BEATLETOT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BEATLETOT BEATLETOT'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/ My Anchors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792701 I've been reading those self-help books again. <em>246</em> This time, I'm reading up on decluttering, so that I only schlep what I want to schlep back home. The local women's shelter is very happy with us, as we've emptied out our linen closet and kitchen. We have been schlepping a giant plastic bag full of new, still individually-wrapped silverware around, and I have NO idea where it came from, when it got into our inventory of crap, and how it got there. I just know it has moved with us... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:50:51 EST Strategizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773551 I'm copying and pasting a similar exercise from a couple years ago, but changing it up a little to recognize the changes in my lifestyle at this time (i.e., I don't really eat meat now). <BR> <BR> Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each (reason/excuse on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well-executed in the past) write a strategy that will keep me on track for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> I really like this assignment. It is methodical and systematic. It also reminds me of the EX method of qui... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:44:33 EST Had It Backward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772828 So during the Pound-A-Thon Challenge, I decided I would weigh myself if certain conditions were met. They were that I had to stay in my calorie range and stay in my sodium range, among other things. <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh very often. <BR> <BR> If I stayed in calorie range, I was eating chili or spaghetti sauce (high in sodium). If I stayed in my sodium range, I ate too much. <BR> <BR> And then I weighed myself today after my camping trip today. YIKES. I don't even want to tell you! <BR> ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:38:07 EST Something Old... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771828 After over a year hiatus, I'm back on the 5% Challenge. I was very active on the challenge for a couple years, taking on leadership roles and having a blast, but never lost my 5%. <BR> <BR> I can do this. I can lose my 5%. <BR> <BR> The Pre-Challenge assignments are mostly the same. I am writing out my Nutrition Commitment and Fitness Commitment now and will work through the others in short order. The very committed and hard-working Overall Challenge Leaders have added a couple really good-... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:22:00 EST Repost of the Blog I Wrote Earlier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719336 I posted a blog then got all freaked out because I did it from my work computer. So I deleted it. Not that it would matter if they were monitoring it, but I don't know. Do people still do that? I figure there is too much web traffic at even the smallest offices for anyone to actually monitor any more the way they seemed to in the 90s. But still, you can never be too careful. <BR> <BR> Since it's still valid, here it is: <BR> <BR> I had a bad dream last night. I dreamt that the Scarecrow was... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:32:12 EST Blue Zones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716928 I was reading this blog: <link>www.drdeah.com/fatigued-finding-a-se<BR>cond-wind-in-body-acceptance/ </link> <BR> <BR> which linked me to this article: <link>blogs.scientificamerican.com/food-ma<BR>tters/2014/05/22/what-if-we-all-just-s<BR>topped-trying-to-lose-weight-video/ </link> <BR> <BR> which comes with a video. <BR> <BR> And it was lovely and inspiring. It talked about what I'm hoping to achieve through this month--keeping healthy habits for their own sake, rather than for w... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:58:45 EST Body Image Boot Camp Day 11 - Just Links, Really http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715626 I liked this blog post quite a lot. Some of her stuff is a little woo woo, but this one struck me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.annesophie.us/what-it-really-mea<BR>ns-to-love-your-body/ </link> <BR> <BR> This one was good, too, because it's something I have thought about. I remember a friend saying how magazines were bad for frugality, because they make you think you need things that you really don't. I stopped my subscription to Health magazine, because I was about two years behind on the issues... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:55:38 EST I Am In Love With Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715017 and with a lot of other people, really. Tommy Shaw, for one. He is so hot. For reals. <BR> <BR> But especially with myself. Today, within a span of 20 minutes, I had--no kidding!--five jobs fall into my lap, or my inbox, as it were. The first was from a guy I emailed just to say hi 9 months ago when I was deliriously happy here, telling me that they have an opening, and to please let him know if I'm interested, he'll email me when it posts. Then, the other four were from a friend who told me... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:54:05 EST Body Image Boot Camp Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713075 <link>www.the-beheld.com/search/label/bodi<BR>es%20and%20relationships </link> <BR> <BR> This was written by a very thin girl. It's a great read about men who want skinny women, and a skinny woman. She talks about what all she has to do to remain a size 0. It's a very refreshing read after articles describing what celebrities claim to do to maintain their physiques. It was also sad, clever and interesting. Definitely worth the read. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 21:54:08 EST Having a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711926 <link>www.beautyredefined.net/running-from<BR>-self-objectification/ </link> <BR> <BR> I found this blog here: <BR> <BR> <link>bodyblisscentral.com/2014-top-positi<BR>ve-body-image-blogs-sites/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think this is all I'll need to get myself through the month and getting my body image boot camp fix. <BR> <BR> The first link talked about making a fitness goal so that you can enjoy the act of moving just within yourself. If you focus on the goal, rather than on how you ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:44:23 EST Depressed on Facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710069 I just found out my oldest friend in the world is having bridesmaids. I assumed she wasn't, because of course, if she was, she would have asked me. <BR> <BR> The friend I'd call to tell about this situation (my second oldest friend), I can't, because I found out she was getting married on Facebook the day of, so I don't know that she'd understand. <BR> <BR> During the same Facebook session in which I found out about the bridesmaids, I found out another close friend (who lived with us for a ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:13:40 EST Body Image Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708577 For the last six weeks, I gave myself a sticker on a calendar as a reward. It started with a challenge on one of my SparkTeams, and then I decided to keep it going by adding a sticker for everyday I got 11,000+ steps. Here is my calendar: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660521925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look! I did it EVERY SINGLE DAY! <BR> <BR> But I don't think I lost any weight this month. I'll find out when I weigh myself a bit later in the morning. <BR> <BR> I'v... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 03:48:10 EST Puppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702423 My puppy ate the carpet today. Like, a lot. There's no way we're getting our security deposit back now. I wanted to murder her. <BR> <BR> But then, I heard her heaving under the couch. I looked under there just in time to see her upchuck. When I went to clean it up, there were SPLINTERS in it. <BR> <BR> So I freaked out, found subs for my work, called my husband (who's overseas right now), sobbing about what a horrible mother I am and what if she isn't going to be okay? <BR> <BR> I took he... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:27:47 EST Investment in Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701408 I'm trying to decide if I should spend $50 at Sephora so I can get a consultation there before my upcoming conference. On one hand, I'm kind of uncomfortable about money these days, but on the other hand, it might help my confidence and my appearance for the conference, where I'm hoping to put out feelers on a new job. <BR> <BR> My skin hasn't been looking as nice as it used to, and I've never been good with color and the actual putting-on of these things. However, I'm sure I spend the $50 o... Fri, 23 May 2014 10:48:06 EST I've Held These "Truths" to Be Self-Evident. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696598 I got a birthday card last year. This blog has been sitting in my drafts box for a looooong time--at least five months. Anyway, my friend who sent me the birthday card isn't just anyone--she's a very good friend who lived with us for a year and a half, so she knows a lot about me and my lifestyle. In the card, she wished me a day full of my favorite things: puppies, massages, mac and cheese, salt and vinegar chips, and Judge Judy. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking. Is this what people associa... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:22:51 EST 2014, you're about to get owned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637532 So, I think I've thoroughly regrouped after my performance evaluation. I've come to terms with the fact that if I'd had it earlier, this wouldn't have happened, that these people are not going to change their minds, no matter how ridiculous, and I shouldn't care what they think. I realize that I should have known once my primary supervisor jumped out of her chair, ran from the room and with a quavering voice whispered, "Drizella, can you come here for a minute?" that I already won. Wimp. I'm ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:12:25 EST The Post-Evaluation Email I Wish I Could Send http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637115 Dear Drizella and Anastasia, <BR> <BR> I wanted to follow up on the meeting we had on Friday evening--my performance evaluation. I am glad to have had some time to decompress all of it, and now want to go over some of the issues I see. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am offended to have had to sit there and be told I don't have to "count my hours" or "defend myself," when it's quite clear that I do. Anastasia's eye-rolling when I said that I'd been taking photos of the clocks outside the office w... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:08:13 EST So over these people... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621746 I was a grouch today. I admit that. This doggie was allowed to sleep with us last night, and she couldn't decide if she was hot or cold, so she went back and forth from under the covers to next to my head over and over, panting when she was hot. After my husband finally got up and put her away, I still had a hard time and woke up three more times. <BR> <BR> So everything everybody did was getting on my nerves. Plus, I'm still smarting from the blowback from my supervisors at the beginning of... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:58:01 EST Brendarelly, Brendarelly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595287 I know it's been awhile since I've blogged, but I don't know. I have a blog sitting in my drafts box, and I just haven't had the desire to finish it. Perhaps I will at some point. <BR> <BR> Daisy's doing well. She is very sweet and silly. Yeeeeeah, I'd say I love her. Not as much as Sammy, and I'll never love her like I loved him, but that's okay. She'll have her own "groovy kind of love." <BR> <BR> So far, New Year's stuff is going okay. I'm meeting my goals with decent consistency. I stil... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:36:28 EST So...I Got a Puppy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508114 Yeah, I got a puppy. Seeing her and getting her made me realize I'm not quite ready for a new dog, but my husband sure is. He had, like, hearts coming out of his eyes like a cartoon character when he saw her. Ah-OOO-ga! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, and she's sweet. She's pretty and silly and smart. We named her Daisy. She's just not mine, yet, but she will be. Probably won't take too long. She's quite lovable. =) <BR> <BR> My husband didn't care too much for Sammy when we first got him. ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:07:52 EST Impossible Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470307 Tracking my calories today would be a lesson in futility, starting with even the most basic thing one takes for granted when tracking calories: I can't even tell where yesterday ended and today began! Overnight flights, man. I'm in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, on business right now. <BR> <BR> Plus, I did poorly with even the most basic tenets...nibbles here and there abounded. And lunch was a buffet, and though I only ate one plate, it was a big plate with a lot of things I couldn't iden... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:42:57 EST Eh, sort of a NSV, followed by...not one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465127 I went to get a massage today, because I got an email special. I'd never used this guy before, and he was really, really good. His background was in physical therapy, so he really knew his stuff. Unfortunately, he was quite a talker, which I don't like. You are rubbing my calloused, rough, disgusting feet, my hairy legs, and navigating gobs of fat to get to the parts you're supposed to fix. I do not want to hear about your plans for the evening. Let's save the humanizing for after I'm dressed... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:20:45 EST Minor Binge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462592 I went over my calories today. It was the first time. I had 10 days of being in-range. I didn't mean to go over, and I only barely went over...and what tipped me over was a pluot I'd forgotten I'd eaten at lunch! That's what happens when you eat fruit...! =) <BR> <BR> Well, I was hungry, anyway, when I remembered my pluot, and I was already over. So I went a wee bit nuts. Now I don't feel good. But it's okay. Now I want 11 days minimum in-range from now on. <BR> <BR> I found a dog I want to... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:17:38 EST All Kinds of Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461368 Today wasn't easy. <BR> <BR> I wound up not picking up Sammy's ashes. I couldn't. I really couldn't. I feel very bad about it but I made my husband go by himself. I could be there with Sammy at the end, because he needed me, but this was just too hard. <BR> <BR> And all I want to do is eat. <BR> <BR> I haven't gone over my calorie range since I re-started everything. I've been doing really great with that. But today, I SO wanted to. I did break a rule by eating a candy bar this evening, bu... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:33:36 EST My Baby's Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442240 We had to take Sammy to the vet on Monday to be put down. It was hands-down, no-question, the absolute worst day of my entire life...until the next day, which was even worse. <BR> <BR> It had to be done. He cried a lot, couldn't stand at all and on Saturday, he wasn't eating. We took him to four different vets, including a woo woo doctor that gave him acupuncture and chiropractic treatments...but I just couldn't fix him. <BR> <BR> The pain has been completely unbearable. We had an intense r... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:49:15 EST Deviant Prey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426866 Dang, has it been a long time since I've blogged or what?! Well, not for nothing, but I have been here, checking my friend feed, tracking my exercise, intermittently tracking my food intake... <BR> <BR> I've been traveling a lot for work. Two trips ago, I went to DC, which was AWESOME, because I miss it there like crazy. I got to see so many friends and do so many things I used to do when I lived there. And the conference was very informative, of course! <BR> <BR> They had me set up at the ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:32:04 EST Sugar Tooth Ramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318948 I haven't been around much, because I went to visit my grandmother with my sister AMYLONGHORN. Grandma's birthday was on Sunday, and it was really great to see her and make her happy and really hard to see how she's declining and then leave her. My heart hurt so badly as we closed the door behind us the last time, knowing on the other side, she was sitting alone. Still quite hurts thinking about it. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten any exercise this week with the visit. Also, something somewhere o... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:46:16 EST Million Step Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310667 First, my sugar stuff...I ate a Jordan almond, and not a second one, which was good. We had a luncheon today at work, so I was holding off on eating, but I was STARVING. I ate one chocolate, and then had another one. One thing I noticed (not for the first time) is that, because I eat so quickly, I normally eat twice...once like a snake, and then again to savor it. It'd be nice if I could teach myself to skip that first step! <BR> <BR> Husband and I both joined the "Million Step Club" at my ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:18:38 EST Doo-Doo-Doo DOO doo-DOO! CAAAARBS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309390 <em>335</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> I was only hopeful I'd get insights on my Sweet Tooth that doesn't really need taming. But today, I had some! <BR> <BR> First of all, I craved them, and when not sweets, craved SOMETHING today. I was sleepy. I went to bed too late last night, and then my Baby-Monster-Dog woke me up at 3:30am, so I was dragging. And I kept thinking chocolate would help. But I didn't eat chocolate. I went an got a fountain of Diet DP. And *voice dropping to a mumble* I... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:14:13 EST Taming My Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308159 I don't actually have a sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> Ice cream? Doesn't faze me. <BR> <BR> Store-bought chocolate chip cookies? I'll pass. <BR> <BR> Sugary cereal? Pshaw. <BR> <BR> And so it goes... <BR> <BR> So why am I taming my sweet tooth? Because I decided to do all the official SparkPeople eating challenges. <BR> <BR> Why would I do that? <BR> <BR> Because my diet sucks. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm supposed to make a list of reasons that I want to cut back on the sugar. There are only a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:26:09 EST 5% Challenge Blog/Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279287 So this is the last blog for the 5% Challenge. The prompt today is: <BR> <BR> 7. Is there anything else you would like to share? <BR> <BR> Yeah, lots! Specifically about responsibility. <BR> <BR> All of this is my responsibility. I'm not a victim of the food I eat, of my fork, of my "lizard brain" (for Dexter fans), of my husband or my workplace or my second job. If I eat too much, if I blow off a workout, that's on ME. <BR> <BR> Which is fine. I don't think that's necessarily news to me.... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:04:56 EST 5% Challenge Blog/Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277933 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> <BR> Can you please give me motivation and advice? I'm really going to work hard. On Saturday, I'm going to go shopping for ingredients for a recipe or two from the cookbook I pulled out. But I don't really have any food right now, because I just got home from California. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:23:46 EST 5% Challenge Blog/(Tuesday)Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276801 I didn't blog yesterday. I was just too tired after everything. I had a wonderful time, really, but with the two hour time difference, when I got home, it felt soooo late, so I didn't want to schlep to the business center. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to answer two questions, leave feedback on the first 5 blogs in my friend feed, and call it a night, because we went out again today, and I'm tired now, too. =) <BR> <BR> The questions are: <BR> <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:17:51 EST 5% Challenge Blog/Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273617 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> This is going to be brief, because I am traveling on business. <BR> <BR> Lets see. I have a massive sticker collection. It hasn't really worked before, but if I put a dorky chart on the refrigerator where I can put stickers when I stay within my calorie range, that is one way. Maybe the other times didn't work because I didn't have them displayed somewhere I could see it everyday. <BR> <BR> I already have my food trac... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:42:19 EST 5% Challenge Blog/Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271682 2. How will I do that (develop the habit of staying in my calorie range)? <BR> <BR> How WILL I do that? There are a few things I can do, I suppose. I can log my calories before I eat them...I think this is a biggie. It really helps when the 5% Challenge is staying in-range. <BR> <BR> I can also do the math and figure out how many calories I can have at each meal and snack and plan around that. It seems like so much work, but it's less work than continuing to gain weight and agonize over it.... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 20:21:16 EST 5% Challenge Blog/Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269693 The questions I need to answer this week, one per day, are: <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> Okay, so today is "What new habit you (sic) wish to develop?" God, there are s... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:03:03 EST Stickers and Mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267368 Hey, guys, <BR> <BR> I started buying stickers almost 6 months ago...they make me happy, and I feel young playing with them! But since I'm not 7 years old, I don't know what to do with all of them, so I started sending a handwritten letter everyday, covered in stickers. <BR> <BR> The only requirement to get one is to send me your address, so I can mail it to you. There are several people on SparkPeople who have received one (or more!) of my letters and can vouch for the fact that I am neith... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:29:45 EST When Good Days Go Bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237647 I went to a conference last week with my boss. It was fun and the conference was very motivating and informative, and I got an appointment to go visit my old job, which was awesome. I guess it wasn't a big deal (getting an appointment with people you know really, really well), but I was pretty proud of it anyhow, since my new job really couldn't have done it without me <em>20</em> and was so happy to see them, and they were happy to see me, so she saw how missed I was. <BR> <BR> Today st... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:19:19 EST Everything I Said I Would... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220889 I checked in with Kristen, ate a salad, ate an apple, exercised for half an hour, and I'll have 10 cups of water shortly (I have 9 currently and still have medicine to take!). <BR> <BR> And I'm freezing. <BR> <BR> My heater's been broken. It's touchy; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Lately, it doesn't more than it does, which SUCKS, because lately, it's been colder than a witch's teat out here. This morning, when I woke up, it was 58 degrees inside. By the time I met maintenance h... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:53:06 EST 4 Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219164 I finally went out and bought a tape measure like I should have back at the beginning of mine and Kristen's personal challenge. I measured my body in the places under the measurements on Spark. The last time I recorded these were 2/16/12. My waist is up 4", my hips 2", my neck, upper arm and calf .5" each, and my thigh 1". How sad!!!! <BR> <BR> So far, I've lost 2.4 pounds in my challenge. I need to recommit. So to recap, my rules: <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minutes of exercise (up from 5 minutes...I ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:31:40 EST I Am Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205505 Not because I'm losing weight, because I'm so not. <BR> <BR> As it were, here are my pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1748571538.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1268171816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Those are the last two. Sorry I haven't posted them, but I haven't posted anything in awhile. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was looking in the mirror last night, and without even thinking about it, I was talking to myself...and it was nice... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:13:22 EST Dog-Related Blog; Creative Advice Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175010 This isn't weight-loss related. Just saying that upfront. And it's a little gross. Not super-gross, but a little. <BR> <BR> Little Dog is turning into a monster. He's got these lesions on his head, and they keep changing size, based on the antibiotics we give him and the helmets we are making him wear, so that in all his infinite blindness, he doesn't traumatize them by hitting them with the wall. We have to get rid of them, or they'll have to be surgically removed. <BR> <BR> We created a ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:04:37 EST End of Week 2, Start of Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171461 I lost .2 pounds this week. Much less than what I lost the week before, but I'll take it. Especially because I did not eat well yesterday or today. I need to make sure I'm eating better for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Isn't it wild what a slippery slope it is? I didn't eat junk for a long time, because I didn't have any, but give yourself permission to eat kisses in the work kitchen once, and then you're at the vending machine two days in a row. <BR> <BR> I've been to the gym every day ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:33:43 EST So... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163925 I lost 4 pounds this week!!! <BR> <BR> I weighed in on Wednesday at 154.2. Until the next 5% Challenge starts, I'm going to make Tuesdays my weigh-in. I did weigh myself almost every day, so I knew it was coming off, and I was shooting for 151.6, so I was really happy to see 150.2 on the scale today! <BR> <BR> As short as I am, though, you can't tell in the picture... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879793595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But the point of the picture isn't... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 03:42:31 EST Nothing Quite As Planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160201 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm in my gym clothes, but I'm not sure I'll make it there. I should have gotten there over two hours ago, if we're going to be real. <BR> <BR> But, I finished working at 8:55am, and went downstairs to eat an orange and an avocado for breakfast. Not simultaneously, but one after the other. While I was down there, Little Sammy woke up, so I had to take him out, then pick up what he put down, then take out the garbage and found a secret mess he'd made, so cleaned that up, too, w... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:48:59 EST New Beginning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156080 I finally have internet access. I missed you guys!!! <BR> <BR> I think the house is functional for the most part. I am in no way unpacked or organized, but I have some clothes and kitchen stuff unpacked. And of course, my stationery and stickers (current sticker count: 2760). <BR> <BR> I put my husband on a bus yesterday, so today was going to be my official start date of my 10 pounds in 7 weeks. Buuuut, I forgot to weigh myself this morning. And I don't have the tape measure...I just reali... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:43:12 EST Just... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151946 Many boxes are packed. We know which furniture I'm taking. I finished my last day of work. I got many presents and a severance. We know who the friends who are helping us load are. <BR> <BR> It's been a whirlwind of a month. I've been a little sad, really excited, ready, anticipatory, happy, scared, amazed and excited (worth two mentions). As things start to wind down on this side, and I go careening to that inevitable point where I get in the truck, drive away from my house and my exchange ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:37:37 EST The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146379 This may be only a part 1, but this is my writing a goal blog to complement the last blog I wrote about Steve Pavlina and writing goals. Once my husband takes the bus to O'Hare after we move me to Indiana, this is what I will work for: <BR> <BR> I am going to lose 10 pounds by February 12, 2013. To increase my accountability, I will take a photo each week and post it, and publish my measurements each week in a blog. <BR> <BR> I think he says worry about steps until after you make the goal, ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:28:29 EST Inspiration Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145281 Today I finally caught up on my SparkPeople emails, so I went to my Steve Pavlina emails and tried to get through them. They are article-heavy, so it takes quite a bit of time to read each one. The ones I've been reading are for his "passive income series." <BR> <BR> Anyway, he is talking about creating passive income, which is income that you don't have to spend an inordinate amount of time on, like rental income, or royalties. I just started reading it because it was in the email he sent m... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 17:36:05 EST Theme Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144656 I eat too much. Every single day, I eat too, too much. <BR> <BR> I crossed 29,500 fitness minutes, but I weigh more than I ever have. <BR> <BR> Granted, these practically 30,000 minutes are over the course of almost 6 years...but still, that's a lot of freakin' fitness. <BR> <BR> And for what? I mean, I don't want to say nothing, but I can't really name anything amazing that I ate that made all that worth it. And I am absolutely not happy with the way I look, either. <BR> <BR> And when I ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:16:15 EST