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12/19/14 5:38 P

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Good going Sherwood!
I got through yesterday, even with going out to dinner a friend's. I did pass on several things, but it wasn't a big hardship.
Today was more prep, a little last minute shopping, and then after lunch a nice long nap.
Later I'm off to the dentist for my new crown to be put on...the infection lingers on, but I am on antibiotics for 2 weeks.
Have a good start to the weekend, and don't let Sat. and Sun. be days that bring you down.













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12/19/14 1:59 P

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Good morning, team. Oaxaca, thanks for the encouragement. I am reclaiming 135. Starting as of my previous post. I did OK yesterday. Jogged, walked a whole lot Christmas shopping and then went to the pub celebration where I ate a good dinner salad and had 2 beers (they were 8 oz glasses). More than just 1 beer (as I had hoped), but I did not eat the gooey dessert my husband had because I was sitting next to some other folks, busy talking and vowed not to go get some. Yay me! A small victory. I did get home and have about 100 c. of dark chocolate. But that was that. And a cup of tea. My weight was 155.3 this morning. Today's goals: Go jogging before it rains again. Track and watch what I eat. And don't succumb to late afternoon nibble urges.

Here's to our continued success!

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12/18/14 11:14 A

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Hope your appointment brings all good news Mnnice, and hope that drive back and forth isn't too tedious.
Sherwood, try not to get too discouraged...and started reclaiming 135 NOW, don't wait another day!
I am very happy that I got through yesterday without a hitch...just have to continue today. I just finished making the apple sauce to eat with our potato pancakes (latkes) and sour cream. Next on the agenda is getting the dough ready to put in the fridge for the cutout cookies. I'll cut them and bake them after about 3 hours in the fridge.
I feel good this morning, and its fun getting ready for a party.
Hope its a good day for you both, and for me too!












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12/18/14 10:52 A

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Hope your dr's visit goes well, MNNice. Sounds like a long drive!

My weight continues to go up (155.7 this a.m.). Not sure why. . I am eating OK....but snacking a bit too much. At the end of the day it is difficult to avoid. Need to track ALL day, not just in the morning.

Tonight we go to a group party at a pub. I plan on drinking one beer and having a salad for dinner. They are known to have good salads. And I will jog today, whether inside or out. I got waylaid yesterday and didn't go jogging...was tired out after Christmas shopping all afternoon.

Today is a good day for sticking with my goals (and reminding myself of what my objectives are). I want to reclaim 135 in 2015. So I, too, need to get serious about moderation, tracking, and controlling what I eat. Mindless snacking is not my friend.

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12/18/14 8:52 A

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Happy Hannukah, Oaxaca! Yesterday was a long, tiring day. For the first time in several weeks I got over 5,000 steps in. Doing okay on food - not binging and eating mostly healthy, with a few "treats.". Today I have my post-op exam with my surgeon/oncologist, so in a few minutes will be leaving for a 2 1/2 hour drive (each way), but I have a friend riding along who can take over the driving if I get tired, but I think I'll be okay. I'm going to Fargo where my daughter lives, so we'll meet her for lunch before heading home.

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12/17/14 1:28 P

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Another on track day to report, and last night amazingly wasn't a struggle. But I have to be very careful today. Very often its on the fourth day of doing well that I tumble...might be physiological, who knows.
I have to see my periodontist since I seem to have a gum infection...never a dull moment. Hopefully it is something easily taken care of.
Kind of a quiet day today aside from that appointment.
Sherwood, sounds like you started off the day in the right direction....keep it up!
Here's to good days for us all!












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12/17/14 11:50 A

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Good morning, team! Well...my weight was up again this morning. Grr. 155.5

But I had 2 eggs this morning and some light shredded mozarella cheese. So maybe about 225 cals for breakfast. I am tracking. And watching those carbs. And getting that exercise in. My body at times just wants to hold on to water (I think carbs and sugars set it off).

Here's to a good day! Enjoy the holidays, but don't get stressed over food choices. Start the day right and plan for what awaits in the evenings. That's my mantra. Tomorrow night we have a pub celebration with old friends. So there will be pub food. But at least I suggested a place where they have healthy salads. And they took my suggestion. Yay!

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12/16/14 5:17 P

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Sherwood, try eggs in the morning, or better yet, egg whites: all protein and very few cals.
Good luck!
Happy to report another good day behind me...I'm trying to stay very conscious of what I am choosing to eat, and tracking as I go...it might be obsessive, but better to obsess on tracking instead of obsessing on food!
Mnnice, whenever I go to Toronto I stock up on the 100 calorie bags of popcorn since we can't get them here. For me, I do better with that than having to portion out from the regular bags.
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, so it feels festive. I start my prep for Sat. night on Thursday, and most of the shopping is done.
Working hard to stay on track and getting through the nights....I really want to keep it up.
Here's to a good night and a happy morning.












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12/16/14 12:22 P

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Good morning, team. Not much news here. But it isn't rainy. So I plan to get out and jog today. I am definitely off eating hot cereal in the morning....my weight was up again this morning a bit, and I feel somewhat bloated. I *keep* thinking I can eat carbs like folks normally do, but I can't. They seem to set off all kinds of reactions...including wanting (and eating) chips and salsa for lunch.

Today is another day. And I plan to make the most of it! Hope you all do, too.

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12/16/14 10:11 A

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Thanks for that reminder, Oaxaca - you are right! Will be here too soon. I did better last night and snacked on popcorn, which is better than cheese crackers and/or chocolate! Will be playing my sax at a gathering of a women's group tonight and they serve a light supper before the speaker and program - it's usually healthy and I'll likely be tired enough to go straight to bed without snacking when I get home!

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12/15/14 12:01 P

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Glad to see everyone posting this morning. I had a really good day yesterday, and thankfully still feel motivated today. I have a hairdresser apt, and then later on a student.
Mnnice, you'll probably hate me for bringing this up, but remember that wedding that is coming up! You will want to look your best, so maybe its time to use that again to motivate you when you want to start nibbling at night.
Hoping to have a good, good week...hoping we all do!












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12/15/14 10:59 A

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Good morning, team! I ate just fine yesterday...but probably shouldn't have had those chocolates after dinner. My weight: 154.3. I jogged 7 miles yesterday before we went Christmas shopping...and fueled myself for my long run by eating 8 grain hot cereal...and ate that again today.

