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3/1/15 10:40 P

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I am really struggling with over eating lately. It's a new month and I really need to sit down and make a plan for meals and exercise. However, I have my colonoscopy scheduled for Friday, so I am supposed to avoid raw veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, etc for 3-4 days prior..... hmmm, that's pretty much what I eat, so I'm not sure how that will go!

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3/1/15 1:36 P

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I did cross the line yesterday...last night I again managed to find things I could slide down easily without chewing much....but at least now I'm not really hungry...had coffee and 2 poached eggs for a late breakfast, and I think I can stay on the straight and narrow for the rest of the day...
Tomorrow a young woman who worked on her Phd here, and with whom we became very close, like parents at her home away from home, is going to arrive. She will be staying with us for 5 weeks, and I am really looking forward to it. We'll have a full house, and it should be fun.
Where are you gals? Hope to hear from you soon!












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2/28/15 1:53 P

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I decided to go to the movie after all, and it was good to get out. I managed to stay on track, but barely....was hungry when we got home, and its amazing how many soft things you can find if you really try! But like I said, I thankfully didn't go over the line.
Still uncomfortable today, but I can relax now after doing some running around with our god daughter.
And that's about it....looking forward to hearing from the rest of you.
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2/27/15 7:29 P

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Good going Sherwood!
I am in pain from the dental implants that were done today, but not awful. And sure can't eat much, which is a good thing since I let the blues give in to food last night...no need for details, but I wasn't happy about that. But today, aside from discomfort, is going fine.
A movie I really want to see is playing, and they don't stay too long here, but I don't think I feel well enough to go. Hubby might take our god daughter...
Some good news...I got the "ok" on the super expensive meds for rheumatoid arthritis from my insurance....just have to wait until all the dental implants are done, since any medication for this disease lowers the immunity to infection. So I should be starting on it the end of March. It should help a lot of my pain and my sick fingernails as well.
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2/27/15 6:37 P

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Good afternoon, team. Getting mentally prepped for my trip to Tokyo next week. Still have to finalize our workshop, too...so may be spending a couple of hours working on it this weekend.

My weight is OK...my eating under control. I jogged today, even though I felt sluggish...and now I feel much better afterwards. So life is good.

Take care, team...and have a good weekend.

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2/26/15 9:29 P

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Ah pickleball and cookies...now if we just didn't hunger after sweets.
Oaxaca, sorry to hear about your ongoing pain...and dental problems.

I did manage to do just fine yesterday. And am doing OK today, too, as far as eating goes. Even managed a slow jog this afternoon through town. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy so we'll see what I do. So far I've snacked on a handful or two of pecan halves...waiting for the chicken quinoa burgers I got out of the freezer to thaw before I cook 'em. Don't want to wait too long or I'll keep on snacking.

Life is good, even if it is too busy.

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2/26/15 2:07 P

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Oaxaca, too late on making it hard to reach the GS cookies -- but they are gone now, except for the box I gave to hubby and told him to HIDE! My eating has not been good lately -- have the sweet tooth going that can't seem to get satisfied! I'm going to try hard to have an on-track day today and talk myself into going to play pickleball tonight, even though I really won't feel like going out in the dark and cold - I definitely need to get some cardio in!

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2/26/15 11:20 A

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Get ready for complaining team.....the meds for the leg pain have wrecked havoc on my stomach....hurting, bloated, ugh! And my front tooth is still presenting problems. I feel like I should have a bed at the dentist's office. And back to the legs, most of the day it is pain with every step. Needless to say, I am down in the dumps. But miraculously, I am on track with my eating. At least I don't feel miserable about that too.
The girl scouts can do without your donation Mnnice. And if you already bought them, just put them somewhere that takes energy and determination to get to...make it hard to reach for them. You had a great streak going...don't let some stupid cookies mess that up!
Your plan for yesterday sounded great Sherwood...hope you were able to follow through.(and no offense taken as to your pun...a sense of humor is always appreciated)
Well, time to go...I have to see the dentist so I can see my new client this afternoon without a gap where my front tooth should be.
Here's to a good day team!

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2/25/15 7:49 P

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Ah team, we've been hijacked by Girl Scouts and errant poodles!

