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First Week of April Take-Back: EASY PEASY!

Monday, April 08, 2013

My first week I'd say has been fairly successful. Then again, it's been spring break, so I've had less-than-usual distractions. The next week is going to be the REAL test. And then after that I have yet another stats test, so that's going to REALLY be a real test! Balancing studying with my healthy lifestyle has always been a bit of a struggle.

So, I want to do 150 fitness minutes per week. This week I did 170. YAY! I took today off as I'm *really* sore from yesterday's workout. I did a YouTube video from the Blogilates vlog, Pop Pilates for Beginners- Total Body Workout. Boy is it hard for a beginner's workout. But, I felt great. I mean, the soreness only really rears it's head when I sneeze or cough (which I still do a lot). I also did 5 out of 7 days of my Tuff Butt Challenge (lunges/squats/lunge holds). Tomorrow is a rest day, but I'm taking it today thanks to my sore glutes, so I'll still get my 6 out of 7 days, just not in the same week.

Not eating after midnight... I think I've held to this pretty well. I think there was one day this week that I was STARVING!!! in the middle of the night and had to eat something just so I could go back to sleep... growling stomachs are quite distracting. But, otherwise, I've done fairly well. I'm still on the hunt for a clock, though. I think that would help me greatly.

Drinking more water? Uh... needs improvement still. I've been drinking beverages, just not always water. Today I was drinking plain tea (with a little bit of stevia to cut the bitter). I was drinking my own homemade lime Arnold Palmers the other day. That was sweetened, though, and contributed quite a few calories to my day. Still working on this.

Freggies with every meal. This week I think I've been successful. My mom made a big fruit salad, so that's accompanied lunches for a few days this week. And I always schedule some kind of veg with dinner. So, pretty good on this one!

I took care of a few neglected things this week while I had the money and the time. Got a haircut. It was very, very badly needed. Pixie cuts like mine need maintenance every 4-6 weeks so they don't look like... well, mangy Sasquatch CRAP when they start to grow out. I waited 3 months. Now, I can say I look the way I'm supposed to. The day after my haircut, I took care of my driver's license. It expired on January 6th (ya know, my birthday) and I just never got it renewed. I'm sure my notice was sent to who knows where old address in San Diego. And since I don't drive down here, I wasn't in a real hurry to get a new one. But, now I need to buy vodka for my vanilla extract and I need a valid photo ID to do that. So, new photo taken for the license. New license being processed and sent. Swell.

Unfortunately, not in time for me to do anything fun in San Diego this spring break. Can I just say how disappointed I am? I wish I had a job so I can buy a car. Then, I can go to San Diego without having to ask someone to go or to borrow their car or whatever. I can just go as long as I can afford the gas. Obviously I'm missing San Diego a whole helluva lot right now. I miss my home.

I've had homework over spring break because my jerk face teachers don't know what the word "break" means. Maybe they should go back to a g.d. English class! No, I'm not bitter... Pffffft, yes I am! Downright p*ssed!!! Anyway, my group members for my stats project flaked/forgot about our project and wanted to wait until the last possible minute to complete it (no freakin' thanks, folks) so I took matters into my own hands and picked up the slack on Friday. Collected data and sent it to them to analyze. I'll be working on it more tomorrow. Actually, I'd like to finish it tomorrow.

Today I worked on PhotoShop homework. I'm actually pretty proud of it. I don't believe in PhotoShopping someone so that they present an unrealistic ideal of women (or men) and that was actually what this latest project was about. Well, I did the opposite. I did smooth out a few lumps here and there on my photo model, but mostly, I added a little bit of muscle definition and filled out some curves to make her appear bigger. A bit healthier and fuller. Do I like that I did even that? No, not really. I prefer un-retouched photos of REAL people just as they are. But, then what would I have to do for this assignment? But, I made my agenda clear and my feelings known anyway. :-D


It's supposed to look like a magazine cover, so I hope I succeeded.
Image Credit: http://www.superfitmomma.com/2012/08/21/in
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Well, that's it for me. One good first week done. Three more to go! Wish me luck, check in with me (leaving a comment on my page is perfectly fine- I will answer you back!), keep me accountable, call me on my b.s. please!!! and don't let me make excuses. Also, just let me know how YOU'RE doing, too!

