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5/4/16 3:30 P

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I am feeling kind of shaky....I ate too much yesterday, my calorie count was too high, and I just feel like its so hard to stay on track lately....I am not giving up, but I really want to get rid of these few extra pounds and feel more comfortable. Such a struggle.
Not much going on until the evening when we are going out to dinner with another couple. I am definitely going to stick to my 2 glass of wine rule, and might even have just one. I know the restaurant, and they have some very good fish dishes, so if my head is on straight I should do ok.
Don't push too hard Mnnice so your foot can start to feel better.
Working hard for a better day today.












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5/4/16 1:39 P

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It's actually been kind of fun getting the cabin fixed up a bit. I really don't care if it sells in a hurry or not! We don't have to sell it, so the plan is to just put the price where it's worth our while, and if it doesn't sell, we will certainly enjoy it another season, especially in it's spruced up condition! And my foot... it was bugging me again this morning, but I decided to walk to work anyway. I was feeling it, but when I walk around inside it doesn't hurt. Maybe actually getting back to walking will help it, with the orthotics in my walking shoes.... I can hope!

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5/3/16 10:44 A

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Whew....we had a cottage before we moved to Mexico, and I can only imagine how much work it is to primp your place up to get ready to put on the market. Hope you get a chance to rest up and that that darned foot of yours stops bugging you!
I had a really good day yesterday, and feel renewed in spirit and motivation. Just hope I can keep it going!
I don't have too busy a day today, which is fine with me. I can always handle a lazy day.
Especially in this heat.
Make it a good one team!












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5/2/16 10:33 P

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Had a busy weekend at the cabin, but got a lot done. Still more to be done, but making good progress. I continue to eat reasonably, although not exactly healthily. Was disappointed to have some pain in my heel upon waking this morning -- perhaps too much up and down the step stool while hanging curtains this weekend. I did walk to work today, but felt the pain. Wanted to walk after supper but figured it might be better to ice the heel to minimize the inflammation instead of possibly making it worse. Tired tonight, so heading to bed early!

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5/2/16 5:50 P

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Yes Sherwood, hot weather does make you lazy. Its still deadly hot here. All the fans are on in the house. Just like no heat here, no air conditioning...it would cost a fortune to do the house, and thankfully, the bedrooms are ok.
I had another food run in last night....I have to stick to my guns and absolutely not get out of bed and go upstairs. If I get up I must stay in the tv room, and go no further. I am going to try Mnnice's suggestion and have my kindle and water ready if I need it. I was sure I was just going to have a bran cracker...didn't work out that way.
Thankfully, I slept well and have been busy all day. Also have a weigh-in on May 27, so I have a long term goal to feel good enough about how I have been doing that I won't be nervous about getting on the scale.
Hoping this is the beginning of a good week and a good cycle in general.













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5/2/16 5:42 P

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Good afternoon, team. Got in a jog along the Willamette River in downtown Portland after my personal training session. Boy it was hot! But flat. So 2.5 mi in 80 F weather is not fun. But I did it.

I am sleepy today for whatever reason. Need to get myself in gear but I'd rather laze around. So be it. I had steak and grilled veggies for dinner last night and my weight was up this morning a bit. I think I was just too relaxed yesterday. But it was such beautiful weather. Today there are 3 water lillies out. And it is 85 F and heading towards 90. Way too hot for this time of year.

Another hot day tomorrow, then we're in for a couple of showery days. I have drs and dentists appointments this week, but not much in the way of work. OK, I can and should do some writing. I will. But I'm feeling too lazy right now.

Later,team!

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5/1/16 3:38 P

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I remember from my running days long ago that new shoes can be a torture! And oh, how I love water lilies.....my cactus have been blooming, some with huge blossoms. Very exciting for me!
I got right back on track yesterday and woke up feeling good this morning. It is unbelievably HOT here....whew!
Did most of what I wanted to get done today, and now its time for the couch and my book.
Have a happy rest of the day team!












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5/1/16 12:18 P

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Good morning, team.
My jog yesterday was a success, although I should always remember not to wear new shoes when I go on a long run. I had to stop 3 or 4 times to take off my shoes and adjust my laces so my toes wouldn't go numb. You'd think I'd learn. But even the same brand of shoes causes problems (if they are new) aren't adjusted right. I have picky feet.

