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5/25/15 12:15 P

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A new week once again....and I'm hoping for a good one. Two binges in one week are behind me, and I want that to be it for now.
Trouble with a crown on one of my front teeth has me back to the dentist today. Then its grocery shopping before an English class this afternoon.
I have a busier week ahead of me, and that's a good thing.
I feel like we all need to tighten up and get back on the straight and narrow. Positive thinking and determination.
Have a great day!












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5/24/15 2:32 P

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Looks like it hasn't been a winning weekend food-wise for any of us.Last night I overate again, and I didn't enjoy the red mark on my calendar today. I really had the thinking of that article in my head at first, but am finding it hard to hang on to now. But I am going to try hard to finish off the weekend ahead of the game.
Good news is your news Mnnice...so glad things are looking good! Now, get back on your Spark eating...don't put it off!
I slept so late I'm embarrassed to tell you what time it was. But I feel good, and ready to leave yesterday behind and have a very good Sunday.
Well, back to the washer and dryer....have a good one team!












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5/24/15 2:03 P

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The last few days I did not do well at all as far as eating -- mexican food, pizza, Starbucks, donuts, and ice cream .... I had a really good time with my kids, though, and the radiation oncologist said things looked good and I don't have to see him for a year. Next month I will see the Gynecological oncologist/surgeon for my 6-month follow up. They also scheduled me for a cancer survivor program and I will spend an afternoon with a nurse practitioner, physical therapist, psychologist, dietician, nurse, chaplain who will each meet with me individually to discuss my continued recovery, answer questions, etc. I think I can learn a few things from the session that the individual specialists don't cover. Have a couple graduation receptions to attend this afternoon and then will go to the cabin to spend the night, since tomorrow is a holiday.

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5/23/15 12:47 P

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Quite the adventure Sherwood!
I got back on the horse yesterday and plan and hope to stay on. Felt very tired all day yesterday...much better today.
All is well, and that's about it....waiting to hear from you Mnnice.
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5/23/15 10:41 A

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Good morning from Vermont, team. Yep, I am on day 3 of the big racing adventure. 10 crazy runners trying for 888k in 10 days. They are a very interesting bunch of people. I must say that each one is a personality, very driven, and some are amazing folks with amazing story (2 medical doctors among the bunch).

I could go on and on about them, but I will just say this. Last night it rained and froze and snowed. Today it is cool and windy...and they do 2 marathon length equivalents a day (at least) and some of it is quite muddy, lots of climbing on rocks and over trees, even. Just incredible.

I have been eating whatever, Which isn't good for me. But it is what it is. For the past 3 nights I have been staying at an Inn across the road from the ski lodge (which is basically a barn) where the runners are. Tonight I camp somewhere (maybe borrowing a spot in someone's popup tent or...we'll see). Then tomorrow I leave at noonish for my 9 p.m. flight to Finland. So....it will be touch and go when I can communicate with you, team.

But I am thinking of you. Getting lots of steps shuttling stuff back and forth. 10+ miles yesterday. And I am awake whenever my daughter needs me. So I sleep in fits and starts and do prep work otherwise. Washed socks in the sink for an hour yesterday, for example. Blow dry shoes for half an hour. You get the idea....lots of crewing and mom-ing.

Hope you have good medical news, MNNice.

Hang in there Oaxaca!

Go, team!

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5/22/15 12:29 P

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Wow,did I blow it last night! Dinner was a disaster...I ordered tuna and it was so dry and awful...I really should have sent it back...so I ate bread which I usually don't touch. Then when I got home, I remembered that I can't eat today until after 2:00 since I have tests being run that call for a 12 hour fast. So, I ate a pear. Fine...but then, another bunch of food that got my calorie intake as of this morning's tally up to 2500! Its a good thing I can't eat until later!
So I plan on drinking lots of water, which I have already started, and to eat very light and only when I really am hungry. Its the second binge on my calendar, and I need to work hard to not have any more!
By the time you read this Mnnice, you will have been to the clinic, and I hope you are feeling happy and relieved. Enjoy your time with your kids.
And keep enjoying your adventure Sherwood...anxious to hear about it.
My goal?: A clean eating weekend!












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5/22/15 10:15 A

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Sherwood, wondering if you will run into Bob Newhart and Darrel and his other brother Darrel there! Have fun and good luck to your daughter! Oaxaca, hang in there! I'm jut having a quick breakfast before I head to the clinic. Then will lmeet my son for lunch as he has the day off. Will spend a little time shopping until daughter gets off work, then help them move into their new house. Think the plan is to stay there tonight. The new house is very close to a beaultiful big park with walking paths along the river, so I'm hoping we can take a break from putting things awayy and enjoy a walk. Looks like a beautiful day ahead!

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5/21/15 3:51 P

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Mnnice, thinking of you and wishing you an all-clear report tomorrow.
I'm doing ok...dinner was ok last night....I had very thin crust pizza, and I always ask for very little chees....too much gooey stuff doesn't agree with me. And didn't touch a thing when I got home.
Yesterday and today I am very tired. I know with the new medication I finally am getting that this is a possible side effect. I just hope it passes.
Another dinner out tonight. I plan again on choosing wisely and no at home eating after.
Not much else to tell....hope you are having a great time Sherwood.
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5/20/15 6:36 P

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Good evening, team, from Goshen, Vermont. We are staying across the road from an old tiny ski lodge where the runners (all 10+ of the really crazy ones) are taking over the top floor and setting up their gear. This area is so out of the way that there is no cell phone coverage. And only wifi in the Inn (where I have 2 wonderful nights), and in the ski lodge will be my primary modes of communication. The runners will be busy. But us crew folk will be intermittently busy and then not busy....so it will be interesting times ahead.

Last night after meeting at the Boston airport my daughter and I stayed with a college friend of my daughter's who is now a physics professor and her boyfriend in their apartment. We went out to a late dinner. Needless to say....I am not on any kind of eating plan, except eat (and hopefully not too much sweets). And so....the adventure begins.

We are staying at the Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen Vermont out literally in the middle of nowhere on a gravel road. This is really far away from anything. And since it is hard to know where we are, I am not sure how to even get back to civilization at this point (all the twisty little cowpath kind of roads out here with no signs.....). I am up for adventure. Just hope my daughter does well and hangs in there.

Cheers and I'll try to keep in touch as best I can. Want to hear good things from you, team!

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5/20/15 1:41 P

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Haven't been having such a great week, but still hanging in there. I think in the back of my mind I am stressing a bit about my 3-month follow-up appointment coming up on Friday with my radiation oncologist. Everything should be fine, but there is that little nagging worry in the back of my mind that I'm trying to ignore! Will leave right after work tomorrow and spend some time with my kids before heading back home Saturday.

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5/20/15 10:34 A

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Hmmm,interesting to see how a few hours after a post things can change. I got very hungry last night, and made bad choices that got me 500 cals. over my limit. I did not go on a crazy mindless binge,, but I had to make a real effort to stop, slow down, and get out of the kitchen. I am glad it stopped, but would have liked that it never happened. I need to think more about what part of my brain is taking over, and use that tool to stay on track. So no highlight on my calendar for yesterday, but no red dot for a binge either.
I am soon off to the dentist (again) and then a quiet day with dinner out with a friend. I plan on wise choices and a little bit of wine and NO food when I get home.
Waiting to hear from the rest of you.












