BONOLICIOUS2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BONOLICIOUS2 BONOLICIOUS2'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/ Some people... and this week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820582 Need a moment to rant… <BR> <BR> This week has sucked, from a health standpoint. Between that crazy doctor and my non-results results and more. <BR> <BR> I also kicked in the gluten free stuff this week and already hit a few walls. We play trivia on Wednesday nights at a brewery. They don’t serve food, so usually there is a food truck and the food truck this week just so happened to be a WAFFLE truck. I ended up getting a baked potato and side salad from Wendys near the brewery, which was ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:45:17 EST Results & Doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819624 I am still trying to process yesterday but not in the way that I thought it would be. <BR> <BR> My primary doc recommended me to see a “lady doc” specialist, but all she said was that all of the docs at this women’s practice were good. So when I called, they suggested this one doc and I agreed. They know best right? <BR> <BR> This woman should come with a warning. <BR> <BR> I have never had an experience like this in my life. She quoted poetry, maybe something in German, made one comment ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:31 EST No Blame Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816287 As I mentioned in my status, I finally went and got all of the doctors orders tests done. <BR> <BR> I’m a gigantic baby and have been dragging my feet on the blood work. My doc prescribed me meds to help but I was having trouble even committing to a date. I have to fast and be driven there if I take the meds, so I would have had to make plans with my bf for a ride. Anyways, yesterday I went to the imaging place to see my insides and what was this? A blood place was in the lobby. And I had fa... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:55:31 EST Viva Las Vegas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814202 I know they say what happens in vegas is supposed to stay in vegas, but I had such a great trip that I want to share it! <BR> <BR> My boyfriend’s vendor was holding a conference in Vegas and paid for our sweet suite at the Venetian, two nice dinners, and to see the Beatles LOVE. I basically got to tag along for the price of my airfare and it was awesome. Thursday was such a nice day that I almost cried from happiness. Our air travel was painless (seriously… that NEVER happens!), we got a ma... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:43:21 EST "Pupdate" and Other Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805779 Long time no blog! <BR> <BR> Been very busy at work. Worked a Saturday and through lunch most days. Lots of stress there. <BR> <BR> I've also been feeling pretty lousy, health wise. I finally went to the doc today and have a whole battery of tests coming up. Checking my inflammatory markers, thyroid, and for things like lymes. It is pretty evident my thyroid has slipped again which makes me kind of sad. I wish I could make it better but it doesn't work that way. The doctor recommended I go ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:56:22 EST Loss of Routine/Puppy Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793303 Hello! <BR> <BR> Getting out some thoughts and I am totally sleep deprived so please excuse my rambling… <BR> <BR> I can TOTALLY see how women gain a ton of weight after having a baby. I haven’t had a baby myself, but I think a puppy sort of counts and is giving me an idea of what an infant might be like. My routine is TRASHED. I expected that to happen but the actual routine bombing has still hurt. <BR> <BR> A lot happened last week. I had two completely insane days at work. My family ca... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:01:41 EST Saying Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786829 Hi! <BR> <BR> I feel like I should say hi. <BR> <BR> I don’t think I’ve updated since before Colorado? Guess I better talk about that too! <BR> <BR> We had a great trip! Lots of fun experiences. Got to visit my family, have lunch at one of my top ten fave restaurants, go on lots of hikes, breathe lots of thin fresh air, see many gorgeous sights and vistas. I finally got to go to Red Rocks which was on my bucket list. We saw an amazing meteor while we were there too – so cool! We went to a ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:50:37 EST LIFE and a Puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768608 Hallo! <BR> <BR> Someone once said to me that if they didn’t actually know me, they’d think I was crazy with everything that goes on in my life. I always had a suspicion that other folks had less crazy in their lives, but I swear mine comes in waves and then I get quiet periods and that MUST be how life works for everyone right?! <BR> <BR> Last week my mom called in a panic and said my father had literally fallen over at dinner and was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. He legit br... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:34:43 EST What To Do About Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762805 I’ve been doing a lot of thinking – and you know that never goes well! <BR> <BR> I’m wrestling with the idea of leaving Spark. I’ve been here about 3 years. How crazy is that?! And yet I’m not at my goal weight. I never really got close to my goal weight. What is the quote about the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? <BR> <BR> Perhaps this is just me, but I’ve noticed a few changes in Spark and it just isn’t holding, well, the “... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:34:14 EST Highlights & Hindsight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755623 I think my mental crisis has somewhat abated as the week has gone on. I had a little funk and I had to work through it. <BR> <BR> A few highlights of this week: <BR> <BR> - Exceeded my step goal every day <BR> <BR> - I have convinced co-workers to take our meetings outside for a “walking meeting” – twice this week! <BR> <BR> - I had two people tell me I looked skinner/asked if I lost weight <BR> <BR> - I made two new healthy pinterest recipes this week, one of which was pretty good and t... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:05:24 EST Nature v. Nurture & Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753655 I’m having one of those days where my brain keeps turning on itself for no good reason. I think I feel a sense of change coming again, not sure why or how or what… maybe I’m just growing up a little more? <BR> <BR> I’m thinking this all traces back to Sunday. My mom brought over this HUGE pile of pictures from when I was growing up. I spent a while going through them, organizing them, putting them in storage boxes. <BR> <BR> I can look at them now and recognize a few things, not all of whi... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:16:10 EST Vaycay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751150 Quick update! <BR> <BR> My steps counts for vacation look amazing. We did tons of walking. I doubled my average every day….. and I probably doubled my average calories each day too. We packed breakfast/lunches but I swear dinner and our many brewery visits negated it all. I feel kind of bloated and my skirt is tight today – not good signs! <BR> <BR> Got off to a rocky start at vacation – my neck tried to give me a migraine so the first night I was in bed pretty quickly. The second day, not ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:21:52 EST Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743400 Hello! <BR> <BR> I braved the scale this morning. I fully expected to see a giant gain. I have been terrible. Well, maybe not terrible but certainly not behaving myself. With my “time” last week, I was down in steps and ate some junk. I’ve gone out and made some bad choices, like French fries and beers being involved kind of choices. So I was honestly surprised this morning to see I didn’t lose weight, but I didn’t gain either. Hmmm. <BR> <BR> This is why the human body really puzzles me. I... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:37:59 EST What. A. Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736603 What. A. Week. <BR> <BR> I have been all over the place this week. Physically, emotionally, everything that ends in “ally” <BR> <BR> We’ll start with the “professionally” bit – this week was the final announcement of the big change at my work. We’re officially sold and no longer work for our old company. I had a big part to play in this and worked A LOT of hours earlier this week. Now starts the fun of transitioning to the new company. I’m trying to keep my blinders on and just focus on my... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:43:21 EST Back in the Swing & Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726187 Been really getting back into the swing of things this week! Packing meals and snacks for work, cooking dinner at home, 3 nights of PT, taking care of chores like laundry that I hate, plus getting even more stuff in order at the house. I’ve been trying to get my walks in at lunchtime to keep my steps count up. That Wednesday last week is still bothering me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2006619910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (ps - I know my goal seems low but it is what ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:33:31 EST A case of the (sore) Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723976 I can’t believe this weekend has come and gone! <BR> <BR> Friday night we just relaxed. We were both pretty tired and wanted to rest up for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday we did a ton of errands and got most of the final stuff over from the rental house. We did a HUGE grocery shop and I feel so much better now that our fridge is stocked with fresh food! The veggie drawers are full and I even treated us to a rather expensive asian melon for desserts this week. We restocked greek yogurts, al... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:37:57 EST Quick/Good Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721964 What a quick week! Feel like I was just here posting on… Monday?! <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday my exercise was PT and moving more stuff to the new house after work. I did a little too much heavy lifting on Tuesday and needed a break on Wednesday (my PT gave me the whatnot about my back!) I’ve pretty much been eating salads for lunch and cheese and crackers for dinner. This approach isn’t going well, I can’t wait to go grocery shopping and have REAL meals and snacks again. Our fridge is looki... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:14:58 EST The Big Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718930 Hello hello! <BR> <BR> This was supposed to be a blog to say “omg we did so much moving this weekend that even my toe and finger bones hurt” but I think I can do better than that! <BR> <BR> My stomach has been acting up a lot, probably from eating out last week and from the stress of the move. I am definitely one of those stress/nervous tummy trouble people. I have been trying to channel all of that nervous energy into productivity or walks. On Friday I caught myself stressing and I told my... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:38:43 EST A Lesson in Kindness & Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717230 Quick story to relate… <BR> <BR> I was on the elevator at work just now and at one stop the lady next to me said “Have a good weekend” to the lady getting off the elevator, who in return completely ignored the well wishes and dashed off with her nose in the air. When the door closed, the nice looked at me and said “I was just trying to be nice…” and I replied “I was just thinking about how nice you were and how sad it makes me that people can’t return the kindness! I know everyone has a lot ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:27:00 EST Willpower Dips & Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714123 Willpower is like a gas tank. If you keep using it, you’ll run on empty eventually. I have been working at increasing the size of my gas tank, but sometimes I still run low. <BR> <BR> Last week was rough. Company sale, home purchase, dog dying, etc. Friday there was a huge highway mixup and it took me two hours to get home from work. By the time I made it, I was exhausted and starving. I ate bad things, I drank moderately. My tank had run out and I had no cares left to give. My stomach hated... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:13:42 EST Week FULL of CRAZY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711160 This has been a week full of craziness. <BR> <BR> My cough is slowly but surely making its way out. My fits have decreased almost all the way gone so I actually finally got to take a little walk yesterday. I usually get one big “cold” a year so I’m hoping this was it! <BR> <BR> This week started off… crazy. That is the only word I can think of to describe it. I worked 8 – 9 on Monday with no lunch break. The news is public now so I can share here that my company is being sold. Due to the na... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:34:55 EST Checking In - And Chicago Pix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706631 There is a quote out there that says something like… beware your words because they will become your actions? Yeah. Beware your words folks before they become true! <BR> <BR> Last Thursday (hard to believe it has been over a week ago!) we left for Chicago. We had delays and crazy issues on the plane (first time I ever heard a stewardess call for a doctor on board!) and the whole time I swear to you everyone and their mother was coughing or sneezing and I looked at my BF and said my famous la... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:56:21 EST Layers of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699076 I have had an incredibly stressful 24 hours. <BR> <BR> My work is a mess. It is very complicated but I am juggling a lot of balls right now and the whole time there is this threat that the carpet will be pulled from under our feet. I’m working crazy hours and I think it is almost a miracle that I have still found ways to get my steps in (10k yesterday!) <BR> <BR> Layer on the stress of assisting my boyfriend in buying a house. Nobody warned me how much “fun” this can be! <BR> <BR> Add an... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:23:14 EST Being on your toes (even if one is broken!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695544 Seems like every week never quite goes as I plan, but I do think that I am improving my ability to roll with the punches! <BR> <BR> The “biggish” news first – my toe is “probably” broken. When I was in that wedding two weeks ago, I had to wear these pointy high heels for way too long. My feet were killing me, so I switched to flip flops after the wedding. Someone stepped on my left foot and I thought nothing of it until the next day when I woke up and my toe really really hurt. The weather h... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:33:35 EST Move & Improve May/Weigh In Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693167 Weigh in Monday! No loss, no gain though and it easily could have been one! Here’s the recap: <BR> <BR> Friday night, bf and I were exhausted. My PT ran over and I got the news that I still have to go 3x a week for another month (grrrrr.) I’m improving but I know I’m not “there” yet. I guess I’m just tired of going there so much? Lol. We ended up ordering Chinese food (steamed shrimp and veggies for me!) and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune like senior citizens on a Friday night. <BR>... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:20:10 EST Pros & Cons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691287 CON: Ate a bagel this morning for breakfast. Have horrible indigestion. Blah. All the carb calories. Can't remember the last time I had a bagel, now I know why. <BR> <BR> PROS: Hittin' my steps goal alllll week (minus post-wedding Sunday lol) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181945307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hopefully that helps with the bagel incident? <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 9 May 2014 12:00:50 EST Anger Management? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689568 I am definitely not perfect. I am not even striving for perfection. But sometimes life can be quite a roller coaster… <BR> <BR> I’ve had a rough start to the work week. I have had to be more assertive and bring out the bossy more than I like to in everyday life. I work with adult children. That is the best way I can describe it… blame games, poor communication skills, questionable moral compasses, complete lack of accountability, petty bickering and jealousy. I don’t get it and I have a hard... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:27:53 EST Shocking Pinterest Pin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688790 I got my steps in yesterday, had a good PT session, came home and did some strength training, and then made a dinner of grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, and a mix of whole grains with garlic. Gold star day! <BR> <BR> Before bed, I got on Pinterest – seriously guys I have a problem – and I came across something completely shocking from one of the people that I follow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1387250595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This bothers me all the way to th... Tue, 6 May 2014 09:40:19 EST Stopping the Shame Spiral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687853 I’m up a pound and a half today. No surprise. Last week and this weekend were a bit out of control. <BR> <BR> I almost full shame spiraled yesterday, but more on that later. <BR> <BR> Last week we had the new house inspected, everything was minor thank goodness. We’re moving right along on the process. Hard to believe in a month’s time we could be moving in! It is a hot topic of conversation so I won’t repeat myself yet again here, but I’m very excited. Been on pinterest way too much recent... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:28:25 EST Some Exciting News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683307 Not feeling so hot. Last night I came down with this sudden headache/stomach mess and was in bed by 830. Actually slept 7 hours last night (recent high!) and haven’t been right all day. My eyes are burning, feel so tired & kind of light headed. I seriously hope I’m not coming down with the mystery illness my BF had last week because the big wedding is this weekend!!!!!!! Not getting in nearly as much last minute exercise as I wanted to – bah. For some reason I am also like a bottomless pit to... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:54:06 EST Pop Up (& HATE pop up ads!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680366 Popping In for a Quick Update! <BR> <BR> - BF is currently at the doc. It has been a long week for us, definitely for him, with this mysterious fever/rash thing. Every night I swear we’ve had that moment where we’re like… “Is this bad enough for the hospital?” type thing. Hopefully the doc can give him some answers today. I have been with him almost 7 years and never seen him like this! <BR> <BR> - We discovered we have mouse visitors in our kitchen. Luckily I haven’t seen them with my eyes... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:47:00 EST Oops I ate the bunny?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677157 Howdy! <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for the kind words on my 3 lb. loss. I am still surprised by it myself. NOT what I was expecting to see on the scale this morning! I am trying to stick to the Monday weigh ins because weekends tend to be looser with control and I want to use that as motivation… today was like WOAH when I hopped on hah! Especially after how bad I was last week with TOM being so awful… <BR> <BR> Anyways I had a lovely weekend! My mom & I enjoyed the gorgeous weather and went t... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:34:58 EST Girl Talk/Whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674309 Boys – go away! You have been warned! <BR> <BR> About 3 months ago, I switched up my lady meds because my previous one was discontinued/the replacement made me sick/etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is my first “break” from the meds, if you know what I mean. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And this is terrible. <BR> <BR> I know there are sicker people than me in this world and I should stop complaining, but I also know that it feels like 90% of the women I know lead perfectly productive and normal l... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:23:17 EST LIPS, NYC & a Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672799 Hello! <BR> <BR> Back in action, sort of! <BR> <BR> Backing up first… <BR> <BR> This weekend was my trip to NYC for my friend’s bachelorette party. We took a 5am train on Saturday & came back Sunday night so it was a bit of a whirlwind. I was definitely not as stuck in comparison mode as I was at the bridal shower, but I still tried to be “good” as much as possible. I didn’t really drink anything and ate half of my meal at dinner. I did note the size zero MOH ordered a plate of bacon and f... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:11:32 EST LIGHTBULB MOMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669155 I am having a lightbulb moment and want to capture it! <BR> <BR> I know I have always struggled to separate emotions from well pretty much everything. Food, work, traffic, the people in line at Starbucks, you name it. <BR> <BR> I know I get stressed and suddenly everything turns into this emotional war and sometimes it gets carried away. Part of me knows that I am an emotional person – I have feelings darn it! – but that can sometimes be detrimental. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I let a few things... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:14:54 EST Trade Offs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668310 Happy to report that I finally found a new chiro and got myself checked out. My neck has zero curvature and I have 1 vertebrae trying to make a getaway from the rest. Still fixable without surgery, but it means going back to the 3x/week PT schedule after work. I am going to have to make some tradeoffs. That cuts into my night "free time" so I'll need to rework fitness time and cooking healthy dinner time around it. Maybe some nights I have to have a boca burger and a salad for dinner instead ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:57:04 EST Hiking Game & Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666356 Hello world. <BR> <BR> I’m alive! Something to celebrate some days. <BR> <BR> After my cold moved out last week, I got a 3 day migraine. It was not fun. I should have stayed home from work Friday but I felt bad because I was sent home sick earlier in the week. Apparently I looked “awful” at work and another coworker said it was the worst she ever saw me (thanks.) When I got home, my bf and I looked at each other and decided to order Chinese. We were exhausted. I got shrimp with veggies hopi... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:00:31 EST When Businesspeople are in Your Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663302 I am slightly nyquil hungover, but much better than yesterday. I hit a WALL yesterday. My boss sent me home from work at lunch. I went straight home and slept a whole bunch. I needed it! I can’t believe I made it through the whole winter before getting sick. Yuck. But my last blog was me wishing for some time off – hah! Be careful what you wish for! And people wonder why I have anxiety… right before I fell asleep yesterday my mom texts me “Hey remember that one time you went home really sick ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:15:41 EST Grumpy Winter Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660773 I am a gigantic grumpy pants today. If I could find myself a punching bag, both me and it would get one heck of a workout. <BR> <BR> We had one of the grayest nastiest rainiest weekends ever. It even snowed, again, yesterday. I spent WAY too much time on the couch. My step counts definitely show this. I didn’t go crazy on the food though, which could have happened considering, but I couldn’t even motivate myself to get off the couch to get it. <BR> <BR> Friday BF and I went out for dinner. ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:10:31 EST Dear Extraordinary Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658467 <BR> <BR> "Dear Extraordinary Girl, <BR> <BR> You may have tried to fit in, and tried again, and then still again. You may have even "toned it down" enough for a while that you actually DID fit in, but it made your heart hurt and you just couldn't betray yourself for very long. Then, there you were again, standing out instead of fitting in -- just standing there being exactly who you are. <BR> <BR> It is not easy to be true to yourself. Sometimes it is a very lonely road, and a very bumpy... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:38:45 EST Don't Read This Negative Pity Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655504 I need a place to rant and have a pity party. You are fully excused from reading this blog because I am sure it is going to be full of negative and slightly insane ramblings… I just need to get it out before I blow my top from bottling it in. <BR> <BR> I know we are all our toughest critics. I know this. But I also really do know that I have things to work on as well, so I feel like some of my self criticism is justified. <BR> <BR> I went to try to find an outfit for the bridal shower on Sa... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:28:01 EST Springing Into Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652438 Happy First Day of Spring! I am going to head outside in a minute to do a quick lap of the outside of the office building. The sun is out and I don’t care how cold I might get out there – I need some air! And the steps, obviously. <BR> <BR> Last night I cooked a healthy dinner and did major amounts of cleaning in prep for my friends coming to stay with us for the next few days. These are my friends that were supposed to come in a while back but it snowed… they are finally coming! And luckily... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:56:49 EST Emerald Isle Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649926 Having a boatload of nostalgia today. It is the two year anniversary of my bf and I spending St. Pattys day in Ireland! Sigh. It was the best vacation. <BR> <BR> I’m looking back at some pictures and realizing I was much smaller then too… pretty sure I was in a size 8/10 and I needed a belt for most of my pants. I look happier. I look a bit healthier too. I want to be that way again, I really do. <BR> <BR> Sigh sigh sigh. <BR> <BR> Anyways! I forgot to weigh myself today because I woke u... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:22:38 EST Pats Self on Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647782 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Recapping my week – <BR> <BR> CONS: <BR> <BR> 1) Had major neck issues Tues/Weds and couldn’t turn my head and therefore couldn’t really do much in the form of a workout. It was the worst it has been in a long time and I can’t figure out what I did to cause it. I know I should probably go back to PT but if I do, I’m thinking that I have find a new one which is a bit stressful. Finding new medical stuff never seems to be easy! But I’ve been getting more and more issu... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:20:37 EST Feelin' Groovy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644474 Quick Update! <BR> <BR> I came down with… I don’t know… some sort of stomach bug last week. Woke up really early on Thursday feeling terrible, had to call out of work, fell asleep on the couch around 9am and woke up nearly at 2pm confused where I was. I think my body must have needed some down time. I ended up going to bed early that night too and the next day I barely recognized myself – haven’t had that much sleep in years! <BR> <BR> Friday I had dinner with my old coworkers. We went to ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:42 EST What It's Like to Be ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639414 I get emails from a thyroid advocacy group and today’s post was extremely relevant. It addresses the question “How do you explain to family/friends/colleagues what you’re going through with your thyroid problems?” The job one also hit home especially because of my coworker who loves on commenting on my eating habits (“such a good eater, you’d think you’d be tiny!” etc) Sometimes I feel so isolated, or almost crazy, because I feel exactly how this post describes and when I try to articulate it... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:44:53 EST Whoops A Long Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638442 Hello! <BR> <BR> SO… my first official day in my new “role” is a work from home snow day. Okay! We’ve got a few inches, but it fell over ice and it is continuing to fall so pretty much everyone is at home today. I have a three hour training class this afternoon that thankfully was already webbased, but I know that means I won’t be moving around much today. Already did one round of shoveling and I have a feeling that is going to be most of the “activity” that gets tracked today! Made some scr... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:30:53 EST Happy Dance!!!!! (Big News!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635256 I’m almost at a loss for words right now. This is nearly completely unrelated to fitness and weight loss, maybe a blog on that later ($4 Sparkpeople App Rant for sure!) but still big news. <BR> <BR> <BR> You know how you tie a knot at the end of a rope and hang on for dear life? I feel like that has been me since last September at my job. Lots of changes, lots of gray areas and frustrations. You know all about my latest escapades with one of the most unprofessional managers that I have eve... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:25:10 EST When Slow & Steady is TOO Slow... and not very Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626375 Trying to keep my head on straight today, not let myself get dragged down by negativity… <BR> <BR> My friends had to cancel their trip here this weekend because of our massive amounts of snow. I was sort of thankful – I was worried about the eating and drinking. <BR> <BR> I ended up being SO GOOD this weekend. Friday for Valentines my BF and I went out to eat, split two appetizers and turned away the bread basket. Saturday and Sunday were loaded with shoveling. Sweating, muscle aching shov... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:39:18 EST Snow & Selfies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622980 We've got LOTS of snow. This much actually: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25555683.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That might not be much to some, but let's just say that is a whole lot for us! That blue streak is my car... somewhere. Our whole town is pretty much at a standstill. This is a pretty accurate map of our weather situation: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934433592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friends were supposed to come in from out of tow... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:44:09 EST