work! I tried to make a new recipe in the crockpot and it's only ok. It's FREEZING (actually below freezing) outside and my first appointment cancelled on me! <BR> <BR> Ok, I feel better now. I'm sure the rest of the day is going to be good... just relaxing on my lunch break taking some deep breaths. Maybe I'll even get a walk in later. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is G... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:06:33 EST Being Content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559895 I feel tired today and I can't seem to brush it off. I want to take a walk, but I feel so drained. I guess it could be partly because of the Sunday night blues. <BR> <BR> I guess I want to do a little bit of reflection. After a couple of failed attempts I started paleo 17 days ago. I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to handle it, but I did like the book said and ridded my cupboard and fridge of non-paleo foods. I stocked up on "the good stuff" and away I went and more importantly I'm stil... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:03:16 EST Amazing Chicken! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559331 I had Spicy Paprika Lemon Chicken for dinner and it was so good! I've been proud of myself the past week for remembering to pack healthy snacks and lunches and dinners when it's necessary. I wish I would have made two servings of the aforementioned chicken so I could have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Today was a hard day at work. I work with underprivileged kids who have some kind of mental health disorder like ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or other mood disorders. It's... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:31:47 EST Crabby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558663 I was crabby almost this entire week - I hate that. I had to make a conscious effort not to release the sarcastic comments I said in my head through my mouth. It didn't always work. <BR> <BR> My weight loss is going good... at the end of week two I've lost 12 pounds. I love my Spark Tracker, it's encouraging me to keep going and reach my goals so that all of the lights light up. <BR> <BR> I think I need to put my crabby self to bed very soon. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:37:35 EST Half of the 30 day reset! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556591 Yesterday I had a Banana and Almond Butter smoothie and it was delicious! I've noticed that the foods I am eating lately are satisfying me much better than the junk I used to eat. I haven't been to Starbucks or Fast food in two weeks - that is such an accomplishment for me. I'm not saying I don't gaze longingly at Starbucks sometimes when I drive by or that the smell of popcorn I in the movie theater didn't call to me. I am saying I believe I can do this even though sometimes it's a little ha... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 07:58:17 EST Sundays are almost worse that Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554101 I always get a little down on Sunday that my weekend is almost over. I just want to lounge around or do something fun. I just feel like I have to cram so much into the day because the weekend is almost over and my weekday schedule is LOADED with work and school. <BR> <BR> Today; I have some homework to do, work notes to do, laundry, and finish up Christmas shopping. I also told a little girl that I hang out with that we could go to the movies. I also need to schedule in some exercise and coo... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:30:29 EST 5K Your Way - First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553590 Once, I was at a doctor's appointment and because of my low resting heart rate the nurse asked me if I was a runner. "If you see me running, you should also run, because I'm being chased", I told her. As you can tell, running wasn't very high on my to-do list. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe that has changed because today I started the 5K your way walk/jog plan. During this first week I am supposed to walk four minutes and then run/jog for one and repeat four times adding up to 20 minutes. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:23:50 EST Ten Pounds Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553289 When I got on the scale today - I had reached a ten pound loss. I also took myself from above 200 to under 200 and you know what? It feels pretty darn good! <BR> <BR> I woke up early without my alarm and so I spent my early morning grocery shopping. I had my list and I didn't buy anything that wasn't Paleo. It's getting easier and for this I am thankful. My headaches from sugar withdrawal are gone and most of my cravings and the nauseous feeling I was having. I think I can actually do this. ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:15:41 EST My Spark Tracker is HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552828 I had a cancellation in my schedule at work today so I came home for lunch and while I was here it arrived! <BR> <BR> It's cute, smaller than I pictured, but I think that's good. I decided I'm going to put it on my bra for the day to test it out... there is a lot of snow outside and I don't want it to get wet (or dirty) the first day. I'll see how that works for accuracy... if it's not as good as I want then I will use my waist until the weather is nicer. <BR> <BR> It has good instructions... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:07:42 EST My chicken liver had a growth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552364 I was getting ready to make some chicken livers for dinner by putting them into a strainer to rinse them off. Then I noticed one of the livers had a big (the size of my thumb) black growth! I did not have chicken livers for dinner today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16855011.jpg"> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 18:08:05 EST First week of Paleo - done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551811 I felt a little bit accomplished today, one week of paleo. It was really hard the first few days and I have noticed that my cravings (and "hungry all the time") have really faded away. I was so skeptical at first, but I just might be a believer! <BR> <BR> I'm not so worried (nutritionally) about tomorrow. I spend Thanksgiving with my cats and I eat like I would any other day. I took some chicken livers out of the fridge... that will probably be what my meals consist of tomorrow. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:46:24 EST The Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550540 I'm a person who understands things better when I can see them. It's easier for me to read things than to just hear them and to watch something rather than just listen. So, when I start any kind of weight loss efforts I need some sort of visible validation that my efforts are working. At this point in my weight loss journey it takes more than a few pounds for me to see a change and so I rely on my frenemy, the scale. <BR> <BR> In the beginning it's usually great - I almost always have a surg... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 08:39:05 EST Paleo - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550278 I hit the five pound lost mark this morning. I know I've got to stop making a habit of jumping on the scale every morning, but if that's my biggest vice then I guess I'm doing ok. <BR> <BR> Today was back to work. For my job, I spend a lot of time in my car and in other people's homes or community locations with children. I deal with snacks and the occasional "treat" if a child has earned it and chooses to get ice cream. <BR> <BR> Today, one of my kids chose to go to the local "chocolate ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:07:21 EST Paleo - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548395 So, it's only day three. I know, I know, you shouldn't get on the scale every day, but I did and it says I was down a pound (I know, I know probably water weight). Out of a whim, I also tested for Ketosis (with some leftover sticks I had from a previous Atkins attempt) both this morning and last night. It was negative last night and positive this morning. The positive puzzled me because I've been eating tons of fruit and veggies, a lot more than was allowed on Atkins. <BR> <BR> Last night I... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:08:32 EST Paleo - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547875 If you've never heard of the Paleo Diet, you should check it out: <link>thepaleodiet.com </link> . It is said to work by mimicking the diet of our cave people ancestors. I don't know if I believe all that, but I do know that it has worked for a lot of people and I hope it works for me. <BR> <BR> The premise is that you rule out anything grainy, dairy, or sugary (processed). I already have a partial aversion to dairy, but I feel saddened that I won't be having any cheese for the next month. ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:40:36 EST