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5/19/15 4:04 P

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Greeting team. Happy to report that I am back to highlighting the days on my calendar, and I'm glad to be back in the groove.
Woke up super early, and after working in the garden and 20 minutes on the elliptical, I slept for another hour. Now we are back to the car hunt, but almost at a decision.
Although not a very busy week, the time seems to be moving, and I'm not feeling at loose ends, so that's good.
Hoping to keep up my motivation and continue as I have been.
Hope all is well with you....look forward to hearing from you!












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5/18/15 9:55 P

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Just a quick post to let you know all is well here with me...staying on track.
Hope your day went well Mnnice, and Sherwood, hope you are all ready for your exciting, tiring adventure!
Have a good night team, and I'll tune in tomorrow.












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5/18/15 1:35 P

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Hang in there, Oaxaca! Sherwood, can't even imagine running that long and far! Sounds like really getting away from it all for you, although I'm guessing you will be busier than you think! Yesterday was not a great day for me - too much snacking on salty, unhealthy things! Back to it today! It's SO cold -- we have a freeze warning out for today - it's in the low 30s and a cold wind blowing.

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5/17/15 6:43 P

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Good afternoon, team! Well...two more days before I head out on my big adventure. I've been doing laundry today. And packing. And gathering things to pack. I have two trips to pack for---the running/ultra marathon one, and then my "short" 4 night stay in Finland. I am so looking forward to getting away from it all for a few days at the ultra race. Should be fun! Really! My goal is to be there for my daughter, maybe pace her for a 10 mile stretch each day. And then just chill. I have packed my camp chair, a sleeping bag (although we are staying at the Inn for 2 of the 4 nights I will be there. Need to get my rain gear and night gear and cold gear and running gear all in a row. Should be a big adventure for my daughter. Her friends are busy sending me audio good wishes (she wants well wishes each day from her friends). I suspect that I'll get in plenty of time for reading books and just relaxing (in addition to being up a lot). But I can handle that. Not sure whether I want to stay up so late, but if my daughter goes for 19 hrs a day...it could make for long evenings for me. Although we'll see what that really means. My goal is to get several hours of sleep in that nice bed I have!

So you can see I am pretty excited about this trip.

Take care. MNNice, glad you are safe. Tornadoes! Wow. Oaxaca, I hope you can avoid boredom eating. And mark off more days on your calendar. And here's to a good week. My weight was up today, too. Not sure exactly why, except I had nuts after my long run, and another glass of wine for dinner. Today: On track. Totally.

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5/17/15 4:46 P

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Glad to hear you had no hardships yesterday Mnnice, and like you say, just get back on the horse and all will be well.
Had another good day yesterday, and today things are going well. Did 18 minutes on the elliptical, and my abs exercise. Also got a lot done around the house. Now its time for my book!
The upcoming week will be tricky. I have a lot of spare time ahead, and I know I have to make good use of the time or else comes boredom and overeating.
Lets stay strong for the rest of the day and come out ahead this weekend.












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5/17/15 1:37 P

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I didn't exactly binge yesterday, but just before supper time the tornado sirens went off and I had to go to the basement. I was hungry and hubby had a bag of trail mix, so being hungry and nervous about the weather, I ate too many handfuls and ended up going way over on calories for the day. My weight was up a bit. I know by getting right back on track it will soon be back down. There was a tornado above our town but it did not touch down, and we had no wind, hail, lightning. Just a wagonload of rain!

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5/16/15 3:06 P

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Thanks for the encouragement Mnnice and Sherwood. I had a very on track day yesterday, highlighted the day on my calendar this morning, and am ready for another good day.
I didn't get on the elliptical this morning...was anxious to get out and get some things done. Hopefully later on I will jump on, but if not, tomorrow for sure. Its funny, but when you get out of the habit of doing something, its hard to get back into it. I used to jump on the elliptical almost every morning without even thinking.
I still have a class to teach, and then another person is bringing a demo to see if it gets up our steep hill....but I do feel more relaxed about it all today.
We are still getting our hot, hot weather...no rain since it poured on Monday.
I too am trying to keep the article in mind Mnnice, and glad to hear it is helping you.
Let's all get through this weekend so we can look back and feel proud!












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5/16/15 11:12 A

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Good morning, team. I am happy to hear that you successfully have resisted binging, MNNice. And Oaxaca...it is good to let go of remorse and move on (I have to tell myself that often). I hope you find the car you need and want soon. And that you can relax and enjoy the weekend.

My weight has hung in there (I weighed 154.3 this morning, up .2 from yesterday). But I ate some dried fruit yesterday and had nuts... for dinner we had cheese, smoked trout, veggies and hummus and glasses of white wine. It just felt right. And so I have no regrets about what I ate. I didn't gain much...and I'm getting ready to go out for my long run. I really think I need to get some carbs into me before I do so that I don't tank. I suspect that I will maybe even lose some weight when I weigh in tomorrow morning. Or stay even. Whatever...my plan after I run is to listen to what my body is telling me, not be mindless about what I eat.

It is a gray day here. High in the 60s is forecast. It is not too hot, not too cold. A perfect day for a run. I need to watch out and not go out too hard. My hips and glutes have been barking at me since I drove up and back from Seattle. I had 3 days of no exercise and too much sitting/driving. So I stretched last night and got a good night's sleep. Here's to moving. And to the weekend.

Take care!

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5/16/15 10:04 A

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Oaxaca, you've had a good streak going, so don't let one derailment get to you too much. Remember what the article said about your brain knowing when you are feeling remorse and guilt, and it only reinforces the urge to binge! I used the suggestions in that book last night to avoid a binge myself, by convincing myself the urge was not important and that I really didn't need to binge on sweets. It worked this time. Again, I know there will be times where I totally give in, but for now it was avoided, my weight stayed consistent. Busy day for me today so need to keep moving while I have the energy!

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5/15/15 11:11 A

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Not such a happy post for me today....last night I just fell into binge mode, and really packed it in. I slept very late, so at least my head is clear. I am determined for this to be just one blotch on a very strong streak, and my highlighter is ready to put a mark on the calendar for today. I have to admit, I feel down about it, but it was like my whole being just decided to fall off the wagon. Well my whole being now is going to get back on!
Otherwise,life goes on. The car hunt is getting to me...can't seem to decide on one yet. It should be a fun thing, not a drudgery, but that's what its turning into.
I have one class to give today, and then have to go for some tests, all part of what you have to do here when you are on the insurance plan. Then a quiet night.
Sounds like you both are hanging in....let's make it a really good weekend and post positives each day...that's my goal for today and the next two days.













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5/15/15 10:49 A

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It's been a busy week, and although the exercise was down a bit, I did okay on food. Not great, since I ate out Wednesday night and the healthy item I ordered they ran out of so I ended up eating a not-so-healthy sandwich and sweet potato fries. I did take half of it home, however. My weight is hanging in fairly consistent, and I think I can reach my goal of being in the next lower "decade" by the end of the month. Rainy weather will make me lazy on the weekend, but I just need to talk myself into at least a half hour of exercise each day.

