BOBCATGIRL76's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOBCATGIRL76 BOBCATGIRL76'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/ Day 1523- Managing My Relationship With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093679 On Tuesday, I talked about how I was going to work to control my choices with food. <BR> <BR> Today, we had a work meeting that came with lunch. <BR> <BR> I had a big plate of salad, and two slices of pizza, and tracked it all. I didn't drink any pop, and I didn't go back for seconds. <BR> <BR> And I don't feel bad about it at all. <BR> <BR> I am determined to end February in Onederland and I think that consistent tracking will be what gets me there. <BR> <BR> <BR> As for yesterday... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:50:41 EST Day 1522- Spark Store Closing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092624 So a little advertisement popped up today saying that everything in the SparkStore is 75% off! <BR> <BR> I've made purchases from the store before. I got workout tights, a moisture wicking shirt, a decal for my car. A bunch of stuff. <BR> <BR> Well now, it looks like they may be closing the store for good! Everything is at ridiculously low prices, AND ever purchase now comes with a copy of The Spark. This is a great opportunity to get that book and another cool item for like $7-10 after sh... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:52:36 EST Day 1521- The First Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091900 The first step to recovery from any type of addiction is admitting you have a problem. <BR> <BR> I am lucky to have no personal experience with alcohol or drug addiction. But this weekend got me thinking. <BR> <BR> Before my epiphany, Friday after work I went to they gym to attempt my triathlon training, only to find the pool closed. So I jumped on the bike and rode 12.8 miles in an hour, then immediately hopped on the treadmill and finished the 3.1 miles in about 37 minutes. My legs were... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 13:46:00 EST Day 1517- First Migraine In a While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088540 Yesterday, when I left work I had every intention of going to zumba. <BR> <BR> On my way home, I received a call from J.D. that he was stranded after popping both of his bike's tires on his bike ride. So I drove home to switch to his car which is bigger and easier to put the bike in. <BR> <BR> His car ALSO had a flat tire. What are the odds? <BR> <BR> So then I drove my car, with proper blankets and cloths to wrap the bike in so my car wouldn't get dirty. I picked him up and we finally ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:36:59 EST Day 1516- Dragging My Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087750 Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> So, I've been really plateauing lately, and I never thought I'd be over 200 for this long. So since I'm so excited about my website and want to show it to you all, I've decided to make it a reward for getting back into One-derland. Now, that will most likely not be the end of this week, but I think it will really drive me to make the changes I need nutritionally and with exercise to get back on track and back under 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today I didn't pack a lunch a... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:16:31 EST Day 1515- The Beginnings of Something Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087188 I did it! I signed up for a year's usage of a web domain and site. I got to work on it today during my break. I will post the link hopefully later this week, once I feel like I've made the correct edits. <BR> <BR> Today was also my second week in my instructional aide position and I actually had two students show up this time so that was good. I'm assuming they will tell some friends and I will have even more next week. <BR> <BR> Have any of you become certified personal trainers? I'm won... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:50:15 EST Day 1514- I've Decided To Do What I Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085956 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Today hasn't been a great day at work, for reasons I can't discuss, but our staff meeting just left everyone a little down. <BR> <BR> I can't help but notice how much I rely on blogging as a form of therapy but also as a source of joy. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm taking a walk down memory lane. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I've ever discussed much about my high school or college years, but if I have, I apologize for repeating myself. <BR> <BR> Growing up, I always l... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:36:53 EST Day 1513- February's Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085397 Today, I got my first massage after getting the medical massage prescription. My massage therapist was super nice and was amazing at getting even the tightest knots to release. I am so glad I will be seeing her weekly for the next month. <BR> <BR> I did find out today that I didn't get into the PhD program I applied for so I'm disappointed but I realize it obviously just wasn't the right thing for me right now I guess. I'm hoping to find whatever is right for me sooner rather than later. <... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:28:47 EST Day 1510- I See You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082410 Today, I've been getting excited about my future plans. <BR> <BR> Zumba last night was really fun, and gave me more hope for me being able to exercise again. <BR> <BR> I've scheduled my races through May. <BR> <BR> January: Autoshow 5k *Completed* <BR> February: Chocolate and Beer 5k <BR> March: Pi(e) Day 5k (This race involves a pie eating contest before the run...) <BR> April: Endurance Sprint Triathlon <BR> May: UHSA 5k <BR> <BR> I've left out 10ks and half marathons specifically t... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:54:38 EST Day 1509- One Sentence Journals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081522 People are going to start thinking Gretchen Rubin is paying me, but she's really not. I just love listening to her podcasts on ways to be happier. One thing she said is really beneficial is a one sentence journal. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to try to log in every day, just to write something, but obviously that means some of my "blog" will be pretty short and sweet. <BR> <BR> I think I may have forgotten to tell you all but a few weeks ago, I saw a posting for a part-time position in our nursi... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:31:53 EST Day 1507- C'mon Get Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079615 What an update I have for you all. I apologize in advance for this novel. It's going to be way too long. I just need to blog more often, since every time I do blog I feel like I have 5 different stories to write about. But that will be easier come February...more on that later. <BR> <BR> Friday wasn't a great day for me nutritionally due to a (late) holiday party at work. Our boss took us to the local bowling alley and arcade for some team bonding. It was open bar, but since I was still on ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:57:59 EST Day 1503- Weekend of Food Prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076289 What's more exciting then new recipes? Not a whole lot in my book. <BR> <BR> This weekend I will be making Pizza Meatloaf! Here's a link to the recipe : <BR> <BR> <link>drizzlemeskinny.com/pizza-meatloaf/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping it turns out well. I'll be adjusting it slightly because I have 2 pounds of ground beef, and my pepperoni seems to be slightly higher calories and fat, so I'm thinking a serving will be more like 5 SP on Weight Watchers, but I'm still excited. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:54:06 EST Day 1501- Do You Periscope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074775 Hey Y'all! <BR> <BR> I've got a question for you guys! I was wondering how many of you Periscope? <BR> <BR> I'd like to think I'm pretty up with technology, but I'm just now getting around to figuring it out. It's pretty easy if you have a smart phone. If you download the Periscope app, then you'll be able to use it pretty easily. <BR> <BR> The way it works is a lot like Twitter or Facebook. You have an account and you are able to like/follow people. The cool thing about it is that once ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:47:16 EST Day 1500- First Race of 2016 in the Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073718 Hi SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> I'm surviving. Just not doing much that feels blog worthy, so that's why they're so spread out. <BR> <BR> Last Friday, after 4 weeks with WW I was down 5.2 pounds total. A slow pace, but going in the right direction, so I'm happy with it. <BR> <BR> My best friend Grace came to town Thursday, and on Saturday we ran the Autoshow 5k. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fc5b7f0-f5ba-4ef9-9b35-0b466987eae6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is an awesome ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:14:31 EST Day 1492- When Will I Be Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066707 Ugh. <BR> <BR> Last week is mostly a blur. <BR> <BR> A pain-killer and muscle relaxer induced blur. <BR> <BR> I was naive to think that I'd be sore a couple days and then fine. I tried to go to work last Tuesday but the constant typing and sitting at my desk had my back acting up in a few hours, and I went home and tried to take it easy. I tried again Thursday morning, and ended up in tears calling my boss and saying I think I'd be back today. <BR> <BR> Which I am, back at work. But my... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:29:26 EST Day 1483- Starting 2016 With a Bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058174 Around 2:30 a.m. yesterday, J.D. and I were on our way home from a New Year's Eve party. As we were exiting off the highway we were going through an intersection where we had a blinking yellow light, when someone ran a blinking red light and hit us going about 40-50mph. J.D. saw them coming at the last moment, and attempted to swerve out of their path, so instead of being t-boned, they hit the back driver side, sending us into a spin. We hit the curb of the median with both passenger side whe... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 16:48:28 EST Day 1475- Merry Christmas Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052403 I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday! I will be spending it seeing a movie with the cousins and having Christmas dinner this evening. Then tomorrow we will open presents. Last night we did JD's immediate family Christmas and I got a brand new scale that I'd asked for. And this morning when I got on, it said I hadn't gained any weight, even with the birthday party we'd had to celebrate JD's mom's birthday! So that was good. I also kept snacking to a minimum, and only had one plate of ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:20:09 EST Day 1473- Determined to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051773 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51b0fc2e-ed13-4e38-a92e-6e28c1e8ff80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went to WW this morning after making close to 200 candies last night for gifts! That would usually seem like a bad idea, but I somehow ended up being down 2.8 pounds. So now I'm determined to have another loss next week. If I can make it through a holiday party, 10 dozen cookies and 200 candies and have a 2.8 pound loss, I can get through Christmas also losing. There is a gym at our hotel.... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:01:36 EST Day 1471- My Racing Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050706 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the positive comments on my last blog. I will keep on keeping on, no worries. <BR> <BR> I did decide to examine my history of races. I realize that my streak isn't 12 months long, but instead 14! I had been tracking my races on the side of my Start Page but will soon run out of room, so instead I'll put a link to this particular blog for people interested in my running history. <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople on December 3, 2011. And decided that running w... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:24:34 EST Day 1468- The Man In The Arena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049394 "It is not the critic who counts; <BR> not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, <BR> or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. <BR> <BR> The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; <BR> who strives valiantly; <BR> who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; <BR> but who does actually strive to do the deeds; <BR> who knows great enthusia... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:39:22 EST Day 1457- Proving That Little Voice Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043794 Sorry for the absence. This weekend was the first weekend, where I didn't have a ton of plans and could actually just have a break, so it was nice to sleep in on Saturday. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, after work, I headed to the gym to meet up with my friend. I decided I was going to run a 5k on the treadmill, something I don't enjoy doing because of my inability to run at a constant pace. <BR> <BR> Here are my results: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04d49e96-... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:35:34 EST Day 1453- Trouble With The Follow Through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041810 Sometimes I'm a metaphorical person. Today is one of those days. <BR> <BR> I'm a decent golfer, but that hasn't always been the case. Growing up, I had a hard time consistently making good contact with the ball. And when I did make contact, I would get so excited, I'd have trouble with the follow through. <BR> <BR> It's as if I was so surprised to actually hit the ball, that I forget that completing the swing is also very important in the power and direction of the ball. <BR> <BR> So lo... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 14:37:59 EST Day 1452- Taking the Plunge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041243 Yesterday, during my three hour break from work I did interval training on the treadmill for 4.1 miles, a mile on the elliptical and then walked an additional 3 miles on the indoor track. <BR> <BR> I can't imagine doing 8.1 miles of activity the last time I was 207 pounds. <BR> <BR> So while the scale is a measure of weight, it's definitely not an adequate measure of my health. <BR> <BR> The fact that my pants are too tight is definitely annoying though. So I will be glad to get rid off... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:07:46 EST Day 1451- A December to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040677 Hello. <BR> <BR> It's me. <BR> <BR> (That's an Adele reference, you should watch her new music video, so good.) <BR> <BR> But seriously. I feel like I've been gone forever. It's only been a little over two weeks. But that's much too long away from my SparkFriends. I'm at 207 pounds. Which is nowhere near where I wanted to be at the end of 2015, but it's not over yet. I'm going to attempt to make this a December to Remember. Where I have 31 days of healthy eating, exercise and putting my ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:27:47 EST Day 1441- Dealing With Uncertainty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031576 Weight: 198.2 <BR> Exercise: Nothing much yet today <BR> Nutrition: Better than what it could have been... <BR> <BR> Sorry for the absences SparkFriends! My last blog on Saturday was after I'd been contacted by one of the jobs I applied for to set up an interview for after Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I was so excited! That job has more to do with tutoring and teaching which I thoroughly enjoy. <BR> <BR> I still am excited, but now I'm more reserved. I went to visit my friend in South Bend, b... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:41:24 EST Day 1435- Victorious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028239 Since I forgot to update yesterday: <BR> <BR> Weight: 198.6 <BR> Exercise: I walked up to town and back for lunch. A good 30 minutes of walking. <BR> <BR> I somehow beat my friend in our Workweek Hustle on Fitbit! I was down by 1,000 steps around 11pm yesterday so I started pacing around my friend's apartment. And when I woke up this morning, I'd won! <BR> <BR> I came to visit one of my bridesmaids, Emily, in South Bend. I'm trying to watch my food and still stay active. Anyone near the So... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 12:48:28 EST Day 1433- I Hate Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027461 Weight: 199.2 Exercise: 80 minutes of cardio plus 500 meter swim Food: And here's where I slipped up... Okay so my title's a lie. But let me explain. I had cereal for breakfast. I put a whole banana and a cup of raspberries in it. It was delicious. Then I started to pack my lunch but remembered we had a full team meeting and lunch would be provided. Well last time lunch was provided there were some awesome options. Grilled asparagus. Coconut breaded chicken. Today it was pizza. Of cour... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 22:43:01 EST Day 1432- No Swimsuit To Be Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026738 Weight: 199.0 <BR> Exercise: None yet, hoping to get a few laps of the neighborhood when I get home this evening. <BR> Nutrition: Haven't recorded dinner yet, but doing better on carbs and protein for now. <BR> <BR> I can't find my swimsuit anywhere. This isn't to say I don't have like 20 odd swimsuits in my closet. But none of them are my competitive one piece that I paid $18 for and loved so very much. But I've just decided I'll have to wear one of my other ones, because I refuse to miss... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:00:34 EST Day 1431- Friendly Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026154 Weight: 200.2 <BR> Exercise: 20 minutes walking the track, 25 minutes on the elliptical, 5 minutes of the stair stepper, 20 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> Nutrition: Within my ranges for Calories, Carbs and Fats but under in Protein again. <BR> <BR> Alright. So I need to have eggs and chicken apple sausage for breakfast tomorrow. And actually try and go low carb for a few days and see if that helps me reach One-derland again. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of being on track. Also a three day s... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:16:41 EST Day 1430- Awesome Find http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025553 Weight: 201.8 <BR> Exercise: 80 minutes of walking/running at the gym <BR> Food: Within my ranges for calories and fat, over on carbs and under on protein. Need to work on that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> When I was tracking all this before, it really helped me stay accountable, knowing I'd have to open every blog with my weight and what I'd done that day. <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 of my refocused efforts and instead of working 13 hours straight like I have been, I forced myself to take a three ho... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 18:28:41 EST Day 1429- What Do I Do Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024967 Hello Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> I've been here before many times. I'm coming up on my 4 year anniversary with SparkPeople, and I'm back over 200 pounds. 202 this morning. <BR> <BR> How did I get here? <BR> <BR> The same way I always have. <BR> <BR> Not exercising and not tracking my food. <BR> <BR> I just so badly wanted to be able to live my life without having to measure and track and pay attention. I just wanted to eat when I was hungry and run races and play soccer and live my life... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:05:11 EST Day 1424- Another Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022084 Well. <BR> <BR> I guess I can talk about it now. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my dream job. <BR> <BR> I applied for the Digital Health and Fitness journalist position offered right here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I had what I thought was a great interview, but received the email today notifying me that I wouldn't be moving on in the process. <BR> <BR> And I won't lie. I cried. <BR> <BR> Since my first year with SparkPeople, I've realized that I have this passion for health and fitness an... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:37:51 EST Day 1416- As Vacation Comes to a Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017738 My vacation started on Wednesday October 14. By 9am on Thursday October 15th, I'd received 6 emails and 8 text messages regarding issues at work. <BR> <BR> I felt so defeated. I just wanted to relax and immediately my stress levels were through the roof. I keep hearing all of your comments about making time for myself and how being in a job you love can change everything. And so I'm holding out hope that I soon get to work for a company I love in a career that I'm passionate about, but unt... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:13:03 EST Day 1409- Holding My Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013927 Hello Everyone. <BR> Long time no blog. <BR> <BR> Work has still been crazy. But after some soul searching, I'm realizing that the current position I'm in is not the position I want to be in for long. I've discussed with my supervisor and am exploring my options in other fields. I've applied for my dream job along with some others, and had a phone interview for one. I'm hoping to find a position that will allow me to get back to focusing more on my health and wellness and cause me less str... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:42:29 EST Day 1398- On The Other Side of Every Valley Is a Hilltop With a View http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007534 Bear with me while I get very metaphorical. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was at a very low point. I felt like I was drowning grabbing for any life preserver someone could throw to me. I felt like I had been in the shadow of a cloud for the past month. <BR> <BR> I wasn't depressed. I just wasn't happy. I didn't feel like my usual self, and I know most of that just had to do with stress. <BR> <BR> However, all of your comments yesterday helped me share my feelings during my meeting with my supe... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:13:46 EST Day 1397- Is There Something Wrong With Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006778 You all have been with me since December 3, 2011. <BR> <BR> You've seen me be unhappy in my graduate program and change majors. <BR> <BR> You've seen me be unhappy in my first job, and move home to Dayton to take a new job. <BR> <BR> I was happy in that job, but moved to Michigan when J.D. was offered his job. <BR> <BR> And now I'm in my new job, and once again, feeling unhappy. <BR> <BR> I feel like such an indecisive person. Or maybe I'm TOO decisive in that, when I'm unhappy my ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:49:54 EST Day 1391- The Girl Who Cried Wolf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003395 You want to hear something crazy? <BR> <BR> I started this blog yesterday and never got to finish it because I just had too much work to do. <BR> <BR> I guess I can type as much as I want about getting back into the swing of things. But until I actually do it, it means nothing. <BR> <BR> I'm having a very hard time keeping my head above water at work. There's so much going on, and now there's the added stress that my assistant might be leaving, which would mean I have even MORE to do tha... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:31:42 EST Day 1384- Letting the Stress Get To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999198 Well, it finally happened. <BR> <BR> Monday, I worked 15 hours. Tuesday, I cut it down to 12. <BR> <BR> Then yesterday at work, I was sitting at my desk, and all of a sudden got very dizzy and light headed. My hands were shaking. I just felt terrible. <BR> <BR> I got checked out by a team doctor, who gave me some Gatorade and took my vitals. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure was 105/82, and my pulse started at 100, but then dropped down to the 70s while I was with him. <BR> <BR> It was th... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:03:56 EST Day 1382- I Miss You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997757 Long time no blog. <BR> <BR> I was at work yesterday for 15 hours. Not to mention the thirty minutes it took to drive to work and the thirty minutes it took to drive home. <BR> <BR> For anyone who works in academics, the beginning of the school year is always busy. But in a position where you're serving students as well as serving as HR for student employees, it can be downright crazy. <BR> <BR> The good news is I'm not sitting in a corner shoveling ice cream into my mouth. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:25:06 EST Day 1370- Just Call Me Carli Lloyd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990493 Tuesday night was my first indoor soccer game of the fall season. <BR> <BR> We only had two girls which means we didn't have any subs and I had to play the entire game. <BR> <BR> I started out playing defense and was doing alright but started trying to run the full field, and that's okay to do for the first half, but by the second half, I was exhausted. <BR> <BR> So instead, I told my team I was going to play forward and they should just pass up front when they get a chance. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:18:26 EST Day 1368- No Free Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988651 With the school year starting back up, I'm crazy busy with the recruitment and hiring process for my department, so I'm pretty busy from start to finish of every day. And when I get home, I'm trying to destress. <BR> <BR> I've had a few bad days mentally and emotionally that seemed to pile onto a few more, but thankfully I've been keeping control of my food. <BR> <BR> I feel bad not being as active as I usually am, but I don't have a ton to say, and I've got to stay focused on work right ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:02:04 EST Day 1363- Busy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985023 A whole week away! Sorry Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Last weekend I traveled home to Ohio to celebrate my friend's bridal shower. I also spent time with my mom and we went golfing. <BR> <BR> Golf is such a frustrating game, but it can also be rewarding when you see improvements. <BR> <BR> Headed to the bridal shower after the golf game, and got to wear a new dress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8e0c02d-1464-4806-bfa7-0c478066b603.