ADVENTURESEEKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ADVENTURESEEKER ADVENTURESEEKER'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/ The bikini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682057 I have never worn a bikini in public until this trip to Jamaica. Why did it take me until AFTER losing over 100lbs to wear one?! <BR> <BR> I have been working my butt off, literally, to reshape my body. Lifting, running, boxing.... <BR> <BR> Some people struggle with working out, but I love it. It allows me to build definition (and eat a little more!). My struggle is with food, however looking at pictures of me from my vacation will hopefully add fuel to the fire and keep me on track... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:52:30 EST Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673272 Weight loss. A game played for keeps. <BR> <BR> I took these pictures last week. I need one with better lighting to show off the muscle definition better- I'm pretty proud of how far I've come. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l750363969.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402155985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Compare it with the one I took 50ish lbs ago: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1307669158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the on... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:40:01 EST In the beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606759 In the beginning there was me. And a mission. And the two fused at the beginning of April, 2011. My journey is 3 years in the making- a drop in the bucket, really. <BR> <BR> Without fanfare, without celebration I got myself together, mentally ready for this journey. It was so easy not caring about what I ate, having extra free time because I was not active. But that time in my life was coming to an end. I wanted cool clothes, I wanted to turn heads like I did when I was younger, I wa... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:55:00 EST After the win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568555 I won my work's 10-week weight-loss competition. <BR> <BR> I shall preface this with- I am a competitive person. <BR> I should also add in that before I started the competition I was eating so horribly that I was riding a one-way train to Regainsville. 'One more day' was happening on repeat. My healthy world seemed to be side-lined. The eating part, anyways. The fitness part was chugging along just fine. <BR> So in the first week, because I went back on-track and cut the cr@p out I l... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:44:45 EST What's one more day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546593 In the whole grand scheme of it, what is one more day, really? <BR> <BR> I've been following my Spark friend, steph-knee's blogs and status updates. She blogs about approaching/hitting a goal and self sabotage. I've ridden those same ups and downs as she is riding right now. <BR> <BR> What comes after we get to goal, really? Unless something out of the blue happens we are the same person we were 2 pounds ago, the same person on the inside and on the outside, driving the same car, having... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:08:24 EST The muscular truth about clothes shopping. Lets get girly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425594 Ok, so we now have a Target. (woot woot) <BR> <BR> I will use the non-stretch size 10 jeans to base my size on. They fit. Snug. I bought 'em because they look good. They make my butt look good. You know, all the things important to us girls. A friend I run with has commented on my butt before, about how small it's looking, but Target...dear Target. I think I love your mirrors in your change rooms. I can't see myself from behind on my own in my house. The mirrors in the Target chang... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:16:28 EST It's not all glitter and rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412904 Oh how I wish it were easy. <BR> Oh how I wish there was a 'secret'. <BR> <BR> But every one of us who goes through this, whether it be 5 lbs or 100 lbs gone knows, it's all about the work. The hard work you put in. The careful planning of the meals. Tracking every bite. Skipping off to the gym more often than you may wish it took. Eating less processed foods or getting more HIIT in. Whatever it may be, it isn't easy. <BR> <BR> We look at those who have come before us, those magica... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 01:41:53 EST My battle with the binge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399260 I hit a bump in the road about 2 weeks ago. I was flying high from 100 lbs lost. Flying high from my half marathon and from my 10k PBs. I was trying to find a balance of carb loading before my races/long runs, and dipping my toes dangerously back into the bread territory. <BR> <BR> Let me back this story up a little. February brought about lent, and I was struggling with added sugars and desserts again (probably my biggest struggle). I also had been getting hives for....oh about a deca... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:35:33 EST A tri and a half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376230 So. <BR> Last weekend I blew my half time out of the water, shaving 18 minutes off my previous time to come in at 2:25:24. I was super stoked with that time! I also took a minute off my 10k training run time! It was a super good run; I felt zen throughout. The weather cooperated- coolish and cloudy to start. Couldn't ask for better weather, really. The only, only rough spot was when I came off a bridge and was cruising really fast and my stomach started to knot and roll. That was aro... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:21:16 EST 100 lbs GONE! A then and now perspective. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366310 So. <BR> <BR> 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and had to step on the scale 3 times to be certain! Then I called a friend and screamed in her ear that I had lost 100 lbs! We are running buddies and she already crossed the magic 100 lb weight-loss threshold. I weighed myself another 3 times while on the phone with her. By the way, the phone apparently weighed 2 ounces. haha <BR> <BR> My progression? Keep in mind I am 5'8". <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> I started by just eating heal... Fri, 24 May 2013 03:21:43 EST Random Ramblings of the Good Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350508 Tuesday after work I bought new work clothes. My clothes didn't fit. My pants were baggy. Even my jeans were baggy. I had no spring/summer clothes suitable for work. Well I did, but it was limited to 1 top and 1 pair of beige pants. People would notice if I wore them over and over. And T-shirts. I could wear the sh!t out of T-shirts, but those aren't business casual. I went to the same store as I always do- Ricki's. Their clothes fit my body shape so well. I found everything I need... Thu, 9 May 2013 00:55:32 EST A trip to the Farmer's Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347141 A friend suggested we go to the farmer's market on Saturday, and I agreed. The aromas of the fresh breads, sweets, vegetables, and the foods from the indoor market cafe area were so delicious. <BR> Our weather here has just heated up, and this was a beautiful day. The sun was out in the cloudless sky and the birds were chirping. Coffees in hand we wandered the indoor isles first, chit-chatting, checking out the vendors selling their handmade wares. <BR> First stop was a ginger vendor. ... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:59:25 EST Choose your hard. A key to success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330703 I'm sure everyone has heard or read this saying: <BR> <BR> 'Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard.' <BR> <BR> Well let me just tell you one thing. Being fat was not hard for me. It was easy. Losing weight is hard. <BR> <BR> Am I the ONLY one who feels this way? I swear it feels like I am. I see people all the time say 'it was hard to be fat, it's hard to lose weight. Choose your hard.' <BR> And I'm all..... <BR> ... <BR> ... <BR> um.... <BR> <BR> You see, ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:47:08 EST Boxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322407 Boxing. <BR> In a club that is no frills. In a club that's been around far before the perky boxercise classes in a swank gym ever started up. <BR> We're talking in a side door down a narrow, battle-scarred concrete staircase that opens into a worn-out, as-seen-in-movies large room, paint peeling off of concrete walls, a room that hasn't been changed since 1981. An old wooden bench near the stairs, muddy outdoor shoes nearby. Not a brand-name to be seen. A few posters on the walls of pas... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 01:49:12 EST Eating More to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313669 Food. <BR> <BR> I love it. I love to eat it. I love the flavours, the textures, the smells. <BR> <BR> And we are told that calories in need to be less than calories out to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Thing is, how much less? How many fewer calories? <BR> <BR> Should we eat 1200 cals, the minimum? When I weighed more I most certainly didn't eat these few calories. I started with a higher amount and slowly worked down as I lost weight. No starving for me. <BR> <BR> Do I eat 1200 calorie... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 13:09:15 EST Love and hate running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290499 Last night I went to sleep an hour earlier than usual. Today was the final run/race for my 5k clinic group. I woke up a half a dozen times throughout the night. Anxious, I think. I had 10k on my line-up for my half marathon training, so I told my group I'd be doing the 10k loop. I like 10k. It's a great distance. <BR> <BR> However, I don't like -27C with the wind chill (-17F if anybody cares to know). Let me tell you, I've handled down to -17C (ish), which is about 0F, but it's not fu... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:03:10 EST Sparkpeople's Total Body Sculpting DVD review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267968 Ok, so before I review this DVD fairly, you need to know the background on my fitness level: <BR> I work out. I like to lift- mostly upper body work. I run. 10ks at the moment, and working up to another half. I do spin class. I used to do bootcamp at my gym until I reeeaaaally hurt my lower back at the beginning of October, 2012 in a boxercise class, and I haven't been back. I haven't been back to bootcamp, boxercise, nor kickboxing. I've been doing yoga to help stretch out the back a... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 01:35:02 EST Keep the brain out of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203809 So. Over the fall and Christmas I had a gain of 33 lbs. <BR> <BR> You read that right. <BR> <BR> From my lowest point of 97 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> For some that may be their total weight they want to lose. For others that's a drop in the bucket. <BR> <BR> I know some of it was salt (over Christmas, especially). After my surgery I was only up 22lbs. I lost a couple being pretty strict with calories while I was practically immobile. <BR> <BR> Only 22. <BR> <BR> Ugg. <BR> <BR> I let my... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:29:55 EST 5k Clinic Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198084 This was my first day of being instructor of a 5k clinic through a local running store (the one I run out of)! <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> It all started with me saying to myself, 'self, you should instruct a 5k clinic- lead the clinic group AND get 50% off clothes?! What could be better!' <BR> <BR> And so I did. <BR> <BR> All great improvements start by one saying to oneself, 'Self...' <BR> <BR> I want to inspire and lead a group to run a 5k the same as my friend trained with me to my ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:30:38 EST On the 21st day of December ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172552 Hello. <BR> <BR> My name is adventureseeker, and I am currently on a sugar bender. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> I held out as long as possible before Christmas. I felt soooo goood. <BR> <BR> Sugar is really where I fall apart. <BR> <BR> But lets see. Oh, I already know where I've wavered, taken that side step, and fallen completely off the rails. <BR> <BR> Today, for starters. (and I say this all because I know, I KNOW I am not the only one here feeling the effects of Christmas. ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:09:11 EST On the 13th day of December my health gave to me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165993 body no longer at rest + activity = hunger. <BR> <BR> This has been a great experiment. I was forced to do NOTHING but lay around for two and a half weeks. I can say I probably logged less than 100 steps any of the first 3 or 4 days after surgery, and no more than a couple of circles around my house- kitchen, bathroom, back to couch in the fewest and slowest steps possible- for the first week and a half. The last week of recovery was spent laying around and up and about the house, with a ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:32:23 EST On the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year my health gave to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164809 WATER! <BR> <BR> While I was laying around, virtually non-mobile, I was lucky to get a couple glasses of water or tea a day. <BR> <BR> Before my surgery I would always drink 3 cups of water in the afternoon at work alone. Not including all the other water I would drink throughout the day, in the evening, or while I was at the gym. <BR> <BR> Now, getting back to work I find myself thirsty.....and wanting to eat. Even though I'm not hungry! <BR> <BR> I'm thirsty. <BR> <BR> Big diff... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:20:46 EST On the 10th day of December my health gave to me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162632 Knowledge. <BR> <BR> Knowledge that I might not always eat perfectly, but that each day of progress is what matters. That each day filled with good choices means one day closer to the weight-loss goal. Knowledge that life's difficulties and unplanned occurrences may happen, but they can't derail me. Knowledge that 1 day of eating well is one day I didn't overindulge. Knowledge that there will always be more treats where the ones in front of me came from, and I don't have to indulge in t... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:55:19 EST On the 8th day of December my health gave to me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160231 A reality check. <BR> <BR> I went out for dinner with my guy last night. It may or may not have included a little bit of chocolate cake for dessert and a couple of chips while watching a movie later on in the evening. <BR> <BR> I'd be more apt to say it may have. Or did, really. <BR> <BR> Ugg. <BR> <BR> I had 8.5 hours of sleep last night and I feel like cr@p. Was it the carbs? The sugars? Both? <BR> <BR> I feel all sluggish and gross. And it WAS what I ate. Not that the food was b... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 13:22:47 EST On the 6th day of December my health gave to me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158637 Patience. <BR> <BR> Because I want to weigh myself everyday, and sometimes I do. And some days I notice a drop, some days I notice a gain, and some days there's no change. But I have to have patience waiting for my 'official weigh-in day'. <BR> <BR> I have to have patience in getting to my goal. <BR> <BR> I want to get there tomorrow, but I know realistically that won't happen. But I have to be patient. Patient with a .2 lb loss or a 3 lb loss. A loss is a loss. <BR> <BR> Patie... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:35:57 EST On the 5th day of December my health gave to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157531 sleep! <BR> <BR> Ah yes, that vital, precious thing we often look forward to but rarely get enough of. I often get 5 hours on average of sleep, with an over 90% efficiency rate (according to my Body Media fit). Often around 94%. Still, not enough sleep, obviously. <BR> <BR> So for the last 2 nights I've gotten between 7.5 hours and 8 hours, and life is good! <BR> <BR> Sleep, precious sleep. It helps with stress levels, reaction time, and overall sharpness. It helps with weight-loss.... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:05:27 EST On the 3rd day of December my health gave to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155276 No excuses. <BR> <BR> So, as you may already know, I had surgery a week and a half ago. And while I feel like I'm healing, my groin muscles are still somewhat sore. As in- I feel it when I'm out walking, or more so after I've been out walking. Now lets be clear- the Doc said I could and should be up walking. But he didn't clear me to run. I go back in about a week for a follow-up. And I hope by then I am A) feeling ready and healed to run and B) cleared to run. <BR> <BR> So....I cou... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:58:15 EST On the 2nd day of December my health gave to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153935 Eating only when I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> For years when I was little I had to eat what was given to me. Clean the plate. That is something I'm sure many can relate to. <BR> <BR> But then if I loved the porkchops but was too full to eat more I would say, "I'll save a porkchop for later." But alas, I was told it would be eaten by then, so I either ate it then or not get any more later. So guess what I'd do? I'd eat it at that point in time, of course. When I was already full. Because it t... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:09:36 EST On the 1st day of December my health gave to me.....healthy eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152684 A 3 lbs weight loss! <BR> <BR> My weight as been up and down 20 lbs since April. The same 20 lbs. It's simply madness. But it's very simple- I eat healthy and I lose the weight. I don't and I gain. EASY. <BR> <BR> First rule of weight loss: <BR> <BR> 1. EAT HEALTHY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857835789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can make all the excuses you want to whomever you want for why you are eating the unhealthy food, but really....the only pers... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 14:39:09 EST a funny thing happened on the way to my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085856 So. <BR> <BR> Life. One minute I'm single, learning to run and loving my workouts, riding the roller coaster of healthy eating and then BAM! I'm dating. <BR> <BR> And he doesn't have to worry about portion control or eating healthy, but he does. He eats healthy (except those days at work where they bring in a pile of donuts and he eats 6. But I digress. But how can he get away with it?! And I can't?! But I digress again)... Anyways, he loves to cook and eat healthy, which is amazing! O... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:15:40 EST Foods that just don't taste as good anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890611 This will be somewhat random, but I need to share, even just for myself as I feel lately I am needing this reminder. <BR> <BR> Since I've been eating healthier I find I don't feel well if I overindulge in food in general, sweets/desserts, or fatty foods. My taste buds have changed. I crave healthier foods now. <BR> <BR> However, something in my being has been telling me recently that I've been craving these foods that I used to eat in excess. Unfortunately I've indulged more than once,... Mon, 21 May 2012 03:40:25 EST An aha moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880222 Who: a good friend I haven't talked to/seen for almost a year and a half, and her circle of friends (many I know and haven't seen in a very long time) <BR> What: friend's bachelorette party <BR> When: 11 pm (I had a function to attend beforehand and was late) <BR> Where: hotel meeting room <BR> <BR> Full preamble disclosure: I ate all my calories before even arriving. I was still hungry. I was probably more thirsty than anything. Over the course of 2 hours I allowed myself to sample differe... Mon, 14 May 2012 03:16:00 EST My First 10k Race....NSV (with pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868716 If you would have told me a year ago that I would be running, let alone running a 10k, I would have laughed in your face. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I did. Run a 10k, that is. I never was a runner. I only started in October. I started running to outrun the zombies. My first 5k was in March. Now I figure I'd have a good head-start on 'em. lol <BR> <BR> Running. Me. Now I am a runner. Success!! <BR> <BR> If you know me on here you know that this past month has been a struggle with food. It... Sun, 6 May 2012 10:32:59 EST The foods I eat...a picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845572 I've been taking photographic evidence again of the foods I eat. Here we go! <BR> <BR> March 18/12: <BR> Chicken, potatoes and broccoli <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l637104191.jpg"> <BR> 243 calories 26g carbs 2g fat 32g protein <BR> <BR> March 15/12: <BR> Salad with lettuce, balsamic vinegar and oil dressing, sprinkled with a nut/cranberry/almond sprinkle <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60151671.jpg"> <BR> 113 calor... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 16:10:03 EST Dear Hard work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844546 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659823333.jpg"> <BR> Dear Hard work, <BR> <BR> I used to dislike you. Not in my work life, but when it came to working out, eating right, and achieving a healthier, fitter body. When you called my name I ducked away from you. When I knew you were coming I used to hide from you. When you had others talk to me I used to make excuses to get away from you. Afraid of the pain, afraid of failing. Who are you to make me afraid of you? Reflection... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:49:12 EST that that don't kill me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834328 ten·u·ous <BR> adj \&#712;ten-y&#601;-w&#601;s, -yü-&#601;sDefinition of TENUOUS <BR> 1a : having little substance or strength : flimsy, weak (tenuous influences) <BR> b : shaky <BR> <BR> a song dedicated to myself, as I stand right now: <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixOYD7bPz<BR>WQ&feature=related <BR> <BR> a song dedicated to the new me, as a constant reminder: <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsO6ZnUZI<BR>0g <BR> <BR> I don't have issues with not eating enough. I am not a p... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 05:33:54 EST Weight-loss Paradise (song parody) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831996 based off of Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio <BR> <BR> As I walk through the valley of the shadow of couch-potato death <BR> I take a look at my life <BR> And realize there's little left <BR> 'Cause I've been eating and sitting so long <BR> That even my momma thinks that my body has gone <BR> But I ain't never ate a berry that didn't deserve it <BR> Me be treated like an outcast you know that's unheard of <BR> You betta watch how ya eating <BR> And where ya walking <BR> So you and your homies d... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:51:13 EST My Bodymedia Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828549 So. "What a cool little device!" I thought. How right I am. *pats self on the back* <BR> <BR> It's an 'all in one calorie counter, activity tracking armband, & sleep monitoring system. The armbands use four sophisticated sensors to capture over 5,000 data points per minute to track everything from calories burned, steps taken and levels of physical activity to sleep. BodyMedia FIT Armbands give you the most accurate calorie burn* in the market' (apparently this data is on file). <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:56:02 EST So. Unexpected. :o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4821023 So. A girly blog coming up about confidence, weight-loss and guys. <BR> Bootcamp was cancelled tonight. I wonder if they can get a new instructor for Wednesdays? Anyways, I was heading into the gym and up the stairs to the weights when the hot guy from bootcamp was coming down the stairs. I had just arrived. He obviously lifted weights already. We have chatted before in bootcamp. He's been coming for a couple weeks now. Oh, did I mention? No ring, kid in elementary school, good looking... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 22:26:09 EST Sugar and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815765 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990414800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'Sugar is the cocaine of the food world.' -Hungry for Change http://www.hungryforchange.tv/ <BR> <BR> This is the study of sugar versus cocaine: http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchArticl<BR>e.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.13<BR>71%2Fjournal.pone.0000698 <BR> <BR> Just recently on 60 minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=740<BR>3942n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel <BR> <BR> Sugar. AKA- fructose. I l... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 21:51:12 EST Saying no. A lifestyle change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803859 So. A lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> People toss this word around, but the gravity of these 2 little words are pretty immense. A change to one's lifestyle. Changing a person's way of living. Changing it in such a way that it is permanent and manageable. Change. <BR> <BR> How many times have I said to myself in the past: 'Self, lets do this.' ...and then I don't make any changes. And nothing happens. Big surprise. Or I go to the gym for a couple weeks and then slowly let that slip awa... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:41:57 EST My Workout Playlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796105 My current playlist as it stands on my shuffle. These songs should come with an explicit lyrics warning for the most part. LOL They pump me up and keep me going in the gym. I love getting lost in the music as I'm lifting or on the elliptical, or running by myself. ...it reads like a club playlist perhaps, but it's perfect for me! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>335</em> <em>334</em> <em>335</em> <em>334</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Danny Fernandes- Fantasy, Curious, Feel It, Hit me up <BR> A... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 01:11:28 EST Shamrock 5K, 90 lb weight loss, and pants, oh my! A mind/sugar shift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792916 The concept of losing 90 lbs seems so foreign to me...but here I am, living proof. I can't deny I've lost that, although no one at work know just how much I've lost. 90 lbs? Ninety pounds. <BR> <BR> Over the last month my work pants (which I bought in January, size 12) have been getting baggier and baggier, and I've had to belt them. Then Thursday I threw them on with my belt and fuuuu....the belt I bought in January had no more holes to fit. So I had to switch belts because it was to... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 03:52:59 EST Mourning the Loss of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769171 You know, that feeling of mourning you get when someone close to you passes away? (my friend likened it to a divorce) <BR> <BR> That. <BR> <BR> But for food. <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about cutting out a food per say, I'm talking about not being able to eat anything I want anymore, whenever I want anymore. I used to eat whatever, whenever- if I felt like eating it because I had a craving for it, I'd make sure to make it within a couple of days (if not right then), or go out and buy it. I... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:27:01 EST All the fitness things (now with 97% more pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748158 I had been scrolling through pictures of me, seeing the changes to my body as I gained weight, lost a little, gained more. This would probably have to show me at around my heaviest. I look like a stuffed sausage, a 5'8" balloon that may burst. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616488376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's face it- it isn't easy to change habits. At this point I wasn't really physically active, although I didn't have any health issues. Could I run a block? ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:30:17 EST I didn't recognize myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742670 I had a pile of silly little things that were adding up to what my old self would have ended up doing today: emotional stress eating. My day wasn't going as planned, I felt like my control was slipping. How I pulled myself out of that was due to my weak yet resolved knowledge that I was in control of myself, and only myself. As much as I can't control things going on around me I *CAN* control how I respond to it. Food was not the way as it hasn't had the desired effect ever before. I knew ... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:41:33 EST I just blew my own expectations out of the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721014 So. <BR> <BR> Apparently I had ran close to 2 kms before, when I THOUGHT I ran 1 km, without even knowing it (obviously). <BR> <BR> This is what happened: <BR> <BR> A friend, who runs, beat me to the gym today. She was doing speed intervals on the treadmill when I arrived. I forgot my headphones, so I didn't think I wanted to run today. I went up to her and said: <BR> <BR> me: say, do you want to run with me? Maybe 10 laps? <BR> she: ok, after this. <BR> me (in my head): d@mn, ok, I g... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:16:33 EST Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696114 I was excited when I reached ONEderland last week! On the same day I received my very own review copy of the DVD! How much fun will I have! It's like a mini Spark-present to me, and they didn't even plan it that way :) <BR> <BR> Anyone who knows me on here knows that I am not afraid of a workout, and not afraid of a hardcore bootcamp. Heck, I even want to try Insanity and P90x sometime! <BR> <BR> This is not a hardcore bootcamp/workout. <BR> <BR> Hear me out. <BR> <BR> I tried the ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:21:29 EST hitting a goal that dreams are made of....(with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682602 I stepped on the scale yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I looked at the magical machine and the number it revealed. <BR> The first in a series of 3 numbers had changed, which I hadn't seen before. <BR> I blinked. <BR> Stepped off. <BR> Tapped the magic machine to turn it back on. <BR> Stepped back on. <BR> Same number. <BR> <BR> ONEderland, baby! <BR> <BR> BOOYAH, BABY! <BR> <BR> ...and on the same day (yesterday) the Sparkpeople Coach Nicole's 28 day Bootcamp DVD showed u... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:55:49 EST I don't....and I do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664663 So. <BR> <BR> I had a weird dream last night, prompting this blog. I dreamed I was looking down the length of a zip-line, scared to go on. Most of my friends had gone across. On the other side was a Chinese restaurant (I wondered in my head if they'd serve healthy food). 2 girls stayed around, and we walked to the other side and ordered lunch. At this point I wished I had rode the zip-line as it didn't seem so scary on the other side. All of my other friends had taken off by this point,... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 18:56:47 EST