  
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ARUNNINGKAT 4/8/2013 12:45PM

    Great magazine cover! It sounds like April is off to a great start for you and I know that you will continue through the rest of the month! emoticon

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NEWSGIRL2177 4/8/2013 11:50AM

    Way to go, Jill! Keep those goals front and center!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 4/8/2013 11:09AM

    Hey Jill, The first week of April sounds like a great success! I'm proud of you! I know you'll keep it up!

The cover looks fantastic!

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LODESTONE 4/8/2013 10:30AM

    Good work on the cover. So, the Photoshop is working for you?

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RAINYFRIDAY 4/8/2013 9:12AM

    Your magazine cover looks great! Sorry you had homework over spring break, that sucks. One of my kids did too. He was less than thrilled. Of course, 6th grade homework isn't quite the imposition statistics homework is. :D

Good luck with making your goals happen this week, you can do it!

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A New Month to Get It Right!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well, can I just say where is this year going?!? My Smarch was a toughie. I was sick for soooooooooooo long! At least the first half of the month was spent fighting that stupid cold virus. And of course as soon as it was finally out of my system, I had that fatty math test to study for. Things kinda of wound down, and my month seemed to disappear before I could make any real progress.

I'm telling you all, right here and right now, that is not how April is going to go! I'm going to accomplish something in April! Which basically means, my March goals will be my April goals, so I can actually work on them.

I didn't get hardly any fitness minutes in. I think I officially recorded only 28 fitness minutes. That's just......... well, sad. I should at least get in 600 for the month. Minimum. That *was* my goal, after all. But, I only did one workout. Which was actually just this last Thursday. No. No no no no no. I can do better.

No eating after midnight... I did okay. I think I was more conscientious about this particular goal early in my setting it, then sorta petered as the month wore on. I've got to figure out a way to get myself to keep it in mind. I realized I don't have a clock in my room. I usually use my cell phone or computer for timekeeping, but I really need something I can look at. Preferably in big orange digital numbers. So, I'm going to hunt down a clock.

Drink more water. Yeah, this one needs WAY more work. I'd go a day doing better, then I'd forget for a day or two, then do better for a day, then forget for another few. I need to be more consistent with this one.

Freggies for main meals. This is easier for me. I've long ago switched my way of planning my meals, starting with vegetables and THEN deciding what meat/protein can compliment them. I have less control over this when it's not my night to cook dinner, but I usually plan the meals for the week, so vegetables mostly get done. Occasionally I have to remind the other cooks that there's a salad that's meant to go with dinner, so someone has to throw it together really quick.

I am also trying to think more positively. I've been ending most of my nights in either meditation or prayer. It's not necessarily helping with my quality of sleep, but it does make me feel better. More positive. So, I'm continuing to work on that.

This week marks my spring break. I really wish I was doing something fun and wonderful. I want to go strawberry picking in Carlsbad (San Diego), hiking at Torrey Pines, shopping at the San Diego Public Market (it's a permanent farmer's market), and eating at D.Z. Akins (Jewish deli/restaurant). I'm trying to convince my grandmother that we should go. Only problem, I realized, is I'd have to drive. But, my license expired on my birthday, all the way back in January! And since I don't drive here, I've had to reason to hurry and get it renewed. I'll be doing that, hopefully, this week also. If I can get my hair cut. Unfortunately for me, I am in this sh*tty little town where no one seems to realize what the word "break" means. BOTH my teachers assigned homework over the break. Seriously?! In the 2 years I was at the community college in San Diego, I was NEVER assigned work over a break! My stats instructor not only assigned a project, he assigned a GROUP project!!! REALLY! Come on, man. Not. Cool. I'm actually pretty p*ssed about it.

Sometime in the near future, I'll be getting ready to register for summer school, should I choose to take it. Right now that's my plan... I'm not 100%, but I only need 1 class to get the A.A. in Nutrition at my other school (so I'd just transfer over the credit). Unfortunately, that class is basic Chem (with lab). For summer school, it's 5 weeks, 4 days a week (M-Thu), for 5 hours a day! That sounds wicked brutal! I mean, I know I did my practicum for 13 weeks, 2 days a week, starting my day at 5am and traveling by public transit for 4-5 hours on those days, and not getting home until well after 6pm... But, still. 5 hours in 1 class?! Geezy creezy.