I went to bed way early last night and slept for about 5 hours. Then was awake from 1 to 2 am, then went back to sleep until 6ish. I feel rested and ready to go. It is supposed to be in the 80s today and tomorrow. Maybe some more water lilies will bloom in my pond. They are oh so close.

Good to hear from you both. Here's to a good week.

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4/30/16 11:28 A

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So glad to see your post Mnnice....hope you have time to check in more often.
I really messed up last night. At dinner I was fine, but drank waaaay too much wine, which meant down went the defenses, and in went dessert and more dessert, and more sweet things, and oh boy. I tried to tally this morning and it looks like I hit the 3000 cal. mark, which means up at least a pound. I have to get back at it right now, and remember that getting out of bed, even if I don't binge, is a habit that I have to break or it eventually gets me into trouble. Another factor was that Passover was over last night, and I could finally eat things with wheat besides matzoh...so that made me a little crazy too. I'm angry at myself, but enough of that...just right back on the wagon...I had a good 13 days, and I want to get right into the good life starting now. Also, I have changed my wine limit as of now to 2 glasses so it is closer to a realistic amount that I can actually live with.
I have the day to myself, and I am glad...time for me. Won't be spending much time outside since it will get close to 100 degrees today!
Have a happy Saturday, and please, send me some good vibes!












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4/30/16 9:45 A

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I didn't realize how long I'd been absent! Not abandoning the ship -- just have had meetings or events every night this week. Today we're heading for the cabin. We're doing some updating and sprucing up out there, so lots of work to be done for the next couple weeks. When we're done I'm pretty sure I'll no longer want to put it on the market! Still not much for exercise as the weather continues to be cold, rainy and windy. Eating is just so-so, but I'm maintaining.

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4/29/16 11:17 A

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Good morning team....I had a little slip last night, so I need to be vigilant today. I "allowed" myself to get out of bed and in doing so, ended up 200 calories over my limit. I tried to pick low cal foods, and I know a big part of the problem was that dinner was too light and too unsatisfying due to bad planning and laziness. I am going to play my mantra over and over in my head, adding "you have a choice", and hope that will keep me sane.
I have one client and one class today, and then will get ready for our friends' visit. I have to be careful with the wine, and then I should be ok.
Happy running Sherwood, and enjoy the warm weather....
Wishing you a happy Friday and a weekend of meeting your goals!













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4/29/16 10:25 A

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Good morning, team.
I did OK yesterday...managed to get in a jog through town. Then, in the early afternoon we picked up my car from the dealer (it needed repairs) and then went to a happy hour dinner...where I had a glass of sour beer (the closest thing you can get to wine that isn't wine) and some vegetable quesadillas. And chocolates the car repair people gave us, too. Still, I ate fairly lightly and my weight was down again this morning to 160.4.

I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was two years ago in June and 5 pounds heavier than last June. So I know what I need to do. Finally, with the eating I am doing and exercise weight is headed in the right direction. A pound or two loss every couple of weeks is my goal. (and then a serious effort to get back to par whenever I come back from traveling).

Enough on weight. Today's goal: get in a short jog before it rains. Tomorrow: get in my long jog of 9 miles before it gets too hot. And then, relax and enjoy the weekend where it will be in the 80s.

Have a good weekend, team!

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4/28/16 10:10 P

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Oh chocolate and wine...so good but so deadly....
Today has gone well.....still very hot, so I did some extra watering in the garden today. Thinking of your nasturtiums Sherwood....one of my favorite flowers.
Still on track...had trouble sleeping and eating crossed my mind several times....I settled on a small snack in my range for the day, and got back to bed. Hurray! "Just a habit, just a habit...."
I hope to get through the night again and be ready for a happy Friday. Friends are coming over in the evening for a simple bbq of hamburgers and hot dogs. Should be fun.
Good night team.....












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4/28/16 12:17 P

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Good morning team.
I continue to hang in there! My stomach is fine. I ate OK yesterday but had some chocolate and wine in the evening. My weight was up a pound and a half this morning. Sigh.

Now on to another day and realizing that I need to really watch it.

We're in for a stretch of good weather (showers tomorrow, but then close to 90 Sunday and Monday). I planted vegetables and the rest of the plant starts as well as sunflowers and cosmos and nasturtiums yesterday afternoon. Hopefully some of them will come up.

Here's to a good day!