It seems when I start out eating grains in the morning that I tend to gain a bit of weight (no matter how much I exercise). It sets me up for eating more carbs later in the day. That is something I have to watch. I've been enjoying cereal...but it is time for me to get back to more protein for breakfast.

My experiment for today is to try to eat less carbs/grains/chocolate for the rest of the day...and just indulge in the cereal.

Good to hear from you IMOFF. Sounds like you've had a very tough time...but good for you about figuring out meds and taking off that weight. Here's to a good week for us all.


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12/15/14 9:56 A

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Good to hear from you, Imoff, and glad to see you are back Sparking! Hope we can help keep you motivated. I had a busy day yesterday, but got some things done that needed to be done, and hubby also shampooed the carpets. I feel better to be caught up a bit with Christmas preparations, but a good share of it just won't get done this year, and that's fine. Still eating too many snack crackers and chocolate and need to remind myself that it's important to eat healthy to help in my recovery! Have a good day -- Back to work again for me for four hours...

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12/14/14 4:12 P

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What a surprise to see your post Imoff...welcome back! Stay healthy and keep that weight loss going strong!
Last night was not a good night, but for whatever reason I feel very motivated today and am looking forward to successful days ahead. I averaged my calorie intake for last week, and ended up at about 1700 as a daily average. Not as bad as I thought, but with those few pounds I put on, I need to be between 1200 and 1550. That's what I'm aiming for now.
Otherwise, I've been doing things around the house, and feels good to get things done. Now its time to plop down and read a little.
Hope all is well with the rest of you, and look forward to your posts.












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12/13/14 2:55 P

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Hello team! It's been a while. After some medical issues, new meds, and a huge weight increase because of those meds, I went through a bit of a depressed period. Then this past summer I finally got off some meds and just worked on me. I've lost about 18 pounds since August. And it's mostly because I finally got to quit a variety of medications (down from 10+ pills every night, to 4 - 2 of which are benadryl). So, now that I'm feeling much better emotionally and physically, time to get back on my spark wagon.

Hope your Saturdays are going well! I'm going to be doing housework and hopefully some Christmas decorating. It's slowly going up in my house. I might have the last of it up by Christmas Eve, lol.

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do." - Anonymous


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12/13/14 12:29 P

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I did well at our dinner last night...even with wine. Feels good.
Today I have things to do at home, and later a quiet night...sounds perfect to me.
Hope you have a good walk Mnnice...just go slow and easy.
My goal for today is to stay clean and have a second night of staying in bed and not going into the kitchen.
Have a good one team!












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12/13/14 12:27 P

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Glad you had a beautiful day, MNNice. Right now it's extremely foggy and 42F. Not bad, but I'm waiting until it warms up a bit before I go jogging.

I felt crappy for one day, didn't exercise, gained a pound...but then yesterday I felt great. Didn't exercise that much on Friday (jogged for 30 minutes), but ate healthy all day, avoided snacks and after dinner indulgences....and I shed a lot of water weight....so my weight was 153.9 this morning. Good grief! I must've been holding on to a lot of water weight.

I am hoping to continue my healthy eating today. Even though we are going out Christmas shopping. It is just a matter of moderation, in all things.

Take care team!

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12/13/14 11:28 A

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It's finally a beautiful day here in western MN and the temp has reached 40 degrees! I think I can avoid enough of the remaining ice to be able to have a safe walk outside today. Can't walk too far yet, but I can get in a short one and some much-needed fresh air and sunshine!

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12/12/14 7:07 P

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Great to see your post Mnnice...and back working already...you must be ready for bed when you get home. And oh, that nighttime snacking....it is my downfall too, as you know. Last night I got into some things again, but thankfully I had a low calorie day, so by some miracle I was in my calorie range. But that habit is just NO GOOD.
Tonight we have friends for dinner....they wanted something off our new barbeque grill, so its steak. If I stay sane, I should be safe....just have to remember that I am not due for more food once they go home!
I really want to make some changes, and am trying to talk to myself a lot...hoping to get through tonight and the rest of the weekend without any overeating issues.












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12/12/14 9:49 A

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Didn't realize it had been so long since I posted. Just lacking interest in spending time on the computer. I am back to work for 4 hours a day since Wednesday and it is going okay, but I am definitely feeling some pain and fatigue by the end of the 4 hours. I will consult with a radiation oncologist on the 18th to determine a short course of radiation therapy to take care of any cancer cells that may have been lurking, and I'm okay with that. I'm pretty sure that won't start until I'm 8 weeks post-surgery. My weight has continued to go up -- no exercise and too much snacking at night. Will be ready to hit it hard when I get the okay! I now have 15-20 pounds to get off. I do NOT want to be that person that people look out and say "Oh, too bad, she gained all her weight back!" But for now, just healing and I need to continue to eat healthy meals but do away with the night-time unhealthy snacks!

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12/11/14 4:39 P

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Hope that you are ok, and that those symptoms don't blow up into anything Sherwood.
Another goofy day yesterday. I ended up about 300 cals. over the top, but the craziness is my dinner was pretty much Kellog's crisps, mini packs of various sweets, etc...all snack food. Not good for calorie count and not good for my health. Just had lunch, and don't feel the cravings I've had the last few days, so I hope I can finish off the day sanely.
I'm not sure if I'll see the doctor today...right now I have no pain, so we'll see.
Its a quiet night at home today, and then friends for dinner tomorrow. And that's about all the news here.
Let's finish off the day with flying colors!













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12/11/14 1:56 P

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Good morning team. Sorry I didn't post yesterday. Today I am not feeling that well. My stomach is bugging me and I was awake last night for an hour with a cough/scratchy irritated throat. Not sure if I am catching something..or it was a reaction to what I ate yesterday (went out for a gluten free pizza) or...

We are expecting high winds and heavy rain late this afternoon. So I'll get my posting in now. My weight is hanging in at 155.5

Not great.

This morning I ate an omelette (good for me!) and I'm going to watch what I eat very carefully. That is, if I eat. We'll see how it goes.

Hope your days are brighter. Thanks for posting Oaxaca. Good to see that you are moderating what you eat (stopping at 400 cals of choc is still stopping). Hope the hip pain isn't serious. Take care all!

