ATTACKFATCAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ATTACKFATCAT ATTACKFATCAT'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/ Still Kicking + Friend's Moving Drrrrrama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437785 Yay, I'm still here! I'm 2 weeks in on my healthier eating habits and exercise and 2.2 pounds down. I was a little disappointed to see only a .2 pound loss this past week. I burned at least 500 additional calories than the previous week and there was only one day during the week I really went wack-a-doo with a high-calorie meal. It does seem pretty suspicious, but I will carry on and just try to make a few adjustments this week. I've been at this game for a long time and I know what the rules... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:15:01 EST Resetting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429901 Wow, that week off totally derailed me. I thought I had managed to push through it, then whammo, I disappeared for three months. <BR> <BR> Part of it was just being flat-out tired. Tired of the hours and hours of working out and just not feeling like I was going to meet my triathlon goal. I think I was a little bored with the workouts as well...especially the bike. I really got to the point that I loathed getting on that bike with a passion. I think it really fell apart once I met that 15 m... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:45:06 EST Back to reality + Burgess Falls Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325100 I have to say I definitely enjoyed my week off. I had planned to get back to routine yesterday, but good old TOM decided to give that idea a swift kick in the pants. I know that day in particular is a rough, painful day for me that leads to workout struggles, so I decided to give it one more day. <BR> <BR> However, today, it is time to get back to it. I don't regret my "reset" week at all, but rather I want to embrace it as a challenge. I get caught up in routines and the idea that if life g... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:12:10 EST Recharge: 75% Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318458 It's been an interesting week. My mini-vacation (a day and a half off from work) was AMAZING! I didn't really do anything exotic. I didn't get a lot accomplished that I had planned. I didn't mow, work on my car, or get teacher applications done, which was the original reason I had planned to take off. <BR> <BR> But the cats and I relished the first official days of "open window" season. I did manage to organize my kitchen shelves, which included the dreaded Tupperware black hole. I tossed ou... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:20:07 EST A week off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315736 So I did a couple of dumb things this weekend: <BR> <BR> 1) Ended up having a serious cheeseburger craving that has still not been pacified. Today I am going to indulge and that will be it. No more cheeseburger for you, stomach! <BR> <BR> 2) Decided to walk 3 MILES on Saturday because the weather was so nice and I wanted to get out and about. THEN I did 4 sets of walking lunges after the walk. I haven't been able to walk or sit down without hissing in pain for the past 2 days. <BR> <BR> It... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:15:47 EST Manatee Gray...Offensive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312803 So I heard on Bob & Tom (radio show) this morning about this story. Apparently someone was greatly offended because they saw the color name "manatee gray" on Target's plus-size clothing. Now Target's scrambling to fix this marketing snafu. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I laughed quite a bit. Not that the person was offended. But over the fact that someone at Target was dumb enough not to think that one through. <BR> <BR> However, it looks like that's the color name they use across the board. T... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:39:01 EST The fast food indulgence that didn't turn me into a face-stuffing lunatic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311734 Last night I had my first fast food meal in almost 3 months. I usually go to my parents house once a week to watch Justified (season finale last night...AWWWESOMEsauce!). Usually I budget my calories because I know they end up cooking stuff a little higher in calories/carbs/sodium than I do. But last night they decided to get Captain D's instead since my dad had a doctor's appointment. My parents do not get fast food much, so this was unusual for them too. <BR> <BR> I could have went there ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:44:41 EST Strength Level: Elite, Common Sense Level: Dingbat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309205 So once again, thank you all for you fantastic comments on yesterday's blog entry. There was a lot of great advice and support, which is something I know I can always count on from my SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I started the experiment of trying to cut down by a few hundred calories. One of those spots I trimmed was my pre-workout snack. I wanted to try to cut down at lunch, but I was starving then and even after waiting 20 minutes, drinking water, etc., I just had to finish it. <B... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:54:13 EST My scale...unfortuntely, it's no April Fool's joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307588 So today I was hoping the scale was pulling some kind of April Fool's joke on me. Alas, I don't believe that's the case. I weigh 208.2 pounds, the same weight I saw on March 1st. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45437794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a little bummed by this. I know focusing on the scale is not ideal and I've preached this many times. But I assumed for me, that meant I may only see as little as half a pound lost for the month. Not the EXACT same number. <... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:22:57 EST Updates on the week and food nostalgia strikes again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303246 Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's blog. I know it's not my usual kind of post, but what I saw on Tuesday really stuck in my brain and I had to get it out. Today we are back to the regularly scheduled programming. <BR> <BR> One thing I am grateful for is that I've been doing some ST these last few months. I was recruited as a "pack mule" on Tuesday because there were probably only 4 people out of 15 that could lift anything over 20 pounds. The rest were elderly retired ladies and you... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:00:53 EST Food Assistance Programs: What we don't hear about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302139 So yesterday I volunteered at my local food bank. I knew the pastor that ran the food bank and found out he desperately needed help. I have never worked at a food bank before, so this was a new experience for me. <BR> <BR> There were two sides in the building: the Second Harvest Food Bank and the USDA Comm Program. The SH side was for all local residents, regardless of whether they received government assistance. People could come in and get a whole box of a variety of dry goods like cereal,... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:43:16 EST Introduction to Free Weights and Progress (Start) Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300452 Ugh, can't sleep. On my day "off" of all days! I thought I would just get up and go ahead and go swim, but the roads are pretty nasty this morning and they are having a lot of problems in Nashville. Since I'm in a rural area, I figured I better wait until it warms up a bit. <BR> <BR> Actually, today I'm taking off from work to volunteer at my town's food bank. We are now required to volunteer eight hours each quarter. The good news is that we get a paid day off to do it and we can pick where... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:30:37 EST What doesn't kill you makes you stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299618 I ended up taking a break this weekend from training. I was extremely sore on Friday. Saturday I was still pretty sore in my abs. Plus B got back early from his business trip so I didn't have time to squeeze in a workout before I drove up to visit him. And yesterday was my planned rest day. I'm not feeling too guilty about it. Took a lot of naps and spent some fantastic quality time with B even though we had a short weekend together. I have been sleeping at least 8 hours all week and I still ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:14:48 EST ST Challenges and More Food Reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296239 So I didn't take a rest day yesterday. I didn't make it in for my morning ST routine. I did, however, get it done after work, along with some bike intervals. <BR> <BR> Not only did I do the workout, I upped the weights and difficulty to challenge myself: <BR> <BR> Workout A: 10lb dumbbells for Rows/Press, 15lb dumbbells for step, Exercise ball, Step <BR> 1) Dumbbell Rows - 10 reps <BR> 2) 75% Parallel Squats (as opposed to 50% Parallel) - 8 reps <BR> 3) Overhead Press with Dumbbells - 10 r... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:43:19 EST My New ST Plan - Time to Get Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292517 So one of the things I have ventured into is serious strength training. I've been using weight machines for the past few months, and while I saw some strength gains in my lats, legs, and using the back extension machine, I wasn't really getting the results I wanted. I was typically doing 10-15 reps with 2 sets each on about 8 different machines. <BR> <BR> As I've been making good progress on the cardio front, though, I've been keeping an eye out for strength training stuff as well. YOOVIE he... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:26:01 EST Self-worth is found in the journey, not the destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291390 I've noticed quite a few thought-provoking blogs over the last few days. One was by PIXIE-LICIOUS ("Success is not just reaching the goal") <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291091 </link> <BR> <BR> This one really jumped out at me. Don't we all do this? We set a goal in life and we think life will be different/better/more exciting/perfect when we get to that goal. Maybe the goal is graduating college. Or perhaps it's getting married. Or, for... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:33:26 EST Life smacks me and I just keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285406 It's not exactly been the best week so far. I had a pretty big blow yesterday when something I was hoping for (and I could not have been more qualified for) fell through. It would've made my life a lot easier for the next few years. I could have been at home more and would have finally had the funds to fix up my wreck of a house. <BR> <BR> I had my 5 minutes of boo-hoo time, but at the moment where I would usually continue down the spiral of self-pity, something gave me a mental pep talk. I... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:47:36 EST Thoughts on new recipe, new foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282650 Thanks to some fantastic temps this weekend, B and I managed to get in our first hike of the year. We took on our "training" hike, which is a nearby state park that has about 3.5 - 4 miles of trail and about another mile of paved walking paths. We usually warm up with the paved area and then hit the actual trail. I call it our training hike because this one is easy to moderate in difficulty and is good to get us ready for more challenging ones. <BR> <BR> This is the first time I had my HR mo... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:16:16 EST Let's Get (A) Physical! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278827 I don't deal with stress well. I do have generalized anxiety disorder but can usually manage it without medication. But these last few weeks I've been pretty wired. Students loans have come due and they are as bad as I expected. I'm trying to consolidate them but it's going to take some time. It also sucks to pay $$$ for a degree that is basically worthless right now because I can't find a teaching job. And what's even more amusing is that if I HAD a teaching job, I couldn't pay the full amou... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 12:02:45 EST The Cheddar Biscuits will NOT be denied! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276007 I usually go to my parents' house once a week to eat dinner and catch up on the latest episode of Justified (best show EVAH!!). It does make tracking a bit difficult, though, because while they do watch sodium, they don't watch much else in their recipes. My mother isn't an extreme southern home cook as in she doesn't fry everything in lard, dish out a side helping of lard, and fill your glass with some nice hot lard on top of it all. However, she does cook a LOT of food and she channels Paul... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:45:39 EST Weekend Recap + Nerd Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273100 The weekend went by way too fast (don't they always?) and I'm sad it's Monday again. But here's hoping for a good week! I'm REALLY hoping for some good news to come my way this week in a certain area of my life...the suspense is killing me! Good thoughts are appreciated! <BR> <BR> I joined a Group Strength class last Thursday and owwwweeee, did I hurt come Friday morning! It's an hour long class focusing on full-body moves. It's not super heavy weights, just lighter weights with more reps (I... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:36:20 EST On a hamster wheel going nowhere...time to reevaluate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268828 So remember a few posts ago I was lamenting about the scale? I got back on it this morning after a 2-3 week hiatus. I've gained 1.4 pounds. Not terrible, but not the direction I was going for. I also measured myself this morning and found I've gained a few inches since I last measured myself back in November. When it comes to some areas, I know that some of that is muscle due to all the recent bike and ST and that it's only temporary, but still, it does sting a bit to see that. <BR> <BR> Loo... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 16:55:49 EST Polar FT4 HRM Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267265 So I've had a lot of people ask about the HRM I purchased. <BR> <BR> I bought a FT4 Polar HRM off of Amazon. It's the Bronze version and it costs $65.95. It came with a chest strap with the HRM transmitter and the watch itself. <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U0OFD2<BR>/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 </link> <BR> <BR> (For some reason, it's under review, so you might want to check the other colors and such.) <BR> <BR> Now, to be clear, this is NOT a pedometer. It... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:04:02 EST This girl is on FIYEEEEEAHHH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266306 So here I was, blah blah blah, wah wah wah, about not making huge strides of progress on the bike. Then Monday night, I got on the bike and was all BANG! POW! ZOOM! I ended up with a new personal best of 15 miles in 57 minutes. I'm sure the people behind me could see the smoke coming off my butt cause it was on FIRRREAHHH. <BR> <BR> I don't know what possessed me to do it. My usual bike was taken and I was pretty disgruntled about that. But the bike I ended up on is more of a "typical" bike ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:56:55 EST Me Vs. Food Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263535 So swim workouts did not happen last week. I couldn't find my swim goggles and had to buy a new pair on Saturday. I also managed to order a swim cap, duffel bag, combo lock, and a shower caddy so I can start using the showers at the Y and their lockers. This should get me set to use their pool at least 2-3 times a week. I couldn't buy any of this stuff until I got my tax return. I also need a new basic 1-piece suit that I hope to get before Thursday, but if not my regular suit will work in a ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:40:25 EST Getting back to routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257578 I'm enjoying getting back to routine this week. I've got 2 workouts in so far on the bike, though neither was the 15 miles I was aiming for, 10 miles each is still pretty darned good. Dealing with some mild soreness in my thighs/quads, but nothing I can't handle. I've got one more bike workout on Saturday. Maybe I can hit the 15 miles then. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will hopefully be my first morning in the pool. I plan on starting out with some drills. This will likely be my only chance to get in ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:44:53 EST A Slack-tacular Week & Unwelcome Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255066 So last week was slack-tacular. Those cupcakes really threw me off my game. Well, the whole week was an odd mesh of craziness. Some things I can't really go into here, but they were all good, and I hope that means some good changes are coming my way soon. If that's the case, then you will all hear about it pretty soon. But craziness, good or bad, ends up throwing off my routine. And slacking on my routine spells disaster for me and being consistent. <BR> <BR> My legs and hip were oddly sore ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:43:32 EST Achievement unlocked: Bike Beast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247689 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830668477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So yesterday I ended up taking half a day off from work. I had some floating holiday time to use up and I wanted to get my taxes done. I figured since I had the extra time, might as well see if I can make it to 15 miles on the bike. <BR> <BR> And I did! Roughly 16.3 miles in about an hour and ten minutes (including a warm up and cool down). And it was all on resistance levels 2-3! Needless to say, my legs felt a b... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:39:06 EST Well Ah'll Be Hornswaggled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243023 (from the critically-acclaimed Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Cinematic genius, I tell you!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010971781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know, it's actually been a good week. I was all RWWWWAR with the exercise. A total of 20 miles on the bike, an hour of Zumba, and about an hour of strength training. I was pretty on spot with nutrition too, though I was always on the upper end of my calories. I, however, did NOT expect a 2.6 pound loss for ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 15:29:03 EST The Special Snowflake Diet...I'll make MILLIONS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240318 First off, thanks so much for the comments on my previous blog. I don't know why I've been on a food documentary/weight-loss reality show kick lately, but I've seen plenty enough to feel rather ranty about them. Maybe I'm just grumpy and this is a way for me to vent, ha. <BR> <BR> A lot of people stressed the difference in individuals and their nutritional needs. I think this is very true. Our bodies, our genetics, our family history of health are not exactly the same. It's like education. Y... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:58:53 EST Fat Head + My Rant About So-Called "Experts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237541 So last night I watched a food documentary on Netflix Instant called "Fat Head." Essentially, a comedian, Tom Naughton, wants to debunk Morgan Spurlock's (SuperSize Me) claims that eating nothing but fast food will cause you to gain weight. For thirty days, Naughton kept to a 2,000 calorie diet, limiting only his carbs (100g), and ate nothing but fast food. He also increased his weekly walks to 6 times a week instead of 2-3. After all was said and done, he actually managed to lose 12 pounds a... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:28:07 EST Losing weight shouldn't be the goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233159 I managed to squeak out a 1.4 pound loss this week. This time, I'm only setting a goal of a pound a week. It's definitely coming off a lot slower than it was 40-something pounds ago. More importantly, I want to make sure that everything I'm doing right now is something I can continue doing even at a maintenance weight, because weight loss cannot be my primary goal anymore. <BR> <BR> I know me. I know I like to eat. I like to be athletic too. So while I try to watch what I eat and exercise mo... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:02:05 EST How ironic considering I'm currently reading "Wicked" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230585 Thanks so much for all the comments on the blog yesterday. Some of them were quite entertaining and I'm glad I am not alone in trying to eradicate such disgusting public behavior. <BR> <BR> So last night I was woken up by our town tornado sirens wailing at about 3am. I checked the weather and there was a spotted tornado in the southern part of our county (I'm in the northern area). I started yanking stuff out of my closet under the stairs just in case. We don't play around here with tornados... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:37:27 EST A public service announcment for the ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228868 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT <BR> <BR> (Guys, you can skip this one) <BR> <BR> LADIES: <BR> <BR> For the love of human decency, if you feel the need to "hover" like a UFO over the toilet seat and are simply too busy or lazy to use the disposable seat covers located exactly 1 foot to the right of the toilet, realize this: The goal is to go IN the toilet, not ON it. You are not a sprinkler system and the toilet is not on fire. I don't know how you manage to achieve such a feat without peeing ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:51:47 EST My take on "Ruby" - the show & aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227452 This is a long one, but I was feeling a bit ranty. <BR> <BR> So I'm usually not much on reality shows. I see enough craziness in everday life without having to watch Here Comes Honey-Boo-Boo or Jersey Shore. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1740138002.jpg"> <BR> I mean SERIOUSLY...WTF!?! <BR> <BR> Anyway, a few years ago I ended up catching a show on Style called "Ruby." For those of you not familiar with Ruby Gettinger, the show chronicles her weight loss star... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:18:01 EST Jiggle jiggle jiggle.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221727 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282866856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks again for all the comments on my last blog. Depression can be a hard thing to explain, and people who suffer from chronic depression don't always get empathy or understanding. It really isn't a problem with being lazy or something you can just shove down deep inside you and slap a smile on your face. It's almost like a poison...if you let it sit inside you, it will eventually make you even sicker, but if yo... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:50:31 EST Fell into a small hole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218990 Of depression and anxiety, that is. <BR> <BR> The hole has gotten smaller over the years. It used to be a grand canyon that seemed impossible to climb out of and where I would get lost for days, months, years on end. No matter how much I cried or worried or ate, I couldn't fill that canyon. Through therapy, the canyon shrunk down to the size of a kiddie pool. Then it temporarily widened back out to lake-sized during the divorce. Over the past two years, it has slowly shrunk again (with rand... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:55:57 EST Not So Slow-Cooking Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212263 So I thought it might be fun to try one Spark Recipe a week and post a little review of it here. Now here's the disclaimer - these are likely not going to follow the directions exactly. There's a few reasons for this. 1) Sometimes you are missing an ingredient and you need to substitute with what you have. A lot of us (myself included) are on shoestring food budget as it is. 2) This provides a different take on the recipe. You already see how to do it the original poster's way. I provide an a... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:41:16 EST No workout tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207565 Sniffles, feeling drained, and freezing rain/sleet all worked together to convince me to not work out tonight. Plus, like others have said, it's all about baby steps. I worked out 3 times last week, so this week I need to shoot for 4. <BR> <BR> So tonight I'm just trying to stay warm. And with a snuggly kitty like this, how can I resist the couch? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300809942.jpg"> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:45:04 EST What am I getting myself into? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206765 Wahhhh, Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a wee bit yucky this morning. Very sleepy, non-productive, a sniffly nose, and the sulky depressive part of my brain is taking advantage of it to try to fill my head with anxious and sad irrational thoughts. <BR> <BR> B had a cold this weekend, and maybe that's why I feel so lousy. I've managed to keep from getting sick so far, so I guess it was just a matter of time. Either way, I'm ready for it to at least be the end of the day so I can go work out. <... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:28:03 EST I am a "Special Snowflake" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202499 Last night I had planned to get on a bike for my workout. I had heard the classes are pretty jam-packed at the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> However, when I peeked in at the Zumba class, there looked like there was plenty of room. And it looks so fun. I hemmed and hawwed for a moment, then decided to go in. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed it, though I am so obviously out of shape after 2 months of no workouts that it was a struggle. The instructor was happy to see me again. She's a spunky gal who al... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:24:42 EST Just call me Ah-nold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200917 So last night was THE night. The night where I schlepped back into the gym. I've avoided it for about 2 months now and it's definitely time. It wasn't that I hated it before. I was just lazy. Plus the classes I liked weren't until 6:30, which meant I didn't get home until almost 8 2-3 nights a week. I didn't feel energized at all. In fact, I was exhausted. Then I hurt my ankle and got a pinched nerve in the same week and that just killed it. <BR> <BR> But at this point every penny counts, an... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:37:49 EST Reality vs. Entertainment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198964 Article that kicked off this blog entry: <BR> <link>www.salon.com/2013/01/07/whats_so_fu<BR>nny_about_being_poor/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I understand that a lot of Southern stereotypes are there for a reason, I don't agree with using them to exploit people for entertainment purposes. I know that people can make their own choices when it comes airing out their lives publicly, but when it comes to people struggling with poverty vs. celebrities, I think there is a huge difference. And yet, i... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:42:18 EST "Healthier" is the word for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197134 So my hunger got the best of me last night. I was starving by the time I left work and had some chips. Then I opted for a different dinner of a sandwich and spaghetti (weird combo, I know) just to get something faster than the stir-fry I had originally planned. Not the best of starts, but I'm just proud that I didn't throw in the towel completely with some BBQ nachos or some other quick fast-food choice. <BR> <BR> Today's a better day. Ate my breakfast a little later, which means a later lun... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:39:42 EST Back for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195491 So I took a bit of a vacation the last two months. Stopped working out, starting acting a fool with food. I think the weird injuries I had from Zumba started it all, but with the test results from my doctor's appointment, holidays, a sick kitty (no worries, she is much better now)...well, you get the idea. <BR> <BR> Not even sure how much I've gained yet. I really don't want to step on the scale to find out. <BR> <BR> But today I shift back. I'm not starting over, I'm just readjusting back... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:57:32 EST Need Some Advice (sorry for length) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125177 ****As a side note, I did finally talk to my OBGYN's nurse today. The test showed mild abnormalities and this happens often. He may or may not do a biopsy based on what he sees. 8 out of 10 cases show few abnormal cells and he just plans a recheck in 6 months. For the other cases they will refer me to a specialist.**** <BR> <BR> So another odd thing happened to me last week. I ended up getting a friend request on Facebook from my 1st ex-husband, C. <BR> <BR> C was the first boyfriend I had ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:23:07 EST Body, Y U No Work Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124036 So I had a pretty tough week last week. Halloween Zumba was probably the bright spot until Friday night. <BR> <BR> 1) I had an ankle strain that sidelined me for a few days on exercise. <BR> <BR> 2) The same day I woke up to a 100% ankle, I ended up with a pinched nerve in my back. I have this one spot, in the center of my back, under my right shoulder blade, that acts up 2-3 times a year. I sleep on it wrong or something and then it hurts for days. I can barely sit up, much less exercise. ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:26:24 EST Must eat ALL the things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119295 Before I begin, let me just say Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314160294.jpg"> <BR> Devil horns are fitting for Magellan, trust me. He was a very bad boy last night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410674769.jpg"> <BR> Reepicheep does not approve of this 'ween nonsense. Nor does he approve of clown wigs. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out this morning either. My ankle is better, but I wanted to give it one more day. Pl... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:45:22 EST Halloween Zumba - My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117976 So my Zumba instructor decided to throw a Halloween Zumba Party last night. She wanted us to come in dressed up. I tried to look for a costume this weekend but I was not in the mood to shell out $$$ for a costume I'm going to get sweaty in and really only use once. This is not a cost-efficient move for a freshly post-bankrupt individual. <BR> <BR> So I decided to compromise. I found a wig for about 15 bucks and some face makeup to dot on some freckles. $20 is reasonable to me. <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:30:11 EST I think I look hot in Zumba, but I really look like someone having a seizure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113801 Thanks again to everyone who commented on my previous blog. I wanted to make my way around to say thanks individually, but it's been a busy week and I haven't had much time to spend on SP. <BR> <BR> But, never fear. I have continued to stay within calorie range since Monday. I have schlepped to the Y two days this week for circuit training, kickboxing, group strength,and Zumba. And I did manage to lose a pound this week, which is a nice surprise. In order to meet my goal of 197 on the 2nd, I... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:22:27 EST