BUNNYKICKS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUNNYKICKS BUNNYKICKS'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/ Then and now (comparison pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631697 I finally got around to downloading my Christmas vacation pictures off my camera. We spent the holidays in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As I was filing them away on my computer, I came across my Christmas holiday pictures from 2010 (also in Mexico - Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido). The 2010 pictures aren't even my highest weight, either. I did not fit those clothes in 2011 or 2012. But they make for a very dramatic before and after.... <BR> <BR> December 2010 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:46:22 EST Weekly Weight Countdown (for reference) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627758 Since January 5, 2013, I've been updating my weekly weigh-ins on my Sparkpage "Goals" sidebar. The list got too long to really fit there properly, but I don't want to lose the information. Also, I'm going to switch to a monthly weigh-in for 2014. But, I don't want to lose this information, as I find it interesting to look back on from time to time. <BR> <BR> WEEKLY WEIGHT COUNTDOWN 2013 <BR> (Date : Weight : # lost : Total lost) <BR> <BR> 13/01/05 - 245 <BR> 13/01/12 - 243 (-2) 2 <BR> 13... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:58:44 EST No, I didn't have any pizza - and that's ok! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607646 I work in an office where there's a lot of food. Candy in the work area, donuts in the lunch room, and occasionally pizza-wherever-you-look, on "pizza day." For one entire year now, I have been declining pizza. That's about a dozen pizza-eating opportunities, give or take. I have been consistent with this - I ALWAYS ignore the pizza. Every. Single. Time. <BR> <BR> And every single time, this act of apparent willpower and sacrifice seems to draw the awe and astonishment of people more than al... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:12:42 EST See you in 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563313 I'm leaving town for a sun and sand sort of Christmas holiday, starting in about 12 hours. <BR> <BR> I'll be back for New Year's... for which I resolve to pick up the blogging again. I haven't blogged since July?!!!!? Ah well, whether I write about it or not, I have just been out here doing my thing, whittling the weight away, more slowly these days than it used to be and that's OK. I'll be ending 2013 over 70 pounds lighter than I was in January. Can't say I'm not impressed with myself... I... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:36:18 EST This is NOT going to get me down! (Body image adjustment, with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426680 Ok. So. Down 50#. In one-derland. Feeling good, confident... walking tall, smiling often. Can this be undone with one click of a digital camera? <BR> <BR> Well, yes... almost. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I attended a staff barbeque. Wearing my polka-dot dress that I first wore in May 2013 (at 213#). That I thought I looked soooooo good in. I feel great when I wear it. My Spark profile pic of choice displays this dress, as do several photos in my gallery. I wore it to my son's high school graduation... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:28:52 EST Rolling back the years, 91 steps at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422096 This past weekend I had the opportunity to do something I haven't done in many years - go hiking in the sub-alpine meadows of Manning Park in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. <BR> <BR> I used to go there often. Initially into the front-country campgrounds, doing loop day-hikes around lakes and nature trails. Later when I first took up backpacking, my first "test runs" were into Manning Park. I vividly remember one enthusiastic evening, taking off from work, driving to the base of the Hea... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:28:44 EST That Numbers Game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412598 WELL it was bound to happen eventually! 26th weigh-in, and for the first time since the beginning of January, I have recorded a "gain" on the scale. <BR> <BR> I guess I am human after all! I have to say, I was really starting to wonder when the Scale Day of Reckoning was going to arrive - 25 consecutive weeks of loss does seem somewhat miraculous (no matter how hard I worked for it - other people work just as hard as I do, yet fight regularly with The Scale - oh, Scale, you are so fickle wit... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:25:35 EST FOOD is AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409759 I have to say, I've enjoyed my foray into the world of blogging. I enjoy writing, and blogging gives me a reason for doing so. I want to do more of it, with a bit more consistency and purpose. But darned if I don't have the hardest time coming up with topics. Except for ONE topic, upon which I can talk and write and think and write and talk for hours on end, which is: <BR> <BR> FOOD IS AWESOME. Oh, I love food!!!! <BR> <BR> But - don't we all? That's why we're here, right? Because food, gl... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:58:49 EST Camping food follow-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408911 Whaaaaaattt oh my gosh my last blog got a "voted popular" stamp?! So, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING MY CAMPING FOOD CHOICES!!! <em>2</em> <em>40</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Well then! It's only fair that I should report back post-excursion, and let you know how this plan for Healthy Camping Meals worked out! <BR> <BR> I would say - it worked very well. I actually came back with leftover salads (which become my lunch for today and tomorrow). Also, ALL the individual snak-pak junky breakfast ce... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:46:04 EST 50 pounds down, plus camping. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404640 Round numbers are so nice! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>321</em> <em>355</em> 50 50 50 50 50 50 <em>356</em> <em>321</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, fun with emoticons aside! I'm 25 weeks along, and 50 pounds down - I can't believe I've averaged 2#/week over this period of time! Then again, why shouldn't I believe it? I set my Spark range up for 2#/week and followed the suggested calorie range (1200-1550) diligently, almost without fail. Out of the last 174 days, I'd be surpr... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:06:54 EST Major milestone - "One"derland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382380 I am too excited to speak or write, so this will be my shortest blog ever. <BR> <BR> I will share what I have to share in a picture rather than words :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l7548900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'd take a few "selfies" but until I stop jumping up and down for joy, it's a bit difficult to get a picture in focus! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:35:10 EST I've lost a kayak!! Ha ha ha ha ha!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375015 Soooooo today I was roaming around an outdoors/camping store. One entire floor of this shop is devoted to boating/fishing. They have a dozen or so assorted kayaks laying around all over the place. <BR> <BR> I noticed this little cutie: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269549271.jpg"> <BR> Manitou Sport™ <BR> Length: 10' 11" / 3.3 m <BR> Width: 26.5" / 67.3 cm <BR> Weight: 44 lbs / 19.9 kg <BR> <BR> I picked it up - while it was manageable and "light for a kaya... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:26:57 EST "NORMAL" SIZE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374242 Oh. My. Goodness. It's happened. It's really honestly happened. <BR> <BR> I've... LEFT THE PLUS SIZE SECTION BEHIND. <BR> <BR> Went to the mall today to do some shopping and while I was there, got it in my head that I could maybe use a new outfit, and all the stores are advertising huge sales on summer merchandise so...... <BR> <BR> First stop Laura. Oh, Laura, my store of choice, it has been with me through thick and... thick. I never shopped in their "normal size" section before. I was... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 03:11:43 EST Eating on the run - no fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369258 I've been very conscientious about preparing and enjoying my meals since embarking on this "better way of relating to food" project. This has meant some big changes to my daily routine, to incorporate cooking/meal-prep time. It's been time well invested... and over the last months has become a habit, and I don't begrudge it. I'm DONE with the message that Big Food Advertisers have sold us on, that "our time is too valuable to be wasted chained to the stove." Cooking NEED NOT be a CHORE. It ca... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:55:18 EST Enjoying a vacation without losing ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368653 So! I spent 7 days in Maui, and upon returning home, weighed EXACTLY what I'd weighed when I left. And in fact, as it turns out, I must have actually LOST weight (the loss having been hidden by water retention or whatever other factor), as my weigh-in this week put me down THREE pounds. I didn't lose three full pounds since last Saturday; some of it had to have fallen off in Maui someplace. <BR> <BR> Did I suffer from feelings of deprivation while I was there? Heck no! <BR> <BR> Did I enjo... Sun, 26 May 2013 19:12:03 EST Maui vacation - what I gained, what I didn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365100 I recently spent a week in Maui. What an awesome trip! And not just because it's an awesome kind of place... I mean, yes, it surely is, but, it was the way in which I was able to experience it, that made this trip extra-special. A turning-point sort of trip. A revelation, a reward. From this trip I gained courage, I gained "youth" and "adventure," I gained confidence, I gained pride, I gained a new level of optimism and energy that will drive me forward. What I did NOT gain, was WEIGHT. <BR> ... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:46:37 EST Compliments from unexpected places... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345713 There's a great little family-run Vietnamese restaurant that I go to about 3, 4 times a year... been going there for several years... same young lady takes our order each time, she recognizes us, knowing that Dad ALWAYS gets Number 40, Kid ALWAYS gets Number 44, and Mom never gets the same thing twice... <BR> <BR> Haven't been there in a few months (since last November or December). Went for lunch today. Oh MAN do they make good food (in reasonable portions with many suitable-healthy option... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:22:24 EST Hair Loss, geeze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343338 Yeah. Can't deny what I'm seeing every time I wash my hair, or run a brush through it... I'm losing "excessive" hair. Darn it. <BR> <BR> I know this is related to the weight loss. And I know it is "temporary." I've been down this road once before, back in 1999, the first time I shed significant weight. I was so alarmed that I first talked to my personal trainer and then to my physician. Both concurred that my protein intake was way too low (a nutritional deficit that can trigger hair loss),... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:00:26 EST Descent into my personal hell - swimsuit shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337712 Wow, could there be anything more humbling and demoralizing than shopping for a bathing suit? <BR> <BR> At this moment... I really can't imagine that there is. <BR> <BR> I'm heading to Hawaii in a couple weeks. I NEED a good bathing suit. My old suit has become threadbare and de-elasticized... and it had no proper support anyways. Before I started losing weight, I had fat rolls piled all the way up my torso that gave some built in "support" - but no more. I'm very busty - and now more tha... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:42:23 EST Aww popcorn, why!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336684 My office is out to get me. <BR> <BR> There are feeding opportunities laid out like bait in the lunch room almost every single day. Leftover pizza... bag of chips... muffins... donuts... home made apple pie... sandwiches left over from some luncheon meeting... chocolates someone brought back from vacation... leftover holiday goodies... cookies... crackers... <BR> <BR> I stopped eating lunch in the lunch room as a result. Why set myself up for a Girl Vs Food struggle? Out of sight, out of m... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:05:57 EST When the "healthy option" - isn't. Grrrrrrrrr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331920 So the other day, I was at Taco del Mar. <BR> <BR> Now. I don't eat out very often these days, particularly not anything resembling "fast food." But I ended up needing to buy lunch out. And, having previously perused the online nutrition facts for this place, I knew that my favorite Pre-Lifestyle-Change item was actually a reasonable choice - the small-sized burrito with pork carnitas is really quite filling, and only 450 calories. If i don't "combo" it... yes, this will work just fine! <BR... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:16:50 EST Progress! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329005 OH BOY! Today I finally got around to taking a few current pics, and I feel GREAT! <BR> <BR> Although... I did feel a little bit silly putting on my makeup and styling up my hair just to sit in front of my computer. Heh. <BR> <BR> Anyways! Turns out, you CAN see a difference now - 32# down (or a bit more, that was 6 days ago). Voila - before and after: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108488287.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Notice in the "before" picture, I am "leaning on ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:03:01 EST My lunch is a hot mess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326459 My goodness. I sometimes wonder, if anyone were to look at my nutrition tracker (which is public), what would they think some days.... <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why but the items do not always appear on the tracker in the order in which I enter them. Which leads to some interesting-sounding meals. Today for example: <BR> <BR> Kale, 60 grams <BR> Mangos, 25 grams <BR> Avocados, California (Haas), 90 grams <BR> bob's Red Mill 5 grain whole grain cereal, 10 gram(s) <BR> Carrots, raw, 60 grams ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:57:05 EST My Colourful Menu - Kale Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323052 I love my lunch so much today, I thought I would take a picture. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204858795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE THIS STUFF. Which is a bit of a surprise, given that I do not "LOVE" kale. I don't mind it, I don't dislike it, I will eat it, and I usually enjoy it (mixed in with other stuff, like in a soup or saute). But just straight up shredded raw kale? That sounds like something from the kind of "Healthy Cooking" cookbook that I usually avoi... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:55:07 EST I am rocking this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321772 Woo hoo! Another week, another weigh-in, another 2# down! <BR> <BR> I honestly don't know how I am doing this. Well - I DO know - I'm doing this by eating 1200-1400 calories of well-balanced nutritious foods a day, EVERY day, EVERY week, EVERY month. No cheat days, no binges, no blow outs (save for Easter - one day in 100). <BR> <BR> But here's the thing - I honestly don't know how I'm doing THAT! I just am. I just started one day, and kept on going. Consistency reaps rewards. I just some... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:02:06 EST Soooo I ate a waffle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319957 Oh my GOSH am I susceptible to suggestion, or what! <BR> <BR> So there's a thread floating around in the forums. The topic is waffles, and how to (or if one should) incorporate them into a sensible eating plan. <BR> <BR> I don't usually eat waffles anyways. I've always been prone to "waffle crash" - that horrible post-breakfast ravenous feeling that accompanies starting out the day with a plate of refined flour and high fructose corn syrup. So although I like the taste while I'm eating th... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:34:49 EST And the answer is.... 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313065 I have kept my weight-loss efforts really low key (except for here on Spark of course). I haven't told very many people beyond my immediate household. Some co-workers have figured out that "something's up" simply by noticing what I'm eating for lunch (Kale salad? Deb is eating KALE SALAD? where's the take-out chicken?!), but I've only really discussed it with two of them. <BR> <BR> So I wondered... how much weight will I have to lose - before the people that DON'T know I'm "watching what I ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 21:33:57 EST That "Click" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297738 I have absolutely zero doubt that I am going to lose this weight, that I am going to succeed with the plan I have made for myself, that I am going to leave "obesity" and then "overweight" behind, and have a healthy "normal" BMI and a healthy normal life. No doubt. Not one little whispering fear that "maybe I can't" or "I'll just gain it back..." or "I probably don't deserve..." <BR> <BR> Those voices are GONE. Sometimes I wonder, where did they go? They were with me for so long, sabotaging e... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:57:36 EST The Fast Food Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291159 So this past weekend, I had to go out of town and rely on "food on the road." <BR> <BR> After perusing many online nutrition fact sheets for an assortment of restaurants, I decided that there were some reasonable "calorie deals" to be had on the Value Menus of various fast food restaurants. <BR> <BR> Friday - ate a home-made "egg mcmuffin" (which is filling and satisfying and low fat and high protein). And struck out on the road. <BR> <BR> Lunch - a "Junior Hamburger Deluxe" at Wendy's.... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:17:13 EST I have a 45" waist. There. I said it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275876 It's been 2 months of Sensible Eating. I'm down about 20 pounds. I'm feeling pretty good! Nothing can bring me down! I am ready to confront The Tape Measure. Or so I thought... <BR> <BR> I couldn't bring myself to do it back in January. I didn't want to know. I was still reeling from the sharp smack of reality that occurred when I stepped on the scale. I know it's silly, all these weights and measures are "just numbers" and shouldn't hold power over my emotions. <BR> <BR> But they do. My ra... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:15:29 EST Chubby Chicken: I never had time to say goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262134 I didn't know we were breaking up. <BR> <BR> It was my friend, my comfort and my nemesis. A&W "Chubby Chicken" 2 piece meal with fries and cole slaw ("and a diet root beer please"). I ate this for lunch, at least 2 times per week. Some weeks when I was feeling particularly downtrodden at work and particularly "entitled to buy lunch out, I work hard for my money" I would dine there 3x in a week. Sometimes more. <BR> <BR> I loved that chicken. The salt, the grease, the crunch, the sweet tan... 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