AIBHINN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AIBHINN AIBHINN'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/ Getting organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165516 I'm a teacher, as those of you who have read earlier blogs might have surmised, and this year has been a tough one so far. New school; new subjects (algebra, which I've never taught before, and 8th grade science, ditto); some tough kids (trying to get my science class to shut up for more than 15 seconds is a real battle); and now, trying to go back to school to get my principal's certificate. It's no wonder I spent the first trimester of the year feeling like I was running as fast as I could ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:50:38 EST Back again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162385 So, is it a good thing or a bad thing that I keep coming back to SP? Both, I think: Good that I keep coming back (so clearly I know what I need to do); bad that I don't continue with it when I should! <BR> <BR> Gaaah. <BR> <BR> BUT! This time I have help! I have a roommate now, and she's doing SP as well. This makes it much easier to stay on track. And since she's newly-diagnosed as diabetic, she's being REALLY careful with what she eats--which means I'm able to be really careful, too.... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:53:34 EST Day four of My New Goals: from EEEP to YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556220 I had REALLY weird dreams last night, so I ended up getting up late this morning. Consequently, though I did set up my dinner in the crock pot and packed my lunch, I decided to stop at McDonald's for breakfast. This was not my smartest move; I could certainly have slapped together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for heaven's sake. But I thought, what the heck, it's not THAT bad, and it's only one day. <BR> <BR> So. Hashbrown and sausage biscuit with egg for breakfast, along with a large ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:42:32 EST Two steps forward.... one step back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554846 So. I ate like crap today. <BR> <BR> We had a day-long training at work, and there was a lot of Bad Stuff on the table. I gave in to the mini-donuts, and the mini-candy bars, and the pretzel rounds. And my boss treated us to lunch... at Godfather's pizza-and-salad buffet. And I gave in to that, too. Cheese and mushroom pizza with white sauce? Sure! Pineapple and ham? You bet. Sausage? Okay! (I did eat a healthy salad as well.) <BR> <BR> BUT. I refuse to beat myself up about it. I've done r... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:26:52 EST Day 2, on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553227 Okay, so I haven't exercised. But I HAVE followed my other goals: I've tracked my food and stayed under my calorie limit; I've been staying on top of my stuff at work; and here I am, blogging again. I even have been doing some cleaning I've been meaning to get to. :D <BR> <BR> So I'm feeling pretty darned good. Now I need to get back on track with exercising. Yay! Thanks, SparkFriends! Keep up with the nuisancing. (Is that a word? Whatever. It is now.) It's working. :D Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:22:53 EST It's hard to get back on the horse after falling off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550747 I've been looking back over my last few (incredibly sporadic) blog posts, and I'm noticing a trend: promising myself I was going to get back on track, and then not following through. <BR> <BR> I did so well before. I lost fifty pounds--FIFTY POUNDS--over the course of just less than a year. I was exercising nearly every day, watching and tracking my calories, and being very good about making healthy, intelligent food choices. It was easy, because I'd made it into a habit, and habits are easy... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:30:52 EST So. Hungry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192357 So it's 1:55 p.m. I'm on the clock at 6:45, which means I eat breakfast about 6 a.m. My lunch is over just about 11 a.m. I'm off the clock in twenty minutes. And I'm STARVING. <BR> <BR> I do have healthy snack foods here--Fiber One bars, pre-portioned packages of nuts--but I've eaten one, and I'm STILL hungry. Of course, it doesn't help that I have a headache (thank goodness for my chiropractic appointment this afternoon), and to be fair, I've only had 2 cups of water today... but boy, today... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:02:58 EST Norwescon! And getting back into the swing of things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189860 I went to Norwescon this weekend--a huge sci-fi and fantasy convention near Seattle and not far from where I live. About seven of us got together, shared two hotel rooms, and just generally had a BLAST. Panels and costumes and parties, oh my! (Yes, I am that much of a geek. But I got some GREAT writing feedback!) <BR> <BR> The bad news is that this particular hotel doesn't provide refrigerators in the rooms, so providing my own food was a challenge. I finally said 'screw it' and ate at the r... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:11:53 EST I've gained FIFTEEN POUNDS. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170077 Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that's no lie. I got back on the Wii Fit today, and was horrified to realize that I've gained fifteen pounds from my lowest weight. <BR> <BR> Fifteen pounds. <BR> <BR> Now, here's the not-so-bad news: That's since September. So over the past seven months, INCLUDING the holidays, the six-week wait to get into the condo I bought (during which I lived with my sister and ate whatever they had because, hey, I was living on charity), and the most stressful school year I... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:05:01 EST Two steps forward: I KNOW I can make this happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158819 Okay, I'm done whining. <BR> <BR> No, really. <BR> <BR> I'm done with feeling sorry for myself because I've backslid. <BR> <BR> I'm done with staring at my Wii and thinking, "Y'know, I should probably get back on that." <BR> <BR> I'm done with thinking, "But I've lost so much stamina/strength/whatever that exercise is HARD now!" (Cue appearance of fine cheese to go with that fine whine.) <BR> <BR> I'M DONE. <BR> <BR> As of TODAY, I'm back on The Spark. I've tracked everything I've eaten... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:17:01 EST I need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4068528 I've fallen off the wagon--pretty thoroughly, and I need help. <BR> <BR> I need encouragement to exercise and track. <BR> <BR> I need reassurance that I'm not useless/worthless because I ate most of a coffee cake by myself (over three or four days, but still). <BR> <BR> I need folks to keep me going, to help me get back on track and stay there. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there? <BR> <BR> EDIT: I haven't seriously tracked or exercised since early October, and I've gained back a good ten pounds ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:45:37 EST Is it real food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3898362 I've started making my own bread! I love it: not only the taste of "real" bread with no preservatives, but the fun of actually being in the kitchen, participating in this activity that's been a part of humanity for thousands and thousands of years... I just enjoy it. :) And it's such a feeling of accomplishment when you go in to find the dough's risen! <BR> <BR> Part of my SparkPeople journey has been learning to eat "real" food instead of processed food. Now, I do still eat some; I will adm... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:21:46 EST New year, new condo, new ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3884929 Well. Been a while since I've been here. The last blog post I made was back in October... and I wasn't doing a whole lot then! But it's time to get back in the saddle now. <BR> <BR> Back in September, I was pre-approved for a mortgage, and the last four months have been insane with real estate ups and downs. But now I've got my condo--the one I wanted since way back on Sept. 21!--and everything's signed and funded and everything. I'm moved in, I'm mostly unpacked, and I even have new workout... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 16:29:43 EST I'm baaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691989 Wow. It's been more than a month since I blogged. And just over a month since I even logged my calories and exercised! September kicked my BUTT . . . but in a good way. <BR> <BR> * I reached another goal: FIFTY POUNDS DOWN! <BR> * I BOUGHT A CONDO. No joking. My very first non-rented place! <BR> * School started again, and I'm really, honestly feeling like this is my best year ever. <BR> <BR> Money sucks; though I'll be paying way less than my rent once I move, because of the smokin' deal ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 16:50:59 EST Five hundred calories over. *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3551869 So, I had a bit of a splurge today. I ate well for breakfast and lunch, but then, instead of having my nice, healthy, well-within-my-calories dinner, I went out with my mom. And I had a chicken fried steak, with cornbread, mashed potatoes, gravy, and a strawberry sundae. <BR> <BR> Now, before I go any farther, let me tell you what I *did* do: I researched the foods first, to find out how many calories they were at that restaurant; I ordered off the senior menu (actually, I ordered for Mom an... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:21:29 EST From crappy to awesome... WOW. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3535326 Last night, I went to the casino with my sister. I'd planned to go and gamble about $100, and if I lost it, oh well, I was budgeting for it. <BR> <BR> I went. <BR> <BR> I played. <BR> <BR> I lost the money (no big deal, I played for 2 hours, had a lot of fun, and ate dinner with my sister on that money). <BR> <BR> But guess what else I lost. <BR> <BR> MY PHONE. <BR> <BR> My less-than-a-year-old touchscreen smartphone. <BR> <BR> I was in a STATE. I had my life on that phone! My email, m... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:45:45 EST Rollin', rollin', rollin'.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3526344 The journey continues. Which sort of sounds dull, but it's really not. I have noticed that my weight-loss efforts have sort of eaten my life: 2 hours a day (or nearly) devoted to exercise, stretching, and SparkPeople stuff, including tracking my weight; constant thought about what I'm going to eat and what that will do to my calories for the rest of the day; organizing my life around my exercise program. ("Ooh, I can't schedule anything for Thursday morning; that's my cardio AND weight day. C... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:53:43 EST Numbers don't lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514130 I just ran my caloric differential report for May 17-now (I restarted my SparkPeople plan on May 12), and was amazed to realize something. <BR> <BR> My workouts have remained more or less the same: burning about 300 calories a day, five days a week. What's changed is my caloric intake. Back when I started, the concept of eating less than 1800 calories a day seemed insane. And 1600? NO WAY. How could I eat only 1600 calories a day? I'd be STARVING. That's not something I could maintain! <BR> ... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 01:33:45 EST Carb crash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3507294 I got invited to dinner at an Italian restaurant last night. It was sort of a last-minute thing, so I didn't really have time to do a lot of research. I'd planned to go out to a movie with my sister, so I'd adjusted my morning calories accordingly, but we ended up having dinner with my godparents, one of their kids, and my mom instead. It was a wonderful "family" gathering, but I hadn't planned to carbo-load like that! <BR> <BR> I was reasonable with my meal, mostly. I had one breadstick wit... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 19:07:54 EST Slog, slog, slog, or, You don't have to like it; you just have to do it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499835 I didn't want to work out today. I really didn't. I didn't want to get up early (I didn't, actually); I didn't want to cook (I haven't, yet; I'm amazingly good at finding no-cook meals that fit with my eating plan); I didn't want to exercise. I didn't want to stand in front of the damn tv with the damn Wii remote and do the damn exercises. I didn't, I didn't, I didn't. Especially after I gained about half a pound since last week, despite being really good about my exercise and eating. <BR> <... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 17:20:12 EST Cooler, finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475495 It's only supposed to get up into the low 80s today, thank goodness. We haven't been having anything like the kind of heat the rest of the country has (in fact, it was in the 60s and cloudy well into July here), but when it does get hot, there are very few places to escape. Most homes here don't have a/c, including mine; I live in a third-floor apartment, so it gets HOT in here, often hotter than it is outside. Last evening, when it cooled down into the low 70s, it was still well over 80 insi... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:35:13 EST Gacked from BayBeliever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3465434 Where are you from? <BR> Born, raised, and currently live in Tacoma, WA suburbs. <BR> <BR> Do you have a kid and if so, how many? <BR> Nope! I have successfully managed to avoid replicating. <BR> <BR> What is your occupation? <BR> Math teacher, 7th grade <BR> <BR> Are you married, if so, how long? <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite food? <BR> Italian (it's half my heritage, after all). <BR> <BR> Do you have any brothers or sisters? <BR> 1 older sister, almost 11 years older than ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 16:57:44 EST Breaking all the laws of nature, man, and God. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3462626 So, as most of you know, I went on an Alaska cruise last week, July 10-17. It was absolutely gorgeous, every bit as beautiful as the ads say. We even saw a breaching humpback whale! <BR> <BR> But, as we all know, the rumors about cruise ships are that everyone gains 5-10 pounds on them. Everyone. There's so much food! And it's always there! And it's rich food, and DESSERTS, and omg how do you deprive yourself when you're ON A CRUISE SHIP?? <BR> <BR> So I didn't. I decided I was going to eat... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:14:24 EST Home, finally. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399386 It's 9:12 p.m. and I'm finally home. I survived the Family Fourth with only one snarky comment from BIL (and I gave one right back, I'm happy to say). I ate all right, but did go over my calories a bit. Meh. I'm not too worried about that, really. <BR> <BR> It's been cloudy and breezy all day, with a high of about 65, so I'm not going to the fireworks. Who needs to sit on a hill above Puget Sound with a westerly blowing right at you, surrounded by ninety-nine thousand and forty-two other peo... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:18:53 EST Good weight news and bad weight news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3398113 The bad weight news this week: My weight's exactly the same as last week. (I didn't lose any.) <BR> <BR> The good weight news this week: My weight's exactly the same as last week. (I didn't GAIN any, either!) <BR> <BR> See, this is the difference SparkPeople has made: I'm now able to look at my unchanging weight and go, "Meh. At least I didn't gain!" Which is a huge difference over the way I'd've reacted before. And actually, I have a feeling this is water weight, anyway, which means some ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 13:52:12 EST The Fourth AGAIN? (Big whiny post. You have been warned.