AHUVAK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AHUVAK1 AHUVAK1'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/ Back in the Saddle, again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500241 Shalom! Just kidding, Hello there. <BR> <BR> Excited to be back. I took a month long hiatus from Spark People due to the Jewish Holidays. I made the personal call that tracking daily would only add, not subtract, from the already stressful and hectic time of year. I haven't put on any weight, though, so there is only so guilty I can fee. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to seeing everyone on the message boards, friend feeds, etc. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:26:18 EST Absolutely Horrible Eating Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484558 When I blog, albeit rarely, I try to impart some message that not only reflects my honest thoughts, but will hopefully reach others as well. This is not one of those blogs. This is a purely selfish ranting blog. Sigh. <BR> <BR> This week has been the eating week from H - E - Double hockey sticks. For real. Late night snacking on junk, loss of control, no exercising, no logging food, just... everything blah. Everything Spark People says what not to do. <BR> <BR> My excuse? This i... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:55:27 EST Losing Weight for Weddings; I'm Not into It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466822 I write this blog because, and I don't want to jinx this, my sister is in a relationship that is getting fairly serious. So serious, in fact, that it's likely it will culminate with an engagement and marriage. Yeah, I'm psyched. <BR> <BR> Being the girl I am, I cannot wait to go shopping. To wear a girdle, or not wear a girdle, that is the question. Yuck! Why does everyone need to be so skinny? Should I try to look like Princess Kate? Heck no! I have big boobs people, DEAL WITH IT. ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:54:18 EST Maintaining: A Mental and Physical Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456162 I always assumed that when I reached my maintenance weight , I would jump for joy. It took me a while to get here, and now I've done it! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Alas. I've spent so much time trying to lose weight, it's hard to get used to the fact that I don't have to anymore. So much so that sometimes I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. <BR> <BR> Isn't that strange? <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:51:40 EST Let's Get Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430607 In my opinion, getting real is the secret to success. When I say "get real," I mean get real about who you are, what you're about, you're setting, and in general where you are holding in your life. For me, that means I'm a married working mom in my upper 20's. I have to frame my health goals in the context of my life. What your "get real" means will obviously be different, but it's important to think about that when you are framing your weight loss or maintenance goals. <BR> <BR> After ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:46:10 EST First Blog and Confession and Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426296 I have not written a blog in two years, so in my book that counts as a first blog. Reading other blogs frequently helps me. Some blogs inspire, some make me laugh, some give me good tips, and others give me the opportunity to give. I am always so satisfied when I encourage other people in their goals. I hope that through my blog I can help others as well. <BR> <BR> Now to the confession... right now, anyway, what I am going to confess is my fears. I have lost 20 pounds in 10 years. I ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:23:47 EST Lost Another 2 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822993 What's up Spark Universe! A smaller me is reporting before the weekend. I'm not only 1.5 pounds away from my goal. So close...yet so far. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm following this new eating plan I'm feeling good about my food intake. I know I'll get flack for this, but I'm not logging what I eat anymore. I have a chart on my fridge that I check off when I eat. So when I eat 4 oz. protein, 8 oz veggies, and 4 oz of carbs, I check that off for one meal. To do that and log on here is just... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 09:16:16 EST It's Been Awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816763 Hey Spark Universe, it's been awhile. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that it hasn't been awhile for logging, now that I've been doing daily. It's just been awhile since I blogged. Well, there has been a big change, a big positive change, in my eating. Let me elaborate. <BR> <BR> So I am pretty sure that I said in a blog or two ago that I met with someone from a local organization called Soveya. This organization was established and is currently run by a wonderful couple, both of whom used ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:30:19 EST Things I am Greatful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794690 1. My husband <BR> <BR> 2. My unbelievably cute baby girl <BR> <BR> 3. My mom, dad, and sister <BR> <BR> 4. My friends <BR> <BR> 5. My apartment <BR> <BR> 6. My husband's job <BR> <BR> 7. My job <BR> <BR> 8. Weighing under 140 (and maintaining that since my daughter's birth - 11/10/10) <BR> <BR> 9. My religion <BR> <BR> 10. Spark People <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone out there! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:13:08 EST Another Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790484 Well, I have had a pretty interesting week. Well, I should qualify that statement by saying that this week was emotionally interesting, rather than eventfully interesting. <BR> <BR> Last weekend the eating was pretty, pretty, pretty bad. I ate about, oh, I don't know, half a chocolate babka? For those of you who don't know what a babka is, don't find out. For those of you who do know what babka is, you know my pain. <BR> <BR> I decided that I needed help. I was sick of repeating this... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:26:24 EST Managing the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779043 Yesterday, I stayed within my calorie range. You might ask, pray tell, why is this such a big deal? Yesterday was a major Jewish holiday called Purim. Without getting into too many details, Purim is a holiday where we celebrate the fact that someone (Persian Empire) tried to kill us (Jews), but they didn't (hooray!) and now we celebrate (eat a ton of food). <BR> <BR> Did I mention that this 'they tried to kill us, they didn't, let's eat' theme is basically the undercurrent behind almost... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:26:42 EST Guess what? It's Normal to Kvetch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773522 To begin: A rant. <BR> <BR> One of the things I HATE being told is, "Lose weight until you think you look good." That is probably the absolute DUMBEST thing to tell a woman in her mid-twenties. Does anyone here really, truly love everything about their body, and has zero complaints? Are there any women out there who think their body is, well, perfect?! <BR> <BR> Give me a break people. To tell a woman to lose weight until she completely happy with the way she looks is nothing short of m... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:53:00 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771466 Probably a lot of you are clicking on this blog because of its alluring subject. "What did she do?" you're thinking. Was it lose 100 lbs? Reach her goal? Hike Mt. Vesuvius (sp?)? <BR> <BR> No! It was going to my in laws for the weekend and ending up with a calorie deficit! After 4 days, I have a deficit of around 600 calories! <BR> <BR> How did I do it? Well, one day, I did in fact go over my calorie range by 400. But the thing I keep in mind, and that we all can keep in mind when w... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:36:27 EST Almost Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769999 Well,the weekend is almost over. I guess, like many other things in life, I could have done better and Icould have done worse. Thursday and Friday I held up and stayed in my calories range. Yesterday on the other hand.... alas. Today I am off to a pretty bad start, but it's not over yet! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:26:52 EST I lost Weight!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764902 Hooray! <BR> <BR> OK: I have two things to say right now. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I didn't realize this earlier in my spark history, but I am totally obsessed with Spark Reports. More specifically, I am obsessed with the daily calorie differential report. It shows you exactly how many calories you burned that day. I love adding up those numbers. Even though my weight loss was definitively exciting, I can't call it a surprise. I knew I had burned about that many calories! <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 09:23:15 EST Grr Baby, Grr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763248 Hey All you in Spark Land! <BR> <BR> Things have been going pretty well in my world lately. I've been eating right and working out. I decided that for now I am going to have one free day from calorie counting, although I have been logging what I eat. I hope this well enable me to stay withing my calorie range for the rest of the week, since I know I will have one day to treat myself. I am visiting my in laws this week, which is always a food orgie, but I am trying to psych myself up for ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:14:11 EST The Power of The Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752953 This morning I had a huge, huge eye opening experience. <BR> <BR> You might be wondering: Yea (as in Yay from Shakespeare, not Yea as in "yeah, man"), what was the revelation madam? Twas it a brush with death? A love poem from thine husband? Thine's babes sweet mutterings? <BR> <BR> No. It was the Spark Report. <BR> <BR> OMG <BR> <BR> Holy cow!!!! I STINK at sticking in my calorie range! I always knew a day here or a day there I would step out of it, but no, it's like, every two da... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:58:09 EST Exercise the Devil Out of Yo'self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749199 That's what I'm doing ladies and gents; a good old fashioned exorcism. I don't know if you could really call it a devil per se, but then again there are many out there who would associate excess fat, calories, and the like, with pure evil. I know I do! <BR> <BR> I have been hitting the gym for serious. You should see me lifting those weights: I've got my game face on! Granted, my head doesn't spin around 360 degrees, but that's OK. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if I... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:48:21 EST Brush with Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743098 As you, my loyal fans, have seen on my feed, I was indeed flabbergasted that I gained 3 pounds in the past couple of weeks. After all that counting and exercising... 3 pounds! What's the dealiyo, yo? <BR> <BR> Well, once again two of my favorite people, Coach Nicole and Archemedes came to the rescue and chilled me out. Water weight! Who would have thunk it? Well, I'm sure many people would have, maybe even myself, but when that number on the scale pops up, there is nothing in parenthe... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:51:58 EST Coming to Terms with My Husband's Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738482 My husband and I have been happily married for nearly 3 years, and I am convinced that he is the only man on earth who is suitable for me. We have a home together, a daughter together, a life together. In the words of George McFly, "You are my density. I mean, my destiny." <BR> <BR> But the skinny of it (pun intended) is that my husband is obese, maybe even morbidly obese. When I first met him, he was in school, and blamed his poor eating habits and lifestyle on his being a single guy in... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:24:36 EST Heading into Another No-Scale Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735990 In the past, looking at the scale was the sole measure of my success. I abused that tool, though, by compulively weighing myself. The past few days I have only been logging food and exercise to gage my success. I plan on weighing myself this Friday and am a little nervous about it. But I am feeling positive! I have been faithfully exercising 4 times a week (with the exception of the week I had a stomach flu) and maybe this week ar can do 5. Ok week, here we go! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:41:28 EST Doing the No Scale Mamba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730675 Did you hear? There's a new dance in town! It's called the "My husband hid the scale!" dance. It is really fun, and simple. What you do is the following: <BR> <BR> Step 1) go to the bathroom <BR> Step 2) do whatever you need to do in the bathroom (details omitted for obvious reasons) <BR> Step 3) leave the bathroom <BR> <BR> It is so easy, and so fun! <BR> <BR> OK, now seriously, the scale is gone, and I'm feeling emancipated. It's pretty awesome. I want to encourage any of you spark... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 12:53:05 EST I Hate Scales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728081 You know all of those articles we read about how scales can be bad for self esteem? How you can let your emotional stability be tied into the number that pops up when you step on? <BR> <BR> I have become that person. And I really, really don't like her. Not only do I not like her, but neither does my husband, mom, or sister. I am such a whiner. <BR> <BR> I am not going to be that person any more. From now on (as in, 2/7/2012 at 11:18 PM EST) I am not going to be compulsively weighing... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 23:19:15 EST Revised Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727120 I think that I have been a little too hard on myself. After posting a few things on the message boards, I've collected a few tips of helpful info: <BR> <BR> - losing the last 3 pounds is the hardest, so you can't necessarily put a date on it. <BR> - strength training helps out a lot <BR> - concentrate on the healthy lifestyle, and do NOT concentrate on the scale <BR> <BR> I just want to express my undying love and appreciation to spark people for helping me through this journey. I could ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:45:08 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720090 I've had a weird past couple of days. On Wednesday my eating was completely off the charts. Earlier that day I was so proud of myself that I made a delicious chicken recipe in the crock pot for the first time (see gourmetkoshercooking.com for their BBQ slow cooker chicken). One huge thing in spark people is setting yourself up for success - and what better way than to have dinner prepared way in advance? Well unfortunately.... my husband and I did not agree on what time dinner should star... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:42:52 EST Re-evaluating Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714347 Well, here I am after another Shabbos.... Blah.. <BR> <BR> I just glanced at my last blog entry. It was full of hope and enthusiasm for a wonderful Shabbos, a Shabbos that was enjoyed in moderation. Alas, that was not the case. I ate waaay too much of this new dessert I made. Darn you Duncan Hines!! This week has been so-so, could be better, could be worse, but I am feeling alright. I am sure I will get back down by the end of this week. I think I am just going to make a big fruit sal... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:42:01 EST 1 More Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706758 I will confess, I am blogging this post for mostly selfish reasons. I am only 1 point away for my next Spark Trophy, and this blog will get me there! I know I can't redeem my points for anything tangible, but I just love racking up my points and getting those trophies. Alas, I am a psychology major's dream. <BR> <BR> On another note, I reached my goal of working out 4 times this week! Go me, it's my birthday. Well, it's not really my birthday, but you know what I mean. I am feeling r... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:08:14 EST To Stuff my face, or to not stuff my face? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698553 Well, another weekend has come and gone. Yesterday I had the most wonderful day; I went out for brunch with my husband and daughter (all I had were eggs, veggies and coffee), went shopping at my favorite grocery store (Trader Joe's), went to my friend's house to read Shakespeare, then watched the football game. Ravens lost, boo hoo. I really am sad, but nonetheless I am excited to see THE GIANTS DEFEAT THE PATRIOTS!! Last night for dinner we had a roasted turkey breast, green and white ro... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:12:02 EST Moving on up to the East Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689084 Well, I'm not actually moving to the EastSide, but someone was singing that song today at work and now it is in my head. I am moving up, or down, however, in my weight loss goals! <BR> <BR> I had an amazing breakthrough in my perspective on weight loss this week. I was speaking to my friend Julie, a wise woman indeed, about my mishagas (Yiddish for crazyness) regarding my obsession with the scale, etc,. and she helped me a lot. She told me the body is a very delicate thing, and you can't... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:24:53 EST Alas, Alack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684205 Hey Spark People World. Just Another Manic Monday. <BR> <BR> Baby had a fever yesterday so I took her into the doctor. As I suspected, it is some sort of virus. I could tell that was the case, because her mood was completely normal, only her temperature was off. Hopefully this is a one day thing and it will be over soon. It's always kind of stinky when your baby is sick, though. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am proud of myself or not, but I finally fessed up tot he weight gain. I had ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:45:14 EST Blogging Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4673712 After my first blog entry, I felt so, so, so good. Like, better than coming out of a message good. Why? Let me count the ways... <BR> <BR> 1) I am just happy i finally figured out how to do it. <BR> 2) I love reading blogs, and the thought of someone reading my blog, albeit a small chance in this huge Spark Universe, is exciting. <BR> 3) It was a big relief to make my thoughts more concrete by writing them down. <BR> <BR> The topic I would like to elaborate on today is comparison. I o... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:45:35 EST Day 1 of Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668782 Hi everyone. Some people know me as Pam, some as Ahuva, and others as Pamuva, and yet others as Puva. No, I do not live in a Dr. Seuss book, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> Instead, I am a 25 year old nurse, mommy of 1 crazy baby, wife of 1 crazy husband, sister to a crazy sister, daughter of a crazy mom and dad. Is my life crazy? Yeah. I am an orthodox Jew, which means I make home-made potato latkes, challah bread, and all sorts of quiches, kugels, chicken, roasts, cakes, pies, and the lik... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:01:40 EST