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8/28/16 7:23 P

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I finally am posting....you'd think with this boredom I would have been here much earlier.
I am on track, thank goodness.
Sherwood, so glad I didn't annoy you...and one suggestion. My sister has had that problem traveling, so she talked to her doctor and was given medication for traveling if the swelling starts. She takes them with her whenever she travels. Maybe talk to your doctor to see if she can help you with this problem. And the idea about the bars for breakfast sounds like a good idea. Congrats on the numbers on the scale!
Another boring day for me until 6:00 when I will see one client.
Hope your weekend was fun Mnnice, and hope to see a post tomorrow.
Have a nice restful evening team.












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8/28/16 1:42 P

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Good morning, team. I managed to eat very sensibly at the party yesterday afternoon. I had a couple of glasses of white wine, and lots of salads and green beans...but not much meat and none of the bars...just a little apple cobbler and ice cream for dessert.

And my weight this morning is 160.4. I hope this downward trend continues I am going to ward hard on eating and tracking.

It is supposed to get cooler and rainy by the end of the week. So we must get our painting done over the next couple of days. My husband is scraping, caulking and taping as I type ....my job is to paint...which I will do as soon as he finishes his part....

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8/27/16 5:52 P

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Oaxaca...just had to respond to your post...I'm not irritated by it...but just want to explain in case you have ideas. When I travel my body tends to hold on to water .. or something. Flying makings me retain water. I literally can gain 5 pounds in a day / have puffy ankles and a sore body...which may take me a couple of days or up to a week to lose. Especially on long flights. And even when I eat modestly, I gain weight traveling when I cross many timezones.

I am not sure why. So I have seriously been thinking about taking gluten free nugo bars with me and eating them for breakfast only every day while traveling...just to cut calories and keep low glycemic index. That and a bag of carrots for the plane.

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8/27/16 2:44 P

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Whoa, Sherwood, looks like busy, busy days ahead....especially that commitment to the 100 m race crewing that you are considering! Don't get angry, please, but I don't understand your goals to maybe lose or stay the same, and not gain too much while traveling. I thought you were trying to lose what you re-gained, and why not a goal of NO gain while traveling? Probably none of my business, but I had to check out where you are at. C'mon gal, you can do this, you know you can! And hope you had a great run today.
I am on track. Yesterday for the first time in a long time I was at the top of my allowed calories due to a big portion of fat free sugar free yogurt last night, inspired by hubby's pigging out on his regular yogurt in front of the tv. So as always I have to watch it at night.
Hope you are having lots of fun on your mini vacation to watch baseball Mnnice!
Have a great rest of the day!












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8/27/16 2:40 P

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Good morning, team.
I went on a 10 mile! jog / walk this morning. I had no idea where I was going to go...but I did a country route with lots of hills...so my pace average 13+ min/mile. But I am OK with that. Now we are going shopping and then to a friend's afternoon/evening party in the late afternoon.

My weight was 161.2 this morning. I need to keep up this trend! I suspect that not eating out at all this week has helped. Hopefully at the party I'll be able to eat moderately. I'm going to take some fresh green beans (cooked with a little bacon and chicken broth) from my garden and some bottles of my brother's wine. And we'll bring our steaks to grill. Should be nice.

I am tracking every thing I eat today. One more thing to keep me honest.


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8/26/16 7:09 P

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Good afternoon, team.
It is a hot, hot 97F at the moment. Tomorrow's high is only 85 so I'll enjoy that.Too hot to paint.
I think it is good to announce when you are retiring, MNNice...it puts a stake in the ground. At the moment, I am the "working" one in my family, but my husband got "retired" from Mozilla last December and we've been on his COBRA insurance since then. When he turns 65 this Dec he'll switch to Medicare, but my clock resets, which means I can get anothr 18 months of insurance from his company (I pay of course, but it is reasonable), which will take me up to when I am 65....this insurance stuff is complicated.

I weighed 161.8 this morning. Progress is slow. I am .1 of a pound higher than I was Jan 1....my goal still is to try to lose or hold steady the weeks I am home, and to not gain too much when I travel. The test will be Sept and Oct. My travel agent is finding me reasonable flights for my October trip...which is very helpful. I will probably confirm the flights sometime early next week. And then...well, we are considering turning around the next day I get home from Israel and drive 8+ hours to the McCall Idaho area to crew my daughter and boyfriend for their 100 m race. I may be exhausted, but I can sleep as my husband drives in the car....and it will be fun to visit the woods of Idaho in the fall....we are thinking that while it will be a tough trip, it will also be fun....

I hope to go 10 mi tomorrow. We'll see. I was so tired when I went jogging today...but I couldn't have any coffee as I had a calcium scoring scan at 1 p.m....and they said no coffee beforehand. So maybe that was it. It was hot, too. But tomorrow is another day!

Enjoy the weekend.

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8/26/16 10:46 A

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I guess in your heart of hearts you knew it was time Mnnice! Have fun at the baseball tournament.
I am on track, and really enjoyed working a little yesterday.
Enjoy the weekend, and stay on track!












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8/26/16 10:36 A

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I can't remember if I've told you here that at my annual review last week I told my office manager and boss that I would be retiring as of July 1st next year. I'm not sure why, it just sort of popped out -- so now that I've given a specific date, I have to do it! Hubby will work one more year after that so that we have insurance coverage until Medicare kicks in. We're off in a few minutes out of town - my son's baseball team made it to the State tournament so we'll be going early to just have a relaxing day before we watch him play tomorrow morning's game. Doing not great, but not bad. Hope to get back to serious exercise time next week!

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8/25/16 2:49 P

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Good morning, team.

Today went well for me exercise and eating wise, even if it ended on a challenging note. My father-in-law fell at the assisted living center....to be extra cautious they shipped him off to the emergency room for MRIs, etc.As he has dementia and can't hear (the assisted living place lost his hearing aids a while ago...another sad story)...it is very difficult to get him to calm down. But after he checked out OK, he went home and so did we..

When we got home I popped right into bed.

I have a lot more travel in my future and I need to get mentally and physically ready for it. I am happy to have the work. Not so happy that it involves many hours on the plane. So here's my travel for the rest of the year: Sept 10-15 in Israel, the week of Oct 9 in London and the following week in Germany....then a conference the following week in Illinois. Then, home a couple of weeks before my next trip the week of Nov 6. And we've booked rooms in Hawaii for Dec 7-17 to celebrate my husband's 65th birthday on Dec 6....

So my plan is to just keep plugging away at my sensible eating, taking care of myself, and taking it one day at a time. When I am home I really need to focus on healthy eating/exercise. And when I travel, I need to watch what I eat and get in whatever exercise I can.

Here's to keeping calm and carrying on. I hope that in the next 2 weeks that I'm home I will lose 2 pounds. I weighed 162 this morning and that is encouraging.

