-CORAL-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DCORAL%2D -CORAL-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ HIIT 30 day challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597251 Yesterday I was worried I would already be screwing my program up. I was invited out for happy hour drinks with some co-workers. It had been a long time since I'd hung out with them outside of work, and it was my non-daughter day, so I went! We had a fun time, I had a couple drinks and left. <BR> <BR> After that I picked up my husband from work, went home, and did my workout!!! So I'm pretty proud of myself! Once again it was really hard and I couldn't do all the moves they did, but I d... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:07:48 EST Follow-through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595797 Yes! I did it! I did the first day of the challenge yesterday. I sure took my time getting to it, though. I came home from work and I was hungry. I heated up some home-made black bean soup with maybe a little too much crusty bread and butter. I can't exercise right after I eat, so I made dinner for my daughter and proceeded to read the news on my Kindle and basically procrastinate until I knew my hubby would be getting home from work and so I better get the process started or I would ge... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:57:11 EST HIIT 30 day challenge starting today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595065 I always enjoy reading blogs from my sparkfriends on here, but since I hardly ever blog, and haven't in over a year, I bet no one even knows who I am. lol. I hardly ever blog because I am embarrassed about my health situation. Even though the whole reason we are all here is because of our health! Also I don't like getting advice from people. I'm perfectly capable of doing my own research. But at the risk of getting all sorts of advice I will end up rolling my eyes at, I'm going to start... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:55:08 EST Half Marathon Training and Confession! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044968 Week 5 of half marathon training! <BR> <BR> Just finished my long run of week 4 which is 4.5 miles. Thought it was going to be a crappy run but started off strong and decided to push myself for a 1 mile time. I wish I would have started just a tad faster because I didn't really think about trying to run fast until a couple minutes into my run. Ended up doing my 1st mile in 10:08! I know I could do it under 10 minutes if I started better! This is huge. <BR> <BR> Kept going and runnin... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 02:24:47 EST Goals progress and setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911763 I woke up this morning with the cold my daughter had last week. Ugh! Right now it's mostly a very sore throat and swollen glands. I even had dreams about having a cold and blogging about it on SP. So I thought I'd better do it and make my dreams come true, haha. It's lame because today was going to be my Long Run day. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm so happy I made goals this month because it really gives me something concrete to work toward and so far I've been doing OK. I have missed a few, b... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:12:45 EST June Goals - never done this before! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907511 Can you believe I've been on SP for 2.5 years, and I have never actually written down any goals? I've had vague goals, such as lose 3 pounds in a month, or exercise 5 times a week, but they were always just things I said to myself, and nothing I ever wrote down, or measured, or rated myself on and checked up on to make sure I was still on track. Obviously this method has not been working very well for me. I lost 10 lbs in my first 4 months on SP and have basically been stagnant since then.... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:49:06 EST Objects in mirror are larger than they appear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530546 I'm in a dilemma about my appearance. <BR> <BR> Am I fat or not? I can't decide. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, I was most happy with my appearance when I was in the 125 - 130 lb range. I looked good in pictures and felt pretty. Men hit on me. I knew I was attractive. <BR> <BR> I'm now 25 lbs heavier than that. I feel the extra weight mostly around my middle when I am sitting down. My boobs are bigger. My jean size is bigger. But overall, I still feel attractive. I have cleavage ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:24:14 EST Hagg Lake Triathlon 7/9/11 race report - long blog alert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488431 So, the race report is only 2 months late! Haha <BR> <BR> Honestly, I did hardly anything to train for this triathlon. My training consisted of: <BR> <BR> Running once or twice a week for a couple miles <BR> A month before the tri, I started using a personal trainer for ST twice a week <BR> Exercise bike one or twice a week for about a month before the tri (30 mins) <BR> Rode my real bike maybe 3 times, going 4 or 5 miles each time <BR> <BR> My sister is the athletic one. She and I signe... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:44:44 EST Sure enough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484831 As soon as I join a "challenge", I always sabotage myself. I haven't learned my lesson from the past I guess. I had an aha moment this morning where I realized that joining challenges turns my exercise routine from "I want to" to "I have to." Nothing will destroy my motivation to do something faster than the feeling that I am obligated to do it! I want to exercise for my health and weight loss, of course, but historically for some reason as soon as I join a challenge, I suddenly find al... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:39:21 EST Pimp my Pride challenge starting pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472828 Here are pictures I took Monday afternoon for the PMP challenge. I have already been doing ST at least twice a week for the last 6 weeks or so, and of course I neglected to take pics before-hand, so these are more like halfway pics! My secret weapon - I have been using a personal trainer. I love not having to think about everything so much. Sometimes I'm really tired, or not feeling well, whether it's emotionally or physically, and those are days I would have just gone home and laid on the... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:46:46 EST Tri training week 1 kinda-recap. What worked, what sucked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118259 Hi! So I promised a blog today with my tentative training plan and how week 1 is going! This is as much for my own records as well as the curious and maybe my mistakes and successes will help others too! Sorry for the long-windedness, that's just how I am when I write. Not so much in real life at all! <BR> <BR> In deciding how to proceed with the training, I looked up several sites on the internet to take a look at sample beginner triathlon plans. The one site I ran across with the mos... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:17:27 EST Triathlon training, 16 week countdown, Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4115534 So it all started with getting the RaceCenter NW magazine in the mail in January. I went through the mag, all excited to start picking out my runs for the year but reluctant to commit to anything, and then in (I think?) early February I injured my knee by coming down hard on it after falling in a pothole in a parking lot. This totally derailed my running, and all exercise. I have a really hard time exercising if I fall out of my routine even a little bit. So, I was not surprised to find m... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:56:57 EST Getting sick of these internet ads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998934 Almost every internet page I go on, I see these stupid ads about "the one rule to getting a flat stomach", "lose x amount of lbs in 2 weeks" etc. etc. I saw one today that took the cake. HOW do these people not get hit with advertising fraud? It is physically IMPOSSIBLE to lose that much body fat in 3 weeks! Someone must be clicking these links and buying into this stuff. If I didn't have any scruples, I would be a millionnaire getting rich off idiots who buy into this hype. Just come ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:51:43 EST I need to start wearing high heels again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3947105 You know how I have felt lately? Well, for one thing my feet have been very comfortable. The new orthotics I got from the doctor have done wonders for them. My arches don't feel like they are splitting apart when I walk or run anymore, and even when I get up in the morning my feet feel great. On the other side of the coin, I feel kind of frumpy. I wear the the same shoes every day now, flat doc marten ankle-high zip up boots. I LOVE my doc martens, I am a doc girl for sure. And now wit... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:07:03 EST BLC 15 - Day 1- BEFORE PICS!! and measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3895373 The Biggest Loser Challenge 15 started today. I'm on the Periwinkle Pirates. I've never done this before and there are a lot of people on my team. It's a little overwhelming right now with all the looooong spark mails they are sending out with tons of instructions about the rules and this and that, but I am impressed, it's very organized. I can't imagine getting to know all the women on my team, there are so many of us! Then there is this whole "sister team" thing, like I'm supposed to po... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 01:21:36 EST Bodybugg, days 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845586 So far, so good. I have been tracking every calorie consumed and have had a deficit each day! The scale is cooperating also! It better be, I have been working my ass off at the gym, literally (ha ha). <BR> <BR> 12/9 weigh-in = 160.7 <BR> 12/15 weigh-in = 159.5 <BR> __________________________________ <BR> <BR> Monday, Dec. 13 <BR> <BR> I went to work, then after lunch I went to the gym and did 30 minutes of upper body weights, 25 min elliptical and 10 min walking (to and from the gym, bu... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:35:05 EST Bodybugg, days 3 and 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841896 Saturday, Dec. 11 <BR> <BR> I didn't do any formal exercise today. I went to the library, hung around the house, and did some frivolous jumping jacks in an attempt to up my calories burned. I was STARVING all day. I think it was from weight lifting the day before. I also drank 6 beers and played some Christmas Story trivia at a local bar. It was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642123378.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:43:47 EST Adventures in bodybugging, days 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837983 I'm mostly going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Other than that, here are some things I have learned! <BR> <BR> 1. sitting at a desk only burns about as much as sleeping (about 1.5 calories a minute). As soon as I stand up and start casually walking around, I can burn twice as many calories a minute. <BR> <BR> 2. I don't burn as many calories during rigorous exercise as I thought I did. During the high peaks you can see below, I was on the elliptical machine and working my as... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:06:54 EST Muffin-top Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797826 I got this idea from ANEPANALIPTI !!! It's just what I need right now and will be fun. I dare you to join me! <BR> <BR> Here is how it goes! <BR> <BR> "We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:37:47 EST Food Phlog day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3732211 Ah... I finally have a minute to myself! This photo blog is for yesterday since I was too tipsy and tired when I got home from the bar to write it then. Tuesday and Wednesday, my daughter was with her daddy, so as you know Tuesday I had a bottle of wine and well, last night I went bar hopping with my fiance and his brother who is temporarily staying with us until he goes back to Kentucky next week. <BR> <BR> I was incredibly hungry all day and never seemed to get full, and my stomach neve... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:57:10 EST Food Phlog day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727392 Today you will get to see my main major weakness. I am happy with the food I ate today, and my exercise - elliptical for 25 minutes, then circuit weight training for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I was feeling stressed out from work - I'm a systems analyst for a hospital corporation, and we are installing a new computer system for one of our hospitals on Nov. 1. So there are all these deadlines to complete the build and testing before then and I'm feeling the heat. <BR> <BR> I had to deal with... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:25:44 EST Master your Metabolism and Food Photo Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3724912 I've been reading the book "Master your Metabolism" by Jillian Michaels. It is basically about how artificial food additives, chemicals, preservatives, etc. wreak havoc on your body's hormonal balance. She lists specific things such as HFCS, artificial sweeteners, and MSG among a host of other lesser-known chemicals, and cites studies showing what effect these things have on specific hormones such as ghrelin, leptin and cortisol. She suggests going 100% organic as much as possible, to avoi... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:56:25 EST 30-day Shred, Day 3 and 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3226946 I did day 3 on Monday. It was great! I felt a little more endurance and didn't really get sore on Tuesday. This is definitely making some sort of a difference, but I'm certainly not seeing it in weight loss or measurements (see weekend sabotage blog). I have this overwhelming feeling like I am incapable of losing any more weight since I have been fluctuating between 154 and 156 for 4 months now. It's soooo discouraging and I just lose my will to track my food and stay in a calorie range a... Thu, 13 May 2010 18:11:46 EST Weekend sabotage part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3218036 So I'm sure this is the most boring blog ever, but I like to get it down on "paper" for my own benefit. <BR> <BR> SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONT... <BR> Anyway, after we went to this fun fair thing that was really quite a bore, we went to the library (we ALWAYS go to the library on Saturday), then to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. This is kind of a twice-a-month tradition. I have my daughter every other weekend, so on Saturday after we do the library thing we go and get ice cream. I try not to ... Tue, 11 May 2010 11:43:58 EST Weekend sabotage part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3216604 I did the shred Friday as planned, but I was SO SORE. And cranky and tired. How can it be possible to overtrain with just 20 minutes of exercise? Wow. <BR> <BR> FRIDAY NIGHT <BR> Well Friday night, I went to my best girlfriend KLOKTEFF's house after the shred and had a couple glasses of wine, then over to pick up my fiance's brother, having to take him to the airport Saturday morning. We are all drinkers. So of course when we got home, there were several more beers and little