BOMBSHELLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOMBSHELLY BOMBSHELLY'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/ Oh Yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596667 I got the letter in the mail today. The one from my husband's employer, informing me of how lucky I am to have the great opportunity to improve my health by working with the care management team this year to set some goals. My "health issue" listed on the letter? WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> Thanks, yeah - I knew that. Now, there will be a financial consequence for failing to meet my goals. Somehow...I'm not feeling so 'lucky'. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless - I shall press on. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:41:29 EST Lazy Blog Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575731 I need one more point for a bonus spin on the Sparkpoints wheel. So, I'm posting this blog. Lazy, I know. Tomorrow's will be better. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:13:25 EST Wow - it's been over a month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529981 Gosh, I've sure not posted in a while. Had a couple weeks of great healthy living, then I got a cold and an ear infection and totally wasn't feeling it any more. <BR> <BR> I'm on the mend now, and after two days of hogging down Halloween candy like a goofball, I'm ready to: <BR> <BR> 1. Pack it away in an inconspicuous place <BR> 2. Remind myself that it belongs to my children, and it doesn't matter if they won't notice a piece missing here and there <BR> 3. Dust off the treadmill <BR> 4. ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:56:04 EST More Fit By Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499957 Today, my 'More Fit by Spring' goals are: <BR> <BR> - drink 8 glasses of water <BR> -stay within calorie range <BR> -12,000 steps on my Fitbit Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:07:32 EST Today's Challenge - No TV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455901 I've not sat and watched TV in weeks. I watch others in my family sit and watch TV while I'm cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, putting away the groceries, and on and on and on. <BR> <BR> Staying away from the computer, however, now THAT would be a challenge for me. Hmmm...in fact, I really don't think I could do it. Limit - yes. Keep away from it entirely, probably not. Guess I should try it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Don't want to. <BR> <BR> But I will. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:10:21 EST Milestone - 20 Pounds~ Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453724 Yesterday, I finally saw it. The number that means I've lost 20 pounds so far. And it's only taken me 2 years of fits and starts! That's okay - I'm motivated to use the momentum and what I've learned thus far to take off the next 20 a whole lot quicker. <BR> <BR> I was, however, very bummed when I attempted to celebrate by buying a new dress online. I went to the website ModCloth, and, as they recommend on many areas of their site, I chatted with a stylist. I gave her my current measurement... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:07:27 EST This Morning, I Amazed Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443099 I have a 'long' route that I run when I'm feeling up to it. I love that route. It's a challenge, and the last time I ran it, I almost ran the whole route without walking. I also have a 'quickie challenging' route, outside of my 'have very little time, but gotta do something' route, which is just around the neighborhood. I usually drive to my 'long' route. But, it connects to my 'quickie challenging' route. Last night, I decided that, since most of what I've done is walk this week, I would be... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:54:51 EST Three Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436312 My Sparkcoach today came with the challenge of listing 3 recent accomplishments, about which I feel good. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Made it to church in a reasonable amount of time today (was only 6 minutes late, instead of the usual 30). <BR> <BR> 2. Successfully cared for the neighbor's fish, plants, and dog while they were away on vacation for the past 3 days. No accidents, and none died. <BR> <BR> 3. Made a really good Tuscan Chicken/Vegetable soup without a recipe. <BR> <BR> Sin... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:44:46 EST Cinderella Syndrome and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434338 For a while now, I've identified with Cinderella on the rare occasions that I plan to go do something fun with a friend or family member, without my kids. I usually do a pretty good job keeping up on housework, but I'm nowhere near perfect. So, when I'm going to be away for an evening or weekend, I absolutely bust my hump making sure that the house is clean, laundry is done, dinner is ready to be served for those left behind, and all of the loose ends tied. It ends up becoming such a stressfu... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:06:52 EST Planning Out Tomorrow's Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420518 Currently, I am on "vacation" with two of my 3 kids, staying with my Mom. Some may say....that doesn't sound like much of a vacation, and in some respects, some would be correct. However, I have learned that vacation is a matter of perspective. My Mom's house is much smaller than my home - which I actually like. There are fewer choices at the grocery store; and there is only one them here. In many ways, things are just more simple here. <BR> <BR> So, planning meals has been both a challenge... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:59:52 EST Packing Our Bags! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412398 Tomorrow, two of my daughters and I will head up to Put in Bay island to stay with my Mom for 2 weeks. I am so excited! My daughters will be attending Nature Camp daily - which they LOVE, and be visiting their Gram, which they DOUBLE LOVE. The island is a very peaceful, restful place. Mom has a great view of the lake. I am excited to take my running shoes, and a bunch of healthy food to make recipes I've learned (and ones not yet tried) from the Spark Solution book. <BR> <BR> I did really w... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:58:42 EST And NOW for Something COMPLETELY Different! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404304 Here I am - day 5 of the Spark Solution challenge. I've been 'here' before. Where is 'here', you ask? Well...let me tell you. <BR> <BR> I've been losing and gaining the same 4 lbs. between 172 and 168 for a while now. When I see 172 on the scale, I get all riled up and decide "today is the day" "that's it, I'm getting back on track!" "enough of this nonsense"! Then, I work really hard, using everything I've learned in the past 2 years or so of on and off Sparking, and I lose those 4 lbs. The... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:36:44 EST Day 2 - Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401911 My calves are crying out...."SHELLY! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO TO ME YESTERDAY?" Hopefully they will feel better tomorrow. Much Ibuprofen today. <BR> <BR> I did the exercises in the Spark Solution today. On behalf of my latent laziness, the one gripe about this deal is that no one set the challenge up so that people who are doing it have access to the recipes on the Sparkpeople database. Have to enter everything each time...and the recipes all have lots of ingredients. On a similar note, fi... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:28:42 EST Spark Solution to Begin On Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398101 Got the book when it first came out, and it's been sitting there collecting dust as I've been juicing up a storm. Yesterday's 'plateau busting' lesson on my Sparkcoach was about detox diets. I've been trying to balance that information with my experience following the 21 day Clean program. The nutritionist, Becky Hand, was pretty brutal about how detox diets and juice fasts are a bunch of crap (my words, not hers). But, I had a lot of success with the Clean program, which is meant to be tempo... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:10:24 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396220 There is a local ice cream/candy 'joint' in my neighborhood that has fun themed deals on Wednesdays during the summer, a wheel to spin with prizes, and fun activities for the kids. They've dubbed it "Wacky Wednesdays". My neighbors and I have decided that during the summer, we would enjoy the sunshine (when available) and parade with our kids along the 2 mile trek to partake in 'Wacky Wednesday'. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was sure "Wacky" alright. We were all walking on the sidewalk when th... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:02:44 EST My Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384154 Today's Sparkcoach lesson on my plateau busting program was about the possibility of over-exercising contributing to ones' plateau. <BR> <BR> I don't think that's the case for me. <BR> <BR> I run 30-45 minutes, which I think equates to between 2 and 4 miles, depending on the route and amount of time I take, 4-5 times a week, on a good week. Many weeks, I only run 3 days, but generally, I try to get a few quick walks around the block (about a mile) a few other days if it's an "only able to r... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:42:13 EST Yesterday Was Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381256 It was the first day of summer break for my oldest (entering 3rd grade next year). The morning started out pretty good. I woke up early and had time to do my Spark Coach first thing, wake myself up with some tea, quiet moments, reflection, planning time and a healthy smoothie. The only major challenge I was experiencing was excruciating back pain. Somehow, when I was cleaning the kitchen/filling spice containers in my cabinet (up and down on step stool) the day before, I moved the wrong way a... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:50:22 EST Back to Spring Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378770 Today, I'm going to start a 2nd round of Clean. I've started slipping back into bad habits, and I absolutely do not want them to take hold of me again. <BR> <BR> I did not have energy to get up and run this morning, I've been cranky the last several days, have not been enjoying the same ultra-upbeat state of being, nor the mental clarity. I made an apple bacon pie yesterday and ate too much of it for dinner. Boy, was it good! And, snacked on some popcorn that hubby made at 9:30 pm. <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:46:10 EST Plateau Busting and the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375308 Today's Sparkcoach lesson on the Plateau Busting program, for me, included tips about weighing on the scale. I weigh myself every morning. The Coach recommended only weighing once a week. I've tried that in the past, but there's that darn scale, staring me in the face each morning...beckoning me, tempting me, calling me like some kind of 'game of chance' Carnie. "Step right up, Shelly, and find out if you've gained, maintained, or lost over the past 24 hours!" There's always a 33.33% chance t... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:08:16 EST Favorite "Healthy" Take Out, Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373947 Tonight, we had Lebanese from La Kabob. So good. I had spent 3 hours spring cleaning the kitchen and didn't even want to THINK about messing it up making a meal until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I had vegetable soup and a Mediterranian salad - bright green romaine lettuce, onions, tomato, black olives, feta, and a few slices of gyro meat with cucumber dressing on the side. <BR> <BR> Last time we went to a Chinese restaurant, I tried one of the selections from the diet menu, which was basically st... Fri, 31 May 2013 19:06:20 EST Calorie Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370043 Next time I go out to eat, I will check calories before I go. <BR> <BR> Went to sushi bar for lunch with my sister and her family. And, in the evening, my daughter and I stopped in the Godiva store at the mall when we were shopping for a new pair of shoes. Who knew that one little truffle could come with such a high caloric expense???? JUST ONE! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, between the sushi and the ONE truffle, I went over my calorie budget by about 350 calories. That's not devastating, but a lea... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:33:07 EST I might be a bit of a masochist. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368368 Yesterday, I pushed my way through the push-up challenge. Didn't really want to, and had a serious mental block, but I DID IT ANYWAY - there is no 'try'. <BR> <BR> Did a 20 minute Sparkpeople core workout that really didn't seem all that difficult at the time. <BR> <BR> And, I also ran about 4 miles. <BR> <BR> Today, I have serious aching muscles. And I'm liking it. <BR> <BR> Will drink lots more water today. That should help. Sun, 26 May 2013 11:32:31 EST I FEEEEEL Good, nah nah nah nah nah nah nah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367360 I knew that I would. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with the Clean eating here, and feeling much better than crap. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, hub had off work. So, slept in a little, went for a morning run a little later than usual. Decided to take the route with the big bahoobee hill. When I got to the bottom of the big bahoobee hill, I remembered that I had made an appointment to take hub's car in to the repair shop for check engine light and to check brakes. Turned right back around and climbed b... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:52:49 EST Dumb Dumb Dumb Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364406 Last night, instead of grilling salmon for dinner (as I mistakenly put it in the freezer - dumb #1), I grilled some grass fed hamburger (made sliders, with whole wheat buns) for the fam. I also made them all some apple/carrot juice. I made some juice for myself, instead of eating the beef and wheat (as I had cheese for lunch, and that was supposed to be my one 'test' for the day). <BR> <BR> Went out shopping for clothes, as none of mine fit me. I thought it would be fun, but it was really j... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:07:40 EST Day 1 - Post Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363632 Last night, as I was making dinner for the family, I tried to determine how to modify the meal so that I could eat it. After thinking of a bunch of different things, I thought it would probably be easier to just make some juice, for heaven's sake, like I had been doing. <BR> <BR> But, at this phase of the detox, one is 'supposed' to gradually add back 'regular' foods in small amounts to find out which if any are problematic. I started with coffee in the morning. It tasted good. I didn't not... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:20:41 EST Day 20 - Clean Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361049 Yesterday, I went out to dinner with my sister, and a musical afterward (community theater rocks!). I had an awesome tasting turkey burger and two beers. I felt very dehydrated. Should have brought some water with me. I'm pretty sure the 2 beers gave me a headache. There was cheese on the turkey burger and it was on a white roll. <BR> <BR> Today I am back to detox. I have a wedding shower to attend later this afternoon, so I'll just make sure I have a good, healthy lunch. I'm going to grill... Sun, 19 May 2013 11:43:40 EST Day 11 of Clean - My Temptations/Victories/Learning Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353289 Overall, I think I've had good results so far with the 21 day detox program. It was difficult, at first, not eating after dinner, as that has been a habit of mine for far too long. I've had a few occasions when I've gone beyond the boundaries of the detox regime. Each one of those was a learning opportunity. <BR> <BR> Day one, I made rice krispie treats. Didn't eat any; wasn't tempted. <BR> <BR> On day two, I made pancakes for the family. I was surprised that I was not even tempted to lic... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:36:34 EST Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341597 I'm reading the book Clean, by Alejandro Junger. Interesting stuff. Has anyone else read it? Wed, 1 May 2013 07:20:39 EST Sleep Really Does Make a Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300522 My Fitbit recorded that I had 99% sleep efficiency last night, and boy can I tell the difference! I had been going to bed too late at night, my fitbit recording that I would wake up between 20 - 30 times a night! Since I've been more regular about exercise, taking my vitamins, and going to bed a little earlier, I feel on top of the world. <BR> <BR> Everything is connected. <BR> <BR> My Sparkcoach session challenged me to write about motivational techniques. I'm still working those out. I've... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:24:27 EST Lessons from the Teacher's Strike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299578 Today marks the beginning of the 4th week of the Strongsville Teacher's strike. I have been absolutely obsessed with learning the issues surrounding it, gathering information, posting my thoughts and opinions online, to the exclusion of just about everything else in my life. <BR> <BR> I have still been running on the treadmill here and there, kept up with my 3x a week at Curves, but it's only been in the past week that I've really put attention back into better eating habits. <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:37:42 EST Where'd that Wagon Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242984 I feel like I keep falling off, running to catch up, jumping back on, falling off again, rolling into the bushes, then trying to find the wagon again but all I get is dust clouds in my face. <BR> <BR> Argh. <BR> <BR> So - I believe I will take a teeeeeeny tiny baby step and just work on consistency. Even if I don't log a whole day's worth of food, I will log at least ONE thing that I ate each day. Or water consumed. Or whatever I can. <BR> <BR> I've been good about wearing my Fitbit. It sy... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:38:23 EST Starting off today well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103407 Sparkcoach, check! Stressbusting article read...check! <BR> <BR> Now to get those kiddos up and moving for school. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:40:39 EST Stress busting challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102275 My journal entries last week about my stressors were really long. I worry about my 'stressors' sounding like complaining. I don't want to be a complainer. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:21:35 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Several Days of Catch UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063695 So glad that TANYAP71 has all of these questions up front, in a list! <BR> <BR> 13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? <BR> <BR> Working toward achieving balance has been the most difficult. It feels so unnatural and selfish for me to think of 'putting myself first'. It has helped to remember the instructions that are given before a commercial flight - if the oxyg... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:16:18 EST HELP, FELLOW SPARKIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059266 The past week, a bad cold and allergies have kept me from exercising. This morning I was so happy to feel well enough to go out for a run. Seven minutes into it, my foot slid off the sidewalk, I came down on the side of it and heard this "cruuuunch". Went to the doc today - she said I have to do non-weight bearing exercises for the next 3 weeks. She suggested eliptical machine, stationary bike, and swimming, all of which I have access to at my local rec center - if I want to pay $10 a day to ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:59:53 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Days 10, 11, and 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056057 Needing to play catch up here. Been under the weather due to head cold and allergies. Thusly, I will try to keep my answers short and sweet. <BR> <BR> Q, Day 10: Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> <BR> A, I'm working toward the main goal (pursuit of a healthy lifestyle), which I talked about on Day 1 because I want to be the best me I can be - for myself, and for my family. I want to set a good ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:01:25 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052323 Q. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> A. I am 41. Yes, my thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time. <BR> <BR> In my younger years, I didn't give any of these topics much thought at all. Up until my 30's, I thought that weight loss was for those poor people who either obviously ate too much, were lazy, and/or had some sorts of emotional or glandular problems. Thank God tha... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:29:29 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052239 Q. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> Whoops - I've missed a few days, gotta catch up! <BR> <BR> I imagine that when I reach my goal of becoming fit and permanently living a healthy lifestyle, I will have many more adventurous experiences under my belt. I will have met many interesting people, made fabulous friends, and I will feel strong, confident, m... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:45:01 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048988 Q. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> <BR> A. I'm still trying to figure this out. I think how my clothes fit is probably going to be the best gauge for me. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:10:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047051 Q. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)? <BR> <BR> A. Any time I've lost weight in the past, I've been unable to maintain the weight loss because I have approached the process of losing weight as a temporary thing in my life. I've only been able to stick to the diets I've done because I've thought, "This is only temporary; once I lose this weight, I can eat like normal." Exercise programs that I've done have either had definable ends, and at th... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:26:58 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045704 Q. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> A. I was a normal, healthy weight all through my growing up years. Never really thought about it much. My Mom did a pretty good job of making sure that the family ate healthy. We didn't have many treats in the house, rarely ate fast food (that was mostly a budget issue, I'm thinking), and I don't ever remember having soda pop, ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:43:52 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043526 Q. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss? <BR> <BR> A: Honestly, when I first read this question, it seemed silly to me. But after I thought about it, I guess I'm afraid that once I am fit/healthy, I'll have loose sagging skin that will really bother me. And, I'm also mildly fearing that I will slack off and slowly balloon back up again. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 07:42:45 EST WOO HOO RACE RESULTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042772 I set the bar very low today. My goal was to NOT finish second to the last in my age group, as I had the last race I ran (which was actually an improvement over the race I ran before). <BR> <BR> I finished 27th out of 40 women in my age group; I feel FANTASTIC about that! <BR> <BR> My time was 35:31, an 11:27 minute mile. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 17:25:13 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042089 RACE DAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Q: 3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals? <BR> <BR> A: My mother is my biggest supporter. My husband is also trying to lose weight (to lower our insurance premiums), but he's very much a 'loner', so I rely more on my Spark Community and my Mom for motivation and encouragement. <BR> <BR> And that's all I'll say about that. Very diplomatic, right? <em>36</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:26:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041128 Q. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way? <BR> <BR> A. I have not necessarily chosen a goal weight. I'm going to just keep plugging away at pursing a healthy lifestyle and see where I end up. I've chosen goal weights before and become frustrated when I didn't meet them as quickly as I thought I should, and it led to abandoning all hope. I don't want that to happen a... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:01:19 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040399 30 days has September...I saw this challenge posted by CODEMAULER, who credited DRAFTLOVER with the idea originally. Here's the day 1 question: <BR> <BR> Q: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September? <BR> <BR> A: I started on Sparkpeople at 185 lbs, lots of inches, and short on motivation. Currently, I weigh 177, have lost some inches, and h... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:45:19 EST Next Week's Goal - Be the Data Queen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040013 Starting today, I'm going to be hypervigilant about recording my data. Something is really keeping me stuck here, and I swear I'm determined to figure out what it is. <BR> <BR> I've been a bit sloppy about recording my nutrition, and have not been right on top of recording my exercise either. So, time to get down to brass tacks here. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:56:58 EST Darn it all anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033298 So, I came back from my run yesterday - a not so great run; my stopwatch quit about 3/4 of the way through, it was uncomfortably hot, and I was feeling like my "get up and go" got up and went. I just couldn't seem to find that place where you get past the "I really want to quit now" spot. <BR> <BR> As I was stretching in my driveway, my neighbor came over under the guise of being concerned about my husband looking for my daughter. She stood in my driveway and verbally assaulted me, accusing... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:58:36 EST Too Many Directions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025161 Yup. As I had feared, life is creeping in. I'm in the 3rd week of the 28 day fitness bootcamp. I was doing great with completing the 7-10 minute videos, and keeping up with the 30 minutes of cardio every day; either running with the 5K Your Way challenge, or going to Curves and doing a workout there. But I'm sad to say that getting everything ready for my 7 year old to go to school has edged out those measly 7-10 minute videos. I feel only slightly like I've failed, as those were the least of... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:54:44 EST Need a Break from You, Mr. Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017746 I just can't help myself. It's like I'm addicted to stepping on the scale. I've been working so hard at everything, it seems, and that stupid jerk has not given me any inkling of reward. <BR> <BR> I can not possibly exercise any more. I can not possibly eat any better. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME??? <BR> <BR> I'm just done with you for the next two weeks. I don't care how curious I am, if I feel like I want to step on you, I'm going to go visit the Sir Tape Measure instead. He's been muc... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:54:58 EST