BEFIT_WITHGUSTO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BEFIT%5FWITHGUSTO BEFIT_WITHGUSTO'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/ Lots of pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1009293109.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1524799260.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327996070.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l637867846.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697584916.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1824879246.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419367504.jpg"> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:48:32 EST 35 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805692 I can't believe I'm 35 weeks along today! He can safely be born in 2-7 weeks (5 weeks until the due date). I have a feeling he won't be coming early but I really hope he doesn't wait much longer after my due date on December 1st. <BR> <BR> Here's my 34 Week Survey from my pregnancy blog: <BR> <BR> How far along: 34 Weeks <BR> <BR> Maternity clothes? I'm getting sick of wearing the same clothes over and over again! I'm also feeling big and fat in everything I put on but I know it's for t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:32:39 EST Mostly rambling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797475 On Saturday, Brian and I hiked Torrey Pines. It definitely has become a little harder with a 4 pound baby in my stomach but still do-able! :) I hope to do it 2 more times before the baby comes. After he's born, I can't wait to bring him along with us in the Ergo Carrier my friends bought us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417630800.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430581072.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l4099958... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:04:37 EST The weeks are just flying by..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794119 There are just 55 days to the due date!! <BR> <BR> I definitely feel the 3 1/3 pound baby inside me! If I'm sunken in the couch, I'll need a little boost from Brian to get up. Flipping from side to side in bed takes some effort, too. He's getting bigger and stronger and his movements actually kind of hurt a little. I get a little shock every time he kicks or punches hard. We went to the movies on Sunday night and Brian and I were holding hands and his arm was pressed against my right side. T... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:01:12 EST My Highest Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785453 When I started Sparkpeople in 2009, I was at my highest weight of 137 pounds. I lost 30 pounds, bringing me to a too low 107 and then settled at 110, where I felt and looked my best. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080050178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As of yesterday, I reached my highest weight again. 137.5 on my home scale. So, for now on, I'm officially in uncharted territory! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171903580.jpg"> <BR> 137 in... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:12:05 EST Babymoon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782262 Brian and I had such a great time on our babymoon this past weekend. We headed up to Idyllwild on Friday afternoon and checked in to our super cute Bed and Breakfast. We've been having a heatwave in San Diego so even though it was still in the 80's in Idyllwild, it felt a lot cooler than SD. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234704170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we attempted to hike Devil's Slide but didn't make it the whole way. We turned around after about a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:53:23 EST Recent pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777903 Thank you so much for all your kind words, as always!! <BR> <BR> This week I entered the third trimester! Time is flying by. I feel like the baby will be here before we know it....and hopefully he'll have a name by then! <BR> <BR> Here are some recent pics: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l795820991.jpg"> <BR> 28 Weeks <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774244928.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115807232.j... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:34:26 EST Pics...and a few words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827290301.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878513211.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537640988.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990975797.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1325533734.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700950676.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170311725.jpg"> <img ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:47:29 EST Growing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763578 As of my 24 week appointment last Tuesday, I was up 19 pounds. That is 5 pounds above average. I'm trying not to freak out about the weight gain and I know that my body is doing what it needs to do for my baby, but it's still a little annoying! ;) I eat pretty well and exercise daily so at first I thought I wasn't going to change anything. But then I changed my mind. I do eat a lot of carbs so this week I'm focusing on a better balance of carbs and protein and also eating a lot more vegetable... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:10:49 EST Shopping Spree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757632 I finally had good luck finding maternity clothes! I bought a few things at Target and Old Navy but really made out at Motherhood Maternity and bought so many things on sale. I'm so excited that I have so many more clothes options now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l306973270.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628047895.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l848619964.