-MRS_C-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DMRS%5FC%2D -MRS_C-'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/ Finally a Breakthrough Ah-ha Moment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208364 I was super tired last night. I came home from my corporate job, worked on my business and didn't really have time to get on Spark, so this morning before work, while I was checking emails and drinking coffee, I ended up tracking everything I ate last night. I was SHOCKED to find out that I was within range on EVERYTHING yesterday, including my sodium! I had a major Ah-ha moment and was so excited and happy for myself. It has made all my pre-planning, menu planning, exercise at 4am and TRACKI... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:36:49 EST Shenanigans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201198 Tomorrow is going to be a pretty difficult day for me. Most of the day will be fine; I've been packing my lunch for work so I'm sure to eat healthy...I'm really worried about dinner. <BR> <BR> One of my really good friends puts on a Game Night once a month at her place. This will be the first one that I've been to since starting to eat more consciously. Everyone that comes brings a dish and they're usually loaded with fat, calories, cheese, cheese and more cheese. So, I made a decision to c... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:23:20 EST A Little Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192242 I did something that I probably shouldn't have done today but it was such a huge eye opener. I printed off my bank statements from 12/1 to today and highlighted all the authorizations for dining out, fast food and gas station purchases that were not gas. I can't believe how much we spent for things like morning coffee at Starbucks, a soda at the gas station, junk food just because I was too lazy to cook something healthy...... <BR> <BR> I'm so embarrassed to post this, but I've got to hold m... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:35:43 EST It's a Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190795 I went to bed early last night; woke up a couple of times during the night because I'm so used to getting around 5-6 hours of sleep. But, I still woke up feeling great. I got up early because my husband was leaving for work around 4am, so I made my breakfast, packed my lunch and got ready for my day. <BR> <BR> I got to work and had a really great day. About an hour before I left, I opened the office mail and found a check for the company in the amount of $3702.16. I'm the Office Manager for... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:28:07 EST Self-Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187986 One year ago, when I began my current job, my boss brought in donuts on my second day. She then, jokingly, said, "Didn't I tell you in the interview that we'd make you fat?". <BR> <BR> Now, looking around the office kitchen, I see cupcakes on the table, a bithday cake in the refrigerator and donuts and lunch are regularly bought for the office. <BR> <BR> I also see that everyone that works here is overweight. I've managed to maintain my weight over the last year by not indulging in every l... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:03:06 EST Baby Steps = Building Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187036 I have a huge problem with starting a program. My issue is that I feel like I never have enough time to complete it, but the truth is....I have so much time on my hands that it's pretty overwhelming. I do have a full time job, a husband, two step-kids and 3 dogs, but I still have plenty of time for me and I think I'm starting to realize that. <BR> <BR> So, over the last few weeks (my fast break period), I've been taking little baby steps to build up my consistency. On day 1, I talked about ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:25:31 EST Affordable Gym Memberships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184089 I've made a lot of promises to myself for the new year. Two of those promises are to 1) get healthier and 2) save money. Now, I've been in and out of gyms my whole adult life. I have yet to find one that I completely love, so I'm on a mission: Find a gym that will offer me everything I need to get healthy this year, that comes in UNDER my budget and that makes me WANT to go. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research online and there is SO much to choose from. I have found a few places that ar... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:35:06 EST I May Be Slow, but I'm Consistent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176471 When I first began Spark, I was full force. I wanted to do everything all at once and I got burned out super quickly. Over the years, I've learned that I'm MUCH better at planning before I execute. I would NEVER go to the grocery store without my grocery list. Why should I change my lifestyle without a program in place to get me to where I want to be? <BR> <BR> I've made a list of goals and things I'd like to accomplish in 2013. Some of these are fitness, nutrition and weight loss goals. So... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:34:08 EST What I've Learned from Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175321 It's amazing how, over the years, your taste buds change and develop and what you didn't like as a child, you actually find tolerable today. I've learned a few things about food, especially during my time here at Spark (5 years and counting!) and I just wanted to share a few of those things with you. <BR> <BR> 1. There is a HUGE difference between tasteless food and food that I just don't like. When I was a child, I "hated" celery. I always told my grandma that it was "gross". That's not the... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:32:15 EST I'm NOT fat and my Husband Thinks I'm Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173072 Fat. I hate that word. And there aren't many things that I hate. I do a little pin-up modeling on the side, in the 1950's-1960's styles. Most of the other models I know are sticks. No boobs, no butts; just little waifs of people that look like they could be blown over by a small wind. I don't want that for myself. I would love to fit into some of the cute little outfits that they're able to buy though! <BR> <BR> I'm curvy. I sell myself as a curvy model. And I think that the world needs more... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:27:20 EST Re-Introducing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171553 If you've been here for any length of time, you just may know me. I've come and gone over the last 6 years and never had the motivation to stay. I formed and led two SparkPeople groups that were VERY successful and even became a Spark Motivator. But that was then, and this is now.... <BR> <BR> My name is Ashley. I am a food addict. I am a LAZY food addict. There. I've admitted it. I wish admitting magically made my thighs smaller. It's actually quite comical how someone that loves to cook an... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:26:44 EST