ADARKARA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ADARKARA ADARKARA'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/ Updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088609 My tooth is feeling much better. I'm painless for the most part, now that I'm halfway through the antibiotics. It doesn't hurt when I bite down or prod it with my tongue. Every now and then though it feels inflamed without being painful. When that happens I pop some good old ibuprofen. My dental appointment is on the 22nd in the afternoon, which is the same day as our first session of marriage counseling (9 am). At some point I'm going to need to squeeze in some kettlebells. I was slightly an... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:57:03 EST Quickie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084621 I'm pretty sure I have pulpitis in a tooth I just got a crown on in October. The pain is intermittent, which is good, but severe when it is here, which is bad. I'm not so much upset about getting the root canal because it will hurt as much as having to PAY FOR IT. There goes my tax refund. *sigh* I had a root canal about 12 years ago and it took 45 minutes, was mostly painless and I went out to eat right afterward. Maybe I got lucky but it wasn't bad at all. <BR> <BR> I was really hoping to... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:25:46 EST My Car of the Rollercoaster Called Life is Climbing the Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079796 Life is a rollercoaster. You have ups and downs. Nothing lasts forever: not the good times nor the bad. This is comforting to me. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a lot better today. The sun is shining and despite the giant piles of snow outside it's a really beautiful day and it's lifting my spirits. <BR> <BR> My husband finally made the call and got recommendations for marriage counselors. He's going to read reviews of the two recommendations and make an appointment by the end of the week. We get 5... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:53:23 EST I'm Tired of All of This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075714 Not you guys. Not working out. Not eating healthy. I'm tired of feeling lost and sad. I've been depressed. No I don't need medication, it's situational. Things at home aren't bad, per se, but they aren't great. I'm unhappy. My husband has done nothing wrong, which is why I feel so terrible about it. I feel guilty for being unhappy when he's a good man who'd never hurt me. I guess if I had to put words to it, we've "grown apart". Or I have, anyway. We're waiting to hear from HR on marriage cou... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:54:38 EST Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056413 It's 9 PM on New Years Eve and I'm pretty tired, but I figured I owed you all a blog. <BR> <BR> The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind at work. The good news is I've hired 2 new employees, one of which has already started and seems to be working out just fine. The even BETTER news is that SALESLADY WAS FIRED ON DECEMBER 26th!!! She's gone she's gone she's gone! *happy dance* The semi-bad news is she was fired on Saturday at noonish with no warning for me so I had to work the showroom becaus... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:58:22 EST Latkes, donuts, chocolate chips, ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049284 I'm in a much better state emotionally this week. Things still aren't great at home, but they're better. My eating, however, has been terrible. <BR> <BR> Sunday night was my boss's annual latke party. The previous week I had an accurate 4300 calorie deficit. I was golden with tracking and workouts, despite skipping Fridays workout because I was emotional. So I knew I'd be okay at the party. I ate PLENTY of latkes (5 or 6 large ones) plus not one but TWO cut cream donuts. I stuck to water, h... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:57:46 EST Some serious thoughts and some good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045772 I've had a lot of stuff on my mind lately. A lot. Most of it is entirely too personal for even ME to share here, and if you've known me long enough you know I share a lot. But I'm going through a bit of a transitional period in my life. I'll be 35 in May, and for the first time in my life I feel like I'm running out of time. I feel like something in my life really needs to change, and that change may need to be really drastic. <BR> <BR> I'm sure this sounds really repetitive, but when I los... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:32:33 EST Oh hey guess who's a weekly blogger apparently? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040277 This blog will be rather disjointed. <BR> <BR> I survived Black Friday. It was dead at work. Small Business Saturday was much much better. Saleswoman is still here and still having hissyfits. Interviewing someone on Weds, keep your fingers crossed for me. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to think I suddenly am not a fan of Mondays. Mondays seem to make me feel sad and alone. Maybe it's been the weather, or the fact that I am least busy on Mondays. Or maybe I'm just sad today because I'm tired. Or ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:21:55 EST Wow, it's been more than a week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036550 I'm sitting here at my desktop, sipping my Melitta Hazelnut Creme coffee with cashew milk, listening to Core, a podcast about the Blizzard game Heroes of the Storm, which I don't even play, and don't plan to play. Why do I enjoy listening to podcasts about video games I'll never play? I don't know, haha. <BR> <BR> I can feel the cold seeping in through the window, but my pink fluffy robe is keeping me warm. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to walking group, and then Hubs and I did our holiday g... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:54:28 EST Not a Whole Lot to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032007 I've worked out 6 days a week 3 out of the last 4 weeks, and the 4th week I had 5 workouts. So that's good. My reduced carb diet is going well, despite last night's random binge. Binges have been much better, so one bad one isn't too bad in my opinion. It was peanut butter and chips. TOM is due today or tomorrow (although since I upped my kettlebell weight recently it may vary a few days) so that's a possible reason why. My weight is ONE TENTH of a pound higher than my ticker currently says, ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:34:41 EST Work and Miscellany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027906 So I wanted to be able to come here and tell you all that we hired two new people and they're great and SALESLADY is on her way out. Well, we hired two people. Julie is GREAT. She's seasonal. Marsha was also picking things up fine. She was supposed to come back tomorrow for her second day. Instead I get a phone call that she received another job offer that was better and she won't be returning. I nearly cried when I got off the phone with her. I want Saleslady gone SO BAD. She makes every day... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 19:43:57 EST The Worst Weight Loss Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021711 I blogged about mine here: <BR> <BR> <link>ameasuredlife.com/2015/10/26/andrea-<BR>tells-a-story-the-worst-weight-loss-ad<BR>vice-ive-ever-received/ </link> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:25:17 EST The Word of the Weekend is SHOPPING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021024 Yesterday morning started out kind of low key. The Hubs had taken the day off from work so I left Bingley at home with him and headed to work, making sure to grab a delicious French Vanilla mixed with Hazelnut coffee for only $1 from Wawa. I never stop at Wawa on the way to work when I have Bingley because I have to get out of the car. No Drive-Thru. So I enjoyed that while at my desk, haloed in sunshine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6ccfb8d-ff31-4731-a9d9-c9a... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:41:15 EST Insecurities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020038 What is it about our brains that cause us to feel insecure even when we logically know we have nothing to be insecure about? I've been feeling insecure lately. Not good enough. And I think I may have pinpointed why. Are you ready for this? <BR> <BR> I miss my dad. <BR> <BR> My dad was one of those guys who was so open about his feelings and so ready to tell me how proud he was of me, even when I wasn't giving him a reason to be proud of me. He was my cheerleader, my backup, and occasional... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:21:22 EST Out of the Funk and Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018286 I had a couple of good days. Nothing bad really happening. I was exhausted on Sunday and Monday (my weekend) and slept in until 7:30 on Monday I was so wiped. Well I guess I got caught up on my sleep because last night I slept like crap. I had trouble falling asleep, then had trouble staying asleep. I'd wake up and be wide awake. And when I got out of bed, I got up on the "not good enough" side. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm just tired but my brain is asking me if I'm a good enough friend, a good e... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:07:26 EST AML Blog about Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016193 I wrote a big blog full of pics about Pumpkin & Chickpea Stew. <BR> <BR> <link>ameasuredlife.com/2015/10/16/fine-il<BR>l-blog-about-pumpkin-sigh/ </link> <BR> <BR> Really tired, so that's about it for tonight. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:45:53 EST Reduced Carb Days 7-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014410 Day 7 - Saturday <BR> Friday I ran out of cottage cheese, so I subbed in Greek yogurt. I was much hungrier on Saturday due to this, and it sucked! I a) never knew I'd LIKE cottage cheese and b) never thought the difference in satiety between the two would be so different! My macros were off this day, too: 42% fat, 21% protein and 37% carbs, so I think protein gives me the highest satiety of all the macros. The hunger made me a little pouty, too. I finished the day at 1880 calories, which I de... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:23:56 EST Reduced Carb Day 6 Plus Adventure Run Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012301 Previously on Andrea's Adventure Run - Andrea was given about 4 hours warning that she'd be leading the walking group BY HERSELF having never done it before. Panic ensues. Will she survive?! Find out on tonight's episode! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1168153c-2937-4355-98d3-f9ac47b0b42c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All dressed up to be the Walking Group Tour Guide! (The theme was glow in the dark. I told people if they couldn't see me they must be Stevie Wonder.) <BR> <BR>... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:32:34 EST Reduced Carb Day 5 - Oddly Unhungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011714 So, I didn't do bells yesterday because I was a slacker. So I did my Intermediate Workout this morning. The Adventure Run is tonight, so I'm going to be out of the house until around 10 pm. I decided I'd break my breakfast into two halves, so I could spread out my meals throughout the day. I ate my sweet potato and egg around 8, made my shake and packed it with my lunch. I wasn't hungry until around 11, and I pushed it until 11:30 then just ate my Paleo beef soup for lunch. Around 1:30 I had ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:00:37 EST Reduced Carb Cut Phase Day 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011060 I was a little concerned yesterday because it was my first day back to work after starting this thing, but it went well! I did eat a smidge more but I was hungry and I ate a packet of tuna so it was no big deal. I did lick the spoon and bowl of my husbands birthday cake as I was making it, and I will have a piece tonight, but again this is reduced carb not low carb. Low carb is generally considered 50-150 grams of carbs per day, lower if you want to pee on a stick and do that ketosis thing. N... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 14:09:00 EST Reduced Carb "Cut Phase" Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009984 It's 8 PM and day 2 has been a success so far! <BR> <BR> Last night our dinner was amazing, but I have no clue how to track it. I'm going to write a big long blog post about my dinner on A Measured Life for Wednesday so you'll hear more about that later in the week, complete with pictures! But, I had only eaten about 800 calories before the gigantic meal, and I wasn't starving all day. <BR> <BR> Today was much the same. I got up, drank my coffee, had my sweet potato with and egg in it, plu... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:19:42 EST Okay okay, I'm sorry I insulted myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009113 I referred to myself as being "not very bright" in my status update, and several people got on my case about it. That's the problem with the internet/text based communications. You can't hear my tone of voice or see the look on my face. I promise you I don't actually think I'm a failure or stupid. I just got distracted and forgot to plan for extra fat. <BR> <BR> I have binged before bed the last 3 days, but I felt less out of control and I feel like I've eaten smaller amounts. No way to tel... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 13:36:25 EST My Beat The Binge Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004307 It seems like just last month I was bingeing my full head off around ovulation time. (Oh WAIT, it WAS last month <em>20</em> ) I really should buy stock in Skippy peanut butter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bfcfdca-66f4-43c1-9db4-a1533b641cdd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So this morning I got a text from MonthlyInfo.com telling me that I should be ovulating on Tuesday. So I know the binge monster is going to rear his ugly head at me. What a jerkface. <BR> <BR> So I'... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:48:21 EST Done Misbehaving? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002064 (WARNING: There WILL be some censored foul language in this post. Deal with it or don't read this blog.) <BR> <BR> The last few weeks have been a bit of a clusterf*ck for me. First I had PMS, and with it, PMS binges. But for some reason those binges extended through my TOM a bit. Like, handfuls of dark chocolate chips (not that bad) and multiple spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar (very, very bad). I don't remember binges before I hit goal. In fact, it only seems like it's been the las... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:36:29 EST Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999567 I have a lot coming up in the next few weeks: the Renaissance Faire, my anniversary, my mom's birthday (still have no clue what to get her). I feel like I need a vacation from all this stuff. I'm pretty sure I'm going to "play hooky" from work one day at the end of the month and have a "me" day where I go off the grid for a while and enjoy nature before it gets too cold. <BR> <BR> My back is better, but still pretty stiff. I was really hoping I'd be able to get back to bells today, or runni... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:20:25 EST Fun, Free Shoes and Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997111 To everyone who wanted to hear about my FREE SHOES experience you can read all about it here: <BR> <link>ameasuredlife.com/2015/09/14/septemb<BR>er-adventure-run-winning-big/ </link> <BR> This morning I'm being lazy. I woke up around 5 and just stayed in bed until 6. It's now 8:30 and I'm eating my breakfast, then I'm going to work out once my stomach settles a bit. The sun is shining, it's cool and it's SO QUIET and peaceful right now. I love it. <BR> <BR> TOM arrived this morning, whi... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:36:48 EST How I'm Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994198 I want to preface this with telling you that it's the week before my period, so all emotions herein are probably all false! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Taking vitamin B complex has really helped my moods these last 2 PMS cycles. This month I actually haven't felt like crying at all, although I still have a week so that could change. I am, however, still bingeing, but at what seems to be a much lower level! I only really binged ONE DAY this time. (I did eat a couple handfuls of dark chocolate ... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:34:44 EST More About Me (Copied from LIVEDAILY's entry) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991628 Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Touching my left leg. <BR> <BR> Spouse? The Hubs, of course! <BR> <BR> Your hair? very dark brown with the underside dyed auburn and with a speckling of gray <BR> <BR> Your mother? My birth mom's name is Jill and she lives in Richmond, VA. :) <BR> <BR> Your father? I don't know my birth dad but my adoptive dad passed a few years ago. I miss him a lot. <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 17:29:33 EST The Mad Ravings of a Jersey Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990234 This had nothing to do with me being from Jersey, I just needed a clever title. <BR> <BR> I am ON TRACK for workouts this week! It's Thursday and I've done four workouts (five if you count my very short run on Tuesday evening) plus my walking group on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I upped my calorie range from 1700-1900 (for when I wasn't running or working out regularly) to 1800-2100 again. What's funny is when I was 1700-1900 I COULD NOT eat within range. I was regularly eating 2100-2200 calories a... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:00:49 EST Great Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988315 I am accomplishing things! <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up around 7 and just enjoyed laying in bed for another half hour. I NEVER do this, I'm always up and out of bed by 6:30 at the latest, and it was just wonderful. I got up, had coffee, ate a half of a delicious cantaloupe and around 9 I figured I should probably workout, so I did! I showered, goofed off for a bit, then did my hair with my new salt water spray. LIVEDAILY was right, it makes you look like you've been swimming in the oc... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:57:46 EST Update Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987564 Did my Fitness Blender Kettlebell workout yesterday morning, which makes 5 workouts for the week (okay, 4 3/4 since I didn't finish Wednesdays but I'm getting there.) Check. <BR> <BR> Wrote a blog on AML yesterday about hitting my 1-year anniversary of maintenance, which you can find here: <BR> <link>ameasuredlife.com/2015/08/29/a-year-<BR>of-maintenance-a-retrospective/ </link> Check. <BR> <BR> Went to walking group this morning, then had coffee with the ladies. Check. <BR> <BR> Wen... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:20:33 EST Checklist Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985391 Did 3/4 of a workout this morning because I started too late and ran out of time (Weds is the day I work in the showroom so I don't have flexibility in my arrival time). Check. <BR> <BR> Wrote a short AML blog this morning. Short, but it's a start. Check. <BR> <BR> HAD A REALLY GOOD DAY AT WORK. No Saleslady, no drama, got to chat with several friends, didn't fall behind in my normal work. Beautiful weather. Check. <BR> <BR> Walking group ladies had to switch days for the gym so I was h... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:22:07 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984029 I am overwhelmed. And when I get overwhelmed, I tend to avoid doing the stuff that will make being overwhelmed less... overwhelming. So I've been trying to catch up on all the things I've been avoiding. <BR> <BR> I worked out this morning, I've eaten well today. Check. <BR> <BR> I made my Ren Faire skirt (well, okay, I need to glue one tiny thing and then it's done) and I've cut out the pattern pieces, and I've pinned two of the four pieces to fabric. Tonight I will pin the other two and ... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:49:46 EST Standing Up For Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981353 Yesterday I reached my limit. <BR> <BR> I work with a grand total of 4 other people. My boss likes to be vague when explaining things to people, and prefers to leave passive aggressive notes instead of saying stuff to people's faces. I, as the resident 2nd in charge, have to deal with all the fallout when he does this. He wasn't clear to Saleslady that she now has off on Wednesdays because I'm out there alone. He told me on Tuesday that if she shows up, to send her home. If he'd told her cl... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:24:38 EST LIFE Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977081 I know I haven't been around much. I don't have any excuse except that I just have felt like writing much lately. Not 100% sure why. Not feeling inspired I guess. Not feeling victorious because I'm running. Who knows. <BR> <BR> I'll start by recapping my August goals and how I'm doing with them. <BR> <BR> - reduce cals to 1700-1900 cals a day. (I reduced my range, but I've only stayed within in about half the time, boo) <BR> - get back to running, even if it's just a little bit to be caref... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:28:02 EST Quick Foot Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973360 Dr. says he's almost certain it's not a stress fracture. Will be getting an X-ray just in case. He doesn't think it's a Morton's Neuroma either. He thinks it's extensor tendonitis, which would be very good because the fix for that is stretching, ice and lacing my shoes with a gap. So, fingers crossed! Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:42:42 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970408 I haven't written a goal blog in a while. I guess getting on the scale this morning and seeing 175.0 made me realize I need a flippin' goal! I'm almost to my goal weight anniversary and I'm weighing in 15 lbs heavier. Yes, a bunch of it is muscle, and I'm pretty sure almost 5 lbs of it is water retention due to ovulation/pms and the excessive amount of sodium I've taken in for almost a week now. I had a carb/fat/salt binge over 2 days, and I probably ate an entire days worth of calories extra... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:57:37 EST Recovering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968463 As you probably know, I completed not only my first 5K this weekend but it was also a mud run. You can find the full write up on my experience at my off-Spark blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.ameasuredlife.com </link> <BR> <BR> Sunday I was tired and achy. Monday I still hurt but I dove right back into my workout routine. Tuesday I did my Brutal Abs workout and I think I may have wrenched my neck. It bugged me all day long. I got a neck and shoulder massage from the Hubs last night and it fel... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:58:57 EST Update: Emotions, Physical, Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964957 Monday evening I got walloped by a bout of major pity party. My anxiety has been a thousand times better ever since I had that epiphany, but I've just had a lot of crap on my mind lately. A lot of people around me seem to be having relationship issues, and I've unfortunately been letting it affect me. A good friend of mine just got separated from her husband of 9 years and she's very distraught, another friend is struggling with sexual identity at 34 years old, and yet another friend is havin... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:07:52 EST The Truth of Weighing During Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963098 Here are my last 9 weigh-ins: <BR> <BR> 169.8 <BR> 169.2 <BR> 169 <BR> 170.2 <BR> 173.4 (Chinese food!) <BR> 174.2 (SALT) <BR> 171.6 (see?) <BR> 171 <BR> 170.4 <BR> <BR> Average: 171 <BR> <BR> My DANGER weight is 175, so all is good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fe0dd79-ecb0-4576-91d9-1802248d0f95.gif"> <BR> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:51:53 EST Tired, but Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961834 I was venting in my last blog. I don't think one episode of bad PMS is enough to run to the doctor for, but I will address it during my annual which should be in the next few weeks. I will not be going back on birth control, it gives me high blood pressure and it makes me crazier, so I'll try to deal with it in other ways. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to the gym as a guest with some friends from my walking group. I did: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes elliptical / 1 mile <BR> some weight machines (I o... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:22:39 EST Being a Woman is Stupid Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960762 My PMS is ridiculous this month. RIDICULOUS. My mood swings are so bad I'm giving myself whiplash. I go from being angry about something, to sobbing for no reason, to being calm and mostly fine within minutes. I am feeling INCREDIBLY insecure about my relationships, especially those where we haven't spoken in a few days. I'm craving reassurance, and I know it's all hormones, but these feelings are so very real. I feel needy, desperately needy. I'm eating more than I should and I'm eating junk... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:55:59 EST Wanna Be A Guest Blogger? Plus Positivity Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958642 I'm looking for people who want to write a guest blog for my off-Spark blog <link>www.ameasuredlife.com </link> It has to be about one of the following topics: food, fitness or frugality. You can even write how you lost weight, or how you got really into a specific form of workout, etc. Please send me a SparkMail if you're interested. Make sure you include the topic you'd like to write about. My next post will be a review of the "Brutal Abs" video! <BR> <BR> Now onto positivity. I'm PMSin... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:57:03 EST I AM Maintaining plus Running Alternative Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957510 So I've been writing that I've been "maintaining". In quotes. My "panic weight" was 175, up 15 lbs from from my goal of 160. I've never weighed in at 175 or more since I hit goal. In fact, I've managed to stay between 165 and 175 since October. Maybe my maintenance range is slightly higher and slightly wider than I'd like, but I've been maintaining. Period. I might as well give myself credit for it, right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8994434c-0884-4a4b-ae8b-f0... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:04:10 EST My Left Foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957043 I tried to run a 5K this morning and ran for less than 3 minutes before I stopped. My left foot immediately started hurting. I think I may have a metatarsal stress fracture. Boo. So I'm going to pause my running for a few weeks so I'm able to do my mud run. I didn't pay anything for entry, but I DID rope a friend into paying the $70 entry fee, so I'll feel really bad if I can't do it. Plus I'd really like to not injure myself further, because if I can't keep doing kettlebells I think I might ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:33:33 EST I'm Here, I Swear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955954 I have had a very busy week. I almost wrote drama filled, but in all honesty none of the drama was mine. I'm rife with PMS, though. It's like I want to murder anyone I spend more than 10 minutes with. I told my husband today that I would strangle him in his sleep if he didn't get rid of the balloons work gave him THREE WEEKS AGO. They're gone now! <BR> <BR> Thursday I ran almost a 5k. Josh and I didn't do sprints this week because he hurt his foot, and I haven't run since Thurs, because my k... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 18:25:48 EST Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953418 Sunday was the Mini Mega Adoption Event for the Animal Adoption Center (the animal shelter where I volunteer). I arrived at the shelter at 9:30 AM where I got lucky enough to "claim" little 5-month-old Blondie. Here she is napping on a blanket while waiting for her new family to go get her new big brother for a meet and greet. (And yes, she has her paw on my leg! *squee*) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/791bdd4b-1e78-48ff-895f-0c4b884d78d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She got... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:15:08 EST The Bad, the Good and the Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951408 (This blog is brought to you by the entire Offspring album Smash because it's effing awesome. Period.) <BR> <BR> I've been super tired this week. I haven't wanted to go to work, and when I'm at work, I want to go home. No reason other than the air conditioner was broken until today and the heat made me cranky and there wasn't enough for me to do. My tiredness has contributed to some poor planning and some poor eating. Yesterday I had my quarterly doc appointment, which went better than expec... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:35:06 EST Good Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949808 With Father's Day having been Sunday The Hubs and I were a little worried the two of us would be a bit gloomy (we have both lost our dads in the last 5 years) so we decided we'd go to a minor league baseball game on Father's Day to get us out of the house. Mother Nature, however, decided we'd be better off going to the movies to see Jurassic World and sent thunderstorms our way! So we saw the movie at matinee pricing (which is good because Chris Pratt didn't take his shirt off ONCE so it wasn... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:02:28 EST Hammock Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948220 (Ahhhh! This blog is brought to you by a song today! Can you believe it? It's been ages! Okay, so it's Maroon 5's "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf*****" because I can't stop listening to it and I'm not ashamed of that! Anything that makes me feel good enough to dance in my chair is good enough for me.) <BR> <BR> So since my epiphany the other day I've felt a sort of... lightness of spirit? My anxiety has been low (still journaling that, so some of it could have to do with hormones) ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:08:26 EST