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5/15/15 9:21 A

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Good early morning, team. Happy Friday! had a long drive home from Seattle...so didn't jog that day. And then yesterday after a meeting with my client went to my father in law's care meeting...then had a haircut. So...I got no exercise in yesterday, either. Due to driving around in cars, eating strange food, and little exercise....I haven't lost any weight. But only gained .2 as of weighing at 5:30 this morning. So I think I am doing OK.

I had a great visit with my son. Now have a ton of work to do before I head out Tuesday for my big 2 week adventure. So I am a bit anxious about all of this. Once again, I have to tell myself, just breathe in, breathe out...relax and do what I can. We are still eating South Beach...but not so strict. I got in a glass of wine last night. And my husband has been eating some dried fruit so I had some, too. But nothing way out of line. In fact, even my sampling of nuts is under control.

Good to hear that you are both having good days...and finding ways to get moving. Oaxaca, I am so happy you can start to use the treadmill. Let's keep moving!

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5/14/15 12:42 P

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Hi everyone...Mnnice, I am looking at several different cars, but we are narrowing it down. Yesterday I drove the Fiat, but it had trouble getting up the steep hill to our house, and also, although fun, felt too small for me. Today we will try the Honda Fit on the hill...have read a lot of good things about it. Also considering a Mazda...we'll see.
Yesterday evening I decided to "relax" my eating a little, and had some extras...nothing junky, but extra. I thought I had gone over on calories, but when I tallied it up this morning, I was very on track...a very nice surprise and another highlight on my calendar!
No work today, just a doc's. appt. late afternoon. So I have a nice relaxing day today.
In general, feeling good and feeling positive. Hoping the rest of you feel the same.
Have a great Thursday!












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5/14/15 12:07 P

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Quite a wet, gloomy day today. Finally have an unscheduled evening so I'll be able to play pickleball tonight and get in a good cardio session! Oaxaca, good to hear that you're able to get back to exercise, but do go slowly!!!

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What kind of cars are you looking at? Always fun to get a new one - although I don't do it often because my cars last so long due to lack of going anywhere..... Had a good day and night yesterday, and the scale was back down a bit. I too find myself really thinking at night before I eat anything, and for whatever reason, I have avoided binging so far. Not much time for any exercise today -- choir practice right after work and then we are going out to eat for an end-of-year celebration (choir doesn't sing during the summer), so will have to be vigilant about what I order.

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5/13/15 10:10 A

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Good morning team....hope you woke up ready for the day with a good day behind you!
Last night I almost got into trouble again.....but I kept trying to use the techniques in the article, and it helped. I was again a little over on calories...30 or so....and that is not the issue. I need to re-focus so that 30 calories doesn't turn into 300. But I feel so good about how I'm doing, and really want to hold on to this feeling.
Forgot to mention that I am finally able to slowly get back to exercise. I have done 2 days on the elliptical, a little over 10 minutes, slowly building to the 45 min. I used to do. Also doing ab exercises. I have to be very careful as to how I am moving..I don't want any more problems.
Today I have one therapy client, and then a salesman of one of the cars we are looking at is coming with the demo to see if the car easily gets up the very steep hill on the way to our house. We are down to 3 possibilities, so looks like I will soon have a new vehicle.
Counting, counting the days to our trip...can't wait to see our daughter!
Have a successful day!












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5/12/15 1:31 P

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Way to go, Sherwood! Oaxaca, glad you were able to get through the struggles yesterday! As for me, I did eat a few too many of those chocolates last night, but not the uncontrolled binging. Scale was up a bit, but I am confident it will be back down tomorrow. I'm enjoying the sunshine today and plan to get a walk in after work before going to the high school band concert.

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5/12/15 11:51 A

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Congrats on the weight loss Sherwood...just a little warning...try to stay on the "rules" for South Beach now that you have started to lose...otherwise you might find the weight goes right back up, and we don't want that! You really have to add foods slowly to see what your body will tolerate, and you worked hard your first week.
I had a very difficult day with the food yesterday, but I got through it....I was hot, bored and tired...not a good combination. I was over my limit by 6 measly calories, so I will call it a day to highlight on the calendar....I am going to re-read the article again to inspire me and get me doing the right kind of thinking.
I have one client today, and then we are going to get my tire fixed. After that, we are going car shopping. There are some new issues with my car, and I realize it is probably time to say goodbye.
I feel good about having those on track days behind me, and really want to continue...the consistency really makes a difference.
Wishing everyone a good, good day.












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Good morning, team! A very rainy day for me to drive up to Seattle. Oh well. I'm going to leave myself plenty of time. Back down to 153.9 this morning. Good. Lost about 2 pounds on the first week of South Beach.

I have a meeting at 5 tonight with my client. Then dinner with my son. I will have a glass of wine with him, but I will also watch what I eat (I'm not going to order dessert). Yesterday morning I planted the tomatoes and squash....but today the tomatoes are shivering (it's chilly!). I \went to a session with my personal trainer....she helped me a lot, actually (I didn't realize how sore I was). Then jogging. So I got in a lot of exercise. That will be in stark contrast to today where I will be driving for 4 hours. But I think I need a day off from cardio.

My daughter phoned last night, just to talk ...she didn't want to be "conventional" and call me on mother's day...but on the day after. She is so funny like that. Doesn't like to fit into others' expectations ....she gets that streak of contrarianism from my husband (not me!). She said she thought about me yesterday though, and got her boyfriend to call up his mom. Too funny.

Take care, team!

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Good morning, team. Had a very quiet Mother's Day. My son texted me right after the Mad Men episode (which inspired him) to tell me he loved me very much.That was cool. We have dinner together Tuesday night, so I didn't expect to hear from him. But I did. And my daughter has been talking to me on and off (as she is getting ready for her race)....so she didn't call.

So it was quiet. We went and got some more plants so I could plant my pots. I weeded. And ended up with 18,000 steps just gardening, going to the garden shop and Costco. Today it is cloudy with rain this afternoon and tomorrow. Much cooler, too.

I gained weight this morning, .4 of a pound. But my husband says he thinks the scale is bouncing around too much (he didn't lose either...probably gained). I believe him. Sometimes when the batteries get low it gets weird.

I have not a lot to do today...except I want to plant my tomatoes and get ready for my trip to Seattle. Big day Wednesday morning with a half day workshop with Costco executives led by me. So...after that, I'm going to chill and get ready for my daughter's race and Finland (I leave for that May 19). So it will be an interesting week. I plan on packing my food as I travel to Seattle...have dinner with my son Tuesday night...but eat boiled eggs/veggies/cheese sticks/veggies/ hummus while I travel up for lunch & breakfast. I'm committed to healthy eating on plan!

Here's to a good week!

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Great progress Mnnice!
I too am doing well, and have checked off both days of the weekend successfully!
Things are a little too quiet right now, so I have to keep busy and not get sluggish and head for the food. My car needs one new tire now, so I am housebound until that is looked after.Also, the heat is pretty exhausting. Even though our house stays pretty cool, the air is heavy and there is no escaping...
I finished a big book yesterday...a very sad one...really had my emotions going. Time to find a new one on Kindle...maybe a little lighter fare this time around.
I'm already counting down to when we leave for Toronto...but its not 'til June 28. But with the way time has been flying, it will be here before I know it.
Looing forward to a good week, and more highlighted days on the calendar!