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4/27/16 12:26 P

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Glad to hear you are sticking to your goals and taking care of things without eating over them Sherwood.
I am still hanging in....my stomach has been horribly bloated for days....sometimes this happens, but only for a day. Today its somewhat better, so I'll see how it goes as the day wears on. I have been in my calorie range with no binges, so it can't be my eating. I am a little worried, but hopefully it will soon calm down.
I have a new client today, and then some errands to run.
I was really lucky last week with the cooler, rainy weather. The heat has returned, and the forecast is for hotter and hotter through the week....upper 90's...ugh!
Mnnice, Mnnice, where have you gone?
Have a good day team!












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4/27/16 11:23 A

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Good morning, team.

Another cloudy day (it rained a little overnight).

I slept so-so as my stomach was rumbling all night. Not sure what that was about. But, I ate on track and weighed 159.8 this morning. I managed to jog yesterday afternoon and plan to do so sometime today. My incoming email had annoying problems to take care of (seems like this is a pattern--I wake up with small ToDos from people who have problems). But I've managed them as best I can so I can get on with today.

Here's to a good day!

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4/26/16 1:24 P

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Good morning, team.
I am hanging in there. Slept only about 7 hours, but feel rested. Woke up and weighed myself: 161.2. Now today's challenge is not eating when frustrated/stressed. I will not sabotage myself. So far I had to take my car in for service and that was frustrating. Drove nearly an hour through rush hour traffic (grr!) only to wait 15 minutes for my service rep to finish with a customer. Then they gave me a big boat of an SUV as a loaner car. That did not make me happy. I have to go to a personal training session in downtown Portland in an hour and I will have to park this boat on the street. Grr, again. I had frustrating emails to handle (all small fire fighting activities on my part related to two different conferences)....

I am sore from gardening, too. So I just hope I don't overdo it at my training session. But still, sore is sore. Gardening is always a different kind of soreness...that takes a few days to go away.

I just wish I could chill, relax, enjoy the beautiful spring weather and take it easy. No such luck. But what I can control is my attitude. Getting frustrated will not help. I know the above probably seem like trivial annoyances...but they do irritate me. And now, I'm just going to let go of my frustrations.

So far I have had two helpings of almonds and some oatmeal with fruit/nut sprinkles. On track but I have to watch those nuts! Will do. I promise!

My goals today: Keep up my momentum, and roll with life's challenges (realizing they are insignificant in the grander scheme of things)

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4/25/16 12:35 P

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Wow, two early birds today! Mnnice, hope family issues get sorted out soon, and that you can take a deep breath and relax.
Sherwood, stick to that determination to track....it does make a big difference.
I got through another day on track....yesterday was not easy, but I didn't give in. And today I feel good. I have errands to run, and need to go for a tomography of my mouth to see if implants are a possibility....the bridge I have in my mouth is SO uncomfortable, so I saw a highly recommended specialist who comes here once a month from Mexico City. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the work can be done.
Wishing you a good week; let's just hang in.












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4/25/16 11:29 A

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Good morning, team.
It is a cool day here in Oregon. But the rain is over. Should warm up to 60. I have more plants to plants and seeds, too. I am looking forward to more time outside today. I want to go jogging once it has warmed up.

My thoughts are with you MNNice. Family is important. Remember to take care of yourself, too.

My weight was 162 this morning. My goal this week: track everything. Every thing. Period. And keep eating mindfully. I need to ask: do I need this? Do I want this? What do I need to eat?

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4/25/16 9:25 A

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I've not abandoned the team, just spent Saturday night and Sunday at the cabin with no internet. And when I did get home, was dealing with some family issues with my brother in the Philippines and many emails, texts, phone calls, etc. with my siblings and nephew. Overslept this morning - must've been more tired than I though! Eating over the weekend was what I would call "normal person" eating .... just eating a meal and although not always the healthiest, I didn't stuff myself, binge or even snack.

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4/24/16 6:42 P

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Oaxaca- I ate consciously yesterday and didn't overeat. Nevertheless my weight was up a bit this morning. I think it has to do with my lunch, actually. I had two slices of bread with peanut butter. I also had some quinoa / rice blend for dinner last night. So, for me, lots of grains. I am sensitive to them, I guess. My stomach was happy this morning tho. I ate cereal and a banana and some raspberries for breakfast. Lunch was a corn flour / bean cake with cheese and some beans. I have had a few sweet potato chips and a handful of cherry tomatoes for a snack. I'm doing just fine today.