I just had to say that. Who can ever anticipate all the bumps in the road, literally or figuratively that we encounter. And I'll stop all this punning around....Oaxaca, I hope you don't take offense.

But I am in the mood for a little laughter instead of bemoaning my missteps.

I just got back from jogging through town. Slow. But I did it. And it has started raining. I am a bit anxious about my upcoming trip...but I don't travel until next Tuesday. So I need to keep my thoughts on the present rather than too far ahead.

I have been very busy with working...and my father in law is probably transitioning from assisted living to their memory care unit (maybe even as soon as this weekend). So I have these extra concerns, too. But right now, I am feeling good because I am a little bit hungry...but am in control of what I will have for dinner (that's as far as I can think ahead)....I have eaten maybe 750-800 calories today. I have avoided snacking on any chips. I will not snack on any chips for the rest of the day. And find my crunchies with carrots and my sweets with sugar free jello if all my plans go as planned (we'll see....!).

Take care, team!

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2/25/15 1:44 P

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Been a busy week and have activities in the evening every day, so exercise is lacking. Also, it's that time of the year when the Girl Scouts come around with their cookies.. and that's all I need to say about THAT! But alas, we fall, we get back up!

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2/24/15 12:39 P

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Yesterday was awful in every sense of the word. I got a flat tire, then on my return trip I hit a little poodle and had to deal with whether or not she would survive (still don't know) and his hysterical owner (who should have been watching her dog to make sure she didn't run into the dark hilly street.)I came home in tears. Then we had to go out to a wine tasting and dinner event. Lovely, but the wine led to a cookie binge in the night. Total loss of defenses and caring about anything. NOT a good day.
Surprisingly I feel ok this morning, and am just about to start seeing clients. Then a quiet night, and I hope to flop out in front of the tv, and then get a good night's sleep. The pain in my legs is a little better, but last night I really was hurting in the middle of the night.
Enough complaining. I'm happy to have a new day and a new opportunity to do well.
I like the way you are thinking Sherwood, and looks like you have a good plan in mind. Make it happen!
Have a great Tuesday team!












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2/24/15 11:24 A

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I really appreciate your thoughts Oaxaca about what it means to feel a bit hungry (and that I have to accept it). So true. In fact, yesterday, I started with the goal of eating really light in order to shed some of my weekend partying weight. It worked...and today I am back down to 156.5. Not where I want to be, for sure, but where I was last Friday, before all this weekend eating and drinking started. And then, my thought today is that, indeed, if I want to get back to less than 155 before I travel next week, that I need to continue with this slightly less than full eating. And I'll also have to jog or exercise nearly every day. So be it. I just need to make this commitment, and be aware that I might be a bit hungry.

MNNice, hope you enjoyed your massage. I have one tonight for an hour. Bliss. I am looking forward to it as I have some aches and pains (that's what happens when I take time away from jogging and then start back again). Oh well. At least I am moving.

Today is the last sunny day for a few days. So I plan to go jogging through town sometime this afternoon, eat sensibly (but light), and stick to my commitments.

Be well, team

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2/23/15 1:57 P

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I had a good day yesterday, got in my exercise and ate sensibly, except for the piece of apple pie I ate as a bed time snack. Even with that, I was okay on calories. The scale did go up a little bit, but I think it will come right back down if I get through the next couple days. I have a massage scheduled tonight, and can't wait! Work is so hectic, and my boss puts things off until the deadline is at hand, which really adds to the stress. I am getting better at not letting it get me too worked up, though I just take a deep breath and tell myself "I can only do what I can do." Let's all have a great Monday!

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2/22/15 3:34 P

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Looks like I'm the late one today....got right back on track yesterday, and after all the exercise I got yesterday, mostly in my gardens, I kept falling back asleep this morning and ended up getting out of bed at 9:45!!!!
We have done a lot or re-arranging in the house today since we have had some shelves built so some of hubby's clutter will have a place. So once again, an active day.
I was thinking about your comment about feeling deprived Sherwood. The one thing I have to remind myself of at times is if I am trying to lose weight, my body will fight back at first. I think its often hunger more than deprivation, and really, sometimes, at least for me, I just have to accept that I might be hungry sometimes, and that it will pass until its time to eat. Sometimes for me its really about acceptance, and that I'm not like everyone else when it comes to food. I can't eat one little piece or bite of something yummy, and then say, "oh, I'm so full, I just can't" or "its really good, but I'll save the rest for later." Those things don't come out of my mouth! I have to accept I need guidelines, or I will be fat and miserable. period.
And that's how it is for me.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone.