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12/10/14 10:14 A

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Good morning, me again. Yesterday was a weird day. We had a party in a village in the afternoon, and the food was not so good, and I ate wisely, but still some calories. Then we went our for dinner, and the people who invited us out ordered a sampling of appetizers....no idea of the calories. My only real indulgence was a second glass of wine. But I found myself craving chocolate, and managed to find a variety of about 400 cals. in my house...the one real flaw in my day. BUT, I could have gone on and on, and I managed to convince myself to stop, so that's a little progress. Hope for better progress today.
I have some pain in my left leg, the side of my last surgery...its about 3 or 4 days now, so will check in with my doctor today or tomorrow. It has me a little worried.
Today is all mine. I have some errands, and that's it. And I am not at the mercy of anyone else for my meals....always better for me.
Hope all is well...will be looking for your posts.












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12/9/14 12:03 P

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Did ok yesterday again....yay! Got unexpectedly weighed at the rheumatologist yesterday...had on a heavy belt and a sweatshirt, so I was up, although for sure it wasn't just that I had on more clothes....up around 4 pounds, and that nighttime eating I'm sure has a lot to do with it. Anyway, just trying to stop that habit and carry on, and happy it wasn't more pounds...
Glad to hear you are feeling better Sherwood...keep up the tracking.
Mnnice, hope you are doing well, and look forward to hearing from you.












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12/9/14 11:01 A

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Good morning team! Another rainy day in store for us here...several days in a row. But it hasn't started just yet. I may go outside for a short walk before I start working.

I am feeling better today. I went to bed early. My stomach is much happier today. It must've been something I ate when we went out either Saturday night or Sunday brunch. My weight was up a pound. But I didn't overeat. So we'll see how today goes. Today's goals: Get that walk in (or maybe jog, or maybe both), track what I eat on Spar, eat sensibly, and go shopping for some healthy food to have on hand.

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12/8/14 12:16 P

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Hope you feel better Sherwood, and can fully concentrate.
Things are rolling along here, food, for the moment, under control Have a dentist and doctor's apt today as well as one English class to teach. A full day.
Its that time of year again...already we have a party tomorrow afternoon and dinner out tomorrow night...this is when making good choices really pays off.
I also will start preparing next week for our Hanukkah party on the 20th....12 people, and the menu is set,,just have to do the work!
Hope we all start off the week in a positive way.












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12/8/14 11:54 A

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Gray skies today...but no rain until later in the day.
I weighed 154.7 this morning. And am eating mindfully.

My stomach hasn't felt good...it woke me up last night at 5....and I went to bed not feeling that great either. Here's hoping I feel better as the day wears on. In 5 minutes I have a meeting with my client for a couple of hours. I have to be attentive, even if I don't feel well as we usually cover a lot of technical ground. So here's to a better day and mindfulness!



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12/7/14 5:44 P

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Good afternoon, team. Oaxaca, you are so right that we have to take it one day at a time with no excuses. Fortunately, I did OK with birthday celebrations (we ate out last night and had brunch today with friends). I weighed the same this morning as I did Saturday morning. 155.6 which is way too high. But it is what it is.

And I just got done jogging 6.1 miles and now I am going to the movies with my husband. I'm done making excuses. The weather gets nasty, it is cloudy, I'm grumpy or tired....yep, but one thing that is certain is that I need to stop with the excuses. I just need to do. No regrets, just do.

I am feeling upbeat because I have come to the same conclusion. I could get myself in gear and really try to lose these 20 pounds by my birthday (March 22)....or I could just let things slide and continually make excuses. My idea: no excuses.

So here's to a good week. MNNice, I'm thinking about you, too. Hope you continue to recover and heal...and that the next steps ahead become more clear.



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12/7/14 5:33 P

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Where are you team?
Yesterday went well, very low on calories, but for one day that was ok. Today ok, but I was up super early, and have used a lot of my calories already...have to be careful.
Not much to tell, hoping to hear from you both re: my post yesterday.
Hope all is well....












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12/6/14 2:29 P

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You know, I really think I'm more than a little crazy: after eating carefully all day yesterday to keep my stomach under control, I got up and ate so many cookies that it was about a whole day's calories....I guess I was pretty empty, cuz I feel okay today, but soooo mad at myself. I am keeping busy, trying to get my mind off yesterday. Also had to go to the dentist since yesterday a crown on one of my teeth had a piece broken off.
Team, we really need to get it together....what is with us? I remember us all staying on track, getting to goal weight, and none of this up and down craziness...what should we do about it? Let's really think so we can help eachother and help ourselves.
Hoping today is a good one, and Sherwood, (like I should talk!) there will always be birthdays, parties, etc...we all have to learn its not about "tomorrow" its about TODAY, every day, a change in our lifestyle and eating habits....food for thought.












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12/6/14 11:43 A

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Good morning team! A windy blustery day here today in Oregon. My weight is up a pound this morning. But then again I didn't eat particularly healthily yesterday. And I spent a few hours shopping for birthday presents for my husband yesterday afternoon.

Good thing: I ran nearly 5 miles yesterday and felt good and strong.
Better thing: I plan on running again today sometime before birthday dinner out with my brother and sister in law. But I know that running can in no way make up for eating salty food or too much. After the birthday celebrations I'm gonna take a hard line on eating and tracking.


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12/5/14 12:47 P

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Mnnice, give yourself time re: your weight. You are still recuperating, and who knows what goes on in our bodies after surgery....be patient, eat properly, and things will fall into place.
I really didn't eat much yesterday at all...my stomach seems to have settled down, but then this morning I had to take one of my migraine pills (they are a miracle!) So something is going on. I am being really careful about what I eat today, keeping things bland and simple. No fun, but I don't what any more problems.
We have a couple of openings to attend today...one this afternoon and another tonight. Should be fun. One is a store dedicated to traditional pottery, and the other is at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where one of my clients has a painting on display.
Its the weekend....let's hang in and get through it successfully!












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12/5/14 11:18 A

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Got on the scale for the first time in almost 2 weeks. Weight is up a few pounds. I did eat some chex mix before bed last night, so some of that could be fluid retentions, but probably mostly due to lack of exercise. I haven't really been over eating so was hoping to at least be where I was at last weighing. But I'll get more and more active and that should take care of it. Hope you feel better, Oaxaca. I heard that a few cases of Influenza A has hit our area, and I really would hate to get it! I did get my flu shot, but there's always a chance...