whiskey.... Tue, 11 May 2010 00:11:15 EST Oooh sore. And doggie doo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205401 My legs are really sore from that DVD last night! I can feel it in my quads especially. I'm not going to take a day off, though. I will probably have some trouble with the squats! <BR> <BR> This morning, I walked/ran with my dog for 30 minutes . A little more than 2 miles. Walking my dog Tillie is challenging because she pulls on the leash so much (I just adopted her from the humane society a few weeks ago - she is a german x australian shephard and 1 year old). She was doing a littl... Fri, 7 May 2010 13:54:43 EST 30 Day Shred - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3203521 So the 30 Day Shred is a DVD program by Jillian Michaels that's supposed to be really effective at toning and weight loss. I have read some pretty good results from other people that have done it on here. The program is 3 levels. Each one is done for 10 days and becomes progressively harder. Some people take breaks because maybe they are too sore or whatever, but I'm pretty sure I'm in sufficient shape to handle it, so my plan is to do the whole 30 days in a row! <BR> <BR> Day 1, level 1 ... Fri, 7 May 2010 00:04:15 EST Week 3, Day 3 of C25k - insanely proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2914728 Did this on the treadmill at the gym. I have leg pains. I can feel them when I start to run but then they seem to go away the longer I run. I really need to ice my right shin but for now I'm just going to take ibuprofen since I'm at work. It isn't painful enough for me to be extremely concerned. <BR> <BR> So the last run of the day I was supposed to do 3 minutes, but since it was day 3 I thought I would do 4 minutes. OMG I ended up running for 5 minutes and had to force myself to sto... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:20:18 EST Week 3, day 2 of C25k. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2907019 I did it outside on an asphalt trail! It was relatively flat, but it felt pretty good. My heart rate would go up to 176 during the running portion, and back down to 155 or so while walking. The 3 minute walk after the 3 minute run was really nice to drop my heart rate back down. I paced myself pretty well during the running. My GPS thing told me I was pacing around 11:15 while running. That is about the same on the treadmill. Actually faster, but it didn't really feel like it. I usual... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:49:49 EST Week 3, Day 1 (treadmill) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2899212 I decided to move to week 3 after all to see how it would go. I knew I could rock it on the treadmill, and am going to focus on getting my lungs in better shape on my "off" running days. <BR> <BR> It went well! I am wary, now, because I feel great on the treadmill but I know it's kind of "fake". It's so much harder outside. I will be doing day 2 on Saturday outside though {{scared}} <BR> <BR> My feet and legs feel 100% (ok, maybe 80%) better with the orthotic inserts I got for my shoes.... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:45:59 EST Week 2 day 3 of C25K, sucking wind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2889025 Wow. I did my run/walk outside yesterday at a park instead of on the treadmill. I feel like I should be back at week one! I know it's harder outside, which is why I thought I should try it out, but I really didn't think it would be THAT hard. I wore my heart rate monitor. During the running portion, I was up at 180 to 183 bpm. That is 95% of max for me and I about had a heart attack toward the end of each one. And I was running as slow as I possibly could! Basically just walking speed... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 13:43:36 EST Week 2, Day 2 of C25k, Feeling a little better and more hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2875332 I really do think my flat feet and unsupportive shoes are the number 1 reason the shin splints are happening to me. Last night I went out and bought an ice pack, athletic tape and orthotics. I iced my shins and took some ibuprofen last night and this morning. The athletic tape is for something called "arch strapping" (sounds real dirty but unfortunately its quite tame), where you wrap your foot with tape in a way that supports the arch. I decided to try the orthotics first. The pain in ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 19:41:57 EST Week 2 of C25K, angry and scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870943 I am so angry I could just scream and cry right now. <BR> <BR> Everything was going so well. <BR> <BR> OK, so last week I started the C25K training program again. This time would be different! I had failed 3 TIMES last year at this program because of injuries but I was determined that it would be different this time. I want to be a runner so bad. I have read every article out there about preventing injuries. <BR> <BR> I had determined that last year, the reason I became injured each ... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:29:09 EST My scale was on uneven ground!