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2/22/15 2:13 P

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Well...we went over yesterday evening for dinner and a "belated Christmas" at my brother and sister in laws....and I had a great time, ate too much, drank too much...and gained 2 pounds. But still, I needed to put something in my stomach this morning just to quiet it down. Arg.

I really had a good time with them, though...so I didn't eat food that was intrinsically bad for me...except that I ate too much too late (and that chocolate mousse dessert in a chocolate cup was probably hundreds of calories). We had wine that we had brought back from Italy that was fabulous, too...so this was kind of a crazy weird eating/drinking situation. I know that I am suffering today from too much indulgence.

And so, probably won't drag myself out for a short jog, even though I should, just to clear my cobwebs. My plan for the rest of this week? Moderation in all things, even in "dieting". If I feel deprived, I rebel and I do not want to deal with a rebellious child this week.

Here's to continued mindfulness...and being kind to ourselves. Team, we can do this!

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2/22/15 1:15 P

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Would've been nice to stay buried under the covers this morning, but faced the cold and went to church. The sun is shining, but it is very cold out. I've decided to play pickleball today. Don't really want to go back out in the cold, but I do feel the need for some exercise! Will be able to play for an hour or so and still get home with plenty of time to put my feet up and read. Supper is going to be leftover soup, so don't have to cook tonight! Hang in there, team!

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2/21/15 5:33 P

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Don't pat me on the back too much Sherwood...last night I got into cookies that are here for our god daughter's lunches, and sent my calorie count soaring. And, no surprise, my stomach is upset. But I have kept busy in the house and in the garden...probably too busy since now, even with my medicine, my leg is killing me. Same old song, never knowing when enough is enough!
I hope to finish off the day on track...that is my goal. Don't want to sink into that blobby daily overeating.
Take care team, and enjoy the rest of Saturday.












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2/21/15 2:26 P

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Sherwood, your dedication to jogging puts me to shame. I am feeling so lay today and just seem to be going in circles and not getting anything accomplished. The warmer weather was very short lived. Today we have windchill warnings with temps to fall to -30 to -40. I don't plan on going anywhere! I've got a big pot of chicken & kale soup simmering and plan to relax this afternoon.

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2/21/15 1:21 P

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Good morning, team.

I'm just back from jogging. Did 4.6 miles today. Very slow. But I did it. Yesterday went to the doc who referred me to a podiatrist....think I have a plantar's wart or some such annoyance on my infamous left foot. Only really starts bothering me after 3 miles jogging. Ha! I told that to my doctor and he says, well...I need to refer you to someone who can do something about it. It's important.

As a jogger I tend to just work through aches and pains and just jog. There's always something feeling a bit rusty. But that foot pain is annoying.. Here's hoping that I can see the podiatrist before I start traveling.

MNNice, I am doing a bit better about relaxing. MNNice, take the weekend to rest and recharge..and do schedule that massage. I hope you get rest and wow, up to 30! that's a heat wave for the midwest. It has been super cold there.
Oaxaca..I admire your tracking and sticking to your eating goals. I need to make concrete plans for the times I am at home and in control, rather than let the day just happen. Accountability is important to progress.

Here's to a good rest of the weekend!

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2/20/15 3:27 P

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Its been a good week re: eating this week. One night I was 100 cals. over my calorie limit, and since I stopped a binge before it started, I feel ok about that.
My leg is still hurting off and on, but at least the meds are helping, and I'm not in pain all the time.
I seem to finally have some energy that I have missed for about the last year! I actually feel like doing things and cooking...finally getting back to who I am!
Stick to that commitment for the weekend Mnnice, you'll feel so good if you do!
Happy weekend team!