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12/4/14 4:40 P

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How nice to read positive posts from both of you today! Keep looking after yourself Mnnice, and Sherwood, hope today goes well too.
I stayed on track yesterday, although I was in the higher acceptable calorie range than I had worked toward; but I was in my range...that's what's important. But I am not doing well today. I woke in the night with the runs, which continued in the morning...so I have eaten a couple of pieces of dry toast and tea, and a bit of juice. But I feel very tired and headachy...just hope this is a 24 hour thing, and nothing more.
So today has been very quiet...I was in bed all morning, and this afternoon am resting and reading. Fortunately I had no commitments today.
Hard to believe we're at the end of the week already. Before we turn around, we'll be in the new year.
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That is very good news, indeed, MNNice. I wish you a speedy recovery from surgery...and hope for the best. You are right: one day at a time.

And that is what I did yesterday. Kept at it. Jogged and ate sensibly. My weight this morning: 154.5. Moving in a positive downward direction. Today I will just have to keep my focus on my goals and take positive actions.

It is a gloomy foggy day here with rain and more rain in the forecast. But I will jog on the treadmill. Moving helps my mood. So far my husband is symptom free for 2 days(yay) so I suspect he is over this kidney stone stuff for now. What a relief.

I need to go out and get him a birthday present. His birthday is Saturday.

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Good news on the pathology reports! The cancer is Stage 1B, Grade 1, which basically is early stage and not overly aggressive. Don't know yet what the treatment will be, but I am so thankful it was caught early! Still haven't been on the scale but am just trying to eat healthy and recover. It will be more important now than ever to stick with a healthy lifestyle. Hang in there, Sherwood. The ups and down happen and we just need to hang in there!

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Good evening, team. Well...my weight is not going up. 155.1 this morning. Today we went to a doc. My husband has been feeling no pain....so he might be over his kidney stone. We'll see. He has some more prescriptions to fill and is just taking it one day at a time. But no pain since yesterday noon.

I went jogging this afternoon. A bit slower than yesterday, but I did it! Food is fine today, too. I need to eat before I get too hungry....so I plan on eating around 6. Can't wait until much later or I'll go crazy. One day at a time. That's my mantra.

Take care, team.

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Wonderful to see your post Mnnice....keep following doctor's orders and you'll be fine.
Sherwood, you are not happy with your weight, I am not happy with my habits. I was so careful all day to not overeat or eat when I wasn't really hungry, and was successful. Then at around midnight I popped out of bed and went wild in the kitchen...I was feeling so determined, and then this crazy part of me just takes over. But, like you, I did get a good night's sleep, so at least I am awake and ready for the day. Thankfully I don't feel woozy or sick to my stomach. I guess I made good choices while I was eating too much.(haha...not really so funny)
I have a new client today, some shopping to do, so I will be occupied most of the day. The hard part sometimes is just to forgive myself and stay in the moment.
I'll be working towards a much better day and night...hope you gals have a good one today.












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Good to hear from you both.
Well...indeed my husband does have a large kidney stone (he went to doc and had a scan and will be referred to a doc who will remove it...as it is unlikely to progress on its own). But he got pain meds so we slept well last night (yay!) and he went to a company meeting this morning. I have instructions to call or text him if the doc calls for an appointment.

I am not happy with my weight. 156 this morning. But I am happy about my sleep. We went to bed before 9 last night and got up after 7. We both needed sleep. Now if my mood were better. But I am a bit down today. I think it has to do with missing my son, not having enough work to do, and not being happy about my weight. Well....I can work on the last 2 items by doing things that are productive (whether they are paying or not) and by following a diet, exercising, and tracking what I eat.

Time to get started!

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Sherwood, how typical of a man to diagnose himself! :) Hope he finds some relief from the doctor. I have heard that kidney stones are terribly painful! Oaxaca, great to hear you had an on-track day. With my stomach still bloated and sore from surgery, I really can't eat much, so I am just trying to get healthy foods in, but basically eating whatever, just smaller amounts. Exercise is basically just walking back and forth in the house - hard to even get in 1,000 steps a day, but the doctor definitely wants me walking. Can't believe one week ago at this time I was just getting out of surgery!

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Happy to report another on track day...whatever goes on inside of us that delivers or takes away motivation is a puzzle, but thankfully right now I feel pretty motivated.
Hope you are getting more sleep Sherwood, and that hubby finds out what his pain is all about. I have been waking up so early...I now remember older relatives talking about how they don't sleep as much as they used to...guess those years are really catching up with me. At least I'm at a point in my work life that I arrange my schedule and can always work in a nap.
Today I have one therapy client, some errands to run, and then probably a nap...mmmm, can't wait for that.
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Good morning, team. Glad to hear you are back on track, Oaxaca. My son left about half an hour ago to drive up to Seattle. His job starts at 10:30 so he can make it by then. I will miss him!

My weight is not that great: 155.6. But I am not complaining. My consumption of gluten free breads/pastries/whatever will stop. I sent all those goodies out the door with my son. Yay!

My husband had another miserable night. So I slept on the couch starting at 12:30 a.m. Good in a good 5+ hours. He thinks he didn't sleep at all. I believe him. He is going to go to the doctor today so we'll see what's up. Now I have to go to the dentist and get two cavities filled.

My work is very slow. So in some ways that is good. I can focus on family and figuring out what to do next. It is below freezing and very windy. So any jogging will likely be inside today.

Stay warm and safe, team!

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Good Morning Team
Yesterday went very well for me...thank goodness. Had to get up very early to go in for blood tests this morning. Right now I feel fine, but for sure when my morning coffee wears off I'll be feeling it.
Lots of little odds and ends to take care of today, and then a student at 4:30.
Hopefully this will be a better week than the last one....too many mornings filled with regrets...who needs that?!
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What a treat to see your post Mnnice! I'm glad you're home in your own bed. Just rest up, and try not to worry....sending you my very best wishes.
I really had a crazy day yesterday.I started off feeling fine, but as the day wore on I developed a bad stomach ache and just a generally unwell feeling. Couldn't eat except a couple of pieces of dry toast. But then, after taking a strong sinus nighttime pill, I woke up around 2 a.m., no stomach ache, and hungry. Needless to say, I ate waaaaaaay too much, and feel like kind of a blimp today. But I am showered, dressed, and trying not to linger in negativity. I do know that those pills for the night do something to me, just like the pills I have to help me sleep...its like I'm drunk, or sleepwalking, while I do that eating.
Looking at the positive side, I slept very well, and feel like the rest did me some good.
Hope you can get a little nap in today Sherwood, and that things improve with your husband.
Going to try to get out of this rut again....once I fall, its hard to stay on my feet. But I'm really going to try hard.
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Good to hear from you, MNNice. Rest, heal, take it easy. I will be thinking of you.