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8/25/16 10:59 A

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Yesterday went well, right on track, actually a little low on calories, but I did not plan that.
Today will be a little more interesting. I am going to see 2 clients in the late afternoon. I can see them in our tv room so I don't have to climb the stairs. They both really begged to see me, so I decided I should be able to handle doing a few sessions. It will involve almost no walking, and I will be sitting the entire time. The real challenge will be making myself presentable. I haven't really been concerned with how I look, so today on goes the makeup, zoom goes the hairdryer, and on go some decent clothes. I am actually looking forward to working a little....it sure will break the boredom.
I hope its a good day for everyone....just fight those cravings and temptations and meet your goals!












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8/24/16 4:56 P

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The three musketeers are together again at last!!! So happy to see your posts Mnnice. You have been going through really rough times, and as you say, hopefully after the funeral things will slow down somewhat.
I am so sorry that you both have seen the numbers on the scale go up, but you are not starting over. You have learned so much that you have much better ammunition to lose it this time around. So hang in there and don't give up!
I have been doing very well, but yesterday had a bit of a slip....I had a few cookies, and picked at a left over dessert. I am sorry it happened, but glad I was able to call it quits and get back to bed. Especially since I am getting no exercise at all.
I think in order to succeed, we really have to want it, and want it BAD. At least for me that's how it is. If I start to feel like "oh, its ok", or "why push so hard" I start to get into trouble.
Hope the day is going well.....let's do this!












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8/24/16 2:32 P

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Ha - 2 days in a row! Yesterday went for a 3-mile walk after work with some friends. It was hot and a challenge, but I made it. Over 15,000 steps total yesterday. Went to a lunch today that was a benefit for our Cancer Support Group - they served barbecues, chips, bars and malts. Well, I skipped the chips... That will have to be my main meal for the day. If I can stick to a small supper, I'll be okay calorie-wise, but went way over on the carbs and sugar! May not have time to walk tonight as I am meeting with the priest after work for final plans for brother's service & burial. Maybe I can sneak in a mile after supper, but have lots to do around the house so may just get some things done.

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8/24/16 2:30 P

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MNNice, good to hear from you and hope you and your family get some resolution after your brother's funeral Monday. Pop in when you can. And hopefully we can very constructively have some discussion about reversing weight gains. Serious discussions. I, too, struggle and think my thyroid is a big barrier. It is tough even staying even..let alone losing weight. But I must. For my health. My weight is back to where it was when I started, too. But I am trying very hard to hold the line. This morning it was 163. Grr. But today I am so conscious that I need to track and cannot gratuitously eat any crunchy nuts or crackers without consequence...that's all I did yesterday....didn't jog and ate "snacks" instead of dinner. And that's enough. My calories really aren't the issue, I think. It is what I am eating. I have vainly hoped that the supplements I am taking will prevent me to gain weight when I eat excessive carbs, but that is not the reality. I just have to cut that stuff out.

I had meetings this morning for 2 hours, then went jogging before it gets hot. Got lost so it was easy to do 3 miles (I ran in neighberhoods that I am not familiar with that have many cul-de-sacs instead of a grid, so I was dead ended 3 times...no problem...just meant I got in those miles). I usually stick to a very well known path, but I am deciding to be adventurous (nothing like a walk along a river, which sounds wonderful, MNNice).

Yep, I am dealing with aches and pains, too. My achilles is a bit swollen, but manageable. I continue to do my stretches that my PT prescribed and I am not going to meet with my trainer.

Harvested green beans, squash (patty pan and zucchini) and tomatoes and lemon cucumbers from the garden. I love this abundance of fresh veggies. Makes me smile just thinking about eating and sharing them with others.

Oaxaca, I think you know when your danger times are...and I have every belief that you will figure out what to do once you are more mobile and it is a bigger problem. Your awareness and attention are inspiring.



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8/23/16 1:41 P

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I'm back! My life has been a whirlwind lately and I just seem to run out of time! It is another busy week as I make final arrangements for my brother's memorial service and burial which will be on Monday. My son's baseball team made it to the State tournament so on Friday hubby and I will take the day off and head out of town, stay over night and watch the game Saturday morning before heading back to town. Then try to clean the house a bit and get ready for the service on Monday. Hoping after that things will slow down! Of course if my son's team wins, we will be running another weekend to continue the tournament. My feet continue to nag, but I just quit if they start hurting too much so that it doesn't get out of hand. Tonight after work I'm going for a long walk on a trail along a river and to a Federal Wildlife Refuge with three high school friends. We will likely see the eagles. As for my weight, it just won't stop going upward and I'm now back to the weight I was when I started SP, and in addition, my clothes are not fitting well and I just don't feel healthy. Between the hysterectomy and going off of a medication, I think those 2 things at least contribute to it, plus the fact I couldn't exercise much for about 6 months and it is more limited now than it was. Well, I will continue working on it!! Oaxaca, hope you're healing and can soon be mobile and medication-less. Sherwood, you continue to hang in there and I could use some of your exercise perseverance!

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8/23/16 11:24 A

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I was very happy to see your post this morning Sherwood. Maybe we two can keep the team alive, and hopefully Mnnice will soon be back.
I have been hanging in, and am still on track. I am very aware of how my compulsive feelings come up at night. Usually for the rest of the day I feel relatively "normal." So I am going to try to take a real look at that, and maybe once my needs at that time of day become clearer, I will be better able to conquer the compulsion. That will be very necessary once I regain mobility and have access to the kitchen at all hours.
As I look out the windows in my bedroom I see a very gloomy, grey, windy day. Hopefully it will bring some rain, which we really need.
Carry on with that battle against those unwanted pounds Sherwood, and stay cool!












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8/23/16 11:00 A

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Good morning, team.

I simply forgot to post yesterday. Not much new here: Weight was 162.3 this morning (up .1 of a pound)...I went to my physical therapist yesterday and she used the tool on my achilles/calves...so I got a little bruising. Have even more ankle stretches to do. I am one of those unusual people who actually do the PT recommended stretching/exercising....

I hope this team doesn't disappear. I am not disappearing. And I'm not bored with a quick check in, either. I am eating fine, not doing anything crazy. Hope to get in a short jog this afternoon after my meetings (even though it will be warm). High of 85 today. Then 90s for the next three days. My work is manageable although I must consider whether I want to do another volunteer job for a conference next year or not. I am on the fence with that one as it is a lot of work.

Hang in there Oaxaca. You need to just watch out to not let that one trip upstairs per day turn into an opportunity to break your eating routine. You are one strong woman. So keep it up!

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8/22/16 6:35 P

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I think this team is disappearing....such a shame!
I am on track, and it hasn't been easy the last few days....lots of craving for more food. So my immobility has been a lifesaver at times.
C'mon everyone, post and keep this team alive!












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8/21/16 1:16 P

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Still on track, still bored, still waiting for a new post here. emoticon












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8/20/16 10:15 A

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Good morning. I am still on track! Yesterday was difficult as I was feeling hungry all day, and if I had gotten started, I most likely would have ended up in trouble. I used my one allowed trip on the stairs to have my lunch, and had to talk to myself to not get into things I know often start me on a binge. For the next few days hubby is home, so I won't need to use the stairs at all.
Dinner last night was take out Indian that hubby picked up. I think I did ok. I stayed away from the rice, had only a small piece of the special bread, and stayed clear of sopping up the sauce. So it was mostly pieces of chicken and a little beef.
I am so bored, and its not even a week. I finished the first season of Narcos, and season 2 won't be on Netflix until Sept, so I have to find another series to captivate me.
Take care this weekend, and don't melt from the heat Sherwood!