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Good morning, team! Feeling good this morning, as I made it through the weekend with no binging or over eating. I was able to eat just a couple of the chocolates hubby gave me for Mother's Day without finishing off the entire box. Decided I will have one or maybe two for a dessert, depending on how many calories I've eaten for the day, and then the box goes back on the top shelf! I am making small progress on the scale and need to keep that continuing!

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Was at the cabin yesterday, even though it was quite cold. I was VERY lazy and think I got less than 1,000 steps in for the entire day. Did a lot of reading. Today was a little better, but I did a good amount of relaxing. My busy work was mostly computer/desk sitting, as I had e-mails to catch up on, some bills to pay and an hour or so of music planning for church. Had nice phone calls from both kids, and hubby made lasagna for supper. He was happy with me because he couldn't get his Netflix to work and his techie-nerdy wife got it working for him!

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Glad you are seeing some results Sherwood, and yes, the more one weighs.the faster the weight loss, and, like you said. he's a man.
Got to highlight another day on my calendar. But its been hard. I have been feeling very hungry, and its work not to eat too much. Trying to ignore those cravings, and so far so good.
We diid a little car hunting today, and some shopping. Its hard to be energetic as it is extremely hot and the air is very heavy.
Several of my cactus are blooming right now, and the flowers are beautiful...its a real treat with the cactus as their blooms are always a surprise.
Hope its been a Happy Mothers Day for you all.....













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Good morning, team. And happy mothers' day.

It is a quiet day here. I was very tired yesterday evening so went to bed around 9. And slept soundly! I weighed 153.9 this morning. Finally. My husband lost another .7 pound. He's lost 7-8 pounds this past week. I have to put it all into perspective. He weighs 90 pounds more than I do...if he eats what I eat he's bound to lose more weight than I do (and he's a guy).

I have plants to plant today in my pots and garden. And I want to divide and clean up my water lilies, too. It is supposed to get into the high 70s, then be rainy and much cooler for the first few days next week. So now's the time to get gardening.

Enjoy today! And remember, be kind to yourself.

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Good afternoon, team! Good to hear that you had all Xes on your calendar this week, Oaxaca. Keep up the good trend.

I gained more weight this morning, too. And had my brother over last night for dinner. He's going through a divorce after 25+ years of marriage. My husband loosened up his diet and drank some beer with my brother----and he still managed to lose .9 of a pound. Grrr. I think I ate too much cheese yesterday. Oh well. I am still keeping on track.

Today it is in the low 80s here. Really beautiful weather. So I went on my long run this morning (way slow)...but 8.4 miles. Then this afternoon I went with my brother to the high school greenhouse sale where I spent 38$ on plants that I need to plant tomorrow (early). It was fun wandering around looking at all their stuff. My biggest splurge was a $5 plant. All the others were $1 or $2....except for I got a nice pot of different sages to have on our deck by the kitchen. So I guess I splurged. Oh well. Planting tomorrow, for sure. I am also hoping to trim and re-pot the water lilies.

Have a good Sunday!
Sherwood

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Happy Saturday morning Team!
Made another mark on my calendar...a week of totally on track eating!
Last night we were out shopping, and hubby wanted to stop at an outdoor place for charcoal broiled burgers...I didn't have lots of calories left, but figured I could get a chicken one. Luck was on my side...the place now has salads, and I ordered a mixed salad with grilled chicken. Dressing on the side, and used just a teeny weeny bit. Got home and had a little fruit, and the day was right on track!
Today there is absolutely nothing I have to do, so I can get some things done at home, and also relax. Its hot here again, high 80's, so no one is very energetic.
Sherwood...have a good run. I'm thinking that if your elimination system is not as active due to the lack of fruit, that may explain your weight going up a bit. Just a thought, cuz that's what happened to me on South Beach. Anyway, just keep it up and stay positive...don't give up!
Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Good morning, team. Good to hear from you both. It is OK to have boring (not uneventful news, Oaxaca). I hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend. And MNNice, I am a casual omelet maker. I just shred some of the crab and place it into the top of the omelet while the eggs are setting up in the frying pan. I add some shredded cheese too, over the top of the omelet (before I turn it half over onto itself). I put the crab and cheese in early, so they get warm and melty. That's about it.

This morning I had a smoked salmon, shredded cheese and capers omelet, with slices of avocado and tomato on the side. Yum. Tomorrow, since I'm planning on jogging 8 miles, I might break my SB phase I and have yogurt with banana and some gluten free cereal sprinkled on top to give me some longer lasting energy. We'll see. Then again, I might start out my morning early with another omelet, then eat that as a snack after my long run.

It is supposed to get into the 80s today and tomorrow! Wow.

My husband dropped close to another pound today while I gained .4 of a pound. Grr. I cannot compare myself to him. I did all the right things yesterday. My body is just adjusting. And so it goes.

Take care and have a good weekend.

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Still doing well, and marked off another day on my calendar. Today I feel really hungry again, so will have to be careful.
Not much going on today...just one class to teach. Hubby is home, so I do have company.
Mnnice, don't let the weekend drag you down....just keep on ignoring that part of your brain that keeps you a slave to bad habits. You can do it!
Finally we have no parties this weekend, and I am so glad!
Time to end this unexciting post...let's start off the weekend in a positive way, starting now!












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I had a good day yesterday also. Didn't get any Spark posting done because I had a meeting out of town for our County Cancer Support Group which I have decided to get more involved in. Therefore I missed my exercise. Still, I lost a little and did not over eat, even though hubby made a crab salad - I love it but ate just a little. And speaking of crab, Sherwood, how do you make that crab omelet? I had him buy an extra pack of (imitation) crab so that I could try the crab omelet you talk about! (He thinks he would like it also!) Again, Friday is here and I really need to get through the weekend on track to continue my progress! Let's go, team!

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Sherwood, there is a South Beach Team on Spark. A long time ago I did the same diet, and in reading a lot about it I learned that many found that although nuts are allowed on the diet, they didn't have success if they ate more than 1 or 2 a day. Hope its a good day for you today. For me South Beach bound up my system. I have to have a lot of fruit in my diet. All of our bodies work so very differently.
I am about to highlight another day on my calendar. I was hungrier yesterday, so it was a rougher day. But I stayed with my plan and my new thinking, and got through the day. Yay!!
Today is an at home day apart from meeting my friend for lunch. We have a favorite restaurant, and all of the food is very good and healthy. Shouldn't be a problem.
Keep up the good work everyone (me too!)!!!












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MNNice- too funny about the giving up a beer, but it is so true. My husband lost 1.7 pounds yesterday while I gained .1. Truth be told, I had 2 servings of almonds. Today I will have none. Also, yesterday my stomach hurt. Maybe too many days in a row eating eggs (I have a slight insensitivity to them)...and I am sore from my training session two days ago and my legs are a bit sore from running. I chalk all these things up to causing inflammation.

Today I am going to watch very carefully what I eat and not do any nuts.
This morning I made a "stir fry" of some crunchy veggies/cabbage, etc., mushrooms and some defrosted spaghetti squash, and had that with 4 slices (70 cal) of canadian bacon. It sounds weird but it was in a way oddly satisfying too. And I used the last of the eggs to make my husband a smoked salmon and cheese omelet. He's also "drinking" his veggies by having tomato juice with spicy stuff sprinkled on the top. So I end of cooking healthy for two!