My husband has been suffering from kidney stones (at least he thinks that is what it is) for the last three-four days. Last night was pretty bad for him. So of course I was awake, too. At 2 a.m. I went and slept on the couch in the den. He told me he was probably awake for about another hour. At any rate, I did not sleep well. Weight: 156 this morning. It is windy and 29 F this morning. Everything is frozen solid. But there are blue skies. I was planning on going outside and raking some leaves but will have to rethink that.

Take care, team!

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No tracking or exercise for me lately. Not much of an appetite so just eating whatever, but not large amounts. Haven't been on a scale and don't plan to get on one for a while. Anyway, had surgery Tues and came home Wednesday evening. Was thankful that the weather cleared both to and from because I had to travel 150 miles each way. Surgery went well but will have no more news until about Wednesday when the lab reports come in and I am not even thinking about that now, just concentrating on healing and getting my rest. You two keep up the motivation and don't give up!! Hope to be back on more regularly soon.

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Glad you had a good day, Oaxaca. Hope you can build on it today.

Yesterday I did walk for half an hour on the treadmill. But my weight was up 156.5 this morning... I ate OK yesterday, not great. I start out fine, then fizzle towards the end of the day. Today is another day and another opportunity! It is sunny with light clouds outside. So I plan on going jogging soon. Then plan to watch football....and rake some leaves.

I made french toast and turkey bacon for my son and husband. I ate one slice of bacon and two eggs...no gluten free bread for me. I think I need to detox from all the bread/chips/carbs I've been having. So we'll see how I feel after my long run. I plan on eatling lightly after...and track what I eat.

Sending you all good wishes, team!
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Finally had a good, on track day AND night! And feeling better for it.
We'll be getting together with friends tonight, so have to watch myself, especially with wine, so I don't get too "carefree".
Didn't sleep well at all last night, so will try to get a nap in later today.
Hope your day went well too Sherwood...and Mnnice, feel good, be healthy!












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Let's just do this, Oaxaca. Get back on track. And stop bemoaning lost opportunities. We are tough!

Thinking of you, MNNice.

I've been away for a couple of days due to the holidays.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Ate dinner at my brother and sister-in-law's. Weight: 156.4 this morning. It is all my own doing. I ate gluten free goodies and drank too much wine. Ate some sweets, but thought I was doing OK. Guess I wasn't. I think I am highly sensitive to sugary foods. Last night I went to bed early and slept OK, but eating this kind of food has just got to stop.

I have not been not deluding myself, just avoiding facing the truth. But I am back in a tough mental stance today.The older I get, the more sensitive my body gets to sugar/insulin levels. Today so far I haven't felt like eating a thing. That probably isn't good, either. But it is what it is.

It is very rainy and windy today. I will get on that treadmill and walk, if nothing else....and watch some tv show or something. Need to get moving and need to eat healthy when I do eat. Tonight we have tickets to the Portland Trailblazer game. My goal: Eat before I go to the game.

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Oh ----, another bad night...have to get it together..... I really feel frustrated this morning.
Sherwood....help!
Mnnice, if you are back at home and on your computer....love to you.












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Yesterday did not go well at all.....fell down at the very end of the evening. Hubby and I went out, had a very good meal, made really good, yet tasty choices. But we did share a bottle of wine, and then the maitre'd came over with a piece of cake and sherry for our anniversary. All very nice, but my inhibitions went down with the wine and sherry. Late at night I celebrated in the kitchen,and worked my way up to just under 3000 calories....UGH!!!!!!!!!
I literally have no appetite right now, so will wait to eat until I do. And yesterday I was really feeling pleased with how my clothes were fitting....this really is one crazy thing to deal with.
Sherwood, hope you are doing well and keeping up with the tracking. Even on a night like I had, knowing what I did calorie-wise keeps me aware.
I have a lot to do around the house today, so I will be busy...just need to stay out of the kitchen all night long.

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Good morning, team! I am going to take it easy and do some gluten free baking so my son can enjoy that food when he comes for Thanksgiving. My husband said he doesn't feel well (flu)...so I hope I don't catch what he's catching. Otherwise, it is a pretty nice fall day here. Light clouds, light wind, highs in the upper 50s. Tomorrow's forecast is for rain. So I am not sure I will have the fortitude to go run in the local Turkey Trot 10 k at the high school tomorrow or not. It is quite an event where you donate food to the food bank and about 2000 people ran it last year. We'll see. It will be based on how I feel *and* the weather.

We went out to a happy hour dinner last night. But I ate OK. But the salt in the food was obvious. So my weight was up .2 of a pound this morning. Oh well. I am going to eat the food I bake for Thanksgiving, but I vow to track it, too! Honesty is the best policy.

Thinking of you, team!

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Yesterday had a good start to the week. And I want to continue.
Good for you for tracking Sherwood...once you get into the habit it becomes sort of automatic.
I have a doctor's appt. today, one class to teach, and that's it. Feeling tired, so might just have a snooze later.
I felt so skinny when I got back from Toronto in early September, and I want that feeling back. I just hope I'm not stressing about it too much...my weight hadn't been that low for years, and I did get some comments, which felt nice. Ah well, I'll do what I can do.
And that's about it for today.
Have a good one, and my prayers are with you for success today Mnnice.













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Good morning, team! Oaxaca, how have you been doing?

I managed to jog 3 miles yesterday and have an hour's session with my personal trainer. So I was sore and achy by the evening. But ate well (and slept well, too). My weight was 153.6 this morning. Progress. I suspect that my eating less carbs had a lot to do with that number. Today's goal: Mindfulness and tracking. It seems that I do a good job of tracking until dinnertime, then I find it hard to add in what I eat....but still, I am watching what I eat. Today I'll try very hard to record everything that goes into my mouth. Yesterday's dinner was salmon, brown rice, and apple. And for dessert I had some dried mango. Not exactly sure how much mango I ate, but probably around 150 calories (just a guess). Today: I want to not do any guessing.

My thoughts are with you today, MNNice.

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Oaxaca- You did get me tracking. And I did so for most of yesterday (didn't for my dinner, but still ate OK). I didn't lose any weight yesterday, but didn't gain any either. I was careful. But still....I think that I need to veer more towards phase I style eating.

