WIDELOADROAD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIDELOADROAD WIDELOADROAD'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/ Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766245 I've been thinking about goals as it relates to my fitness. I've kinda been letting my workouts slide into nothing lately, and I'm going to change it. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Complete 10 Army regulation push-ups. Luckily, my husband can help me with that. <BR> <BR> 2. Thanksgiving 5k. The local YMCA does a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. I'm going to be there with bells on. <BR> <BR> 3. 30 days of intentional fitness. Starting TODAY! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:54:38 EST New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762717 I need to come up with a new schedule now that my reality is changing a bit. My daughter starts school a week from today, my husband is now going to be home during the day (for a while), and we will be moving to a new house soon. Time to start figuring out my schedule. So far.... <BR> <BR> 6:00 am-- Wake up <BR> 6:02--coffee <BR> 6:30--prepare breakfast <BR> 6:45--wake up DD <BR> 7:45--Take DD to school <BR> <BR> Directly after dropping her off I'm going to hit the gym. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:47:20 EST Huge Changes in the Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762060 Well, we are incredibly close to the end of our time as an active duty military family. There have been so many ups and downs along the way. My physical activity has certainly suffered. I know that I really need physical activity not only to lose weight, but to combat the stress that's coming with it.... <BR> <BR> So why is it so hard to get my butt moving? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm making a public declaration that I will move my butt this week! <BR> <BR> I'm going to hit 10,000 steps a day i... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:01:23 EST Do What Works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701959 The WW points system wasn't working well for me. My weight was all over the place and I found tracking to be difficult sometimes. I'm back to just Spark. I've lost the most weight here and the support and communities make things much easier. This week I've stayed within my calorie ranges and lost 6 lbs!!!!! Feels good to be back. Let's rock this thing! Sat, 24 May 2014 08:51:13 EST I'm Streaking!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591067 I'm tracking and eating pretty darn well so far! I'm actually pretty proud of myself. I'm gonna see some good downward movement on the scale this week! <BR> <BR> On the agenda for today: <BR> <BR> Mourning the loss of my beloved Colts to those TERRIBLE Patriots. <BR> <BR> Taking down the Christmas decorations. <BR> <BR> Doing copious amounts of laundry (but really, when am I NOT doing laundry?) <BR> <BR> Cleaning house <BR> <BR> Cooking/Freezing a few things for the days that I am jus... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:20:33 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475526 You know what feels good? Starting my day with a healthy breakfast. I'm on the path to a great food day! Ready to kick some butt and get things done! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:40:01 EST Big News! NSVs and http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425537 I'm midway through day 4 of tracking and exercise streak. Energy level is much higher today. Been taking my vitamins and trying to eat delicious and nutritious food. But the BIG news in my life is....wait for it....there's more than one big thing happening.... <BR> <BR> I just sent the very LAST payment for our truck! We'll be starting August completely car payment FREE! I hope we can spend the next few years without a car payment (and saving up like a mofo for our next one in the meant... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:55:18 EST Almost forgot.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424436 I had an NSV yesterday! My gym has something called Fitlinxx. It's a computer program that tracks your strength training and cardio. I hit a new level of accomplishment (15,000 points). The tracking station screen was celebratory. It's dorky to feel excited about that.....but I am! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:20:46 EST Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424434 Concentrating on streaking for the rest of July! Day 3 of exercise and tracking is almost complete. It's been CRAZY hot and humid, so I've been sticking with the gym. However, tonight I may try to go for a nice long walk outside. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:18:28 EST It's been a rough few days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409297 My Uncle passed away on Monday. I'm not afraid to admit he was my favorite Uncle. He always made me laugh. He had a "grouchy" exterior, but the reality was that he was such a teddybear. The kind of guy that would give you the shirt off of his back. He was a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I'm sad. I'm not going to let it throw me off track. Hitting the gym and focusing on good nutrition is helping. Trying to get as much water in as I can. My sodium has been on the high s... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 06:54:15 EST Ball is rolling downhill!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403029 I’ve been stuck in a plateau for the last 4 weeks. It’s been rather unsettling. I won’t pretend that I haven’t gotten a bit depressed about it…and thus another binge cycle had started. I decided last week that it had to STOP. Thankfully that meant a 3 lb loss last week. This week I’ve really tried to stick to my guns and eat a LOT of veggies and a little bit of fruit. Meat has been more of a side dish. I also got my butt back into the pool which has been wonderful. Even if I don’t ‘lo... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:59:48 EST Tracking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401001 Day 2 of my tracking streak! It's a baby streak right now, but give it some time. <BR> <BR> Focusing more on fresh fruit and veggies has actually been a lot easier than i thought. I grew up in the heart of the midwest. A meal was meat, potatoes, and whatever veggie Mom had in the freezer. It's taken a VERY long time for me to change that mindset. It's working! <BR> <BR> My meals have been planned for the day. I've tracked them. I'm thinking about my workout now. It's supposed to be ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:22:39 EST Did I mess up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398140 Been eating a LOT more veggies this past week. Nervous to weigh in. If I don't have a loss, I will fully admit that I have no idea what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm really sticking with the small changes. However, I've been struggling with portion size this week. Been REALLY hungry this week. But, I guess if I'm going to over-eat, I'm glad it was on HEALTHY food vs. deep fried fast-food junk. <BR> <BR> Today I'm off to the farmers market to load up on veggies. Now that it's su... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:02:04 EST Weigh-in 5/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346016 Not a great weigh in. I was UP two pounds. I'm not entirely sure why that happened. I ate pretty well this last week. Water could have been better. Game plan for this next week: <BR> <BR> When in doubt, drink water! <BR> <BR> 30 minute walk with the kiddos before Noon! <BR> <BR> Eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal. <BR> <BR> Wear my Fitbit daily. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can't get that scale to move down again! Sun, 5 May 2013 08:56:52 EST Updated Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330594 I've made no secret that I'm following the Weight Watchers plan/Spark People since February. Lately, I've been doing the "Weight Watchers Waltz". Up two pounds--Down 3 lbs.-- Up 2.5 lbs--Down 1.5 lbs. I've been having terrible problems with my stomach and other related areas. I'm also not moving as much as I want to or SHOULD. Time to revise my goals. I've realized that I don't have a good enough blend of long term and short term goals. I need variety, and I need somewhat instant grati... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:41:23 EST Easter = -3.1 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314831 Shall I set the scene? I’ve been out of commission on the exercise front for a couple of weeks. Between my husband’s insane schedule and a medical problem I’ve been experiencing, I haven’t been able to work out much. Thus, it’s been increasingly important that I stay within my caloric/points plus means. I’ve been doing well, but then Easter weekend came blowing in to town. <BR> <BR> Friday: I went out to dinner with my brother-in-law’s girlfriend and my husband. We went to The Majestic Ca... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:26:31 EST Time for an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264425 Well, I haven't blogged for a little while. I've been really wrapped up in a lot of other things and whenever I would sit down, nothing really came out of what I was typing. <BR> <BR> Here's my update: <BR> <BR> I joined Weight Watchers meetings on February 2nd. I realized that my most successful weight loss had been with Spark Live. Since that's no longer an option, I went with the next best thing. The meeting I found is full of supportive people, and I find the topics of the meetings ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:54:24 EST Yesterday at Hopkins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242627 I went to Johns Hopkins yesterday. I snagged a Groupon for an evaluation at their Weight Management Center. I wanted to see what they had to say...I was going to be meeting with a psychologist, dietician, weight loss doctor, and exercise physiologist. <BR> <BR> It all seemed to go ok, until the doctor overseeing my potential program pitched me his solution. He suggested that I go on a 1000 calorie per day diet in which I eat only their supplemented protein items instead of real food. Rea... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:56:43 EST "I don't quit" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239497 That's what I say to myself when I'm getting tired at the gym. Or when I make a bad choice with food.... <BR> <BR> I don't quit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I hit over 11,000 steps. I said "Don't quit" a few times. When I think about how sedentary I've been, 11,000 steps seems like its the moon. Tonight, I realized I can do this. I can lose this weight. I can be physically fit. <BR> <BR> We all can. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:14:39 EST Feeling Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232399 I have energy today. I didn't dread getting out of bed. I didn't sit on my ass much at all. I accomplished a lot. I had a great workout. Torched calories. Stayed within my ranges. <BR> <BR> RAN ON A TREADMILL! <BR> <BR> ACCOMPLISHED 10,000+ STEPS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AGES! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I feel great. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:38:46 EST February's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228887 1. 