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Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:21:20 EST How Did My Weight Get Here??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400823 I am a classic yo-yo dieter, with a weight that has ranged from an ideal 145 pounds as a freshman in college to 270 pounds as a stressed out student 11 years later. I crash dieted in 1995 down to 150 pounds (for about 10 minutes), back up to 235 pounds by 2008, and down to 175 – 195 to run/walk a marathon in 2009, and up to 230 on January 1, 2012. Last year, starting on January 1st, 2012, I kept to 1500 calories and 10,000 steps a day for six months and got down to 176 pounds by June. Then... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:06:47 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123792 I meet with a trainer once a month, rationalizing that, knowing I have this meeting on my calendar each month, it will rein in my tendency to overeat and skip my work-outs in the intervening weeks. <BR> <BR> Since mid-summer, I've been on automatic with my diet and exercise. Yesterday, my trainer decided to do a progress check instead of teach me a new way to feel the burn. The result? 10 pounds more body fat and 8 pounds less muscle than when he measured it in July, for a total % body fat... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:22:09 EST A New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996891 This summer is blitzing by, and boy, have I had fun - <BR> <BR> Business trips all over the country (including Las Vegas), <BR> A long-dreamed of vacation in Rome for two weeks, <BR> And little to do in the intervening times, <BR> except long hours at work to catch, <BR> and tons of laundry!! <BR> <BR> But now, finally, life settles down a bit to a few local parties, a lot less business travel, <BR> and a great (much-needed) opportunity to get my head back into eating well ande xercising co... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 19:09:54 EST Let's try this again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971743 Well...I was "good" for the first part of last week, fresh from my vacation in Italy. But then work came down on me like a ton of bricks, with VIPs contacting me personally for updates on multiple issues and mandatory overtime being issued shortly thereafter. <BR> <BR> Ugh - I responded the old-style way. Coffee and sweets during the day, and a drink or two to unwind at night. Not a bad life if you're young, ambitious, and have the metabolism of a tiger. But for yours truly, it's the f... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:47:32 EST Italy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961831 After 15 years of saving up frequent flyer miles, me and my hubby celebrated (along with our 25th anniversary) by going to Italy for two weeks. This was my first time, and his second time in that beautiful country. <BR> <BR> I didn't know what to expect in terms of what kind of reception a couple of American tourists would get, how to dress for the weather, how hard it would be to get to the various tourist attractions, or what kinds of food and exercise options would be available. <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:43:09 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918878 I didn't see it coming - <BR> <BR> Maybe it was a hard treadmill workout in an overly hot, humid, room Sunday afternoon that I should have ended sooner instead of trying to make a new distance goal. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was not eating any carbs after that workout that left me to drained and too restless to sleep that night. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was the stress of getting work done ahead of a busy up-coming month of travel, vacation, and a few too many hormones that got my cortisol levels up to... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:22:04 EST I'm not as smart as I thought I was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899979 Okay, after a week of travel to the Midwest, where I was "mostly good" in the calories I was eating and the exercise I managed to get in between the early AM flights and late PM meetings, The number on the scale was the same yesterday (Saturday) as it was a week ago. <BR> <BR> "Uh oh," I thought, "that number is probably two pounds low as it is, because I'm usually still dehydrated the day after I fly." And then I had my first hard workout in about two weeks yesterday morning, followed by a... Sun, 27 May 2012 13:13:14 EST Aftermath of a Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856237 Last night, I ate because I wanted to - <BR> past the point of full, <BR> to the point where my stomach felt so stretched, <BR> I wondered if I'd rupture something. <BR> <BR> Looking back, the scenario leading up to it was a familiar one, <BR> Not enough sleep during the week, <BR> Personal disappointments from occasions I'd been looking forward to being cancelled, <BR> Feeling put upon at home, <BR> An upcoming weekend with in-laws where my time would not be my own, <BR> And a morning a... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:47:09 EST I hope I know what I'm doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834808 Self sabotage. <BR> <BR> That feeling, of, "Oh, losing the last five pounds wasn't THAT hard, so I can take a break for a little while because of ... [inset here one or more of the following - vacation, too much to get done at work, house guests, wedding, funeral, medical emergency, it's good to take a break, etc] .... and start dieting again later." <BR> <BR> With few exceptions, I've been diligent in my calorie counting and work-out schedule since the first of the year, and I have seen ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:59:57 EST Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812016 I am halfway to my goal weight ! <BR> <BR> I am finally under 200 pounds !! <BR> <BR> I am just under BMI 30 !!! <BR> <BR> (and no longer have to endure being called that awful word, "obese" by my doctors, one hopes) <BR> <BR> Milestones are great - they help us along the way by providing a period of mental relief when we are still far from our goals. <BR> <BR> But...I have to remind myself this weekend (when once again I am tempted by cookies, chocolate, wine, and a soft couch), that th... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:22:27 EST Two Hard Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802624 As Fate would have it, <BR> <BR> I weighed just above 200 pounds last weekend when I had to go on business travel for the week. Cross-country travel, jet lag, and my monthly female "dues" were all daring me to divert from my diet and exercise routine. Ugh. <BR> <BR> So I pulled out all stops. A long delay between connecting flights meant 2 - 3 miles of walking in the airport terminal. Heavier than usual working lunches meant dinner would be a Luna Bar and maybe a pack of raw almonds ins... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:41:10 EST Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782037 I've been waiting for it to happen for three weeks now. <BR> <BR> Ever since the scale started dropping faster than the 2 - 3 pounds a week I had been losing, I knew it would happen. Pay-back time. <BR> <BR> And now it is here. Despite even lower calories and more time on my feet, my weight has not budged for the last 7 days. 203.5. <BR> <BR> How many times have I posted, "Hang in There" to my SP friends going through EXACTLY the same thing? Writing, "Be patient, it's just your body te... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:28:13 EST My Poor Girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772914 They are disappearing. <BR> <BR> What were once a nice, rounded Cs, <BR> Are now barely Bs. <BR> <BR> Yes, my "tah-tahs" are slowly turning into "uh-uhs" ! <BR> <BR> One thing I LIKED about weighing 230+ pounds was having ample cleavage. <BR> <BR> But now my shirts don't hang right, and my necklaces keep hiding under my bra. And the poor lil' darlings are soooo embarrassed by it, they just stare at the floor instead of facing the world. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 23:49:51 EST Numbers, numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763177 "How much weight do you have left to lose?" The invariable question from friends and family and ourselves that dog us even when we're doing everything right and seeing consistent results on the scale and sense of well-being. <BR> <BR> I love numbers - part of the lure of the treadmill is counting forward and backwards with the minutes accomplished and those yet to do, how many miles or half miles I can finish at my present pace or how much faster I can get them done if I bump the pace up a ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:39:05 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739879 The day after being "good" is one when I'm at my weakest - <BR> <BR> I don't know, maybe I'm weak because I'm feeling tired from having worked out so much the day before on so little calories, <BR> <BR> Or maybe I'm weak because I'm feeling a little cocky for having done so well yesterday, <BR> <BR> Or maybe I'm bored with the "same-ness" of the routine, even though it is working, <BR> <BR> Or maybe I'm weak because I fear doing it again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and sin... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:24:02 EST Question for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718176 I was brought up in the Catholic faith, <BR> and every year before Easter, <BR> we would "give up" something for Lent - <BR> <BR> My parents would cut out all forms of alcohol, <BR> and us kids would give up candy and cookies, <BR> and maybe desserts at dinner time. <BR> <BR> But for the last month, my allowed calories have been SO low, <BR> that I no longer have the caloric budget <BR> to include candy, cookies, dessert, <BR> or even cheese on my six-inch Subway sub (whole wheat, of cou... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:29:58 EST Learning to Respect Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712639 Fat loss is deceptively HARD - <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about the pound that magically disappears, <BR> two days after a Mexican food and margarita party, <BR> or the three pounds that come off, <BR> whenever I bump up my daily fiber by 30 grams; <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the walk/jog 35 miles, <BR> or under-eat by 500 calories every day for a week without fail, <BR> that is necessary <BR> to get one lousy pound of fat off. <BR> <BR> There are no short cuts. <BR> <BR> And the insidous ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:48:00 EST I Have Proof that God Loves Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708879 I know God loves me because I don't have to go to Indianapolis next week. <BR> <BR> I have a great job but many times over the last three years, it has required me to fly across country for a week-long series of meetings. And when this occurs, it isn't just one week, it is back to back weeks of - getting up at 4AM on Monday to catch the first flight of the day (the flying part is about an 8 - 10 hour process since non-direct flights are so much cheaper), driving about 80 miles to get to my ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:27:27 EST Fat is Not Contagious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697086 This Christmas, I gave myself a big gift and joined a new gym. It is one of those MMA places with many young, hard-working members full of an energy that rubs off on my own work outs, causing me to push a little harder and enjoy myself a bit more while I’m there. I stick to the cardio and weights, and have it on best authority that I will never have to do any punching or wrestling myself (which, incidentally, requires a higher-tier membership with a much larger monthly fee). <BR> <BR> Even... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 15:08:53 EST I'm a moose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564308 Now I have lost about 10 pounds since Labor Day and that includes a bit of Halloween candy last night. I've also been very good about doing 10,000 steps most days (except for that two week lapse at the end of Sept.) and have started jogging a little to make my walks more interesting - particularly when they're done on my treadmill. <BR> <BR> So tonight, after a cruddy day at work, I decided to get my aggressions out in a healthy manner with a nice sweaty run/walk on the treadmill (it's one... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 01:00:35 EST Streaking - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536716 Since returning from a five-day business trip a week ago during which I went nutritionally insane (i.e. eating and drinking without considering the consequences), I have been following Three Rules: <BR> <BR> 1. Limit calories to 1500 a day <BR> 2. Get at least 10,00 steps in a day or its equivalent <BR> 3. Don't drink alcoholic beverages <BR> <BR> So far, I've completed seven days without violating any of these rules. I feel lighter, my clothes seem to fit a little better, and the scale... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 12:15:09 EST Looking 'Nicer'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489642 I came back from my travels this week, two pounds up from Monday morning, feeling a little pissed off about it since I was only "bad" one day - and I could have been much worse had I not put up some feeble resistance like I did in the heart of the Midwest (i.e. I ate a bunch of Kansas City BBQ without bread or potato salad). <BR> <BR> So my husband, in an effort to cheer me up, tells me, "Don't feel bad, you are looking 'nicer' than you did a couple of weeks ago." [BTW a gold star for him f... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 12:45:52 EST WOB from A to Z... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489080 A. Age: 47 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Varies on how sore my back is...queen-size futon, couch, and floor. <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the shower trap of old soap & hair clogs <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: None :-( <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Hot coffee applied multiple times <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Teal <BR> <BR> G. Gold or silver: Silver <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5’ 8” <BR> <BR> I. Instruments you play(ed): Piano, tenor sax, guitar <BR> <BR> J. Job title:... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 00:18:27 EST Friday - Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463430 Hey All, <BR> <BR> I am feeling better - <BR> <BR> I called and filed forms with all the folks you find out you have to when you hit someone else's car with one that is not your own while on business. It is Friday night now, and even though I am having to work through the holiday weekend, at least I can schedule the hours I show up. A little bit of control makes a lot of difference! <BR> <BR> It's a good weekend for me to concentrate on my eating and exercise. Because of my mood earlie... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 23:02:23 EST Feeling Low http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457494 Here I am, traveling on business and just found I have fly out here again (here is 2000 miles away from home - about 11 hours travel time). No, this in not my idea of a good time. The mirror in my hotel - which is much larger than the one at home - is showing me the body that used to make myself cringe when I was a teenager and saw the same body on my Mom. Not just fat - sloppy, flabby, fat. If this isn't rock bottom, what is? <BR> <BR> So, instead of going to the steak and beer place ac... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:05:01 EST Time to Lose Ten Cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343830 HI All, <BR> <BR> You know, I've been trying to lose 80 pounds for seven months now, and haven't managed any better than staying within six pounds of my starting weight back on Jan. 1, 2011. <BR> <BR> Part of my problem may be that I keep thinking in terms of losing the whole 80 pounds - and when I've only lost one or two pounds, it doesn't seem worth the continued effort because that little amount of weight is nowhere near 80 pounds. <BR> <BR> Even imagining 80 pounds is difficult. Alth... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 23:53:40 EST Giving Up or Changing Strategies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308640 My hat is off to those of you able to go more than 5 days on your challenges. <BR> <BR> I tried the 100 Day Challenge Team, and after falling off twice this month, I feel like I am kidding myself about my commitment to this team. So I am re-focusing on the one thing I've done okay this month (walking and jogging) and leaving the 100 Day Team (at least for now). Better to be absent than to cause a fellow team member to copy my example and lose motivation!! <BR> <BR> So I have joined t he... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:23:04 EST Day 1 Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296221 I won't deliberate on what I ate - even when I wasn't hungry, <BR> or all the exercises I didn't do - even though time was ample, <BR> or provide meager excuses regarding work, vacations, or anniversaries, <BR> because an Olympic champion once advised me, <BR> <BR> "Concentrate on what you're doing right and you're more likely to repeat it. <BR> Concentrate on what you did wrong, and you're more likely to repeat that, too." <BR> <BR> Forgive me, my friends, for failing to support you on y... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:18:10 EST Day 11 - Back to my Starting Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272583 I spent the last 48 hours on a business trip. <BR> <BR> I lost control of my calorie counts on the first day but made reasonable choices all the same, then crash & burned the second day and just ate what I wanted (and high calorie carbohydrates is apparently what I wanted). Last night, on the flight home, I listed out everything I could recall eating on my food journal, and today, I weighed in four pounds heavier than I did immediately prior to the trip and EXACTLY where my weight started... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 12:59:47 EST Diet Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256860 HI All, <BR> <BR> Today's challenge was eating dinner at my parent's house, with no control over the menu. <BR> <BR> I am pleased to have kept my dinner (pizza, salad, and wine) to 700 calories by reading the label on the pizza container (and thereby knowing that I had to limit myself to two slices), keeping the wine to six ounces, and eating my salad without dressing on it (bland but I eaten far worse). <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I had a general idea what would be offered ahead of time, so I ... Thu, 26 May 2011 00:47:36 EST