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Then I visite... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:15:09 EST Day 1356- Stop Running Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980959 In case you're just now joining us... <BR> <BR> I made a resolution to run a race every month in 2015. I actually started in November of 2014 and have stuck with it since. <BR> <BR> In July, I ran an 8k trail race, which was much harder than expected. I finished in 1:01:09 which I felt was a terrible time. And I was so hot and exhausted from the muggy weather that I asked J.D. to take me home immediately. <BR> <BR> When I got home and checked the results, amazingly, I'd come in third in ... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:52:49 EST Day 1355- Falling On My Face Into A Box Of Donuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980294 As I sit here writing this, I can still taste the custard filled donut on my tongue. <BR> <BR> Who the heck am I? <BR> <BR> I'm certainly not the same girl who just completed a Whole30. <BR> <BR> Because that girl wouldn't do this to herself. That girl said no to free donuts, and an entire smorgasbord of chips, dips and sweets. <BR> <BR> And yet now, now when faced with free food, 275 pound Jan-Marie reared her head. <BR> <BR> So, yes on this path to health, I've once again tripped a... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:45:00 EST Day 1354- Final Soccer Game of the Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979691 Last night was our final soccer game of the season and we won 2-0 meaning... <BR> <BR> drumroll please... <BR> <BR> We're the league champs! <BR> <BR> My team made me feel pretty great by pointing out that we hadn't lost a game since I took over as full-time goal keeper. <BR> <BR> I was reluctant in the beginning because all four bones I've broken were playing goalie, and I had my trip to Europe in mind and didn't want to be in a cast. <BR> <BR> But once I got back from Europe, I playe... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:24:39 EST Day 1353- Another Whole30 Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978864 Today is Day 31! <BR> <BR> i successfully completed another Whole30, this time without weighing myself the entire time. <BR> <BR> My first time completing Whole30, I started at 191 and ended at 173, losing 18 pounds. <BR> <BR> This time, I started at 202 and ended at 191, losing 11. <BR> <BR> I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. 18 pounds would have been great. <BR> <BR> However, I also know that 11 pounds in 30 days is great, and this time, eating well was so much easier. S... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:37:56 EST Day 1351- How I See Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977762 I was pretty tired yesterday and ended up going to bed early, so I didn't get to write my car buying blog. <BR> <BR> But here is my beautiful new Ford Focus! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/387952b9-4a66-42ee-9fa1-c5d1cb488046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whenever I ask J.D. to take my picture, he always takes a million until I walk up to him and grab my phone. It's just become a thing we do, and its always funny to see the look on my face as I'm walking up to him. <BR> <B... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:48:15 EST Day 1349- Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976757 Hey. <BR> <BR> I actually am eating chicken for dinner tonight so that's awesome. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was our golf outing for our Department, and I won closest to the pin! So that was great. I packed my lunch and ate in on the course as they provided sandwiches for everyone. Then dinner was barbecue, but with sauce already added, so I went and bought my faithful chicken breast with fruit from the local grocery. <BR> <BR> I also received a call yesterday from a salesman at a dealer JD an... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:48:35 EST Day 1347- Weekend With Our Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975428 What a wonderful weekend we had. <BR> <BR> First off, our friends got in Friday evening, and we made a Whole30 dinner consisting of steak kebabs, oven baked sweet potato fries and watermelon. My best friend Sam asked what we did for my birthday, and when I told her that I didn't blow out a candle, she was determined to celebrate. So we cut a peach in half, and she garnished the plate with cinnamon, and she, her husband Nate, and J.D. all sang happy birthday to me. When I went to blow out th... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:15:53 EST Day 1344- She Believed She Could So She Did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973645 I can't say enough good things about my husband. <BR> <BR> J.D. has always supported my journey, and has lost weight in the process eating the foods I fix and exercising with me. For my birthday, he was so thoughtful and bought me a wall hanging to display my race medals on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3f48603-f689-4d23-9c1b-54c731db9eaf.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It says "She Believed She Could So She Did." <BR> <BR> It's so beautiful and it means so much to me bec... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:54:36 EST