AML05030's SparkPeople Blog AML05030's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Did the wagon get taller when I fell off? Did the wagon get taller when I fell off it? <BR> It feels like it since getting back on is SO FREAKIN' HARD. <BR> <BR> In college, with the help of SP and the community here, I lost something like 30 pounds my junior year. My senior year came along, my boyfriend became my fiance, my school work became "make or break" for my art degree and now, 2 years later, I am back at 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> Old me would have told me to suck it up. <BR> Old me would have said "Deal with it." <BR> Old ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:46:33 EST Sugar Blues by William Dufty Has anyone read this? Sugar Blues by William Dufty. <BR> <BR> I hear it's a book a bout sugar and what it does to a body. I read about this book in a different nutrition book that credited Mr. Dufty with all the author knew about the demons of sugar. <BR> <BR> Apparently he concludes that sugar is a drug-- that's just as harmful and addictive as cocaine. I put some thought into this and I think I agree (Just don't tell my inner child that-- she loves chocolate). <BR> <BR> What do you thi... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:11:56 EST Sick-- so it's a day off I hate being sick. Other then getting a day off there really isn't much reward in it. My husband and I went to a video game convention, called PAX, in Boston 2 weeks ago where we successfully avoided what he calls 'PAX Plegue'. Lo and behold, 3 days after the conference my handsome Hubby comes home with a sneeze and cough. <BR> <BR> He explains it to me like so: "We just went to a conference with 2000 people in one building. We successfully avoided all disease there, but now I have to go to... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:52:44 EST 2 Stubborn pounds Seriously? 2 pounds keeping me from being 190. It's a little plateau. A little evil, demonic, annoying plateau. I keep making it down down down up down then 192; then up. Freakin' up. <BR> <BR> I am short and according to BMI (which I think is a situational scale at best) I should be 130lbs. For now, I am aiming for 160. once I get there, we will see. I like to break things down when it comes to goals. 200 lbs to 190 is only 10 pounds. 10 pounds is a lot nicer then 40. I can work in 10s, 5... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:11:48 EST Don't get a BA in Art Sorry in advance for the big ol' ball of stress-spolsion and hate and anger that's coming up but I don't know what to do with my self! <BR> <BR> I work 2 part time jobs; <BR> Job1 I love (but has SUPER limited hours)-- not enough to pay my massive student loans back with on it's own. <BR> <BR> Job2 I don't "despise"; I just don't like it. It's in an industry where I am supposed to tell people what they want really ISN'T what they want, and that they should buy this bigger better thing i... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:49:10 EST Feeling Sloth-y I feel like cuddling up in my bed until 2 (when I have to go to work). I feel like doing nothing would be WONDERFUL! I have my laptop in my lap, my pillows behind my back and my big ol' college sweatshirt on my body. Today would be a wonderful day to do NOTHING. <BR> <BR> Which is exactly why I can't stay here. It's safe. It's warm. It's comfy. It's complacent. It's sloth-y. <BR> <BR> Time for me to change out my comfy old sweater for a all too tight sports bra. Time to change the pillow... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:45:27 EST Goals and Rewards: suggestions? I see many lists like these on SP, in various pages and blogs. <BR> <BR> It's no secret that I re-started this lifestyle change at 200 pounds and that I want to be 150lbs. For now, I am just focused on getting there. That is 50 pounds, and 50 is a big number. Let's face it: 50 is scary. It's scary when you turn 50, it's scary when you need to haul 50lbs of dog food up 2 flights of stairs, it's scary when you have to make 50 invites to your friends daughters birthday party-- it's a daunting n... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:08:41 EST Husband is on board! Steve wasn't so into being healthy at first, but now he's doing AMAZING! <BR> In the past 2 months he has lost 20 pounds just by eating better, a little less and working out 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of him. Who knew adding a Wii Fit and a gym membership would make us so happy? <BR> <BR> He's doing wonderful. He looks wonderful! HIS HEALTH is in fact wonderful! Not to mention he's a beast on the stair stepper at the gym... He can go at level 25 for 20 minutes no problem! I s... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:56:29 EST Boxing Bootcamp; Anna vs Planks BOOTCAMP!!!! It's so odd. While I am in the class I am sweaty, and gross and icky and want to quit a little; then when the class is done I am always "What???? BUT BUT BUT we just started...." <BR> <BR> Time to get beach ready! They had us do high five planks (uggggh) FML. I hate planks. We got infront of a partner then we held ourselves in planks then gave each other fives with each hand then brought our knees up to our elbows one leg at a time. Let me tell you I can feel it! <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:54:23 EST I went for a walk ...a 7 mile walk! My feet hurt with the joy of being AWESOME! <BR> <BR> I will never understand why Handsome doesn't like walks, but I guess it doesn't matter because I like them. <BR> <BR> Really, other then clean, what was I gonna do with my time ANYWAY? 3 hours of ME time without spending money is a GREAT way to enjoy the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Keep sparking everyone :) Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:55:32 EST Bridal Shower! I am only writing this to wake up--LOL <BR> <BR> Today is my first and last (for me) bridal shower. Unfortunately I need to wake up for this so I can drive to NY (I am currently in MA) for our paaaaaaaaaaartyyyy. YAY! <BR> <BR> 4 hour drive. Here we come. <BR> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:46:22 EST Bad night of no talking Yesterday I ate poorly at dinner. <BR> I didn't go to the gym. <BR> and I had an argument with Handsome. <BR> <BR> All of these things were my own darn fault-- well, except the last one, but I admit I hold fault in it. <BR> <BR> I don't take to kindly to being told to "not talk". <BR> I clean for us all day-- dishes, sweep, straighten, neaten, put things where they go-- then I cook dinner (nachos, because he had been craving nachos--tofu was great in it BTW). I am by myself all day. No... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:04:34 EST Money Stress time I feel trapped in my own apartment. It's driving me nuts. I clean, then I want to do crafts like knitting or needle point, but I would need to pay for yarn and materials. <BR> <BR> I think it is unofficially driving Handsome nuts too. Because I get so bored during the day when he gets home he wants to veg out, and all I want to do is talk. He wants to come home and relax for a moment. I don't blame him for that; I want the same thing when I come home from my dismally houred work but this is... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:34:46 EST Little Nightmare about my Wedding Ugh. <BR> Last night I had one of those realistic dreams where in the dream you don't know you are dreaming but "logically"--as though dreams HAVE rhyme or reason--you know this CAN'T be real. <BR> <BR> I am getting married on November 17th to the love of my life. I have everything all done for the wedding already-- well, already isn't the surprising when there is only a month and a half til the event, but it's been this way for 3 months if not more. <BR> <BR> Last night I dreamt it was ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:22:58 EST How do you get a man to WALK? After using a combination of the SP walk tracker thingy and google maps I marked out a trip to my church and back to my apartment-- a just under 3 mile walk. <BR> <BR> Then I did it. <BR> <BR> IT WAS WONDERFUL! I live in semi-rural MA. I think they call it 'suburban'-ish. (I am from VT-- now THAT's RURAL.) The sky is a crystal clear blue, the leaves are changing colors and it smells like fall outside! It's a DREAM out here only comparable to the picture-esque workings of Disney and Norman... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:08:48 EST Do Not Talk about Sex, Religion or Politics Funny. I think I've heard this on TV more then once. It's usually said by a southerner mentioning what their "grandmother used to say" in passing. <BR> <BR> I think to avoid those in 'polite company' that might be a good decision, but on the whole, all of these things need to be talked about more. <BR> <BR> For example, last night I watched my first presidential debate. Romney vs Obama. I cuddled up with my fiance and listened to their claims and watched the Twitter feed scroll along the s... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:26:38 EST Today's agenda Okay guys! Time for my morning bloggery thing I am doin' of late. <BR> <BR> [Let's ignore that it's 11:00 am so I feel cool. You can tell I am on vacation] <BR> <BR> Today's goal? Bring most og my wedding things with me to MA (my new home)! <BR> <BR> Literally, most of my car will be FULL of wedding thing's I've made, and garlands, and tulle, and fake flowers, and centerpieces, and a white board, and some face products my mother has begged me to take from the bathroom ("Nobody but you uses... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:12:17 EST Wedding dress fitting Today I have my wedding dress fitting! <BR> <BR> 6 weeks! <BR> <BR> Originally the plan was to lose weight for the wedding; well, I only got the ball rolling YESTERDAY so my chance of being 160 pounds in 6 weeks are SLIMMMM <BR> <BR> [not to mention totally unhealthy] <BR> <BR> Today I get to put on my gorgeous gown of lace and ivory and it's tea length and it's wonderful and it's BEAUTIFUL and I LOVE IT. It will get fitted to ME and when I lose weight I will fit it to me again, and agai... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:12:20 EST Bites and the Bible This bites. I have gained all the good deeds I lost in 2011 BACK. I made it close to my goal, then I fell off the wagon into a sewage of horse waste. I was ALMOST to my goal. ALMOST. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, my pants were getting a bit tight. That's okay-I told myself- it's just the last bit of college stress catching up with me during my senior finals. <BR> <BR> [Yeah, well now I can only wear 2 out of the 7 pairs of pants I own. And I am not buying new pants either! I am going to FIT ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:54:39 EST I need an attitude adjustment My attitude is really bad. I need to fix it. <BR> <BR> I got to see my fiance for 6 hours this month, and after leaving him in NH, I got grumpy. <BR> <BR> Why not be happy I got to see him AT ALL instead of mad that I only got to see him for a little? <BR> <BR> I work at a bakery that has an irate boss-- who I actually like--and co-workers who don't follow rules and regulations. I feel like i need to help them to get it right but at the same time, I have been invited to live with my fian... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:49:18 EST 2 weeks and down only .3 pounds I am really hoping my TOM is the reason for this plateau. <BR> I am so antsy--like many of us are-- to lose weight. <BR> .75 pounds a week was my plan so that by November I can weigh less then 160 for my wedding. <BR> <BR> I do 20 minutes of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred every day-- it's day 13 to be exact! I am on level two and planks hate me... But that's besides the point. <BR> <BR> I hope I am just retaining water from PMS-- oddly enough the best way to fix that is to drink more wat... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:36:52 EST Mason Jar Mugs You'd think I am looking for the lost city of Atlantis. <BR> <BR> I am not. <BR> <BR> I just need some Mason jar mugs. <BR> <BR> [It's the MUG part that's biting my tushie]. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mason jar with handle. That's what I want. <BR> <BR> Well, that is SPECIFICALLY what I want as an item-- what I want over all is 72 of them without a $100 or more shipping fee. <BR> <BR> You'd think I am looking for the holy grail... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 17:11:37 EST BL Contestant Conda I've only been watching Biggest Loser for about 3 seasons. One of my friends decided to join me at the gym and we made a goal to get healthy. Life happened and we stopped working out at the same time, but before college classes got in the way, she got me hooked and I've been watching every episode for inspiration. <BR> <BR> I am the fanatical person who does jumping jacks and push ups and wall sits during commercial breaks; and from there I grew to always run on the treadmill when the show ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:28:29 EST Jillian Michaels Shred D1 Waist 39 <BR> thigh 22 <BR> butt 43 <BR> chest 42 <BR> upper arm 13 <BR> neck 13 <BR> <BR> CW: 180.6 <BR> GW: 176-178 <BR> Goal Pant size; 14 (I am almost there. new pants are super tight but 16s fall off me within 5 steps. That's not a good sight for anyone involved.) <BR> <BR> 30 days. 20 minutes each with Jillian. <BR> For February I am going to love myself first! <BR> <BR> LETS DO THIS! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:24:26 EST FEBRUARY STARTS NEAR YOU! Lets make the most of this! <BR> <BR> Plan of attack: <BR> Jillian Michaels 30 day shred <BR> ---doin' it! Once a day until it is no longer February <BR> ---eating in my calorie range everyday <BR> ---NO gas station candy. NONE. That is a horrible habit. It need/16 s to stop. <BR> ---Zumba 2-3 times a week! <BR> <BR> Starting weight; 181.6 lbs <BR> Size 18 wedding dress <BR> size 15/16 pant <BR> <BR> goal weight; 176-178 lbs by March first!!!! <BR> <BR> I wanna lose inches more then I... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:13:32 EST Body by Vi My fiance left back to Boston yesternight. <BR> It always puts me in a funk. <BR> I get to see him for 2 days then he's gone for a month. <BR> 2 days, then gone. 2 days then gone. <BR> <BR> Long distance relationships suck. <BR> <BR> I have to believe that they mean we can survive our marriage-to-be until the end. It can only make us stronger, right? <BR> <BR> We went to a bridal show in Burlington, Vt. <BR> <BR> They had a booth there for 'Body By Vi'-- it looks like a total Ponzi ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:17:30 EST Are models too tiny? ARTICLE INCLUDED<BR>2085226/PLUS-Model-Magazines-Katya-Zha<BR>rkova-cover-highlights-body-image-fash<BR>ion-industry.html <BR> <BR> What do you think? Are models getting too small or is society making us too big? <BR> <BR> I fully admit that I am obese, BUT there is NOTHING wrong with me. My doctor ALWAYS compliments me on my health when I see her. I am a second degree black belt. I love to dance and eat salads, but I am not a size 6 (which apparently is plus sized... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:29:48 EST 180 again--but Engaged! I AM ENGAGED! <BR> I am marryin' my best friend. I am marryin' my best friend :) I am so very happy to have him in my life and I will be Mrs. Captain America (his name is Steve Rogers) and we will live happily health-ily ever after! <BR> <BR> We are engaged to be married on November 17th 2012! THIS YEAR! Can you believe it? I don't have a dress (because I am too picky, I admit it), but we have the place and the pre-marital counselng scheduled and we are looking at flowers. I tell you what, ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:07:37 EST I AM ENGAGED!!!! And how did I go back to 180? I fell off the wagon AGAIN. Yoyo health changing isn't good for ANYBODY. It is actually WORSE for a body (well, so says health magazines). <BR> <BR> I fell off the moment I moved in with my then-boyfriend during summer vacation. I wiggled around a bit in a healthy manner but nothing like the semester before. I am still down from my all time high of 200, but I'd like to feel accomplished in my wedding dress (a date set for November 2012). It didn't help that I worked at a Dunkin Donuts. Not... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:30:22 EST Tournament November 5th; Help? I am a second degree black belt in martial arts. <BR> <BR> I haven't gone to a tournament in at least 3 years. <BR> <BR> I am going to one on Nov 5th. <BR> <BR> I want to build endurance for fighting. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:50:28 EST Making mountains out of mole hills I can do it. <BR> Measure the milk. <BR> I can do it. <BR> Weigh the cereal. <BR> I can do it. <BR> Go to the gym. <BR> <BR> I've done this. I did it last year. This time last year I weighed 168 pounds. This year I am 174 pounds. I can't shake it. 6 pounds. Just 6. Why can't I shake those 6 pounds-- I've done it before. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. <BR> Today I ate a bagel, with butter. <BR> I am drinking lots of water. <BR> Some pasta (a serving size) and some pasta sauce (a servi... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:48:13 EST Skin Picker at 22 GROSS. Not cool. I am here to confess I am 22 years old and I am a skin picker. <BR> <BR> No more complaining about being unable to stop. No more blaming my greasy skin type-- yes, it may CAUSE pimples, but that doesn't make me need to pick them! <BR> <BR> Game plan: <BR> -No more picking! NONE. All done with that. <BR> <BR> -substitute 'bad habit'. I will put on neosporin and anti-zit creams absentmindedly so that when I feel my face I will go "OH yeah! Don't touch that!" <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:24:20 EST Disappointed. I fell off the horse. <BR> I saw it on the scale. <BR> I saw 168. <BR> I SAW IT. <BR> It was me. <BR> I was 168. <BR> now I am 174 and I am kicking myself over it. <BR> 6 pounds. Not a BIG deal. <BR> I still have that 20 pound lost mark. <BR> That's GREAT! <BR> My 14s aren't as comfortable as my 16s. <BR> Time to hop back on the horse. <BR> Time to MAKE GOALS and follow through. <BR> Time to ZUMBA!!!! <BR> <BR> let's goal it up right now: <BR> Goal 1: Stop picking my skin <BR> Go... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:17:33 EST Bridesmaids Dresses I am seriously behind on the whole "being a girl"-Stereotype thing. I love dresses. I love make-up, I love fancy heeled shoes and I love looking pretty. But I have no fricken clue how to dress myself. <BR> <BR> I don't know what shape my body IS and what shapes flatter MY shape. I think I am something of a over weight petite hourglass-- Oh and I bet I can rock it-- but what dress goes with that? <BR> <BR> I can understand how to wear my martial arts uniform, how to put on not so flatterin... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:03:46 EST SuperSize Me WTF(rack)? <BR> <BR> SERIOUSLY? <BR> <BR> You really think that you, oh Fast Food Companies of America, have NOTHING to do with the obesity epidemic? <BR> <BR> I say NO to you. <BR> <BR> No. No way in [heck] do I want the STAIRS to my apartment to be my downfall. <BR> No way in [HECK] do I want my LIVER to fail due to poor eating-- not to mention diabetes or other health diseases. <BR> No way in [heck] do I want my (or my boyfriends) libido to go down because we are fueling our bodies... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 20:37:49 EST Feeling Anxious I want to MOVE. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthier. <BR> <BR> I want to look prettier. <BR> <BR> I want to beat my BF at our weight loss challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to be Jillian Michaels when I grow up. <BR> <BR> How does one even become a trainer/personal trainer? <BR> <BR> Jillian Micheals 6 week 6 Pack this morning <BR> Jillian Michaels Power Yoga this afternoon <BR> and hopefully, a jog with my handsome man tonight if he isn't too tired. <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKING ALL! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:12:50 EST The Only Healthy War Contract my boyfriend and I made for our weight loss endeavor: <BR> <BR> THE ONLY HEALTHY WAR! <BR> Person who loses the largest percentage of weight gains a free admission to a Boston Museum or Boston Aquarium type-place, will be bought a souvenir of his or her choosing from said destination and one free meal at the forced courtesy of the second winner. <BR> <BR> How long will it last? <BR> August 12th will be the “end date” <BR> <BR> What days and times do we agree to weigh-in? <BR> Fri... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:12:58 EST Summer War Begins In an attempt to become healthier for the better, my boyfriend (who I will call STR) and I (AML) are going on a health war. <BR> <BR> Consider it a mini Biggest Loser for the grand prize of dishes and footing the grocery bills. <BR> <BR> I just want to be healthier and, bluntly, skinnier. He wants these things too for himself-- but he is far better "encouraged" by competition then by mere wants. <BR> <BR> Here are some guideline rules for us (feel free to point out more questions for us ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:33:45 EST Zumba/Martial Arts and MA Don't Mix I am looking for help! <BR> 1) Anyone know any cheap and respectable TKD schools in/nearby Norwood, MA? <BR> 2) Does Anyone use the Zumba DVD's INSTEAD of going to actual Zumba classes? <BR> <BR> I recently obtained my second degree black belt (literally 2 weeks ago) and I am itching to find a TKD school nearby to learn and practice more until I move back from MA to VT for the school year. Here's the problem; I am poor. Yes I have a job (at Dunkin Donuts of all places; good thing I don't lik... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:24:22 EST Second Degree Black Belt & Massachusetts Well fellow Sparkers-- the adventure has BEGUN!!!! <BR> <BR> I HAD a job in MA lined up-- went to the interview, was told to show up June 7th. Didn't know what time to show up, called the boss 1-5 times everyday for a WEEK AND A HALF and never was called back. I know the phone number was right because that's how I got the woman on the phone a previous time-- and now I don't have it. I moved down to MA anyway and am currently looking for jobs (Any Sparkers out there have a helping idea throw ... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:48:18 EST Jillian Michaels is invited to my house And I may have gone insane. <BR> <BR> I have two and a half weeks of free time before I move to MA and start my new job [I can't wait! doing nothing drives me bonkers!], so what better way to spend time getting my "arse" whomped on by Jillian Michaels? I had tremendous success with her 30 day shred so I bought 2 more DVD's--- <BR> 6 Weeks to Abs and Yoga Meltdown. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I tried my first ever shot at yoga. I guess when I bought the DVD I saw the word 'yoga' more then the word... Thu, 19 May 2011 10:22:27 EST Thinking through Thoughts Not quite back in the swing yet. I am trying to get there. Jogged today! YAY! That's a step in the right direction! Sadly, I've had a few steps back. <BR> <BR> I know I am an emotional eater. It's my crux. The last few weeks have been drenched in finals and job stresses which have yet to conclude. I guess what I'm saying, is I've turned to you SP in an attempt to NOT go to the fridge. <BR> <BR> The long and the short of it boils down to whether or not I move in with my boyfriend for summ... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:25:45 EST Decision to get on the wagon-- REVAMPED! I have gained weight. <BR> <BR> It's not my favorite thing to announce, but I've learned that announcing the bad and the good that comes with this journey helps me to succeed (also kicks my butt into gear!). <BR> <BR> Week before last I was eating poorly in NYC because I wasn't properly controlling my own food (and my wallet was controlling me). Last week I was stressed with school work, boyfriend troubles and not working out as much because of both (eating more because of stress. Looking ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:38:32 EST Why am I so SLOW? I just came back from a class trip to NYC. I loved it! It was so much fun! I didn't need to drive anywhere and the museums and galleries were exquisite! I could spend a day each at the MoMa and Met and Brooklyn Museums. We walked EVERYWHERE. I admit I ate poorly, but I made sure to eat smaller portions because of it and healthier snacks when I could. <BR> <BR> It was hard! We walked EVERYWHERE. I don't think my feet have slowed down yet. The worst part about vacations (even working ones) is... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:59:43 EST FIRST 5K EVER!!! Did it on the treadmill. Took 42.37 minutes to run those 3.11 miles. I was sweaty and the back of my neck was gross, but I did it! <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> I walk/jogged the poop outta that 5K and I am proud! <BR> <BR> Seriously though, wicking clothes and bras---- If I am going to up my stamina and endurance I am going to need some proper clothes! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY LIST FOR ME!!! <em>144</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:39:44 EST BERRY FOOLS ARE M Y DESSERT LOVE!!!! Berry Fool-- so simple, so GOOD. <BR> <BR> Take at least a cup of berries-- bend them into mush in a blender or food processor. <BR> Take a container of light cool whip and fold into the berry pump-- but not completely! Keep some classy white lines in there. <BR> Put it in the fridge for 1-overnight hours. <BR> <BR> WHA-LA!!!!!! <BR> SO YUMMY! SOOO GOOD!!! SO MUCH BETTER THEN ICE CREAM!!!!! <BR> <BR> LOOOOOVE. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 11:47:30 EST Living in MA for Summer vacation? Any thoughts? My boyfriend of 2.5 years wants me to live with him for summer vacation in MA ( I live in Vermont, and after summer, I need to go back to VT to finish my last year of college). <BR> <BR> We both independently make money. We are both hard workers. We both have hobbies we do together and hobbies we do separately. We are both responsible on top of all those things. And most of all, we both go freakin' mad when we can't see each other. On average, we see each other 3 days out of a month (I love... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:39:53 EST My Ticker is like Jogging (This blog was inspired by various comments of SParkers telling me I am "so close" to my weight goal. I realized, I am not. I am keeping the end of my ticker close and what is it doing for me? Nothing. That's not my end goal). <BR> <BR> I never know how far I can go and what speed I can run at. The more I run the more I impress myself. I ran for a good 2 years on my treadmill at my parents home 6 days a week-- and I never ran past 5 mph. I don't know why. I remember when 5 was no longer feel... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:48:06 EST 35 pounds DOWN! I am just happy about it. It's a day for celebrations! <BR> <BR> I will be even happier come next Wednesday when the results are still the same (give or take an ounce). I am going to my boyfriends and for some reason I tend to get a little more lax with him since my resources aren't around. I am going to see if I can embrace outdoor running. I hear it's harder then the treadmill which could be a pain in the butt but also a good lesson in endurance that isn't run by the machine. That is hone... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:25:39 EST What's the plan? That's the famous statement of my life. My mother says it every morning, and my father, brother and I heard it the moment we saw her every weekend morning; "What's the plan?" <BR> <BR> The plan varied only a little bit week to week-- wake up, clean house before my grandparents "surprised" us with a visit, lunch, groceries, garbage run, dinner. Same thing every week-- and I like it. I LOVE plans. I don't know if my mother was trying to instill that in me, but she did so very successfully. <B... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:10:37 EST