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2/20/15 1:55 P

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We finally got a break in the weather, as it's up to 30 today. I was able to walk to work. Supposed to get very cold again tomorrow, so figured I better enjoy it while I can. We are getting some fluffy snow, though. My goal is to get through the weekend staying on track with eating, then get back to exercise next week. My body is needing its rest right now!

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2/19/15 1:57 P

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Oaxaca, hope the new procedure keeps that crown where it belongs!!! And also that the new meds give you relief from the leg pain. Sherwood, Let yourself relax - time for a massage, maybe? Speaking of which, I promised myself one after my treatments were finished, so I need to schedule that. The cold weather always wears me out! I guess the body just has to expend energy trying to keep warm, and I could really use some extra energy about now! Still dragging a bit, so think I'll take this week off from pickleball and start fresh next week.

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2/19/15 11:03 A

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Good morning, team. Good to hear posts from you. Sorry you continue to struggle with pain and teeth, Oaxaca. And hope you are OK, MNNice. I don't know how you do it.
It also seems like the middle of the country will never thaw. I cannot complain as it was in the high 50s yesterday and I had fun going on a walk yesterday morning with a group. We enjoyed 4 miles...then I got back to work.

I've been in a funky middle ground, tho. And last night my sleep wasn't great. I was awake at 2 for an hour or so, then we woke up just before 6 and got up shortly after. I feel a bit unsettled. I need to settle into some rhythm, even though I will start traveling soon (and will be gone 3 weeks in March, 2 weeks in April, and 1 week in May)....I think the thought of that is getting to me. I shouldn't let it.

Anticipating the stresses of future travel is not a good thing for me to dwell on. So I'm working on stopping that! My weight is 156+. However, today is another opportunity to eat healthy and exercise. So I'll take it. And work on my mood.


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2/18/15 3:21 P

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Great to see more posts!
As far as my eating goes, since Sunday things have been going well. Even last night with friends for dinner I stayed in my range. So that part of life feels good. I think I really hit bottom last Saturday, and now feel the need to stay away from anything that will lead me into a binge.
However, I am having a return of nerve pain in my leg, and sometimes it is really awful pain. I now have 2 new meds to take, and today they seem to be helping. I got them late Monday, and yesterday I felt like they were useless, so glad I am getting some relief today. I think I need a body about 20 years younger. Also had to run to the dentist this morning with a crown that fell out for the 3rd time! So now he has to do another method to hold it, which presents a risk to the actual tooth...does it ever end?
I saw my therapy client as soon as I got back from the dentist, then ran an errand, and now I have time to catch up with myself.
Wishing you a good day, and renewed motivation....let's do it!












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2/18/15 11:09 A

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Wow, I've been away longer than I realized. Was hard to get all my sparking done since all I had with me was my tablet, then the weekend was so busy I was hardly on the computer at all. When I went back to Fargo on Sunday I didn't take even my tablet along. Usually at night I've been just too tired to get back on the computer, so whatever doesn't get "sparked": in the morning before I go to work just doesn't get done. I'm off track with exercise again, and this weeks is busy with evening meetings, activities and church, so I'm not even sure if I'll get to pickleball tomorrow night. My eating has been up and down, as has the weight, but overall I've neither gained nor lost. We are all having those ups and downs in motivation, but the main thing is we never give up!

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2/17/15 10:44 A

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Oaxaca-even though I ate "mostly" on plan yesterday, my weight was up a bit this morning. I need to track my food. That bump upwards was a reminder of that. It is those "handfuls" that do me in (and no need to say what those handfuls are, just handfuls of anything around the kitchen).

I also think that my weight / food consumption is in a weird state. Having not jogged much at all for the past two weeks, I find that I really need to eat a whole lot less to stay even. And I've been eating as if I have been daily exercising.

Nuf said. Today is a beautiful sunny day. Record high temperatures here...maybe into the mid 60s. The wind will pick up later in the day to maybe 20 mph or so...so I plan on getting out to jog before noon (and after my meeting in 20 minutes).....here's to planning, and replanning, and remembering our goals.

