BROOKE008's SparkPeople Blog BROOKE008's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Think I Jinxed Myself... Well, of course, I did not get out of the 260s last week. I haven't lost a friggin' ounce actually... I've hit a plateau. Is that even normal to have happen every few pounds? I thought that only happens when you lose more like 50 lbs. I'm still exercising every day, staying in my nutrition ranges, and taking my metformin. Also, in the last week, my blood sugar started dropping during workouts and I haven't quite figured out how to stop it. Thank you, PCOS. <BR> <BR> Basically, I should hav... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 17:25:20 EST People Are Noticing! First, let me apologize for not being very active in the Spark community.... I've been SO VERY BUSY! I promise I have not fallen off the bandwagon; in fact, its been quite the opposite. As of today, I am 24 pounds down (10 lost in the last month!) and have had a lot of other NSVs. I am doing great on my exercising, too! I walked 3 miles this morning and have been keeping up with a regular walk/run routine 3-4 times a week. See? I told you I haven't fallen off the bandwagon! ;) <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:12:58 EST Exercising Spark Friends.... A Little Advice, Please? I started walking after doing absolutely nothing for quite a while.... I started with a mile a day, then increased to two, and got up to two and a half at 3.2 mph but then my knee really started to hurt... Now I can't do anything!! I rested it the latter half of last week and most of the weekend, but today it still hurts. I've been icing it at night, just took some advil today, and am trying to stay off it best I can.... Last night I was doing some housework so I may have aggravated it, but I... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:09:46 EST I Am Not A Dog I love animals. LOVE THEM. I have a particular soft spot for dogs. My sister has a chocolate lab puppy (I call him my four-legged nephew) who is the HAPPIEST dog I have ever met. When I was over on Saturday for the 4th of July cookout, I went in to visit the puppy. I asked him to give me "paw" and he happily obliged. After praising him with a "GOOD BOY!" and head pat, I gave him a treat. <BR> <BR> Then I had an epiphany. <BR> <BR> I am not a dog. <BR> <BR> How did I come to have this... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:22:57 EST Taking a Breather! PHEW! The past 5 days have been HECTIC! I'm so sorry to all my Spark friends - I haven't been very active the last few days aside from tracking my food/fitness and the comment/email when I can, but I'm hoping next week will be much better! <BR> <BR> Saturday and Sunday I wrote about the funk I was in... luckily it passed after spending some time with my family - playing with the babies of the family always helps! Kids are so sweet! <BR> <BR> Even feeling as awful as I did during the weeke... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:54:12 EST Do I Have To? Well, its one of those days where I have to force myself to be an active member of society. I'm used to be extremely outgoing and would talk to anyone... The past couple years I've been in this funk that I've been breaking out of. I still get in moods. I'm in one today. <BR> <BR> A ton of stuff has been going on the past couple days. Family things, friend things, life things... Nothing happening directly to me, but if it affects my family and friends, in my eyes it is my problem too. I hit ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:07:10 EST Choices.... We All Have Them I had a very interesting discussion tonight with my aunt regarding choices. My cousin, who I have always been very close, has been making some poor ones and its been hurting my aunt a lot. She confided in me that she felt guilty for the problems he's created for himself because even though she gave him the foundation for a solid start to life, he isn't putting the things she's taught him into practice and therefore she didn't do her duty as a parent. I told her she is wrong, and this is why:... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:16:31 EST Sometimes It Really Isn't Your Fault My eyes bulged at the number on the scale. I had officially hit my highest weight. 23 years of diet, exercise, hypnotherapy sessions and self-esteem journals and this is what it came to.... a 31 pound weight gain in 3 months. <BR> <BR> I probably would have cried had I not been emotionally spent. Out of the past 24 months, at least 20 of them were spent very ill with a multitude of problems. One doctor said it was anxiety. Another stated it was my fault that my energy was so low. <BR> <BR... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:46:31 EST