I also discovered, much to my dismay, that my current college does not offer a few of the classes I will be needing to take in preparation for the grad program I want to apply for. O-chem and possibly bio-chem. Super. Now I need a plan B. I'll either have to go back to San Diego earlier (thus less time to save up more money) or find a way to do them via distance ed. More fees to pay, more transcripts to transfer, bigger hassle. At least I have some time to figure it out.

I am still on the hunt for a job. Not much here. This area is #2 on the list of highest unemployment rates for the state. Awesome. I have so many skills and no where to utilize them. And I think I under-represent myself on my resume. I've kept it mainly to work experience, but I did a lot of great things in college that I should be listing and I don't. I just can't write a resume. I seriously suck at it. No wonder I've never been hired. In the meantime, I'm going to be taking an online seminar on blogging and seeing if there's anything I can do to make my current blog work for me and potentially bring in any income. It's no big deal if there isn't... that's not really my intent, but I do find the subject interesting, so it should be fun to just learn. I'm also trying to get my family on board to revamp our kitchen a bit so we can do some cottage food production and sell the goods at our local farmer's markets. We don't have many, but it seems to be an idea that's finally catching on in this area. I'm glad about it.

I've also been doing some gardening to have a bit of fun. I've got some watermelon seedlings potted and growing. A spaghetti squash plant that is now HUGE, but no blossoms yet. I planted radishes and am already harvesting them. Those little buggers are way more spicy than store bought! My jalapeno and bell pepper plants are still on the mend from horned worm attacks, but I do have a bell pepper going and some blossoms on each. Glad to see they're making a strong comeback. My eggplant is probably not going to survive. :-( I also planted some flowers to attract some bees over. There isn't much in my backyard to bring them around, so I have to make the effort.

Okay, this is long-winded enough. If you've made it this far, I commend you and am impressed! Let's do some summing up and we'll call it on this one:



emoticon At least 150 fitness minutes per week. Since I'm just restarting (and will be re-restarting after being sick) I'm setting this number kinda low. 150 minutes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days out of the week. Before I got sick, I was doing quite well with that. I think I can swing it again. Also, do the Tuff Butt April challenge with SD Sparks (on Facebook).

emoticon Be mindful of my night eating/binging. I eat dinner late (after 10pm) 3 nights out of the week due to my school schedule, and I'm a night owl anyway, so I'm trying to cut off any and all eating by midnight. That's a start. I can figure out from there my next step to tackling this problem.

emoticon Drink more water. Since I moved here, I've been drinking ridiculous amounts of water! Ridiculously SMALL amounts! Like, maybe 30oz a day. If that. And not much of anything else, so I know I'm dehydrated!

emoticon Freggies. Every meal. No excuses. Even if the rest of the family isn't eating veggies or fruit with their meals. Potatoes don't count, unless they've been prepared in a really healthy way. But, even then... They only count as half.

I would really, very much love my SparkFriends to help keep me accountable for these goals this month. Ask me (daily if anyone can, or at least every couple of days) about my progress on them. Remind me I have these goals! Encourage me! I promise to do the same for you if you ever need me to. Just gotta ask!

And I can't end a blog without a photo.

Believe it or not, this is her "happy" face... she had a belly full of salmon and was purring contentedly while laying on my belly.

  
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DSHONEYC 4/3/2013 11:12AM

    Hey friend! What can I do to help you this month? Happy to look at your resume (since I have also been looking for a job for the longest time) or maybe join you for a hike later in the month. My month is filled and overflowing, but I'd love to reach out to you!
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DAWNESS0404 4/1/2013 8:35PM

    Today is my new start too. We can do this!!!