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2/16/15 4:59 P

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Good to see your post Sherwood...sounds like you are prepared for a very successful week.
Yesterday went well, and today so far so good. The last couple of weeks were not good ones, and I finally feel that I have the "oomph" to fight the demons and stay on track.
Got things done around the house this morning, and soon will teach a class. Then its relaxation time.
Hoping to hear from you soon Mnnice.
You too, Imoff, and you too Tabby
Make today a good start to the week!












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2/16/15 9:45 A

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Good morning, team. Another week...and I bought a fitbit replacement yesterday. So I am counting my steps/exercise once again.

My weight is 156.3. I can "blame" it on the 4 days of conference last week...but I am going to blame it more on lack of exercise and sensible eating. I think that I will do just fine this week. Even have groceries and meals planned for the next few days. I need to take a deep breath and enjoy my days here at home. Instead of bracing for all the upcoming travel.

Live in the moment is my mantra for this week.
Let's all do that. And be on track.

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2/15/15 2:01 P

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Just a quick post today....I have really been struggling, but last night kind of was the last straw for me, and today I think I've had it with the middle of the night overeating. I'm ready to really stay on the straight and narrow...and that's all folks.
Hope you all had a happy valentine's day and are doing well.
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2/13/15 8:50 P

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Just a quick check in, team. Been very busy with this conference. It is over, but I have a 6 hour board meeting tomorrow. Whew! I thought I would have energy to jog when I got home tonight, but I hit the wall. I did take people out on a lunch walk Thursday, and walked by myself Wed for 15-20 minutes at lunch. Will now do a 10-15 minute walk down and up our driveway (seriously), just so I don't fall asleep. I have been eating OK...not super great. But I gain weight in these situations. So...it is time to get rested recharged and refocused. I have 2 weeks home before I travel for a week...

Have a safe drive back home from Fargo, MNNice, and glad you got those walking shoes. Here's to a good weekend, team. Oaxaca, hopefully the antibiotics won't bug you for long. How long do you have to keep taking them?


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I can happily report another good day behind me...feels good!
Today will be busy with a lot of appts. and errands to run. Then off to an art opening tonight. Should be a good day.
Hope your visit to a new hairdresser was a good one Mnnice. And hope you got back to basics yesterday after your little splurge.
Have a good one team!












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2/12/15 11:47 A

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My eating was overboard yesterday, going out to a Mexican restaurant and even having a frozen raspberry margarita. Definitely a splurge meal! Not much exercise this week, but I'm going to do a walking with Leslie Sansone video as soon as I get finished posting. Going to get my hair done this afternoon by a gal who lived across the street and was a good friend and classmate of my son. She lives and works in Fargo so thought it would be nice to have a visit with her and catch up on things. Her mom was also a classmate of mine and her parents moved out of town about 5 years ago, so will be fun to be able to visit with her. My hair dresser is at least temporarily not working because she and her hubby just adopted infant twin boys, so she has her hands full at home. I'm guessing she won't ever go back to work, so I'll have to find a new hairdresser again. Best get moving here!

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Sounds like you are having a good time with your daughter Mnnice....
I have been lazy about posting and lazy about what I eat, but I feel like I am back on track...I really think all these meds are really doing bad things, but at least I am done with the antibiotic...just 2 more other meds to finish..
I am happy to have a quiet morning today, and then a little work this afternoon, and dinner out. I know the restaurant well, and they have a grilled chicken shish-kebob that is really good and really perfect for sparking...so no worries.
Hope its a great healthy day for everyone.













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We got in a lot of shopping yesterday and even though it wasn't exactly exercise, I did get in over 8,000 steps. Finally got me some new walking shoes. We have nowhere in our town to buy things like that, so it was good to get somewhere where I could shop for them and try them on. I learned my lesson about ordering walking shoes online! I'm anxious to get home and try them out on my treadmill. It's cold and windy today, but the sun is shining and the streets weren't bad on my trip to/from the clinic. Hang in there, teammies!