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8/19/16 4:32 P

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Glad to see that you are able to manage your pain, Oaxaca. Today and tomorrow are supposed to get up to 100...so today is a no jog day for me. We'll see whether I go out early tomorrow or not. We have a friend arriving in Portland this afternoon. I told my husband we should take two cars so I can come home if the dinner goes too late. So we'll see....

If I get up and out the door by 7:30 a.m. I'll be fine. But if it is much later than that I may just go for a short run and save it for Sunday when it is supposed to be a little bit cooler.

I slept well last night, but am feeling tired now. Grr. That happens. Still not sure what to do about that but I think it is part of my ongoing thyroid issues.

Take care, team!

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8/19/16 11:37 A

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Sherwood, hope your day went well, and that you got right back on track.
I seem to need a lower dose of my pain pills right now, which is good news. I guess hardly moving is doing the trick. My daughter told me about "Narcos" on Netflix, so I am engrossed and watching that is making the time go faster.
Whoa Sherwood, 100 degrees! That is way too hot for me! If you can't do your run super early, I would suggest just skipping it until that heat subsides.
My eating is still very stable, and at least that burden is not weighing on me right now. I can see why those diet companies that send meals to their clients are successful, at least if the people on the program don't have any other food in the house!
Wishing everyone a happy Friday!












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8/18/16 4:53 P

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Good afternoon, team.
Oaxaca...glad to hear that your pain is manageable. Boredom is tough to deal with...but at least you won't be overeating. Just hope your meds don't make you feel sick/bloated.

I backslid a bit yesterday...for some reason, eating oatmeal in the morning started me on a carb binge...and a gain of a pound or so. But today I am on track and started the day with an omelette. And for lunch I had a protein smoothy with berries and a banana...so no nuts or chips today for me!

I hope the weight will come back off.
Today it is forecast to get to 100. Next 2 days will be that hot, too. That's too hot for me. I hope to get up very early Saturday and get my long run in early.

Take care! And let's just keep plugging away...

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Good morning team....here I am again.
Life is very boring these days, but between reading, tv, netflix, and the computer, I am managing to keep myself somewhat occupied.
My eating is very under control, so that is one very positive part of all that is going on with me.
Not much to tell, obviously. I hope your posts will be a little more interesting than mine!
Have a happy Thursday!












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The pain is pretty y much under control with strong meds. They do a number on the emotions, but at least the pain is at a minimum. The boredom is overwhelming.
I am on track, which is not a major feat since most of my meals are brought to me, and hubby knows the rules.
Sherwood, keep at it!













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Good morning, team.
I need to go jogging soon as it will be too warm later.
We're in for a heat wave with 100F forecast for Thur-Sat....

My weight was only up .2 of a pound from last night's dinner to 162.3. That's a relief. I ate sensibly. Had a lox salad and scallops and a succotash for dinner along with one glass of wine and shared sorbet and ice cream (small portions) with my husband for dessert. And I successfully avoided eating too much yesterday. Today's plan: track dilligently, eat sparingly, and exercise before it gets too hot.

My thoughts are with you, Oaxaca...hope the pain is manageable (as is your boredom).
MNNice, wondering if you are OK, too...

Take care, team!
Sherwood

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Oaxaca- I hope you get some pain relief. It sounds as if your life for the next month is pretty well set. Don't get bored. Take this as a chance to be taken care of by those who are around you.

My day was so lazy today. I read most of this afternoon for pleasure. Think I need to get my eyes checked. Things are blurry. Even now as I am typing. A sign I need stronger glasses.. Booked my flight to Israel. Did I mention that I am going to teach a workshop in Jerusalem Sept 12-14... So that is exciting.

My heel is still sore...but I did jog today, too. Went an easy three miles, then walked the next mile home. Tonight we go out to a special dinner. But I am not going to go crazy eating. I want to keep on my path towards losing that weigh. This morning I weighed 162.1. Probably will be up a bit tomorrow. But then I'll be back at it.

Take care!
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Well, I got my answers....I have a fractured sacrum which is invisible on an x-ray but very clear on a scan. That has been the cause of all this pain. I am now on bed rest, and am to use a walker. I can go up and down the stairs with the walker once a day is necessary. This is my life for 4 weeks, along with more medication. What fun.
Eating is not an issue right now, and night time eating is out of the picture since going into the kitchen means climbing the stairs. Its going to be a long, lonely, boring month. But it is a relief to know what the problem is.
Right now, when hubby has to be out all day he leave me breakfast, I will use the stairs for lunch, and then he will bring me dinner. When he is here, he will bring me all my meals and I will forget the stairs. I really want this fracture to heal so I can get on with my life.
So that's my news...hope to hear yours in a post later today.












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I am hanging in, staying on track. I slept very little last night,so I feel pretty off today, and the pain is strong. I see my doctor at 5:30....boy, I hope he has some answers.
Sherwood, you plan sounds really good....now stick to it! And take care of those feet!
Have a good rest of the day everyone.













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Thanks for the words of encouragement, Oaxaca. I feel better today, but my heels look bruised. So it is a walking/take it easy day today. When do you see your specialist? Hang in there, you indeed, are an inspiration.

I am tracking my food. Goal: every day this week (even when eating out). So far about 800 cals through lunch. With a sensible dinner I am right on track. Will have patty pan squash and green beans and tomatoes from my garden, along with some kind of protein. Maybe some salmon....

Let's be strong!



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Keep at it Sherwood....the results, as you know, are worth it. I hope your coach has some good advice for your problems. And do enjoy the summer....its gone before we know it. And you will be so busy come September....so relax and take care of yourself now.
I am managing to stay on track in spite of these painful days. I am anxious to hear what my specialist has to say once he sees the x-rays and tomography...and hope the remedy is not too overwhelming.
Our team is certainly weakening...I hope we can strengthen it.
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Oaxaca, so sorry to hear you are in a lot of pain.

I have been lax at posting...and continue to work on my attitude, eating, and positive thoughts. I managed to jog 8 miles yesterday, but had a tough time of it. I think I am suffering from achilles tendonitis in both ankles! Good grief. I have a bump on the back of my right ankle (high up)...and bruising today. Only a little bruising on the other side. I have read that the treatment for this is stretching, and more stretching....and not so much running. I will confer with my coach and see what to do. But I don't want to bother her on the weekend.

I am happy that I weighed 162.5 this morning. But am not happy that this is a relatively good number for me. But I can do what I can...and I am going to keep working on this while I am home. It looks like I will be traveling to Israel the week of Sept 12 to hold a workshop at my client's. In October I see at least 2 trips, if not three. And November, more of the same...so right now I am doing my best to enjoy summer. It is beautiful here today. Friends are coming by to visit, then go to dinner later. So we'll see. I just need to care about what I eat and eat less than everyone else. Then I am OK.