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SMILINGTREE 4/1/2013 4:41PM

    It looks like we have similar goals for the month. it's spring time - anything is possible, right? All of these are reasonable goals. There's not much stopping you from drinking more water, and you are already on the right track with the fruits and vegetables, so that one will be easy, and since you have been thinking about the late night eating for awhile, you're more than halfway there on that one, too. The only big thing will probably be the 150 minutes - and that only because of school. But it's reasonable. We'll all be here, cheering you on!

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/1/2013 3:18PM

    You've certainly had a full plate these last few weeks ! I'm glad you've finally gotten that cold/flu out of your system.

And don't beat yourself up because you haven't found work yet. I'm still looking for work too ! It's a TOUGH economy. Too many highly qualified people fighting over too few jobs. Believe me, it's not you. I'm still having problems too.

Do you have job counselors at the school ? If so, talk to them. Show them your resume and have them help you perk it up. Your professor is another good source for resume advice. talk to one you trust and get their opinion on ways to enhance that resume. I've had a couple of different IT professionals help me with my boring resume. My current resume is very different from the one I started with six months ago.
These days, you need to have a couple of different resumes. One generic to pass out to places like Starbucks and at least one targeted resume specifically for the job you want. Don't be afraid to sell yourself because that's exactly what your resume is supposed to do i.e. show off your talents.

Some days, you really do have to toot your own horn to get noticed. But once again, don't beat yourself up because you haven't found work yet. it really is tough out there.

Oh and can you walk to school ? taking a 30 minute walk each day will certainly help those fitness minutes add up. And you might want to add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon to your water to perk it up too. I know drinking water can be boring. that's why I also like having flavored sparkling waters.

I love the idea of starting a little cottage industry !! That's how many companies got started.



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NEWSGIRL2177 4/1/2013 11:54AM

    Oh man! That 5-hour class sounds rough, but it would get it done much faster. Tough call!

Make April your month, girl! WOOHOO! (I'm your cheering squad - high kick!)


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HAWAIIANMAMMA 4/1/2013 10:53AM

    Keep up the positive attitude, Jill. you can do this! Oh, and if you ever want a DZ buddy, I can see the sign from my house. Live that place! And Groupon just had a deal!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 4/1/2013 10:47AM

    Hey Jill, I'm definitely rooting for you to have a kick butt April! I'll help to keep you accountable!!

I'm annoyed for you that your teachers gave you homework over the break! It's called a break for a reason! :)

Now, go drink some water! ;)

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LODESTONE 4/1/2013 9:04AM

    If you are re-restarting, with basics, wouldn't it be wise to start with just one thing, then build? Go back to the baby steps basics until you get back in to the swing of it and make things habits? Just a random thought- don't overwhelm yourself. Hope you can find the classes you need- close by and reasonable. You can do it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/1/2013 8:40AM

    Such a cute pic! My Prince Wills looks so grouchy but is the happiest little boy ever.

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JSALERNO 4/1/2013 8:05AM

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CANDEE412 4/1/2013 4:36AM

    Good Luck on your new month! emoticon

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The Bebe Shower (photos!!!)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Okay, so I finally got off my fat duff and did some photo editing (although not on Photoshop, I took the lazy way out and just used Picasa). I got a new blog up on the ol' recipe site. I'm planning some exciting things for that in the upcoming months, but I'll talk more about that on a blog that isn't about baby showers.

Just in case you missed it, though, go check out the new post (and start following!)
potatoestopeaches.com/2013/03/23/pol
ish-ish-stuffed-cabbage/


On to the baby shower.
It was last weekend, March 16. Or was that two weeks ago? Where is this month going?!?! Anyway, since it was so close to St. Pat's, that's the theme we went with. I wasn't the hostess of the party, but I did quite a bit to make sure it got done and went smoothly.

The night before, I made a potato salad and deviled eggs. My SIL did some rice crispy treats, but instead of using rice cereal, she used Lucky Charms (get it, leprechauns and pots of gold and other St. Pat's things!). She also made some cupcakes. I frosted them with frosting my mom made. She also made mustache lollipops. And my mom made chocolate cake pops. We arrived at the party early to help out with set up and whatnot, and I, of course, ended up in the kitchen. My brother and I cut up fruits and vegetables for trays. The main course was BBQ'd hamburgers and hotdogs. And there were chips and trail mixes to munch on. And truckloads of candy! Oh, and it was all genders, all ages included.





