1LADYMYSTIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1LADYMYSTIC 1LADYMYSTIC'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/ Healing In More Ways Than One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594115 It's amazing how much better I feel these days, thank the Lord. I have so much motivation to take care of myself and get back to enjoying my health and trying new things to be stronger and healthier. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my wonderful stepmomma, I received a Fitbit Force for Christmas and I am encouraged to race her and my sister in Tennessee for the most daily steps. Aside from getting the flu, I have really been running around, trying to stay active and get at least 10,000 steps in everyday... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:18:48 EST Getting the Glo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530118 No, I did not misspell "glo". I'm trying out Fitness Glo, a website with tons of workouts for all levels from some of my favorite fitness experts. I am already hooked! <BR> <BR> My favorite expert, Michelle Dozois, kept posting photos on FB from some of the people that come to follow the routines live, so I checked out the website. It's fantastic! I'll probably continue with it after my 15 day period is over since it is $12 a month. There's also training plans that you can make for your leve... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 14:16:08 EST No Exercise = Sad Panda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495448 My knee still hurts. I have a head cold. I am finally on my monster period after Aunt Flo gave me the cold shoulder for a year and a half. Thanks, lady. <BR> <BR> Amongst other things (such as death in the family, life changes, other upheaval), I have been unable to exercise, which has been my main anti-depressant and the crux of the schedule that helps me keep from chaos and manic episodes. At least I gave my husband my credit card. No manic spending for me!! <BR> <BR> I feel stressed and ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:43:09 EST Blarging It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469356 Oi. I am not sure if today was good or not. A friend and fellow designer left today for California and the opportunity to do package designs for a wine company, which has me feeling sad. She was a real sweetheart and great to work with. We had a food day in her honor, but being a gluten-free vegan, I was able to mostly avoid that trap. <BR> <BR> We have a program going at work where you sign up and are given a pretty neat pedometer with the daily goal of getting 10,000 steps per day. Every w... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:19:24 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466097 I just wanted to write a little update about my recovery. Since that blog, a weight has lifted and I have been able to continue avoiding my triggers and dealing with temptation, which has reared its ugly head more than once. <BR> <BR> I have been continuing with my plans to run my first half-marathon in 4 weeks, and I am positive that I will be doing it with a fresh and clear vision and much better mental health. I have had to go to the doctor to address some ongoing health issues, but I am... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:45:16 EST Truth and Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461548 I have to get something off of my chest: for the last year, I have struggled with bulimia. <BR> <BR> It shocks me to think that I could ever experience anything like that, especially since I made it through my entire life without ever even feeling tempted to try and lose weight in an unhealthy way. I have suffered from poor eating and exercise habits and emotional eating, but never something like this. I lost about 75 pounds in a slow but healthy way, but about 2 months into maintenance, so... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:38:37 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412592 A part of me is ashamed to say this, but I am having to take the time to reteach myself how to eat... Let that sink in while I explain. <BR> <BR> Every morning for the last few months, I have been eating breakfast at my desk in front of my computer while I work, thinking to myself, "Meh, I'm really not that hungry," only to suddenly find myself done and wishing that there was more food because I have a long time to go before my snack. I eventually eat my snack at my desk while I work and fo... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:15:18 EST Overwhelmed Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361076 This was not really a good week for me, though there were some good things as well. I feel as though so much happened and put even more on my proverbial plate than I have had in a long time. <BR> <BR> Monday had me pretty deep in a low, one that came on without warning. I was panicky and even went on a manic spending spree. I had a low blood sugar level that just seemed to sneak up on me. I had to leave my designer meeting and eat something at my desk. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I had off after an i... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:14:10 EST What Is The Point? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342541 This will be a short blog because I am feeling pretty wiped out, wiped out in a way that I have not felt in quite awhile. I ran 8.58 miles in 1:19 minutes, which is the longest distance that I have ever run. I was prepared this time and brought coconut water on the run. I learned my lesson! <BR> <BR> On this run, I had a bit of time to think and I spent some of it thinking about what my workout routine should look like. I have been feeling a little divided about what I should be doing becaus... Wed, 1 May 2013 21:59:56 EST Just Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334666 Oh, my legs! They feel so exhausted! I ran another 7 miles today. I switched up my normal Wednesday short run for the Friday long run because I will only be working a 6 hour day and would miss my jogging group. My son is having a birthday celebration and requires me to get off early. That's fine, though, since nothing sounds better than getting of early to run around like a maniac with my son! <BR> <BR> Oh, how poorly I planned this run! I was expecting to run in the sunshine, and made sure ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:05:39 EST Creating My Own Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332288 Now that I have "gotten out of the kitchen" and have settled into a new workout schedule, I made the decision to restart my weight loss goals, something that I've never done. Why? Because I have developed a "bread belly" and tacked on 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> 7 pounds? That's nothin', right? Wrong, oh-so-very-wrong. When you are determined to beat the odds and maintain your weight loss, 7 pounds is a scary number. That far exceeds my "weight fluctuation" allowance. I can also feel that my clothes... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:11:17 EST Training and Learning to Slow Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330620 I am still over the moon about having a race to train for and even a race to train for in the coming year (I want to complete the Portland Marathon in October next year). I am really feeling the ol' runner's high, which only adds to my determination and pushes me further. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I am already aware of what that excitement can push me into: overuse injuries. Running is great for you and something that I absolutely adore, but I have to keep myself making slow progress. Two yea... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:09:34 EST Getting Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319075 I am on fire! I have found a goal to focus in on, which is something that I have been missing for quite awhile. At first, I thought I wanted to do one of those exercise programs that requires a two or three month commitment (which I still do and am saving up to get the Peak System) because it offered me an end goal that I could aim for. I always need some kind of goal. It definitely helps me push harder and learn as much as I can about getting results. <BR> <BR> It was on one of my group jog... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:38:14 EST Update: I Need to Get Out of the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304890 Oh, my goodness! I am such a happy little vegan cook! I have been tearin' it up in the kitchen these days, trying all kinds of new recipes and making my own versions of things, including roasting vegetables, making special sauces and even my own hummus. My best friend even got me a new apron with a cartoon block of tofu that says, "Bring it on down to Veganville!" If you're envisioning an SNL skit, you would be correct. Her mother designed it, and as soon as she saw that it was being printed ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:02:27 EST Tricking Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228478 Hooray! I am back on the Peak10 program! I seriously love these workouts, even though they intimidate me a bit. Since my stint in Sick Land, I kept hemming and hawing about jumping back into it. They are very challenging and I kept thinking to myself, "You might not be ready for that yet." <BR> <BR> We are always our worst judges. Either we overestimate ourselves or (most commonly) underestimate ourselves. Sometimes we need to trick ourselves into getting around a roadblock. Well, I did just... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:44:04 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204474 Wow. I did not realize that it has been so long since I wrote a blog! I suppose that there is plenty of things going on that would be great to unload from my mind, namely revolving around work. <BR> <BR> I have been putting in a lot of OT to try and stay ahead of the curve with all of the crazy deadlines falling one right after the other. I loved taking time off for Christmas to spend quality time with my son, but what with all of the hours missed from being sick and taking care of Ash while... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 02:00:03 EST What a Beautifully Horrible Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158106 Whew! Glad yesterday is now in the past. I am still up in the air about whether or not it was truly a horrible day because, quite frankly, I learned a lot. <BR> <BR> My son currently has foot hand mouth disease and the last two days my husband stayed home with him. Unfortunately, around 1:00 AM yesterday my son woke up screaming and crying. Justin could not get him to calm down, so I got up, carried him around, laid down with him, rubbing his back and trying to convince him in as many soft w... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:45:35 EST Responsibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153492 Wow! It sure has been awhile since I posted a blog, but not because there's nothing going on in my life. There certainly is! Even though I know how helpful blogging can be to help me organize my thoughts and vent my frustrations, it definitely is not the first thing that pops into my head. <BR> <BR> I've been pretty swamped lately due to work, putting in roughly 56 hour weeks. Sleep is getting a little hard to come by, and money (or lack thereof) seems to be stressing me out everyday. Needle... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:49:57 EST The Aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144172 Yesterday was fantastic! Both the menu and my schedule had to be tweaked, but I stayed true to my goals! I ate breakfast, worked out (I almost doubled my expected workout time), got all cleaned up and started preparing our meal. <BR> <BR> It was so good! I threw the garlic, mushrooms, green beans, and onions together with some "Better than Vegetable Bouillon", cooked it up, added water and cornstarch to make a sauce, thereby inventing something that was more delicious than what I've been in... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:17:44 EST Vegan Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143079 I am so excited for Thanksgiving! I have a lovely little menu planned out for tomorrow's big, bearing in mind that we are not going to be stuffing ourselves since, let's face it, feeling sick, gross and filled with food shame is no way to spend your day off with the family. Here's my menu for tomorrow: <BR> Steamed Green Beans with Onions and Sliced Almonds <BR> Mashed Sweet Potatoes <BR> Vegan Artisan Ciabatta Rolls <BR> Apple Cranberry Crumble <BR> Pan Fried Tofu with Garlic and Mushrooms (... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:06:48 EST Sick and Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115220 I don't really have much to blog about because, well, I'm quite sick right now. My ears hurt, my chest hurts when I breathe, my head is foggy, my voice is almost completely gone (my husband is probably celebrating since I turn into a little kid when I'm sick), my cough is unproductive, my nose is stuffed and runny, I've almost finished the book that I bought yesterday evening, I haven't moved much today, and I boredom ate a little bit. <BR> <BR> I'm a little miserable right now. <BR> <BR> O... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:50:10 EST Proof of Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107337 I did the unthinkable: I went shopping for pants. I'm so cheap. I've been living in skirts during the work week since I out-shrunk my pants to the point that a belt wouldn't help. I'm also too cheap to buy new belts. I have avoided getting new pants or skirts because of money as well as a niggling fear that I would discover that I am not maintaining or even regaining. Maintaining does not have the greatest odds in my favor. Now that fall is here and winter on its way, though, I had to break d... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:28:28 EST Fist Pumping Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099628 Well, I have some time this morning, so I thought that I would write a little blog to say... I love Peak10! I am still so psyched about it! Every single workout just gets me more and more pumped up to push harder, though I am being careful not to overdo it. I never thought that I would like strength training as much as I have, though I guess I am still mixing it up with cardio... <BR> <BR> Either way, it is exciting! I'm already seeing a difference in my arms and stamina. My abs have some d... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:39:26 EST Following Advice and Other Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094564 Oh, I love the wonderful advice that I get on here, especially when I put it to good use. There was an article from Coach Nichole about some of the tricks she uses to make sure she gets up in the morning for her workout. While it is not hard for me to work out in the morning, I am sometimes pressed for time. I get up around 4:20 in the morning, change into my workout gear, pick out my work clothes, relocate my husband and sometimes my son to my room, work out for 30-60 minutes, shower, cook u... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:42:10 EST Measuring and Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091257 Well, I finally found my measuring tape. I'm one week into my program, but I doubt that enough of a change has occurred in my body to make taking measurements unnecessary. Actually, I was a little disappointed after I took my measurements. Everything had increased! <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be taking part in something that I really find challenging and motivates me to push myself, but it makes me realize how much I let my physical activity and food choices get away from me. Oh, I have stayed... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:13:05 EST No Stats, But Still Trucking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087645 Well, I never found my tape measure, so I cannot take my measurements until then. On the flip side, I did my Peak10 workout this morning! I am right on schedule. I'm excited for my jog tomorrow since that is my not-so-secret passion. I feel so strong when I'm out jogging, though I couldn't even explain why. I think that I am starting to like getting up early for a workout. I had no idea that I could be that active at 4:30 AM! <BR> <BR> I've also started tracking my food today. I really want ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:45:30 EST Keeping Me Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084932 I just wanted to post a quick update to help me stay focused and motivated. I knocked out my very first Peak10 workout. I am going to stick with the 12 week program because I gosh darn love it and the challenge (I got very sick while I was trying to do it last time). This is where I set my intention. I am posting my schedule, stats and will post on here every time I complete a workout because, quite frankly, they are hard! I need the focus and motivation. I will post my stats later today. I s... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:41:16 EST Hiking - Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072665 Oh, man! I am absolutely in love with hiking and trail running! I actually went on two hikes yesterday and am planning on going on another today after work. That's one of the nice things about living in Oregon: there are more trails than you can shake a stick at. Don't test me on that or people will think you're crazy (why would any sane person be shaking sticks at trails). <BR> <BR> I took my first hike at 7:00 AM with my friend Chelsea on a trail several blocks from my house. We just walk... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:57:27 EST Sweatin' It Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064173 Oh, my goodness!! I'd like to think that I'm as sweaty as I am because I worked it that hard and not because my bedroom is stuffy and hot. =D <BR> <BR> I am getting myself back on my eating and sleeping schedule since it has been ALL over the place the last few weeks. No eating after 7:00 so that my body has an easier time going to sleep at 9:00 and then I will be hungry in the morning for breakfast. I have not had a proper workout since Friday, and I have been aching for one! I keep having ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:42:52 EST Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058810 I just wanted to make a quick blog since I am ahead of schedule this morning. I have not been quite as active on here as usual because, thanks to my no tracking experiment, I've discovered a few nasty habits that I have. <BR> <BR> Bad Habits to Replace <BR> 1) If I am in the kitchen, I will snack. Being around food is all it takes, apparently. =P <BR> <BR> 2) I spend too much time on here, reading articles and blogs. I could be spending that time playing outside with my son, working on his ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:35:53 EST Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049648 Good morning to one and all! It has not been a week quite yet since I stopped tracking, but I went ahead and weighed myself as usual. The result: maintaining 115. That made me feel good, but this experiment is definitely about much more than that. I am trying to reconnect with myself and pull away from obsessing about everything. <BR> <BR> Interesting Notations <BR> 1) I have found that if I stay out of the kitchen, I don't really think about food (stinks that the laptop is in there, but I c... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:23:41 EST Trying Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044843 I've decided to stop tracking my foods everyday. I'm going to go this week without tracking anything except my fitness and my water. Why is that? Because I am no longer listening to my body, which is something that has both stressed me out and led to overeating. I load everything into the tracker and see that I am coming in well below my calorie goals, so I start eating even though my body is not hungry. It feels like a binge from the get-go, and I suddenly realize that 30 minutes later, I'm ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:42:04 EST Sweet Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043150 Excluding a few bouts of feeling sick this weekend, I am definitely calling this a wonderful weekend (and not just because it was 3 days)! Getting off of the hormones is taking longer than I thought, but I am definitely happy to be done with them for awhile. <BR> <BR> I had a very active Saturday, deep cleaning my house, dancing my heart out, throwing in as many bouts of calisthenic, plyometric and isometric contraction exercises that I could while my husband was at work. Unfortunately, as I... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:17:03 EST Sicker and Sicker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031053 I have spent this last week alternating being ravenous, craving the most ridiculous things (like cheese and meat, insane for a lactose intolerant vegan), being horribly nauseous and flat out being sick at the porcelain throne. It only seems to be getting worse. I though that it was due to my body finally getting itself back on track (I have not had a period in almost 4 months since my ovarian cyst developed) but now I wonder if my body is reacting to my medicine as well (hormones to jump star... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:33:38 EST One Sick Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024970 I feel so sick to my stomach. It actually really hurts... I came home two hours early yesterday and stayed home today as well. I know that this is all stress and lifestyle induced, but that does not make me feel much better. It certainly doesn't make my stomach feel fine. I have been sick to my stomach so many times since yesterday evening, but I am so hungry! I just want solid food. I'll go to make some broth and think, "I'll just add some noodles and tofu, nothing fancy." I have to get sick... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:29:26 EST Depth Perception http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021790 Hmm. With all of the other craziness going on, I keep forgetting to blog about something that has been on my mind for awhile. It started with my first day in the warehouse. I was getting to see all of these people that I used to work with, which was really nice except for one topic that just kept coming up: my weight. <BR> <BR> In my normal work area, no one comments on my weight or really mentioned it during my weight loss journey. I kind of just got used to the fact that I lost the weight,... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:35:37 EST Wow... TGIWE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020794 Thank God it's the weekend!! I have had the craziest last week and a half. It has been both good for me and very stressful for me, but I feel as if I have grown a bit. <BR> <BR> The warehouse has been backed up on orders for quite some time, which has equaled my husband and I not seeing each other. Add in the stress of my brother still living with us and all of my personal and work stress, and let's just say that my hair was falling out. =S <BR> <BR> I got pulled into the warehouse on the 9... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:19:02 EST A Change of Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011127 Recently, I have been stressed out and slacking a little bit on my workouts. I felt aimless and frazzled, and I even had a couple of mini-food binges. I have not been able to see my husband for more than 10 minutes a night for awhile, my brother has been staying with us for months longer than the 1 week that we planned on (it has reached the point where we definitely feel mooched off of). <BR> <BR> On Thursday, something very strange happened. My manager came and asked if I would be willing ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:28:17 EST Bouncing Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004344 Hooray! My mini-diet-breakdown did me a world of good. I reevaluated all of my goals, my diet, my fitness, my family dynamic and my attitude and made some definite changes. I did not realize what a rut I was stuck in. <BR> <BR> I can't say that everything is 100% awesome, but I have branched out to try new foods, recipes, ways of measuring success, family interaction, and fitness. My friend Chelsea loaned me some of her yoga workouts, which is exciting since the only yoga workout that I own ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:38:22 EST Slipping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999970 Oi. I have binged twice in less than 24 hours. My whole body feels disgusting and out of whack. It all started with the first cookie baking event that I have had in many, many months. <BR> <BR> I tried one of the tiny little cookies and found myself shoving them in my mouth one right after the other. It was way too late at night for me to even be having a light snack, let alone a ton of dark chocolate peanut butter cookies. It took an incredible force of will to stop eating so that I could g... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 20:00:48 EST Food, Goals, Workouts and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995597 Today was definitely one of those days where I had to convince myself to exercise. I was looking forward to an awesome workout all morning until the unthinkable happened: I couldn't get hungry. I waited and waited for my breakfast to wear off, but once I realized that it had been more than 5 hours since the last time I ate, I went ahead and had my snack. Bad idea... <BR> <BR> I tried to sneak off and get some exercise in by speed walking to the farthest bathroom in the building a couple tim... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:49:54 EST Happy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991174 It was a pretty good day today! I did not make it to the Farmer's Market, which was unfortunate, but I did spend most of my morning cleaning the whole house. Even the refrigerator got spiffied up! <BR> <BR> One of the only issues that I had today was deciding what exercises to do. I finally gave up and did an hour long Ashtanga yoga workout. I felt really relaxed afterwards, which is strange to say. Now that I am back to doing my Peak10 workouts and finally meeting the minimum of my calorie ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:45:15 EST Blown Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985559 Today was both an awful day and a great day. I have been stressed out non-stop today over work, money (my husband just lost over $3 an hour on the new incentive program at work), and family responsibilities. I was feeling run down from that and getting very little sleep. I kept thinking dark thoughts, getting grumpier and grumpier, even imagining up excuses not to work out later. I did not even notice that my blood sugar had dropped too much before lunch until I saw my hands shaking on the ke... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:10:24 EST Giving Up, In a Manner of Speaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982250 Oh, poo. I am done stressing about my calorie range and over stuffing myself to meet it. I'm going to eat when I'm hungry, eat until I'm full, make sure that I am getting enough protein and other vitamins and let that be that. <BR> <BR> It is the summer time for crying out loud! Lots of people aren't that hungry in the heat. That's just one of the many perks to dieting in the summer. Besides, I have not kicked my workouts back into high gear yet, so I am not burning the tons of calories tha... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:04:14 EST I Did It! Well, Sort Of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978328 I made my calorie minimum, but if I'm being honest, I kind of ate a little bit more than I should have. I ate as quickly as I could and did not drink anything until after I was finished eating. Now my belly is stuffed, and I feel a little bit guilty. I'm trying, though! <BR> <BR> I thought that if I let myself indulge this afternoon, I would make short work of my calories. It was not the case, though. My indulgences just aren't what they used to be. =P I had a vegan waffle with some mango l... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:40:27 EST Too Early to Tell... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973700 Ugh. Maintenance is frustrating me. Well, today has been frustrating, really. Our washer broke, and my husband cannot figure out what went wrong. He spent almost his entire day off working on it. I went for my first jog with my brand new shoes, and they gave me three blisters. I thought that I had broken them in enough, but I suppose it was bound to happen tomorrow is my strength training day, anyhow. If I really feel like doing cardio, I can do some barefoot cardio with Ellen Barrett on my 3... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:03:26 EST MAINTENANCE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969983 I'm not sure if I thought a band would start playing and confetti would start falling from the ceiling, but seeing my goal weight on the scale at my weekly weigh-in made me feel like that should have been happening! It might have been a little anti-climactic since it was only a pound and a half, but it still felt so good! <BR> <BR> I looked up what to do for weight maintenance on the site and adjusted everything that they advised. I was kind of surprised to see my calorie needs increase as m... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:17:24 EST Working On It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969472 I'm so excited! I had a really good annual review today! I managed my changing appetite by increasing my food in the mornings, and I got to indulge a little bit with some air-popped popcorn, Earth Balance Buttery spread and some salt. I even shared with my son, so I cut my calories down, too. I stayed well within my calorie range. I'm so glad that today is going better and mucho stress has been lifted off of my mind. <BR> <BR> Now I need to get back into my Peak10 workouts. While my health w... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:36:50 EST Ugh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967733 My belly is so full! I ate way too much. Honestly, I kind of made myself do it. Why? Because if I didn't, then I would have been under my calories needed for the day and WAY under my necessary protein. <BR> <BR> I feel kind of sick... A little bit guilty, too. I should know better than to make myself eat like that. It was nothing but food that was good for me, but eating more than you need is still gluttonous. I planned it all out so that I would be well within my calorie range and my need... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:35:33 EST Thinking On A Full Stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966770 I like having the mornings to myself during the week, but I sure don't like having to get up at 4:00 to do it. =/ I'm getting all of my OT in the mornings so that we don't have to pay extra for daycare. On that note, I'm trying something new with my breakfasts. Instead of making a veggie stir fry with tempeh, I increased my buckwheat waffle consumption to 2 and I quartered an entire medium-sized banana to go on top of it instead of just half of one. I couldn't convince myself to increase the ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:32:38 EST