That's fine by me.

It is a beautiful sunny day here. I hope to get outside to jog again and to have time to go to the store and get more supplies. Want to have some fish for dinner and get more eggs. And finally, my avocados are getting ripe so I can use them in salads.

Life is good and I'm enjoying breathing in and relaxing at home.

Take care, team!

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Yes, Oaxaca, exactly right on the ignoring. And to take it a step further, stressing over the crying or feeling guilty will make it worse because the baby will sense the discomfort in you. It does seem like such a simple answer, but I'm definitely willing to give it a good try! Sherwood, so true about men losing so much more easily. I always joke that a man can give up one beer a week and lose 20 pounds! :) My scale was up a pound this morning, but since I didn't over eat and did exercise, I am ignoring it!

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Good morning, team. Good to hear from you both. Oaxaca, I like the "ignoring the baby crying" analogy you gave about dealing with our bad food habits/urges....It is true that knowing how to handle urges is great. And it seems to get a boost from reading something new or talking with friends or...and then, it just clicks. I've had this easy awareness happen before.

And I am still in that easy flow today. SB Phase I is no problem for me/us. My husband is dutifully doing it too, with no problems whatsoever. I know it won't always be like this, but for now, I am enjoying this "easy flow". I don't view it as miraculous...but awareness coupled with resolve and positive reinforcement is really great.

I know it won't always be so easy, but I'm not worrying about that now.

I had another crab omelet for breakfast. Not at all tired of that crab, it is sure tasty. Last night we had steak (a good cut) and kale salad...I jogged yesterday. And weighed 154.3 this morning.

I asked my husband how much weight he lost yesterday and he always looks a bit sheepish about answering that question, and then said, oh, I don't know a pound and a half maybe...it is much easier for big guys to lose weight than women. I am hoping that we can make it through the next two weeks on a roll.

So my mantra for today is: Keep the momentum going.

Take care, team.

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Another day marked off on my calendar....so glad! I really want to keep this up. I was thinking about ignoring that "reptile brain", and its kind of like when you have to learn to let your baby cry a little, and then they just fall asleep. You just have to ignore the crying...at first its hard, but once you see how effective it is, its easy. And you are not reinforcing the habit of running cribside every time baby whimpers. I'm trying to do the same when that part of my brain tries to reinforce old bad habits.
Its a day of a little work, a little relaxation...and maybe a short nap.
Mnnice, take care of that foot!
How's the South Beach going for you and hubby Sherwood?
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Good news on the injections! We are all really motivated right now and have our plans and goals in place. Oaxaca, that article has been helping me also. I've not had a huge challenge by the "reptile brain" yet, but hopefully by working on ignoring the small urges, it will be trained when the big ones come along! I'm struggling with tendonitis in my left foot and know I probably should be resting it more instead of walking and playing pickleball, but it's just so hard to not be active when I'm feeling motivated. So for now, I'll continue icing it and see if that helps.

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Things sound good Sherwood! Keep it up!
I had a good day too and highlighted another day on my calendar. Also trying hard to keep in mind that I can "ignore" that part of my brain that sends illogical thoughts to me...its, oddly enough, been helping me. (from the article I mentioned last week.)
Today is quiet...have to do a little shopping (we go through fruit like crazy in our house) and then later have my yearly mammogram.
I finally had my first injection of the "magic medicine" for my rheumatoid arthritis. It costs about 20,000 dollars a year, and thankfully, after over a year of twists and turns with the national health system, I am getting it---free! It is supposed to be amazing in helping with the pain and also the advancing of the disease. I have a shot every two weeks, so I hope I get those great results. It also is supposed to help with psoriasis, which I have in my fingernails from the arthritis...maybe I'll have real nails again!
Seems like we are all motivated right now...let's hang on to that and reach our goals!












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So chalk up another good day for me yesterday! And the scale showed it this morning. My weight was 155.3 this morning. A drop of 1.3 pounds over the day before. I suspect it was a combination of South Beach eating and that massage I had last evening. I have already scheduled my next massage for June 7 when I am back from my daughter's ultra marathon race. That is the closest I could get...as my massage therapist is very busy (and good at what she does). Only slight more than a month until that next massage.

This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with light shredded mozarella cheese, 3 slices of canadian bacon and lots of cherry tomatoes. Not as yummy sounding as yesterday's crab omelet, but it is good to mix things up a bit.

Today I have an 11:30 appointment with my personal trainer and I also hope to go jogging (probably before I see her). It is partly cloudy and will be showery today and cooler, but not solid rain so I am happy with that. We need rain.

My husband is happily eating what I fix for him...and what I say he should eat. Not sure why he is so compliant but I suspect he wants to lose weight, too. He jogged on the treadmill yesterday, too. I know every day on South Beach won't be like the first day...but I am going to leverage that good feeling of accomplishment into a strong day 2. Here's to crossing off Xes on our calendars and being good to ourselves while being aware of our vulnerabilities. Take care, team!

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Well, I was able to put another mark on the calendar this morning...yesterday went well. Also, I am trying hard to use the tactics mentioned in that article...it helped me yesterday. I woke up super early this morning (5:00a.m.) and got a lot done. Went through my closet and got rid of some things, and also made a pile of some things to take to the tailor.
I figured out its 8 lbs. since the end of the summer when unbelievably my weight went under my goal weight. Hoping to get close to that before my trip...ONE DAY AT A TIME. Tomorrow can't bring rewards if today is off kilter.
Glad to hear that you are making progress Mnnice....Bravo!!
Sherwood, great that your hubby will be joining you on your new journey...good luck!
Working toward a good week.













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Definitely a great way to see progress and stay motivated, is that visual tracking. I had a very good weekend and the scale was down. I've made some progress! Your breakfast has made me hungry for some crab meat (I usually get the fake stuff, but I like it!) I wish we had somewhere close to get the algae killer - we ordered some and was supposed to have been delivered but now I tracked again and said the package was damaged somewhere out in Maryland, so I have no idea when it will finally get here... grrrrr! I'm not sure I will ever get another new car... I bought my van new in December 2005, and haven't even hit 45,000 miles yet. Guess I don't get around much... :)

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I like your goal Oaxaca...and a visible indicator of how you do each day. Let's do this! My next trip is on May 19 (I am not counting my one day in Seattle next week)....and that will be quite a challenge. I go to the first 4 days of my daughter's race, then to a conference in Finland where I give an invited talk, then back to Vermont for 3 more days....to be at my daughter's finish....it will be a once in a lifetime experience for her and I am just so happy she wants me there with her for the time I can be there.

It was a beautiful day yesterday. Didn't get the veggies, but went to Hughes Water Garden instead and got some algae killer and bacteria for our pond as well as two plants: one california lilac and another, a dinner plate sedum. So I have my planting cut out for me.Today, besides work stuff I have to take my car in and get a warranty replacement done, then go to my foot doctor to deal with my foot...then I have a massage scheduled for this evening. Yay!

Tomorrow it is showery...so I will make sure to enjoy being outside as much as I can today.
Started off this morning with a light mozarella and crab omelet and coffee. Feeling satisfied with that. Yum. And it was maybe 250 calories....

let's do this!

