AURORAMARILENA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AURORAMARILENA AURORAMARILENA'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/ Planning & Motivation ... undone by food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620755 So, I planned to go to the gym today but when I got home, I really wasn't feeling it. I just wanted to relax and just do nothing. Work was stressful today. But motivation won out and I went to the gym and did ST. <BR> <BR> But then I just sat down to track my food and I'm over in some areas. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had a 3 egg white omelette with onions, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, and some lean ham and some cheddar. Had a small side of potatoes. <BR> <BR> Lunch was whole wheat couscou... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:28:44 EST Remebering to eat or rather, packing enough to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609285 Yesterday I went to the gym before work to do cardio after my ST on Monday. I was really hungry after my workout but I didn't want to eat my main meal so i had crackers with PB for the protein. I ate my lunch and then about 2/3 of the way through the day, I started to get my headache/migraine. I didn't want to take any pills for it but I had to. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm logging my food choices from yesterday and realized I only ate 1,000 calories and I worked out. I was way under. That expla... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:24:13 EST Recovery Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608290 So yesterday was my 2nd day back at the gym in the new year. And surprisingly this morning, my body doesn't really ache. I knew that I was working my muscles because by rep 10, I wanted to stop but I kept my form for those last few reps. I think the last time was such a shock, I ached. But today, not so much. Maybe the more I do exercise, the better my recovery time will be. <BR> <BR> So, I have way too much to do today and if I stay on the computer, I won't get it done. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:01:41 EST Today was a good day at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607723 So, I'd planned to go to the gym this afternoon but a text from a friend to go out after work, changed my plans. Instead, I left the house an hour earlier than normal to allow myself to get back home in time to shower and change. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a good workout day at the gym (all machine exercises): leg abduction, leg adduction, leg curl, leg extension, tricep extension, row, abdominal, back extenstion, and calf. With the exception of the triceps ( 30lb), everything was ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:42:22 EST Finally got to the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603577 This is both a happy and a sad post. I finally made it to the gym. yay for me! but i've struggled to go for weeks so going to the gym one day is not a big ta da either. <BR> <BR> But I had planned it out yesterday that I would go in the AM, but I had trouble falling asleep last night and was still awake at 4:30. So going to the gym at 7 wasn't a good idea. But I woke up at 10am, and planned to go at 2. And I made my butt get up and go to the gym. I did seven ST exercises to work out by bod... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:43:59 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601696 So I stepped on the scale this weekend 178. Which I don't blame myself for. I just came back from a bachelorette weekend in Vegas. When you are paying $42 for dinner for just yourself, you kinda want to get your money's worth. While I did eat veggies, I ate a lot of things I normally don't, particularly desserts. I had like 3 that night, but they were also portioned out for mini servings. So add in the drinking and all the eating out, I gained 2lbs. I lost 1 of it last week simply by going b... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:29:15 EST Short Term Goal Not Met, but Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580580 So I stepped on the scale this morning and 177.6. I didn't reach my short term goal of 175, but I am close, just 2.6lbs away. I can't believe I'm down to 177 already. I haven't been in the 170's for a year. At this time last year, I was 173lbs. But then Christmas, New Years and life happened and I stopped exercising, stopped eating right and wound up at 189 as a high. <BR> <BR> I'm not bummed that I didn't meet my goal - I'm actually really happy that I'm so close. To go from 188 in October ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:30:23 EST Still slacking... but not gaining.