Spent hours outside weeding and planting and cleaning up the raised beds. I have 4 tomato plants in, a few squash...I planted some onion starts, too. Lots of annuals. A few perennials, too. I still have more planting to do. But I've worked several hours. Need to call it quits for today. Tomorrow awaits. I broke the wheelbarrow handle. Grr. It was rotted wood. I need a new wheelbarrow. It isn't practical to simply replace the handle as there are other worn out parts, too.

Here's to keeping on track, taking care to rest, and being aware. Have a good week, team!

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4/24/16 12:45 P

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Sherwood, hope you stuck to your goal for the day and are feeling good about that...
I was really exhausted all day yesterday, and was very happy to go to bed. And I'm pleased that I have another on track day behind me. Today is slow and lazy....slept really well.
Later we are going to visit our friend who is home from the hospital after surgery. And that's about it.
Hope to hear from you soon Mnnice, and hope you got some well deserved rest this weekend.














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4/23/16 2:09 P

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Oaxaca---good to hear that your conscious habit breaking is working.
Mine, too.
Yesterday I ate mostly vegetarian (had some cheese) and also had some gluten free bread. My stomach wasn't that happy this morning. I think that bread in the US, that is, may be a problem for me. No such problem with bread in France!

Peanut butter m&ms and pizza? Hmm...sounds a little worse than my sweet potato crackers and guacamole and wine...(last night's dinner)...but sometimes we just need to eat what's there. I am sure you'll get over that meal and enjoy a healthy one, soon, MNNice.

Here's to eating! Seriously! I just finished my 8 mile jog. Got a little drizzled on. But it was not windy. Enjoyed my run for sure. Wish I was faster. And thought seriously about trying for another mile. But didn't. No need to push it. My goal for the rest of today: Be very conscious about what I eat. I can't give myself the excuse of a long run to eat without thinking about the consequences.

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4/23/16 11:47 A

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I am one happy, happy Sparker.....NO overeating and NO BINGE!!!!!!!! Dinner was a success in every way. The meat did not turn out too well, but I quickly whipped up a sauce and it was fine. It was a lot of fun, but I must say I am happy to relax today. But we do have a birthday party later in the day. Just have to continue to stay strong and keep my new mantra in my head.
Hope you all had a good night and are enjoying your Saturday.












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4/22/16 3:07 P

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Whew! I have been working hard, but I slept well and NO BINGE!!!!! Now I just have to be sane at dinner, and remember to keep breaking that night time "Habit" after everyone has gone home.
Everything is done, so now I can take it easy. I am disappointed that a good friend called this morning to say he is sick and can't come tonight. He is very funny and lively, so will be missed.
Hope your financial advisor has some good ideas for you Mnnice, and that retirement is in the near future. And hope you get to the grocery store...you don't need anymore of those kinds of dinners! (Sounds good though! LOL!)
Enjoy your run Sherwood, and good luck with those 8 miles tomorrow.
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4/22/16 2:17 P

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Our cupboards were bare yesterday and neither of us felt like going to the grocery store, so we had a frozen pizza and peanut M&Ms for supper. Needless to say, my weight was up! I was so tired when I got home from work! Today is Friday and only have to survive the afternoon and then it's weekend! It was a rough week at work. Next week we will meet with a financial planner and get some ideas on how and when we might be able to retire.

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4/22/16 9:42 A

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Nice to see you motivated and trying again, Prism. Welcome.
Oaxaca, a day of baking and no binging. Chalk that up to success. I hope you really enjoy today and are so tired you just have a good night's sleep.
MNNice, happy to hear you got a walk in. Yesterday I spent most of the day taking my brother to the Dr. So I didn't get in my exercise (and my weight is up to 162 this morning).
It is cool and cloudy and rainy today here, too.

No more summer in April for us! But that's OK. I kind of like it. Went down and got the newspaper. I will find time to jog (even if it is a bit rainy) outside. Tomorrow my long run goal is 8 mi. So I'll have to be out in showery weather then, too. So be it. This is Oregon in the springtime.

Take care team and have a good weekend.