28 days on intentional fitness. Even if that just means taking a walk on an "off" day. <BR> <BR> 2. Focus more on my nutrition. Been staying within calorie ranges, but haven't really made the healthiest choices along the way. Gonna work on fixing that! <BR> <BR> 3. DECLUTTER! <BR> <BR> 4. Find an Ab routine. Been focusing on cardio and some weight lifting (mostly arms and legs). Need some core strengthening in my routine! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:06:21 EST Rebelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227837 So, pre-planning my food at the beginning of the day almost ALWAYS leads me to rebelling against the plan. What is up with that? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:38:37 EST My Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226654 My husband has been so supportive over the last few weeks. It's almost like he's a totally different person. We're working TOGETHER to achieve fitness goals. He's cheering me on in my weight loss. He's occasionally cooking healthy dinners. He's making sure I get my gym time in, even with sick kiddos in the house. He's even been looking at diamond "engagement" rings with me. We got married kind of suddenly 6.5 years ago right before he deployed to Iraq. We never got around to getting a... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:51:49 EST Goal Achieved (and then some) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225319 I weighed myself this morning and I'm officially down 11 pounds for the month (with 4 more days to go!). I had a 10 lb goal for this month! Weight is falling off right now. I know it won't be like this forever, but I'm going to ENJOY it while it's happening! Adding more protein has really made a huge difference! <BR> <BR> I am staying within my calorie ranges (cycling calories as well). I have added 2 protein shakes a day. I'm working out daily. Attempting 10,000 steps a day (although it... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:59:18 EST HUNGRY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224941 Been seeing some amazing losses on the scale this week. Been working really hard at the gym....but dang I have been HUNGRY. I have, however, been staying within my ranges. <BR> <BR> I added two protein shakes a day. I think it's really doing a good thing for me. 1 more pound until I hit my 10 pound goal for this month! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:19:29 EST Seeing some AWESOME results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221212 Officially down 7 lbs for the month--so far! <BR> <BR> My goal is to drop 10 lbs this month. The scale wasn't moving much. Probably because I have binged a few times...and didn't drink my water like I should. <BR> <BR> Well....I am now! Let's finish January HARD! Kick some butt and take some names! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:00:50 EST Week 1 of Y-Fit COMPLETE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210791 My first week of Y Fitness Challenge is complete. So far the challenge has been everything I wanted. I’ve met some really wonderful and supportive people. It’s nice seeing a familiar face or two at the gym. It’s fantastic to be receiving supportive emails from teammates. It’s incredible that I’m being pushed to try new fitness adventures. First on the list? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Turned in my eating plan this evening. I’ve been following Spark People’s suggested eating program which is... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:51:30 EST STOP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203172 I weighed myself today. Four days early. I've stayed pretty true to my diet and exercise this week and wanted to make sure I was on the right track. My scale has me UP two pounds. WTF?! Maybe I need to drink more water. My sodium has been VERY off track the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> There was a time that I would be discouraged by this, but right now I just want to learn my lesson to ensure success. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:36:16 EST My Dream Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201772 <link>digitaldreamboard.com/shared_boards/<BR>view?id=58475 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a year and a half, I've finally made a vision board. <BR> <BR> The Army guys working out = I'd like to pass an Army PT test (weight, tape, and everything). <BR> <BR> The lady in the Evening Gown--I'd love to feel and look confident dressed up like that. <BR> <BR> J. Crew-- I love their clothes. I'd love to be able to order them! <BR> <BR> Turks and Caicos--My 100 lb loss Reward <BR> <BR> The su... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:41:39 EST The Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200050 I am an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> You don’t get to be over 300 lbs by eating in a rational manner. I’ve been doing a pretty good job at identifying my binges and stopping them before they start, but yesterday I purposefully binged. You see, there is something that has been bothering me for almost a week now… <BR> <BR> <BR> My daughter attends preschool with a little boy 2 houses down. Our kids are always playing together. My husband works with this little boy’s father. At the batta... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:22:26 EST Fit Challenge Night 1: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199609 It was a lot of administrative type stuff. Points are offered for this and not that, get to know you exercises with my team *GO GREEN!* and some group exercises that included jogging, jumping jacks, squats, push ups (Not going to lie, I could only do one), and sit-ups. My butt was kicked in a really good way. <BR> <BR> I hate how hard it is to move at this size. I will fight on, though. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:14:44 EST Eating on a Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198463 I'm back to eating on a schedule. Not only am I eating on a schedule, I'm also recording my hunger and feeling when I eat. Just a little experiment I'm trying. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping track of these things on my food tracker in the Notes section. I've laid everything out and set the alarm on my phone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's rock this thing! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:43:24 EST Menu 1/5-1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191801 These are in no particular order. I usually decide what I'm going to cook the day that I cook it. I just choose from this list and prep the ingredients as much as I can right after I get home from the grocery store. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bison Burgers with caramelized onions <BR> served openface on a grilled portobello mushroom cap <BR> Homemade Green Bean Fries <BR> Apple Slices <BR> <BR> Homemade Low Carb Pizza **New Recipe** <BR> Tossed Salad <BR> <BR> Teriyaki Skewers <BR> Grilled ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:31:24 EST Jan 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190338 Yesterday's gym adventure was a bust. Why? My son decided to scratch the heck out of another kid in the daycare center, so I took him home. I had only gotten in about 15 minutes on the elliptical at that point. The very beginning of my workout. So I took him home and we cooked dinner. We had to make a stop at Target along the way, and wouldn't you know it....he was a complete angel. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Been having a problem with remembering to sync my Fitbit the last cou... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:24:28 EST Day 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187685 That's right, I'm making good on my fitness streak goal. The past couple of days I've explored my gym's brand new pool! Swimming has ALWAYS been a passion of mine, so it feels good to get back in to do what I love. It's easier on my joints and it keeps me occupied for 30-45 minutes without the secret, silent wish that somehow the time would fly and my workout would be over (treadmill, I'm looking your direction). <BR> <BR> While I was at the gym last night, I decided to sign up for the Y-... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:24:18 EST No gym today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180625 No gym today. I'm still alone with Little Man and the child care portion of my gym is closed on Sundays. :( <BR> <BR> So, what will we do instead? <BR> Im pleased to report that the sun is OUT!!!! It seems like a beautiful day for us to go for a nice walk. Then, once Little Man goes down for his nap, I am going to do one of the SP 28 Day Bootcamp videos. Coach Nicole knows how to kick my butt in the right way! <BR> <BR> What's my food looking like today? <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Turke... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:00:49 EST 2012-2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180314 This year has been a dramatic series of ups and downs. I guess the same can be said for most years, but this year has seen a lot. <BR> <BR> 1. The ever-present threat of my husband being deployed. Moving around chemical weapons and the threat of nuclear conflict controls our lives. <BR> <BR> 2. Husband constantly gone. Whether it be somewhere local like DC, or farther away like Jordan or Korea. I’ve missed him. Our kids have missed him. Giving myself the attention needed to be truly s... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:17:58 EST Just Me and the Little Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179627 My husband and daughter took off to Alaska for a few days, so it's just me and my little man right now. To say that it's a little lonely around here is an understatement. DS keeps me plenty busy, but I'm used to having my DD around too. It's been hard fighting the urge to binge. Trying to keep myself moving has helped, but can I keep up this kind of pace until Monday? We shall see. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:26:51 EST Normal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178829 I'm getting back to the point where choosing healthy foods and eating appropriate proportions feels NORMAL! <BR> <BR> I love it! <BR> <BR> I also had the temptation of Soda in my house over Christmas. My parents love Diet Coke. I managed to not drink ANY. Soda has been such a problem for me in the past, but I feel like kicking that habit has finally happened! <BR> <BR> <BR> Feeling good. GEtting my exercise in. Just got the 500 fitness minutes trophy today! Been a long time since ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:13:18 EST Just cannot seem to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168813 I've been fighting one illness after another over the last month. Several rounds of antibiotics and more Sudafed then I'd like to admit. Right now my voice has completely left me, and my sinuses are draining like crazy. I hope I'm finally at the end of this! <BR> <BR> The weekend went pretty well. Made Christmas cookies with the kids....most of which left the house before they could be eaten. Feeling quite proud of myself. <BR> Went to hubby's Christmas party. Mostly stuck to eating pro... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:49:37 EST What's Good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164115 I tend to focus on the negative things about myself. There ARE positives. I'm going to list 5 things that I love about myself, and then I'm going to look in the mirror every day this week and remind myself about them. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My sense of humor. <BR> I find the humor in most things and I love to laugh. <BR> <BR> 2. My eyes. <BR> They are a beautiful blue. <BR> <BR> 3. My intelligence. <BR> College degrees are one thing, but I have a deep desire to learn new things. <BR> <... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:07:03 EST Confessions of a Messy Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161619 Getting my weight under control has forced me to confront the other things in my life that contribute to my weight spiraling out of control. One MAJOR issue is that I am a messy person. <BR> <BR> My house is constantly in a state of MESS. Why? <BR> <BR> 1. I am a perfectionist. If what I need to do can't be perfect, I just wait until I can make it perfect. The mess compounds. <BR> <BR> 2. Perfection takes time. I don't have time. <BR> <BR> 3. My son is a one man wrecking crew. I'... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:27:27 EST FINALLY on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158351 I'm finally feeling more confident about things now that I'm really back on track. No more excuses to fall back on. My body is feeling better, and I'm down 4 lbs. this week! Now that I'm back at this, I feel comfortable writing a few goals down. <BR> <BR> Short term <BR> 1. 30 day Exercise Streak <BR> 2. 30 day tracking streak <BR> 3. Blogging 5 days/week. <BR> 4. Establish a schedule for EVERYTHING (cleaning, daily activity, exercise) <BR> <BR> Long Term <BR> 1. Run 10K <BR> 2. Spri... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:03:32 EST Meals for Today and Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156783 Today's Menu <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 2 Kashi Waffles <BR> 2 TB of Almond Butter <BR> 1 TB Homemade Strawberry Jam <BR> 12 oz hot tea <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Turkey Sandwich (2 oz turkey, lettuce, onions) <BR> Side Salad (balsamic vin.) <BR> Unsweetened Iced Tea <BR> 1 c. grapes <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> Pistachios <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Blackened Fish Tacos with Pickled red onions <BR> Spicy Black Beans <BR> <BR> <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Tomorrow <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:37:17 EST A week and a half on the water train! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155667 I confess that I had ONE sip of ginger ale on Sunday. I needed a drink to take some medicine and I had already downed my water. It really was ONE sip, and the good news is that I didn't really enjoy it that much. The fizz felt very harsh on my throat. Very good news! <BR> <BR> Been eating within my ranges this week. I'm actually looking forward to weighing in today. I hope there's a loss!!!! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:26:51 EST Still on the wagon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151703 Day 5 of being Caffeine/Soda free and water obsessed. Feeling great! Woke with a bit of a headache, but overall I'm shaking this habit! Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:26:20 EST Glorious Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149398 I'm back on the water wagon. Day 3 with no soda/caffeine. Feeling a lot better today. Not sure why I torture myself with soda and caffeine. Last night at the grocery store, I bought myself some decaf coffee and tea. During the winter I like to snuggle up on the couch with a hot cup of something, turn off all the lights except the Christmas tree, and enjoy some quiet time before the kiddos get up for the day. I refuse to give THAT up. I am happily beating the heck out of the nasty soda ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:58:33 EST Day 3-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128302 Yesterday went pretty well in the food and exercise department. <BR> <BR> I had to take my truck in for some repair work. The 45 minute appointment actually ended up being a bit longer than that. So, rather than wait in the waiting room--I walked the mile and change back to my parents house. It was a nice, crisp fall day, and I didn't mind walking the big hill toward the house. Once my truck was done, I walked back down to pick it up and pay. Walking feels good. It is so easy to jump i... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:09:34 EST Day 2--Mini streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126263 Day 2 of my streak has been going pretty well. <BR> <BR> I had a great breakfast (one biscuit with turkey sausage gravy and some fruit) just eating breakfast at all is a big feat for me, and I just had a yummy turkey sub from Blimpie (turkey, lettuce and onion on wheat). Tonight I'm going out to dinner with an old friend of mine. I've never been to the restaurant, so I'm on the website currently looking for the best options to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Took the kids with me to the polls. ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:23:52 EST What I've gained from gaining weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125214 I've gained about 10 lbs since the end of Spark People Live. Lame to admit that I haven't been doing so well doing this "on my own". I can't blame it all on that though... <BR> <BR> You see, it's not Spark Live that kept me from placing unhealthy junk in my face. Spark Live didn't drive me to the gym, or take me on a walk. That's all on me. <BR> <BR> The real issue has been slipping back into old habits. Familiar comforts from my previous life. Sodas and fast food while my butt is glu... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:10:29 EST