ZENMIND7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZENMIND7 ZENMIND7'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/ Frustrated with Clothing Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678510 Nothing new here, just a short rant. Buying clothes is frustrating. I spent a couple of hours last night trying on sweaters, because I'm really running out of clothes to wear to work! I thought I found something, but I think the super overly flattering mirror in the dressing room (you know the kind!) was lying to me, because when I got home I found the sweater was pretty unflattering. <BR> <BR> Pants and skirts aren't so hard for me, but with tops I often find that regular women's clothing j... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:24:39 EST Please Welcome Me to the *Twentieth* Century http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670194 So.... drumroll, please... <BR> <BR> Today I acquired a microwave! <BR> <BR> I know, I know... most of you are probably asking how I reached 2012 without one. I did have a microwave when I lived with my girlfriend, or roommates, but I haven't ever had one in my own studio. Which means I lived without a microwave for the past 3 years, and for about 3 years in the early 2000's. <BR> <BR> You ask why I chose to live like such a Luddite? Well, it started out as kind of a crunchy-granola-DIY pr... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:26:25 EST My Tracker Makes It Look Like I Gained Weight Recently* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665139 ... but actually, I lost a couple of pounds since the holidays. I just hadn't updated the ticker after Christmas, because I couldn't bear to have it be right back at the very beginning again. <BR> <BR> I finally made the tracker accurate this morning, and I had to go "backwards" about a pound. But I just wanted to document here that the healthy eating and exercise I've been doing has been paying off for the last week or so. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am eating healthy and focusing mainly on doing ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:48:32 EST Monday - Better Get to Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622847 It's a great Monday so far. I didn't get enough sleep because I was reading a book I couldn't put down! (When will I learn?) <BR> <BR> But I'm feeling good this morning. Had some green tea (no coffee), and a healthy breakfast. I'd set out cereal, pre-measured, last night, before picking up that book, so breakfast was easy even though I was running late this morning. <BR> <BR> In a good mood, but I really need to get off Spark People NOW! <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Spark Friends. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:12:03 EST Reasons to Exercise - Reminder to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199193 An unfinished list, in no particular order, of reasons to exercise other than "because I should" or "to lose weight." <BR> <BR> I decided this would be motivating to me. "Because I should" isn't really working! <BR> <BR> 1. To improve mood. <BR> 2. To increase cardiovascular fitness so I don't keel over at an early age. <BR> 3. So I don't embarrass myself by getting winded while climbing stairs. <BR> 4. To feel more relaxed. <BR> 5. Because it helps varicose veins! (serious reason here!) <... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:29:14 EST Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161336 Sometimes I think I really have a much larger than average appetite. <BR> <BR> As of 2:30pm today, I had eaten: <BR> <BR> 1 whole wheat English muffin <BR> reduced fat cheddar cheese (1 oz) <BR> coffee with half and half <BR> <BR> 4 cups of water <BR> 2 cups of coconut water <BR> <BR> 1 protein Luna bar <BR> <BR> 2 cups leafy greens and spinach <BR> 1 hard boiled egg <BR> sliced mushrooms (probably only 2 large mushrooms) <BR> blue cheese (small amount) <BR> veggie protein jerky <BR> 1... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:11:36 EST Sunday, Lazy Weekend, Strawberry Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4139371 Mostly just enjoying the weekend and sunshine and not making myself work too hard today. I did some laundry and took a few quick walks around the neighborhood to do errands. It's so nice out. In a little while I think I'm going to stroll around some more or sit in the back yard where it's sunny. <BR> <BR> I made a yummy smoothie just now: <BR> <BR> - fresh strawberries (200 g) <BR> - frozen strawberries to cool things down (6 berries) <BR> - 1 cup water <BR> - 2 oz almond milk (just what I ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:30:28 EST 1500 Points for March? No, 1800+ ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134487 Did I meet my goal of 1,500 Spark Points for March, you ask? Why yes, I did! <BR> <BR> In fact, I made it past 1,800! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all my Spark Friends for your support and gentle nudging! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92049213.jpg"> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:10:45 EST I Need to Get My Butt in Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101870 I have been sluggish and lazy lately. <BR> <BR> I have not weighed in a while and I'm sure my tracker is wrong. I have a fear that I have gained back most of my weight lost! <BR> <BR> I am not tracking food lately. <BR> <BR> I have still been aiming to drink a lot of water, and eat 5+ veggies/fruits a day, so that's good. <BR> <BR> But bleah, I really need to start exercising more, NOW. <BR> <BR> I know I will feel better when I am moving around more. Working up a sweat. <BR> <BR> I kno... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:14:22 EST Instead of Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067393 Well, I've been pretty active today (big cleaning chores, laundry, walk, and errands) and I hadn't eaten a real dinner yet. I was starting to crave something really "bad" like a greasy slice of pizza or some fried little tidbit. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered I'd told myself I'd eat the spinach in the fridge today. I just sauteed it with some olive oil and butter, a little bit of curry powder (not really that much), and a few cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped. It was really good! <BR> <BR> Now ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 23:51:11 EST 1,500 Spark Points for March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062252 Quick blog -- <BR> <BR> I've been lagging on both my exercise and Sparking lately. <BR> <BR> A quick goal for March -- get back up to 1500 points for the month. 50 points a day shouldn't be that hard, right? <BR> <BR> Ok, I will keep y'all posted! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 01:19:01 EST My New Secret of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995414 Well, I've been on SP for more than a year, and although I've been pretty "religious" about tracking food (at least at times), I've never paid attention to sodium much. I knew I ate too much, but I always told myself I could only focus on so many things at a time, and for me the main struggles have been lowering fat intake, raising protein, and getting plenty of veggies and fiber. I told myself that eventually I would deal with my sodium intake. <BR> <BR> So, for the last week or so I have a... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:21:39 EST Continuining to Gain! And Serious Gymphobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971797 Wahhh --- well, I kind of feel like whining after weigh in. <BR> <BR> But I know I just need to assess what's going on and work harder (um, do more exercise). <BR> <BR> It seems like I'm continuing to gain back the weight I had lost. I certainly wasn't surprised that I gained a few pounds over my rainy and cold winter holiday vacation. But I'm surprised that the 3 pound gain I've noticed over the past couple of weeks does not seem to be a blip or an anomaly of the scale. <BR> <BR> At first... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:51:19 EST Winter Cleaning and Boost of Energy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783303 I realized I needed to make a new blog entry because it was not working for me to keep seeing "Lack of Dedication" (last blog entry) at the top of my blog every time I looked at my page. <BR> <BR> I did some major reorganization --- furniture rearranging -- around the house yesterday and it has improved my mood and energy to an amazing degree. Whooohoooo! <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking food super carefully, and I've been having some treats, but I think I'm doing ok, making mostly good ch... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 15:15:35 EST Lack of Dedication Lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727487 I haven't been very dedicated lately. I'm not sure what's going on. I've been doing pretty well with exercise -- nothing fabulous, but not laying around either. I'm keeping up my walking routine, although I haven't been stepping it up or anything. I've been doing a lot of heavy cleaning projects, too. <BR> <BR> I'm doing reasonably well with water and fruits/veggies. <BR> <BR> But I don't know what's going on with how much I'm eating. Lately I'm making not-so-great decisions and not really ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 01:47:57 EST September Goals Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685469 I'm not sure how this image will post to SP, but here are the results of my September goals to drink 8 glasses of water a day and eat at least 5 servings of veggies. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454210217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TOP is water consumption, BOTTOM is veggies. I've included most of August in this image for comparison. <BR> <BR> The last day is today (October 1), and is NOT DONE YET. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I certainly didn't have a PERFECT performance, but ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 18:26:00 EST Setback?! And Thinking about October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3682209 Ok, so I hadn't weighed in 2 weeks. Suddenly I've gained 4 pounds?!? I don't really get it. I mean, I know I haven't been exercising and eating in a way that would make me LOSE, but I'm really surprised to see I've gained 4 pounds in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> It doesn't make sense. I'm hoping it's maybe too much salt lately, although I've definitely been drinking plenty of water. And it's NOT the time of the month when I'd be heavier. I know I've been stressed lately, and I know I've had a couple ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:06:05 EST New Boots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3631320 I have been on a search for the holy grail of black boots -- ones that fit in the calf, are seriously comfy, stylish, and not outrageously expensive. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not sure I found the holy grail, but I did find a pair I like! And I didn't even go out looking! I was actually just on a walk around the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> These seem comfy enough to take a short walk in, which is important. <BR> <BR> And they are slightly adjustable in the calf (via a velcro tab thingie), so I can ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:13:53 EST Quick Visual Update: September Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626076 Well, to recap, I said I would work on 3 simple goals for the beginning of September: drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, eating at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day, and doing my strength training. <BR> <BR> How is it going? <BR> <BR> Well, this streak is definitely helping me focus. Here's my water consumption for almost the past 2 weeks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273959829.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I missed one day, but I've also hit 9 cups of... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:50:52 EST Goals for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601586 I've been feeling like I'm in too much of a plateau since getting back from my summer vacation, so here are some renewed goals: <BR> <BR> - Keep up the water consumption. Too often it's easy for me to get to 7 glasses, but that 8th glass is tricky. I don't drink it before I realize it's REALLY time for bed. And sometimes I decide that a good night's sleep (without having to wake up to use the bathroom!!) is more important than the 8th glass. So I need to focus on getting more water in, earli... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:40:19 EST Family Feud! (A Fun Game) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3536940 Saw this on someone else's blog and it sounded fun. <BR> <BR> You are NOT allowed to use my answers. You must use different ones!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Name something you use in the shower? RAZOR <BR> <BR> 2. Something people hate to find on their windshield? BIRD DOO <BR> <BR> 3. Name something a man might buy before a date? FLOWERS <BR> <BR> 4. What is something you cook in the microwave? POPCORN <BR> <BR> 5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? BED <BR> <BR> 6. Name a reason ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:47:03 EST Swimsuit Shopping - A Venting Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467272 Argggh. I am really sick of swimsuit shopping. <BR> <BR> Bra shopping yesterday, too. You would think that after losing 18 lbs (12% of body weight), my bra size MIGHT change just a little. But apparently, no. Trying on new bras, I'm exactly the same size I was before I lost weight -- which, let's just say is "too big to assume they will have anything in my size in the store." <BR> <BR> Swimsuit shopping is incredibly frustrating. Yesterday I tried on 16-20 swimsuit tops. I tried on every s... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:41:41 EST Happy Happy Spark Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334469 (A blog in which sometimes-cynical me goes incredibly positive.) <BR> <BR> I was getting ready for work this morning, and as I was looking in the bathroom mirror, I just had a thought about how GREAT Spark is! <BR> <BR> I mean, although I had never really attempted to lose my extra chub before Spark, I always assumed it would be a huge, horrible, perhaps insurmountable task. I had a defeatist attitude, so I didn't even try. I didn't really know how to begin. <BR> <BR> I mean, I knew I sh... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:14:04 EST What's A Healthy Weight? Feeling My Toward It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3257317 Today, I have definitely met my original weight loss goal of "15-18 pounds." <BR> <BR> I had deliberately set my goal with some wiggle room, because I wasn't sure what that kind of weight loss would look and feel like to me. <BR> <BR> I knew that when I met my goal (although, when I set it, it seemed more like "IF"), I would re-evaluate and see if I should set my goal lower. <BR> <BR> But what should I set it to? Determining what I "should" weigh is still kind of tricky to me, and from lo... Sat, 22 May 2010 16:41:48 EST Today I Triumphed over the Stairs from Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3223722 Ok, ok, so I've been taking the stairs for a while now -- both before Spark and more consistently since I've been Sparkin'. But today was different. <BR> <BR> Today at work a fire alarm went off. After the coast was clear and it was time to go back to work, I found myself on the ground floor of the parking garage. I don't drive to work, so I'm not usually there. <BR> <BR> Since everyone was coming in from the fire alarm at once, there was a big crowd waiting for the two notoriously slow el... Wed, 12 May 2010 21:16:12 EST Amazing Spark-Related Dream