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:37:28 EST Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755802 Last weekend we went up to Santa Barbara for Brian's stepmother's 60th birthday. We had a lot of fun and it was great to see them and talk about the impending arrival! On Saturday, we went to a painting class and I did absolutely horrible and have no desire to go to another one! ;) I was stressed out the whole time. Everyone else had a blast and Brian loved it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564675529.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 14:14:22 EST Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750373 Darn! I really thought doing Yoga everyday would be the miracle to get rid of my soreness and pain but the past 3 nights, I've been in pain again. Guess it was wishful thinking on my part, but of course I'll continue to do the Yoga since it feels so good! <BR> <BR> This past weekend was Comic Con in San Diego. Brian was able to get a ticket for Thursday and then on Saturday, we walked around the mayhem outside, then went to an early dinner in Little Italy - away from all the chaos! It was a ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:30 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746344 I'm sure you guys remember when I was obsessed with Yoga. I never talked about this, but after my miscarriage last year, I stopped going to Yoga classes and practicing at home. I had mentioned before that sometimes in classes I would get emotional because I would feel so grateful for what my body was capable of, even though at the time I was struggling with infertility and angry at my body a lot of the time. After the miscarriage and the three failed fertility treatments after that, I was sad... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:44:46 EST Brian's 2nd 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744175 In January 2013, Brian ran his first 5k and vowed he would never do another one again! I had a feeling he would, but it just took him a little while to make it to his second! <BR> <BR> He's been training with his coworker for about 2 months. He definitely hasn't fallen in love with running, by any means, but he enjoys the social aspect of running with his friend and knows he's getting in better shape by adding in running to his routine. On Sunday, he ran the Bolt to the Q 5k held at Qualcom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:03 EST More details http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741489 Thank you for all the love!!! We have been keeping the news pretty close to the vest because of our history so once we found out the genetic testing came back negative and everything was normal in the anatomy scan, and that it was a boy, we have finally let the cat out of the bag. (We found this all out last Friday and Saturday) It's been amazing to hear from aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who are so happy for us, it brings tears to my eyes! <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> <BR> As IAMZBEE no... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:03:32 EST Surprise!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740745 I've been keeping a little secret from you..... <BR> <BR> Brian and I are having a baby! <BR> <BR> And.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279848279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I found out I was pregnant while I was in MA at the end of March, 3000 miles away from the father to be! It was awesome to be able to tell my family in person. <BR> <BR> The weeks have been flying by and I'm already halfway through! I am 20 weeks and growing every week! <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:55 EST Recent Haps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719200 In pictures, of course! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998832518.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2129162880.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l522316235.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2030406149.jpg"> <BR> Beer Fest and Phil's BBQ at the Padres game...where we literally sat down to watch the game for 5 minutes. Fun night! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:07:35 EST A Wonderful Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708921 What a beautiful weekend we had here in San Diego! <BR> <BR> On Saturday morning Brian and I walked around Mission Bay. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l245114200.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l40715234.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812328254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We went grocery shopping, spent a few hours at our pool, and then went to PF Chang's for dinner. We haven't been there in a few years because their dishes ar... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:32:47 EST Palm Springs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704435 We've had some fun times the past couple weekends! I didn't take any pictures in Santa Barbara (what is wrong with me?) but here are a few from Palm Springs. It was hot, hot, hot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795728656.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29435235.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1538762012.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334013780.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:49:47 EST Some Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694307 Last Thursday Brian was given free tickets to the Padres Game so we went to our first baseball game of the season. (They're not very good so we don't go very often!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331588948.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389509842.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1136947887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We left our seats after the 5th inning and went to Hodad's for their pretty famous (in San Diego) burgers... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:24:52 EST May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684850 Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> I've been kind of a lame blogger lately because I don't really have anything to report! But I thought I'd check in in case anyone missed me. ;) <BR> <BR> April came and went quickly, huh? It was a pretty good month, minus 4 days when I had a bad cold and was basically bedridden! It seems like that's going around. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Brian and my 3rd wedding anniversary! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958454536.jpg"> <img src="http://p... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:21:27 EST Recent Haps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672168 Hey friends, <BR> <BR> So, what's been going on with me lately? Nothing too exciting! So I'll just dump a few recent pics here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1183508908.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053514499.jpg"> <BR> Hiked North Fortuna on Saturday <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697771331.jpg"> <BR> Saw Captain America in 3D - big favor to Brian since I hate action/superhero movies! Watching viole... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:11:43 EST Wedding pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662633 It's been a little while since my last blog and a lot has happened since then! <BR> <BR> Brian and I moved into our new place on the 22nd and although there are some maintenance issues that need to be fixed, I am loving it! The vaulted ceilings make it feel spacious and homey and I am obsessed with my sink counter space and walk in closet. The maintenance guy is coming over today so hopefully everything will be fixed this week. (for example, none of the outlets work in the kitchen and the mi... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:28:08 EST Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651662 My weight is just so screwy! Last week I was 118 pounds, this week I'm 110 pounds! Last week I was bloated and all my pants were too tight and this week the same pants are baggy. My eating and exercise habits are the same. I have no explanation why I went up to 118 but I did go off of the steroids so I'm assuming that's why I dropped the weight? Who knows at this point!? 110 was my weight that I maintained for a year before my wedding (in 2011). I feel like it's my ultimate look my best weigh... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:44:24 EST Biometric Screening Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645466 Today was my work's Health and Wellness Screening Event. I've participated the past 4 years. I love seeing numbers like this! <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol - <BR> 2014 - 175 <BR> 2013 - 130 <BR> 2012 - 147 <BR> 2011 - 151 <BR> (Less than 200 mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> HDL Cholesterol (the good kind)- <BR> 2014 - 90 <BR> 2013 - 59 <BR> 2012 - 67 <BR> 2011 - 66 <BR> (Higher than 60mg/dl = desirable) <BR> <BR> Wow, my HDL cholesterol went way up! <... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:58:16 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644478 Hope you all had wonderful weekends! We had such awesome weather in San Diego...not that it isn't awesome pretty much all the time, but it felt like a perfect summer day on Saturday and Sunday. <BR> <BR> On Friday we got approved for the townhouse and our start date is next Monday! We have to move out of our current place by the 23rd. We started packing up yesterday and now we are living amongst many boxes. I'm excited! <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we went to Torrey Pines to enjoy the beautiful... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:03:32 EST Makes no sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642234 My body and weight make no sense! <BR> <BR> I literally gained 6 pounds overnight and I have been there all week. I'm not going to dwell on it but it just irritates me that I feel like I have no control over my body when I'm on this medication. I'm back to feeling bloated and puffy. The medication seemed to be working at first but it's hit and miss again lately so I need to contact my doctor again. Fun times. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I found a couple workouts that I'm going to incorporate into my... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:57:09 EST A Successful February and new Progress Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638517 Well, it's a few days into March but first I'll reflect on February! <BR> <BR> As I said in my last entry, February was very successful. I reached my 1500 monthly fitness minute goal on Friday on the elliptical at my apartment gym. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789637567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I finished up my 30 day challenge yesterday and I enjoyed doing them all month long but I definitely need a little break! I usually don't do ST everyday so this month, I'll take ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:42:22 EST Checking in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632528 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's been a little while so I thought I'd check in! February has been going great. At the beginning of the month I was up 5 pounds because of the steroids I'm taking but my body adjusted back to normal mid month and those 5 pounds are gone! I've been doing great with my challenges and I really hope I end this month with buns of steel from all the squats I'm doing. I will for sure reach 1500 fitness minutes for the month. But I have failed in making any new recipes! I ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:42:06 EST February is flying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620344 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had wonderful weekends! <BR> <BR> My February goals are going well. As I stated in my last blog, my goals are: <BR> <BR> A combo of a bunch of the challenges, including "Little Black Dress", "Beach Body" "Arms" "Squat", "Ab" and "Butt". Some days I'll do all, some days maybe 2 or 3. <BR> <BR> Stay in nutrition range <BR> <BR> 64 oz of water <BR> <BR> 1500 fitness minutes for the month <BR> <BR> <BR> I've done all the challenges everyday so f... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:38:22 EST Cabrillo National Monument http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613955 On Saturday, Brian and I went up to the Cabrillo National Monument to walk around and do a little hike there. You can see spectacular views all around! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434577313.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887268666.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834805646.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36664034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we did a little lighthouse sightseeing: <BR> <... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:50:51 EST Join us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611356 I'm glad you are all excited about these challenges as much as I am! :) On the Bad Ass Rock Stars Team, some of us are going to check in on our challenges for the month to help keep us accountable. <BR> <BR> From the Team Leader STRONGMOMMA2014: <BR> <BR> Hello Team! <BR> <BR> In an effort to provide some accountability for team members requesting it, as well as (hopefully) get some activity churning up within the team we are going to have a basic challenge for the month of February! <BR>... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:19:01 EST Goals for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608356 Well, there's still a few more days of January left but I'm already looking towards February! <BR> <BR> Who loses weight over the holidays and then gains weight in January! <BR> <BR> This girl! <BR> <BR> I guess I've been a little less strict in the food department lately and I've added on a few pounds throughout the month and I want them back off! I just looked up 30 day challenges and here is awesome website that has a bunch to choose from: <BR> <BR> <link>30dayfitnesschallenges.com/... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:18:04 EST A fun, tiring weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607194 Friday night, Brian and I went to Island Prime and had a delicious dinner. Unfortunately we didn't get a window table this time but it was okay! ;) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1273373992.jpg"> <BR> Brian showed me up with his suit and tie. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118753886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Saturday at noon, we picked up our friends' daughters to have them sleepover. We had a very full day! We took them to a Whale Festival... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:53:57 EST An attempt at Mount Woodson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601477 Hope you all had wonderful weekends and for those with yesterday off, woo-hoo, it's already Tuesday! <BR> <BR> Brian and I attempted to hike Mount Woodson on Saturday - you know, the one with the crazy "potato chip" rock! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007016710.jpg"> <BR> From 2011 <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, Brian caught what I had the previous weeks so his lung capacity wasn't that great. We hiked for a little more than an hour and then turned around. So, unfortu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:10:25 EST ST for the rest of the month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594814 Yesterday was an endless pit today but I'm back to normal today! <BR> <BR> Last week I went to the doctor's for my cold and got antibiotics, cough syrup, and nasal spray. I was feeling pretty well until today when my nose is all stuffy again and won't stop running. The doctor said to take the medication for 2 weeks so we'll see how I feel like in a week. This cold will just not quit!! <BR> <BR> When I do challenges like I did last month, I really enjoy having set ST that I have to complet... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:53:39 EST Black Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584258 I've been fighting off a cold for 3 weeks now and it finally got worse on Friday and Saturday. By yesterday I was back to feeling like I had for the past 3 weeks. I can't wait until it's gone for good and I don't have to blow my nose every 2 seconds! <BR> <BR> I didn't do too much since I was feeling under the weather but we did get out of the house on Saturday to hike Black Mountain. Being out in the fresh air definitely made my nose and lungs feel better for the hour and a half we were out... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:12:21 EST Holiday Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579598 Hi Strangers!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had wonderful holidays!! <BR> <BR> I'm back to work after a glorious 12 day break. Here are some pics of the fun we had: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497019341.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75933792.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l535360203.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834871182.jpg"> (I added Brian in since he wasn't in MA with us) <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:46:19 EST Check in before Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568692 I'm less than 3 hours away from a 2 week break! Sooo excited. Brian is not enjoying my countdown because, sadly, he does not get the same break. <BR> <BR> My goal for the month was to maintain between 112 and 115 pounds. I've been mostly 113 and 114 until this past weekend in Palm Springs where we indulged in lots of delicious food and drinks, and then more food during the week with work holiday parties. I'm now in the 115's and I'm fine with that but I would have been happier to start my b... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:38:51 EST Weekend in Palm Springs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567231 I finally remembered to bring my phone cord so I could upload my pics and post a blog about our awesome weekend in Palm Springs! <BR> <BR> Last Christmas, Brian's parents gave us a gift certificate to Marriott and we finally got around to using it this past weekend. We headed up to Palm Springs after work and about 2 hours later, we arrived! Brian is a major yelper so he had done some good research to make sure we went to the best restaurants and he definitely gets an A+ for all of his choi... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:59:44 EST Iron Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560518 Hope you all had nice weekends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the Iron Girl 5k. The San Diego Sparkteam has been participating for 5 years now and this was my second year participating. The past couple weeks I was contemplating whether I wanted to run it by myself or walk with friends. On Saturday I pretty much decided I was going to walk and treat it as a social event, rather than a race to PR. Our friends' daughters slept over on Saturday night and when I was leaving on Sunday morning, Brian ask... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:35:01 EST Can I reach my Fitness Minute Goal for the year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555933 Last year I set my Fitness Minute Goal to 17,000 which I reached in November so then I changed to 19,000. I was on the treadmill on New Year's Eve to reach that goal and I did! <BR> <BR> This year, my fitness minutes have been much lower and have had a couple months of not even breaking 1,000. My minutes were lower at the beginning of the year while I was going through fertility treatments and then the last couple months, they've been lower because of my colitis. Right now I'm 1,739 minutes ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:06:04 EST The Weekend and Plans for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555023 Hey Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Back to the grind! I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 days off! <BR> <BR> On Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law came over for dinner and we had a very nice, low key time. Brian carved his first turkey and did an excellent job! ;) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777644479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The next day Brian had to work so I hiked Torrey Pines with a friend and then did a little Black Friday shopping. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:55:08 EST Lots of Thankful-ness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553489 Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings! I haven't had a chance to sit down and write a blog until now so you're getting 3 days in one! <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for my husband and best friend, Brian. When we met 8 years ago, I instantly felt comfortable around him. I remember one of the first nights we were roommates, we stayed up talking until 3 am getting to know each other, and I couldn't believe how easy he was to talk to, nevermind the fact that he was so handsome! I definitely felt... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:02:41 EST Confession time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551686 I was so good with staying away from sugar and then Brian bought 2 big bags of Starburst last Friday and I've been overdosing on them since Saturday!! Ahhh---why do I have no willpower over stupid Starburst!?!?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375725987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, that's my confession, I did not do good with my sugar detox! <BR> <BR> I will definitely be eating pumpkin pie tomorrow so I won't even pretend to say I won't be eating sugar from now on!... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:30:27 EST Thankful Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551484 I am very thankful for my in-laws. From the moment I met them all, they have welcomed me with open arms and I have truly felt like part of their family from the very beginning. <BR> <BR> I first met Brian's beloved Grandmother on Thanksgiving and right away I could tell what a special person she was and what an amazing relationship she had with Brian. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873851323.jpg"> <BR> Our first Thanksgiving together <BR> <BR> This will be the fi... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:55:27 EST Thankful Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550759 I am thankful for Food!! <BR> <BR> I am thankful I have the knowledge to know what kind of foods are healthy and good for me. I am thankful that I have the ability to buy lots of whole foods and cook wonderful recipes. I am thankful that I really love eating and cooking healthy and I don't feel deprived at all by not eating junk and fast food. I am thankful that I have a Vons, Ralph's, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods all within 5 miles of me! :) I know there are people all over the world who d... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:20:14 EST Thankful Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549910 I am thankful for weekends! <BR> <BR> Is it wrong to live for the weekends? The work week really isn't that bad but the weekends are just much more fun. I feel lucky to live in San Diego that I can go out and enjoy my beautiful surroundings no matter the season! <BR> <BR> Now I'll tell you about this past weekend. <BR> <BR> For my birthday, I had Brian buy me a Living Social deal for a make up class. When I called to make an appointment, the actual deal was completely different than wha... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:14:58 EST Thankful Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549499 I am thankful for make up! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487025101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been wearing make up since high school. I feel naked without it and hardly ever go out of the house without at least foundation on. I love buying it, I love the process of putting it on, I love looking at pictures of it, I love watching youtube videos of tutorials and reviews. I love it all! <BR> <BR> Today's make up: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l2... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:38:26 EST Thankful Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548697 I am so thankful for all of the mountains in San Diego that have allowed me to climb them! As you all know, hiking is one of my favorite pastimes and I can't imagine my life without it. I love being out in nature, admiring the beauty, while exercising and doing something good for my body. It's such a win/win! When I lived in MA, there was just one mountain that I would hike very occasionally. Now here in San Diego, there are so many mountains to choose from and I can't wait to hike them all! ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:05:11 EST