Take care, team! I have no excuse for not posting. So I will post. And track!

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I am still not feeling great, but I am staying on track. Overeating would only make things worse.
I kept checking all day to see if anyone had posted, but no such luck. Hope to hear from you tomorrow.
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I'm back home! The trip was great, even though the pain from my fall interfered quite a bit. I ended up taking my pain pills constantly, and even then I had some really bad days. My specialist is out of town until Monday, so I went to emergency yesterday, and they did x-rays and a scan. They told me the problem seems to be my back, and that there might be surgery in the near future, but that I need to take all of the results to my doctor on Monday. So I am pretty depressed. But the pain pills help with that too! I am beginning to understand why people get addicted... hahaha...I am on 15 mg. of oxycodone....hard to believe even with that the pain does not completely go away. So it seem aches and pains are the number one topic here right now.
I have tried to catch up on your posts, since I really had very little access and/or time for computers while I was away. Sorry to hear you both are struggling, and hope today things are looking brighter.
Its good to be back, and I hope we can all get back to daily posts, positive attitudes, and progress!!!!!












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Good morning, team. I can relate to nagging aches and pains. My 34 year old son yesterday complained that he tweaked his back...and thought it a sign of getting older. And he's only 34.

People who help me work through my aches and pains are a lifesaver. I have another massage schedule in 3 weeks and I am looking forward to it! My massage therapist was either busy or on vacation until that last week in August. Something to look forward to.

I continue to do daily stretching routines assigned to me by my physical therapist (I see her once a week) and we'll see how that goes. I think I could easily spend half an hour a day stretching/rolling....and I probably should.

My weight is hanging in there at 163.5. I am eating sensibly and tracking. It isn't budging. So be it. I just need to try even harder. I'm totally avoiding nuts. Now I should cut out that serving of sweet potato crackers and just have carrots with hummus. But I've been eating a lot of blackberries I've picked too...those are sugary. But I won't give those up because it is just a special time of year when the blackberries are available. All I have to do is walk out the door and pick 'em. Yum.

Take care! We are in this for the long haul.

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Yes, the nags are still there and the extra weight I'm sure isn't helping for the feet (and my right foot now is showing a bit of plantar fascitis as well as the left), but also some of it must be attributable to getting older because my hands and wrists seem to be a little naggy with stiffness also. I won't give up, but my progress just seems to be at a standstill lately. I have to work harder!

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Good morning, team. After eating an omelette and some melon for breakfast today, I've been sitting around watching olympic women cyclists. We discovered that on AppleTV we get all the streaming olympic channels so we just pick an interesting sport and watch it while reading or whatever....yesterday watched Koreans win over the US men in archery, table tennis, only a short amount of water polo (it was pretty boring), and some volleyball of various different kinds--beach, team....good background noise while hanging out.

I managed to go 7.33 miles yesterday on my long jog. Did several miles of that on the middle school track which helped as it was flat. My nagging injuries are still with me...but I am doing my daily stretchings'/using the foam roller.

My weight this morning was 163.5. I hope to get below 160 sometime in the next two weeks. MNNice, I totally believe that extra weight makes it that much harder on joints...all the more incentive to keep on keeping at it. I've been tracking my food and taking some supplements that help me not absorb carbs if I have a carb laden meal. We'll see how that goes. I remain hopeful. And positive.

Here's to a good week, team!

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All those lilttle "nags" can be frustrating. I still struggle a bit with my feet - not really much pain in the heel anymore if I'm careful about wearing the right shoes, but some pain more on the top of the arch, but that's still better than the heel pain! And my lower back has been also a bit unstable lately. It's probably because of the extra weight I've gained and I need to get it off and get back to some core work! Have a great weekend. Oaxaca, if you can see this - hope you're having a great time on your trip!

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The massage was great...but I am still not feeling great...I have a periformis injury and my right achilles is acting up, too...that and a stiff lower back doesn't make me good for much of anything. I am hoping that with eating right at home and taking care of myself that I can reduce inflammation and get back to "normal". I am home for a month and I want to get healthy and lose a few of those extra pounds.

I hope you find time for the massage, MNNice. It is definitely nice. And that things even out for you and you can find time to exercise. Sounds way too hot for me! Tomorrow it gets up to 90 and I will definitely try exercising very early tomorrow morning before it warms up.

Be well, team!

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The massage sounds great to me. I have 2 gift certificates so I just need to find a good time and get one scheduled. Have been so busy and too much stress lately! But things are beginning to resolve somewhat. I'm pushing myself to get my walking in, even though it's been in the upper 80s and into the 90s at my walking time. Thursday if I get up the nerve to be seen in public in a swimsuit, I may go to the pool for adult swim and just walk laps in the pool. Would be much more refreshing, and the change of exercise might just get me moving in the other direction! Things are going fairly well, though!

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Welcome back MNNice. I think that when we decide to end this group it will be a sad day. I know about weight gain even with best intentions. I continue to gain weight, too. Back up to 165 pounds this morning. I get plenty of exercise, and don't eat outrageously, but I need to do something different. Way different. So I am starting a 30 day challenge with my running coach/personal trainer where I will be taking supplements and tracking what I eat. I was supposed to start today but the supplements didn't arrive. So I will start tracking tomorrow (regardless of whether they show up or not). I am tired, tired, tired. I had physical therapy and a massage today, then went out and got some potting rocks and separated a water lily into two smaller pieces as the pot had broken...and then applied rocks/gravel to fill up all the pots. This is good. As they'll look great the rest of the season. The pond guy came today and drained the pond and caught the fish (they are in a big aerated tank). Tomorrow he'll clean the pond and put the fish and my plants back in. It'll look really nice. Now if our decks could get done. Sigh. This time of year handymen are way too busy and it is madeening, getting the work done. Our decks look deconstructed and they are. They need to be put back together and painted. Hopefully, soon.

I was not in good shape physically after my conference last week. So my massage did me a lot of good. My goal for the rest of this week: track, eat healthy, sleep soundly and take care of myself. May you all do the same, team.

Be well!
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I have been so lax about posting lately. I just can't seem to find enough time lately. I haven't been doing well. Well, actually I haven't been doing that badly - as I am back to walking and although I haven't been totally vigilant with my eating, neither have I been terribly out of control. Yet my weight continues to go up on an almost daily basis. I feel the pounds now, in my clothes and just in the way I feel - yet can't seem to stop the gain. Frustrating!!! I will hang in there! Happy travels to the two of you. Sherwood, on our trip to Caymans last year we missed a flight and had a stayover in Atlanta and I wasn't very fond of it. My brothers remains FINALLY got through all the red tape and arrived back in the US on Monday. We will have a service and burial here in the town he grew up in and raised his boys before his wanderlust took over. Finally found a date that worked but not until the end of the month. It will be good to have closure and grieve together as a family. Anyway, I continue to NOT GIVE UP and will try to check in more.

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Good morning from Atlanta...where I have a presentation to give in 1 1/2 hours. And then I fly back home Friday. Hoping to enjoy the weekend with both my daughter and son and husband. My daughter has been in Portland this week at a conference; my son is driving down with my husband from Seattle where my husband has been at a meeting...so I am really looking forward to that.

