ALICIALYNNE's SparkPeople Blog ALICIALYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feeling Joyful! No one seems to be reading blogs anymore, so this is more of a diary at this point! So if you are reading this, forgive the babbling. <BR> <BR> This has been one of the best periods in my life. <BR> <BR> Over the past months, we had fantastic, wonderful, amazing steps forward in our journey to take care of a legal problem. <BR> <BR> My company celebrated our first full year in operation. We ordered company shirts to celebrate, and I cannot wait to get them in! <BR> <BR> Three of my ki... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:17:54 EST Happy 4th, Everyone! Ooops, a month since my last blog! <BR> <BR> I have very little to report now. I hit the "pause" button on my monthly goals since I was not doing well with them. My failure to meet those goals was ruining my motivation, so I have stepped back to re-evaluate my plan and progress. <BR> <BR> I am still doing my Stroller Strength workout group, which is fantastic! I am by far the least fit of the group, but the women are all very nice. Everyone brings their little kids, and I enjoy seeing all ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:21:47 EST Finally, a New Pic! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We took this at the Scout party last night. Unfortunately my arm skin is getting to me a little, but I like the rest of the pic... <BR> <BR> This dress is one of the new ones I was so excited to purchase last weekend! <BR> <BR> EDIT: <BR> <BR> How the crap do I get it to rotate properly?!? It shows up properly rotated on my computer, but keeps turning sideways on Spark. HELP! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 08:36:41 EST A Great Weekend! Howdy! <BR> <BR> My weekend was totally amazing! <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I dropped off my oldest boy for camp. We were supposed to go to my son's baseball game and end-of-year picnic, but he didn't want to go. He is autistic, and I really just didn't feel like fighting with him and driving all that way just for him to be unhappy. <BR> <BR> So, we went to the pool! My husband stayed home with the baby while I scampered off with my 7 year-old, my friend and her daughter. It was wonderful! At ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:50:59 EST Some Positives! Well, it finally has happened! I have had a good week! <BR> <BR> I have spent lots of time outside lately. We have been to the park several times in the last few days, we went swimming on Saturday, and I attended my workout class today. For whatever reason, being outside is incredibly therapeutic for me. I feel better than I have in months! <BR> <BR> My workout class is AWESOME! It is extremely tough, which is exactly what I need. I spent too many workouts at home "phoning it in" which, uns... Thu, 28 May 2015 18:14:47 EST Started Stroller Moms and Other Misc. Stuff I just noticed that I haven't blogged in a MONTH! No wonder I have been faltering; I am not focusing at all! <BR> <BR> There is all kinds of stuff that I want to say in here and I have no clue how to organize it. So beware, this could end up rambling quite a bit... <BR> <BR> I bought another pair of shorts!! This is only the second one I have bought within the last 15 years or so (the first one was a few years ago; I blogged about it on here). Size 12, baby! From Old Navy, even! They have a... Thu, 14 May 2015 14:06:14 EST April 10th Update As of yesterday, we were 30% through the month. <BR> <BR> April Goals: <BR> 4500 Steps: 5/25 20% <BR> Days Tracked: 6/24 25% <BR> Fitbit: 4/20 20% <BR> Squats: 110/600 18.33% <BR> Planks: 150/1000 15% <BR> Burpees: 32/200 16% <BR> Biceps: 60/360 16.67% <BR> Triceps: 60/360 16.67% <BR> Miles: 7.12/40 17.80% Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:34:47 EST An Odd Month and April Goals Well, March came and went. It had some great highs and some pretty wicked lows. <BR> <BR> Highs include but are not limited to: FANTASTIC 10K race experience, bought my first pair of size 11/12 pants from Maurice's (started this journey at a size 18), NO LONGER OBESE ACCORDING TO BMI!, lots of fun playing with the kids outside now that the weather has gotten better... <BR> <BR> Lows include: only met one of my March goals, got really sick the week before my 10K, lots of personal financial ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:09:44 EST Another 10K Race Done! GREAT Experience! My race finally came and went! I have done this same race before, and it was just as good as always! <BR> <BR> I love this race. The atmosphere is always really fun. It is hosted by a church/school and benefits their art program. They have been putting on this race for twenty years, so there are very few kinks! It's well organized, all the people are really nice, the course runs through a gorgeous neighborhood. Even better, the weather was amazing today! <BR> <BR> I almost quit in the first... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:01:59 EST A Wonderful Time Howdy all! <BR> <BR> No progress report today, because the numbers aren't so great on that and I refuse to let them get to me today. <BR> <BR> I had the BEST day yesterday! A big part of my recent stress has been my husband having to be out of town for a MONTH for freaking work. Well, he got most of the way done last week which means we had him all weekend! Yesterday was a GORGEOUS day, so we talked him to going to the playground with us! We played tennis, and the kids and I also went nuts ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:52:27 EST February and I did not get along very well... February totals: <BR> 4500 Steps: 21/24 Days 87.5% <BR> Nutrition Tracked: 23/24 Days 95.833% <BR> Below Fitbit Calories Burned: 10/15 Days 66.667% <BR> Squats: 800/800 <em>248</em> <BR> Planks: 800/800 Seconds <em>248</em> <BR> Burpees: 200/200 <em>248</em> <BR> Biceps Moves: 360/360 <em>248</em> <BR> Triceps Moves: 360/360 <em>248</em> <BR> Treadmill Miles: 31.33/55 56.96% <BR> <BR> I only met my strength goals because I did a KILLER workout yesterday. For the rec... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:16:29 EST Why bother? As of yesterday, we were 53.57% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4500 Steps: 14/24 Days 58.33% <BR> Nutrition Tracked: 12/24 Days 50% <BR> Below Fitbit Calories Burned: 6/15 Days 40% <BR> Squats: 275/800 34.37% <BR> Planks: 380/800 Seconds 47.5% <BR> Burpees: 84/200 42% <BR> Biceps Moves: 132/360 45.6% <BR> Triceps Moves: 132/360 45.6% <BR> Treadmill Miles: 21.77/55 39.58% <BR> <BR> My personal life has pretty much been shot, and I am fed up. My husband has to work out of town for sev... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:14:59 EST Feb 10th Update As of yesterday, we were 35.71% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4500 Steps: 8/24 Days 33.33% <BR> Nutrition Tracked: 7/24 Days 29.16% <BR> Below Fitbit Calories Burned: 4/15 Days 26.66% <BR> Squats: 175/800 21.87% <BR> Planks: 240/800 Seconds 30% <BR> Burpees: 52/200 26% <BR> Biceps Moves: 84/360 23.33% <BR> Triceps Moves: 84/360 23.33% <BR> Treadmill Miles: 18.48/55 33.6% <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00:00 EST February Goals Here are my goals for the month! <BR> <BR> 4500 Steps: 0/24 Days <BR> Nutrition Tracked: 0/24 Days <BR> Below Fitbit Calories Burned: 0/15 Days <BR> Squats: 0/800 <BR> Planks: 0/800 Seconds <BR> Burpees: 0/200 <BR> Biceps Moves: 0/360 <BR> Triceps Moves: 0/360 <BR> Treadmill Miles: 0/55 <BR> <BR> I upped the steps. My eventual goal is to get to 10,000 a day, but I am going to build up gradually to that point. I am going to eat below my Fitbit "Calories Burned" 15 days this month. We will s... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:02:06 EST Adios, January! We are DONE with January! Buh-bye! It's been nice, but I am on to BIGGER and BETTER things in February! <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 25 Days <em>248</em> <BR> All food tracked: 25 Days <em>248</em> <BR> Squats: 800 <em>248</em> <BR> Planks: 800 <em>248</em> <BR> Push-ups: 400 <em>248</em> <BR> Bicep curls: 360 <em>248</em> <BR> Triceps moves: 360 <em>248</em> <BR> Miles on treadmill: 40 Miles <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> This month has been TREMENDOUS for me. I have m... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:02:56 EST Quick NSV No progress update since yesterday was a rest day. I did get my steps in; that will be included on the next update. <BR> <BR> I had a NSV last night that I am super excited about. <BR> <BR> I carried two laundry baskets by myself at the same time. I had the big laundry bag on my right shoulder, with my right hand on it to hold it steady, and I had the baby's laundry basket in my left hand. I carried that all the way from the back of the apartment building to the front, up 5 stairs, and in t... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:02:01 EST I don't even know where to begin! Well, I guess I can go ahead and get this part out of the way... <BR> <BR> As of yesterday, we were 90.3% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 22/25 days 88% ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT <BR> All food tracked: 24/25 days 96% ONLY 1 DAY LEFT <BR> Squats: 745/800 93.12% ONLY 55 LEFT <BR> Planks: 765/800 95.62% ONLY 35 LEFT <BR> Push-ups: 363/400 90.75% ONLY 37 LEFT <BR> Bicep curls: 357/360 99.16% ONLY 3 LEFT!! <BR> Triceps moves: 351/360 97.5% ONLY 9 LEFT!! <BR> Miles on treadmill: 42.26/40... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:24:59 EST Jan 27 Update As of yesterday, we were 87.09% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 20/25 days 80% ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT <BR> All food tracked: 22/25 days 88% ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT <BR> Squats: 670/800 83.75% ONLY 130 LEFT <BR> Planks: 675/800 84.37% ONLY 125 LEFT <BR> Push-ups: 315/400 78.75% ONLY 85 LEFT <BR> Bicep curls: 321/360 89.16% ONLY 39 LEFT!! <BR> Triceps moves: 312/360 86.66% ONLY 48 LEFT!! <BR> Miles on treadmill: 35.78/40 89.45% ONLY 4.22 LEFT <BR> <BR> I'm getting close now! <BR> <BR> I do n... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:55:12 EST Jan 25 Update - Feelin' Kind of Like a Badass We are 80.6% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 19/25 days 76% <BR> All food tracked: 21/25 days 84% <BR> Squats: 570/800 71.25% <BR> Planks: 585/800 73.12% <BR> Push-ups: 267/400 66.75% <BR> Bicep curls: 276/360 76.66% <BR> Triceps moves: 262/360 72.77% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 35.78/40 89.45% <BR> <BR> So, I cannot believe I haven't posted an update in so long! Oops! <BR> <BR> As the numbers above show, I have made major progress over the last few days! I am very close to... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:16:45 EST January 14 Progress Update & Signed Up For a 10K! As of yesterday, we were 45.16% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 8/25 days 32% <BR> All food tracked: 11/25 days 44% <BR> Squats: 330/800 41.25% <BR> Planks: 305/800 38.12% <BR> Push-ups: 144/400 36% <BR> Bicep curls: 141/360 39.16% <BR> Triceps moves: 135/360 37.5% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 10.68/40 26.7% <BR> <BR> This whole flu situation has really knocked me down and thrown me behind! I am FINALLY getting truly better, but I still have no energy at all. I did a strength... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:58:36 EST Jan 10 Update We are 32.2% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 6/25 days 24% <BR> All food tracked: 8/25 days 32% <BR> Squats: 250/800 32.25% <BR> Planks: 205/800 25.6% <BR> Push-ups: 96/400 24% <BR> Bicep curls: 96/360 26.6% <BR> Triceps moves: 96/360 26.6% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 6.19/40 15.4% <BR> <BR> I had to miss a couple days due to flu. The pharmacist finally told me a medicine I can take, and the baby is finally doing better. Today on the treadmill I just walked, no running, since... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:49:09 EST Jan 6 Progress Update We are 19.35% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 4/25 days 16% <BR> All food tracked: 5/25 days 20% <BR> Squats: 175/800 21.8% <BR> Planks: 115/800 14.37% <BR> Push-ups: 60/400 15% <BR> Bicep curls: 60/360 16.66% <BR> Triceps moves: 60/360 16.66% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 2.07/40 5.1% Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:17:29 EST God, I Missed My Treadmill I FINALLY got the Christmas tree put away today and got the treadmill out. I took plenty of time cleaning it up (I haven't used it in WAY too long so it was really dusty), put the baby in the baby jail, and hopped on. <BR> <BR> I was planning today as a test run. I haven't run in so long that I was concerned about my conditioning. I planned on doing a nice long warm-up, then trying to run 2 minutes and walk 2 minutes, and then just repeat that. <BR> <BR> I did my 10 minute long walk, took ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:12:05 EST Status Update and HUGE Non-Scale Victory So, the boring part out of the way first. We are 12.9% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 2/25 days 8% <BR> All food tracked: 3/25 days 12% <BR> Squats: 125/800 15.6% <BR> Planks: 75/800 9.3% <BR> Push-ups: 36/400 9% <BR> Bicep curls: 36/360 10% <BR> Triceps moves: 36/360 10% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 0/40 0% <BR> <BR> I did a bunch of squats while doing a workout video yesterday. I stopped counting at 50 so I could focus on the actual workout, but in reality it was probably fa... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:10:36 EST Jan 2nd Update We are 6.4% through the month. <BR> <BR> 4,000 steps: 0/25 days 0% <BR> All food tracked: 2/25 days 8% <BR> Squats: 75/800 9.3% <BR> Planks: 75/800 9.3% <BR> Push-ups: 36/400 9% <BR> Bicep curls: 36/360 10% <BR> Triceps moves: 36/360 10% <BR> Miles on treadmill: 0/40 0% <BR> <BR> I did my circuit workout from my BOOM blog yesterday, which is where all of those strength reps came from. Whew! I was really dragging on my energy level, so it took forever to do. I would love to advance to the po... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:31:59 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR!! And January Goals... Happy New Year, all you wonderful, feisty, sassy Sparkers! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve (and aren't suffering too terribly this morning...). <BR> <BR> These are my goals as they stand now. They might change a bit depending on how things work out with a challenge I hope to do with a fellow Sparker. <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps: 0/25 days <BR> All food tracked: 0/25 days <BR> Squats: 0/800 <BR> Planks: 0/800 <BR> Push-ups: 0/400 <BR> Bicep curls: 0/360 <BR> Triceps moves: 0/360 <... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:08:56 EST December Wrap Up Pushups: <em>248</em> <BR> Planks: <em>248</em> <BR> Squats: <em>248</em> <BR> Cardio workout minutes: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I also made more progress on the tracking goal, but I don't remember exactly how many days I ended up successfully tracking. <BR> <BR> I am working on making up my goals for January. <BR> <BR> I returned that piece of junk Wego Hybrid. I never did get the sleep function to track at all, and after reading reviews, apparently that function doesn't wo... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:37:12 EST Update! We are currently 90.3% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 189/200 94.5% <BR> Planks: 406/500 seconds 81.2% <BR> Squats: 440/500 88% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 236/300 78.6% <BR> <BR> I spent over 80 minutes yesterday afternoon walking to / from the park, playing tennis, and walking around the tennis courts. That has helped that cardio number significantly! <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:56:44 EST Almost done with 2014! We are currently 87.1% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 189/200 94.5% <BR> Planks: 406/500 seconds 81.2% <BR> Squats: 440/500 88% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 156/300 52% <BR> <BR> I am making great progress with the strength moves, but am going to have to really push to get those cardio minutes in! Eeek! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:46:32 EST Merry Belated Christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS SPARKERS! <BR> <BR> I had a great Christmas. For Christmas Eve, we went to my sister's house. She had an appetizer party - everyone brings an appetizer and she supplied a main course. They had grilled lamb! I normally don't like lamb, but it tasted like wonderful, juicy steak... We then spent several hours playing board games, drinking, etc. Once the kids were tucked in upstairs, we filled up the stockings. <BR> <BR> All of the kids made out like bandits! Christmas morning ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:44:59 EST Stats! We are now 67.7% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 159/200 79.5% <BR> Planks: 336/500 seconds 67.2% <BR> Squats: 390/500 78% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 106/300 35.33% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 7/15 46% <BR> <BR> I am going to stop doing the last one. This means I will not get my reward for the month. I know I am not going to hit that goal, and I don't want it to drag me down. <BR> <BR> Obviously, the cardio is a major weak point. ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:42:40 EST BOOM! First thing's first, my goal progress. We are now 51.6% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 111/200 55.5% <BR> Planks: 201/500 seconds 40.2% <BR> Squats: 280/500 56% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 42/300 14% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 6/15 40% <BR> <BR> For my cardio, I made the following circuit workout. <BR> <BR> Jumping jacks - 40 <BR> Modified Push-ups - 12 <BR> Lying triceps extension - 12 <BR> High knees - 40 (per leg) <BR> Squats ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Update! I am loving this challenge! I swear I am already feeling improvements in my upper-body strength thanks to those killer planks. Unlike my pre-pregnancy challenges, I am doing UNMODIFIED planks. A week ago I could only do 15 seconds per set. Now I am up to 20! <BR> <BR> We are 48.3% through the month... <BR> <BR> Pushups: 75/200 37% <BR> Planks: 141/500 seconds 28.2% <BR> Squats: 205/500 41% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 0/300 0% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in rang... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:02:02 EST Progress Update Well, time for an update! We are now 38.7% o the way through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 51/200 25.5% <BR> Planks: 81/500 seconds 16.2% <BR> Squats: 130/500 26% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 0/300 0% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 3/15 20% <BR> <BR> Obviously I am way behind, but it is OK since I started the challenge really late. <BR> <BR> I will be getting in some cardio minutes tomorrow, since my older kids will be home and can keep an eye on... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:16:32 EST Time to make some goals! I have a dark, dirty confession to make... <BR> <BR> I bought a scale. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know. I have spent years ranting on why people shouldn't have them in their homes and need to rely on measurements instead. However, after having the baby last year, my waist measurement isn't an accurate gauge of anything. I think it is due to the excess skin left over from both the pregnancy and all the yoyo weightloss over the last few years. <BR> <BR> According to the scale, I have regained roughly ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:59:49 EST Wonderful Hike Hello all! <BR> PROGRESS! Things have been going well the last couple weeks. Although I often miss my ranges, I am consistently tracking my food. I am spotting my trouble areas and working on a plan of attack. The biggest one is nighttime snacking! I will be within my ranges... until around 8:30 pm. Oops! <BR> <BR> This weekend was full of activity. On Saturday I took all four kids to the park. We walked to and from, and the neighbors tagged along. We played tennis for two hours. When I wasn... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:30:48 EST Feeling a bit glum... I think I may be losing my mind. <BR> <BR> Well... more so than usual. <BR> <BR> I have heavily fallen off of the weight loss bandwagon. I constantly feel HUGE. Weak. I know why I feel this way - inconsistent tracking along with zero exercise. Particularly the lack of exercise since it is my primary method of mood stabilization. <BR> <BR> My pants fit the same... measurements are the same... but I feel weak and fat. <BR> <BR> I bought a play pen for the baby so I can at least try to wo... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:40:08 EST Why Hello There! Why hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been quite a while since I last blogged - over a YEAR! GAH! Thanks to the app I haven't completely fallen off, but I don't think there is a way to blog through the app. <BR> <BR> The past year has been absolutely insane. First, I had my beautiful baby boy. His name is Eddie and he is just the most awesome baby ever. So, the total of kids in the house is FOUR. An 8 month old baby, a 7 year old autistic boy, a 10 year old boy, and a hormonal 12 year old girl... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:47:39 EST Quick Vent This is a silly, random vent. Please feel free to skip this blog <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to figure out how to contact Spark and see why this is happening, but I am super frustrated right now. <BR> <BR> I am a slow runner. Most of the time, I embrace it. I'm a proud member of the Slow, Fat Runners Team (if you're like me, check out that team! Lots of love and support over there for us slow pokes!). <BR> <BR> For a while, Spark has admitted that I have a 14 to 15 minute p... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:41:36 EST March Goals and Progress Thus Far As some of you know, I came up with a points system last month to use with my goals. I put a points value on each goal, and then also came up with a goal to complete a certain number of the mini-goals. I get rewards based on how many points, and how many of the goals I complete. It was a huge success; even though I didn't meet all of my goals, I didn't become unmotivated. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, I am going to repeat the exercise this month, just changed up a little bit. Below are the g... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:22:35 EST Update on February Progress Hello! I hope everyone has had a good week! <BR> <BR> Here are the stats for February: <BR> - Run 50 miles (50 points possible) 51 done, goal met! WOOHOO! <BR> - Eat in calorie range 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 25/28 Goal met, baby! <BR> - 8 glasses of water drunk 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) Missed this one, and don't have the exact number since I lost the stupid paper. <BR> - Get car inspected and tags renewed (1 point) Hubby did it, but I'm taking the point anyway!... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:49:08 EST February Status Update I just realized I haven't done an update yet. Oops! <BR> <BR> - Run 50 miles (50 points possible) 36 OUT OF 50 DONE SO FAR! WOOHOO! <BR> - Eat in calorie range 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 17/28 SO FAR, ON TRACK! <BR> - 8 glasses of water drunk 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 16/28 SO FAR, IN THE DANGER ZONE BUT CAN STILL MAKE IT IF I'M DILIGENT <BR> - Get car inspected and tags renewed (1 point) NOT YET <BR> - Get truck inspected and tags renewed (1 point) HUBBY DID IT, B... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:12:49 EST Random Side Effect of Losing Weight So, I am a bit of a cheapskate, and refuse to buy regular clothes until I am closer to my goal. I have been on this weight loss journey for over a year now, and as of last November (last time I stepped on a scale...) I had lost about 25 pounds. <BR> What clothes I have bought has, for the most part, been Goodwill when my current clothes were flat-out falling off. Everything else, I make do with, since I don't want to buy new pieces just to have them not fit when I get to maintenance. <BR> My... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 16:14:40 EST February Goals and Some Ramblings Wow, it's been way too long since I last blogged! <BR> I didn't make many official goals for January; I wanted to avoid the pressure of New Years Resolutions. Now, however, it's time to get back in the game! <BR> <BR> I've devised a weird system. The goals below include points. If I obtain 125 points, then I will reward myself with a pair of workout pants. If I fully accomplish 7 of the goals listed, then I will get my new running shoes. <BR> <BR> I am trying this out so that, even if I don... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:38:13 EST As Promised - MyPyramid Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I mentioned this on my status feed, and a couple people were interested. <BR> <BR> As part of the Starting Over Weekly Mini Challenge, I was looking up serving sizes. I typed in "MyPyramid" in Google, and the following site came up. Since I am also working on a nutrition project with my Cub Scouts, I typed in the search criteria for a 6 year old boy. I tried it again just now, and it still worked. If you type in, it takes you to a completely diff... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:16:03 EST A perfect wedding! Well, it's official: the knot has been tied! <BR> <BR> The wedding was absolutely wonderful; it was even better than I had imagined it could be. <BR> <BR> Friday morning, my sweetie went to get his ring while I cleaned the house. Mom arrived first, followed by my sister and her family. Us ladies went to get the wedding cake. <BR> <BR> Oh, man, the wedding cake! The deal with the baker was that I would get a very steep discount on the condition that I know NOTHING about the cake. I did not ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:43:15 EST Update On Situation From Last Blog Howdy, all! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the love, first off. You guys rock! <BR> <BR> My fiance sold his stereo (a very nice one he had gotten at a pawn shop) to pay for the tools to get through the rest of the week. When he gets his check on Friday, he should be able to replace everything else. He was, for obvious reasons, very upset about the whole thing. <BR> <BR> However, it looks like everything is going to go as planned as far as the wedding, including the cake. I didn't want to postpo... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:04:13 EST Venting- Warning, whining! I am about ready to just start bawling. <BR> <BR> Today started out so great. I went to vote; was number 7 in line so I didn't have to wait too long. <BR> <BR> After voting, I went over to my favorite bakery... and ended up ordering my wedding cake! She is giving me a VERY steep discount, since I have been going there for years. This was huge for me; it was the only part of the actual wedding that I cared about. I don't care about venue, music, menu, etc. I have been dreaming of that cake ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:57:56 EST Goal Check In - Only One Week Left! We are 83.8% of the way done with the month. <BR> <BR> Run 30 miles - taking this goal off. No way to safely accomplish it this month. <BR> 1,000 squats (835 accomplished; 83.5% complete). <BR> 1,000 lateral lunges (same as above). <BR> Every week average in range for calories, protein and sodium. - Went over on my average calories and sodium. <BR> Start taking an iron supplement (waiting for my physical so I can clear that with the doc). DOC SAYS NO. <BR> Save 100$. Yeah, no. <BR> Blo... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:42:41 EST YES! I can't believe I did this. <BR> <BR> Today I forgot my lunch at home. I didn't have time to go get it, since I had to use my lunch break to pay my electric bill. Taco Bell is right there, so I stopped and picked up a combo. Two crunchy taco supremes and a Mexican pizza. <BR> <BR> I'm at work, and I eat my Mexican pizza. Doesn't taste as good as I remember, but ok. Then I eat a taco, and realize that I'm full (keep in mind I used to eat this combo ALL THE TIME and finish it with a candy ba... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:02:42 EST