Now, I'm not a very girly girl. I'm not a big fan of dresses, really. I *hate* the color pink. I only wear makeup if I have to. I never style my hair, even when it's long enough to. So, the fact that I was the only one that thought of a game to play at the shower, is really pretty funny. It's like no one had ever gone to one before! So, we did the dirty diaper game. Which I designed and executed. My mom is pretty good at identifying her melty candy bars! My brother, who BOUGHT THE CANDY WITH ME, couldn't even remember what we bought and actually had a few things listed that we didn't even have! It was pretty hilarious!




We had gotten them a few gifts from their registry. And we just generally enjoyed the day. Had fun hanging out and enjoying everyone's company. Ate good food. Told the mom-to-be to get up and walk around... start jump roping if she needed to... She just had her baby at 8:50pm tonight! She had a boy, by the way...


Proud parents!

We ended the night pretty late and I ended up with a migraine! How weird was that? Worth it.

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 3/26/2013 3:21PM

    What fun !! I love the chocolate mustache pops !! Oh, those cupcakes and deviled eggs look soooo yummy. I haven't had a deviled egg in years. drooling....

Congratulations on the new addition to your family ! You'll be a wonderful Auntie !

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/26/2013 12:01PM

    Great pics and sounds like a fun day! Congrats Auntie!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/26/2013 11:57AM

    Great pics! Looks fun, too.

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/26/2013 11:45AM

    Thanks for sharing! Your food was beautiful and it sounds like you had fun! Love the photo of you at the end - You are looking fabulous!

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LODESTONE 3/26/2013 8:39AM

    Fabulous job on the party! Food looks delish-- good protein to bring you down from a sugar high. But heck- how often do people have babies?????? Happy for a safe delivery.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/26/2013 8:38AM

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing them. Big hug.

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MAGGIEVAN 3/26/2013 2:31AM

    It is looking like great fun and those cupcakes are a work of art. Could the migrane be of too much sugar? I am glad you had a great evening.

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P(x≠70) But we don't know what it equals!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

This is going to be a quick update. I won't talk about the baby shower yet, as I'm still cleaning up and editing the photos from that (I took about 100 of them!) So, I wanna pick the nicest ones to represent.

Very quickly: I was sick and as soon as I got well I pretty much had to start studying for my math test. So, needless to say, I haven't even begun to tackle my March goals:
-150 fitness minutes per week
-No eating after midnight
-Drink more water daily
-Eat freggies at every meal

Some of these I was able to work on while being sick, but the fitness minutes for sure I've not even scratched the surface. All are still a work in progress. I ate my dessert a few minutes ago, and it's well after midnight... oops. Honestly, I forgot to see what time it was. I was busy in the kitchen baking a key lime pie until about midnight. Anyway, now that my test is over and I'm able to breathe mostly normal, I can start in on the exercise.

Not much else is going on.

I'm sure you all got tired of all my math related status updates. It was all-consuming for several days. I saved all my homework for the last module, which is 3 chapters covered over the course of a month, to do at the last minute. It helps me to study (particularly the stuff that was covered a month ago!) and then to go over all the questions on the study guide. Whew! I was very determined to not fail this one.

Unfortunately, math is hard for me. I read many of your suggestions on my status updates and will for sure be taking some of your all's advice. I'm going to look into a tutor and I used a website to help me with a few things I got stuck on. In the meantime, I found a really great way to illustrate my relationship with math:


Yup, math makes me crazy. And I do wanna tear my eyeballs out.

And I was waiting to write this blog until after I got my test back to know what my grade was before writing. Turns out my instructor forgot them tonight, so I probably won't know until Tuesday. Which was a major bummer. Before I headed out the door, I told my brother and sister-in-law the only reason I was going to class was that I didn't want to wait an entire weekend to get my graded test. Guess I ate those words big time. I was sooooo tired, I just didn't want to go to class. I'm still tired, but of course am having some insomnia issues.


Of course, I've been dying to know my grade, so when I found out he forgot our tests, my reaction was pretty much like this.

Which leads me to...