Last Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3198076 A quick blog entry because I just remembered one of my dreams last night -- I dreamed I was super buff! Kind of funny, because I'm not even trying to get super muscular, but in the dream I felt really inspired and energetic! And I had big, bodybuilder shoulder and arm muscles! Also, I had a tan. <BR> <BR> Really, just pretty hilarious all around. If you could see me in person, you'd know the tan is almost as hilarious as the bodybuilder biceps... <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <em>85</em> <em>3... Wed, 5 May 2010 14:44:24 EST Poor iPod, Healthy Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185929 Well, I went out for a good walk today -- it's Sunday and beautiful out, so I thought I'd walk briskly, hit a few hills, and walk for at least 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> I also half-planned to do a little jogging. I'm still trying to get over some self-consciousness about jogging (subject for a whole other blog entry!), and I also have knee and ankle issues, so I sort of jog a few steps, walk for a while, and see how that goes. <BR> <BR> As I was walking, I'd find myself inspired by the music I... Sun, 2 May 2010 16:32:30 EST A Slightly Frivolous Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131727 I used to have this thing I would say to myself when I went shopping and couldn't find anything that fit or looked good -- which happened a lot. <BR> <BR> I would think, "If I spent half the time and effort exercising that I just spent trying things on, it wouldn't be so hard to find clothes that fit me!" <BR> <BR> I made this realization, oh, a few years ago. Honestly, probably 5 years ago. I'm not really sure why I finally decided to take my own advice to heart, set that goal weight on Sp... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 04:04:07 EST Where I'm At: Success and Ambivalence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3106709 I've now been on Spark People -- and been quite dedicated -- for just over 4 months. I've lost 14 lbs (possibly 15, but I seem to be afraid to say I've actually lost 15, as it doesn't seem reliably "gone" yet -- hovering right around there, though). <BR> <BR> So, I've pretty much met my initial weight loss goal. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> But I've been struggling a bit lately. I'm ambivalent about whether I should be losing more weight. I'm at the upper limit of the healthy... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:22:20 EST Last Night I Had A Dream (About Spark!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3076306 Has anyone had any strange dreams related to weight loss? <BR> <BR> I've had a few in the past month or two where I was totally feasting on an endless, delicious buffet, or helping myself to racks and racks of giant meringue pies! (LOL) <BR> <BR> But last night, I dreamed I was picnicking with a bunch of friends, including random people from high school, and one asked me how I had lost some weight, and in the dream, I told her all about Spark! <BR> <BR> I think this is actually not the fi... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 14:06:34 EST About that Strength Training... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027737 I've been slacking on my strengthening exercises. I'm not sure why. I was doing them steadily when I first joined SP, all through December. Then I decided to do the January Bootcamp and I had a **Really Hard Time** getting through some of those videos. I was also trying to stick to cardio 5x a week, which was a big change for me, and quite a jump from what I'd been doing before. <BR> <BR> I think eventually I gave myself permission to slack off on the Bootcamp videos as long as I stuck with... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:48:50 EST Quick Note About Jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026169 I posted some of this as a comment on EL_KATO's blog because she's working toward becoming a runner, and then I thought it was worth saving as a blog post. <BR> <BR> I have had inklings lately of wanting to run, or at least jog, for the first time in my adult life. I just went out and in the middle of my walk, I did 2 intervals of jogging a block or two. It's not much, but it's definitely a start for me. I was feeling like my hips are really tight and sore, so I didn't push it, but I was rea... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:56:06 EST I Reached My Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3019961 I just had to write a little blog! I reached my first weight loss goal, as of my (slightly early) weigh-in this morning! <BR> <BR> Wow! I just have to say Wow! Whooohoooo! <BR> <BR> Of course, this is in no way the end. I think I'm still just above a healthy BMI (although I'm really not sure I should focus on losing more weight), and I need to continue to focus on tracking my healthy eating, and on working up to more exercise. <BR> <BR> But I am really happy with the changes I have made! <... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 16:39:16 EST In Memory of My Green Sweater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3009185 Happy St. Patrick's Day, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I just realized I don't have anything at all to wear tomorrow that's green. Which makes me miss the beautiful, deep green cardigan I gave away about a year ago. I'd bought it a little too snug (something I usually resist doing) because I absolutely loved the color. I'm not sure how to describe it -- somewhere between a jade, kelly, or emerald green. It was flattering and colorful without being too bright. And it had cute, very slightly puffy slee... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:29:36 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2989761 I confess! I am posting this blog entry because I am at 97 Spark Points for the day and I really want to make 100! <BR> <BR> Quick check in: <BR> <BR> - I'm approaching weigh in day on Saturday. I have a feeling it's not going to be great because I'm right on schedule for the monthly "bloat blip." Ah well, I'll see how it goes. I'm trying to drink lots of water right now, and I'm being more conscious of salt than usual (although I'm sure I'm still getting plenty!). <BR> <BR> - Kept my fat ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:26:53 EST Vitamins: The Shocking Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2963802 On a bit of a whim, I decided to track some more nutrients on my Nutrition Tracker, and I'm shocked how low my intake is! <BR> <BR> I've always gotten the message that if you eat a balanced diet, you don't really need to worry that much about taking a vitamin supplement. I don't think I eat perfectly, by any means, but especially since using Spark, I've been eating 5 or more servings of veggies per day and I thought I was eating pretty healthfully. <BR> <BR> I've always had a pretty varied ... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:14:20 EST Almost 3 Months! Evaluating and Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2940244 Hmm. Not too much to say today, but I was tired of seeing that old blog entry, "Losing My Motivation?" at the top of my Recent Blogs! <BR> <BR> I'm doing well. Down almost 13 lbs. I am eating well (and allowing myself occasional treats) and I feel like I have a good amount of energy. I still need to work up to more intense workouts, I think, and get back to the Spark strengthening exercises that I sorta abandoned sometime at the end of January, but I've been doing my Ballet Barre Bootcamp cl... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:33:41 EST Losing My Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2882144 Warning... this is a little negative. I could use some support. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a little confused and lacking motivation. I know that I can't stick to tracking EVERY morsel of food forever. I'm sick of not being able to eat at a nice restaurant without ruling out all the interesting things on the menu because "they'll be too hard to track." <BR> <BR> I don't just mean that I want to indulge in high calorie items -- I can stick to healthy choices (at least most of the time), but I don'... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 22:32:32 EST Taking Stock, and Starting to Deal with Gym-Phobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2850562 Things are going well. I've lost 10 pounds, I have more energy, and I'm no longer feeling achey all the time. I'm back to being able to wear my "skinny" clothes, and I'm having an easier time finding clothes that fit when I go shopping. <BR> <BR> Losing 5 pounds used to seem like a really hard task (so hard I didn't even try! -- LOL). But now I've lost twice that, and if I lose about another 5 I'll be back in the healthy BMI range. <BR> <BR> I haven't been a healthy BMI since early college... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:49:49 EST I'm going to do BALLET?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2811569 I spent some time "thinking too much" about it, and then I just asked myself, "What are you waiting for?! What do you have to lose??" and signed up to take the BALLET BOOTCAMP class at the gym near my work. <BR> <BR> I am intrigued by the class and it's only 4 classes long, so if I truly hate it, I won't have to struggle through weeks and weeks of classes. <BR> <BR> I remembered that when I was a kid I was always intrigued by ballet, but I didn't feel graceful, thin, or girly enough to take... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:15:43 EST A Rage to Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2770306 Okay, time for a blog. It's been a while. <BR> <BR> Tonight I got home from work and felt ravenous. I had eaten 3 small meals already today and then walked home (a 30 minute brisk walk). It makes sense that I'd have an appetite, but ravenous?!? I almost felt like... like a "rage" to eat! I noticed this and drank 2 cups of water and made a salad with some cheese and fruit in it. (And also gobbled down a few, but just a few, crackers). <BR> <BR> After the salad I felt all right. I tallied my ... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:49:23 EST Evaluating How Today Went http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2722073 I was typing up a few notes in my nutrition tracker about how hanging out with some friends and having a potluck dinner went. I went over my recommended calories and fat for today, but not by much (if my estimates are accurate, and it's hard to know exactly, but I think I estimated reasonably well). <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share my "pluses" and "minuses" of the day here, even though they are still in note form. <BR> <BR> + 1 hour and 20 minute walk with friends <BR> + walk was in park, nice... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 02:13:38 EST A Few Things I've Learned So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701765 A hodgepodge of things I've learned after a month on Spark: <BR> <BR> 1. I CAN actually feel satisfied -- and like I've eaten a whole lot! -- on 1300-1400 calories a day. <BR> <BR> 2. I really do feel better when I drink water and exercise. I thought I'd have to wait longer and lose at least 10 pounds before I felt physically better (more energy, fewer aches and pains), but I saw results almost immediately, just from drinking more water and doing strengthening exercises. <BR> <BR> 3. I act... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 00:12:29 EST Family and Food, Food and Family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654303 So I'm now hanging out at my parents' house. I knew tracking food might become a challenge as soon as I got here, but somehow I hadn't really thought it all through and mentally prepared! Ha. <BR> <BR> Well, I did prepare a bit. <BR> <BR> My mom is being really supportive -- I told her about SP and asked if she had measuring cups and spoons (her kitchen supplies have mysteriously disappeared over the years). She said she didn't have a good set, so I brought her some as little gifts with the... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 15:48:12 EST Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2650745 I've been on SP about 3 weeks. A short list of some victories so far: <BR> <BR> - No candy at work for almost 3 weeks! <BR> - Drank 8 or more glasses of water every day. <BR> - My jeans are feeling a little loose. <BR> - A skirt that was too tight to wear now fits comfortably. I wore it and got several compliments. <BR> - I already have much more energy and feel less joint pain and muscle aches. <BR> - Dealt with 3 holiday parties, ate reasonably, enjoyed "treat" foods in moderation. <BR> - ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:21:28 EST Cracker Danger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2647120 Okay, I'm blogging about this so I'll commit to my goal. <BR> <BR> I am only going to eat 6 crackers, that's SIX CRACKERS. And then I am going to stop. Delicious woven wheat crackers (you may know them by another name that rhymes with "biscuit") are one of my weaknesses. And in the past, I could easily polish off half a box -- eaten straight out of the box while doing something else, of course. <BR> <BR> Today, since I finished dinner and still needed to eat some fat for the day (a new one... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 01:43:02 EST 21 Reasons (and Rationalizations) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2643587 I thought I would make a list of all the reasons why I've gotten to be overweight (BMI about 27). <BR> <BR> Some of these are objective reasons which I can't do anything about, some are total excuses and rationalizations, some are habits I can change. I won't try to sort out which is which now. I'll just brainstorm everything that's contributing to the PUDGE. <BR> <BR> 1. I've never made exercising a regular part of my life. <BR> 2. I've worked a desk job for the past decade-plus. <BR> 3. ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:06:55 EST I'm feeling excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640966 SparkPeople is really working well for me so far. Honestly, I'm wondering when this is going to get really hard! The tools that SP provides have been so helpful for me in figuring out my calorie intake every day, and for me, I think portion control and fat-protein-carb distribution were the major problems. Oh, and not enough exercise, but I'm working on that. <BR> <BR> For me, committing to tracking everything is more than half the battle. The encouragement to drink water has really helped m... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:59:31 EST "Friendly" Persuasion - Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2637035 I've been thinking about the ways that my friends do or don't support healthy habits and goals. <BR> <BR> I have several friends that I like to take walks with, and we usually challenge each other in a supportive, comfortable way. For example, one friend is good at motivating me to get started when I just don't feel like it, and I'm good at motivating her to walk faster than she usually does. Another friend loves walking up the steepest hills, so she'll encourage me to do "just one more hil... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:55:57 EST Sunday: Good Things & Bad Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2631191 BAD NEWS FIRST: <BR> <BR> So, I just got home from party #1 of the day (friend's birthday party), and I'm a little FRUSTRATED. Trying to relax, drink water, and recoup for party #2 of the day (Hanukkah party). <BR> <BR> Birthday party was a brunch. Before SparkPeople, that probably would have meant I would have eaten a quick snack in the morning (a yogurt or maybe some cereal) and then waited to indulge at brunch time with Eggs Benedict or bacon, hash browns and eggs. <BR> <BR> Well, I kne... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:27:13 EST