AMANDARKA's SparkPeople Blog AMANDARKA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm just really happy today I have a new mattress and peacefully slept all through the night. I normally toss and turn and wake up almost every hour. I feel rested and my my back doesn't hurt! Yaay!! <BR> <BR> I'm also very excited to have my boyfriend return home this week. He spend the past 5 weeks overseas with a study abroad program. <BR> <BR> I've lost 5lbs this month an managed to keep it off. I'll continue training for the half marathon I'm running and hopefully *fingers crossed*I'll be starting a new job at m... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:17:21 EST Happy things!! I rarely post on here, which I am going to change!! :) <BR> <BR> I signed up to run my first half marathon this November! I've been training slowly, but illness and a minor surgery recently set me back. I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse and finishing!! <BR> I think I have to maintain a 16 minute mile in order to qualify to complete the marathon. I'm shooting for at least a 10 or 12 minute. I know I can reasonably accomplish that much, and it leaves me some time to slow down a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:37:31 EST A new week, some new goals. Mother Nature paid me a nasty visit this weekend, but I feel so energized and optimistic about my future. I've been making small changes. Nothing huge, because I want to improve my way of living permanently. :) <BR> <BR> I've cleaned out my closet and sorted through so many clothes that I will be dropping off at the new Savers that just opened down the street. I realized that a lot of those clothes were from my absolute lowest point during my battle with Anorexia. I was almost 30 lbs lighte... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:48:42 EST It's Wednesday! Yesterday I went to bed in such a sour mood for a few different reasons. But this morning, after reading a few articles on here and adding a recipe to my page, I am feeling so much better! <BR> I have a delicious cup of coffee, a big bowl of strawberries and a much better mood to help me get through the day. :) <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to do my morning routine today, but I'll make up for it after work. I know I'll be feeling much better then. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:30:47 EST Starting Anew It's september. I ended up in my doctor's office multiple times over the year for digestive issues. The moment she began throwing UC around, I freaked out and started focusing on my health more than weight loss. I put my exercising on a hold for the moment. There were days I was in so much pain that I couldn't do anything but curl up and wait for it to pass. <BR> <BR> I've been on medication that helped fix my problems and now can go about my normal routines. My diet has drastically changed... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:27:23 EST Today wasn't the best Yesterday I had an allergic reaction to a hefty amount of dairy. My lactose issues have gotten out of hand and some suspect I may have an ulcer. <BR> <BR> I've been in horrible pain all day, exhausted and stressed. I have a doctors appt scheduled for Friday to figure out what's going on. <BR> <BR> I'm hungry but I can't eat anything deep fried because it makes me sick, dairy because it makes be sick, subway because that's what started all of this yesterday and citrus because it agitates m... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:23:02 EST The first step I've joined two challenges that I'm honestly, not sure if I have time to complete. While I'm typing that sentence, the other part of my brain is telling me that that is the exact reason why I signed up. About a year ago, I let my weight get away from me when I was learning to get over my anorexia. It was difficult because I gained two pants sizes and about 15 lbs. I tried using SparkPeople back then, but It was for all the wrong reasons. After this year of hard work, I know I am ready to conq... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:35:59 EST