Hoping to hear from you all soon. My eating has been under control. A bit too much. But I am looking forward to that long run Saturday and a week of relaxing. Too crazy busy here with a lot of people.

Take care!
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Good morning from Atlanta....it is only Tuesday and there are 3 more days of this conference to go before I head home Friday. Lots of people. OK food (I had oatmeal for breakfast)...but I didn't do exercise or stretching yesterday.

Today's goal: be positive. Find the time to go to the hotel gym today and remember that when I'm tired, sometimes a bit of exercise is just what I need.

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Good afternoon from Atlanta! It is sweltering here, too. The day's work starts at 4 p.m., so now I am going to go wandering around a bit, go to the gym for some exercise after that, then....

I hope our team stays posting, even though we are busy, too.

Be well, take care, and keep the spark!

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Good job planning so well Sherwood!
I am on track, and now on different meds...very strong, and I am a little stoned, but the good thing is my appetite is fading!
All of the clothes, etc. I am taking are laid out, and when hubby get home he will help me pack, since he is the champion packer in the family, and also I have 4 bottles of liquor to pack.
I am so excited about this trip...I will be gone for just about 3 weeks. Apparently it is sweltering in Toronto, while here in Mexico its relatively mild.
I will post when I can, and hope to find you here occasionally. Otherwise our team might just disappear.
Happy weekend to all!












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I'm off tomorrow too, Oaxaca. May you feel better soon. Bloat is no fun.
I leave on a 6 a.m. flight. Get into Atlanta 4:30 p.m. Hope to eat healthy while traveling. I will do my best. I've packed breakfast food for the week, as well as a small supply of bars and nuts. I suspect that my breakfast will be a mix of vegie protein shake and some mixed in dried peanut butter plus a piece of fruit (if they have some). I do not want to eat any of their sweets for breakfast and the yogurts they typically have are full of them.

I did 8 miles jogging today. Very very slowly and the last mile was mostly walking. My glutes/pera formis was killing me. But I did it. Now I am nearly packed and will do some stretching/rolling before I read my book.

Be well. I will be thinking of you, team! I am back next Friday evening.

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I'm hanging in....too bad the meds have gotten me all bloated when my eating is right on track. Oh well, this too will pass.
Safe travels tomorrow Sherwood....I'm off on Sunday....I guess this team will be pretty quiet for awhile....
Happy Friday!












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Good afternoon, team. Oaxaca, hang in there.

I have been so busy getting ready for my conference next week and all my client work, too. Getting crazy. I will leave at 4 a.m. to catch my 6 a.m. flight to Atlanta on Saturday, then be back Friday evening at 5 p.m., weather willing. There have been thunderstorms in Atlanta every day and it will continue. 90+F and thunderstorms really isn't to my liking.

I am less sore, but am hopeful my PT can give me some new stretches/exercises that will my recovery from flying easier.

There is much more travel in my future, too....might go back to San Jose for a day or two after I return from my conference for work...and they are talking about more workshops for me in Israel and Banaglore in September. So I need to balance things out. I've stated as a general rule that I will not travel more than 2 weeks/mo on business....as a goal. I think that will be no prob in August as people are vacationing then....but Sept and Oct and even Nov look busy.

In the meantime, we do every day what we can, and continue to focus on health, well-being and our relationship to food. Take care, team! We are in this together.

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I saw my orthopedic doctor yesterday, and he prescribed 2 different medications that seem to be easing the pain quite a bit. Whew. We have a couple coming for dinner tonight, and hubby has sworn to do almost everything, so I should be ok.
I am back on track...actually, I had almost no appetite yesterday. I don't mind if that continues! And with the meds I was given I cannot drink, so I am safe re: wine tonight.
Hope to see more posts as the day wears on.












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Oh boy, pills are not for me....I had to take pain pills yesterday, and they really put me on Mars. I was in the kitchen late at night like an alien who had never had earth food....another bad night. Darn, darn, darn. So I will suffer tonight, and will not take any meds before bed. During the day I seem to be able to veg out in front of the tv or sleep, but late at night on come the crazies for food. Enuff said....
Hope your soreness continues to ease up Sherwood.
I am disappointed with the last two days, but I must put them behind me and try hard today to do well...even with pain, I always feel so much better when I am on track.












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Ouch! I feel your pain, Oaxaca. Hope things ease up. No fun with that tumble. The last time I fell was out of a shower in a hotel while traveling. I am lucky I only had a bump and a sore back/hip...but didn't hit my head too hard. I didn't feel right for a couple of days. I'm hoping you feel better soon.

Today I had my scheduled massage. Nice. Then I went jogging as I did not want 3 days to pass w/o exercise. My weight is 163.2 this morning. So be it. I am moderating what I eat, but not really measuring. I am stretching, and doing even more stretching. My normal tightness was less so my massage therapist could work on other sore tight parts of me that normally don't get much attention. And here's to better days.

Take care, team!
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I had a tumble yesterday...literally and figuratively. I missed a step on the stairs and went flying, landing on my right side. By some miracle my prosthetic hip stayed put....I was terrified at first that I was in for big problems. But I am sore, sore, sore. Thus, to get to sleep I took a pill, the ones I try to avoid because they make me so "devil-may-care." And they did just that. I struggled out of bed and ate some sweets that, when I tallied this morning, put me 500 calories over my allowance. But I feel relieved that that was it. There was still a little part of me, saying "ok, stop now, stop now" and eventually I did. Also, I ate sitting down and slowly, which is not typical for me. So not a good thing, but could have been waaaaay worse.
Today I am still in pain, and using my post-surgery cane from 2 years ago when I am walking. And to top it off, one of the teeth on my temporary plate broke off earlier in the evening, so I soon am off, hobbling, to the dentist. Yesterday was NOT my day!
So I am sticking to my healthy eating today, and am not dwelling on last night. I am committed to an on track 24 hours. emoticon
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Good afternoon, team! I'm so sleepy this afternoon. So I'm lazing around. Did work this morning, then went to a PT session at 1. She has me doing even more stretches. My lower and mid back flexibility was shot after yesterday's 2 hours in the garden. So...I know that I'm going to have a lot of stretching in my future.

Keep up the good work, Oaxaca! You are inspiring.

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Not any real news except: WooHoo! I am still on track! That's good enough news for me!
Happy Monday team, and hope you are doing well.












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My thyroid replacement meds were just bumped up a bit with my latest prescription. Here's hoping that taking it correctly and a higher dosage will have an effect. My weight went up yesterday but I didn't bother to weigh this morning. I am just eating sensibly and that's that. No accounting for this except something is off....

Glad you kept on track Oaxaca...and it sounds like you had a good day yesterday. I did, too...although I was exhausted when I went to bed at 9. Today? Cloudy but that's OK. Will try to do some gardening this afternoon. Have a hair appointment later, too.