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You sound good team....motivated and focused. Me too! Had a very good day yesterday, and have a goal. I leave for Toronto on June 29, so am using the big calendar we have, and am using a yellow highlighter for each on track day. Trying to keep the calendar in my mind to keep working hard at it.
We did some shopping today, and also looked at some cars. Hubby is convinced its time for me to get a new car. I'm in no rush, but we'll see.
The sunshine has returned and its a beautiful day...just hope it doesn't get stifling again.
Keep up the good work everyone...let's do this!












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Good morning team from beautiful sunny Oregon. My weight stayed steady (even after jogging 7 miles yesterday)...but I know that I was feeling bloated. Good news though: I am starting for me a 2 week program of South Beach Phase I (which for me works well at getting myself under control) and my husband is up for it, too! That is just awesome.

I'm not going to go crazy about it...as I still have some yogurt and 3 bananas to finish off. But I am going to really restrict any complex carbs. Period. End of story. And see what happens to my stomach/body over the next two weeks.

So today I think we'll go get some plants for the pots from Al's and see what veggie starts I might plant, too.

Take care, team! Keep motivated. And let's work on the things we can do to break us out of cycles we have........glad to hear you've found a good book to get perspective on binge eating. Me, I'm working on changing habits. And sticking with plans.



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Good morning, team! Another beautiful one here and I'll be heading back to the cabin for the day as soon as I've finished my cup of coffee on the porch and doing my Spark posting. My strategy for yesterday worked, and I have the same plan for today. A little exercise, a little relaxing and a little food. I WILL get through the day and thus the weekend on track! Oaxaca, I downloaded the book and read it last night. I think it might be helpful. Already I know that just accepting the fact it will happen sometimes and not stressing and feeling guilty has helped to reduce the episodes of binging. Enjoy the day!

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Sherwood, congratulations on your award and also on maintaining your weight during the trip. Oaxaca, I'm going to try to find that book. It's at least a little encouraging to know the Binge Eating Disorder is recognized now as a medical type problem and I think it has helped me to know I'm not along and don't have to "hide in the closet" anymore. Today I'm heading to the cabin, and I'm only going to take enough food for meals for the day and a healthy snack (fruit and cheese). It's too easy to sit at the lake reading and mindlessly snacking on crackers, chips, etc. I am making some progress and want to keep it up. The scale hasn't gone down more than a few pounds, but I can feel it in my clothes. Also plan to get in a good walk/jog this afternoon.

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Good morning, team! I am safely home. I got to the Portland airport at 1 p.m., then stopped to shop for groceries on the way home (so got to my house around 3 p.m.). It was a beautiful sunny day, so instead of a happy hour out (which my husband suggested) we ate a healthy happy hour at home on our deck in the sunshine. Sure, I had 1 1/2 glasses of wine, but I also ate some healthy snacks -- tuna and ceviche and cheese cubes and olives and cherry tomatoes-- I had bought at the store.

So all in all, a good decision on my part. I also told my husband to enjoy his bread this weekend, but starting Monday, he and I are going on a South Beach diet for a couple of weeks. Which, for him, means limiting his breads. And he's up for it! That is pretty cool. He has been slowly jogging on the treadmill--did it 4 times when I was away. But he is so slow he doesn't want to do it outside yet. But that is OK. What works for him surely wouldn't work for me.

My next goal (MNNice, you've inspired me!) is to lose 3 pounds in the next 2 1/2 weeks I am home, in order to go in a more fit state to help my daughter with her upcoming ultra race on May 19. So it is a short term goal, but I think I can do it. And...I am so looking forward to the next 2 1/2 weeks at home. I only have one trip to a new client in Seattle where I will have to drive up and stay overnight for a morning presentation, then drive home after it (a 3+ hour drive each way)....but that is really "at home" for me because I can visit my son who lives in Seattle. So it will be pleasant.

My time in Baltimore at the conference was very exciting. And my colleague and I won the "New Idea" presentation award at the conference. That was really a pleasant surprise. So our presentation was inspiring to folks. That is so cool.

I read a book on the plane about habits that I hope to share with you all, too. It was great. And it has inspired me to really re-examine how I react to challenges with my weight and health. And so...not to go on and on, but I learned a lot this week and hope to share some of it with you, too...because knowing who we are and how we react to challenges/desires to change deep habits can only be helpful along our journey.

Take care, team! Oh yeah, and I didn't gain any weight this week. A pleasant bonus.

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Mnnice,to get the e-book free, go to the Sparkteam Living Binge Free, then to the topic Fighting the Urge-Free E-book, then to the first post at the bottom by NEVERGIVEUP57, and there is a direct link in blue print.
Unfortunately, my first day of May was a bad one. I got super hungry and started eating all the wrong things, and boom, 2000 calories! I am NOT happy. But I know the month can have a good start today, and I am going to work hard to do well today. Oh, the frustration of this problem...
Today not too much to do...but another village wedding in the afternoon. At least the dress at these village events is very casual, so I don't have to primp. And usually I can do ok with the food. For me, its those nights....
Happy to hear you are getting nice weather and have had a good week Mnnice...keep it up...let's both battle the weekend successfully!












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Oaxaca, I went to that website and couldn't find the free book, but I did watch a video by that author on binge eating, and I think I really learned some helpful information. Basically that when we stress over it, we are teaching our brain to make it happen. Of course we have to pay for her counseling to find out what we're supposed to do to train our brain to be cured, but I think I have some ideas to try, or at least another way of thinking when the urge strikes. It's a beautiful day here. I'm happy with my progress this week and will strive to carry it through the weekend.

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Happy May 1 everyone!
Yesterday had good points and bad points for me. In the afternoon I ate something sweet that added about 300 cals. to my daily intake, and I felt ready to go on a bender. But I stopped, and so ended up a little over my allowance, but managed to push away a binge.
Today is for me...just one class late in the afternoon. I have already done some work with my plants, and look forward to just doing what I feel like for most of the day.
Mnnice...hang on to this good streak you have going over the weekend.
We have yet again another village wedding tomorrow....its the season!
Looks like the rain has left us and that we will have a nice, not too hot day of sunshine.
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This nice weather seems to really have strengthened my motivation. Usually on Wednesday nights after choir practice I come home, eat supper, and sit and read. Last night I went for a 40-minute walk after I ate supper. I know that no matter how little I would eat, I would still need to exercise in order to lose/maintain my weight. I think if I increase the intensity of my cardio - such as doing walk/jog intervals - I can lose 2 pounds a month so that I will be at my healthy BMI weight by Oct 1st when I leave for Grand Cayman. That's my goal!! And yes, Oaxaca, staying strong on the weekends will be important in order to accomplish that! I'm going to check on that book.

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Good morning team....happy to report I had a very on track day yesterday...new determination.
Today is a little work and a little relaxation...and it will be more comfortable than other days last week...the rain really cooled things off, and it is such a relief.
I read something interesting on another Spark page...a free e-book. Here is the page: dramyjohnson.com/wp-content/uploads/20 13/12/Fighting-the-Urge_Dr-Amy-JohnsR>on.p
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It was something for me to think about, and make use of.
Heading into the weekend....stay strong!

