WATERFELON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WATERFELON WATERFELON'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/ Lost another whole weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053606 I just don't know what to do with my weekends! Since DD has gotten older and is doing her own thing, I have really been trying to focus on my social life. Getting out more, more Q time with friends, more activities (including some local Spark things!). It's too easy for me to be introverted and disengaged from society and I need to work on the inner loner in me, come out of my shell after 46 years! And I know when I do, I have a much more fulfilling life and better life experiences. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:19:48 EST Trying to REGROUP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977085 Since my last blog in March, I knew adjusting to the empty nest was going to be a challenge. At the time, I had no idea how MUCH of a challenge it was going to be, though! <BR> <BR> Since March, I have put back on about 1/2 of the weight I spent the second half of last year losing. I don't know why, but I have lost a lot of my motivation to continue to eat on plan. I ~am~ still eating better during the day-I have a fairly structured schedule at work, or at least I plan my daily schedule in... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:33:22 EST Changes coming, how am I going to cope with it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791376 So, my daughter is leaving tomorrow to move to Las Vegas. We have relatives there so she won't be homeless or friendless, but it's still a long way from home! She's finished with college and I know she just wants to get out and be on her own. I was 23 once, too, so I do understand the desire to get out from under Mom's roof and rules, I just wish she had some sort of plan, other than "I'll find a job somewhere after I get there." ~sigh~ I do wish her all the best, all kinds of personal suc... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:39:50 EST Habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734385 Since I've been losing weight these past months, I've been thinking about how much of life is unconscious, how so many things that I do are just habits developed over the years, both positive and negative. <BR> <BR> But how do I tell the difference between a good habit and bad habit? How do I break a bad habit if I don't know it's a habit at all? Raising my daughter by myself, I've always been a quick-and-easy cook in the kitchen. I've been busy, I don't have a lot of time to spend in the... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:02:43 EST Discouragement. Why do I get discouraged and why should I be discouraged? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697308 I was reading a SP article this morning about hitting walls, when I saw this little poll titled "What is your biggest weight loss hurdle?" on the side screen off the article. So I looked over the the button choices: No motivation, No time to work out, Dining out too much, No help from anyone else, Discouragement, Holidays and vacations. <BR> <BR> I thought about each of the choices and found that all of the choices except Discouragement were, for me, just excuses for why I haven't done for ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 17:28:32 EST Experiment worked.........but. Yeah, there's always a 'but!' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666165 So last week I deliberately upped my calorie intake to 1450 for the last 3 days of the week-Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. At that level, I lost 1/2 a pound. My exercise for those 3 days was Zumba on Thursday, and a 1.5 mile walk at lunchtime on Friday. <BR> <BR> So, my hypothesis played out, at least for that short duration. I'm enough of a scientist to know that 3 days does not a trend make! I still lost some weight, but not nearly at the pace I had been. And not nearly at the rate th... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:57:47 EST Going to try an experiment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657188 This is not completely scientific, but here's the deal. <BR> <BR> The last 2 days I've eaten towards the higher end of my self-determined maximum calorie intake. I have lost 3 pounds in 4 days, and that was with missing Zumba class yesterday! I suspect my arbitrarily self-determined calorie restriction range has been inadequate up until now and may account for why my weight loss swung so wildly during November and December. <BR> <BR> So, today (Wednesday), I am going to walk my 3 mile lo... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:41:52 EST Looking forward to 2012! Spelling out my resolutions to stay accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652359 Resolution #1-I will incorporate 5 servings of fruits/veggies at least 2 days a week by April 01. 3 days a week by July 01. 5 days a week by October 01, and 7 days a week by years end. <BR> <BR> Action plan- Starting next week (meal plan already made for New Years week. That's not an excuse, I've just already done my grocery shopping for the week!), all weekday snacks will be fruit and/or veggie. That will account for 3-4 servings, dinner will have a component as well. <BR> <BR> Resolut... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:24:50 EST