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Sorry I missed posting yesterday...I'm still on track, and boy, it feels good! emoticon
I almost blew it yesterday, but managed things and ended up saving myself.
We had a nice day going out to our god daughter's village. The women there are known for their red clay pottery, and they had their first pottery fair yesterday....the weather cooperated, and it was very enjoyable.
Today is a quiet day before my week of last minute appointments, etc. before my trip.
Sherwood, I guess if the change in when you take your pill doesn't cause any changes in your results the doctor will raise the level of your meds. Hope this new method of yours proves successful.
Here's to a great Sunday!












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Good evening team. Checking in after a long day. I ran 8.25 miles this morning. Felt pretty good afterwards, then a lazy day of reading, shopping and grilling. I had two glasses of wine and 3 handfuls of cheesy popcorn...but the rest of the day was sensible eating. We'll see how it goes with tomorrow's weigh in.

The weather has been outstanding. Light clouds in the morning followed by clearing skies and low 70s. Tomorrow it will get into the 80s. Beautiful summer weather. Tomorrow I hope to do some gardening, continue with my stretching. And spend an entire hour after I take my morning thyroid pill before I eat or have any coffee. The test results showed no change. So I read online that absorption is hindered by coffee even...just have that glass of water with the pill and wait a full hour. Even more incentive for me to get up early and take that pill as I do love that morning coffee. Feeling tired...but hope to finish my book, Middlemarch, soon.

Enjoy your Sunday, team!

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Grinding noises doesn't sound good. Maybe a fan bearing going out (but if it is the bearings it will be intermittent)....I once ordered and replaced a fan that went out on my old computer (that was before a laptop). Felt really proud of myself although hated the process of fixing it -- had to figure out how to take it apart and put it back together which took a couple of hours.

Went to my PT yesterday---she does wonders with me. Spent a whole hour. Massaged my hamstring. Pressed around on my mid back. Got me to do some new stretches. I see her again Monday. Today I went jogging through town and felt pretty good. My hamstring/right leg in back is a bit achy, but much better. Weight was up a bit ---not sure what that's all about as I've been a mindful eater.

Weekend goals: 8 mile jog Saturday. Watch what I eat carefully. And take it one day at a time.
Have a good weekend, team!

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Good to hear at least the everyday annoyances are settling down Mnnice. Relax this weekend, and work hard to stay on track...you know you will feel better if you do!
I so far have had a good week, and I really want to keep it up over the weekend. I'm really trying to plan well for success. Friends will be over tonight, so I am going to put out snacks that are good for me, not just good for them. And, will limit again my wine.
My trip is a little over a week away...really getting excited....
Have a happy healthy Friday team!












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Had a good day yesterday despite everything going on. They were just arriving to install new central air unit when I came back to work after lunch. Hope it all went well. Not looking forward to the bill.... ! And my computer did boot back up when I plugged it in and turned on last night. Seems to be okay now. Still making the grinding noise that the repair guys thought was a fan -- even though it wouldn't make the noise when they were there after doing it every start-up for the last several months! Figures. Hoping the rain stays away so I can get a good walk in again tonight. Can't believe the weekend is almost here already, but I'm looking forward to it!

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Mnnice, so glad to see your post, but so sorry that so many difficult things have been going on in your life. What a big, big disappointment for your daughter! And those hassles with getting some closure around your brother's death....just too much to deal with.
I hope things settle for you, and that you do get back in the "swing of things" soon. Hopefully as things calm down you can get back to your healthier habits as well.
I got through last night with flying colors! What a relief. Now to continue on this positive road.
Keep up the mindfulness Sherwood....you know it pays off!
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Welcome back, MNNice. Sounds like you are dealing with a lot. Hopefully you had some time to relax on vacation. Sometimes computer repair sw repairs a little bit, then fails and when you try again it works....It never fails to amaze me how things can be fixed by simply rebooting...there are literally millions of things that can heal themselves on powerup because that is when everything gets reset/reconfigured. I once had to run diskrepair on my computer after it was "fried" in the trunk in Arizona (it was 110F that day)...all evening, but it eventually repaired itself.

That said, I'm going in this morning to get my bloodwork done to see how my TSH levels are...and what if any adjustments are needed. Phoned my doc's office yesterday and they placed the order. Will get results today and then meds (if needed) will be adjusted today. So we'll see. I slept again watching tv last night (according to my fitbit), but was wide awake this morning and got up before 6. Guess I didn't need the sleep. My weight was "down" again to 162.5 this morning. So the trend is good. I mustn't let up. Here's to being mindful about what I put in my mouth!

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Here I am at last. Vacation at the lake is over and trying to get back in the "swing" of things! Lots going on - still dealing with trying to get my brother's remains back from Philippines and plan for a memorial service but we haven't even received death certificates yet, so it is frustrating! My daughter found out yesterday that the 3 little girls they had hoped to adopt isn't going to happen because something or someone who was a danger to them is requiring that they be placed somewhere away from where they are now living, for their safety. That was a big disappointment. Yesterday our air conditioner conked out, and this morning I found out I need to consult a specialist about a possible root canal, plus I tried to start my computer and it wouldnt start and a "Startup Repair" started running but could not repair it. I shut it down and unplugged, and when I tried later on it did start. So today hasn't been great! I have not had any binging problems, but have been eating too much and not the right foods. My weight continues to go up. It could be because of a medication I went off. Will need to consult with my doctor about that. Will try to be more regular here!

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Oaxaca, hang in there. I'm pulling for you to resist the binge tonight. Be on the alert. Be strong.

I know I need my thyroid re-checked. Time for that. Will send my doc an email about that today. But...I am "back down" to 162.9 this morning. So while this is high, it is a few pounds lower than it was two days ago. I have no idea why that bump occurred. And I had a good jog today. Felt faster and was faster. I went back and checked and I've not run this fast since April on my short jog...I am definitely not feeling so achy as I have been. It could be that I'm just psychologically motivated due to my visit to my PT, or I actually could be healing/strengthening/improving my flexibility just a touch. I don't care what the cause is...it is sure a positive boost.

I'm eating under control. Breakfast was a small banana, some plain yogurt and a sprinkling of granola. Lunch was a baked zucchini chunk w/a small amount of sausage/low fat cheese and mushrooms (leftover from last night) and some green beans and small tomatoes. I have to restrain myself. Catching myself saying: do you really want to eat more/eat this? And that is good because the answer for the last two days has been "no, I don't". I find myself eating out of frustration, boredom, stress, tiredness....but when I feel energized and motivated, it is so much easier to be in control.

Be well, team. Hope to hear from you, MNNice....

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I'm hanging in team, and hope to continue.
Tonight we are going out for dinner, so that will be a test as to my commitment.
Hope you are doing well...already Wednesday!












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Sherwood, have you had your thyroid re-checked? That could be part of the weight issue.
I am doing ok the last couple of days. I have to stay positive and not let negative thinking pull me down, like "You always can get a few good days, but then you always fall." Not this time around. Not going to listen to those destructive thoughts.
Working on an on track, binge free Tuesday.












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We are decluttered. The window replacement guys come today (for the next three days). My weight is waaayyy up. Not sure what is going on but I gained 2 pounds today. Up to 164.5 this morning. Ouch....

