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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I'm signed on for another "free" trial of the SparkCoach program and am working on the motivation and consistency track. I chose that one because I really needed to get my eating back on track and rediscover my mojo. I gained 4 lbs. over the holidays and really need to get them off before even more pile on.

I wasn't that impressed with SparkCoach the first time I tried it, but, I have to admit, it seems like it's come a long way in a very short time.

Today SparkCoach gave me a community task of planning my meals for tomorrow. Here's what's on the menu:

Breakfast: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Lunch: Apple, Yoplait 100-calorie Peach Greek Yogurt, and a hard-boiled egg.

Dinner: Crockpot lasagne, courtesy of Dottie, my bestie.

That will leave me enough calories for an evening snack before bed.

Otherwise, I'm doing pretty well. I've been building as much activity into my days as possible. In addition to my regular workouts, I've been taking the stairs at work (and my legs are feeling it) and taking short walks at lunch.

My shoulder is healing pretty well, with lots of stretching and range of motion exercises. I'm even strength training again, but at a lower weight. It felt GREAT to get back into it! While I was away, Planet Fitness hung a poster of the Biggest Loser Step workout in my circuit area and I've been doing that for my circuit (another possible reason my legs are screaming).

On Monday night, I jogged my furthest distance EVER! I ran 7 miles in about 84 minutes! Not exactly blazing speed, but FANTASTIC for me! Until I got involved in SparkPeople, I've never been a runner; wasn't even interested in running. I've never been able to run a mile in my life -- not even in high school! So, naturally, I'm pretty proud of that accomplishment.

I've been drinking all of my water, so I'm on track there.

My calorie intake is my downfall. I start out the day healthy. I even make it through the early evening on track. But, just before bedtime, I lose my mind and blow it by snacking. Even though I've been messing this up, I'm still hopeful a couple of those holiday pounds will disappear by weigh day because of everything else I've been doing. If not, I know why. I definitely have to get this back under control.

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  • JENNY160
    Hope you are back on track! I'm sure you kicked those 4 lbs in the booty!
    2345 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    Your evenings sound just like mine! I do well all throughout the day and at night, I blow myself up on carbs and snacking.

    Great job on your time for 7 miles (*I* think its a fantastic time!)
    2377 days ago
    Kathy, I am just starting to catch up with several peoples blog now that I have the holidays behind and feeling a little better to sit at the computer for a while. I am really glad to hear you are starting to heal in your shoulder. Kudos to all the leg work you have been doing. Those stairs at work with the steps at the gym should really be making your legs feel strong. I know at first they feel pain, but it does not take too long before that pain turns to strength. My legs before Christmas were feeling really toned there and I need to get them back in that way again, but I will soon. I am glad to hear there was not surgery needed for the shoulder, that is so hard for the body to recover from. Did you ever find out what caused the injury in the first place? It sounds like you are getting everything back on track well and I know those snacks will be brought back into line soon Hang in there you will figure it out. Hugs Ssuan
    2377 days ago
    Great program you have going!
    2377 days ago
    It's so good to finally be able to catch up with you! First grats on the 3 lbs gone!! I was also happy to see that your shoulder is coming along well and that you are doing ST, keep it up. Way to go on that run, I am still anxious to start running, but now I'll have to wait until I heal up to get back to trying. I will get there though!

    I'm sorry the night time snacking is giving you grief, I hope you can figure out what has triggered it and deal with it. Have you tried bulking up some of your meals and snacks with more vegetables? Like you would get a lot of salad for that 100 calorie yogurt and I wonder if that would carry you longer...although if the snacking isn't about being hungry then that's not the issue. You'll figure it out, so many ideas and useful information here to help you do it.
    2378 days ago
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    2379 days ago
    great job you have a plan and see where your weakness lies adding spark coach might be the extra push you need an extra eye to help best of luck
    2380 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I'm glad the shoulder is improving. You are probably physically and mentally tired - you'll get back to normal when you're body is ready.
    2380 days ago
    Glad to see you're back at it. Congrats on the 7 miles! Do you like Planet Fitness? We have one fairly closeby and you can't beat the price.
    2380 days ago
    emoticon Kathy! You're doing emoticon You're also just burning up the pavement!!!
    2380 days ago
    Your blog is so inspiring. 7 miles in 84 min. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I find SP coach helpful. The accountability keeps me motivated and on track. Lots of great suggestions. That is how I found the Light my fire team. It was an assignment .
    2380 days ago
    You are really doing well. I'm proud of you! I know you can do this.
    2381 days ago
    Glad your shoulder is on the mend and emoticon on your 7 mile run!

    I have noticed that some folks (like me) who eat a big (4-500 cal) protein packed breakfast rarely are hungry in the evening.
    My DH only has a shot of oj in the morning and eats nonstop from 8-midnight.

    2381 days ago
    Great to see you blogging again. I'm so proud of you for running that far and in 84 minutes...holy cow! Want to meet at the gym when you're done work tomorrow? Let me know.

    Rest those weary legs.

    Love you
    2381 days ago
    emoticon on the 7 mile run! emoticon job. I can so relate to being the non runner until you found Spark. emoticon But look at you go now.

    I've been doing the menu planning for the week and finding that very helpful for me as I needed to get back on track too after the holidays. It stops me from grabbing the wrong stuff when I'm late or in a hurry because I make sure it's all there and ready for me.

    emoticon emoticon You're wise to nip the weight in the bud now and get those 4 lbs. off a.s.a.p.

    2381 days ago
    I really enjoy the daily challenges from SparkCoach.
    I've learned so much and it does help to keep me focused.
    2381 days ago
    Wonderful job on using Spark Coach and your run! You go girl! I have evening eating tendencies also, so I've learned to plan a little less for one of my meals, and a little more for the evening. Especially after a long workout. Maybe give that a try.
    2381 days ago
    Awesome job on the 7 miles!

    I totally understand the problem you have with with late night munchies. Is it possible for you to get all the munchie stuff out of the house? The only way I can stop the munchies is to not buy the food in the first place. So when the hunger strikes, I open the fridge and only have apples and Greek yogurt to choose from. Also, if you have to go out to get it, it really makes you think about whether its worth it.

    Best of luck! I'm SURE you will be able to take those 4 pounds off.
    2381 days ago
    I just blogged about my lack of enthusiasm for working out and eating right and even gulping water. Need to get over it and back in the groove.
    2381 days ago
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