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So glad to hear you are safe in the midst of such turmoil Sherwood....I guess Friday morning will come none too soon!
Mnnice, glad to hear you had a good day.
Sunday night I ate a little too much, although it was at least healthy food. And last night, too much yogourt and nibbles put me way over. So I have to toughen up tonight.
Its a work day today, and then have to take in my car for overnight service.
We had a huge storm last night...trees falling and flooding. Thankfully no issues here in the house.
Really not much to tell...just trying to stay on track and do well with my clients today.
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Glad to hear from you, Sherwood, and I think you made the right decision not to go out. It is definitely a bad time for Baltimore. Had a good day yesterday and even though I have choir tonight, I WILL find time to get some exercise in.

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Greetings from Baltimore where it has been an interesting time, but I am safe and in the conference hotel. We went out to dinner on the waterfront Sunday night when it was safe and quiet...but Monday there were sirens and lots of noise. And last night a curfew at 10. So we've stayed in the conference talking to old and new friends...and busy busy with the conference (I am presenting several times and have different clients here, too)....

However, it is a very weird time. I must say that watching the news is kind of surreal. Last night the hotel told us there was one restaurant open that would pick anyone up in a shuttle bus...but we elected to not go out. There was a reception by IBM where there was finger food...and then we went to the hotel bar for drinks and dessert. My only problems this week are: I have had no time to exercise on the treadmill. And I had two glasses of wine last night over great conversation...and I am not getting enough sleep. I've been eating as reasonably healthy as I can.
I plan to fly home Friday morning. I have a 7:30 am flight...so my thoughts and prayers are with the people who live in Baltimore. It is a difficult time.

Thanks for thinking of me. I'm safe.

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Concerned for Sherwood in Baltimore. Hope you are safe from the rioting! Had a nice long walk last night - it was such a beautiful evening. I got in over 14,000 steps for the day. Tonight I'll play pickleball, and I did a few s/t exercises this morning. Scale was down a bit today.

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Have a great trip, Sherwood. Oaxaca, fingers crossed that the infection will be cleared up! I ate too much cake Saturday night and too much ice cream last night-- and the scale told the tale! Back to exercise and sensible eating!

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Well, I got up very early (3:20 a.m.) and flew to Baltimore. But it was nice to have an unexpected dinner with old friends I met here....and am only slightly disappointed. Got in 8500 steps and had wine with dinner. But my friends had big baskets of fish and chips while I had tilapia and rice....so that was at least partly OK. The wine with dinner though was very nice (and I had two glasses).

I think I will have to take time away for exercise this week. Just make it happen. Because there are so many people I know here it will be hard to find "take care of me time". But I vow to try to do this. I was so tired that when I got to my room at 4:30 or so I took a 2 hour nap. I guess that was me time, but not me exercise time. Lesson learned: need to plan for it tomorrow. Have an all day workshop, but hope to use the time after to exercise, then go to evening events....
That's the plan anyways.

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I feel a lot better today, and proud of myself for staying in my calorie range yesterday even with going to 2 fiestas. And today is going really well....just feel more determined right now.
From what I can see, the tooth infection seems to be gone....will see the periodontist tomorrow or Wednesday.
We just got back from day 2 of the wedding...friends are stopping by in a bit for a little visit. And that's my day.
Yet again, happy travels Sherwood!
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Good morning, team! I am sorry your stomach is so troubled, Oaxaca. Antibiotics are very difficult for digestive tracts. I hope you feel better and survive the heat and the events. Take care of yourself. And MNNice, your girls night out sounds like a lot of fun.
I went out to happy hour dinner last night with my husband...then managed to stay awake all the way to almost 9 p.m. before heading off for bed. My weight was up a bit (a little over half a pound) from yesterday this morning, but I write that off to my chips and salty stuff.

This morning I got a 6 mile long jog in and that actually felt great. I had a good pace. Only stopped a few times to take a rock out of my shoe, use the bathroom, and fiddle with my shoes, etc. I realize that I need to keep a clock on my stop time, too. But all in good time. I am just happy I completed the distance. And I didn't get rained on, it was a beautiful day, and the day is turning out to be gorgeous. I have 17,000 steps in already!

But now I have to do some work/writing...for a couple of hours.

And then I hope to finish laundry, pack my bag, and just relax. Dinner tonight with be something healthy I manage to thaw out from the freezer---some fish or something like that. Maybe with some spaghetti squash I put away, too, as a side....

I will try to check in while traveling next week....just to help me keep things in perspective and hear all the good things you are up to and challenges you are facing, team! Take care.....

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My last few days have been up and down...but I put most of the blame for crazy eating some days on the antibiotics I have been given...one pill every day for 2 weeks (one week to go) and 5 injections (last one was this morning). And the effect on me is a very sick stomach that keeps me on the run, so I am losing a lot of what I eat. Enough said. But I am trying to do my best.
Today is busy....a wedding this afternoon and a 15th birthday big event in the evening (a Mexican tradition). The wedding party is outside, so we will swelter...its in the 90's here.And then we have to run home and change for the other party, which is more formal. Then tomorrow we return to the wedding party for lunch...busy, busy.
Mnnice, don't sabotage yourself tonight, and Sherwood, what can I say? Relax when you can.
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Sherwood, the important thing is to have a plan, and you have one! Tonight going to a benefit for our local health care foundation, and there will be a social hour with drinks and "pub grub", a dinner and then entertainment by "The Britins", a Beatles copycat band. So it is a London theme and I've heard the band is very good. I think I'll know all the words to every song, as I grew up on Beatles records, starting with sneaking into my older sisters' rooms and listening to their records in the early 60s and then continuing with them through the years. Should be a fun time (it's girls night out!) but I need to get a good cardio session in this afternoon before I go, as I'm sure I'll eat a bit over my limit!

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MNNice, this pace of travel is definitely NOT my normal. So I've been bracing for it. But still it is difficult. Due to a late plane, I got home at 4 a.m. this morning instead of the on plan midnight. I slept in, canceled a meeting, then got up and did the necessary expenses and invoicing stuff...and have just been noodling around in my office with little energy, creativity, drive or whatever.

I weighed 156+ this morning, though. Which means I lost weight during this week of travel. When I was at this client I had no time for snacking and they had free healthy lunches. And walking around and getting in my 10k steps helped. Since being home I ate breakfast, lunch and then *unfortunately* munched on a bunch of gluten free multi-grain chips. I think I'll give myself a break, though and not be too tough on myself. And your continued weight loss is super motivating to me.

Next week I leave on a 5:35 a.m. Sunday flight and spend the week at a conference in Baltimore where I am in a workshop, lead a session, co-speak at another session, present my own session, host a discussion and there will be many people there that I know and both new and old clients. So....I think my strategy should be to take some "me" time each day, go hide from people and either get in my 10k steps walking around outside, or jog at the hotel gym. I owe it to myself to give myself a treat. I also plan to take along carrots and hummus for my lunch on the plane...and to take along a collection of gluten free bars for snacks and/or breakfast instead of just going with the flow.

All the best to you, team!

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Happy Friday! I'm having a burst of motivation lately and hope it continues. Finally seeing a bit of progress on the scale -- but now that I've said that it will probably be up 2 pounds tomorrow! Will really need to stay vigilant on food this weekend, and most importantly, get my exercise in!