And so, today, I ate a 2 egg omelet with some light shredded mozarella and a thin slice of ham and some grape tomatoes for breakfast. Around 300 calories. I realize that even those extra handfuls of good things will add up: an extra handful of tomatoes (might be another 50 cals), an extra handful of cheese (45)....so today my goal is: don't grab a handful of anything without thinking through what it counts.

Oaxaca, sure, if that food were out of your house, you wouldn't eat it. But if you were of the right mind you might overeat something else, if you are at all like me. So being mindful is what is required. I find that if I were to eat what my chubby husband ate, I'd weigh 200 pounds (he weighs 250)....so I just have to watch him eat. And not get caught up in it. It is my body and my choices that I have to control. So here's to getting our minds in gear. It is a nice day so I plan to run outside today. Yay! Just light clouds this morning.

And my thoughts are with you, MNNice.

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Well, well, after my "high and mighty" post about how I would probably be low on calories yesterday, I ended up in the kitchen late at night and went waaaaaaaaaaaay over on calories...so very frustrating. Looking back, I know this has happened before when we end up eating too late and too hungry. My non-compulsive, thin husband was also eating all night long.
Another problem is that we have food in the house that we normally wouldn't have, but it is for the lunches for our god daughter who is in medical school all day. I think I mentioned she is living with us now as her village is too far from the university. Anyway, I tried putting everything on the highest shelf, but I manage to get the energy to get up there. And things like cookies and bars are the things I love. But after all is said and done, it might make things a little harder, but when my head is on straight I don't go after the stuff.
Sherwood, I hope your day went better than mine....sometimes I'm so good at giving advice, but don't listen to myself. Anyway, hope you are doing well. Think of me when you track those calories...I'll be doing it right along with you, and hopefully will tally a LOT less than yesterday!
Here's to positive thinking, a good attitude, and renewed commitment. And here's to the good health of our team mate...












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Last night at our friends' dinner party, I ate well, and drank, but didn't binge and didn't eat anything when I got home. I could have definitely done better, but could have done way worse.
Today is better, and since we ate lunch after 4:00, I think maybe a fruit or two will be it for today. I will be under on calories, but sometimes for me that's ok if I "relaxed" a bit with my eating the night before. I don't like to eat less on purpose to "make up"for a high calorie day, but also don't see the point in stuffing in food just to have the right number of calories.
I know how you feel Sherwood... sometimes we just fight and fight to not do what we know we have to do....thinking of you and hope your day has gone well.
Sending positive thoughts to you Mnnice....
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Good morning, team. Yep Oaxaca...calories and the type of food we eat do matter. I'm just not doing what I need to do.

I *did* jog 5 miles yesterday...and that felt really good. Not back up to my long weekend runs yet, but improving.

But what I am eating and how I am controlling my intake is not happening. I'm in this quasi-denial that counting calories or following a plan are possible....instead I am muddling through and slowly gaining even more weight (was 154.9 this morning). So either I go clean and get back on South Beach phase I where I don't count calories and just eat the amounts I should. Or, I should enter in everything I eat....and shoot for around 1300 cals a day. Period. No waffling. I know what I need to do. I am just not doing it. And so...I think that for me, entering in food calories will be what I do (and go then to phase I after the Thanksgiving holidays). We aren't doing dinner at our house here, but we are having a late afternoon snack/desserts at my brother in law's...and with my son being here for 4 days, I'll b tempted. So if I record what I eat, I *know* I'll be better at holding the line.

Thinking of you, MNNice...and am inspired by your words of wisdom, Oaxaca. Thanks for keeping me honest.

Here's to accountability.

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I'm on the see-saw again....last night my downfall was milk chocolate chips....waaay too many. but at least that was is.
For me Sherwood, calories really do count. Even last night, I know exactly how many I chalked up...often helps me stay clean the next day, although unfortunately not always. But it has been the only way for me to not go way up in weight before I know what's hit me. And just a suggestion: get those nuts out of the house! Even on South Beach they warn that nuts can undo any progress. If you have to have some, maybe 10 almonds, and that's it. Yes, they do have lost of healthy nutrients, but also LOTS of calories...just sayin'.
I guess its just the 2 of us for a little while....hoping Mnnice is back very soon.
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Hi team! It is rainy, foggy, and 48F here today. I will have to jog on the treadmill or get very, very wet. I'm leaning towards that dreaded treadmill. Grr. I didn't manage to get outside yesterday when it was foggy, then just cloudy (but no rain). Was too busy handling calls from people. I missed a golden opportunity.

My weight as a consequence was up to 154.8 this morning. I need to sweat off what I eat or I gain weight. Nothing seriously over what I should be eating. Just nibbling on too many nuts and snacks.

Oaxaca, I, like you, should be counting calories and monitoring what I eat. None of this eyeballing will really work, I think. I need to track to be accountable.

Thinking of you, too, MNNice.

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Yesterday I stayed on track....again trying to stay on track today.
Feeling very tired lately, so I will need to nap today....again.
I feel so fortunate here in the sunshine hearing about the snow all over. Today is just perfect.
Might be going out for dinner tonight...if so, for me the important thing is to not start eating again when I get home.
Thinking of you Mnnice.
Happy Friday!












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Have a had a couple pretty good days eating-wise.

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The story of a compulsive eater: I ate a little bit too much during the day, but nothing too damaging. Part of what I nibbled on were cookies in a four-pack; ate 2. Went to bed, thinking about those 2 other cookies. Got up, telling myself I would only eat the 2 cookies....hahaha, how we play games with ourselves. After the cookies came a barrage of food...ended the day with a tally of 3000 calories. Had I stayed in bed, I might have been 100 or 200 calories over my limit. But this is a perfect example of my problem, or really, what I think of as my sickness.
So now I feel full and generally out of sorts. Trying to get busy, get moving and get on with it. Today must be a better day. I will work on leaving yesterday behind, but its not good enough...I refuse to be satisfied with a day like yesterday.
Ok, that's done.
Waiting to hear from you all.












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Glad to hear you had a good day yesterday, Oaxaca.

I had an OK day...went out to dinner with friends, though. My friend works at a company where they had layoffs. We went out to celebrate that she still had a job. So I ate a happy hour kind of meal---salad and chicken wings and a glass of wine....and we three split a chocolatey dessert. And...I weighed 154.5 this morning. So no real harm, but no real progress either.

It is a very foggy rainy day. Gloomy. My plan: Eat clean today and sparingly. Started off right today with a 2 egg omelette, with light cheese and a single slice (25 cals) of ham, and 5-6 grape tomatoes. So my breakfast total is around 200+ calories. That includes the almond milk in my coffee.... Now if I can just drink tea instead of munch today...

