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 1654- Another Car Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186785 I'm okay. I'll start out with that. <BR> <BR> I just seem to have some bad luck lately. <BR> <BR> I went home this weekend for a memorial service for my father's dissertation advisor. My dad receive all three of his degrees from Ohio University, and this man was a wonderful man who invited me up to dinner with his wife, when I attended over 40 years after my father. It was nice to spend Father's Day weekend with my dad in a town we both love. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:33:47 EST Day 1647- One Bad Meal Does Not a Bad Week Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182835 Sorry for the absence. There is just a lot going on in my life right now, that I hope to share about soon, but can't right now. <BR> <BR> Nope, still not pregnant, so no need to wonder about that. <BR> <BR> Today was my weekly meeting at work for weight loss. Something she said I thought was really interesting. <BR> <BR> I've always gone back to that quote about "If you get a flat tire, do you jump out and slash the other three tires?" That was what I tried to think about when I have a ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:08:19 EST Day 1640- Why Did You Leave SparkPeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178401 It's a silly title for a blog, since the people I'm asking it to probably aren't reading it. But it's something that's been on my mind recently. I just can't ever imagine a point in my life where I'm not using the app, reading articles, and staying in contact with my SparkFriends. But tons of people do it! <BR> <BR> We all know that SparkFriend who was so influential early on in our journey, and how they may have suddenly disappeared, stopped blogging, and their status hasn't been updated i... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:48:59 EST Day 1639- June So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177701 Well, it hasn't been my most successful month yet, but I'm still noticing changes that I like, so I'm not counting it as a loss. <BR> <BR> I'm not great at No-Junk June. I'm still eating mostly well, but I have more treats then I would like. I've decided to swear off peanut butter for the rest of the month because I've been eating a heaping spoonful with a banana as dessert for too many days. <BR> <BR> I have been making sure to stay active every day. This weekend that meant a ton of hous... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:12:27 EST Day 1635- Who Needs Washed Hair? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175072 Yesterday was a successful day. <BR> <BR> I wanted to eat junk around 2pm but just munched on some almonds. <BR> <BR> I got home and had dinner and then went for a jog around the neighborhood with J.D. He hasn't done much running since his back surgery a few years ago, but since he's down almost 70 pounds he decided to try to slowly ease back in to running. We took it at an easy pace, and it started to sprinkle as we finished up. <BR> <BR> After our run, I headed to the gym with the arm... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:38:45 EST Day 1634- Triathlon Recap and June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174293 Thank you all so much for the kind words on my last blog. I wrote it quickly after my triathlon, just so you all knew I survived. :) <BR> <BR> Here are a few better pics from the weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/294f537e-b744-4a8c-a346-8f74ffe480bd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is my best friend Grace. She was the once who convinced me we should do a triathlon together. <BR> <BR> The worst part of the whole weekend, was that she borrowed a friend's bike (who ha... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:11:10 EST Day 1630- Sprint Triathlon Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b333c724-9752-470e-b3e7-f6867fcd423e.jpg"> I did it. I swam 400 meters, biked 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) and ran 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). I'm not sure how long it took as the results still haven't been posted. But I think I made my 2 hour goal. I cannot believe my body was capable of this. I always get emotional when I'm racing and I see people cheering me on. Five years ago, I would never have imagined that I would complete a triathlon. ... Sat, 28 May 2016 16:01:02 EST Day 1626- Successful Weekend But a Migraine Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169378 Ugh. This blog won't be very long because my head is killing me and looking at the computer screen doesn't help. I took my migraine meds last night before bed, but woke up with it still. I even dreamed about having a migraine...because it was still hurting as I slept apparently. It makes me nauseous so I guess I don't have to worry about overeating today. That's a different story from this weekend. <BR> <BR> For whatever reason, when I went home this weekend, I didn't stick as close to my w... Tue, 24 May 2016 09:34:38 EST Day 1619 - My Race, Rust Ring, Renovations and Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164941 I think I honestly like blogging less often, because I have more to talk about that way. However, it's probably not great for all of you to have to read a novel every time I post... <BR> <BR> I'll try to condense my thoughts a bit. <BR> <BR> First, Friday night, we went out to the Japanese restaurant. I ordered a California Roll and an Asparagus Roll. The asparagus roll was literally just asparagus and rice rapped in seaweed, and the California Roll is avocado, cucumber, rice and imitation... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:45:41 EST Day 1615- Can I Bottle This Mindset? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162186 I swear. <BR> <BR> I don't know how I got here, but I don't ever want to leave. <BR> <BR> For the first time in this entire journey, I honestly feel like I'm not going to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been here for 4 years and had some very successful months of success, but in the back of my mind, I always saw myself regaining and failing at some point. <BR> <BR> This could be due to my numerous failures before, or just a lack of self confidence.... Fri, 13 May 2016 12:55:56 EST Day 1613- My Return To Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160778 The last time I was in Onederland was six months ago in November of 2015. <BR> <BR> Why I didn't do something the first time I stepped on that scale and saw 200, I'll never know. Maybe it was the stressful hours of my job. Maybe it was me thinking it was a fluke, but over the past 6 months my weight crept up at one point seeing 215.8. I couldn't believe that after losing over 100 pounds, I'd let myself regain 40 pounds. <BR> <BR> It was as if setting a goal of losing 100 pounds was the on... Wed, 11 May 2016 11:26:10 EST Day 1612- How To Survive The Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160184 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> So sorry for my absence last week! I was just so busy walking around Paris and Rome, that when I got back to the apartment each night, I basically went to bed. It was an AMAZING trip. <BR> <BR> I'm going to insert the link to my Facebook album, which you should be able to see even if you're not on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s<BR>et=a.10154015042660734.1073741847.5029<BR>60733&type=1&l=b60d0c1bf0 </link> <BR> <BR> So that al... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:13:32 EST Day 1604: Bonjour from Paris! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154881 Just a quick update of our trip so far! I plan to post a big blog with all my pictures once I'm back but just wanted to check in real quick! <BR> <BR> Love you all! Mon, 2 May 2016 14:57:28 EST Day 1600- All My Vlogs in One LONG VLog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152160 <BR> So I've recently been inspired by DAWNSUCCESS. If you haven't been watching her vlogs, you are missing out. She is just great. Here's a link to her page: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DA<BR>WNSUCCESS </link> <BR> <BR> Watching her, I was reminded of the video blogs that I've done during my journey, and last night I sat down and watched them all. It's very interesting to notice how my face changed, how my confidence and demeanor changed throughout my journey. I can almost e... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:38:27 EST Day 1599- Has My Mindset Changed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151306 Real quick before I get to the real meat of the blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a lot of you asked how my bet with J.D. was going. <BR> <BR> For those of you just tuning in, I made a bet with J.D. that while doing Whole30, I'd also work to get 90 miles in those 30 days. Which again, would have been easy had I done 3 miles a day. <BR> <BR> But I slacked off. In the beginning and have been playing catch up ever since. <BR> <BR> So here I am, on day 28, with three days left to get...20.4 mile... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:52:30 EST Day 1598- Wrapping up April and Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150603 I'm sorry that I haven't updated in a week. J.D. and I are going full steam ahead on our home renovations, so that's what I spend most of my evenings doing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83de7f91-1b08-46b8-9a82-3701a6c9cf98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> J.D. started laying tile on Sunday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c337f214-59db-4bf7-9760-d3427e75b33c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I volunteered to help last night, forgetting how messy tiling can be. Luck... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:14:35 EST Day 1591- This Blog's For You, Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145618 Many of you have been following my blog since I joined back in December of 2011, and that is so amazing to me. If you have, you've probably read at least one or two blogs that I've writted that mentioned that my wonderful mother also joined the site as WVAWACKADOO. (Wackadoo was a phrase we always used when we felt crazy, and she's from West Virginia so that's how she settled on that name). She joined the site the day after me in an effort to also get control of her weight and her health. <B... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:13:29 EST Day 1585- Who's Ever Said "Man I Regret That Workout" ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141557 Bathroom renovations continue, which means when I get home, I make and eat dinner, and then I dive back into the newest project in my bathroom. <BR> <BR> We decided to go with a lighter gray thanks to all your input! I was already wavering on the very dark colors, so I found a shade called Pewter Mug, instead of Dark Pewter, that I bought a sample of and tried out on the wall. I think it looks good with the tile and also the granite counter tops we hope to install. I also painted the oak va... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:49:50 EST Day 1583- Dragging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139742 I am exhausted. <BR> <BR> And I haven't done anything to earn being exhausted. <BR> <BR> The only thing I can figure out is that maybe because of Whole30, I'm not eating many carbs or sugars, which may have been things I derived energy from previously. <BR> <BR> Last night, I even went to bed relatively early, around 10:30. And got up around 6:15, and yet even with almost 8 hours of sleep, my eyelids feel so heavy, and I keep yawning. <BR> <BR> Oh well, hopefully I'll wake up soon. <B... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:22:32 EST Day 1578- Let's Make It Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136321 So far so good! Yesterday's blog wasn't featured this morning so it may correspond to the like button! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about the fact that there are so many of us on here that probably have a few Sparkfriends who really inspire us or have had great success on their indivdiual journeys, I have WAY too many to possibly even name a fraction of them. But I was thinking, maybe I'll just start listing a few on each blog so that hopefully they will also be able to inspire you. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:28:32 EST Day 1577- DO NOT READ THIS BLOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135579 This is a test..Well I guess it's more of an experiment. If you're reading this, then you thought the title was a joke. Which it kind of is. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I was reading a SparkFriend's blog from a few days ago. She is facing regain just like myself and I wanted to see how she was doing. While reading the blog, I realized she made reference to who I can only assume is me. She was very positive, and I'm thankful for that. She also stated that there is no longer a Spark Poster Child, ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:33:58 EST Day 1576- Whole30 at Home And Need Your Input http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134744 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I succeeded in staying Whole30 while home this weekend! <BR> <BR> It involved walking around with fresh produce in my purse, but hey whatever works. <BR> <BR> Also, I discovered a love for frittatas. I was using a cast iron skillet, grilled some onions, peppers and Bruce Aidell's Chicken and Apple Sausage (which I buy at Target or Kroger, super delicious) and then poured in some scrambled eggs and baked in the oven for 10 minutes at 375. It was delicious! J.D. lov... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:39:30 EST Day 1572- Here It Is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131806 So. <BR> <BR> Here's my new website. <BR> <BR> <link>www.lifeisajamboree.com </link> <BR> <BR> Get it? <BR> <BR> Jan-Marie, Jamboree? <BR> <BR> Maybe that's just a midwest thing, but people always ask if I said Jamboree when I introduce myself. <BR> <BR> Anywho, J.D. and I are headed home this weekend so staying Whole30 compliant at home will be a challenge, but a challenge that I'm up to. <BR> <BR> I will attempt to blog every day, either on here or my website. <BR> <BR> Al... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:06:32 EST Day 1571- Change of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130769 Hey Everyone! So much to update you on. <BR> <BR> First, on Wednesday, I broke my tooth! I had a really bad dentist in college, and this is the 4th time something she's done has fallen apart or had to be fixed. Multiple dentists have told me it was shoddy work. So that's great. I rushed to the dentist, who scheduled me for a root canal Monday, which was oh so fun. Not. And then yesterday I had to get some posts put in and a temporary crown to hold me over until my permanent one is done Apri... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:19:43 EST Day 1564- Still Healthier Than I Used To Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125771 First, I got my results back from my ultrasound and everything was normal, no PCOS. So that is a major blessing. <BR> <BR> Though it means I get the blame for the regain and acne. Woohoo. However, I do realize how lucky I am to be in good health. I signed up for the wellness program at my new job and it required that I get some blood work done, as well as pulse and blood pressure screening. <BR> <BR> I've included in parentheses what results they like to see. My results were as follows: <... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:29:47 EST Day 1559- I'm Still Terrible at Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122220 Man. <BR> <BR> I've been busy. My new program is basically being developed as we speak, so every day I'm dealing with new challenges, or questions from students or parents. <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying it, and feel like I'm truly being utilized. I just feel like I never have a free moment. But I could totally blog once I got home, and I really need to work on that. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight this past week, but since I lost over 5 pounds the previous week, I think maybe it's ju... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:18:59 EST Day 1551- When I Know This Works, Why Do I Ever Stop Doing It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115882 *drumroll please* <BR> <BR> 208.2 on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> A week ago, 213.8 stared back at me from the scale. <BR> <BR> That means I'm down 5.6 pounds, in just seven days. <BR> <BR> All thanks to getting in 10,000 steps per day, and tracking all my food. <BR> <BR> I think the greatest part of this week has been that I haven't been restricting myself to the 1200-1500 range like I was when I first started over 4 years ago. I was eating in the adjusted ranges SparkPeople ga... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:19:15 EST Day 1549- Thriving So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114352 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all your kind words on my last blog. <BR> <BR> Regain isn't fun, but I feel like it's only fair that I share ALL parts of my journey with you. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday I committed to getting in 10,000 steps and tracking all the food I ate everyday. <BR> <BR> And I'm proud to say that I've done that for the past 5 days. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first day at my new job. I'm going to be the program coordinator for a new scholarship program,... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 13:36:11 EST Day 1544- This Is What Regain Looks Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110291 Here's my hundredth wake-up call. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2e745f8-c11f-47b8-8f4f-5ff2c89f724a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 275 to a low weight of 173.8, to seeing 213.8 on the scale this morning. It scared me. I cried. I thought about how I feel like I don't deserve all the support and amazing comments I get from all of you. But it opened my eyes. <BR> <BR> When I first started my journey, I kept asking myself how I let myself get to 275 pounds. <BR> <BR> Now aft... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 11:35:15 EST Day 1535- The Wait Is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102940 Well. <BR> <BR> I got the job. <BR> <BR> It starts March 7th! <BR> <BR> I'm very excited. Nervous about building a program from the ground up but excited for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm doing what I call a WholeJan-Marie. It's based on Whole30, meaning its low carb, high protein and tons of fruits and veggies. But I'm also allowing myself small amounts of cheese and greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> No ice cream though, not until a special occasion. <BR> <BR> The latest podcast of Happ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:54:47 EST Day 1531- Fun Weekend Ahead and Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099748 So I interviewed for a position on Monday, and I think it went really well. So now I'm just playing the waiting game for the next week or so. They want someone to start soon, so I'm guessing I'll know by next Friday. <BR> <BR> I'm headed back to Ohio this weekend, but this time, I'll be heading to Athens with one of my best friends to celebrate her birthday. I haven't been back to OU since October 2014, so it has been way too long. I know many of you are probably wondering why a grown woman... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:41:07 EST Day 1527- Obliging Tendancies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096710 Sorry I never updated on Friday. <BR> <BR> This weekend was no good. <BR> <BR> I mean, Thursday night was okay. I swam 400 m, biked 12.5 miles and ran 3.1 miles in 1 hour 55 minutes. That was including changing out of my swimsuit into workout clothes, and wiping down the machines in between. So I think that breaking 2 hours during my real sprint triathlon will be totally possible. <BR> <BR> Friday, we drove back to Ohio, with some snow that caused some accidents. Luckily we made it safe... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 18:42:31 EST 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