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 2037- Summer Sickness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385280 I don't know how I do it, but I somehow always seem to get sick at least once a summer. This time it started on Monday, and I thought it was allergies but it got progressively worse. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be an upper respiratory infection and a double ear infection. <BR> <BR> And let me tell you, being sick with a 2 month old baby is rough. <BR> <BR> I don't want to get him sick, but I keep coughing and blowing my nose. I'm terrified he will get it, but apparently any antibodies my... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:51:35 EST Day 2031- 6 Years, 7 Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382901 6 Years and 7 Months adds up to 2031 days on SparkPeople. How crazy is that? <BR> <BR> When I started this journey December 3, 2011, I was 275 pounds and miserable. <BR> <BR> My lowest weight ever was on my 25th birthday, when I weighed 173.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> The day I gave birth to my son Henry, April 25, 2017, I was 280 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today I'm 238.4. <BR> <BR> This journey has definitely been a roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I was gone the last month, and I apologize for that. I ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 16:52:21 EST Day 2001- Another Whole30 Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370232 So Henry has sounded very congested the past few days, so I went to the doctor on Wednesday and we discussed how he's been spitting up and throwing up. She said it may be because of the dairy I consume, and suggested I go off it to see how he reacts. So I decided why not do another Whole 30, because as JMB369 pointed out, there is a whole section in the book "It Starts With Food" the Whole 30 book, that says it's fine to do Whole30 while breastfeeding. I just have to increase my calories and ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:44:56 EST Day 1996- How 10 Years Were Almost Gone In A Second http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368254 On Saturday May 27, 2017, J.D. and I celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary. I am so lucky to be with a man whom I love more and more each day. <BR> <BR> However, on Wednesday, May 24th, J.D. was riding his bike home from work, as he does most days, when a woman tried to pass him on the left due to a road closure and then turned right in front of him causing J.D. to collide with her vehicle, separating his AC joint (collarbone from shoulder blade) and breaking a ton of cartilage around h... Mon, 29 May 2017 20:51:48 EST Day 1979- Now About My Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361122 And now the blog we've all been waiting for. <BR> <BR> Actually I doubt that. I don't think there are very many SparkPeople who actually want to see people fail. <BR> <BR> And I don't really feel as though I've failed. I originally joined SparkPeople because I wanted to lose weight for my wedding and ultimately to become a Mom. And I did that. At my highest weight before SP, I was 275 pounds. I got down to 173 at my lowest and maintained for a long time in the 180s-190s. <BR> <BR> In 20... Fri, 12 May 2017 17:29:11 EST Day 1973- Welcome to the World Henry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358409 On April 25, 2017 our lives changed forever. At 12:15 am, Henry entered the world at 7lbs, 9 oz and 19.75 inches long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/978445c6-8ea0-4d5e-951b-9b1e5304ca6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/954ca2c3-2d55-4108-afa8-200acfa9ae42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I had a c-section which I will tell you about below. But I think everyone wants the pictures first so I'll show you those first. <BR> <BR> I h... Sat, 6 May 2017 10:58:24 EST Day 1958- Well, Looks Like Sunday/Monday is the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351672 I had a follow up appointment on Thursday to check my blood pressure again. It was 135/88. Too high for the doctor's liking. After much discussion (which I greatly appreciated) the doctor I saw on Thursday convinced me that it is in both mine and the baby's best interest to induce labor Sunday night. <BR> <BR> With my elevated blood pressure, waiting for natural labor could have negative effects on the baby such as lower fluid levels as well as poor flow from the placenta to the baby, and s... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:38:20 EST Day 1956- Scary Day Yesterday But I'm Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350689 Sunday night I started getting a migraine, which I'd been lucky enough to have avoided for 16 weeks. I tried to deal with it all day Monday, taking magnesium and staying hydrated as directed by my doctor, as well as taking some Benadryl with the hopes of sleep overtaking the pain. However, halfway through the night on Monday, my icepacks which usually dull the pain, began to intensify my pain, so I stopped using the icepacks. <BR> <BR> I lasted until about 12 on Tuesday before calling my OB... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:43:48 EST Day 1934- Good News From The Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340349 I had my ultrasound today to check to see if the baby was breech and if my placenta was too low. Discussion of a c-section would have been the result had either of those been the case, however, Baby Bobcat is head down and my placenta moved up, so we are all good to go for a natural birth for now. <BR> <BR> The only thing I'm currently struggling with is water retention (especially in my hands and feet which can make typing an issue so please excuse any typos) and shortness of breath. The d... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:36:07 EST Day 1930- It's Been A While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338266 Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Jan-Marie, and I joined Sparkpeople in December of 2011, weighing 275 pounds incredibly unhappy with myself. I was in graduate school and finally felt ready to commit to something. <BR> <BR> Over the course of the first year, I lost 91 pounds, eventually hitting 100+ pounds down in 2013 and again in 2014. In fall of 2014, I married my best friend and boyfriend of 7 years, J.D., and we moved to Michigan. I successfully maint... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:11:57 EST Day 1874- Fingers Crossed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306093 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> It's crazy how fast the days seem to pass. I'm now 26 weeks pregnant. This pic is from a few weeks back. Some days I feel like I barely look pregnant, just overweight. Other days, the bump is out in full form. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1aeeb737-128f-4c2f-8d56-0fcbd54ac810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been a bit worried about my weight, but I haven't gained any in the past few weeks. I actually had a 4 pound loss last week, but I'm still over... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:32:45 EST Day 1850- Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290453 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had happy holidays and enjoyed celebrating the New Year. If you remember, last year started with a bang for me, when J.D. and I were in a hit and run car accident that totaled my car. This year was much more boring, just staying in our apartment with a few friends watching football and the ball drop. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I didn't update in December. I never expected to be so affected by pregnancy. I'm just exhausted all the time. I was hoping to have mo... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:08:11 EST Day 1814- I'm Okay! And Back in Ohio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273346 Wow, a month away! <BR> <BR> Sorry to have been gone so long. It has been a whirlwind. <BR> <BR> Last I wrote, we finally had confirmation that J.D. had a job and we were moving back to Ohio. <BR> <BR> And now, as I'm typing, I'm sitting in the library I literally grew up in. My mom worked at the local library, and I spent most of my childhood reading books and playing on the computers when I wasn't in school. <BR> <BR> We are BACK in Ohio. <BR> <BR> Our house is for sale in Michigan... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:35:57 EST 1782- What They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257998 First off, I don't know who "they" are that I'm referencing. Especially since I've spent hours upon hours reading pregnancy forums comparing symptoms, looking at ultrasounds, asking for advice. <BR> <BR> However, today I decided to come back to SparkPeople. For many reasons. One was that a very kind SparkFriend sent me a lovely message today and reminded me of why SparkPeople is so good for me. Another SparkFriend who I'm also Facebook friends with wrote a really nice post about how I inspi... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:59:39 EST Day 1768- Busy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250846 Hi Everyone. I'm sorry I've been away. Last weekend was Homecoming and I had an amazing time celebrating. I've included the video that they played at the football game. <BR> <BR> I'll try to post another blog with pictures later. <BR> <BR> Life is getting very hectic, as J.D. received his job offer in Ohio (but still no start date) so we're starting the process of trying to sell our house, and figuring out our living arrangements when we get back. Life is good! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:35:18 EST Day 1752- I Won Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242726 I won the contest! They called me yesterday and officially named me Cheermeister! I'm super excited about it. <BR> <BR> I now get to lead the pep rally on Thursday (10/6/16) night and attend a black tie Alumni Awards Gala Friday night. Saturday morning, I'm the Grand Marshal of the parade with my own lead car at the front of the parade and I'm announced at the football game where they play my video! I am SO excited. <BR> <BR> Now I just have to get to work editing my video down. The origi... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:42 EST Day 1751- Expect the Unexpected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242015 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I've been missing for two weeks. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I'm alive and well. <BR> <BR> In fact this weekend, I ran my September race to continue my streak of 23 months in a row running some sort of race. <BR> <BR> In August I ran a 1 mile race called "Run for the Rolls" that was almost rained out. I was actually running to the finish line when the lightening and thunder started. I got 2nd in my age group. But there were only 4 of us in my age gr... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:03 EST Day 1738- Yet Another Migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235161 I've had a migraine since Sunday. <BR> <BR> It just won't go away. <BR> <BR> Have been trying to sleep it off to no avail. <BR> <BR> Doctor has now suggested Magnesium Oxide tablets. <BR> <BR> And I may check out getting a daith piercing which has helped some migraine sufferers. <BR> <BR> Still alive. Just miserable. Love you all. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:25:10 EST Day 1731- And Sometimes You Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231093 Exhibit A: Go on a weekend trip and forget your Fitbit Charger. It makes it a bit hard to track your steps. <BR> <BR> However, this weekend was a wonderful celebration. J.D.'s grandpa turned 90 years old! I did a terrible job at tracking food. <BR> <BR> Actually I didn't even try. <BR> <BR> I haven't been feeling good. <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment on Friday, and I'm hoping to have some answers. <BR> <BR> Ugh. Life is just life sometimes, huh? Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:22:54 EST Day 1726- New Month, New Chance To Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228277 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the love on yesterday's blog. In case you missed it, I'm entering a contest to be Ohio University's biggest fan. I shared a link, but I think I have a better one today. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story<BR>_fbid=10154335410645734&id=502960733&h<BR>c_location=ufi </link> <BR> <BR> I should have added yesterday, that you will only be able to "like" my video (or even view it for that matter) if you also have a Facebook account. I w... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:20:20 EST Day 1725- New Bobcat Contest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227847 I'm not having a contest, I'm entering one! <BR> <BR> Remember before my wedding how I entered a contest to win wedding stationary using a photo of J.D. and myself in the middle of Ohio University's football field? And I needed likes to make the finals. Well you guys got me enough likes to reach the finals and the judges chose me! I seriously believe it was because of all of your love. <BR> <BR> Well my wonderful Alma Mater, Ohio University, is having a contest for the ultimate Ohio Unive... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:07:48 EST Day 1721- Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224966 I'm sorry for my absence. I've just been struggling with coming up with anything to write lately. <BR> <BR> I don't feel inspired. Or inspirational. <BR> <BR> I mostly just feel blah. <BR> <BR> I'm upset about how I feel I'm being treated at work. But rather than try to do anything about it, I keep holding out hope that my husband's job will come through and I'll be able to put in my notice. <BR> <BR> I'm homesick. We've been visiting our families often, and every time we go back to Da... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:49:55 EST Day 1710- There's Cheesecake In The Break Room And Other Horrible Phrases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218480 I'm kidding. I won't include any other horrible phrases. <BR> <BR> That phrase popped up in my email at work today. <BR> <BR> And I felt my body getting out of my chair and thought, "Why are you standing up, you don't need cheesecake." <BR> <BR> And as I walked down the hall to the break room, I continued to think "Why are you doing this, don't you feel how tight your pants are right now?" <BR> <BR> And when I walked into the break room and saw no cheesecake on the table I thought, "Goo... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:20:08 EST Day 1699- July Race Complete and My 27th Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212092 When I joined SparkPeople, I was 22 years old. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be my 27th birthday. <BR> <BR> After my first year with SparkPeople, if you would have told me that I still wouldn't be at goal at age 27, I would have said you were crazy. I was on such a roll, there was no way I wouldn't be at goal weight soon. <BR> <BR> But I would have been wrong. <BR> <BR> What I do have is a 21 month streak of completing races, almost 4 years of maintaining at least a 60 pound weight loss and... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 10:38:48 EST Day 1693- Keeping Things In Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208794 Warning ahead of time. This will be a very rambly (I don't think that's a word) blog. <BR> <BR> Seriously, I'm about to be all over the place, so maybe get yourself a map. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday I weighed back in at 213.8. Ugh. This whole lifestyle change and journey never gets easier. And I need to realize that. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel exactly like the old me. Disgusted with how tight my clothes are and mad at what I see in the mirror. And then I go for a run, and do a mile without... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:15:21 EST Day 1692- Did I Fall Off A Cliff? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208140 No. No I did not. Not literally at least. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful trip to Yellowstone last week, and here are a bunch of pictures! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bafb4f51-f551-46dc-be40-c42d9e334a70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2daa0921-7063-4b90-bbeb-e1a471603363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a920ddd7-eb6c-4ca4-af3d-b3e4541fa6c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:26:27 EST Day 1680- Time To Heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201690 Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> I attempted to go back to work on Wednesday, and midway through the day, I started to get a pounding headache, so I returned to my family doctor's office. Although my doctor was out, the physician I saw suggested I take the rest of the week off work to recover. The past two days have been spent mostly laying low, keeping fluids in me, and eating whatever we had left in the house. That involved oatmeal for breakfast, some ground beef and veggies for lunch, and defrost... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:37:23 EST Day 1675- Can't Catch a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199285 Ouch. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, J.D. and I went mountain biking. We'd been a few times previously, and I had enjoyed it. It's a little more exciting than just biking on the bike path. <BR> <BR> Last night, J.D. took me to a new bike path that he'd been on a few times. Only a minute or two into the path, I came down a steep hill and lost control, going off the path. I hit a tree and my bike got caught in the brush, and I was launched over my handlebars. I landed on my head/neck and face and was... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:56:51 EST Day 1674- What The World Needs Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198731 Some silence is truly deafening. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks, the events in the U.S. have made me truly sad. And I find myself at a loss for words. One, because while I could mean well, many things I could say could hurt or offend others and that worries me. Secondly, as a white heterosexual female, I don't know what it's like to be targeted for my sexuality, or be treated as less than a person due to my race. <BR> <BR> While I can't relate, I can be sad. The night after the shootin... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:25:56 EST Day 1661- Would It Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191242 First, I'm not entirely sure that I haven't already blogged about this, and I don't have the time to go back and read through my past few months, so if this is a repeat, I'm sorry. <BR> <BR> How many of you have seen the movie Bridge of Spies? <BR> <BR> I won't spoil it for you, but one part of the movie has stayed with me since I watched it months ago. <BR> <BR> At one point, an older gentleman is captured as a spy, and is being taken into custody and interrogated. His appointed lawyer... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:09 EST Day 1660- Going Into Hiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190502 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm not really going into hiding. I just have things going on that I don't feel comfortable blogging about. <BR> <BR> I've spent the past 4 years with a pretty open door into my life and now that I have things that are taking a lot of out of me, exhausting me, and are things I'd rather keep private, I don't feel like I have a ton to write about. <BR> <BR> It seems ironic that my life has become so stressful right now, a few weeks after I wrote a blog asking why peop... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:10:21 EST 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