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I must've been really tired yesterday, because I really slept hard last night and slept in until 8:30 this morning. Just having a quiet morning with "Gertie" (daughter's dog). We are having snow and wind here, so I think the plans me and daughter had to go shopping this afternoon will be cancelled. She is taking the afternoon off to spend with me and I feel bad that we probably shouldn't be going out in the weather. The snow can stop anytime now! I listened to our local (home) radio station on my phone app this morning, and the schools down there were going to be late or closed due to ice. I'm so glad I'm up here and not trying to drive back and forth. Summer I could handle it. We had planned to splurge and go to GiGis Cupcakes,where they have decadent cupcakes with frosting 2 inches high - so maybe it's a good thing if we don't get there!!! Time to get of the chair and go do a little exercise before daughter gets home.

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The heavy windy rains yesterday were something else! Blew a big branch off one of our trees and part of a neighbor's fence. There were 50 mph gusts yesterday.

I managed to go to my personal training session yesterday. My first work out in nearly a week. And then, I let down my guard, had cheese, crackers, apple cider and some chocolate covered pretzels for dinner (I'm being totally honest here) and ended up weighing one pound more this morning after reaching 154.7 yesterday morning.

I think that it is the case when I am slightly anxious, I sabotage myself. Not maliciously...but subtly. I am going to have to be extra attentive this week as I am busy and then have 4 days of conference/ board meeting.

My goal during those days: walk every day or jog every day. No matter what. Stay away from food that is not good for me and alcohol. And enjoy just being in the moment/learning/interacting with people....recognizing that while I will be tired, and that tiredness helps with me letting my guard down, I'll be much happier when my guard is up and I am successful at doing what's right for me.

Good to hear from you, both, MNNice and Oaxaca....I am encouraged by your successes over challenges.

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Day 2 of 5 done! Feel okay except by 2:00 I was really tired. Had a short nap and hoping by time my daughter gets home from work I may feel more ambitious and maybe do a short workout. Way to get through the weekend, Oaxaca. Every little success is something to celebrate. Got through yesterday with good, healthy eating. That's my goal for today - just eat moderately and try to maintain thru the week until I get home next week and back to my routine.

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Hurray! I got through the weekend eating sanely! Have to keep it up!
Really not much news today. There are political protests and traffic blocks all over the city, so its a good day to stay home.
I will be very happy to get off these extra meds....I feel like they are really giving me some bad side effects.
Ok, gang have a good start to the week!












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There was freezing rain in the area today, but I got headed out about 10:30 and made it to my daughter's with just about the first 20 miles being a bit tense with slippery roads. I didn't get in any exercise today, but my eating was on track. TIred out tonight, so off to bed early.

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Glad to hear you are feeling so much better Sherwood....take it easy and don't push yourself...stay healthy!
I did ok again yesterday...it was hard to tally dinner, but I was careful and had fish with vegetables and one piece of bread...and no eating when I got home. I did enjoy wine, so that might have put me over just a bit, but I think all in all it was fine.
Today is a stay home day...laundry, cleaning out the fridge, things like that. I guess we'll watch the Grammys tonight, although we don't recognize about 95% of the people anymore!
Let's all do well today to make it a successful weekend!












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Good morning, team.
I slept well last night. Still feeling tired after that long night's sleep, but other than that my cold is a whole lot better. We'll see if I have energy to jog or not. Not sure about that.

My weight was down this morning to 155. And my stomach is happy, too. So this is the challenge for the coming week: eating wisely while I am spending 4 days at our conference and an all day board meeting. I really want to have a happy stomach...so right now I am very committed to carrying along food that I can eat (think carrot sticks and hummus) as snacks, and eating my breakfast at home so I am not tempted by the pastries and stuff that will be there for us in the morning. I also plan on walking during lunch---rain or shine. That way my introverted self can get a break from all those lovely, interesting people in order to recharge my batteries.

Take care, team!

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Mnnice, have a safe drive tomorrow and keep on truckin'!
Glad to hear you are feeling a little better today Sherwood. Hopefully you are near the end of this thing...
I am doing ok...last night was a close call, but I stopped a binge from happening, and so glad I did. I looked at the mountain of pills I am taking these days, and it really is overwhelming! And I know they affect so many things: mood, appetite, stomach comfort, etc.
I have one class to teach today, and then tonight out with friends. Don't know yet where we are going, but my plan, above all, is to stay on track!
Hang in there team!