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4/21/16 8:00 P

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Welcome Back Prism! Hope to see a lot of posts from you.
Mnnice, its cool and rainy here today. But since I was cooking and baking all day, it was perfect weather for me. And you WILL get your mojo back, just hang in there.
I am on track, and happy that waking up after 3 hours of sleep and not being able to get back to sleep for a long while DIDN"T send me into a binge. I kept thinking, "its a stupid habit you have to break." Success!
I have to admit, I am tired from 2 days of preparing for tomorrow night. But tomorrow I just have to get the table ready, which is fun, and put the meat in the oven. So I won't be knocked out when our friends arrive.
Hoping to have a good night and wake up feeling good tomorrow.
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Welcome back, Prism. Hope we can help you out and be the support you need! I walked to work this morning - it was so beautiful out - but now has turned cold, damp and windy. At least a got a small amount of movement in! I just don't seem to have any motivation for much of anything lately! But I am holding my own and hanging in there. I know I'll get my mojo back one of these days!

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Good morning,
I'm trying to give this a good run again. I lost over 40 pounds 8 years ago here with SP and I'm hoping I can do better this time. My gym buddy quit on me so it looks like I'm on my own this time. It's easier and more fun to go to the gym with someone so I hope I can keep it up myself.
I'm heading down to the store today to buy myself some new swim shorts and a T-shirt or two so I can be more comfortable in the pool. I love paddling around in the pool and it's a great way to stay cool and comfortable while using muscles I usually don't get moving. ;)
The new Centennial VASA Fitness will be opening near me sometime this summer and I want to be ready to take full advantage of it. I do have a few machines that I really enjoy using and this one will be nice and new. ;) I hope it opens soon. I'm pretty excited and my excitement has been helping to get me moving again.

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4/20/16 8:51 P

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Hi team.
Well...I was up .5 of a pound today. I know why. I ate some chicken for dinner last evening. That takes more time to digest.

A last sunny day today...and now it is rainy. The heat wave is over and we'll be back into the 60s for the next 2 weeks. Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.

Sorry to hear you are stressed and your heal is bugging you MNNice. Take care to take care of yourself...and just check in to some calm inner place (I know this is hard, but w/my brother and his heart attack-I know I have to keep checking in with me, too...I cannot solve all his probs). But tomorrow I spend a half day helping him to drs appts and shopping. He called up today pretty desperate and I had to tell him I could see him tomorrow, but I had other things around the time I could spend with him that I cannot move. So...we'll see. I know I need to destress/relax after that. But it won't be with junk food.

Take care team. Enjoy cooking Oaxaca. And let's take care of ourselves.

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Mnnice, sorry your foot is still an issue, and sorry you are feeling so stressed. Make that chocolate last a looooong time! It sure is great to see your posts....don't desert us again!
I am still hanging in. I just finished some of my cooking and had my lunch. Almost done with what has to be done today.
We had more rain last night, so it seems like the rainy season has indeed arrived. So glad it is not as hot as it was, since I had the oven on for a long time.
Have a happy Wednesday, and stick to plan.....and I'd better be listening to myself.













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Just have a minute for a quick check-in. Weather is gloomy and conditions at work even gloomier! The secretary left this morning and came back with a bag of chocolate for me -- I guess my stress was making me a bit testy! LOL! I will have to watch it, as the stress level is high and it would be easy to finish off the bag by end of day! No, I won't do that. Better get back to the office now.

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I'm here. Just have been so stressed and busy at work that I am exhausted when I get home and don't feel like getting on the computer. Again I am doing just okay -- some good days, some not so good, but no true binge episodes. I'm just holding my own, which might just have to suffice until I get my spark back and am able to exercise again. My heel is still "iffy", and the rain the past 2 days has meant not even short walks. Since I'm so tired, I just can't seem to get out of bed early enough in the mornings to do any s/t either. Welcome back, Sherwood - you did very well to weight less than before you left! As for me, I find that eating more protein and fewer carbs works better with my metabolism. Oaxaca, hang in there throughout the holidays -- and that mantra sounds like a good one!

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You're sounding good Sherwood.....keep it up!
I did well yesterday, and stayed in bed last night....really working on this problem.
I will start cooking for Friday....The whole day is free for just that, so it should be kind of fun.
Mnnice, where are you?
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Good morning team, from sunny Oregon. Will be in the mid 80s or higher here today. I must get outside before it is too hot to jog.

I slept well last night and woke up .5 a pound lighter. Tracked and ate about 1800 calories, but all vegan. I do not know if the two are related. I had a massage last evening, too...and so for dinner I had a kale and dried blueberry and hazelnut salad along with some hummus and sweet potato crackers and a glass of wine. I ate them sitting in a reclining chair by the pond. Thoroughly relaxing.