Ending this blog now. I'm going to bed! I'll update with pics from the shower soon!

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 3/23/2013 6:14AM

    Glad you're starting to feel better. It stinks to get sick when you're trying to study.

When I was in school, I was great at science ! However, I was weak at math. As I got older, my math skills did improve. If you find yourself struggling, you should consider getting a tutor. When I was having problems in a class, someone told me to get a tutor and it was the best advice I received. That tutor helped me get my grade from a D to B by the end of the class. They taught me skills that I still use today. Find out what tutoring services the school has. I'm pretty sure they are free. so, take advantage of them.

Don't worry that you weren't able to exercise as much as you wanted. Now that you're feeling better, you can slowly ease back into your routine.



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ARUNNINGKAT 3/22/2013 12:15PM

    So glad your test is behind you! Nothing more frustrating than a project or class or test that never seem to end. Love your cartoon illustrations! While they aren't really funny, they do show how you are feeling very well! Hope you can catch up on rest a little and relax too!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/22/2013 12:02PM

    I stink at math. I admire anyone who pushes forward with such a challenging topic! I hope you get some rest this weekend.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/22/2013 11:52AM

    Math was never my thing, either. And it doesn't apply to my life or job at all so it doesn't really matter that I stink at algebra! :)

I hope you get an awesome grade on your test! Hopefully you can forget about it for a bit so you can enjoy your weekend!

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SMILINGTREE 3/22/2013 9:09AM

    With all the effort and study, you surely didn't fail. Have a lovely weekend. Work on some meditation and Jill-centric stuff :)

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LODESTONE 3/22/2013 7:15AM

    At least the test is behind you now. Relax over the weekend and don't let it worry you to a crisp! Get a good sweat on--- you'll feel better! Take care.. key lime pie sounds delish- did you save a bite?

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JSALERNO 3/22/2013 6:10AM

    I love math

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Smarch! Er, March!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I'm pretty sure it was at the beginning of last month that I said I wouldn't blog on the weekend. And yet, here I am... Brilliant!

So far, the end of February, beginning of Smarch hasn't been great. I got the weirdest cold. Its one of the few times I have actually FELT a cold as it took me by the neck and dragged me down. 11pm on Saturday night I was working on some homework, waiting for the shower to become available and by 1am I couldn't even swallow. I ended up having to wake up my mom for some throat lozenges and cold medicine. The throat pain eased up, but the sinus pain/pressure/congestion has yet to stop. Ran through a whole box of kleenex. Ran out of DayQuil days ago (saved one pack for class on Thursday) and I've only been taking NyQuil once a night. Only have 2 packs of those left. Friday I ended up with a migraine (unrelated to the cold; probably hormone related), so that just added to the fun. I was weak, dizzy, burning hot (but no fever) and actually had to have my mom cook for me. I do feel like this junk is on it's way out, though, finally.

It better be, too, because this week is the California Mid-Winter Fair, which is held in the next town over. I got tickets for my bro and sis-in-law for their anniversary gift. I also bought a pair of tickets for me and whoever else wants to go (I'm thinking my mom). I haven't been to the fair since I moved away 5 years ago, so I'm kind of excited to go. I know it'll be a time of indulgence. There's no way I'm going to the fair and not eating a corndog or funnel cake or candy apple or spiral fries. And you know what, that is perfectly fine. That is my decision to make and own. I'm not going to feel guilty for it. I'm not going to worry about it going to my thighs. I'm going to enjoy the splurge and move on. I'm glad I'm finally able to say that, to be in a healthy place with a healthy mindset and relationship with my food... At least in this case.

Over the last few weeks I've become aware of a problem that I've always seemed to have and just never really thought about. Night eating. But, not just night eating. Sometimes night binging. I have a wicked sweet tooth. I've made no secret of that. Lately it seems that while I have a handle on my food the rest of the time, it's the late night, long after dinner eating that I'm having issues with. I used to be fine with just a little "fun size" candy bar, usually a Baby Ruth or Butterfinger Crisp. The small bar was all I needed. Since moving back home, it's been more of a binge thing (prior it was just late night eating) and I'm not sure what to do about it. I'll have several pieces of candy or a cupcake or two or several cookies or a combination of all the above. Rarely is it ever just a single piece of something. Its made think that I also may have a sugar addiction. Since it's something I've just come to realize, I need some more time to think on it and do some research. But, if anyone has any sage advice or words of wisdom or tips that help them, please feel free to share!

