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 1108- Spur of the Moment 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833070 The roller coaster of this journey never seems to end. <BR> <BR> I've started training for my half-marathon. Last week I ran on Monday and Tuesday but was incredibly busy the rest of the week. I had a work Christmas party Thursday night and a luncheon for my student employees on Friday, and my eating got off track. I went into the weekend with a decent gain on the scale. <BR> <BR> I visited my parents this weekend, and Friday night my dad told me he had to work a race Saturday morning. Kn... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:37:47 EST Day 1103- First Day of Half-Marathon Training Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830224 Sometimes it pays to have a beautiful best friend. <BR> <BR> My best friend Grace was originally supposed to run my first half-marathon with me, but ended up spraining her ankle a few weeks before. She still came and supported me on her crutches, because she's awesome. <BR> <BR> But once she was healed up, she dedicated herself in a way that I haven't yet. She runs three times a week, and another three days does the bike and lifts weights. <BR> <BR> And boy does it show. She was radiant... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:19:55 EST Day 1098- Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827529 Thank you all so much for your support on my 3 year blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm restarting as if it was 3 years ago. When I started my journey I was 274.8. My lowest weight ever in the last 3 years was 173.6 on my birthday this year, after I did Whole30. But when I stopped eating only Whole30 compliant foods, started worrying more about the wedding, started a new job, and moved to a new state, well, let's just say I stopped focusing again. <BR> <BR> After the wedding and honeymoo... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:23:46 EST Day 1097- Three Years with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826885 Three years ago, I was depressed. I was mortified after seeing myself on TV filling out a 3XL football jersey on the sidelines of one of J.D.'s football games. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967561863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The scale read 274.8 pounds. How did I let this happen? How did I get on that scale so many times, and see that number going up, and not do anything? <BR> <BR> When I found SparkPeople, I figured keeping a journal online would be better t... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:49:57 EST Day 1095- Even MORE Wedding Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825689 Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a look at all 890+ pics from the wedding! <BR> <BR> <link>www.pictage.com/1519744 </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to login, you can use a fake email address like johndoe@gmail.com. It's just to try and sell you photos ;) <BR> <BR> It's definitely evident to me how happy I was on that day. And when I pick the prints I want for our album, I'll probably leave out some of the double chinned open mouth laughing pics. Because those aren't that c... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:40:40 EST Day 1093- I'm BACK! With more Wedding Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824672 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the hiatus! I had a busy week of work and then took our honeymoon to Myrtle Beach this week! We had a wonderful time, despite the rainy weather, and were able to walk on the beach, go to a few museums, and of course eat WAY too much food. <BR> <BR> Both J.D. and I have decided to refocus our efforts when we get home. We're currently in the airport waiting for our flight. <BR> <BR> But my main reason for writing a blog is to give you a link to our photo... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:21:20 EST Day 1080- Wedding Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817929 Too tired to write but wanted to post photos. Yesterday was amazing. It was perfect and I had such an amazing day. Thank you all for your well wishes and congratulations! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830215997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rehearsal dinner with my Maid of Honor Grace. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310810453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting ready. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1221388459.jpg"> <BR>... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:36:45 EST Day 1078- TOMORROW! TOMORROW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816728 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Can you believe I'm getting married tomorrow? I can't! <BR> <BR> It seems like just yesterday I was going to my senior prom with a junior boy who I'd only met a few months prior. And now I get to marry him! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a sneak peak of some of the things that will be at the wedding tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247755480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130848606.jpg"> ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:51:34 EST Day 1070- Just Some More Wedding Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811939 Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> Just decided I'd share my wedding website with you so you could learn more about my bridal party and see the church! I'll of course post wedding photos after the wedding! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theknot.com/wedding/JanMarie-and<BR>-JD </link> <BR> <BR> I'm finishing up the playlist for the DJ and working on final decoration ideas. <BR> <BR> Single digits! Nine days away! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:07:53 EST Day 1068- Eleven Days Until Our Wedding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810764 Hi Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> As I sit here thinking about how "not wanting to look fat in a wedding dress" was a driving force in the beginning of my journey, even though I'm not at my "goal" wedding weight of 149, I'm still so much happier and healthier than when I began this journey nearly 3 years ago. <BR> <BR> Since I joined SparkPeople, five official 5ks with countless others in my neighborhood or on the treadmill, two 5-mile Turkey Trots, and one half-marathon. Considering, I was the g... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:48:15 EST Day 1067- Who Wants to Do a DietBet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810163 I completed my first successful DietBet last week and am thinking about starting my own and was wondering if any of you would be interested? <BR> <BR> Basically you wager money ($25-35) on your ability to lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You are required to weigh-in and take a pic of the scale as well as a full body pic of you on the scale. Judges then verify your starting weight, and 4 weeks later you do the same thing. If you make the 4 week goal, you split the pot, but lose the mo... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:32:49 EST Day 1062- Wedding Shoe Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807240 So I got some amazing shoes to wear for my wedding, and decided to practice walking around in them tonight. Since people have been asking for sneak peeks of my wedding dress I decided I could at least show you my shoes! Please forgive my sweatshirt and athletic shorts.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275334103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1651935766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:48:13 EST Day 1060- It's Never Too Late To Take Back Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805680 I saw a quote today that I absolutely loved. <BR> <BR> For whatever it's worth: It's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life that you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over. -F.Scott Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> This hit me hard. I'm so thankful everyday that something clicked inside of me and made me finally realize that I was worthy of a long and happy life. That I didn't need to live my life from the sidelines at 275 ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:05:04 EST Day 1055- How SparkPeople Always Knows What I Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802763 Yesterday, I had my first migraine in over a month. But boy was it a doozy. Woke up at 6am with the terrible shooting pain behind my left eye. Took some migraine meds and went back to bed hoping by 7am the meds would kick in and I could head to work. But the pain just got worse. I took another pill, let work know I wouldn't be in, then went back to sleep. Slept for most of the day but woke up feeling much better. <BR> <BR> One day migraines are so much more tolerable that 4-5 day migraines,... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:34 EST Day 1048- Foot Pain and One Last Great Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798602 So I wasn't able to work out last night. <BR> <BR> I'm having some strange foot pain in my left foot. As crazy as it sounds, I'm wondering if it's turf toe from playing in the flag football game. All I know is I have a random shooting pain between my second and third toe whenever I push off from my left foot. I'm sure resting it is key, but I just don't know how it happened. Definitely can't run, but thinking I'll bike or do some elliptical which won't require pushing off with my toes. <BR... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:33:55 EST Day 1047- I Scored a Touchdown in the Big House! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797953 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the delay. Last week was very busy as it was the last weekend I had to go home to prepare stuff for the wedding. But last Wednesday I played in the flag football game at Michigan Stadium. I got my own jersey (guess which number I traded for...) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853951420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I had my own locker name plate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450351776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:45:09 EST Day 1041- 100 Burpees?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794609 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm involved in two separate health and wellness activities through my work. One is called Active U Autumn, and sets a goal of at least 120 minutes of activity a week, and the other is called Ready to Lose, and is a 24 week webinar program for weight loss. Both are completely free and have prizes at the end. I'm lucky to work at the University of Michigan where health and wellness are so important. <BR> <BR> Anyways, yesterday in a department newsletter, there was a... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:36:26 EST Day 1039- My First Day at Planet Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793632 So I decided to pay the $19.99/month for the unlimited use of all Planet Fitness clubs. And you guys were right! The perks are awesome. I can bring a guest every time I go, so J.D. can come with me whenever he wants! <BR> <BR> I have a flex schedule at work because on Mondays I have to supervise study tables from 6-10. So I get a 4 hour break during the day and decided to head to Planet Fitness near my work. Last night, I packed my bag with gym clothes, as well as a towel, shower shoes, and ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:42:02 EST Day 1038- Busy Busy Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792849 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry for the lack of blogs! <BR> <BR> Last weekend I had my final bridal shower, which I have pictures of somewhere but not currently. <BR> <BR> That was a great time at home, but made for another long weekend spent driving. <BR> <BR> This week was busy and JD's birthday was Friday, and his last day working at the factory (the first month's requirement for his new job) was on Saturday. So I spent all day Saturday putting away shower gifts, cleaning the house, an... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:42:09 EST Day 1027- Defining Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786108 Hi Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> I have to thank you so much for reading and commenting on my last blog. In no way was I trying to seek out compliments, but I appreciate all the nice comments about the pictures. And yes, I realize I am my own worst critic. And I'm working on that every day. <BR> <BR> But your comments also made me rethink my plan for the next month. Whole30 was great, and the food isn't as restrictive as it sounds, but when I was done with the Whole30, I felt terrible when I at... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:57:20 EST Day 1026- My Constant Inner Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785478 Sometimes when I think about my weight loss journey, I feel like I've got a split personality or something. <BR> <BR> In no way am I making light of mental health issues, so please don't get me wrong on that. <BR> <BR> But some days, I'm on top of the world and so content with where I am that I don't even think about losing weight. <BR> <BR> And other days, I'm hit smack dab in the face with a reminder. <BR> <BR> This weekend was my bridal shower and it was a beautiful event full of l... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:49:51 EST Day 1021- A 6-year-old Bully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782264 Last night I decided to go for a run in my new neighborhood. <BR> <BR> And as I ran down the street, I passed a house with two kids standing in the front doorway, and kid on his bike on the front porch. And I heard something about "your momma so fat...." blah blah blah. Then I thought he commented on my personal appearance and maybe something about I shouldn't be wearing spandex or something. Just things kids do. I continued on my run. <BR> <BR> I was running at a pretty good pace between... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:55:15 EST Day 1020- Never Let Them See You Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781722 Ever have a person who's negativity or rudeness threatened to bring you down? <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with a similar issue, and sometimes it's hard to rise above cattiness, but I'm too happy and blessed in my life to really worry about the craziness that this person brings to every situation. <BR> <BR> So I'm choosing to rise above and forget about the negative comments. I hope if you're in a similar situation you choose to do the same. <BR> <BR> Bridal shower this weekend, so I'll b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:20 EST Day 1017- Another Beautiful Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779737 As promised, here are my pics from this weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039409028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1716056723.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78783840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789553040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a great event, and the last wedding before ours! <BR> <BR> November 15th is just 62 days away! <BR> <BR> So ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:21:10 EST Day 1014- Settling In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777132 Hi Everyone! Sorry I haven't written in a week. We moved in on Friday and have been getting settled in. We still don't have internet access at our house, and today was the first day I had a computer at work. So I'm glad to finally be able to check in with you all. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning, J.D. and I went for a bike ride on the bike path near where we live, and had a great ride. I even got messaged by one of my SparkFriends, saying she saw us out riding! What a small world! <BR> <BR> We we... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:34:15 EST Day 1007- Establishing New Routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772480 Gah. I had this entire blog already typed, and then my window shut down for absolutely no reason... <BR> <BR> So here I go again. <BR> <BR> I apologize for my lack of blogs this past week. We were lucky enough to get the house we put in an application for (we're renting) and I've spent most of the last week packing up my life, and shopping at garage sales for furniture to fill said house. <BR> <BR> In the craziness of this new job and new house, I've let a few (okay, 6) pounds creep back ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:00:33 EST Day 1000- One Thousand Days of SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767906 Today, I made my page public again and it couldn't come on better day. <BR> <BR> DAY ONE THOUSAND. <BR> <BR> When I joined SparkPeople back in December 2011, I was hoping that somehow, this time it would be different. That all my failed attempts and weight loss were out of my system, and I'd somehow manage to really get it this time. <BR> <BR> And I did. <BR> <BR> But not without the help of thousands of SparkFriends and readers who made comments on my pictures and blogs, encouraging m... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:34:21 EST Day 994- Hail to the Victors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764370 I was offered the position I interviewed for at the University of Michigan and I start September 8th! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all the positive vibes and good thoughts. <BR> <BR> I plan to make my page public again in a few days when the background check is totally complete. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a headache so I'm gonna lay down, sorry for the short blog. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:09:43 EST Day 993- Holding My Breath and Crossing My Fingers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763551 Sorry for the delay, but was debating whether or not to post this. <BR> <BR> Sunday night, I went to dinner with my prospective new boss and then had a full day of interviews on Monday. It went EXTREMELY well other than the fact that I ate what was available and what I thought wouldn't get all over me and could still talk and converse, and didn't worry as much about the calories or nutritional value, which I paid for on the scale this morning. I got to meet a bunch of people I would be wor... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:35:44 EST Day 988- Next Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760298 Thank you all for the positive thoughts! They called me yesterday and scheduled an in person interview for Monday, which I am very excited for. <BR> <BR> While I'm excited, I also know that an interview this fast, it means that if the job were offered to me, I would probably start working before the wedding in November, which would mean my final months of wedding planning would be 3.5 hours away from the wedding and my mother. I'm sure I'll be fine, but I'm worried about stressing my mom ou... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:53:40 EST Day 987- Healthier Relationship With the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759542 While reintroducing some foods back into my diet after my Whole30, I've seen a small weight gain on the scale. This morning I was 174.8. And I've seen that number for the past few mornings with no change. <BR> <BR> And this morning when I saw it, it didn't bother me. I wasn't upset that even with good food choices and a 5k run last night, that I didn't see a decrease. And this is how I know my relationship with the scale is getting better. I used to be so disappointed if I did something tha... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:34:54 EST Day 986- Being THAT Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759010 Last night I met up with two of my bridesmaids for dinner at a local restaurant. I had scoped out the menu and found something I was interested and pre-tracked it on my phone. Then I got to the restaurant and found that the menu had changed. The chicken apple walnut salad with basalmic vinaigrette was gone. <BR> <BR> And I became THAT friend. A slight bit of panic before I apologized to my friends and got on my smart phone and began to look up nutritional information for meals that were sti... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:00:14 EST Day 985- Cliffhanger No More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758539 So a few days ago, I posted a cliffhanger stating that I might not be in Ohio much longer. <BR> <BR> And here's why. J.D. was offered an amazing job in Michigan! So I'm now currently seeking employment in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area. Are any of my Sparkfriends in Michigan? It would be great to meet with some friends once I'm up there! <BR> <BR> I've got a phone interview tomorrow, so I'm headed in the right direction. However, I feel this is making my life even more stressful. With just 3 m... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:51:38 EST Day 983- Spark Activity Tracker Round 2 and NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756915 I caved. <BR> <BR> I bought another Spark Activity Tracker. I loved it so much when I had it before, and I think I'm partially to blame for losing it, since I lost it after installing a new battery. I don't think it broke due to manufacturing error. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I bought another one to start tracking my steps again. I think it will also be a great way to make sure I'm getting my 10 minute streaks in. <BR> <BR> I went on a run this morning on the bike path, and a man I had passe... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:25:05 EST Day 982- Survived Another Migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756216 Yesterday morning, I woke up with another migraine, and took my migraine meds and went to work. I had to present to high school students about our program at our university, and I made it through that but after that presentation the migraine was making me so nauseous that I headed home. <BR> <BR> I took another pill and went to sleep and woke up 5 hours later feeling fine. So I think my meds in combination with sleep is the key to getting rid of the migraine fast. <BR> <BR> Today I've got... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:15:10 EST Day 980- My Birthday Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755021 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I had an amazing birthday. Here are some photos from my golf game. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385990691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495872461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And some beautiful flowers from one of my bridesmaids. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1132643247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Speaking of bridesmaids, my bridesmaid dresses came in, and I tried one of them on to ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:24:52 EST Day 978- Day 30 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754015 So today ends day 30 of my Whole 30 experience. <BR> <BR> I've changed the way I think about food and learned how to eat when I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> I've learned how to reward myself without involving food. <BR> <BR> And I've learned I'm capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I will have more to share tomorrow. I had a fun day playing golf while my mom rode along, and then went to a great lunch at a whole foods restaurant. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, JD and... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:44:07 EST Day 977- Day 29 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752961 Today is my next to last day on Whole30, but definitely not the end of this way of eating! <BR> <BR> Last night I made a delicious entree simply by putting four chicken breasts in a casserole dish and covering them with green peppers, onions and salsa (with no sugar added). I baked it for 45 minutes at 375 degrees and it was delicious! It's so easy to make great food with whole, natural, healthy food, rather than using low calorie diet food that have preservatives, added sugar and unnatural ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:39:47 EST Day 976- Day 28 of Whole30 and an Early Birthday Gift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752145 Today, the scale gave me an early birthday gift. It read 174.2 which is the lowest weight I've ever been as an adult. This was the goal I was trying to reach by my birthday, so I reached it two days early! <BR> <BR> I'm also surprised by it because it's TOM and I feel bloated and was sure I'd see a gain this week. So maybe next week I'll even have a bigger drop when TOM is gone! <BR> <BR> I had planned on playing softball today as a substitute for a friend's team, but the game got cancelled... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:44:09 EST Day 975- Day 27 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751611 I forgot yesterday to mention a new streak I'm going for! <BR> <BR> Since August started yesterday, I've decided to try and do a 10 minutes of exercise streak every day this month. Yesterday evening, J.D. and I rode our bikes to a local park and swung on the swings, then road home, for a total of about 60 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> This morning I had planned on trying to do a five mile run, but about a mile into my run, I got a call from my parents that they had forgot something at the... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:32:35 EST Day 974- Day 26 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751127 Holy Cow, it's August! Which means my birthday is just 4 days away now. Next Tuesday, I will be 25 years old! <BR> <BR> And I don't think I've ever been healthier going into a birthday. Except maybe when I was born. I was a pretty healthy baby. Haha. You know, ten fingers, ten toes, the whole spiel. <BR> <BR> I was talking to a friend the other day about how I plan to try and stick to Whole30 even when these thirty days are over. I may have a single cupcake and a scoop of ice cream to cele... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:58:33 EST Day 973- Day 25 of Whole30 and One of My Biggest NSV's yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750249 Last night, after reading the supportive comments and suggestions you all offered about my 5k running, I decided to go for another run. <BR> <BR> I'd eaten a pork chop, green beans, and a sweet potato for dinner, and just felt like I had a ton of energy. <BR> <BR> So I set out to run using my playlist from Couch to 5K Week 5. It is a playlist created by some woman and is a bunch of fast pace top 40 and rap, and she comes on and gives you prompts when to walk and when to run. It starts out... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:26:05 EST Day 972- Day 24 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749594 I woke up feeling much better today. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayers and warm thoughts. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to believe that my migraines may just be stress related, meaning I will probably have them most of my life. I just need to try and make my life less stressful. <BR> <BR> As you all know, J.D. is in the job search, and we're getting married in November, so this point of my life is just a stressful time. However, running seems to help me destress as does yoga, so I'm go... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:44 EST Day 971- Day 23 of Whole30...When Migraines Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749167 Today was a pretty crappy day. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a migraine and just felt like giving up. I was so sure that Whole30 would be the cure for my migraines, and yet, now 3 weeks of clean eating, and I wake up with the same stabbing pain behind my left eye. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I'm ever going to get rid of these things. And that makes me sad. I have improved so many parts of my life and yet started getting migraines a year ago, after losing 90 pounds. I just feel so defeated by these ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:45:59 EST Day 970- Day 22 of Whole 30 and a New Driver's License http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748143 So a while back, I wrote a blog about going to a concert and almost being denied because I no longer resembled my driver's license. Well with my 25th birthday just 8 days away, I decided to go and get my license renewed because I'd done my hair nice this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501000268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've come so far, and am so much closer to my goal than I've ever been. I even had them lower my weight to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> Last ni... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:39:58 EST Day 969- Day 20 and Day 21 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747668 I had a successful weekend celebrating J.D.'s grandmother's 85th birthday. I packed a ton of fruit, and cashews. I bought some more hard boiled eggs and ate green beans and potatoes at dinner. <BR> <BR> And I did go fishing and put a worm on the hook. I even caught two bluegills! And J.D. didn't catch a thing! I almost felt bad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2130814208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After fishing, we headed back to the hotel to shower before the birthday... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:14:43 EST Day 967- Day 19 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746378 I'm lazy. Not in the I don't like to exercise way, but in the I don't like to meal prep way. <BR> <BR> Before Whole30, I was a ranch dressing abuser. Carrots, cauliflower and broccoli were not safe around me if I had ranch dressing. <BR> <BR> But now that I'm not using ranch dressing, it is incredibly hard for me to eat plain raw carrots, cauliflower or broccoli. <BR> <BR> I know what you're thinking. So cook them Jan-Marie! <BR> <BR> But this is where the laziness comes into play. The... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:39:15 EST Day 966- Day 18 of Whole30...When Life Happened http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745553 Don't Worry! I didn't ruin my Whole30! <BR> <BR> But I did have a moment of panic this morning. About 15 seconds after turning on the stove to heat up my pan for my scrambled eggs this morning, I heard a loud boom and my house went dark. I turned around to my dad sitting at the kitchen table and muttered..."stupid squirrels." We frequently lose power due to our transformers blowing, due to squirrels on the wires. Well that little guy gave his life, and in the process, prevented me from fixin... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:27:38 EST Day 965- Day 17 of Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745029 Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions on my last blog about our honeymoon. <BR> <BR> With J.D. still in the job search, we are going to hold off on booking anything right now since we don't know how much time he'll be able to take off after the wedding if he's in a new job. <BR> <BR> But we researched many of your suggestions last night and are excited for our options. Even if we don't get to take our honeymoon this November, we've decided that if we have to wait a year to be able to take a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:43 EST Day 964- Day 16 of Whole30 and Another NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744224 Last night, like I said in yesterday's blog, I went for a run. <BR> <BR> But instead of running for distance, I decided to try and run for speed, and see what I was capable of. I was also breaking in new shoes which was a reason I decided to just time my mile. <BR> <BR> And this happened. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2022414085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've never ran a mile in under 8 minutes. Even in middle school when I was probably the closest to a healthy we... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:26:23 EST