ZAZZABEN's SparkPeople Blog ZAZZABEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Returning (again) I so desperately need to "spark" again. Life has been hectic with work pressures and kids activities, and I stopped tracking/exercising because I was going to do it later. <BR> There is no later. There is now. <BR> <BR> Today, I tracked breakfast (so far) and will track with the mobile app. <BR> I will get (at least) 10 minutes of activity in. <BR> I will be positive on my internal soundtrack. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:42:08 EST Detours, learn to go around them *Whew* Life has gotten busy again. I've not gone to the gym in 3 days. I have been walking instead. Not really long walks, but longer than before. <BR> Every minute counts. <BR> Get up and move more, and I am trying. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:10:00 EST Back to gym - Day 3 It starts in your head. The do or die. <BR> Again, I did not want to go. But, I made the date with myself, and I went. <BR> 20 minutes on the bike. 12 minutes on the elliptical. <BR> I need to start before work again,as I feel rushed at lunch time. <BR> In the morning, I get the shower as the lunch time, I splash my face with cool water. <BR> I came home and took the dog on 3/4 mile walk. I talked myself into it, and I did it for her sake. She has not been getting enough exe... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:39:08 EST I still think I can Day 3 of 30 minutes of activity is down. I packed my gym bag and made a date with myself. It was raining at lunch. I didn't want to go. But, I had made the date with myself. I need to be true to myself. I need to make me a priority. <BR> <BR> 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and 12 minutes on the elliptical. I hate the elliptical. I had to talk myself through most of it. I think I can. I think I can. I thought I could and I did. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:55:57 EST Be the change in you I went to the gym today. The first time in at least a month. I tend to push hard out of the gate, and then pull back because I am sore or dealing with a cold or allergies. I want to make a positive change. I want to exercise more. I want to make the change. I started yesterday. I bought healthy items at the market. I weighed myself, and this time, I recorded it. I set a new long term goal and a new short term goal. <BR> I went to the gym today. I rode the recumbant bike. I wanted t... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:20:22 EST Tracking and Obsessing I have restarted my journey towards weight loss and health. I started on New Year's Day. I have been tracking my nutrition and exercise. And, now, as has happened previously, I am thinking about food. How much water did I drink? How many fruits/veg do I have left? Do I have the calories for this? And, because theses are areas I am interested in - what about the sodium, fiber, and calcium? <BR> <BR> I love the fact that Sparkpeople gives you more options to track, and that you KNOW what... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:06:52 EST Celebrate small victories! I have been rededicated since 12/27. Since that day, I have used the trackers for nutrition (and am getting MUCH better at staying within target) and committed to at least 10 minutes of activity per day. <BR> <BR> Things I still need to work on, getting the right proportions of protein/carbs/fats. At first, I was over for the fats and way under for the proteins. Now that I know, I can adjust. <BR> <BR> I am also tracking calcium (I've been under) and sodium (I've been over). <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:16:50 EST Day 3: The dog ate my chocolates My alarm went off this morning, and I had a discussion with myself. <BR> "Let's go back to sleep. We can go the gym at lunchtime." <BR> "No we won't. We almost never go to the gym at lunchtime. Something always comes up." <BR> "I don't want to go. My shoulder is still sore from yesterday." <BR> "Since when do you need your shoulder to walk on the treadmill?" <BR> <BR> So, I got up and took myself to the gym. I promised myself 10 minutes on a piece of cardio (you know the Sparkguy's 10 mi... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:49:26 EST Day 2: Fitness for Christmas Baby steps. I will get there with baby steps. <BR> <BR> Today was Bodypump class. Oh how I have missed it. It's been over 4 weeks, what with back issues and Thanksgiving. But, I am back. <BR> <BR> I ate more vegetables today. I will eat more tomorrow. I will exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. That will become my mantra. I will count scrubbing the shower/bathtub as part of those 10 minutes! Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:27:43 EST Merry Christmas to me Today is the first day. Fresh start. <BR> I am committing my "10 minutes a day" and my time to track. I stopped, and thought I could do it my head. I am not there yet. With Fall storms, power outages, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and now the Christmas season; there are no more excuses. <BR> Merry Christmas to me. My present is to make sure I am here next year, and healthy. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:30:16 EST I won't cry at the amusement park Today, we took the kids to a local amusement park. I went on my 'standard' rides - Teacups, Tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars. I was excited to see "Da Vinci's swing" ride. I stood in line with my husband and kids. I went to hop in the swing in front of my son. I fit into the swing, with my butt against the bars. I sat there for a few moments, and realized that this was a no go. I got out, and then waited for my family. <BR> My son asked me why I didn't go on the ride. <BR> "Mommy didn't fit ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:38:05 EST Happy but sore Day 2 back at the gym...Monday was cardio on the stationary bike and then rows on the universal and lat pull downs. <BR> Tuesday was Bodypump. It is addicting, but this morning was TOUGH. I don't know if it's because I missed last week, or because I added 2 1# plates to my bar. It was also a sub-instructor. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is pilates; I will feel it it in my core. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:49:15 EST Time to get back to basics I took a 2 week hiatus from SP that wasn't planned. It started out with being busy with family and then being sick and then more family. <BR> <BR> It shouldn't matter. Even if I can 't 'post' my SP, I can still follow. <BR> <BR> No runs to the bakery because I am stressed. <BR> <BR> I need to get my butt back to the gym and veggies on my plate! Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:37:47 EST I found the wall (again) I am at the first hurdle in my journey. Again. I get below 235, get happy and BOOM, back at 235. <BR> <BR> I will not let it get me down. I will keep on tracking and sweating, and drinking my water. <BR> <BR> I will break through. I won't let it beat me. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:48:18 EST No blood pressure medicine! Four weeks ago, I was in my doctor's office to follow up on high blood pressure readings I got at my specialist's office. <BR> Four weeks ago, I was given a month to show that I can get my life under control so that I won't need medication. <BR> Four weeks ago, I started Sparkpeople (again), in earnest. <BR> <BR> I saw results with a 4 pound loss and the return to a normal blood pressure. Spark lets me track not just calories (or points) but also nutrients, such as sodium. I have learned ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 20:55:28 EST Net zero? Today, I took the kiddos to the pool. We swam, and played, and I chatted with other parents while treading water. My fitness calculator had ~ 400 cal burned. Which, is great. We went to dinner afterwards, and even though I tried to plan accordingly, I ended up ~ 500 cal above my target. <BR> With my other activities, I feel it was about a net zero day. But, I don't want to repeat it. Need to make more meals at home so I can control the ingredients. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:39:49 EST Fresh Start (again) I tracked after I ate this weekend. I did drink my 8 glasses plus, but I ate ~ 500 calories above my target. Was it worth it? No. I felt bloated from the grease and salt. <BR> I had fun with friends and family. But I need to remember to take a fruit or green salad to gatherings. Fill half my plate with plant matter! Yum. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:08:48 EST Hunger or Boredom My goal is to eat between 1200 - 1500 calories per day. I am at 1800, it is after 8 pm, and I *want* a snack. I am not sure if it is because I am bored or if I am really hungry. <BR> <BR> Why am I hungry? I did not invest my calories wisely today. I spent far too much on carbohydrates (a soda and a honey BBQ Fritos. I need to NEVER check the vending machine at work). <BR> <BR> I am also tired, but the kids are up and the husband has already fallen asleep. <BR> <BR> Eating due to be... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:22:50 EST 3 Days...I can do it Today was my 3rd day back at the gym. <BR> Mon - exercise bike for 30 minutes to see how my back felt and if I could walk afterwards. <BR> Tues - made it back to Bodypump. I was able to do most of it, but I went back to lighter weights and skipped the walking/marching planks <BR> Weds - Pilates. I opted for the 'easy' route and modifications. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - I hope to return to the weekly belly dance class! Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:28:14 EST I can do this I am getting back into the habit of tracking. <BR> I have been getting in my water and fruits/veggies. <BR> <BR> I am still going above my planner. Too much snacking. And, emotional eating. <BR> <BR> Someone here mentioned taking a portion of their meal and making it a snack. I think I will have to try that. <BR> <BR> I can do this. <BR> I will do this. <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:56:31 EST Independence Day and Independent me After being gone for a few years, I am restarting Sparkpeople. I had left for WW, and am back. There are too many ways to cheat on WW. <BR> <BR> I am also back because I need to be good to me. No more excuses. I am about 90 pounds away from a healthy goal weight, and 8 pounds away from a medical goal. I currently have obesity related health issues, hypertension, and bad joints and back. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be healthy for me. I want to continue chasing my husband around the house,... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 15:11:01 EST Starting the New Year right It's 2009. 2008 was a hard and difficult year. My daughter was in the hospital for 3 weeks for epiplepsy surgery. My dad then was hospitalized in February, and died in March after a brief illness. <BR> <BR> The year had many downs, and most of the ups were seen on my scale. <BR> <BR> A lesson I learned in 2008 was that life is precious, and shouldn't be wasted. <BR> <BR> Currently, by not getting myself to a healthy weight and following a healthy lifestyle, I am wasting the life giv... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:37:04 EST