May your experiment with mindfulness and habits give you strength, Oaxaca, to overcome your binge urges. The trick with habits is they never go away, but you just have to replace them with new ones and find other things to do when you are in a trigger situation(instead of binging). A challenge for sure.

Have a good day, team.

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Sherwood, it will be interesting to see how your experiment goes....hope it works for you!
I came up with something yesterday, and am going to see if it helps me. It goes along with reading I have done, telling me bingeing is a habit. So I am using that as kind of a mantra, especially when I go to bed....bingeing is a habit, habits can be broken. Thankfully, I did well yesterday with no nighttime problems....working, working on it.
You guys are getting the warm weather, and now we are getting the clouds and rain. Still warm, but not overwhelming like it was, and it poured last night. Maybe the rainy season will be early this year....time will tell.
Have a good start to the week team!












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Oaxaca. Maybe it is time to not worry (your garden dream sounds wonderful). And to just be calm and enjoy the moment. I think you will be OK, then. Don't be hard on yourself.

Yesterday's eating for me was a total success. I also went shopping with my husband for the week's food (mostly, we'll see). I ate a normal "pre-jog" breakfast, then when I finished I had peanut butter crackers... later that day I had an apple as a snack and a glass of wine for dinner with some smashed potatoes I made (very little cheese or oil-but garlic, peppers and mushrooms) and a kale salad with dried blueberries and hazelnuts for dinner and fresh strawberris.

As you may note from this description, and that's my point of telling so much, I am trying to follow a diet where I eat little meat or sugars other than those found in fruits.

I woke up weighing 161.8 and that is less than before my trip. I am also going to be tracking food and calories, just to see how it aligns. But this is a grand experiment. I used to avoid things like potatoes because they were theoretically not so good for you, but to the contrary, I think it is the meat along with the potatoes that is not so good for inflammation.

I am not going totally meat free just yet (I have chicken thighs to cook for tonight), but I will try to lessen them and track my calories...and see where this leads me. I, too, am positive.

Be well, team. 85F forecast for here today.

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I think I should read my own posts at night to inspire me when my mind goes wonky....had too much wine, and then a binge.....again.....darn!!!!!!!
Strangely, I feel like its all going to be ok....maybe I am coming out of this difficult stage or something, but I'll take the positive and leave it at that. I had a dream about beautiful flowers in my garden, and everything at its best....and I have had that dream before when things become positive, so who knows?
It will be a busy week getting ready for my Passover dinner on Friday night...14 or 15 people...thankfully, here it is very economical to hire helpers, so I won't have to do any serving or cleaning up. Just the cooking.
I hope the rest of you are doing well, and I am working towards a really good day.













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Thanks for the suggestions Mnnice....I like the idea of a book and a glass of water....will try that.
Yesterday I had another on track day, and today, so good so far.....I got a lot done around the house this morning, and have one student this afternoon.
Its still stifling here....in the 90's every day....80 sounds cool to me!
Have a happy rest of the day, and make it a day on track!













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I do have the SP app on my phone and although I don't use it regularly, it does come in handy when I 'm somewhere without wifi so I can still get my tracking done. Oaxaca, maybe to stay out of the kitchen at night, have a book ready and go sit in your favorite chair and read in semi-darkness. Maybe take a glass of water with you to sip on and keep you hands busy when not turning pages.... And listen to some soft soundscapes, spa-type music to relax you. Yesterday was not great, but not terrible. Went to our high school's production of South Pacific last night, and they did such a good job!

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Stayed on track yesterday....yay!!
Sherwood, I think there is an app for spark. Maybe if you put it on your phone you could get into the habit of tracking with less of a hassle. Still thinking on it.
I am thinking I should put something, like a fruit or something, on my night stand, and go to that if I want to go into the kitchen and eat in the middle of the night. Might try that.
Glad your friend found your keys Mnnice. And good to hear that Wednesday went well, and that you had a good plan for last night. And such good news that your foot felt ok after walking to work.
Let's keep thinking about each other and how we can help each other and get through the weekend without any slips!