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MNNice, thanks for the get well wishes. Today I feel a bit better. My head is no longer totally stuffed up and that makes a big difference. Still coughing and stuffy, but breathing easier. No energy, though. My weight was down to 156.1. I made a sensible choice for dinner last night (an omelet) and another sensible choice this morning (yet another omelet) instead of going for comfort food that includes grains (think chips, cereal, bars, whatever). I am going to take it easy today.

Take care, MNNice. I do hope you avoid getting a cold while you are recovering from treatment. I'll be thinking of you. Oaxaca, hope you are doing OK...

It is very windy and we're supposed to get lots of rain over the next 3 days. Right now, maybe 20-30 mph sustained winds....

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Sherwood, take care and get better! I'm a little concerned because I'll be heading for Fargo tomorrow to stay with my kids -- my daughter is coming down with something and my son is just getting over it. I don't want to come home from my radiation with a bug! Will really need to be vigilant about trying to avoid germs! Busy day today as I try to get some cleaning done, finish my taxes and get things packed so I can leave after church tomorrow. Hoping the weather cooperates so I have good roads on the way! I've been on track for about 3 weeks now and hope I can continue it next week when I'm away from home and out of my regular routine!

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Hi team.
Still sick. I feel like a zombie today. I had to go into Portland and do some financial business/errands this morning. Came dragging back home at 11:30 and went to bed. Now up, reading emails. And Sparking.

But will not do much more of that.

My weight is up to 157. Ugh.

I still eat even though I am sick. But I am getting no exercise in.

I hope the weekend treats you all well...and that I hear how you have successfully met challenges and keep up wit healthy mindful eating.



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Oaxaca, what a frustrating experience to have the crown fall out and make a repeat trip necessary! I know hubby will want to go out to eat tonight since I'll be gone all next week, and that is very often a trigger for binging when I get home. I need to struggle hard to resist that temptation! I'm starting to see progress in the way my clothes fit, in the way body feels "tighter", and yes, even the scale is showing some progress. Hopefully all that will help motivate me. I have to remember that a backslide once a month is acceptable -- once or twice a week is NOT! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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After my disaster on Wed. night, I did much much better yesterday. I woke up with my face swollen and bruised where the dental work had been done( my periodontist had warned me this would happen). So I was very careful of what and how I ate. Actually, I ended up way below my calorie allowance, but I think due to a sore mouth and a very full stomach this was ok for one day. I had my crown fixed (another hour at the dentist) and then Boom! it fell out before I went to bed, so will have to go back today. I look just adorable with one of my front teeth missing!
This morning I feel more positive and am hoping to keep this feeling all day and all night to get back on the road to consistent healthy eating.
Keep at it Mnnice....so, so glad you are doing well.
Happy Friday and don't let the weekend bring you (or me) down!













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Hope you shake the bug, Sherwood. So much going around and some people can't seem to get rid of it and have had it go on for 2 months. I just keep taking extra Vit C (Airborne) and drinking echinacea tea in an attempt to keep it at bay! Feeling good, making some progress on the scale, getting my 10,000 steps a day in, and being consistent with the s/t videos. Next week I'll be staying at my daughter's all week so not sure I'll get all my exercise in, but she says I can go to the gym with her on a guest pass, and my son trains at his gym so could probably go there too. "Can" and "Do" are two different things -- will see how it goes. I know we'll eat out several times while I'm there, too, so just hope I can keep from going backwards!

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Oh, boy...went to the dentist...the infection was bad, and it HURT...now yet more medication. Was told to eat on one side, only soft food. At first fine...had a little yogurt and wasn't hungry. Then later, MADNESS...amazing how you can find all kinds of soft fattening food if you really look for it. I have to admit, I feel pretty down about it this morning and really want my motivation back...I just feel so helpless sometimes.
But I have work in a couple of hours so I have to perk up and get with it. And then, if you can believe it, off to the dentist again (yesterday was the periodontist). My crown right in front is shifting for some reason, so we have to check that out. And then friends are coming over. It was arranged before all of this nonsense, and they are only in town a few more days, so I will have to grin and bear it.
I'm waiting for the evil spell to break...and I know I am the one who really has to break it.












