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4 Days! And other updates

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Well, SparkFriends, I'm back for now!

Hopefully this time will be longer than last time, but I'm a bit wary of the site changes, so we'll see. (I do like the Recent feature on the Nutrition Page, though!)

I can't say I'm a fan of the new Start Page. It is functional, yes, in that it lets you track all in one place... but, it took me 4 days... FOUR. DAYS. to find where my blog link went to. I even went to the Community/Blogs page, and I didn't see the link there either.

It could be because I'm blind as a bat, but that's a discussion for another day.

Another thing I'm a bit wary of is the changes to goals. I know SparkPeople did their update where the Fitness Page and the Nutrition Pages talked to each other and would give you your recommended calorie range based on that...

..but, since I was here last, I gained 20 pounds (more on that later).. and really ought to readjust my calorie goals. I tried doing that, but apparently the site won't automatically do it for you anymore unless you've got it set to talk to the fitness page. Which, I'd rather not do at this time.

If anyone knows a way around this, please let me know!

Once I get past the first page and the site trying to push the new Nutrition/Fitness page OTP on me, I'm pretty good. The site looks pretty much like I remember it being. The added features are.. interesting.. but I can ignore those for now if I choose to.

After all, my main goal for being here is to get recommitted to losing weight and living a healthier life.

At about this time last year, I was 180lbs, give or take. We were house-hunting, and we finally found a house. The house was not without its expensive problems, and it's been a bit of a stressful 6 months since we've moved in (Feb 2014.)

Adding to that, my fitness routine took a backseat to everything else - chores, namely - as I tried justifying to myself that a clean house and clean laundry come first, and that I could move while I was doing that. Yes, I did dance and fold laundry at the same time- but, it really doesn't burn that many calories.

And right when I was starting to think about walking in the mornings before work - Summer Break hits.. and now my son doesn't leave the house until much later in the mornings. I -could- leave him home alone to go on my walks, but I'd rather not.. and after he leaves, I won't have enough time to walk, come home, clean up, and prep for work... without running the risk of being late for work. After work doesn't work either, because I eat pretty much right afterwards, and my family, sadly, is the kind to ramp down and relax after dinner.

Obviously, something needs to change - but the above scenario is where I've been at the last several months.

Nutritionally, I thought I was doing okay. A large banana (sometimes with Peanut Butter) in the mornings, an apple for snack.. but then we have unhealthy dinners, which I eat for lunch as leftovers. So, overall, I guess that's kind of a wash, as well.

Which is why it's super important for me to figure out where my calories NEED to be, so I can correctly gauge if I'm eating the right amounts of my calories.

Since I'm still kind of searching for the right fitness routine for me, controlling my weight through diet is going to be important. I know there was a calculation guide somewhere on SparkPeople for the recommended weekly/daily calorie intake. I guess I'll have to find that and use that for now.

As far as fitness, just because I'm not sure what I want to do right now doesn't mean I'm giving up on it either! I'm going to try going on at least two walks a week (Sunday/Wednesday), and from there try to figure out what I can do on the other days of the week. I'm thinking maybe an after-dinner dance session or something.... but we'll see for now.

Other updates!
- I cut my hair the shortest its ever been!

- Going to be starting a Square Foot Garden soon. Waiting on rain gutters to be installed.

- I have a flower pot garden - the poor flowers don't like the Florida heat so much though, so I have to water them daily and be careful of overwatering.

- i turned 31 last Monday! I had the best chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting ever! It was so good and rich that no one, not even my brothers who could eat ANYTHING, could finish their slices. This, and the weight on the scale the next day, prompted me to get back here!

- My last blog mentioned my cat had some eye problems - she's doing just fine right now!

- Oh, and the house we bought was NOT the house from the update last year. That house had termite problems that would've been a major headache for us to handle. So, we bought a different house instead. Still in the same City/County, though (♥ Brevard!)

I'm going to try to blog daily, or at least weekly. I will NOT make any promises though, because if I promise, and break it, I'll feel bad, and that may make me stop alltogether. But, I'll try.

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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Welcome back, so nice to see you.!

    1st, don't obsess over any of this. Do what you can do and
    take baby steps. I think you are an all or nothing person, but
    try to do your best and let the rest take care of itself. Take your time
    getting back in the groove.

    After dinner, and hubby is home there is no reason you can walk,
    either with the family for say 20 min. Or alone for 20-30 minutes,
    then honker down and sit with the family and do things together.

    I know you will find a way to do what you want to do. I'm back too,
    never left SP but was not doing well weight wise.

    Let's do this!

    WE CAN DO IT!
    1454 days ago
  • MUDDER91
    Welcome back. Sorry you gained weight in the interim, but at least you know what to do.

    My hair is also shorter than it has EVER been. Kind of fun.

    You can DO THIS!!!!
    1454 days ago
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