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3397005 I have to go spend tomorrow evening at my sister's house, doing a Fourth of July celebration with family and some of my sister's friends. <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong: I love my family. My sister and I are best friends, and my nephews and great-niece and all are tons of fun. (I don't get along too well with my brother-in-law, but that's more a matter of ignoring and being ignored than anything else.) But what I hate is the strain of getting together. Putting on a game face and pretendin... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 01:31:58 EST Good enough...? Yes. I am. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3384198 I haven't blogged since last week, which is unusual for me; I'm generally writing something here every day. It helps keep me motivated, and helps force me to take a look at what I'm doing and why. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I really want to be looking at it right now. <BR> <BR> See, I've been going through several days of the blahs. I've been eating right (except for one small Dairy Queen Blizzard on Saturday, but hey, it's only one day), exercising, and doing my best to keep myself motivated a... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:33:36 EST The warmest day of the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3365279 It was, indeed, the warmest day of the year so far. So is it pathetic that it got up to about 74 degrees (about 23C)? Though, actually, mid-70s is about normal for this time of year here. And guess where I was! That's right: stuck inside in a class. :P <BR> <BR> Not that it was a BAD class. Not at all; it was quite informative, and had some really neat techniques I can use in the classroom next year. But I would much rather have been out. <BR> <BR> I left at about 3:40 today--classes were o... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 23:48:44 EST Well, I got SOME stuff done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3361867 I took my car in for routine service today (oil change). It was supposed to have taken an hour or so. It took a little over two. Which wasn't horrible, because the dealership's courtesy van took me over to Barnes & Noble to kill some time, but it did sort of put a kink in my plans to do housework today. So I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped, but I did get a good bit done, at least. So it wasn't totally a wasted day. <BR> <BR> I'm really hoping I'm not getting another Meniere's Disease fl... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:34:39 EST Giving myself a "me" evening. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3351599 During the school year, my life pretty much exists of go to work, come home, exercise, watch TV, go to bed, get up and do it all over again. I'm so busy, and so tired, that doing what I "should" do is about as much as I can manage, especially in the last quarter of the year. So yesterday, I decided to do something different. Yesterday, I decided to do something for me. <BR> <BR> I went to a movie. <BR> <BR> Money's a bit tight, but I got around that with the simple expedient of possessing a... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:09:13 EST The best laid plans of mice and (wo)men.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3345930 (With apologies to Robert Burns, of course.) <BR> <BR> My plans for this afternoon definitely went awry, but it wasn't horrible, or even bad, really. First, I planned to leave work right at my end-of-contract time (2:15; I'm on the clock at 6:45), but I got busy doing stuff and stayed an extra half-hour. Unpaid, btw; teachers don't get overtime. But it was a good thing I did, because I happened to notice a good friend of mine had sent me an email. He and his wife live about 20 minutes north ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 23:14:08 EST Craving, craving, craving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3342048 I'm having horrible cravings, but not for sweets; I want lean protein. Weird, huh? But I had some turkey sausage for dinner tonight, and I REALLY want more. So the question is, do I want it because my body wants/needs lean protein, or do I want it because it tastes good? Decisions, decisions. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to next week, not only because school will be out, but because it's so much easier to manage my food--and to eat more, smaller meals when I don't have to be up at oh... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 21:33:26 EST So maybe this wasn't the best idea. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334947 I got behind on my exercise schedule, so I decided I would work out 3 days in a row, instead of two on, one off, which is my usual schedule. And then I counted up and realized my "30-day challenge" won't be up before I leave for the cruise, so I figured, hey, I can do five days in a row and then take a day off, and if I keep up that pattern, I'll be done in plenty of time! <BR> <BR> So I worked out for the third time in a row today. <BR> <BR> It wasn't a great idea. <BR> <BR> I'm not exha... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:38:38 EST Realization: I don't have to fear failure any more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3330075 Anybody else notice this? You start an exercise program--especially one that's progressive, like the "30 day challenge" on the EA Active Personal Trainer game I'm doing--and you feel like you're treading water with your ability to keep up. You know, "I'm still so out of breath, I still have to stop and rest all the time, I'm not really making any progress," that kind of thing? And then suddenly you realize--wait a minute, I just ran in place for two and a half minutes when I could barely do 4... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:55:47 EST Three rest days, but met my cardio goals anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327531 Thursday was my cardio rest day, and I took it even more than usual; I didn't even do ten minutes of exercise on Thursday. I was tired, physically and emotionally, and I just didn't want to do ANYTHING. I cooked an enormous, if low-calorie and high-nutrient, dinner, ate my dessert (staying well under my calorie limit), read some Jane Austen (my go-to gal for calming stress), and went to bed early. Friday I had every intention of working out, but I'd forgotten my bro-in-law was retiring from t... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:09:58 EST Mild cheating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3318487 We had a late-arrival today; we teachers came on time in the morning to hear a presentation on recognizing gang activity in the student body, and the students didn't come until 2 hours later than usual. We started the day with a breakfast potluck. I was mostly pretty good--though I did have a couple bagels, a handful of tiny (one-inch-diameter) cream puffs, and one doughnut. I mostly ate reasonably good stuff, though, like a piece of frittata, 6 oz of lowfat yogurt, and fruit. There was enoug... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 18:33:25 EST I didn't want to, but I did it anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3315047 I had really weird dreams last night--zombie nightmares, to be specific. I don't remember a ton, but I do remember that I knew this zombie (though I don't know her in real life), and she was going back and forth between attacking me like a zombie, and talking like a reasonable person. I woke up about 12:30 and knew that I'd fall right back into the nightmare if I went straight back to sleep, so I got up and read for about 45 minutes, to get my head out of the dream and into something more app... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:49:34 EST Not a bad Monday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311199 Only two more Mondays left in the school year! In fact, only two more of each day until the end of the school year. I'm so excited. :) <BR> <BR> Today was a rest day on the EA Active, so I just got on the Wii Fit and played around with balance games. Which is good, because my balance has never actually been very good. It's getting better, though! And I burned over 130 calories just playing balance games. Not bad. :) <BR> <BR> I've added a new goal to my "other goals" section: do 10 minutes ... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 20:45:16 EST Fun Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307761 It was a fun Sunday! <BR> <BR> As usual on a Sunday, I didn't eat breakfast, since we're not supposed to eat before Communion. Church was really fun; we had a Chrismation (Confirmation) before Liturgy, and then the homily was done by a visiting priest who's Dean of St. Herman Orthodox Seminary in Alaska. This Sunday is the Feast of All North-American Saints, and he had some wonderful stories of three saints, one of whom he actually knew! He's a great storyteller, and I thoroughly enjoyed his... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 23:20:46 EST Realization: I can be magical, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303495 Wow. Day 2 with the EA Active Personal Trainer for Wii, and it was easier today. <BR> <BR> That's not to say 'easy', of course. My knees still don't much like me, so lunges were hard; I had to keep a hand on furniture or a wall to stay balanced, and I couldn't go down as far as I would've liked, but I did what I could do. Running was still hard, but I pushed myself just *that much farther* than I would have by myself. I took breaks when I needed to, and started up again once I had my breath ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:23:15 EST Sigh. Okay, I did exercise after all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3302162 I suppose it's better to give in to a desire to exercise than to give in to a desire to overeat, right? And, you know, it was actually a really good thing, because as sore as I was, what I needed was to MOVE, to STRETCH. <BR> <BR> So I got on the Wii Fit. <BR> <BR> I originally intended only to do about 10 minutes of yoga, just to stretch out those muscles. But I couldn't stop there--I went through the balance games on the Wii Fit. Nothing hugely cardio, nothing that's going to stress the ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 00:26:15 EST SO not exercising today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3301133 I am SO SORE. I've discovered muscles I didn't know I had, and I know exactly where they are, because they hurt. And I know