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I do have a good trainer...she's hung with me for 3-4 years now..and has learned how to help me be a better runner....

I am sick with yet another cold today. Grr. Not happy about that. I will do my best to hang in there. I have an important meeting at 11 that could result in some training for an insurance company in Wisconsin. Yay! I will have to be peppy for that.

Yesterday I went on a volkswalk 10k with about 30 other "seniors". It was actually a lot of fun and I met several new interesting, athletic and health minded folks. I hope to go on outings and hikes with them in the future. Maybe I picked up a cold bug then. I guess my immune system wasn't fully recovered..the other possibility is that I got the cold my husband now has (he claims I gave him his cold)...no matter. I don't like getting this cold.I was up from 2 to 3 a.m. I have low energy and don't feel like eating today yet. My weight is up, too.

Heavy rain isforecast for the next 4 days. Even so, with all this I will do some exercise today (it may just be walking on the treadmill inside), just to keep moving. And I'm going to track what I eat. I've been sloppy about what I eat.

Good to see you having momentum, MNNice and IMOff...you inspire me. Hang in there, Oaxaca. Hope you feel better. Hang in there, team!

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Good points yours trainer made, Sherwood. Always helps to have a new way of looking at things. Oaxaca, hope you are feeling better! Tooth pulling on top of a stomach bug....no fun! Imoff, I say if you are able to plan for the sweets and caffeine and limit it to that, definitely do it. It's all about moderation. No one can sustain a diet that deprives us of the things we love! Having a good week so far, and make a little progress.

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Sorry I've been out of touch....things have been up and down again, and then yesterday I had a stomach bug...had to cancel everything. Thankfully today I feel better, except for a bit of a cold. I think feeling sick yesterday knocked my system hard enough that I have very little desire to eat, and that's a good thing right now.
I have to go to the dentist later this afternoon to have a tooth pulled...not fun. I have to say, I am getting tired of all of these physical issues, but I guess I just have to accept what comes my way.
Mnnice, glad you are doing well. Sherwood, sounds like you have quite the trainer...she sounds inspiring. And Imoff, so glad you are posting again.
Can't believe its already Wednesday...have a great day team!












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Did really well on food and exercise yesterday. I've tried to build in space in my daily eating for sweet things. I feel better when I get to have a small amount of sweet in the afternoon. It keeps me from running to the vending machine. I need caffeine to start the day, so I leave room for those calories as well. It worked out.

I was running a little low on energy when I got off work yesterday, but made myself work out anyways. Just some stretches and basic at home strength training stuff. Definitely feeling it in my arms today.

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


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Glad treatment went well, MNNice. And your positive attitude makes me smile.

Once again, last night I was awake from 2:45 til past 4. This is getting ridiculous. My stomach was complaining. But I managed to fall asleep and sleep in until after 7. I even got up and read email for a few minutes. I am tracking what I eat. I am trying to eat gluten free and low fat...we'll see how it goes today.

The rain is here. So that means I am on the treadmill or I go out when it is not raining (which may happen this afternoon). We'll see.

Yesterday my personal trainer/running coach had me jog holding 20 pounds of weight, then doing the same without holding that weight. She said it is to have a mental image of how I will feel once I lose the 20 pounds I want to lose. It was a pretty powerful image! Those weights are heavy (even if it was just up and down a gym floor). We did this 2 times and then had a conversation about what am I afraid of, losing weight? Perhaps it is because I feel I'll only gain it back again? Well...if that is the case, then I can always lose it. It is a mental thing. And I need to get my mind in gear. So this was an interesting experience...having a serious conversation about weight and how it affects (makes much more difficult) the running that I enjoy.

Enough thoughts for today....have a good day, team!

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Treatment went well and feeling good this morning. They're saying 1 to 3 inches of snow today, but think I'll put on my boots and walk to work anyway. Did well with the food yesterday, considering we had so many great choices! I had a japanese pan noodle dish with lots of veggies and grilled shrimp. No exercise, but will make up for that today! Let's go team!

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Just a quick check-in to wish you all a good day. I've got my goals in mind and did well meeting them last week. Off now to my first treatment and looking forward to getting it over with!

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