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570808 So, I weighed myself yesterday morning, 180.0 exactly. So I lost 0.8 lbs from last week. What did I do? Nothing. I'm still struggling to get my butt to the gym. Now, even though I'm not going to the gym, I've been cleaning my house. That's physical activity and it's nice and all but i'm still not going to the gym. <BR> <BR> I know I have to plan it out in advance but it still doesn't happen. Today is my day off. So my plan was to wake up early, go to the gym, do my errands and come home and ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:03:53 EST 22.7 miles in 1 Week.. Now I know why I was so tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560090 I've been a little MIA recently and that's because I've been on vacation. I went to Quebec, Canada for a week. It was cold, and it snowed, but I had an awesome time. <BR> <BR> So.. 22.7 miles. That's INSANE. I finally sat down today to map a lot of the walking I'd done during my trip. Now, I know i missed some trips and didn't count the misdirections, walking uphill, or walking to/from bus stops & airport walking, but as a basic tally - 22.7 miles. <BR> <BR> I can't believe I walked that m... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:25:25 EST 6lbs down.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549071 So I stepped on the scale this morning, 182.4lbs. I didn't believe the number so I stepped on the scale again. Same reading. I don't know how I lost the weight. Ok - so I do know. I just hate to admit it. I just haven't been eating that much. I'm not starving myself, I just have not had a desire to eat. <BR> <BR> I know I need to aim for a minimum of 1200 calories a day, but if I don't feel like eating, and my body isn't telling me to eat, is it wrong not to eat? I'd love to say it's my eat... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:16:16 EST Time for an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545256 I weighed myself this morning after having a drink of water and my weight is down to 184.6. I'm very proud of where I am. <BR> <BR> I've got my plan better sorted out then from previous attempts to lose weight. I'm doing a mainly flexitarian diet. I watched a couple documentaries on vegan lifestyles and it was very eye opening. I don't want to be a vegan - i like cheese. But I do try to take vegan recipes and use them for meals. I do eat less meat then before and I'm happy about that. <... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:43:22 EST Just a Little Reminder to myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508082 Since I'm starting over again, I wanted to give myself a little reminder of where I started, where I went, and where I will go again. Every time I'm unmotivated, or doubting, I know to come to this blog and remember how this weight didn't get packed on over night, nor will it go overnight. I'll have new tracker points to put on my page. <BR> <BR> I guess the old fable of the Tortoise and the Hare could be applied here: "Slow and Steady Wins the Race" <BR> <BR> <BR> 4/22/12 - SW 194.6 <BR> ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:28:26 EST So i'm back... 10 months later.. whoops.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507212 So, what turned into a mini stretch of not exercising, and stress at work and home and I completely fell off.. for 10 months. This is a real struggle for me, but I know I can do it. And in my absence, a lot of stuff has become clear to me. I finally know my program. And I know what I want goals to be and the things I need to change. So I'm going to put them all out here. <BR> <BR> My Program: Flexitarian diet. I want to focus on eating mainly vegetarian meals, but I will not say no to anima... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 17:08:58 EST Who says healthy food doesn't taste good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205394 A lot of times, people talk about being on a "diet" and how healthy food just doesn't taste as good. And people are misled. We are a society that relies heavily on sauces. We put gravy on our meat, mashed potatoes, veggies, even sausage gravy on biscuits. <BR> <BR> Now personally, I don't care for biscuits w/ gravy. I tried it, but it wasn't something i'd pick if i was having breakfast somewhere. My perfect breakfast is an egg white omelet, with onions, spinach, red peppers, mushrooms, ha... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:44:37 EST So I did not make it through the holidays unscathed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204300 So I had hoped to be good during the holidays but when I went home, there were no less the 4 different desserts: pineapple upside down cake, cookies, cupcakes, banana bread, etc. <BR> <BR> Every day, I was asked if I wanted to drink and ate lots of food. Down side: I gained 4lbs, up to 176. I weighed myself last week and I was 175.6lbs. So I'm up for a bit. But I also didn't exercise when I was home unless shopping at the mall counts which it doesn't. <BR> <BR> Now to re-commit myself. It ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:33:40 EST No Pain, No Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160636 No Pain, No Gain is a slogan used a long time ago. And for me the saying is true. The other day, I was stretching and had a slight pain in my abs. It's not the kind of pain you'd notice just sitting, but i noticed it when i stretched. And the cause? My little session of Wii Zumba 2! And the gain? A new home exercise option. I never thought I would get the kind of ab pain you get from core ST from a Wii video but I did. And I am so incredibly happy. I can now have an effective workout at home ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 23:18:52 EST hooray for pineapple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157670 While that Me sound like the most random title for a blog entry it actually is what I'm going to write. Today I had the sweetest pineapple I've ever had in my entire life. Usually, when i have pineapple, it's a little bitter. Today, it was ripe and sweet. I wish pineapple could always be this good. I notice that with a lot of fruit, Mellon and Cantaloupe, it had no sweetness. It's very blah. And fruit shouldn't be bland. But it had to do with how we pick fruit in this country. Everyone wants... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:11:31 EST Wii Zumba 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156132 Ok, I admit, its been a while since I exercised. Especially with Thanksgiving and family, exercise didn't make it. While I did do a lot of walking and other physical activity, it's been a while. <BR> <BR> So today, I didn't feel like going to the gym. I'm having some motivation issues at the moment, which is why I haven't been to the gym. But I told myself that if I didn't want to go to the gym, I could still do exercise at home. Enter Wii Zumba 2. I'd been to a few Zumba classes and I like... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:48:46 EST Me By the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155228 So prompted by my recent weigh in, I was curious about my other numbers. I've lost 3" off my hips and waist, 1.5" on my neck, 2.5" off my thighs, 1.5" off my upper arm and 1" off my calf. So 20lbs looks like 11.5"off my body. I want that to be my motivation going forward. <BR> <BR> So my dinner tonight was 1cup broccoli, and a scramble sandwich. 2 slices wheat bread (no butter) with a egg scramble (egg whites, onions, red peppers, corn, 1 oz ham and 2tbsp cheddar cheese). I know it's a co... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:18:01 EST Surprise on the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149889 So obviously with the Thanksgiving holiday, it's hard for people outside of SP to watch what they eat and they usually eat too much. I can happily say that I only had one serving of each food and stopped eating before i was like ugh. So major brownie points to me. My mom kept eating and got to the ugh point. But she's at a normal weight so she can do that. <BR> <BR> But I haven't been measuring my foods while I was on thanksgiving vacation so I was surprised when I got on the scale today. I... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:26:04 EST Round 2... now that i'm feeling better :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981892 So I've been MIA for a little while. It's been really crazy for me. But the good news is I've continued to work out and my weight has stayed stable. <BR> <BR> I was able to work out 2x this week but I woke up Thursday with a horrible pain in my neck. I wasn't able to do anything but lie down. So naturally, I couldn't exercise as I had planned and friday was no better. I went to get a massage and it helped but I was still in pain so my exercising for friday as well was put on hold. The last... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:43:27 EST Success!!!! Short Term Goal Met!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930065 It seems that everytime i doubt myself, i end up succeeding. I don't know how that works. I wrote in my last blog that I was 186.8 and I didn't think I'd meet my short term goal of 185 by June 15th. So I stepped on the scale on friday and I was 185.2. And I was really shocked and happy that I got to 185.2. Fast forward to Sunday and I'm exactly 185! <BR> <BR> I can't believe I met my goal. And I am so proud of myself. Exercise helped. But I suspect some of my weight loss is from not eating ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:25:58 EST Life took over once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923414 So things have been a little crazy. Lots of work, catching up on things from my vacation and my weight has been a bit of a yo yo. My reading of 187 was at my parents house and then when i weighed myself on my normal scale it was 187.8. So part of the gain could be the discrepancy - the 'rents scale is one of those old dial ones but more likely it's from the fact that I barely exercised. <BR> <BR> But this week, I'm back down to 186.8. So I have definitely lost from last week and that gives m... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:58:56 EST Weeks 4 &5: Thank you Niagara! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899920 So I've been MIA for a little bit. Been doing a lot lately. I went on vacation to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada. And my friend did not have a working scale in her house so I was unable to grab my numbers on 5/20. So I'm at my parents' house this weekend and i stepped on the scale and it read 187! yay! Granted it's not my normal scale so I need to take my measurement when I get back to my house to properly track my weight loss. <BR> <BR> But on my vacation, i walked A LOT. I walked so mu... Sun, 27 May 2012 12:09:18 EST Week 3... Still okay but Unsure if doing 2 for 1 workouts are a good idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879986 So stepped on the scale.. 