ALLISON145's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALLISON145 ALLISON145'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/ Would you believe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689123 ...I actually created a separate SparkPeople account to hide from my SparkFriends because I'm embarrassed? Notice I didn't say "was embarrassed." I AM embarrassed. Over the last 2 years, I've gained from 155 to 209... essentially 60 pounds. Still below my all time high of 235, but definitely not a healthy shift. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I didn't have more faith in all of you to be accepting and supportive. To be honest, when I was "in the zone" and losing/maintaining so well I lost my pers... Tue, 6 May 2014 17:11:33 EST Ran a 5k Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524061 ...and did not finish last! :) <BR> <BR> I haven't checked official times, but it was 43 something. That's about the same time as the last 5k I did. The good news is that I ran a lot more than I walked this time around. The bad news is that I now weigh about 40 pounds more than I did last time I did a 5k in Spring of 2012. So I guess my fitness level is decent because I was able to haul this extra weight across the finish line in about the same amount of time, but I'd much rather be r... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:43:59 EST Getting My Ducks in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489253 Hey Sparkbuddies! <BR> <BR> Maybe I should say cats instead of ducks. It certainly feels like herding cats, but I suppose ducks would be hard to line up as well. LOL. Needless to say, lately I've been my own worst enemy when it comes to making my health a priority. Lots of whining and excuses that I wouldn't put up with from a close friend that should be managing a medical condition, so I'm not sure why I've been so easy on myself. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm here. I'm back. I dres... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:19:24 EST Perfect Health Diet Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193077 Hey Buddies! <BR> <BR> So I've recently downloaded the kindle version of the perfect health diet. It's very similar to Primal (marksdailyapple.com) but actually requires a certain amount of what they call "safe starches" every day for health reasons. This is a pretty controversial topic amongst the low carb/paleo/primal camps, so I thought I would post some info about it. First off, here are the guidelines given from the perfect health website (http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/): <BR... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:28:29 EST 2013 Week 1 - Three Pounds Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190797 Hey SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm going to call this a very successful week, given that I didn't start watching what I ate or exercising under New Year's Day. So it's a 3 day effort that let me drop 3 pounds... largely water I'm sure, but still nice. Oh, and in case you're wondering my scale at home is off (heavy) by .6 pounds, as determined by the weight test... I put my kettlebell and 2 dumbells on it that should weigh 31 pounds, and it weights 31.6. For that reason, I round my tick... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:29:14 EST 2013 Plan - You Helped Me Refine It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182594 Hey SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> I poured over all of the feedback I received on my blog for 2013 - thank you very much for taking the time to help! A recurring theme was that I had made it too complex and difficult to really be successful.... imagine that, overwrought grandiose goal setting is a tendency I have for sure! A couple of folks mentioned concerns over natural sweeteners too, and I totally agree. It should have said "limited natural sweeteners, like stevia, raw honey, or real maple ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:37:44 EST 2013 Plan - Feedback Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180908 I was going to wait to post this until tomorrow, but decided that I would post it for everyone to take a look so I can incorporate any feedback that I like. :) <BR> <BR> The Nutrition Plan: <BR> <BR> • Emphasize – Things that live and grow in nature and things that I could make with my own hands (if I chose to) from those items. This includes meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, dairy products, and natural sweeteners like honey and pure maple syrup. <BR> • Avoid – Things... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:21:07 EST This Page Under Construction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180129 Hey SparkBuddies, <BR> <BR> I have some great ideas for giving myself the big kick in the rear end that I so desperately need right now! <BR> <BR> After reading a certain someone's ebook (thank you very much for that, ON2VICTORY!), I've determined that independence is critical for me - I'm constantly looking for someone to do this with (read: FOR) me, and I need to pull myself up by my own bootstraps and make it happen! Look for my first blog of the new year on 1/1/13 for the details of ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 19:04:19 EST Never Quit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170540 From KatyDid's blog - too awesome not to repeat myself: <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and to stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my bes... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:00:03 EST Current Issues Log: Weight/Diet Related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166923 T minus 42 days.. From tomorrow until we leave for the cruise I have exactly 42 days (6 weeks) worth of concentrated effort remaining. I've decided that both to motivate myself and for comparison purposes later, I need to document all of the issues I currently experience due to my weight and diet. I've mentioned before that I'm gluten intolerant and I'm currently eating wheat, so several of the issues are directly related to that choice. Here we go (sorry in advance for providing too much inf... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:50:04 EST T Minus 44 Days and Counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164846 The days just keep slipping away - eek! <BR> <BR> Didn't meet my goals yesterday or today, but tomorrow is another day! MAN, but it's tough to get back on the wagon and stay there. :( Surely it's possible... I have lots of Sparkfriends that are doing awesome and are in maintenance already! <BR> <BR> Sigh... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:56:54 EST T Minus 46 Days and Counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162671 Hey SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> Short one today while my bedtime tea steeps - signed off the doctor's program and let them know I'm going to low carb it on my own. Nutritionist was very supportive but reminded me not to neglect emotional reasons for eating / why the strict plan was too hard for me to stick with. Check - I have control issues for a number of reasons stemming from childhood that I won't hit on here. I'm planning to start journaling to work through that part. <BR> <BR> For toda... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:37:46 EST T Minus 47 Days and Counting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161365 <BR> I have 47 days of effort left until we head out for the cruise on January 26th. <BR> <BR> I'm still technically enrolled in my doctor supervised program, but I am struggling. Turns out, there is no magic pill... not even from the doctor. Dangit! I did very well for the first three weeks, but then I started to chafe under the strict diet and started cheating. I'm currently trying to decide whether to stick with the program or just go low carb. As I've said before, my doc is a big... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:54:12 EST 8 Pds - Blog 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137910 Hey SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> 178 Pounds today! 2 pounds closer to re-losing what I've gained. (FYI, I'm weighing clothed at the doctor's office when I generally weigh naked at home... so subtract 3 and that's what I would put on my tracker if I weren't at the doctor's...LOL!) <BR> <BR> I removed the 70 pounds lost badge from my page. I did, but then I didn't. So it's gone until I do again. I'm currently at 57 pounds down. <BR> <BR> I actually won't have an official weigh in at the do... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:16:27 EST One Step at a Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131401 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Didn't want you to think I'd fallen off the face of the earth after my last post. I've been on the doctor supervised program for a little over 2 weeks now. The first week I lost 8 pounds, and the second week I lost 4 pounds. As I noted in my status update at one point, the initial drop had something to do with removing gluten from my diet again - I always see a 3-4 pound drop just from that from bloat. At any rate, I'm under a doctor's care so any losses are mon... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:37:25 EST Update On My New Direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113651 I'm DONE! Done with the BACKSLIDING! Today I started a physician-monitored weight loss program through the local hospital. As much as I hate to admit it, I really need help working through the emotional/mental aspects of this process. It kills me to share this, but I hope that my admission can help someone else feel OK to get help as well. Even folks like me that see success losing on their own for a time can realize that they haven't made the permanent lifestyle/thinking changes they ne... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:15:53 EST Something is Wrong... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088444 The scale just keeps creeping up up UP! Today's stats from my Bod Pod reading at the gym: <BR> <BR> Weight - 187 <BR> Fat Mass - 73.3 Lbs <BR> Lean Mass - 113.7 Lbs <BR> Body Fat % - 39.2% <BR> <BR> This is my starting point for a challenge I started today with a friend at work. She's two inches taller than me, but ironically her BF% is 39.3... almost exactly the same as mine. <BR> <BR> I'm still doing my reward system with my husband, too. I've lost time though, so my dollar amount wi... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 22:46:09 EST Finding My Determination! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073657 Hi All! <BR> <BR> So, this morning I weighed in at 184.4. Can't say I'm pleased with that, but I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now anyway! I don't know if any of you remember the period of time leading up to our November cruise last year, but I set up a goal system with my husband back then to lose the last bit of weight I wanted to lose. So I thought to myself... "Self, why don't we do that again? It was pretty darn effective for us!" <BR> <BR> Essentially I select goals for... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:12:24 EST The Best Laid Plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068486 So I got on the scale this morning, and it wasn't good. In fact, it was worse than it was 2 days ago when I waxed poetic about water weight. As I said in my status earlier today, I need to remember that the scale is only one indicator of what's up, and shouldn't impact my behavior one way or another unless a definite trend is happening. That being said, this is a definite upward trend, and it's not good. <BR> <BR> Today started out well, but then lunch happened. It was well intentioned, ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:47:51 EST The Plan - Take 346! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067089 OK, so here is the grand experiment! It’s not anyone’s formal plan but mine, which worries me a little. I know I talked about picking a particular plan and sticking to it… well, it’s just going to be MY plan! For now, anyway. <BR> <BR> Gluten Free (Non-Negotiable) <BR> Focus on Protein (Including Dairy), Vegetables, and Some Fruits <BR> Reduce Sugar (Somewhat Negotiable) <BR> Protein Supplements as Snacks to help with Hunger <BR> No Vending Machines Except for Water or Diet Soda – Period.... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:45:54 EST Wow, You’re Still Looking Out For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065541 Thank you so much, everyone. It is definitely nice to know that so many folks are willing to be supportive… faces both familiar and new. I always feel guilty when I’m the one who needs support instead of just encouraging others. In general I like to consider myself pretty strong and self-sufficient, but I think it’s fair to say that I definitely need help from others (fresh perspective, at the very least) to get back on track at this point. <BR> <BR> I’d like to say that I did better wi... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:12:21 EST Embarrassed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064029 I’m pretty sure this is what rock bottom feels like. I’m sitting here looking down at what could be a pretty respectable 6-month pregnant belly… if in fact I were pregnant. I’m miserable about the choices I’m making but I continue to make them. I’ve slipped back into a binge eating mentality – 4 - 8 hours or more of restricting (“being good”) followed by 1-5 days of total abandonment of all logic or care when it comes to taking care of myself. While this is definitely bad, what I’m most a... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:08:01 EST Back and Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968486 171.2 Pounds / 33% Body Fat <BR> <BR> This is my new starting place. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> 145 Pounds / 22% Body Fat <BR> <BR> This is my goal. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Not quickly - by the New Year. <BR> <BR> Slow and Steady. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back. <BR> <BR> I'm ready. <BR> <BR> Let's do this!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> -Allison Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:18:41 EST Time for a Mental Reset! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942059 Hey SparkBuddies, <BR> <BR> I’m sorry I haven’t been as present lately as I have been in the past – I’ve tried to keep up with blogs and drop an encouraging word or goodie here and there, but my heart is not in it right now. Well, really I’m not sure if it’s my heart or my head… in reality I think they are in cahoots together against my weight loss efforts! I’ve decided in that vein to take a very short hiatus. I am going to step away from Spark from now until the 2nd week of July when I ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:45:58 EST My First 5K!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909432 Well, I did it!! <BR> <BR> Even rocking a chest cold and running on almost no sleep. Oh, and with an upset tummy. FYI, beans the night before a race are not a good idea. In my defense, I was trying to "carb load" without gluten and with minimal calories left for the day. But hey, I still did it!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My friend Anne is battling a case of plantar fasciitis right now (ick) so she couldn't run with me, but I ended up running the second half of... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 23:49:44 EST June Goals Blog (Read Any of Those Lately? LOL!