Had my first visit to my PT yesterday. She is having me do small things (I have a very tight lower and mid back)...and getting me to breathe correctly and use my lower diaphragm correctly. Interesting. We'll see how this goes. Little things, but I contract when I breathe in instead of expand and relax....I knew I was backwards :-)

Goal today: Go jogging. Eat little. Drink lots of liquids and see what happens. This can't last.

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Stayed on track yesterday.....working on another good day.
Sherwood, hope you are doing well, and that the decluttering project is going smoothly.
Here's to a good week for us all.













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Good morning, team. Oaxaca...my thoughts are with you. I've mustered strength and energy to renew my efforts on weight control. But so far, no weight loss.

I am hanging in there and hope you do, too. Stick with that group and I am hopeful that binging will become less frequent. What is it with July? It is a stretch month for us all, I think.

But I have two more weeks at home and I am going to make the most of them.
Tomorrow I meet with a PT about my lower back issues. We'll see how that goes. I slept 9 hours last night and feel really rested. My husband and I are cleaning up our house (hours worth of work) for the people who are going to come and install some windows in several rooms of our house. Initially I was ticked off, but now I am getting into cleaning and organizing. And think that clutter has been a big problem for me. It is similar to slow weight gain or bad habits...you don't notice it until it is way harder to reduce/get under control. But we can do this.

Take care. I hope you all have a good week.
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Hi there team. I have really had an awful week, so I decided to go back to a team I joined ages ago, called Living Binge Free, where they have a thread to report on your day each day. I have committed myself to post there, at least until my trip on the 24th, with the hope of getting out of the rut I have been in this week. So I may be posting here a little less, but I will post.
Nothing much new except I feel kind of defeated, but am not giving up. Just need some new artillery!
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Good afternoon, team.
Oaxaca...I am controlling those nuts. Today. Yesterday. Not so much. Pulled myself back up and said: stop that!!! And just one handful today. I am tired of my inner rebellious child being a rebel.

I went to my sports chiro and my personal trainer today. My sports chiro says I need to add strength training in because my back/hip issues are chronic, not due to an injury. Monday I go to a PT to see what she might be able to do for me. I do know that I will seek people who will give me options and push me to change/add behaviors to keep me mobile, strong and active. So I'm actually looking forward to my session Monday. This weekend my goal is to run 7 mi (or more if I feel up to it) tomorrow. Slow, steady, and in rhythm. It is cooler (70F) and we had rain last night today. Showery over the weekend...but tomorrow morning should just be cloudy. So I'm going for it!

Have a good weekend!

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Thankfully I got through yesterday on track....now to continue and not fall prey to the crazies again.
I am off to the hairdresser, and then later I have a class to teach.
Mnnice, really miss hearing from you....hope you can post soon.
Look forward to your post today Sherwood, and hope you are controlling those nuts and not being a nut for nuts!
Happy Friday to all!












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This week, so far, has not been a good one for me. My eating was fine all day long, and then, I jumped out of bed like a spirit had taken over me. I binged, and this morning I really feel ill. Sooooo frustrating!!!!!!!!!!
I am try to stay positive, so I will carry on with my day, and again, try to do my best.
Maybe we need to call on the GOOD spirits to take over and get us going again!













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Good morning, team.
You are spot on with your observation about my relationship to nuts. I can't limit them very many days in a row. So, I probably should have them on my "extremely limited" list. I find I eat several handfuls a day. Not just one.

I had a massage yesterday which was much needed. Probably need to schedule an appointment with my chiropractor, too...as I have lower back and mid back tightness/aches...

My weight is up to 162.6 this morning. I woke up before 5 a.m. and just stayed up. I'll definitely need a nap later this afternoon. A gray day with rain in our forecast. Probably a good day to take it easy.

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Hurray! Stayed on track yesterday and plan to stay there!
I am going to try hard to get back to the timed snacks...that really did help me.
I have an appointment today, and also need to do some grocery shopping.
I finally finished the 4 book series I was reading...now to find another that is just as good.
I hope the rest of you are doing well, and Mnnice, hope things are calmer now and hope to hear from you soon.












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Good to hear you are doing well Sherwood....I, on the other hand, really fell flat on my face last night....had a really bad, unexpected binge. I woke up feeling so down about it, but I got busy and am determined to cut this out NOW. I had been feeling so good with an accumulation of on track days and I want that back.
Now back to you Sherwood....not that I'm in any way the one to give advice right now, but do you thing you can survive a food plan with no nuts, or at least with only 10 almonds daily. I really think it might help with the weight loss. Nuts are full of good things, but also very full of calories, unfortunately. Here's to us both really sticking to our guns today and having a very successful day of eating properly!













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Good morning, team.

I am glad you are determined, Oaxaca. Keep it up. You had a slip up, but today is another day.

I am doing well. I have been eating on plan pretty much. I, too, had a glass of wine last night along with chicken skewers and grilled peppers, onions and mushrooms for dinner. Yum.

I got a lot of rest over the long weekend (even taking afternoon naps)...so I only slept 6 hours last night but feel rested...and content. My weight is 162 this morning. I am tracking and working on avoiding chips...and I need to add nuts to that, too. I ate a few too many of those yesterday. I plan on getting out and jogging again today, too.

So here's to a good week!

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Yesterday didn't go as well as I had planned. We had to go to a birthday lunch, and I ate wisely, but I did have some wine...not a lot, but a little more that I had set out to have. When we finally got home, I was hungry again, and the combo of hunger from a light lunch and the wine set me off. I started with healthy food, which would have been fine. But then later I got up and had some sweets. Thankfully I was still somewhat conscious, not totally in the crazy zone, so it wasn't as bad as in the past. My attitude today is I am continuing with on track eating, not starting over.
Its been a quiet day, as are many lately. I am obsessed with a four book novel by an Italian author, beautifully translated, and I can hardly put it down, so that is keeping me very occupied.
Hope you are sticking to your new plan Sherwood...sounds good!
Happy Monday!












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Good afternoon, team. No, it is a lazy day for me Oaxaca....I got back from my trip late Thursday night. And all day Friday I was busy with business and conference work...

Yesterday I managed to only get in 5 miles at the track before I quit. It was getting hot and I wasted a lot of time looking for my lost key (it was where I had left my pack) and I wasn't feeling it. So be it. I also gained about 4 pounds on my trip. But that is all gone now. I must be very sensitive to what I eat while traveling. It didn't freak me out, but I wasn't happy about that, either. I am now back to eating meat and very little grains/carbs (except veggies, salad greens and the like). And moderating the nuts I eat. So I hope to get onto a SB phase I diet over the next two weeks. I just feel healthier when I do.

I still am tired today. But I planted some perennials we bought on sale yesterday and cleaned out the filters in our pond... So I got my 10,000 steps in today. Getting massive cold sores...not sure what that's about. Suspect it has to do with travel. I didn't feel stressed, but I guess I was....

Oaxaca, I am happy that you have found small ways to set boundaries and control the binges. You are an inspiration. I am setting boundaries on myself, too....and I like it (for now). My goal is not to keep gaining weight, but to keep losing some. Here's to a relaxing Sunday!

