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 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 Day 963- Day 13, 14 and 15 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743383 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Sorry the weekends always seem to slip by me. This weekend was yet another wedding! And unfortunately, instead of fruits and veggies at the cocktail hour, there were cheese, meat and crackers and croissant ham and cheese pinwheels. <BR> <BR> Luckily I had eaten a lot of fruit and almonds before we got there so I was able to make it to dinner. But that consisted of cheesy pasta, breaded chicken cutlets, corn, mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. <BR> <BR> I had J.... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:21:50 EST Day 960- Day 12 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741435 I've made it! I've made it past the most difficult days of Whole30. My body is adjusting well, but my greatest improvement is my mind. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had an open house at work, and there was water, lemonade, tea, pretzels, popcorn and cookies for all involved. And I drank my water, and was completely fine. <BR> <BR> I'm realizing now, that the reason that I've been stuck in the 175-198 range since December of 2011, is because of choices I made. Every time I ate those cookies, or t... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:55:38 EST Day 959- Day 11 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740731 So I jumped on the scale again this morning and was shocked to see 179.4. That's 11.8 pounds in 10 days! And usually when I get into the 170s it's a dangerous time for me, because I tend to get comfortable. <BR> <BR> But I'm really happy I still have 19 days left of Whole30. I know for a fact that I'm the only person in control of my weight and my health, and when this Whole30 is over, there is no reason for me to go on some binge to eat all the foods I wasn't eating. I don't really have hu... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:09:56 EST Day 958- Day 10 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740185 According to the Whole30 timeline, day 10-11 of Whole30 are when the majority of people quit. <BR> <BR> I don't feel like quitting. I'm having no problem eating the food I'm currently eating. It tastes good and it's good for me. <BR> <BR> What I am getting is nervous. Nervous about reintroducing the old parts of my nutrition back in. I'm a huge fan of dairy. I love milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. But it's obvious I can survive and thrive without them. I'm terrified that when I add som... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:00:31 EST Day 957- Day 8 and 9 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739295 So as I said in yesterday's blog, I've decided to tackle my daily weighin habit some other time. I'm focusing this entire Whole30 on my relationship with food. <BR> <BR> Well this morning when I weighed in I was 181.2. That's 10 pounds down since last Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to have found <link>www.whole30.com </link> because I think this way of eating will definitely help me reach my final goals before my wedding. <BR> <BR> Which is four months from today! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:10:51 EST Day 955- Day 6 and 7 of Whole30 and Wedding Dress Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738195 Wow. <BR> <BR> Can I just say, every time you hear about something "changing your life" it's really easy to brush it off and assume that its just a cheesy ploy to get you to spend money. <BR> <BR> However, after this weekend, I really feel like Whole30 may be changing my life. <BR> <BR> I apologize in advance for the length of this blog as I feel I could probably go on forever, but I am making up for a missed day yesterday, so bear with me Sparkfriends. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Frida... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:13:06 EST Day 953- Day 5 of Whole30 and BodPod Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736565 First off, the chicken apple sausage I eat is by Chef Bruce. Here's what the packaging looks like for all of you that are interested in trying it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.aidells.com/products </link> <BR> <BR> It's really delicious, and I found it at Kroger! <BR> <BR> Last night for dinner, I put some of the remaining meat, tomatoes and peppers over lettuce and made a taco salad. It was great, and is also what I'm having for lunch today! <BR> <BR> This morning for breakfast, I was sadly ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:55:16 EST Day 952- Day 4 of Whole 30 and Another Trip to the BodPod http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736013 Hi friends! <BR> <BR> I forgot that I scheduled a BodPod appt for myself awhile back until my phone reminder went off today. So I will be doing that, and that means I'll find out my weight. This doesn't mean I have to restart Whole30, but I do intend to continue avoiding the scale for the rest of my 30 days. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely sleeping better. I'm not sure what I was eating before that was causing me to toss and turn, but sleeping through the night is an awesome feeling. I'm also fee... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:18:54 EST Day 951- Day 3 of Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735209 I survived another day! <BR> <BR> It's funny to me that I keep thinking that every day I go eating clean is "surviving." <BR> <BR> Just shows how unhealthy my relationship with ice cream, buttered rolls, and all the other stuff I used to eat on an almost daily basis is. <BR> <BR> Hopefully at the end of 30 days, I will be able to have ice cream as a treat when I want it, but won't crave it daily like I used to. <BR> <BR> I've noticed on my past blog that some people said they didn't kno... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:33:04 EST Day 950- Day 2 of Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734515 Yesterday was pretty easy. <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had an egg and onion scramble with salsa, and some raspberries and blueberries. <BR> <BR> For lunch, I mashed up an avocado and added salt and lime juice, and used it as a dip for my carrots and broccoli. I also had about 8 oz of tuna, and a Larabar-Key Lime. <BR> <BR> Larabars are delicious and made of whole food ingredients such as dates, almonds, apples, walnuts, etc. <BR> <BR> For dinner, I was in a bit of a rush. I auditioned f... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:34:04 EST Day 949- Deciding to do Whole30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733649 Today, I start Whole30. <BR> <BR> After so many blogs about my weight and size and whether or not I should just stay where I am, I had a wonderful 4th of July with family and friends. <BR> <BR> And this morning I weighed 191.2. <BR> <BR> I decided this weekend that my relationship with the scale is unhealthy, and my relationship with food could definitely be improved. After some research and hearing about it from others, I've decided to try the Whole30 program. <BR> <BR> If you'd like... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:13:19 EST Day 944- My Trip to San Francisco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730622 Hello Sparkfriends! Long time no blog! <BR> <BR> My last blog entry was a joyous one, reaching a size 8, even when the scale read 185. <BR> <BR> And during my trip to San Francisco, I realized how fit I really am. J.D. and I walked about 7-8 miles a day while there, something I would have never done at 275 pounds. We rode bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and hiked to the beach. I'm so active now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943571896.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:34:03 EST Day 934- I'm a SINGLE DIGIT for the First Time in my Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723254 Hello Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> In my previous blog, I talked about how I had to figure out how to reach my goal, or learn to ignore the scale if I was reaching all the goals I set for myself. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday morning I decided to run a 5k in my neighborhood. And I beat my PR from last weekend by a whole minute! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027733893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even at over 180 pounds, I'm able to run close to a 10 minute mile, pretty consist... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:43:36 EST Day 931- What Will I Do Differently This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721418 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> So I'm back at 181.6 this morning. This 175-189 range seems to be where I give up or get comfortable at every time. How many separate times have I been here? Well let's look at my info page... <BR> <BR> 10/29/12 <BR> 11/12/12-12/24/12 <BR> 1/7/13-3/18/13 <BR> 7/22/13-Present. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I consider it a plateau, and other times I just consider it my weakness. <BR> <BR> I understand that some people's body just settle in at a weight that is easy to maint... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:09:53 EST Day 928- A Lesson in Self Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719004 Sometimes, my mind just refuses to cooperate. <BR> <BR> I was down to 181.8 last week, and then for some reason, I just wanted to eat like crap again. It wasn't the amount of crap that I ate at my bachelorette party. And I know, another day of eating right and drinking water will have me down again, but I have to wonder what triggers these urges. <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not where I want to be for my wedding yet. So I'm constantly working towards that goal. <BR> <BR> This Saturday, I g... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:04:25 EST Day 925- Huge Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717079 So yesterday, I stopped at the mall on the way home to return a few things and ended up seeing this bathing suit top that I loved on sale. <BR> <BR> I've owned one other two piece since I lost weight, and I only wore it in the privacy of my back yard or to swim at J.D.'s friend's house, where I knew there would be no judgement. So I decided to try on this suit, just to see if it fit and if I felt comfortable in it. Well I tried it on and looked in the mirror and thought, hey not half bad. I... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:07:14 EST Day 923- Water Weight Coming Right Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715556 Just a very brief update since all of you were so right. <BR> <BR> Like I said in my last blog, I wasn't shocked or even panicked when I saw 189.2 on Monday morning because I knew it wasn't REAL weight gain. Tuesday morning I saw 186.6, 2.6 pounds down, and this morning I saw 183.6, another 3 pounds down. 5.6 pounds in two days. I did 40 minutes of cardio Monday evening, and weight trained yesterday. I also ate my normal menu. <BR> <BR> And so losing 5.6 REAL pounds just isn't what happen... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:47:31 EST Day 921- Awesome Bachelorette Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714010 Well thank you to all of those suggestions and prayers you sent my way. <BR> <BR> Miraculously, after a massage Friday evening, I somehow managed to run my 5k the next morning with my Maid of Honor Grace. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038820659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128117214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1972315399.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:10:39 EST Day 918- In So Much Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711954 Dear Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Please pray for me and my back. Yesterday, J.D. decided he wanted to try rock climbing at our gym. I decided to attempt too. I tried twice and the first time made it about halfway, and the second time, made it about 3/4 of the way to the top. J.D. made it to the top all 4 times. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955915912.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261749161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But now I'm in a ton... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:08:40 EST