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906379 Ahhh, the “First of the Month” Goal Blog… It’s about that time... (Lord, the lyrics “to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme…” just went through my head as I typed that… Marky Mark, anyone? AHHHH!!) <BR> <BR> I digress. LOL. Tomorrow is June 1st and seeing as how I have not only my Fat to Fit Freestyle Challenge sisters but also a real life friend supporting me, this seems like a really good time to set some lofty goals. Why not, right? The worst that can happen is that I will fall a ... Thu, 31 May 2012 19:55:53 EST Ow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880115 So I decided to stop procrastinating and go for a run yesterday. The good news is, I ran for sixteen minutes straight at about an 11/min mile pace before needing a walk break. The bad news is, I messed up my running app about halfway through and ended up jogging for most of 45 minutes which was more than I should have done my first day out. The really bad news is that I can hardly walk today. Ouch! And why didn't anyone tell me that my abs/back/arms would be sore too? Ahhh! LOL. Lesson learne... Mon, 14 May 2012 00:11:03 EST Hey, I never claimed to be perfect! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877790 I said I would check in, I never said I would check in with great news - LOL! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was OK in terms of calories but not awesome.. 1635 total. I didn't get any exercise in, so my net for the day was probably only about a 500 calorie deficit. I aim for 750 but I'll take 500 in a pinch. <BR> <BR> Today was another story... I went to a gluten free Mexican joint for lunch, so hellooooo corn tortillas (and chips)! Oh and then the friend I was dining with asked to stop at the cus... Sat, 12 May 2012 00:54:53 EST Honesty – Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875311 Hey SparkBuddies, <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 165.2 this morning. I think it’s time to officially admit that I am no longer maintaining just under 160 like I had been for 6 months – I’m now maintaining right at 165, so I’ve put on 5 pounds. My goal is still to get to 145, so now I have 20 to lose instead of 15. For one brief shining week I was at 155 and only had 10 to lose… but there’s really no point dwelling on that. I decided yesterday that I’m going back to basics… what worked for me ... Thu, 10 May 2012 10:23:52 EST 35th Birthday Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843364 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, today was my 35th birthday. Overall, it was a really nice day… love and presents from friends and family, the whole nine yards. However, I have mixed feelings about this day – LOL! One the one hand, I had so hoped to be at my goal of 145 in time for this milestone. On the other hand, this is the healthiest I’ve been since I was 18. I can’t complain too much. And let’s be honest, about all I did to move closer to my goal in the last few months was just w... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:02:34 EST Current Status and New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814353 Hi Sparkbuddies, <BR> <BR> If it seems like I’ve been MIA lately, I pretty much have. I haven’t been tracking calories and maintaining deficits on my own quietly like I usually do, either. Once again, I did the “Allison thing” where I got so fixated on a date and a number (my 35th birthday and the elusive 145 goal weight) that I imploded when things didn’t go perfectly and I went off the rails. I had vocalized to my challenge team that my birthday present to myself would be to move into m... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 00:17:07 EST Body Composition Tested - Bod Pod! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721286 Hi SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> I had my body composition measured today! First off, just to remind everyone that the scale shouldn’t excite them too much… I was weighed on two different scales in the athletic department of a large university and they differed by 2 whole pounds. LOL! That being said, here’s what two different methods of measurement gave me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130216984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The crazy news is that the person who took my sk... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:49:39 EST 80 Day Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711332 Lots of blogs from me lately, I know. That's because there's lots of stuff banging around in my head that needs to get out! First off, I came across a picture tonight that I thought was a fun comparison. We took a cruise in November, and the last time we'd gone before that was 7 years prior. My weight has fluctuated a lot in the last 15 years or so. When we left this time, I was at 157.4. Seven years ago, I was sitting at about 185. I actually wore the same dress both times (yay for st... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:45:32 EST Updated Goal Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709574 So my friend Evilklown commented that the goal photo in my last blog was too thin. I actually agree with him. I want to be trim and fit, but not skinny or muscular. Think.... belly dancer belly, maybe? <BR> <BR> I actually spent some time looking for a goal photo tonight and deemed the activity worthless because once I get to where I want to be I will look like... ME! Not anyone else. However, if I had to pick a pic closer to what I hope I can look like at some point, it would be this ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:16:08 EST Hahaha...Doh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707870 So I've been sparking today for the first time in about a week and linked to a blog by FluffySue1 with this goal picture in it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376179400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I can't give credit for the photo beyond that because I'm not sure where she found it. Anywhoo...) <BR> <BR> I said, "Yeah, I'd like to have a body like that, too!" My husband heard me and looked over my should at the picture. "What's keeping you from doing that?" he asked.... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:04:02 EST Making Good Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692009 Hi SparkBuddies! <BR> <BR> I had another lovely week on the scale - 2 full pounds gone! Always my cynical self, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop where the scale is not so nice again, but I'm still thankful. I find myself wondering if my entire journey to this point would have been faster/easier if I had discovered the gluten intolerance sooner. Dang. Oh well, slow and steady has probably been easier on my skin than the alternative. Dropping 90 - 100 pounds quickly instead o... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:00:31 EST First Weigh in Gluten Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677212 Hey SparkBuddies, <BR> So this was my first week entirely gluten free! OK, well other than the Chinese food I had a week ago tonight that I found out the hard way did have gluten. Ugh. But since then, all good! The nice thing about this way of eating is that it drives me to almost entirely whole foods unless I'm having a "treat" and having a piece of candy or ice cream. I feel really good! <BR> <BR> Oh, and I lost 3 pounds this week. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Crazy, right? According t... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:09:42 EST First Weigh In of the New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660551 ...and it's good news! <BR> <BR> Well, it's "OMG I'm so glad it was mostly water weight" kind of news. Which is good. Not as good as "I actually lost a pound of real weight two weeks in a row" good, but still good. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blogging every single day isn't really working out for me, so I think I'll just try to update in teams regularly and then blog once a week on Thursdays to let you know how my weigh-ins go. I will also post weekly stats in my template ins... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:15:51 EST Week 1 Days 2 and 3 - Fat to Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655745 Goal: <BR> <em>7</em> Lose 15 – 25 pounds and reach goal weight while creating and living my new maintenance lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Action Plan: <BR> <em>128</em> Sleep 8 Hours a Day <BR> Actual Sleep: Day 2 - Nine Hours, Day 3 - Seven Hours <BR> <em>331</em> Exercise Sensibly <BR> Actual Exercise: Day 2 - 48 Minutes (Elliptical +), Day 3 - 64 Minutes (Walking +) <BR> Steps Taken: Day 2 - 8988, Day 3 - 8024 <BR> <em>140</em> Eat Real Food <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 23:37:12 EST Week 1 Day 1 Fat to Fit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651131 (Yesterday In Review) <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> <em>7</em> Lose 15 – 25 pounds and reach goal weight while creating and living my new maintenance lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Action Plan: <BR> <em>128</em> Sleep 8 Hours a Day <BR> Actual Sleep: 6 Hours 47 Minutes (85% Efficiency) <BR> <em>331</em> Exercise Sensibly <BR> Actual Exercise: 17 Min. <BR> Steps Taken: 3140 <BR> <em>140</em> Eat Real Food <BR> Goal Met? No – Ho Ho’s are not real food. <BR> <e... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:21:47 EST Day One Is Tough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648689 I think for most people the first day of any new plan is somewhat "easy" because it's new and exciting and hopeful, etc etc. I think I have a bad attitude, because all I can seem to focus on is what I'm NOT eating. Never mind that I've got a very healthy day of food planned out (without gluten or sugar)... I want to eat a Ho Ho. A lot. The only thing keeping me from raiding that box right now is that I'm in this challenge with JAZZID and friends and I don't want to have to post that my fi... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:00:03 EST 2012 Goals and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643974 Hey Spark Buddies, <BR> <BR> I’ve been stewing over this post ever since JAZZID posted on my wall about her challenge requirements. I’ve never participated in a challenge like this before! Number one on the list is to outline my goals in a blog post before New Year’s Day, so this is that post (queue dramatic music)! <BR> <BR> I’ll admit I’ve been having a very off week since Christmas Day. I had planned to allow myself to eat whatever I wanted in moderation on Christmas Day only, but so... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:57:56 EST Cruise Pictures (Finally!) and Next Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627473 Hi Spark Buddies! <BR> <BR> Sorry it’s taken a week and a half to post these, but here are some cruise pics for ya! <BR> <BR> The first day was at sea all day, and was a formal dinner night. Gary took my picture on the balcony in our room, but unfortunately the only full length picture I have of myself in this dress is this blurry thing. My Mom took it and couldn’t seem to get her bearings to keep the camera steady (the boat was pretty rocky most days we were at sea). Oh and you’re not g... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:52:19 EST The Cruise is Tomorrow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599109 I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> ... Still worried about leaving the kids for a week but they'll be with their grandparents so it will be fine... Really... Yoga breathing yoga breathing. <BR> <BR> I'd love to write more but it's hard on the droid so I'll keep it short. See you guys next Sunday with a longer blog and cruise pictures. Yay! <BR> <BR> -Allison Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:43:41 EST 20 Days Until the Cruise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570467 ...of course, only 18 until Thanksgiving and let's face it, I don't plan on Turkey Day and the day after being fabulous diet and exercise days... so let's go with 18. That's 18 days to at the very least maintain my current weight and best case maybe drop a few more pounds. I've been down with a nasty cold all week (as has my family) so I haven't worked out since last Friday. :( I also have not been that strict with my calorie intake. For those reasons, I was actually up .2 this week. I ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 00:41:26 EST Question For My Runner Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500083 Hi All! <BR> <BR> So, very exciting - I finally laced up the new shoes and put on the new gear and went outside to start the Spark Beginning Running Program yesterday. I have my phone programmed with all of the weeks' intervals so I just stepped outside, turned on my Pandora radio, started my Cardio Trainer GPS App, and then turned on my HIIT Interval App. OK, so now that I type out all of the things that were running on my phone maybe it makes sense that I messed something up. Anyway, I ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:00:02 EST Goal Met - Schtuff Purchased! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490195 Hey SparkBuddies, <BR> <BR> My friend Klown pointed out that it's been about 20 pounds since I posted a picture on here... additionally, I met my interim goal of 165 which compelled me to go buy new workout gear to attempt Spark's Beginner Running Program. I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and post a picture of me wearing the new gear. I'd like to say that my hair is a mess because I just got back from a run (ha!) but it's really just that I didn't take the time to do my hair... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 21:05:34 EST August Recap and September Goals ...and a Shameful Admission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461417 Weight end of July - 172.6 <BR> <BR> Weight End of August - 165.2 <BR> <BR> Total Loss - 7.4 <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight this week, but I maintained the big loss I had last week so I'm pretty happy with that. <BR> <BR> My original August goals were to maintain caloric average every week <em>248</em> , get fitness minutes every day but Sunday <em>198</em> , eat five fruits and veggies every day <em>250</em> (I only missed one day - yesterday.. LOL), an... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:02:21 EST Maybe my scale doesn't really hate me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447960 ...or maybe it does actually keep track and pay me back after showing a gain 2 weeks in a row. Plus there is the fact that I weighed at home in my skivvies vs. at work with my clothes on. Needless to say, the result was surprising - <BR> <BR> ...a 7.4 pound loss this week. <BR> <BR> Now before anyone starts yelling about safety, let's take a look at the numbers. Subtract 2 for clothes - 5.4. Subtract the 1.8 that I gained the last two weeks even though I shouldn't have - 3.6. Now, d... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:59:12 EST Say Whaaaa?! Take TWO. (Really??) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435733 August Goal Status: <BR> <BR> <em>468</em> Calories Within Range Every Day (Weekly Average) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Fitness Minutes Every Day (Except Sunday - Rest Day!) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> 5 Servings of Freggies Every Day <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Spark Bonus Wheel Every Day <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh In: +1.4 <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> Really Scale? Really? <BR> <BR> ... <BR> <BR> <BR> PBLTTTT!!!!!... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:00:23 EST