ALBATROSS925's SparkPeople Blog ALBATROSS925's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Rough End to March Oh, my goodness... <BR> <BR> I haven't had time for myself in weeks. I've been working crazy, 12-hour days. My fiance has some severe anxiety/depression issues and I have been trying to help him out. Our little one is just sweet and little and needs attention. I feel a little like I'm drowning. <BR> <BR> I have this ridiculous habit where I eat close to nothing one day and then everything in sight the next day. It happens a lot when I'm not taking care of myself. I've been fluctuating... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 01:26:22 EST Comfort Foods or Comfort Fools? If you're like me, you've done your fair share of hunting for healthy recipes. You've gone out and bought the veggies to hide in your food for those added vitamins, you've used agave instead of sugar and you've looked for all your favorite foods lightened up--eating healthy has to be delicious, right? <BR> <BR> Also, if you're like me, you've found some of these recipes are delicious and then served yourself twice what you normally would. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about comfort fo... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:16:37 EST Battle Royale Taken from my blog Bad Fattitude <BR> <link><BR>8/battle-royale/ </link> <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************************* <BR> <BR> Isn't it strange how important fighting is? I'm not saying that it's important to HAVE fights but it's important to be compatible in fighting styles or at least navigate together through troubled waters, right? <BR> <BR> I had a really terrible day yesterday. I was emotional, stressed and ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:31:50 EST In Which I finally exercise... All blogs reposted from <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> I have a secret. I don't hate exercise. <BR> <BR> For the amount of couch time I log in, you'd think I hate any and all physical activity. The reality is that I actually enjoy moving, I love the feeling a good session at the gym gives me. Once I get started, I'm totally okay with it--b... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:04:28 EST A Hate Foretold Click the link to find yourself to my blog entry. I just prefer the format of a different site :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5/a-hate-foretold/ </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:31:41 EST Chubby Girl Overboard! Alright, I stress ate today. <BR> <BR> I started the day just right, with the oatmeal and decaf green tea I had planned. My stomach was feeling cavernous, but I decided that it was just my body craving frosted goods and that I'd wait it out until I could snack on some fruit. Healthy, right? <BR> <BR> Well, then the bad news started pouring in. I was being pulled by stressors in every direction imaginable. It got so bad I had to close the door of my office and have a 5-minute-cry. After... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:29:00 EST Wubbin' I have had a really bad week. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what set it off but I just got to this weird point this week where I didn't want to eat. When I say that, I mean I didnt want to eat at all. Like the idea just nauseated me. <BR> <BR> What am I supposed to do with that? Other than that, not much else has happened. I didn't meet my goal of going to the gym, I got really sleepy and listless this week too. <BR> <BR> depression? in a funk? Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:55:41 EST Wub Wub Wub Wub... I have decided to get my exercise where I can. Where I can just happens to be work. I do a lot of walking around and have started using a pedometer and making mini goals in terms of how far I go each day. I figure my feet are going to hurt anyway, so they might as well hurt with a purpose! <BR> <BR> In addition, I have started packing healthy lunches and trying to avoid the vending machine. I still circle it sometimes, but I definitely think it's let go of some of its' grip on me. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:48:14 EST Long Blog About Baggage I feel like I need to spend this BLC I need to really take hold of some of my biggest issues. I have some stuff I have never admitted to that I really need to put out in the open if I am going to succeed. <BR> <BR> 1. I like eating healthy. I feel better, I feel more energized, I feel like I can be more myself. <BR> <BR> 2. I like the gym. I love the feeling of muscles stretched out, worked hard--I played sports throughout high school and loved it. <BR> <BR> So what's the problem, rig... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 02:41:48 EST WUB Love Well, here's the deal... <BR> <BR> I have been sick for a whole week. I had a horrible chest cold and have been hacking up a storm if I make any movement. I can say very few good things about this disease. <BR> <BR> I was pretty much getting all my nourishment from a vending machine. Let's say my monthly goals were not reached this week and now that I am feeling (mostly) better, I can regroup and attack. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 16:52:56 EST Monthly Goals Blog June sort of happened all around me but not to me. I wrapped up spring term at school and then immediately went into a full time job which has had me working every shift except a regular day shift! I fully admit to living out of a vending machine and letting it show. <BR> <BR> For July, I would like to lose 5 pounds. I know this sounds pretty tame but I'd like to lose 5 solid pounds that aren't coming back, I want to lose them and never find them again. <BR> <BR> I want to give up excess... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 16:28:56 EST Oh, belly: BLC #14 wrap up I feel like the past 8 weeks have been nothing but navel contemplations. I mean, I sit kind of hunched over, staring roughly at my belly button an asking why my stomach won't just get smaller. You'd think after over 20 years of trying to will my flab away, it would just pay attention. <BR> <BR> I keep insisting I haven't seen any difference in my size and I haven't, but I have noticed some really positive changes: <BR> <BR> 1. I don't jiggle as much <BR> 2. The backs of my legs aren't so ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:14:26 EST The good news and the bad news The Good News: I have been losing inches! There is definitely a change in the way my body is looking but most importantly, I can tell a difference in my endurance. I find myself more excited to work out, and just lasting longer before I hate the stair master. <BR> <BR> I'm also making some healthier choices in what I eat. I have that wedding in August which is helping me get EXTRA motivated lately. <BR> <BR> The bad news: At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would make s... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 02:04:53 EST Panic as a motivator A dear friend of mine is getting married at the beginning of August 2012 and I couldn't be happier for her. I and 3 of her other close friends are in the wedding and to say that their is a size range is putting it lightly. They are all size 4 and under (really, who wears junior sizes in their 20's?) and I am a size 22. Gloriously double digits, I'm sure they're all mentally giving me their portions of cake as it is. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my friend has chosen a lovely dress and it finally arri... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 21:06:33 EST Diet Revamp When I was younger, I went on the Atkins diet. The weight melted off because all I ate was chef salads and roast chicken. Not the healthiest diet, I know, but the memory of the weight falling off like that seems to keep mocking me. Nothing else has worked that well... <BR> <BR> Of course, I was incredibly unhealthy then and the weight didn't stay off. Since becoming a vegan, I have vital signs that are thousands of times better, more energy and less health concerns. Health wise, this ha... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:24:36 EST The Scale is an official liar So, it appears that I have gained 7 pounds. <BR> 7 pounds. <BR> seven. <BR> pounds. <BR> SEVEN POUNDS. <BR> <BR> To put it mildly, WHAT THE HELL!?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Yes, I cheated yesterday. I had bready things but I had salad for dinner and had a light breakfast. I work out twice a day and most days there is no cheating. Also, this growth has been steady, as steady as the fact that I am losing inches. <BR> <BR> I would love the validation of seeing some numbers change on the scale bec... Fri, 18 May 2012 12:13:35 EST Annoyed I've been having the strangest sleep schedule. I'm done sleeping at about 5 hours of sleep and then I stay up for around two hours, and then I'm tired again. The problem is, in those two hours I get really hungry and I eat something, definitely not binging, but I wake up and have all these calories used up. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good strategies for this? Spark keeps telling me with the amount of exercise I'm getting I need to eat more, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'm eati... Wed, 16 May 2012 10:52:17 EST Never Ending Workout I woke up at 4am today. <BR> <BR> I didn't mean to and I definitely didn't want to, but I woke up super alert and incredibly hungry. I made myself a sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich and had some water, did some crafting, tried to get back to sleep...but nothing. I was awake. <BR> <BR> I ended up running to the gym around 6am. I'm still a little down in the energy department since my medication issues got so crazy, so I worked out for about 5 minutes before deciding to just run ho... Fri, 11 May 2012 23:24:54 EST Hello Hotstuff: A Letter to Myself Dear lady pants, <BR> <BR> Yes, I call you lady pants. <BR> <BR> I wanted to start this letter off by saying that I'm proud of you for the progress you've made so far. You've made some serious healthy life changes this 2012 and it's awesome that you're keeping those up. <BR> <BR> It's time for you to push a little harder though. Count those calories, hit the gym and most importantly, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY. You will know when you are hungry, you will know when you are full, let ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:21:15 EST Product Review: Silk Fruit and Protein Product review! Something tasty that I love--what could be better? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:20:53 EST The Not-So Triumphant Return I'm working on making my comeback! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:58:57 EST February Goals So, I met most of my January goals. <BR> <BR> First off, WOOHOO!!!! There were some rough patches but over all I realized that I can definitely can do this. I can stick to this. In order to make healthy changes, I may not be able to lose weight over night, but if I take it little by little, I can definitely do this. <BR> <BR> My goals for February are pretty simple. <BR> <BR> 1.) I need to be sure not to go crazy and over do things. I tend to have three weeks of really intense, mania... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:43:30 EST Bad News Bear I have been in such a slump lately. I'm no stranger to depression but this somehow feels different. It's hard to explain, more like general malaise. I'm feeling unmotivated and just like I'm in a fog. It's really strange but the past week or so I've just been a total zombie. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping within my calorie range and everything but I'm so exhausted, even walking to classes just exhausts me. I'm hoping to hit the gym again tomorrow and get back in the groove but who knows. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 01:08:24 EST Promises, Promises... I'm just super busy...le sigh <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:28:41 EST Week 2 recap! <link> </link> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:46:19 EST Recipe and more: Brussels sprouts v. My mexican granny Maple-Dijon Brussels Recipe :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:07:32 EST A note to my ninjas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We, myself included, all appear to have had a really rough day today! I just want to say that we had an awesome week 1 and that if we keep up even a fraction of that motivation, we will definitely continue to kick butt! <BR> <BR> Also, all of you posting on the boards here and on facebook and sharing the fact that you had a bad day is amazing. You're all incredibly motivating and I'm so lucky to be part of suc... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:23:32 EST Meeting Goals Through 260 Calorie Failures <img src=""> <link><BR>7/meeting-goals-through-260-calorie-fa<BR>ilures/ </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:34:19 EST Manic Monday Workout Review: Rowing Machine Rowing Machine...yikes! <link><BR>6/manic-monday-rowing-machine/ </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:28:09 EST Week 1 Weightloss Recap <link><BR>6/week-1-weightloss-recap/ </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:00:17 EST Recipe: Cannellini and Kale Soup <link><BR>5/recipe-cannellini-and-kale-soup/ </link> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:43:25 EST SatHURTday <BR> Tough exercise day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/sathurtday/ </link> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:04:49 EST Day 11 and 12: A Bad Stay in Fatberia (Part II) On doing fat taxes and getting sick <BR> <link>badfattitude.wordpres y-in-fatberia-part-ii/ </link> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:42:15 EST Day 11 and 12: A Bad Stay in Fatberia Rough goings. <BR> <BR><BR>1/12/day-11-and-12-a-bad-stay-in-fatbe<BR>ria/ Fri, 13 Jan 2012 01:29:59 EST Mini Goals (a work in progress) Life Goals <BR> ------------------ <BR> 10 days of activity and nutrition tracking {} <BR> A month of AT LEAST 3 gym visits a week {} <BR> Begin training for a 5k {} <BR> Complete 5k with no walking {} <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Goals <BR> ------------------- <BR> 290 Pounds (leaving the 290's!){X} <BR> 279 Pounds (15 pounds lost! {} <BR> 264 (10% of starting weight!){} <BR> 250 (Lightest I have been in about 5 years) {} <BR> 234 pounds (halfway to my goal!) {} <BR> 220 pounds {25% of starting b... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 02:04:28 EST Manic Monday Workout Review: Zumba A review of my Zumba class. Intense :) <BR> <BR><BR>1/09/manic-monday-workout-review-zumba/ Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:13:01 EST You can do it, Albatross! A letter to my future self Dear Future Albatross, <BR> <BR> Remember 12 weeks ago when you started the BLC challenge? You got placed on the Purple Ninjas and even in week 0, they seemed like a great group of girls but you were still feeling nervous. You had tried to lose weight before and failed and you were afraid of "failing in front of an audience". I'm so glad you stopped that stupid train of thought and realized you weren't going to fail in front of an audience, you were going to try and be supported while doi... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 00:29:23 EST Product Test: Biscoff Spread<BR>08/product-test-biscoff-spread/ <BR> <BR> About the same calories as peanut butter but fixes my sweet tooth cravings? I'm in! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:01:00 EST Why I'm Going To Lose Weight As inspired by my ninja buddy, here is a list of reasons I want to lose weight. I've decided to add to this list, one reason for every day. <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> 1.) I want to shop at a store without plus sizes. <BR> 2.) I want to be able to look at myself in a mirror and smile. <BR> 3.) So I'm no longer the "fat friend" <BR> 4.) So my jeans don't completely wear out at the thig... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 03:52:09 EST Recipe Test Kitchen: PPK's puffy pillow pancakes Making two pancakes from 1/4 cup batter each resulted in a breakfast that (without syrup) was in the 350 cal range. Not bad! <BR> <BR><BR>1/07/bad-fattitude-test-kitchen-ppks-p<BR>uffy-pillow-pancakes/ Sat, 7 Jan 2012 15:14:19 EST Recipe: Bulgur and Lentil Soup<BR>06/recipe-lentil-and-bulgur-soup/ Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:55:30 EST Rollercoaster of Fat? Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:24:38 EST Ensalada Salvation<BR>04/ensalada-salvation/ Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:33:05 EST I made a Wordpress! I've decided I like the idea of blogging, I just want a different format. You can find my business here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to comment :) Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:59:13 EST