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2757484 I know it is silly to put so much "weight" <em>20</em> on what the scale says, but it just didn't seem right to me that I would still be 160 when I've been working my butt off with exercise and I know I feel thinner and my pants fit a little better. So I got on the scale this morning, and it said 159.1. OK. Not too bad. But I remembered that after my first weigh in of the year, I was doing a little reorganizing and moved my scale to a different part of the floor. I moved it back to whe... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:33:42 EST Disappointing week / Mixed bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2751798 Things always seem to go wrong when the vendors from Wisconsin are on site... our hospital is implementing a computer system that originates from Wisconsin, so every once in awhile our "Application Coordinators", the vendor specialists who know everything about the system and help us with our build, come on site for a few days and work with us to fix cross-application problems and kind of push us in the right direction. Every time this happens, we go out to restaurants with them for lunch, a... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:18:48 EST Going strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2726958 It feels SO GOOD to be back exercising so much again. Yesterday, I kind of ignored the bootcamp thing and did 40 minutes on my elliptical machine. I knew there was going to be some ab work for the boot camp, but my neck got all out of whack again on Friday (it does this once a year or so- my neck gets so cramped up I can't move my head, and it hurts SO bad). So yesterday I was very cranky, basically moped around with a heating pad around my neck all day, but did enjoy my cardio workout. I... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 03:01:31 EST Back in the 150's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2716419 I never thought I would be happy to see my weight in the 150's but it sure beats the 160's. Back in April last year, I remember finally seeing 159 on the scale, and being so elated. I told myself jokingly that I would kill myself if I ever got into the 160's again. Of course, what I really meant was that I'd be very disappointed in myself if I let the weight creep back on. I think my main problem back then was that after I did finally get into the 150's, I was so freaking proud of myself... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 18:57:44 EST I drank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2701680 I got in my exercise, finished the bootcamp challenge, ate pretty well today but not enough veggies (might eat carrots later, though), but.. <BR> <BR> Ok, so the whole thing was, I was supposed to go eat dinner with a friend, but it turned out that didn't work out, and while we were figuring out a different day, my fiance texted me and said, hey, "I'm at the bar, I'm only going to have a couple and come home!" I said, "OK, See you soon [at home]", and he said, "can you pick me up?" (he do... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:55:32 EST Who is that woman in the "before" pictures?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2695371 Not me! NO WAY. I obviously am in complete denial of my appearance. So here are my "before" pictures for SP Bootcamp! I had just woken up, hadn't done hair or makeup, but that is hardly noticeable with the other body flaws. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/6/b960319166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The side view is a lovely shot. No, I really am not 7 months pregnant! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/0/b90980084.j... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:53:33 EST A blog adventure, 2010 goals, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2688783 I am so happy 2010 is here! I feel like this is going to be a great year for me, the year I really get everything in order, such as finances, my weight, and my health. 2009 was more of a year of discovery for me. I really started the SP thing on January 4th. So tomorrow is my 1-year anniversary. How did the year go? Well, I continued to drink a lot of alcohol (we are talking 3 to 4 times a week, binge drinking), but still managed to lose 14 lbs by July. Then there was a major heat wave... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:07:48 EST New goals and a name change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2265049 I turned 32 on the 25th and I feel like it's a new year, a new start, and I'm determined to make my 32nd year the best! I have accomplished a lot over the last 7 months on Spark, with getting into exercising regularly and eating healthy most of the time. I have SO MUCH I still need to work on though, and it's time to take the next step to a healthier me. <BR> <BR> 1. No more drinking on work nights. Counting up the calories I consume in alcohol is one thing. Being hungover at work, eati... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 22:35:49 EST Jewelry & Makeup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2101554 For me, wearing jewelry and putting on a little bit of blush and mascara are things I do when I feel good about myself. When I feel gross about myself, I stop caring. I stop shaving "down there". I stop wearing makeup, I stop wearing jewelry. I will still do all the cleanliness stuff of course, like take showers, but anything to embellish myself is out the window. One morning after finally losing about 8 pounds, I realized that it had been like 6 months since I had worn a necklace or ea... Thu, 28 May 2009 13:42:42 EST Dude, where's my BOOBS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2052991 The one thing I did enjoy about being heavy was that it was the only time (besides pregnancy) that I've ever had boobs I could be proud of! All through my younger years, I have been pretty flat. Always an A cup and very self conscious of myself because I couldn't fill out shirts or bikini tops. At my heaviest I was busting out a D-cup (that was awesome), and now I am probably down in the C-cup range. There really are drawbacks to being thin, for me that is one of them. But I will gladly ... Mon, 11 May 2009 14:58:14 EST The Buffet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2043277 The title of this blog should be read in a very ominous voice, with creepy, off-key organ music playing in the background, followed by a woman screaming! <BR> <BR> I went last night. My family loves that place because all the comfort foods are available and everyone gets what they want - mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, soup, salad, tacos, steak, spaghetti, breads, all the desserts! I TOLD myself I would only eat salad and some steak, but you get there, and all the food beckons, even t... Thu, 7 May 2009 19:28:12 EST Chronic neck pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2035810 I am in so much pain right now. I have this issue with an apparent slipped disk in my neck that pinches a nerve or something. It is always hanging around but sometimes if I sleep funny I will wake up and realize it's going to be a horrible day because I can't turn my head and just sitting not moving at all is painful. The pain radiates from my neck all the way down my arm. I have gone to the doctor about it before but she says there's nothing she can do. I have in the past been in so muc... Tue, 5 May 2009 14:23:38 EST I was the fattest girl in class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1934453 OK, so I've already been really down on myself the last couple days. Today I go to my Pilates class and usually there are a couple of heavier girls in there at least that I can identify with. First of all, I get in there and the only spot left was right in the middle of the room in front of the instructor. So I plop my mat down and glancing around, realize that little old me, the one who used to be the "skinny" girl, is now THE biggest girl in the class. I am surrounded by toothpicks and ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 18:49:06 EST Stagnant week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1884454 I was not feeling it last week. I only exercised on 4 days, and one of those days was only a 20 minute jaunt on the elliptical (while drunk, no less). The biggest problem, and thank goodness this doesn't happen too often, is that we had our software vendors on site, and they work us to the bone for 9 hours a day building database records to meet deadlines the company has set for them. Basically, when you go to get an x-ray, CT, MRI, etc. at the hospital, I have to build and maintain the co... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:59:07 EST Injured Knee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1861523 I completed week 2, day 2 of the Couch to 5K program on Friday, and I am convinced my left knee is injured and I won't be able to continue! I don't know how it happened, but maybe just the stress of the high-impact workout was enough. Or perhaps it is due to not having the correct shoes (I have been using cross-trainers), or one other thing I thought it might be a result of is my flat feet and overpronation. <BR> <BR> It all started during week 1, when I noticed while running on sidewal... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 21:29:58 EST Calorie cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1796503 At someone's advice, I went to freediet.com and found the calorie calculator thing where you put your weight and height, age, and fitness level and it tells you how many calories you need to eat to maintain or lose. Anyway I thought the results I received were interesting so I just wanted to post this so I wouldn't lose it. <BR> <BR> Maintenance: <BR> 2167 Calories/day <BR> Fat Loss: <BR> 1734 Calories/day <BR> Extreme Fat Loss: <BR> 1320 Calories/day <BR> <BR> 7 day calorie cycl... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:27:17 EST One month in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1787208 It's been a little over a month since I decided once and for all to get fit and make a healthy lifestyle change. I read all these message board posts and spark page profiles of people who lost 10 lbs, 5 lbs, etc. in their first month. Me? 2 lbs. and no inches lost that I could measure. It's discouraging. I've been pretty pissy the last couple days and feeling really frustrated. I'm working my ass off in the gym, have been eating healthy food, and cut way back on my alcohol (although not... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 13:23:45 EST