190.8 a loss of 0.2 lbs. Not happy about that but when I took my measurements, that made me happier.. I've lost 1.5" on my waist. Lost an inch on my neck and another inch on my hips. Thighs .5" but that's at the fattest part by my hips. So I have to remind myself that even though the scale didn't move much, my body is getting stronger. I recently had to up the weights on the adduction machine because 30lbs wasn't doing it anymore. YAY! <BR> <BR> Causes for lack of... Sun, 13 May 2012 22:14:44 EST Substitutions & Other Little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874145 So I missed my workout yesterday. Life got in the way. I'm on nights so I woke up and had a few things I needed to take care of that couldn't wait one more day. And by the time I did those phone calls and errands. It was too late to get to the gym before work. That sucks but I'm going to move that workout to Thursday so I can get all my cardio in. Doing it Tuesday or Thursday really doesn't matter as long as I log the workout. With my job, I have to be flexible with my workouts. I Zumba clas... Wed, 9 May 2012 14:44:54 EST Week 2 .. and surprised... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871503 So week two ended and in my last blog post, I didn't think I was going to lose any weight. Turns out, I did. I weighed in at 191 this morning. Down 1.2 lbs. It wasn't the 2 that was "planned" but note the quotations... I'm still happy with my progress.. <BR> <BR> I'm really excited to continue with my gymming and see where I am next week. Mon, 7 May 2012 23:41:47 EST Tired.. and tummy issues continue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868123 A couple of days ago, my stomach was bothering me during my workout. And yesterday, my stomach was bothering me about an hour and half after I woke up. So I ate breakfast and it went away. But this morning, it started again. So I ate my cereal but 10 min after finishing, my stomach was bothering me again. <BR> <BR> So by 11 I was hungry and I ate. Sure enough, an hour and a half later the pain came back. I ended up having some popcorn and some green tea and that seems to have done the trick... Sat, 5 May 2012 20:30:41 EST Starting out with a FAIL for the day, but I will do better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864961 Waking up at 8:30am - FAIL <BR> <BR> I woke at up at noon. Sh*t! Tomorrow I have to be at work at the crack of dawn and I woke up at noon. At that point, I decided, oh screw it and was in bed till 2pm. Lovely start to the day. I had a lot of things planned: go to the store to pick up some stuff for the house, get groceries, look for a travel bag, get some laundry done... instead, it's 3pm and i'm writing on my blog. The one thing I will manage today is to get to the gym. <BR> <BR> That's ... Thu, 3 May 2012 15:13:04 EST Being Flexible... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862404 Based on my work schedule, it's going to be difficult to get in exercise on my "scheduled" days. So I decided to plan ahead and figure out to get in all my exercise. So I got in 40 min of cardio and some weights in on Monday but since I know I won't be able to do my Friday workout, I went into the gym today (erm.. Tuesday but I'm still up) and did my cardio 20 min elliptical, 15 treadmill with ST in between. <BR> <BR> I find that I like breaking up my cardio. I feel like I get a good warm up... Wed, 2 May 2012 03:45:46 EST Week 1 Complete - Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857817 So, it's been a week since I decided I needed to buckle back down and start getting serious about my weight loss. Even though I was exercising, I wasn't paying attention to what I was putting in my mouth. So I decided to start fresh, again, and I am super proud of myself for the results. <BR> <BR> Last week I weighed in at 194.6 lbs. I went to the gym 4 days this week to do 30-45 min of cardio and strength training. I was a little worried because I did my cardio Mon-Thur and was worried abo... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:45:41 EST Re-Aligning My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853290 I've been very good this week in going to the gym every day. As much as I want to get healthy and stay healthy, I must admit that my current motivation to lose weight may be unhealthy one. <BR> <BR> I've got my 10 year high school reunion this summer and I am currently, at 193.8 lbs when I weighed myself this morning, the same size (14) that I was in high school. While it's a good thing that I haven't gained a ton of weight, I haven't lost any either and that's not good. While I have seen ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:06:37 EST Don't Stop Movin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850627 Today was a good day.. even with my slight blip in calories. <BR> <BR> I consumed about 1700 calories today.. which is within the SP generated norm for my exercise patterns but I am trying not to go over 1500. I'm trying to keep myself between 1200-1500 calories a day. but I'm not going to worry about it. It's just one day, and tomorrow is another opportunity to do the right things. <BR> <BR> But on a good note, I have been exercising this week. I did 30 min on an elliptical cross trainer ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:30:50 EST Frustrated and Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845150 So I've been trying to get healthy and I've been getting consistent exercise for about a month, or at least I thought I was until I stepped on the scale this morning. I weight 194.6lbs and it seems that i'm in the exact same place I was a year ago. <BR> <BR> I've been going to the gym and when I can't get to the gym, I was dancing with DDR/Just Dance 3 on the Wii. I was sweating and playing for at least 30 min so I thought I was doing good. This week, I decided to up my efforts. I went to t... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:59:27 EST To Weigh or Not to Weigh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596020 So I'm having a bit of a debate with myself. I've been debating whether or not to step on the scale everyday. In a way, it's good, because it's a constant reminder that I need to make good decisions if i want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But at the same time, I feel like it could be a de-motivator, because since weight fluctuates based on a number of things, that I might get discouraged because the number goes up and down. <BR> <BR> Then part of me wonders whether I should weigh myself at al... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:59:25 EST Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587483 So my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go to a Zumba class with her. I jumped at the chance to try group aerobics. So I went and it kicked my butt! My face was red and it was a workout. I was surprised that my calves would start to burn from the Samba dance. It was easy to catch on but it's definitely a workout. <BR> <BR> My throat hurt afterwards and that may have been from the heavy breathing I was doing. My left knee started to bother me at the very end so I need to be careful a... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:43:59 EST Life took over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563949 Life took over and I left SP for a while. Almost 6 months. I've managed to keep my weight stable. I dipped last week to 187.4lbs so will find out tomorrow what I actually weigh. Obviously I'm having trouble being accountable - I've tried with my best friend and we both did nothing about it. So i'm trying something new. Working with my Health Insurance Company, I'm trying to get motivated to exercise more. So hopefully that will get me to move my butt more. <BR> <BR> Exercise has always bee... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 21:07:15 EST Gymmin' Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4258055 So I managed to do strength training today at the gym at the suggestion of someone on SP. I was on a time crunch and did 3 exercises and then did 20 min of cardio. I would have liked to have done 30 but I would have been late for work. Since I started doing the elliptical, I've noticed slight muscle pain when I walk. It's not painful to walk and it happens at a certain point in my stride. I attribute it to the fact that i'm working out and it makes me smile. I never felt that on the treadmill... Thu, 26 May 2011 15:09:54 EST Slowly I'm starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253745 In Aug 2010, i went to my first Pilates class. However, i didn't do so great considering I got dizzy, shaky and really cold. After the Health Center people sat with me for an hour before I could get up and leave, I didn't go back to the gym. Until May of this year. And that's really sad. The impetus? My health results. I had a blood panel done and the numbers scared me. Besides being 193lbs, 5' 6 1/2" tall, I for the first time in my life, had a cholesterol reading over 200. That scared the s... Tue, 24 May 2011 17:03:32 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3153727 So my life has been a lot of ups and downs lately. I am being transferred across the state and having to move. But my landlord refuses to let me out of my lease even though I've been a great tenant for 2.5yrs. I've made the place show ready while she's tried to sell it (the entire time i've been living here) and now she's deciding to be a complete bitch. So major minus going on. But I have found a place now, after looking for so long and starting to move in. It's absolutely beautiful and I'm ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:41:16 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093722 So.. i got transferred across the state for my job and currently trying to navigate the real estate market. My landlord wont let me out of my lease at all, she wants all the rent money and renting here is extremely expensive.. i'm talking $1000/month for a 600-800sq ft 1 bed, 1 bath place. So I'm freaking out about all of that. <BR> <BR> Then add the fact that I need a new engine in my car and the manufacturer doesn't want to honor my warranty despite me doing everything I needed to do to ma... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 23:49:32 EST So today was not a good eating day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2998885 So today, i went to meet one of my friends for lunch. I haven't seen her for a few months and we had lots to catch up. it's rare when the two of us are both in town. she lives in Orlando. So we met up and had lunch and it wasn't until I came online to track my food and yeah.. I think i'm going to take it easy for the rest of the day. Luckily I'm not hungry but that should explain why i've had three glasses of water in the last 10 min. I probs ate WAYYYY to much sodium. But it's going to happ... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:25:53 EST Major Breakthough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954918 So yesterday I had a major breakthrough.. One of my co-workers who I can't stand, called me up yesterday to ask me about my job. I'm currently working out of town and hoping to become permanent with this job. Now this guy and I don't get along.We had a major row a year ago that everybody knew about. But I play nice because you have to when you work together. So he calls me up out of the blue and mentions that's he interested in my job. There are a few openings so we could end up working tog... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 19:57:56 EST Finding Motivation.. and a reminder to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2941174 I went to the doctors last week and weighed myself I'd been avoiding the scale, but no avoiding it at the doctors. The number shocked me. Granted after drinking water and having clothes on changes the number on the scale. So I subtracted a few pounds for the clothes and updated my tracker. I'm back at 185.. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be the 'fat friend'. You know the one.. the one girl who is bigger in a small group of friends. That's me and has been me. Granted, the two that I hung out the ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 04:29:45 EST Never again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2935592 I woke up late this morning and was struggling to make it to work on time so I went to McDonalds and had a Mac Snack Wrap for lunch. I didn't think it was too terrible: a flour tortilla (not great) a half of a beef patty (again, not crazy), lettuce, half a cheese slice, pickles and their sauce. When I logged onto SP just now to track it, it's like 330 calories!!!!! The nutritional information is crazy. There is 690mg sodium, 19g of fat (7 sat) 45mg cholesterol and 1g of TF. AHHHHHH! I avoid T... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 17:12:35 EST So.. no luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2932808 I went back to the doctor today and he couldn't find anything from the patch test. He told me to keep looking at it over the next two days and have someone look at it. My friend has agreed to take a look at it and take a picture for the doctor. He told me I could shower but to rub my back at all. Apparently the glue like stuck to my skin and it normally doesn't happen. but I didn't shower or exercise. I just did things around the house. And the nurse left the skicky glue on my back!!!!!!! The... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:02:54 EST Hoping to get some answers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2924549 I have had contact dermatitus on my ring finger for an entire year. A first it was a little itch that spread to my entire finger, and then started to spread. I went to see a dermatologist who did some testing. It wasn't a infection causing this. I used creams and even got on predisone to try and treat the itching. The steroid cream turned my finger a darker shade.. So today I finally went in to see a doctor to get a skin patch test done to find out what could be causing my issue. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:32:33 EST Today was a good eating day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2914878 So I forgot my breakfast and lunch today. Was running late today. So luckily, my work serves breakfast. I had an egg white omelet with onions, peppers, mushrooms and a little bit of turkey. I added some feta on top and was a delicious breakfast for 250 calories. <BR> <BR> Then for lunch i had 1/2 cup of brown rice, broccoli and a 3oz piece of chicken breast with a little tsaziki sauce. <BR> <BR> For dinner I had a some bbq chicken on a kaiser roll, and a salad with veggies and 2tbsp of d... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:53:44 EST Moving into March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2908145 So my work just posted the schedule for march. Which means another month of commuting and working away from home. At first it was fun, now, I'm longing to have a place to settle down into. This areas expensive to live in anyway, and I'm still under a lease at my current place, so I guess it's not all bad. But I'm beginning to not like the commute. <BR> <BR> I got some great blog comments yesterday - thank you 2Timothy17, sheenadee and edelweiss33!!!! I appreciate you taking the time to comme... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:13:55 EST Overcoming self defeating thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2906941 So yesterday I was thinking of my weight loss and my goal line and time. And I remembered that I'm a bridesmaid for a wedding in late May. I've already got my dress and had it altered to fit my body. However, if I lose a lot of the weight, my dress might be too big. And I've already paid the price of the dress in alterations, the last thing I want to to sink even MORE money into this dress I'm only going to wear once. <BR> <BR> So I'm trying to defeat my thoughts that tell me 'well you migh... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 21:23:41 EST