AKALEI349's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKALEI349 AKALEI349'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/ Pre-Packaged Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140714 Getting all of my snacks pre-packaged as well as my lunch has been a huge help! The only thing I'm still struggling with is remembering to track my dinner or basically anything after I get home at the end of the night. At least, overall, my day was much healthier yesterday! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:41:38 EST Preparation Preperation Preperation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139034 This week I bought... Carrots Pretzels Blackberries G<BR>rapes Peanuts Almonds All to prepackage into snacks for myself. I also bought bagel thins and English muffins for breakfast and lunch. I am ready for a healthy week! Any advise on prepackaging portions of peanut butter to dip my pretzels in for a midday pick-up? Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:21:40 EST Explanation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137135 Well my rough week continues...at least now I know why! So I've basically been feeling like crap lately, overly tired, sluggish, kind of...dim like I can't make my brain work correctly. I went to the doctor yesterday, turns out I'm having a SUPER BAD allergic reaction to the changing weather. I'm basically bee one giant sneezing fool for over a month now but now it's manifested in other ways as well. They've got me on a bunch of steroids and on allergy medication so hopefully I'll start fee... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:51:49 EST Unmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135551 I find myself a little unmotivated these days. Okay that is false, I find myself INCREDIBLY unmotivated. I just, I hate cooking! So much! I get no pleasure from it, I'm not very good at it and it kid takes time and effort from the things I enjoy like sewing and reading. However, not cooking is so expensive and fattening so I know I need to do it. So the question is, for hose of you out there who hate cooking (because I cannot possible be the only one) - how do you stay motivated? Tue, 5 Apr 2016 12:22:33 EST Rough Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134721 Well, it has been a rough few days. We had a very busy couple of days off together, which translated to not the greatest eating habits plus no time for grocery shopping. I'm just doing what I can today to get back where I need to be. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 11:59:10 EST Struggle vs Progress - Learning to Think Positively Towards Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126674 Last night's dinner was a struggle, boyfriend ordered pizza for dinner so I splurged too much but it's the first ordering in we've done in like two weeks so I think it shows progress. This morning I have used up most of my calories some will probably go over today as well but as long as I stay on track this weekend I can still have a successful week. Plus, before I started this journey, at least half of my meals were ordering in or fast food. Now 5/7 days a week are entirely home-prepared ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:12:25 EST Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125168 Today's small win that I am celebrating is how much I have cut back on caffeine in general but specifically coffee and soda. Back in Jan I was drinking 3-5 large cups of coffee every day! Plus sometimes soda at lunch. In my defense the large consumption of coffee has to do with he UNLIMITED coffee and water available and I always paced myself with water as well. In Feb I was down to 2 cups of coffee a day (still large) and still sometimes soda at lunch. Now it's March and I started the mon... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:18:25 EST Working Exercise In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124346 I am having trouble fitting exercise into my routine. Partially because I'm tired all of the time, partially because I have a million other things to do like the sewing I'm 3 weeks behind on so that I can open my Etsy shop. How do you all work exercise in when your schedule is packed? Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:54:52 EST Bad Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123558 Well, it was a bad couple of days for tracking my food and drink habits. Partially because I was so busy, partially because I was so tired. Today is a new day, I'm getting back on track with a healthy breakfast and lunch! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:09:27 EST Small Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121490 Yesterday's small victory is that I managed to not overeat, even while home for the day. My calorie count was on the high end of my range but I didn't go over! Typically days I'm home tend to be the hardest because of my instinct to graze throughout the day. Which is much harder to track and often leads to overeating. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:15:37 EST Small Victory Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119865 In an effort to be kinder to myself and help combat my emotional eating I am making an effort to celebrate at least 2 small victories each week. Last night my small victory was ordered a salad for dinner rather than some super fatty entrée. Now it was a restaurant salad so it probably wasn't as healthy as anything I could make at home but it was a better decision than I usually make. What are your small victories? Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:00:31 EST Planning for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119114 So the problem is I despise cooking, and boyfriend only knows how to cook a few (unhealthy) things. I pre-planned our meals. They're relatively healthy. Now the problem is finding the motivation to cook them instead of just doing something quick and unhealthy. Any advise? Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:56:34 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117422 So yesterday was not my best day, I ate WAY WAY WAY over my calories because I didn't pre-prepare my lunch. However today is a new day, win a splurge for breakfast I am ready to have a positive day. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:22:00 EST Here We Go Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115388 Alrighty... Let's try this again! 1st day went well, I ate under my goal and I tracked all of my food for the day which was a big hurdle! I also added two meals to the Sparkpeople tracker and added a bunch of food to have accurate calorie counts! Another fun thing about this time around is I work at a company that values health. Twice a week we get deliveries of fruit (on Mon) and veggie (on Wed) and also offers a great discount at a local gym! Normally I would be hesitant to join a gym ... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:15:15 EST Updates and goal setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770002 Well everyone I am back to try again. Third time's the charm right? <BR> <BR> Since I last fell behind in my weight loss journey I have switched jobs and gotten off the medication that was causing my weight gain and the issues I was having losing weight. I think part of the reason I stopped last time was because I felt like with my medication I wasn't going to get anywhere anyway but I couldn't stop taking it. <BR> <BR> So here I go again, right from the beginning. My goal is to lose 3 poun... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:23:20 EST First Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406815 Finally made it down to my first goal of being under 300 lbs! 299 to be exactly, it took me two weeks instead of one but at least I made it! My next goal is 275 lbs, and when I make it I'm going to buy myself this dress <link>www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/buddin<BR>g-starlet-dress-in-emerald </link> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:49:14 EST Fell off the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399767 Well, rather than loosing 2 lbs and getting below 300 for the first time in...ages; I fell of the bandwagon. I know where I went wrong, I fell into the trap of not having enough food available to bring to work so I was forced to eat out rather than eating healthier food items. I also let myself run out of fruit so now I'm suffering major fruit withdrawals. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day and next week is another week and I'm going to go for being below 300 lbs and try again. However unt... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:37:20 EST Goal 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393483 Almost to goal # 1! Two more pounds down and I reach 299 lbs, which will make the first time I've been under 300 lbs in...probably over a year. <BR> <BR> The question is...what to do to celebrate? Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:20:13 EST A Minor Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374166 So today, despite the fact that my visiting boss bought me a Cherry Coke (one of my weaknesses) I only drank a sip of it rather than finishing the whole bottle like I would have a month ago! Yay victory! Fri, 31 May 2013 23:58:36 EST I Love Turkey Bacon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370747 I love turkey bacon. I love it so much that I don't even buy regular bacon anymore, even if the recipe calls for it. This was an entirely useless post I know, but it was all I could think to blog about. Tue, 28 May 2013 19:44:49 EST Hello, My Name is Ashley and I am a Control Freak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365184 Which is silly, considering I have little to no self control when it comes to food. However in my work, and sometimes home life, I need to control everything possible. From the angle a display is placed at work to how my roommate does the dishes. Perhaps I use up all my controlling on other people and forget to leave some for myself? <BR> <BR> The first step is admitting it though, right? Thu, 23 May 2013 00:14:11 EST Bad Streak Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364009 Well my bad streak continues, I seem to have fallen back into some of my old habits. I have a million excuses of why, I haven't had time to grocery shop, what food I do have requires cooking which I detest and with my work stress has made me even less willing to do so. However, I'm sick of excuses. I'm having a bad streak because I'm not making myself follow my plan. I'm giving into temptation because I'm being weak and I need to get myself together. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day and... Tue, 21 May 2013 22:46:01 EST Bad Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361635 Well I'm having a bad streak for food eating for the past few days. I've been over-eating and not eating great food. <em>39</em> I've feeling pretty bummed about it overall, but I'm trying to remind myself that tomorrow is another day and that I can do this. Sun, 19 May 2013 23:01:27 EST Roadblock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353530 Well, I've hit my first roadblock since I restarted my quest to loose weight. This one is in the form of a really painful back spasm. Its making it very hard to exercise properly and it makes me want to eat constantly to battle the pain. <BR> <BR> I've been over calories a lot since it happened so today I decided to restart the quest to stay within my calories since I can't do much for exercise. I have been walking as part of my exercise but I have to do so slowly because most standing an... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:46:52 EST Feeling Bloated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2150966 I hate feeling bloated, it makes me feel like all of the effort I'm putting towards losing weight isn't doing a damn thing because I put on my clothes and I look worse than ever. <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Jun 2009 22:56:35 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2116941 I'm Ashley and I'm going to start losing weight now! I've tried before, dozens of times, but I'm determined to do it this time. I'm actually a very healthy person, the problem is I don't work out enough to counterbalance what I eat. So now I'm going to eat less, exercise more and hopefully lose the weight that I don't want *crosses fingers* Tue, 2 Jun 2009 16:50:51 EST