BLONDEJESS1988's SparkPeople Blog BLONDEJESS1988's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Higher Calorie Day So today I went a bit over calories, partially because of my sweet tooth, and partially because I didn't work out like I said I was going to. I'm trying to stick to around 1400 calories every day whether I work out or not, and then have my burn even out during the week... however, I don't feel bad going up to 1500-1600 if I have a 1200 calorie burn day, as long as my rest day I go closer to 1200.... sooooo.... today I didn't do that and I probably should have. If that makes sense lol. <BR> ... Thu, 9 May 2013 02:35:14 EST Back on Track! Hey y'all! Okay, so day one back to "Sparking". It's hard to get use to the nutrition and fitness tracker after being away and using Myfitnesspal for so long, but it seems that i've got it all set up. <BR> <BR> Accomplishments: My biggest accomplishment today is that I opened a bottle of wine, and only had one glass! Holy moly, I can't remember the last time that happened! Also, I was totally going to skip the gym today and just teach my classes, but I fit it in very last minute and made it... Wed, 8 May 2013 02:04:27 EST A re-introduction after a long break Hiiiiiieeeee. My name is Jessica. <BR> <BR> I am 24 (August 2, 1988) and I have been dealing with my weight my whole life. The first "diet" I ever went on was when I was 13 years old, and it has been the same pattern for 10 years.... 15-25 lbs off, then 20-30 lbs on.... 15-25 lbs off, then 20-30 lbs on.... and that pattern has repeated more times then I can even remember. In 2012 I decided to get the lapband surgery done. I needed to stop the cycle I was putting myself through and commit. I... Tue, 7 May 2013 21:14:20 EST Her name is now Sparkles lol. okay. so naming puppies is hard. After a day of calling her Margot, I just found that it didn't fit. Her name is now Sparkles. Because she has a sweet sparkly personality and sparkly green eyes! Funny thing is, I've been getting some flack for it (which I think is just rude btw), but my boyfriend even thinks she is a Sparkles instead of a Margot lol. I love her. Potty training has been a bit of an issue, but she is great in the car with me and great in her crate. I havn;t worked out sinc... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:02:45 EST It's a girl! My new puppy :-)) <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here she is! My beautiful new baby girl! I named her Margot, because I thought she looked French lol. I got her from a rescue organization on Sunday and I couldn't be happier. She is the sweetest, smartest, cutest little thing ever. She loves to ride in the car with me, and snuggle, and play with the other dogs (my bf's, my parents', and my brother'... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:44:58 EST 7 lbs in 2 weeks! and puppy dogs! Yay! Just did my week two weigh-in, and I am down 2.8 lbs this week, for a total of 6.8 lbs! woo hoo! That means I am 1/10th of my way to goal! lol. My goal for next week is 1 lbs. I am going on vacation from Sunday-Wednesday, so it is going to be really hard to me to get that loss, but I am just going to kick butt in the beginning of the week, and not go crazy when I'm on vacay! <BR> <BR> I'll try to check in more once I get the internet set up in my new apartment, but for now, I am doing ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:00:03 EST mid-week check in Ok, so since Thursday I have been making great positive changes and I am in such good spirits. There are a few key things that I am trying to hit every day.... <BR> <BR> 1. 1000-1500 calories a day <BR> 2. juice every day <BR> 3. AT LEAST 100 grams of protien <BR> 4. WATER WATER WATER <BR> 5. the only caffiene acceptable is tea <BR> 6. stay away from refined sugars as much as possible <BR> 7. work out AT LEAST 3 times a week <BR> 8. try to eat carbs before 3 <BR> 9. track everything I eat <B... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 20:00:04 EST iPhone apps Ok, so I have downloaded about a million apps over the past 5 years regarding health/fitness/food tracking, and I think I've found my absolute favorite food tracker ever. It has everything I like... Weight tracker, measurement tracker (which includes BF% yay), recipe builder, activity tracker, and the most complete (and accurate!) food catalogue I've seen yet AND it has a barcode scanner that I love! You can also set micronutrient goals, which is important to me because I am trying to get add... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:51:49 EST Enough is Enough Hey guys! Sooooooo I have been avoiding anything having to do with weight loss like the plague. I just kept gaining and gaining and gaining and unfortunately I have gained all of my weight back, plus more. BUUUUTTTT I have not given up. I am back for good. I am not going to let that bring me down, I gotta start now before it gets any worse! I am having really realllllyyy bad back and shoulder pain. I Know it is from the excess weight I am carrying around and from lack of exercise. It is affec... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:09:28 EST no more lonely cat lady for me! :-) omgosh, I have soooooo much to catch you guys up on. I know I havn't been on in awhile... and honestly, my weight had been majoring yo-yoing since I last posted... probably up and down the same 10 lbs at least 3 times :-/ My beautiful cat, Mimi, passed away about a month ago, and I have been really taking it hard. I got really sick a week after that, and ever since then, I have kind of given up. I gotta get back into the swing of things <BR> <BR> But, enough of that, let's get to the good st... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:49:07 EST BFL Day 3: Blonde Moment! OMGosh you guys, I seriously crack myself up sometimes, I am such a tardo! lol ok, so, I just googled "how to exercise your face", which in itself is pretty funny, but then I found this..... <BR> <BR> "tilt the head slightly backward and try to lift your bottom lip over your top lip. This may take some concentration for beginners. Holding that position, turn your head slightly to the left while closing your left eye tightly. At the same time, rub your fingers along your jaw line, from the mo... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 02:11:10 EST BFL Day 2: I lost 3 lbs already! AND GOALS I just got on the scale this morning and I lost 3 lbs since yesterday lol. That just shows ya how much water weight I was holding onto from all the drinking this weekend. Time to keep on losin' it! Have all my meals planned out for the day and my gym bag packed for some cardio after work! <BR> <BR> M1: milk and gluten free fiber cake <BR> M2: 4 egg whites, low fat cheese, mushrooms <BR> M3: protein shake with mango and bloobs! <BR> M4: Tader Joe's low fat SouthWest Salad w/ added chicken <B... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:13:46 EST BFL Day 1: Las Vegas is going to be the death of me!!! Hey all! Ok, so super excited here because I am starting another 12-week Body For Life Challenge! Weeeeeee!!! So, I just spent the last 4 days in Las Vegas, and just got home last night. Holy Moly Conoli! I almost forgot that I have a bit of a wild side! lol. Too much of everything bad for me, for 4 whole days! My body seriously hates me right now. My whole body hurts, I have had a 24 hour hangover, my legs hurt from those stupid high heels! Goodness gracious I don't know what I got myself in... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:31:20 EST i'm giving up on dating and becoming the cat lady.... I seriously don't know what to do anymore. I am so sick and tired of dating, putting myself out there to meet someone nice, and then only end up with losers, a FWB, or my heart broken. I know people say, "it will find you when you aren't looking," but then again I hear, "put yourself out there!" I have probably been on 100 dates in the past 3 years, all different ages, all different 'types', all different distances, and nothing has turned into anything substantial. At first I think it is beca... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 05:31:53 EST The Biggest Loser Just as I thought I was about to cut ties with The Biggest Loser (I have been watching since season one), they have to go and pull out the big guns to try to hook me back in. This is the new trainer. Lordy Mercy is he sooooo HOT I nearly fell out of my chair when he came on the screen for the first time. *drool* <img src=""> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:36:38 EST Body For Life So, I have lost a lot of weight, about 20 lbs since May... but I am losing motivation. I also feel flabby and out of shape, even though I am technically "smaller". I have done Body For Life in the past, and it is when I feel the best, so I have decided I am going to start an official 12-week challenge starting on October 24 (the day after I come home from my Vagas trip). I know it is a ways away, but it will give me something to look forward to. In the mean time, I will just continue eating c... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:05:00 EST It's a Girl! I know that September 11 is a day of reflecting back on something horrible that happened in our nations history, but, it is also the birthday of this beautiful little baby girl! My very very closest best friend gave birth this morning around 4 am. As soon as I heard it was a girl, I rushed to Nordstrom to buy as many pink, frilly, froo froo bows and ribbons as I could afford! lol. They still don't have a name picked out. Last I heard it is between Penelope Clare and Ella Grace.... I'm rooting... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 03:07:13 EST I'm back Ok, so I "fell off the wagon" for this past month, if you will. I got caught up in birthday celebrations, sexy men coming to visit me from far away lands, and a 12 day adventure traveling the Pacific Northwest (which actually ended up just being an eating binge of delicious and eclectic foods). Now- I am this is going to be my one and only food blog i'll make, but I just have to share with ya'll what went down within the past 12 days, and how I gained 6 lbs in that period of time lol. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:00:06 EST Body Shots for Everyone!!! with Drag Queens! sooooooo I went out for my birthday on Saturday to this drag show/bar and hung out with all the trannys and drag queens. I discovered one thing, that I love body shots! Apparently (which was confirmed from the pictures I saw this morning) I took a shot out of a tranny's boobies, I had a barback take a shot out of my boobies, then I had a tranny take another shot from my boobies, I took a shot out of some man's crotch area, I got a lap dance which I think gave me whip lash, annnnnnd at one poi... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:46:02 EST Can it be my birthday again today???!!! I had such an amazing birthday yesterday, I wish I could do it all over again! I took the past 7 days off of work, for a little much needed "staycation", and to my surprise, my dad decided to send my mom and I away on monday to Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa for both of our birthdays! My mom and I have been butting heads lately, and he thought it would be good to settle the tension. We only stayed one night, but we spent all day at the spa on monday, and we took advantage of it again on tuesday b... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:21:36 EST Interesting Workout Mix! So I was revamping my iTunes a few days ago, and decided to make a new workout mix. Basically, it ended up being just awfully cheesy.... and then I decided to add in all my favorite dirty SEX songs that I like to listen to when I work out. Ya know, the ones you get on iTunes that have a red EXPLICIT sign next to them and make you want to cover your ears and say "Oh my! They want to do WHAT to WHO????". Lol, but needless to say, it ended up being quite a funny mix haha. <BR> <BR> Here are a f... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 13:18:17 EST I'm still here! OK okaaaayyyy!!!! I am here. There is no excaping you guys! lol. I really do appreciate all of the support and the "where are you??? come back!" posts lol.... even though I have been hiding for the past couple of weeks lol. <BR> <BR> I have been doing "okay". Not good by any means, but not completely out of control either. Workouts have been good, I get to the gym at least 4 times a week, but eating and drinking have been bad. Just can't stay away from that poison liquid lol. I've gained ab... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:00:29 EST Being up this early is killllling meeeee Well. I made it 3 whole glorious weeks without ever having to set my alarm clock since I've been done with school. I work from 2-9, so I have plenty of time to go to bed around 12 or 1, wake up naturally after 8-10 hours of sleep, go to the gym, and take a shower and be all ready for my shift. It is an amazing schedual if you ask me. Anywhoo. My coworker/boss (kind of) called me the other day all in a panic, asking me to work on friday morning instead of my regular night shift and that it was... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:11:32 EST Horny Workout Well I read somewhere that when there is a woman present, men have a better workout AND when they work out while they are aroused or turned on, they are able to lift significantly more weight (duh, total testosterone spike). As a part of the BFL plan, there is something called the "Universal Law of Reciprocation"... which basically means that by helping other people and spreading healthy habits to others, it also helps yourself. So today, while I was bent over doing my one arm dumbell rows (w... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:58:07 EST New Short Term Goal for a New Adventure!! I just booked a 12 day trip for august!!! wooooo!!! I love to travel. Ever since I lived in europe, and came back home, I have felt tied down. Every 6 months or so I start getting very antsy and aggitated. Like, I am just going to burst if I stay still any longer! Last year, I made a last minute decision to go to Spain with a guy I was (kind of) dating, that I barely knew. lol. See. These are the decisions I make in my life, spontaneous and not well thought out haha, I am sure my mom just lov... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 19:29:50 EST She makes me so happy, every day, no matter what My beautiful little baby Mimi girl. Whenever I am having a bad day, she is there for me, and whenever I am having a good day, she is always there for me. As you can see, she loves to talk, but she is also a very good listener. She is also an excellent cuddler. Love her! <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. At the end of last year she started limping, to the point where she couldn't walk on one of her front legs. At first, they thought it was arthritis, but she was in so much pain. I took her to see a specia... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:07:00 EST Add a little Color to your Life Sooooo. I just wanted to do a quick photo blog on my new technique in helping myself stay away from the blues. Basically, I think if you brighten your day literally, then your mood will be bright. I am making sure to surround myself with color and beauty... and a little retail therapy. It seems to be working as far as my mood goes! <BR> <BR> Edamame Salad, made with black beans, red onion, garbonzos, edamame and garlic/vinegar dressing. Look at all those colors! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:00:47 EST Update on this Weekend; A confession 2 Wed, 6 Jul 2011 03:40:48 EST My wednesday in recap OOOOOOOkay. I suppose I'll actually write something on here about how my diet and fitnessing is going, since my last many blogs have strayed a bit lol. <BR> <BR> Everything has been going quite well! Havn't gone too crazy with upping the calories, still sticking to my healthy clean eating.... just a little more of it! And i'll allow myself a treat every so often that is not on program. I also started adding in some healthy fats, and some more healthy carbs. I try to keep my protien/carb/fat... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:24:10 EST Gay or European?! lol ok, so after I wrote my last blog, it totally remembered this song! Not only is Legally Blonde, my favorite movie, but it is also my favorite musical! And, since I lived in Europe for over a year and basically had a little euro boyfriend from every country, I can totally relate lol. It really is just hard to tell sometimes.... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoy! I know it kind of just made my day lol. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 03:30:30 EST It burns so good! I've been back on doing my Upper body day-cardio day-lower body day-cardio day cycle since, last thursday? I think. Anyways, nothing feels better then being so sore you aren't able to lift you arms above your head, pick up a can of beans, sit on the toilet, climb stairs, and get in to your car without it being a big deal lol. Nothing, except maybe, rubbing my whole body down with Bengay and then getting in my bed and going to sleep.... and then waking up hours later still feeling like a big t... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:16:01 EST Oysters! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Man, I love me some oysters on the half shell!!!!! yum yumm yummy yum. I went out to dinner last night with the fam, and I stuck with oysters and fish (flounder in a saffron broth... to die!), and only 3 glasses of white wine (yes, I realize that "only" portion isn't really valid, but it is definitely holding back in my eyes! lol). pretty good if you ask me! Especially considering the restaurant is considered to ha... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:15:42 EST Happy Pride Day! San Francisco Gay Pride Day is today! Over 1.2 million people, gay or straight alike are here to support and CELEBRATE an amazing community. I would just like to say that I am very fortunate to live in such an amazing, diverse, and accepting city with such an amazing history as far as LGBT rights and activism. Embrace and support love of all kinds please :-) <BR> <BR> Even if you don't know someone who is gay personally (which I am sure almost EVERYONE does), just take a minute and think abo... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:58:40 EST In need of a laugh?? It sure has been rough for me the past few days. I miss my dog. The traveling nurse showed me how to clean and change my dad's bandages. that was definitely a shock. I got super drunk last night. I woke up this morning, feeling sick and bloated and icky. I binge ate. yep. things aren't the greatest right now. <BR> <BR> With everything that is going on, I think a good laugh is needed. Last night, I just needed to get out and let lose. So, I did. I had myself a cocktail or 8! First time I hav... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:07:51 EST I don't think I can take any more bad news.... Yesterday was a hard day as far as my dad's recovery. He had his first appointment since the accident, where they took off the bandages. First time he, or any of us, have seen the damage and extent of his injuries. They put him in a brace now and have him doing finger exercises (or, what's left of them). He's in a lot of pain, and is taking everything very hard. We all keep telling him thing's will be "okay", but none of us really know if that is true. This past week we found out he's been se... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 02:41:26 EST my poor little puppy :( My sweet Luke.... also known as Mr. Lukey Bear McCuddleBottoms.... or just Lukey Bear... because he looks like a big giant bear dog. Anyways, I went to go visit him at the puppy dog hospital to bring him a little goodie bag of ham and cheese, but he was getting too excited so I had to leave. He still isnt getting up on his own or eating (even though I did get him to eat some cheese), and his responsiveness is lagging. They still havnt figured out what is wrong with him. They have been doing t... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:18:09 EST When It Rains, It Pours Cortisol is taking over my body!!! GAHHH!!! What the fricken frack!?! I know I've been keeping a positive attitude about everything that is going on in my life right now. I felt like everything was under control and settling down, but I think my body thinks otherwise.... and that is just the last straw. I've been really good on my diet, I didn't even emotionally eat, even though all this stress going on with my dad's accident. BUT THEN, we had to rush my dog to the emergency vet. I don't even... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:40:24 EST I am a sucker for beauty... a little picture happy I bought another piece of art today. My favorite thing to do is to decorate my pretend apartment THAT I DON'T HAVE. grrrr. Basically. My grandma owns 2 apartment buildings in San Francisco. Both of my brothers have had the opportunity to live there (and my one brother still actually does live there) for a very verrrrry low rate. They are about a $2000/month rent that is magically turned in to a $600/month rent, with amazing views of the city, AND a parking space! That is just unheard of. The ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 03:03:40 EST Early Father's Day- An Update on the Pops Just an update on the pops. He got to come home and he is doing so much better now that he is back on his own turf. They put and IV block in his arm, that goes off every 15 hours, so he really can't feel anything from his bicep down, except for a few hours a day--- then he has other pain meds for that. However, the block runs out by tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. He has to keep his arm raised above his heart AT ALL TIMES. He has this weird blue contraption to keep it elevated, even w... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 04:30:31 EST My Day with pictures Woke up this morning to a beautiful day! First thing I did was put on my bikini and head on outside. Didn't come back inside for 4 hours lol. I love the sun. I probably could have worn my other bikini top rather then my racing one. But oh well lol. All in a day's work <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heck yes! Nom Nom nom. Cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, oregano, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and 3.5 oz of crab meat. Perfect su... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 03:20:50 EST soooooo, Why are you single? <BR> *** Just a disclaimer- I really am not all that upset about my single-ness. I just hate dealing with dumb questions. Asked over and over and over lol. I am also tired of boring khaki wearing dates where it seems more like a job interview. I am also tired of having my mom and my grandma down my arse every two seconds asking me why I am single and trying to set me up on blind dates with more khaki wearing schmoes. I have officially decided that the next time one more person asks me any on... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:11:38 EST LBD Challenge- "Before" Fitting Hey, so I know I am a few days late on trying on the dress, I've just been really busy with everything going on. I weigh about 166 right now, and this is how the dress is fitting me. <BR> <BR> "ummmm before.... trying on of the dress? wait, no, FITTING, that's it!" lol, blonde moment Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:19:42 EST When all else fails, buy shoes I definitely needed a little pick me up after this whole ordeal with my dad. He wasn't able to come home today like we thought he was because the pain was just too bad. I went to visit him at the hospital, and there were a few younger men in there, who I guess were elevator mechanics from Stanford, and heard about his accident... so came to visit him. You could tell the guys were spooked. Same with all of my dad's coworker friend's that came to visit him. It's like everyone's worst nightmare ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 01:08:59 EST Spent all day at the hospital :-( No need for prayers, BUT just lots of positive energy and good vibes being sent our way would be really helpful. My dad had an accident today on the job. He is an elevator mechanic, has been for almost 30 years now. My mom got the call around noon, saying something happened, something involving his hand, and he was on his way to Stanford medical center. That's all the details we got. She left right away, and i told her I would wait for my oldest brother to stop by (his phone isn't working), g... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:44:27 EST Focus on the positive, not the negative! phew, I just realized I have blogged every single day for the past however many days, and I almost missed making one for today! good thing I got here on time. <BR> <BR> So, I went to visit man friend up in Davis AGAIN this weekend. Holy moly, that is a big deal for me.... 5 weekends in a row! longest lasting guy i've had stay around in a lonnnng time. Usually by now I would be bored of them! ..... or they would do something that annoyed me, and then I would kick them to the curb lol. This wh... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 02:58:14 EST Fashion Emergency! Please help a girl out :-) What do ya'll think? Sun, 12 Jun 2011 03:08:28 EST Week 4 Progress w/ pics Yay! 4 weeks down, 2 to go on my 6 week plan! Going really good so far! I didn't lose as many inches these past two weeks as I did the first two, but I am still really happy with the progress! I lost 4 lbs this week, making my total loss, 17.6 lbs! (which is a total of 24.4 lbs from my highest weight) <BR> <BR> The first number is the starting, and the second number is where I am today! <BR> <BR> Weight: 184.2 lbs - 166.6 = 17.6 lbs!!! <BR> Body Fat: 34.4 % - 32.41 % = 2 % <BR> Neck: 13... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:54:16 EST Non-food based Rewards So, I indulge myself... a lot. If I want something, I'll just go ahead and buy it. lol. I make money to spend money. And fortunately, I have a great job that allows me to do that. However, now that I am trying to start my own business, things are a tad bit different, and I really have to fight off the old habits of splurging on myself and really focus more on my business and it's expenses. Anyway, the point is, I buy clothes all the time, at whatever size I am. And, I have so many clothes alr... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:28:11 EST By request- Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcake Recipe So, just a little warning before. If you like a plain jane chocolate cupcake, these aren't for you. They arent spicy hot, but they definitely have a kick to them, and the salt isn't what most people are use to, but it really does taste delicious with all the flavors. mmmmm soooooo goood. REALLY GOOD WITH MILK! <BR> <BR> Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes (yields 24) <BR> <BR> 7 oz GOOD dark chocolate (60-80% cacao if you can find it, or a good bittersweet) <BR> 1 stick butter <BR> <BR> 1 cup ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:17:34 EST so. many. cupcakes. ahhhhhh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> omg. I went a little off the deep end. I am hosting a baby shower for my best friend at the beginning of July, and I wanted to "test run" the recipes I am going to make. So.... I ended up with 5 dozen cupcakes, and no one to eat them. Not even myself. I texted all of my coworkers saying, "hi. I hope you are working tomorrow, because there will be a cupcake tasting as soon as I get there. 4 pm sharp. You better be p... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:27:25 EST