ALLIEOOPS2's SparkPeople Blog ALLIEOOPS2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to spark Hello. It's been a while. I don't think I've logged in more than once or twice since 2013. <BR> <BR> For a long time I was doing really well with my health and fitness. I was reliably in a size 8 for a few years and I think I looked pretty good. I had been getting up early in the morning and doing yoga or jogging five times a week. <BR> <BR> Over the last 8 months or so, I've been letting things slide on the fitness front. Things have been stressful at work, and when I get home I don't wan... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:15:50 EST A new month to get things right If ever there was a good day to resume a healthy diet, I would think that today would be it. It's Monday, October 1 and it marks the start of a new week and a new month. <BR> <BR> It's been about a month since I blogged, and while I'm trying to eat healthy, I haven't been that diligent about it. I've also been lax with regard to exercise.  I've said before that I'm trying to use Spark as a tool towards achieving a healthy lifestyle, rather then a diet aid. Towards that end, while September w... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:28:44 EST Refocusing After a Vacation Weight Gain This morning I did my weekly weigh in. The first since my vacation. It was horrifying to see a 3 pound gain on the scale, but I was expecting it. I have accepted it and will be doubling up my weight loss efforts to get back on track. In a weird way it was a tremendous relief to see only a 3 pound gain. <BR> <BR> Last night I wrote a blog about how much I was dreading getting on the scale. I knew there would likely be a gain. It funny, but vacations are the time I have historically put ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:12:35 EST Don't want to weigh in Tomorrow is my normal weigh in day and I really don‘t want to get on the scale! I have been weighing in on Sundays since I started back up again with Spark a few months ago. I just got back from vacation a few days ago and am cringing at the possibility of a weight gain. We took the same vacation last year and I put on 8 pounds. I really hope I am not in for a repeat of that experience. It would put me right back to where I started when I decided to refocus on my diet this Spring and th... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 23:14:15 EST Back to the daily grind Today was my first day back at work after my vacation. I'm a little bummed to be back, but I felt supercharged up. It is amazing how well rested I feel and just how much I really needed that vacation. <BR> <BR> I think a big chunk of why I am feeling so good right now is how much exercise I've been getting on the trip. I just realized that tonight I hit hit 500 minutes of exercise time for the month. I have never logged that much time that quickly before on Spark! <BR> <BR> It makes me want... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:56:55 EST Riding Solo Yesterday I blogged about how busy my vacation has been.  My inlaws arrived for the second half of our vacation at lunch time yesterday and the trip has taken a more relaxed turn. <BR> <BR> This morning my hubby took his dad and our son fishing for a few hours.  After having tea with my mother inlaw for a while, I decided to take my bike out and see just how fast it can go.  I only had an hour at that point if I was going to be ready for the beach at our agreed upon time, but I really made t... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 23:16:12 EST Riding Today is Wednesday and I find it hard to believe that it's actually the first opportunity I've had on my vacation to sit down and write a blog entry.  Our vacations are usually jammed packed with activities, but this vacation is doubly so. <BR> <BR> This year, we decided to add bicycle riding the list of daily family activities. Last year, we rented bikes twice over our week and a half trip and I thought it was good exercise. This year, we all came up with our own bikes on a bike rack that I... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:35:28 EST The choices that we make At 10:45 PM tonight, I was down in the basement doing laundry. I had about a half hour to wait for the load in the dryer to be done so I could switch out the load and call it a night. <BR> <BR> I thought about running upstairs and turning on the TV, but I was starting to feel pretty guilty that I never went on my jog tonight.  I have plans to run a 5K on Labor Day, but I have hit the point in my training where actually completing it in a month in a half is looking doable.  I am starting to t... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:17:20 EST Finally Hit A Runner's High When I was in college, I used to run a few times a week. Back then I also walked all over campus, rode my bike to get places faster, went to gym a few days a week for exercise classes. Whew! Just rattling off the list of things I used to do is exhausting. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I did those things either out of necessity, 10 minutes to get to class a mile and a half away, or because I loved them. Jogging in particular was one of those little perks I used to reward myself after completing ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:07:59 EST An apple a day It has been a little more than a month since I made my last blog post. I thought I'd report back on some of the progress I've been S-L-O-W-L-Y making. <BR> <BR> The weight isn't coming off nearly as quickly as I had hoped, but I am seeing real progress.  I think the biggest difference this year vs. last year in my weight loss journey is that I'm trying to make a lifestyle change this time around and am not really going on a diet in the traditional crash diet sense of the word.  It isn't how ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:45:13 EST When things don't go as planned... I had the best intentions for a hard workout tonight, but it felt like fate had other plans. When I got home from work tonight, I got dressed for a run and came downstairs to get my son. I looked out the kitchen window at skies that had been sunny and beautiful just a few minutes earlier and found it was pouring. <BR> <BR> Disappointed, I decided to wait out the storm. <BR> <BR> About a half hour later, I looked outside and it was once again sunny. Excited that I could get that run in after... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:15:22 EST Reset and refocus This morning when I got up, the house was quiet.  My husband was out, my son was asleep, and I decided to do something that I've been avoiding for a long while. I got on the scale. <BR> <BR> For a while my progress ticker has been showing that I lost 6 pounds, but the reality is that was from last year. Last winter blew my weight loss and then some.  I know I've lost weight since my highest point, but can't quantify exactly how much because I was afraid to get on the scale.  I had visions of... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 09:55:14 EST Getting there, but slower than I would like So today was the long awaited First Holy Communion. I was so proud of my son Mikey today, he looked cute in his dark suit and took celebrating his First Holy Communion very seriously. <BR> <BR> A little over 2 months ago, I had written that my goal was to try to get a bit slimmer for my son's big day. While I have lost a little bit of weight since then, I'm nowhere near where I hoped to be today in terms of dress size. I barely fit into the dress I had purchased assuming that it would be loo... Sun, 20 May 2012 23:53:00 EST That Spring wardrobe Today is supposed to be in the 70s here in lovely New Jersey. While sitting outside at lunch today, I was struck by how gorgeous the weather is.  Having a day like today is truly a blessing to have the middle of March. It did wonders to lift my mood. <BR> <BR> I've been a little depressed today ever since I decided to break out some of my Spring clothes this morning. I pulled out my favorite pair of black pants which I haven't worn since October. I don't think I truly understood how much the... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:44:46 EST Getting Started I've never made a blog post of any kind before, but I thought I would try to use my Spark blog and see if it can't help keep me motivated to try to reach my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> I am a working wife and mother of one.  It seems like I am always busy.  I guess it should be no surprise to me that my weight seems to fluctuate wildly.  My healthy diet and exercise are the first things I tend to sacrifice when the stresses of the day become too much. <BR> <BR> This May my little boy is ge... 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