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11/19/14 1:49 P

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Yesterday was a good fresh start....feels good. Just got back from running errands, and now have the rest of the day to myself...some reading, and probably a little nap.
Hmmm, goal for this week....for me, to continue on track and NOT get out of bed at night to eat. And for me, the week ends on Sunday....for you too?
Hubby had to get up super early, so I was disturbed, and although I did manage to get back to sleep, it wasn't a good solid sleep...that nap later on will be appreciated.
Really not much news, just hope to stay on the straight and narrow.












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11/19/14 11:54 A

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Good morning, team. Sorry I did not check in yesterday. But I just felt off yesterday. My eating has been OK, but not as clean as I would like. But fortunately now all I have in the house are good things for me. My stomach still isn't in a happy place (and I don't quite know why). I weighed 154.6 this morning. Up a little. Not terrible. Not great. Due to lack of exercise and a bit of an upset stomach/digestive system....

I went to bed a little after 8 p.m. last night and slept soundly. My husband called me up at 9:40 p.m. and woke me from a sound sleep (he's on a trip). I talked for about 1 minute, then went back to sleep and woke up at 6. Good for me! I needed the rest.

I think that we need to recognize that while our past history is always there, that the way to make real and significant progress is to look forward and set (and re-set specific goals). Towards that, I want to weigh below 154 by the end of this week. And to get 10,000 steps every day, whether it is walking or jogging.

Team, what do you want to achieve by the end of this week? One day at a time, we will do this.

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11/18/14 12:43 P

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Definitely put yesterday behind. I've seen some good SP quotes on doing just that, but can't seem to find any now when I'm looking for them. Another cold day here in MN, but at least the sun is shining. Have a meeting tonight that starts with a light supper, so I'm hoping it's something fairly healthy and that they don't have a dessert. I did have a good day yesterday, though, and have to keep reminding myself that over eating and/or eating too much sweets/carbs is very UNHEALTHY!

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11/18/14 9:07 A

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Good morning team...had to post and get this off my chest. My great plans for a good start to the week fell through. Did great all through dinner but went scrounging later in the night and ended up with around 2100 calories for the day....not good, not good.
Just had to post that, and now to start again. I just don't want the whole week to go down the drain. Once I tumble it is sooo hard to get back on my feet, but I keep trying.
My goal is to forget yesterday and make today a good one, with hope for a good rest of the week.
Some cheerleading from the two of you would be greatly appreciated.
And have a good day....hope all is well.












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11/17/14 2:09 P

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I'm with you guys on being the start of a clean eating week! I've decided I really need to focus on health, and not weight. I need to be grateful that I'm physically able to exercise, and I need to eat healthy so that my body is in the best shape possible to fight any physical ailment that may come my way! Here's to renewed motivation to us all!

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11/17/14 1:05 P

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Yesterday was a much better day...I did have a little wine, which put me a little over on calories, but no bingeing. Like you Sherwood, this is the start of a clean eating week. But in general, I feel I am doing much better these days.
This is not only the season for parties, but this is the time of year we have a lot of visitors, which means a lot of eating out. Tonight we will be out with friends, but I have already decided I will have the grilled chicken, so that's that.
I have spent almost 60 years dealing with my weight and overeating...that is a VERY long time. I definitely feel much healthier and on top of things at this point in my life, but boy oh boy, it is a battle. I guess the most important thing for me has been to accept that I am not like other people, I cannot eat whatever and whenever I feel like it, and feeling deprived for me is not an excuse...I'm not deprived, I'm me, with this problem, and that is my reality.
So the journey continues....working as always towards a good, healthy day.
Good luck on a good start to the week Sherwood...I'm right there with you!












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11/17/14 12:36 P

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Good morning, team! Another cool, windy day here. But the rain will hold off until Wed eve or Thursday. So that is good.

I just got back from a teeth cleaning...and need to get 2 cavities filled. Grr.

I weighed 154.3 this morning. Not bad, but not dropping the extra weight I put on the trip, either. So it is time to take action. My husband is leaving tomorrow very early for a 3 day trip, so I will be home alone. Looking forward to that opportunity to take care of myself, eat what I want when I want to....and to exercise.

I also think it is time for me to go back on South Beach phase I. I ate the last of my yogurt this morning, and have 2 apples and 1 banana left. So I will dole those out, 1 a day...but then, that's it for a while.

With the cold weather, not enough to do, etc., etc. it could be all too easy for me to keep that weight I've gained and add more. But I do not want to do that. This is the start of a clean eating week for me.

All the best, team!
Sherwood

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11/16/14 7:44 P

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It's not been a great weekend. Was hard to get motivated for exercise -- so easy to just snuggle in on these cold, snow winter days... which is what I did. Eating was not good, but not horrible.

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11/16/14 11:52 A

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Yesterday was not a perfect one...at night I decided I wanted to eat a little more, and I did....the difference being I was more conscious than I usually am, and I didn't get as frantic. BUT, it did put me 400 cals. over my limit, which is not good....I slept very well, but woke up too full. So its back to basics today. We do have a birthday party this afternoon, but I am already working on my subconscious to be very selective. One thing I do if I don't want to eat a high calorie item is I cut it and move it around on my plate so it looks like I have had some of it. I just can't afford another high calorie day. I know we can't be perfect, but I was doing really well and I don't want to lose the momentum.
I know I have been kind of lonely lately...work is slow, and my friends have been busy, and hubby also has been busy. Its nice to have him home today. Lonely is never good for a compulsive eater like me....
Hope you two are doing well, and that it is shaping up to be a good weekend.
So sorry to hear you already have snow Mnnice...just talked to my sister in Chicago, and there are flurries there.
Hang in...I'm trying to do just that.












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11/15/14 2:27 P

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It could be a bad winter -- more snow today and roads are not very nice. Just going to stick around home and be lazy, I think!

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Good morning, team! At least it is a crisp, cool sunny and windy day. Having sun makes a load of difference in my mood. I weighed 154.4 this morning. Managed to jog a bit yesterday afternoon. The shortest route possible, and I had to walk a few times. But I did it. 2.5 miles.

Today's goal: try to do the loop through town which is 3.6 miles. But it is still too cold to be enjoyable. I will wait til noon or so when it is above freezing.