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I agree Sherwood about not giving up on those 20 pounds. I've been trying to talk myself into just being satisfied with where I'm at -- I am still 60 pounds less than my highest weight -- but then I remember how good I felt with that additional 20 pounds off, and I'd really like to get there again! When the weather finally cooperates, I plan to do some walk/jog intervals outside, and I think that will help. Your schedule is one that would totally throw me off, but then since it is your "normal" to travel so much, you probably could get into that good habit of exercise while you're away. Oaxaca, hope to hear good news that the antibiotic continues to be successful!

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Good morning, team! Well...that tough day yesterday was actually easier for me than I think today will be where I have two classes to teach with too much material. It is indeed the case that I am packing too much in with these people this week. They are getting their money's worth.

I got home (to my hotel, that is) around 5...talked to my husband and then he inspired me so I went up to the gym on the roof of the hotel (it was tiny and hot so I pried open the door with a dumbell) and did my 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then I ate dinner in the hotel (again, meat and a glass of wine) and went to my room to watch the trailblazers lose badly in the playoff game. Grr. I saw them outplayed. It seems like mentally they have given up because of all their injuries of key players.

And that reminded me that I just don't want to give up/give in to my 20 pounds+ over my goal weight. That would be the easy, painful thing to do. But I have to fight for it...when I can.

And while traveling, well, I have to be kind to myself, give myself the opportunity to destress and do some exercise and have that down time away from people. Did I mention I get home after midnight tonight, then leave Sunday morning for all week (back Friday afternoon)....? So it goes. I will get that exercise in when I am in Boston. I will breathe in and breathe out, try to eat sensibly and not stress out about new clients and too much to do at the moment. I will.

It'll be good to sleep in my own bed for 3 nights.

Take care team. MNNice, your weight continues to inspire me as to what I can do when I am home for the weeks in May (2+) and the whole month of June (hopefully most of it).

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Okay, you two have motivated me to get up and put in at least a short walk. The wind hasn't died down yet, so it's probably not going to. I had choir after work and just finished my supper. Am going out for just a quick one-mile loop to the school and back. Better than nothing...

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Hi there team....Sherwood, hope that you can de-stress a little....you have so much on your plate!
All is well here....I was relieved yesterday to only be up about 2 pounds....now I am inspired...its so little to lose, and I know I can do it...no more gaining!
Not too busy a day, a little work, a little shopping, a little relaxing...
Seems like the new antibiotic is working...fingers crossed!
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Good morning team from windy, cloudy, cool Milwaukee (and I mean temperature...).

I have been extremely busy. I did not realize how much pressure this client is placing on me to adequately convey the message they wanted me to...to very powerful influential people in their company. And today I have 5, 1 hour meetings where I spread the word about several techniques and their need for system qualities....then tomorrow are two back to back workshops. It is very grueling. And then in the evening last night I helped review two speakers whose session I am hosting at a conference next week in Boston. And then there was emails from new clients. It is all too busy.

Again, I just need to breathe in breathe out and do my best to do some exercise. It was very very windy here yesterday too (how midwesterners handle this weather day in and day out is beyond me...much nicer in Oregon year round, seriously....)...especially when it is snowy icy and blowing. I think you are made of tougher stuff than I am MNNice.

Anyways, I walked along the river on the river walk after work yesterday in the blustery wind. Saw people taking their picture with the Fonz statue. Walked by an interesting sausage and cheese making icon over by the ballpark...then turned around and walked back to my hotel. Got in those 10,000 steps! Had a glass of wine along with duck breast, turnips, and fingerling potato dinner. Probably should have eaten a salad. But at least I got my walking in! And so it goes. I will remember that 2 weeks from now will be my payoff. So I plan on exercising (at least walking) today after work. It is a tough travel week for me as I have to be constantly on my toes with this client and dozens of people....I will do my best and that's all I can do.

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Yes, yes, the scale does NOT reflect yesterday unless we are total burdened with food from a binge. Just keep on truckin' Mnnice.
Got weighed today and was happy with the number on the scale...I have to keep on truckin' too!
It is unbelievably HOT here...a few minutes outside and I'm sweating!
It will be a relaxing evening, and then work tomorrow.
Have a great evening all.












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A friend from another team posted that she learned at Weight Watchers that what the scale shows today is what you did 2 weeks ago. That's something I'm going to make a point to remember. I think it will keep me from getting discouraged and also help me stay on track knowing that the results WILL show up in 2 weeks! Cold and very windy today. Meeting tonight so I'm going to put my winter coat back on and brave the weather and walk back to work after lunch so I can get some exercise.

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Happy travels Sherwood.
Mnnice, just keep it up, the scale always catches up.
Had a good day yesterday....was active in the garden and around the house, and ate very sanely.
Had to go to the dermatologist this morning, and once I get up from the computer have several errands to run.
The tooth saga lingers on...patience, patience, patience.
Here's to a good week for us all!












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Have a successful session in Milwaukee, Sherwood. Oaxaca, hope that tooth infection is getting better - you have battled it for so long! I am a little frustrated with the scale this morning -- I pushed myself to exercise yesterday and ate well within the calorie range, yet the scale was up a pound. Such a let down when you are expecting to see a reward for your work! Well, just have to be patient and not give up!

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Good morning team (early) from the Portland Airport. I head out for 4 days in Milwaukee. I teach and consult starting tomorrow. I seem to be gaining all the weight that MNNice is taking off! I won't bore you with the facts...but I weigh about a pound more than when I last reported. I think that I've been exercising plenty. But that I need to do a South Beach regimen when I am home. Even the slightest bit of fruit and carbs (e.g. crackers) seem to do me in. Seriously.

Not to worry now. I am on a journey and I am happy that I am aware of it and not stressing. I suspect that when I go on a lower calorie, low carb eating plan I will do just fine. For now, I am hanging on.

It was a beautiful 80 degrees here over the weekend. So I did lots of weeding in my garden and planted some low ground cover/foot path plants and got the vegetable garden ready to plant some this coming weekend when I am home again. I got in 20,000 steps each day! So again, I need to look on the positive side. Weight gain for me has to stop. But I think that my body is still adjusting to all its travel and lack of sleep.

Now for a good hot shower when I get to my hotel room, and some relaxation, prep for the day tomorrow....and I'll be set!


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I was planning on being lazy today, but as I sat here with a cup of coffee reading some SP posts, I talked myself into doing at least a mile walk with Leslie Sansone. I can be lazy after that! I really want to keep my progress going, and I know that can't happen if I slack! Oaxaca, don't be too frustrated. I know how it goes, but keep looking forward! With my son's wedding now less than 6 months away, I am finding motivation thinking ahead to it, because Ireally want to be feeling good and fitting into my clothes. I haven't worn a bathing suit in public (other than a very few close friends or family) since I was in my 20s. I know I'm not going to look like a supermodel in one, but at least want to not feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. That's what will keep me moving!

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Good morning team.....still up and down with my eating habits. I did fine at the wedding yesterday, but at home ate too much fruit and then ended up with some chocolate, so not a great day. I feel very frustrated with myself.
Started on a new antibiotic yesterday, so we'll see what new side effects develop...just wish I could get rid of this infection and carry on!
I have a quiet day today...slept late, and now having coffee. Will do laundry and other things around the house.
Glad to hear the scale is catching up with your good habits Mnnice...keep it up.
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