It's a bit early, but here's where I'm at.
Weight: Stable. No loss, no gain.
Fitness: Definitely built up the exercise habit. The longest stretch with no workout was three days, and I'm going longer. Added strength training, and I'm be... Read more
It’s Hard Being Hungry
I’m hungry right now. Not because I’m starving myself, but because I’m readjusting to a daily calorie limit of 1800 or fewer. This is based on my age (42) and the recommendation from The Spark Solution that I should stay in a 1500-1600 calorie r... Read more
Sigh of Relief: Back to Regular Life
Last week was insanely overbooked, but fortunately, this week can go back to normal. Here are my plans:
Dinner: a Spark Solution breakfast recipe (sounds weird, but seriously, it will be great for dinner!)
Workout: Hmmm...this i... Read more
Managing to Maintain
This was a really rough week schedule-wise. Meals were grab and go, exercise never happened, and sleep with minimal. It took all of my willpower just to log into Spark every day and not simply give up. I faced my weekly weigh in with absolut... Read more
Sunday is Always a Great "Day One"
I'm giving myself a personal challenge this week of blogging every day. This way I can sort of track my motivation changes throughout the week.
Today is going well so far. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and I have plans to work out ... Read more
Lessons from the Summer 5% Challenge
Summer's over? Already? Yesterday, the Summer 5% Challenge ended. For those of you unfamiliar with this great undertaking, you join a team for 8 weeks with a focus on losing 5% of your body weight. There is a ton of support (thank goodness!) a... Read more
View From Rock Bottom
I haven't logged on to SparkPeople in days.
I've been avoiding this look in the mirror.
I've let down my 5% Spark team and myself.
I'm done with it. The unhealthy eating: cookies on the couch at 10:00 at night, e... Read more
Why Do I Want to Lose the Weight?
For better or worse, the following are my motivations for losing the last ten pounds and getting back into my maintenance range:
1. I have about seven pairs of size 8 pants for work -- really cute ones! -- but none of them fit me without lo... Read more
It's Official: I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt
Holy cow. My belt now has two embroidered stripes, one for each degree. Wow.
Getting a black belt is like graduating from high school: you're now ready for advanced college-like training. Getting a second degree? That's like the college gra... Read more
Planning Out Tonight
Much better day today. I woke up super-hungry so I ate cereal with milk and also had a Fiber One bar on the way to work. Then my coffee. Mediocre on the healthy side, but not bad.
Lunch is Greek yogurt with banana and strawberries. Super fi... Read more
Curse of the Free Bagels
It's 2:00 in the afternoon, and I've nearly met my daily calorie limit already. What the heck is wrong with me?
Good decision: cereal, milk, apple for breakfast
Good decision: coffee with one creamer as a treat when I got to work
Bad... Read more
Training for the Next Challenge
I'm addicted to challenge. Now that my National Board submission is turned in, I'm ready to focus on my next challenge: Testing for my 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo on June 23-24.
The test may or may not include the following:
Perfor... Read more
For the past couple of months, I've been investing hours of time into completing my final portfolio submissions for the National Board Certification for Teachers. Everything has gone by the wayside: the house is filthy, dinners have been scaveng... Read more
One Day at a Time
It's Wednesday, the third day of a new binge-free streak, and I'm feeling pretty good. I had a good weigh-in today: 151.2 pounds. I celebrated that I am down five pounds since January -- five solid pounds, too, not water weight or "I starved mys... Read more
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Getting Armed for After-Work...
I've tracked well today, yet I can foresee an ugly ending to my Monday: stress, hunger, reaching for anything, figuring "What the heck?" and indulging in any and every food in the kitchen.
I will not let this happen.
4:0... Read more