We still are getting over our trip. Still get very tired in the early evening. And go to bed before 10. And get up way too early. 5 hours time difference makes a difference. I will just hang in there. And try to eat sensibly. I did OK yesterday. Starting out with that same goal today: Eat sensibly. And take it one day at a time.

Be well, team. And keep doing good things. I am impressed by your techniques to manage night eating, Oaxaca. I hope to hear of another good day from both of you two!

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Another day without overeating behind me! But the nights are getting harder, and although I am staying in my calorie range, I am snacking a lot at night. Today I will try to eat more satisfying meals so I won't feel hungry later. But what is helping me, like last night, is slowing down, and if I decide to have a 100 cal. snack bar, I don't grab and then eat more and more...just slowing down and thinking about what I am doing is making a difference.
I really wanted to sleep more this morning, but again woke very early. But I will have time for a nap today, so its not a big problem. Its a day of household chores...nothing too exciting. But will keep me busy.
Hoping you two are feeling more motivated today, and that you have a really good Saturday. I'll keep working hard too.













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11/14/14 4:42 P

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Welcome back, Sherwood! It's always good to get home and back into routine! Way to go Oaxaca on your 4-day streak! Keep it up! My weight has gone done a little since the weekend. I've not been doing terrible, but not great, either. Not much exercise yesterday or today. Having a hard time getting motivated in this cold weather!

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11/14/14 12:57 P

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Hurray! Four on track days so far....yesterday was hard, but I got through within my calorie range. Waking up is so much better without the physical and mental results of a bad night.
Today there are some political marches here, so best to stay out of the car and at home. I'm trying to keep busy so I don't want to eat out of boredom.
Sherwood, hope your motivation has returned and you are doing well.
Happy Friday team!












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11/13/14 4:33 P

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Hi team! After a very long 36 hours, I am finally home...to freezing rain and 10-20 mph winds.
What a shock to the system.

We had a very long trip home: left our hotel at 12 p.m. Tuesday, got home to Portland 7 p.m. last night (37 hours!). Our plane got rerouted to Panama City for refueling. So that blew our schedule by 3 hours. Missed our connection to Porlland in Houston, then sat in the plane for hours waiting to get it de-iced in Denver. Grr.

My weight is through the roof---weighed 156.3 this morning, I think. I am not going to sweat it. Will try to do some treadmill jogging later today....but I am not super motivated. Have been eating chips today and some pumpkin bread....but I've got to get myself in gear. I suspect that all this traveling and weather shift has me going. I am not busy with much work. But this weather is so dismal. I need to pull myself up and say, heck with it....just go back to the basics. I think I can do that....just want to give myself a little tiny break today. So OK, I ate 2 handsfuls of chips. At least they were gluten free. Now, that's IT for today. And dinner tonight is totally under my control (even if the weather is not).

Will share photos of the tropical paradise in the next couple of days.

Take care, team!

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11/13/14 11:36 A

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Yesterday wasn't bad. May have gone somewhat over on calories, but not to the point of binging or stuffing myself. Didn't get in any exercise, though. I miss being able to walk to work, but it's just too icy to risk it, especially when it's up/down hill for 3 of the 4 blocks. Did a SP video this morning. I broke a molar Thursday just as I was getting ready to leave for my sisters - was able to get right in to the dentist for a patch job and still get on my way out of town, but have to go in next Thurs to have it fixed. At noon today I am having an ultrasound done so I have to drink 6-8 glasses of water in the next 1 1/2 hours and not allowed to get rid of it till after the procedure. Could be interesting.........

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Hello, hello? anybody home?
Got through another day yesterday, and did very well....whew! Today is a little work, a doctor's appt. and then a relaxing night at home....have to stay cautious while relaxing to stay out of the kitchen. Its been a good week so far, the jeans felt better yesterday, so I want to keep doing what I'm doing.
Hope you are doing ok team...look forward to seeing your posts.












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Got through another day...actually, only a few saltines for dinner...after lunch my stomach really hurt, so that was all I could handle. This morning I am feeling better, but need to eat simply until I know my stomach has calmed down.
Oh, Mnnice, that nighttime eating....its a curse! Try hard to choose well tonight...its that time of year now with festivities and parties, so we have to pull up our boot straps and be firm with ourselves..otherwise the events aren't so great when we wake up feeling awful.
If we focus and stay positive, we can do it!












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Little bit depressing today with all t he snow, ice and cold, and knowing that it's going to stick around for the next 4 or 5 months! Too icy to walk to work, so I'll have to get those steps in other ways. Ate Ritz cracker before bed last night, and too many of them. We're going to a Veteran's Day supper tonight, and I'm sure there will be mashed potatoes and pie, but at least the portions will be limited. I will try to concentrate on the turkey and veggies!

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Good to hear from you Sherwood....what a long trip you have ahead of you...hope you can sleep through a lot of it.
Well, the first day of the week is over, and I got through with flying colors. Today I am going out to lunch, but I know what I will eat: a green salad with grilled chicken..dressing on the side. So no issue there. Its always the late night hours that get me, hopefully not tonight.
I have a stomach ache again, and for sure its from all the up and down eating I have been doing...I am very uncomfortable, and hope this feeling leaves soon. I know a salad is not the best for this, but its the best choice at this restaurant...ah well.
I had really bad dreams last night that are still haunting me; wish my mind would go elsewhere.
Hope we all do well today.












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Hi team! Just a quick check in from Iguazu Falls. Our taxi should come in 15 minutes and take us to the airport. It is raining and thundering (so I hope our plane can land and take off!)...as we start our very long journey home with 2 hour plane ride to Buenos Aires, then a transfer by bus to the International Airport, then after a long wait a 10 hour plane ride to Houston, then 3 hours layover and then a flight to Portland. Should get home Wed at noon where it may be snowing.

We have had an extremely relaxing time in the jungle. Yesterday it was very hot, but still we walked over 12 miles as we visited the falls. Today? Rain. It has been rainier than we might have liked, so we really didn't get to see as much of Buenos Aires as we liked, but the conference was great, the people were great....

I will be glad to get back home and eat on my own terms tho.

Take care team. I promise to check in much more frequently when I am back. Hope your stomach feels better Oaxaca, and the temptations are lessened. And MNNice, hope you find some way to exercise inside. A foot of snow! Goodness.

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Last week was NOT a good one.....I have decided to try VERY HARD to do much better this week....enough is enough!
Good to have you back Mnnice, and hopefully we can both put off track days behind us and STAY on track!
Here's to a good, good week.












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