WATCHMECANCAN's SparkPeople Blog WATCHMECANCAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stuff to Remember February 6, 2014 - Start of my re-commitment <BR> Beginning weight 269 <BR> <BR> April 10, 2014 - Weigh in day. 12 lbs lost. Now 257 <BR> 9 weeks consistent Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:54:21 EST Potato chips for supper! Yes, potato chips. With dip too. Why? because I wanted them and I gave into temptation at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Do I see that as a problem? No, I don't. I should be able to have what I want now and then just because I want it. <BR> <BR> I did however make a deal with myself when I bought them and I stuck to my bargain. <BR> 1. You cannot eat the whole bag or even half of the bag in one sitting. <BR> 2. You cannot have 1/2 a tub of french onion dip in one sitting (see #1) <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:33:15 EST Managing less than perfect. Like many people, I have a very busy life. I work 50 hours a week, and am fortunate to own my own little piece of heaven, my 14 acre hobby farm stocked with the usual critters. I also keep 1 horse in training about 45 minutes from the house and I make the trek to work him several times a week. While I've never experienced the challenge of raising children, my dogs, cats, goat and horses provide me with plenty of challenges on my time. (Not complaining - I feel truly blessed) Taking care of ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:53:37 EST What the heck is up with that scale anyway! Lately I've been a little frustrated with my scale. Despite my best efforts to stay in my calorie range and literally working my butt off, I have been getting a lot of fluctuating numbers on my scale and none of them reflect a loss. <BR> <BR> I have lots of reasons to celebrate. I have lost almost 2 inches from my waist and I can see the changes in the mirror as well as how my clothes fit. Last night I bent over and touched the floor, something I haven't been able to do in a long time. <... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:28:50 EST Grounded! No workout & No Music Today Today has been difficult. A month ago I was dreading the thought of daily exercise but today I am finding it hard not to work out. <BR> <BR> I finally found a work-out routine that I enjoy doing and I have succeeded in making it a daily habit. Actually, it has been much easier to institute this new daily habit than I could have imagined. I have discovered the perfect gym has been in my barn this whole time. I just needed to think outside the box to find it. There is plenty of floor space, a ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:20:33 EST The Denim Dance Monday morning comes too quickly. There just wasn't time to get all the laundry done over the weekend. Besides, we were blessed with nice weather so working outside was just more appealing. Needless to say, my favorite jeans are still dirty. <BR> <BR> Into the laundry basket I reach and find my old-favorite blue jeans. Maybe you have a pair too. They used to be my favorite until they started getting a little tighter. Usually I avoid this pair as they require a great deal of effort to get on.... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:48:12 EST I'm Back! One successful journey and a lot of starts and stops. That pretty much sums up my experience on SP for the last 2 years. <BR> <BR> After losing 60lbs, I hit a plateau that I just couldn't get away from. My MD sent me to a dietitian who totally ripped my plan, suggested I eat a lot more and exercise even more than that. She also pointed out that in her humble opinion, I have serious emotional issues with food. Obviously this devastated me as I still felt I was doing everything right and I "... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:22:47 EST Why am I so stubborn... I know what I need to do. <BR> 1) Drink more water- Yet I sit at my desk and drink very little when the water cooler is literally steps from my desk.... <BR> <BR> 2) Eat a healthy breakfast - I buy the stuff. I have time while waiting on the coffee to at least get a bowl of cereal or some yogurt....but I don't <BR> <BR> 3) I know what and how much too eat and that I should log my food - I avoid this like the plague. <BR> <BR> 4) I plan to exercise most days yet seldom follow th... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:55:07 EST LMAO-Spark People 28 day Bootcamp DVD <em>348</em> Wow! I must be the worlds most un-coordinated person ever! <BR> <BR> Thank you Sparkpeople for sending me the complimentary copy of the Sparkpeople 28 Day Bootcamp DVD to try and review. It has been sitting on top of the tv for a week now so I decided to give it a try last night. Coach Nicole has done a great job of putting this together and I like that you can mix up the routines and choose modifications of the exercises to fit your own fitness level. I had a lot of fun but al... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:16:34 EST Almost 1/2 way there! Well, I'm almost half way to my goal. Thought I would be here quicker than this but it has been quite a ride and I've had a few setbacks from illness and injury. Will probably lose another 6-10 weeks starting in January as I need surgery on my achillis tendon. (That one is going to be tough....not being able to workout) <BR> <BR> On the good side. I was quite surprised on a recent shopping trip. After losing 60+ lbs, none of my clothes from last winter fit anymore. As usual I headed to the ... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 17:56:47 EST New ways of thinking about food. Lately I've been thinking about a few things in regards to eating healthy. Here are two thoughts that keep coming back to me. <BR> <BR> ONE: I've heard a lot of hype that eating healthy is expensive. In my case, my grocery bill has gone down by at least $20.00 per week. I used to buy a lot of processed/prepared foods, snacks and sweets. Because of all the artificial "junk" they were not very filling and so I would eat multiple servings at one time just to get full and I would use food as m... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:34:36 EST My biggest Spark & Back in the saddle! Yeah! Down 48lbs now so I decided to "finally" ride my horse last night. Pete is my gelding that I bred and raised with hopes of showing one day. By the time he was old enough to start training though, I was too big to ride him so he has been leased out for the past few years. Shortly after joining Sparkpeople, I was told that if I couldn't take him back, he would be sold. This was a no brainer as I have missed him terribly. <BR> <BR> "But what will I do with him?" He is just a little guy at 14.... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:31:56 EST "I hope it takes a really long time" It seemed so easy.... I plugged in my current weight, added some exercise goals and told the calculator how much I wanted to lose. "Viola" a magic date by which if I followed the rules I would meet my goal. (plateaus, injury, sickness and life happen to other people, not me.) <BR> <BR> At first it really was easy. I found out that I could eat more food than I ever had and still stay in a calorie range just by making smart choices. Exercise was fun especially when I could incorporate it into... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:13:35 EST Sometimes the scale IS broken. (or needs to be) After the fiasco with the horses on Friday, I finally made it to town to meet the girls. We haven't seen each other for a couple of weeks so had lots to catch up on. <BR> <BR> Let me introduce you: <BR> -KM is the smallest of our group with only about 20lbs, (according to her) is the cheerleader of our group in more ways than one. She is blatantly honest about everything whether you like her opinion or not. She is my soul-sister. <BR> -H, I met while coaching her daughters 4-H group. The n... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:16:23 EST Apparently they think I need to up my cardio? (funny) So, I don't need to remind anyone just how hot it was last week with heat indexes over 100. Needless to say, the grass did NOT get mowed and I did NOT walk my usual mile at the park during lunch, nor did I do my evening walk down the road. I DID however try out my new treadmill (down in the basement-with the big screen TV-where it stays cool.) <BR> Mon-Thurs. set it on manual and walked for 30 min. each time, bumped speed up during the commercials. "This is alright, rather be outside, but... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:19:31 EST The new me is Hot! I am still wearing my Fat-clothes even though they are getting pretty baggy. It isn't that I can't but new ones but I really don't see the point in getting new when they won't fit for very long anyway. However, because I have still been wearing the same clothes, it really hasn't sunk in just what a differance I have made. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was differant. I took my cell phone to the mall for repair and the gentleman told me I would need to leave it for about an hour. Great I thought. I ca... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:02:17 EST Dear Fat, I want a divorce! Dear Fat, <BR> I want a divorce. I am taking the kids, Heart, Lungs and Bones with me. <BR> We no longer need you in our lives. You have caused me too much embarrassment and cost me my sense of self-worth and confidence. Yes, there was a time when you comforted me and too, you helped to keep me warm in winter. You also gave me a good excuse for saying no to situations when I thought I might get hurt, but I have outgrown you. <BR> <BR> Because of you, I have not had a vacation in quite a wh... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:46:23 EST The Scale is Stuck! Well, I think my scale is stuck or broken. Im doing everything I'm supposed to do but the numbers haven't changed for 2 weeks. I'm starting to wonder if the fact that I eat dinner so late has something to do with it even though I've read it doesn't matter what time you eat. (I track & measure everything I eat and all extra exercise.) <BR> <BR> I do eat a healty breakfast, 250-300 calories, at 8 am. Then I get busy at work (desk job) and am not ready for lunch until around 2. Usually I walk a... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:23:36 EST July 6, 2011 Went to the Dr. today for follow up on my hip and ankle pain. Boy is he proud of me. (I have lost 35 lbs since asking for his help in April) I really needed to hear that today as I was down on myself for not meeting my goal last week. <BR> <BR> All the walking is really making a differance. Although at first it was really painful and difficult to walk much farther than the neighbors driveway, I can now do 2 miles with ease. (I even did a charity walk and managed to keep up) <BR> <BR> Also, ... 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