which parts of the body they control, because they hurt when I move those parts. <BR> <BR> Ow. Ow. Ow ow ow. <BR> <BR> But, amid all the whining, there's a bright spot roughly as bright as the sun: not only can I feel those muscles, I can feel them firming, growing, tightening. I can see definition starting to form, even under all my fat. I can feel that doing certain ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 16:58:34 EST Oh, my gosh, I hurt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3298544 So yesterday, I bought the EA Active Personal Trainer for Wii. I'd begun to get a little bored with the Wii Fit, and I thought, what the hell, I should start changing up my exercise routine before I get so bored I quit working out. After my weigh-in this morning, I DEFINITELY wasn't about to skip a workout! So I decided to try the new Personal Trainer workout--on "beginner," of course. <BR> <BR> Oh. My. Gosh. I don't think I've ever worked so hard at a workout in my LIFE. I only worked out f... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 22:36:08 EST I gained WHAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3296917 I got on the Wii Fit this morning to track my weight, which I hadn't done since Saturday. <BR> <BR> It said I'd gained 3.3 pounds. <BR> <BR> GAINED. THREE POINT THREE POUNDS. <BR> <BR> WTF??? <BR> <BR> Look, I know that your weight fluctuates, and I know that lean muscle weighs more than fat, and I know I've been doing a lot of strength training to build that lean muscle, but really? GAINING weight? I gotta tell ya, I spent about half an hour seriously bummed this morning. It was more tha... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 13:19:47 EST Building musk-uls, and clothes that fit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290483 So I've decided to go from doing strength training on just one part of the body three times a week, to doing a full-body workout three times a week. <BR> <BR> Ouch. <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong: this is a good ouch. This is the ouch you get when you do your strength-training exercises right, and for the first time. But my arms and hips and thighs ACHE. I think a hot shower and some ibuprofen are in order. <BR> <BR> I've been sort of floating on air since my weigh-in yesterday. So thi... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 21:21:19 EST I met a goal! Two, actually. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3285070 Two goals met today, when I got on the scale! :D <BR> <BR> Goal #1: lose 30 pounds. As of this morning, I'd lost just barely over 31. Whee! <BR> <BR> Goal #2: Get back to the lowest weight I've had in 8 years. That's where I am now, 285. One more pound, and I'll be thinner than I've been since 2005, last time I lost weight! I'm fitting into the clothes I bought then, and feeling damn good about it. :D Meeting small goals, like daily fitness and daily calories, really DOES add up to meeting ... Mon, 31 May 2010 13:13:30 EST Yipe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283588 So, it's been an . . . interesting day. My subject line will make sense in a couple of paragraphs, but I'm going to explain the whole day first. <BR> <BR> I woke up with just enough time to make it to my church on time if I got up RIGHT THEN. Unfortunately, I didn't; I fell back asleep and woke up with 10 minutes before Liturgy started...and I live 20 minutes away. So, no Liturgy for me today. (Only one Liturgy is celebrated per day on any Orthodox altar, which means that, unlike most church... Sun, 30 May 2010 23:22:40 EST Huh. I missed a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279817 I got so busy yesterday, I never did blog. In fact, I hardly scored any SparkPoints at all. I usually get pretty close to 75-80 points a day; yesterday, I scored, like, fifteen. Then again, I was hardly home. <BR> <BR> I intended to sleep in yesterday, and I certainly succeeded; I slept til 11:30! And that's not lying in bed thinking, "I don't feel like getting up yet"; that's *sleeping*. Given how stressful the week had been, added to the fact I've begun working out again the last couple we... Sat, 29 May 2010 13:00:23 EST Thank God it's ... Thursday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3275807 So, my two long days are over. I took my comp time today, so I left work at 10 a.m. And believe me, it felt GOOD. All my grading's done, my planning's done through the end of next week, and I am SO ready for my four-day weekend. You have NO idea. <BR> <BR> I really didn't want to exercise today, but I got on the Wii Fit anyway. It was a slog, really; I think I'm going to have to start changing up my exercise routine a bit because I was getting so bored by the end of it. But I burned 429 calo... Fri, 28 May 2010 01:26:31 EST Long day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271433 Long days at work aren't really conducive to staying on track, I've found. It's so easy to grab something bad for me. I'm usually at work anywhere from 8-10 hours, but yesterday and today have been 12-hour days, and it's HARD. I'm so tired when I get home that I want to do anything but exercise or cook. <BR> <BR> I was so proud of myself yesterday; not only did I fight off the "I want a pizza" bug last night and cooked a healthy meal with lots of fresh veggies, I also did my strength traini... Wed, 26 May 2010 19:37:22 EST