The good news as of late is that I lost 5 of the 12lbs I put on over the holidays. 7lbs more and I'll be back to my 45lb loss mark. And then I can continue on the loss path. Which leads me to some goal setting for the month of March:

emoticon At least 150 fitness minutes per week. Since I'm just restarting (and will be re-restarting after being sick) I'm setting this number kinda low. 150 minutes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days out of the week. Before I got sick, I was doing quite well with that. I think I can swing it again.

emoticon Be mindful of my night eating/binging. I eat dinner late (after 10pm) 3 nights out of the week due to my school schedule, and I'm a night owl anyway, so I'm trying to cut off any and all eating by midnight. That's a start. I can figure out from there my next step to tackling this problem.

emoticon Drink more water. Since I moved here, I've been drinking ridiculous amounts of water! Ridiculously SMALL amounts! Like, maybe 30oz a day. If that. And not much of anything else, so I know I'm dehydrated! (Geez, no wonder I got sick.)

emoticon Freggies. Every meal. No excuses. Even if the rest of the family isn't eating veggies or fruit with their meals. Potatoes don't count, unless they've been prepared in a really healthy way. But, even then... They only count as half.

That's it for my health related goals. I have others, of course, that will include keeping up on homework, studying harder and longer for my next stats test, and blogging regularly at my other blog. I'm working on a new entry for that... SNEAK PEEK:

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/11/2013 10:46PM

    Oh, love that sneak peek!
Hang in there...
Healing Hugs,
Mary

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/3/2013 3:55PM

    How are you feeling this morning ? a friend of mine had similar symptoms and ended up with strep throat. I hope you don't have that ! Take it easy and keep pushing those fluids. I find lots of hot tea and honey helps me whenever I have a sore throat.

Fairs... I love state fairs, but rarely go anymore. When I did, I loved having a corn dog or curly fries. I eat a corn dog maybe once every two years i.e. when I go to a fair. I love corn dogs, but they don't love me. which is why I only have them once every couple of years. I love how they taste, but they mess up my digestive system.

Also, how late do you stay up at night studying or doing whatever ? Perhaps some of your late night binging could be tied to how late you stay up. Maybe if you went to bed at an earlier hour, you'd be less likely to snack.

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FRENCHTOSD 3/3/2013 3:22AM

    I'm definitely ready for some nighttime eating after this post. :)

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ERINBELLOWS1978 3/2/2013 8:07PM

    Jill I have managed to conquer that late night binge problem. I work the swing shift and dont get off work til 1am. So the whole of last year I spent at the vending machine a few times a night because I was RAVENOUS for something sweet. Since re-vamping my eating. I stick to a very tight schedule at work. I eat dinner at about 630 or 7 then I have a two snacks later- One about 10 or so then another at about 1130 or 12. Both are usually sweet. Naturally. I will do an apple w/ some peanut butter/greek yogurt dip (amazing! found it on pintrist!) OR cottage cheese and pears. Something sweet w/ protein. Then my last one will be usually sweet snow peas. I love them. AND because you have to snap the ends off and peel the fibers off the pod it takes longer to eat. I havent been to the vending machine in 3 months!!! Amazing! You can do it girl. You just have to put a plan in place. You are a great planner and like things in an organized fashion so you can totally get a handle on it my dear!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/2/2013 1:50PM

    I hope you feel better soon! I'm struggling with getting enough water, too. And for no good reason! Hang in there!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/2/2013 8:40AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Be careful at that fair if you are still recuperating; you don't want to wind up feeling worse. Take care.

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LODESTONE 3/2/2013 8:36AM

    Hope you are kicking the cold to the curb! It sounds as if you've set reasonable goals to start the minth, coming back from illness. Enjoy the fair!!!!! And your treats.

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JSALERNO 3/2/2013 8:24AM

    I USUALLY GET SICK THIS TIME OF YEAR

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