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It was a nice day here - 81 degrees - just the way I like it! I finally tried a walk to work. I was worried because I've had a little nagging in my heel even without having been doing any walking (other than normal around the house), but it didn't feel bad at the end of the day. I do hope I can get back 3-5 miles a day after a couple more months! No binging or over-eating yesterday, and today has been good. I have 200 calories left for my evening snack, so if I stick to that and then go to bed, I may see some progress on the scale tomorrow. Oh, and my friend found my keys - they had fallen out of my purse and were down between the passenger seat and the console!

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Oaxaca- I like your idea of constructive suggestions.

We should do this team.
I start with one for you two bingers. Maybe it would be good to write a list of common triggers that you know are what cause you to binge. And then think of what is the next trigger you can see might happen and take 1 positive step towards making it harder to binge when that trigger happens. I don't know what you might do. But maybe it has to be drastic. Like putting a sign on the refrigerator that says: STOP!!!! NOT TONIGHT!!! NO NO NO!!!. Or maybe you make it really really really hard to get to that food you want to mindlessly eat.

For me, I think I need help with changing my eating habits and with tracking. I know I have weak moments. But not to be tracking is silly crazy. How can I get going on this and make it "just what I do"

By the way I have had a fabulous time in Paris. Very hard work. Lots of stresses as I have a room of 20 very bright opinionated guys (they are all various kinds of software and systems and customer architects) who I am introducing to practices they might adopt/adapt to improve the way they do architecture. So not only do I have to be informative and appear experienced and smart, I have to understand what their enviornment is like and then think on the fly about what I say / how I respond to very deep questions. And, oh yes, I have to be entertaining in my presentation. Needless to say, after day 2 of this I am tired/drained, but also very happy to have really done a good job (they told me so). Tomorrow are meetings to plan for follow on help. (That will be the easy part for me). Then, I am getting out of my introverted self and meeting with some folks for an informal "meetup" to talk about software design. I don't know who will show up (I suspect a few folks) who knew that I would be in Paris...but this is slightly out of my comfort zone. But, after a very busy week, this should be fun. And I get to meet some more french people who are smart and thoughtful.

Fortunately, the next day I can get on a plane and huddle up and be my introverted self for the rest of the trip.

I managed to go jogging this morning before the workshop. So that was wonderful. I am home in my hotel room and it is now 8 p.m., and I'm so tired I want to just do nothing. So I had some cheese and bread and a small glass of wine. And that is my dinner. So...for me, life is good. But I want to set big goals for myself -- actually lose a few pounds ---once I am home. So I need your advice/help on that, too. I have a month at home before I travel again. So I fully want to make use of it rather than just let down my guard.

Cheers, team. And thanks for stimulating me to think about getting us doing something positive by suggestion, Oaxaca. I think you are on to something important..

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Unfortunately, in my usual fashion, I binged after returning home from a trip. If i am correct, have always done this . Something to think about and change.
I am going to eat properly today....that is a promise...to me and to my team.
I have calls to make and appointments as well, so its good that I have things to do.
My legs feel better than yesterday, but still not good.
On to better things!

Just editing this: Why don't we try to come up with ideas, techniques, things that we've read, etc. that might help us? Even if you think it might not be for you, but maybe can be helpful for someone else on the team. For example, ideas for me and Mnnice about eating before bed, or in my case, getting up after going to bed. Or for Sherwood, ideas to help stay away from crispy salty snacking through the day. We're smart....let's think on it!

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Sorry I've been AWOL.....we left early Tuesday morning with our best friends to a place in the mountains we have talked about going to for years. I was beautiful. A waterfall that you could swim under, cave painting thousands of years old, and another cave which my female friend and I skipped because she, with 2 knee surgeries behind her, and me with my two prosthetic hips were already exhausted from climbing up and climbing down rocky terrain to get to the sites. It was soooo hard, I am amazed I did it....I am paying for it now, that's for sure, but at least it was great exercise and an amazing experience. But definitely for people under 50!
We got home around 5:30 today, and after getting organized, I am ready to relax and get to bed early. Didn't think a lot about what I ate, but for the most part, everything was very healthy.
The cold is finally just about gone. Just want to stay free of binges for the rest of the week....
Your time away sounds wonderful Sherwood....keep enjoying....
And Mnnice, hope your evening goes well and that you wake up happy you stayed on track. And oh, lost keys, so annoying! Don't let it get you down.
'Til tomorrow friends.