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Hello again! I'm very happy today because last night was a battle, and I won! I really wanted something sweet, so finally decided to have a little snack cake that we have for our god daughter, that is 100 calories. It was delicious, and it really helped. I have looked at them before, but decided to keep them out of my eating plan unless in an emergency. Even though I was still a little " twitchy" for the rest of the night, I stayed away from more food and ended the day still in the lower end of my calorie range!
I really miss hearing from the two of you but Mnnice, you are probably at the lake, and Sherwood you are out working somewhere. But I do hope to hear from you both soon.
Here's to a successful Saturday!












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Happy July team! Let's make it a great month!
Yesterday was one of those days that I just felt like nibbling all day long, but I didn't! I set a limit on snacking, with a "rule" that I could have one snack 3 hours after a meal. And it worked! I stayed on track, and ended the day on a positive note.
Another at home day, with a class late afternoon. Life is not too exciting lately, but that's ok.
Mnnice, good for you for doing well at that pizza dinner. Hope its another good day for you.
Happy Friday!












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Last night was not a disaster. I drank half of a hard cider and the pizza had a very thin crust and I didn't stuff myself. My weight this morning was the same as yesterday. I wasn't able to get a walk in after work, so didn't quite make my 10,000 steps, but got in about 8,800, so I'm okay with all that. Today will definitely do a walk. I actually did some crunches this morning -- I'd been neglecting core work for quite a while and was beginning to feel it in my lower back, so I have to get back to that .. and maybe from there get back to upper and lower body s/t, which I know I need to do!! Back to work for me now!

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Good to see your post Sherwood....and it sounds like you are working hard both mentally and physically....keep up the great attitude!
So far so good this week....now I have to break the end of the week pattern of overeating...I feel so much better without those binges....I must keep that at the front of my mind.
Today I have to go to the dentist...one of the teeth broke off the provisional plate I have while the implants are healing....so he has to make another one so I can look human again.
I'm really getting excited about my upcoming trip to Toronto and Chicago....only around 3 more weeks!
Have a happy healthy Thursday team!













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Just a quick check in, team, before I go to sleep. A very busy busy time for me this week. But today I got up and went jogging (4 miles!). Yay. I was motivated by four other people I've been working with this week who are quite the runners (they are younger, fit, trim and much faster than me)..but they are in their 30s and 40s and maybe 50...not 60+ like me. So they have been going running together several days this week before work. I went jogging along a dry creek on a very nice gravel path that they pointed me too...alone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. They came cruising by and passed me, but that was just fine. So that is one positive thing. I've been getting lots of walking and steps and exercise, even though I have been working very long hours and meeting lots of people. We'll see what happens with my weight. It looks like I will be travelling again here the week of July 11th, too....so I have challenges ahead, but like you MNNice, I'm not going to let my momentum tip until I weigh 170 pounds and give up. It is time to draw a line in the sand and fight for losing weight again. And I am happy with my food, eating and exercise this week. Not sure my weight will reflect all that I've done to hold the line this week, but I have a positive, determined attitude. Let's keep it going, team!

Take care,
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Good luck with your dinner Mnnice.....we can get dominos pizza here, and I checked the calories on line, and its about 250 a slice. Maybe that will help you figure out what amount will fit your tracking for today.
Since Sunday I've been on track, and today, at least so far, is the first day I'm not suffering and craving. Hope I stay that way through the evening. I had trouble sleeping last night, so I read my kindle in bed. I have a cover for it, and there is a light in it, so I can do that and not disturb hubby. Saved the day, but I was up until 3:00 a.m. Needless to say, I slept pretty late this morning. I did some things around the house, and then did some work on my plants and flowers outside. So its been a nice day so far.
Trying hard to finish off Wednesday in a positive way!












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I'm having a good week. Tonight will be a test, as I am meeting with the choir director to do some planning, and we will just be having a pizza & beer supper as we work. I will go without the beer, but will see if I'm able to use moderation with the pizza! I have another appointment after work, but I'm hoping to get in a walk between the two - I figure if I do some jogging I'll be able to get the miles in faster.

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Chicken recipe sounds good! I have a recipe where I pound down the chicken breasts, then wrap about 5 springs of asparagus with a piece of swiss cheese and roll that up in the chicken, fasten with a couple toothpicks and bake. It looks so fancy but is so easy and good! Beautiful day here, and I'm looking forward to my after work walk. Have been feeling so sleepy lately and have a swollen gland in my neck that sort of aches. I think I still have a lingering infection of some sort from when I caught a cold a month or 6 weeks ago. Probably need to get it checked out - have to get my annual physical scheduled so will do it then.

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Coincidence, no? Just today the topic on Spark was about regaining the weight....how timely!
Well, I got brave yesterday and did get weighed, and was relieved that I basically stayed the same weight. Whew! But now its time to get rid of those extra pounds that I really don't want....Oh, how I want to stay strong!
I had to go out this morning to get some things done, and now am home, and decided I will try a new chicken recipe for dinner...chicken breast with mushrooms, garlic, and balsamic vinegar.
Sounds really good, so I'll give it a try.
Not much to tell, just trying to stay positive and stay on track.
Wishing you a good, good day!













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It is hard to think of how long it took me to lose and that I am facing that again, but I know I need to do it. My clothes are beginning to not fit anymore, and the ones that I can wear feel uncomfortable. Next week I'll be at the cabin and will do some walk/jog intervals. That's great for burning calories. I absolutely cannot gain another pound and need to get moving in the other direction!

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Morning team.....you know, I bet a lot of sparkers regain, but then they give up, so we don't hear about it. Pat yourselves on the back for being here and not giving up. Think positive, try to find new things to help, and you will succeed. I just know it!
I need to pep talk myself too. Saturday night was another binge. The only saving thing is that I felt so full all day yesterday, I couldn't really eat much. And my calorie count was way down. But today I have to be careful so that doesn't backfire.
I have to do some shopping today, and then have an appt. at the clinic to get my medicine. I always get weighed when I go, so I'll see how I feel. I might not go and set up another time in a week or so....again, that scale phobia. We'll see.
Wishing us all a very positive start to the week.












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Yep, I'm back at my SP starting weight, too. It is disappointing. But I am not giving up.

I am in San Jose all week working for a client. There are a bunch of us consultant types here. From all over--Ireland, France, UK...we went out to dinner last night at 8. So much of this week will just be trying to toe the line until I can get back home and down to personal business and taking care of myself.

I am positive and hopeful. But realize it is a long climb.

Have a good week, team.

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Sherwood, I've been gaining too. Just one night of eating snack crackers, cheese, pizza and I can can 3 pounds - and it doesn't want to come back off. I am said to say that I have now reach the eight I was at when I first joined SP. I had already lost 50 pounds, but I am not feeling at all good about this gain and knowing what hard work it is to get it off. And like you, my energy level is down. I need to ramp up the exercise and hopefully that will also ramp up the energy level. Right now I really am sleepy and am so tempted to lay down and nap, but I need to force myself to get up and go for a walk. MOVE IT, Judy!!! LOL

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