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Every day is a new day, and today will be a better one for my eating! I'm frustrated because I went to a meeting out of town last night and rode with a friend, and this morning I could not find my car key anywhere. So somewhere between her car and the library where the meeting was, my key must've fallen out of my purse. Hoping it will be found! In the meantime at least I have an extra.

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Hang in there, team. I am hopeful your struggles will lessen soon.

Day 1 with my client over...now onto the workshop tomorrow and Thursday, with planning meetings on Friday. After tomorrow, the trip will be on the home stretch.

It was a beautiful spring day here. After work at 6:30 I went out for a glass of wine, then a walk and bought a sandwich to take to the hotel to eat for dinner. Maybe I'll get more sociable, but I am not sure---no matter. I just am enjoying being in the city and soaking up sunshine after work.

Take care! Got my 10000 steps in today, too. Yay!

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Oaxaca, I've been struggling a bit too, with the eating and also with fighting the cold. Sherwood, as always, your travels sound intriguing.

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Good evening from Paris, team! It was a beautiful day here.
I flew here overnight after the conference ended at noon.
Saturday morning I went out jogging again with my "running buddy". We did 6.25 mi and she found a lake we could jog to/around. Nice. I was slow slow slow, but she was accomodating so that was that. I was very tired as I got into Paris at 7 a.m. Took a train to a stop which turned out to be one stop where I should've gone to easily get to my hotel. Asked someone on the street who didn't know. But fortunately I had paid for the $10/day phone plan and used my google directions to get me back to my hotel. It is a suites which means it has breakfast in the morning and larger rooms where people stay long term. I was able to get to my room and eat breakfast. Then I slept, and slept some more. Then walked along the Seine to a park- Citroen where all kinds of people were playing/hanging out. It was really a beautiful park with playgrounds, lots of trees and interesting landscape. I got in over 20,000 steps today! Plus lots of naps.
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to not be good starting around noontime. So we'll see.I have to put together a presentation to mgmt tomorrow, but that should be something I can do in the rainy afternoon. I hope to get out tomorrow. I also discovered a delightful park near where the hotel is too. So all in all, a tiring trip but good day. I ate gluten this morning and my stomach has been unhappy. But I had a light dinner at 7 (way early for the French) of some lox and salad at a healthy fast food place. Yum.

Take care, team! I'll report in when I can.

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Enjoy your day with your kids Mnnice, and hope you find your son is doing really well.
I am having a bit of a rough time. Friday I was right back on track, but yesterday ended up adding 500 cals. by eating in the nighttime....gets so frustrating and annoying.
But for whatever reason I woke up feeling positive, and ready to get back on the wagon. Just wish I could get some solid days behind me.
Its a quiet stay home day....and hope to kill this cold and cough that is haunting me.












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Feeling pretty good today after sleeping in a bit this morning. Then got the house cleaned a bit. Have to play for church at 5:30, and after that a free evening and won't have to go in the morning, so we plan to get up and head to Fargo to see the kids. Son is recovering well from his surgery, although pretty sore. I will stick to good eating today, because I'm sure we'll all go out somewhere to eat tomorrow, and likely I won't find anything really healthy on the menu - so will just have to go with moderation, which is usually easier said that done. As for yesterday - didn't eat the healthiest, but didn't binge. Sometimes that the beset we can do!

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I'm disappointed that I ended up in a binge last night. I was craving food all afternoon and evening, and I just broke down. Woke up with the cough and slight cold that hubby has had, so maybe that was part of the problem. As usual, I'll carry on the struggle. But I am very unhappy about this...I was really hoping to build up some good days.
Will do a class in a bit, and then its rest time.
Keep feeling good Mnnice,
Happy weekend to all!












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Yesterday not feeling great kept me away from food - all I wanted for supper was chicken noodle soup! Of course I ate too many crackers with it, but was still in my calorie range for the day. Again, no exercise! Feeling better today. Weather is cold and very windy, so I won't be doing even a short walk today. We have a concert to go to tonight (Mac Bailey, former member of the Limelighters, if that rings a bell for any of you fellow "oldtimers"!! It's part of a concert series membership we belong to, and I'm on the board of directors for the association, so we go to all of the concerts if at all possible. Cheap entertainment (Only $40 per person for annual membership, which is 5 concerts), and we get some first-class entertainers in the small rural area. Back to work now! Sherwood, I would fit in well in geek heaven and also the introvert time. We are a lot alike in personality, I think. Sherwood, continue to relax and finish the week strong!

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