BUNNYLAMB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUNNYLAMB BUNNYLAMB'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/ The New Years Post - 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584178 Although I don't believe in resolutions, I do like the new year for providing a little reminder of the joys of fresh starts, and an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and goals. <BR> <BR> Here is my brief look at what lies ahead for me in 2014: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm traveling a little, and taking a language course for 10 weeks. In combination with my other activities this will mean that I'm working full-time and have 4 weekday evenings committed to activities for about 3 months. Yikes! It wil... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:10:01 EST Stop or Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489903 Looking over my scale numbers for the last month I see that I’m back at a plateau. At this point in my ‘big picture’ goal I should weigh about 7-8 pounds less than I do right now, but given that the SP graph is a steady line from starting point to goal, I knew that my actual progress was unlikely to match it. I wondered how frustrated I would feel when this happened, and it’s been interesting to consider my feelings about myself with the fact that I’m behind on my goal. I worried that I would... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:56:42 EST Fitbit, Nutrition goals, and a Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455967 I went to sleep last night feeling a bit guilty about my recent performance in terms of eating well, and a weight plateau for the last few weeks to match. <BR> <BR> I bought a Fitbit right around the time that Sparkpeople introduced the ability to integrate your calories burned through exercise into your nutritional goals. I thought it was great--both of these things combined to create a more accurate picture of what I was really taking in and burning off. I am also motivated by any new tra... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:51:28 EST A Sweet Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452919 About a year ago, I walked by a storefront that had a beautiful swimsuit in the window. I thought it would work well with my shape and wondered if they had it in my size (16). So I went in the store. <BR> <BR> The salesperson looked at me and, before I could even ask, said, “sorry, we don’t carry plus sizes here.” <BR> <BR> Ouch. <BR> <BR> I went home feeling angry and embarrassed, even though I recognized that it was really her (and her store’s) loss. All I could think about was the fact ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:33:25 EST I Think You're Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433310 This is an open letter to anyone out there that doesn’t wear bathing suits because they think they are too unattractive, to anyone that feels self-conscious shopping for clothes at the mall, to anyone who is punishing themselves mentally because they aren’t a certain dress size, to anyone who is preoccupied with how much they think they’re jiggling at the gym, to anyone who thinks I’m staring at your cellulite or hairy legs or “weird ears” or whatever it is you think I’m staring at and findin... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:51:57 EST The Workplace (water) Drinking Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409471 I’ve been having trouble remembering to drink water throughout the workday, so I came up with a fun way to get it done. If your workplace is anything like mine, you’ll get through those 8 glasses in no time! <BR> <BR> TAKE A BIG SIP whenever: <BR> <BR> 1. You get an email from your boss. <BR> 2. A coworker mentions their family member. <BR> 3. You walk by a tray or plate of treats. <BR> 4. Someone says an acronym out loud as though it’s a word (like “ay-cap” for ACAP, etc.). <BR> 5. Anyone ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:54:03 EST The “Cheap” Motivations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392281 Recently on the message boards someone mentioned the “cheap” things that motivate her: those things that are not noble, long-term reasons for sticking to your healthy living goals, but are the shallower things that will get you off the couch. I thought this was a great way to describe it! <BR> <BR> Although I do have a goal of becoming fit and healthy for myself and my family, lengthening my life, becoming strong, and all that other good stuff, so often the reason I drag myself to a workout ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:52:21 EST That two weeks of the month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390283 Tracking my food, motivation, and noticing my energy levels more has led to some interesting patterns. One of these is that for about a week and a half before 'that time of the month' I am hungry constantly. It is SO hard to keep within my limits... though I managed up til now, I slipped up the other day and had to eat again after an early dinner. And, unfortunately, the more I work out, the hungrier I feel. Does this happen to any other ladies out there? <BR> <BR> If it was only a day or tw... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:05:52 EST Vacation free-for-all: one way to do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383776 So I've been away from my home for the past 9 days, visiting some of the big cities in the northeast and eating my way through a number of local (and transplanted) specialties. I had an amazing time and I thought I'd write about what became of my healthier habits while I was on the road... <BR> <BR> The vacation eating/exercise philosophy: <BR> I had a plan going into this vacation that I would keep track of everything I ate but not worry about eating within my calorie range. I chose this p... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:59:28 EST G-g-g-g-good to the Bone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371579 So I recently (successfully) completed a motivational bet to lose some weight, and now I’m headed on vacation in two days. As part of my 6-month plan I’ve worked in a 10-day ‘break’ from my weight loss to enjoy my vacation without worrying about finding an internet signal to look up calorie information or saying no to exotic foods I really want to experience. Not exactly a free-for-all, but a vacation from my day-to-day goals, if that makes sense. I will still record everything I eat, as best... Wed, 29 May 2013 14:11:40 EST Sometimes I Actually Do Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369118 I’ve definitely been struggling with mood lately. At first I thought it was just a particularly long and bad run of PMS (I definitely notice a change in my spirits for 4-5 days a month) but even after that fiiiinally ‘broke’ I still felt irritated and headachey and tired all day. I’ve increased my vitamin B and iron intake and am trying hard to get more sleep (although I generally get my 8 hours plus some). I also have a few stress-reduction items on the go in hopes of improving things. I rea... Mon, 27 May 2013 09:38:26 EST Touchpoint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360165 I've been struggling to find motivation over the last week or so--struggling to choose exercise over television, struggling to choose vegetables over junk food--and so I thought it was important to write down some of the reasons I came here and decided to get healthy. I'm hoping to create a touchpoint I can come back to when I lose the plot a little. <BR> <BR> I was a skinny kid. I was a skinny through high school and had a healthy body weight through university. I wasn't pleased with how I ... Sat, 18 May 2013 11:43:46 EST These are my Jams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359222 So I've read articles here and there about inspirational songs, and I thought I'd add some of my own to the mix. My 'GET GOING' playlist changes periodically but here are my top 5 songs that I'm either currently crushing on or never let go of: <BR> <BR> 1. Save Me - Gotye: it's such a positive message and a super catchy song. I really like that guy's voice and I love this song to centre myself during a warmup or cooldown. <BR> <BR> 2. Nowhere to Run - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas: mostly... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:27:56 EST Waking up hungry instead of refreshed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357477 Recently I posted a glowing review of myself, discussing my achievements and progress and how happy I am with what I’ve done. Oh sure, this is great, but it gets boring fast. "I'm awesome! Check me out! Guess what--still awesome everybody! Oh--did I mention I'm awesome??" <BR> <BR> So gentle readers, how do you recover from being so proud of yourself? Personally, I like to follow up my feelings of elation with a few days of bad decisions and discouragement! <BR> <BR> Riding a nearly perfect... Wed, 15 May 2013 13:18:30 EST Two Month Check-In: This is Winning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350925 Me, yesterday afternoon: “La la la la… wooo hoo hooo, doot de doo” <BR> Boyfriend: “What’s put you in such a good mood?” <BR> Me, stopping to notice I’ve been singing as I put on my gym clothes: “Whoa… uh, I guess I’m looking forward to running on the treadmill?” <BR> <BR> When did THAT happen? <BR> <BR> I have been trying to stick to my sparkpeople diet plan and regularly exercising since March 3rd. I have officially lost 18 pounds, and am down about two dress sizes. I’ve lost five inches ... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:51:38 EST Mind over Math http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335076 One of the things that I find motivating in my weight loss is to graph and chart everything. I have a super nerdy Excel spreadsheet that has all my weight and measurements tracked as well as a few other things like the types and duration of exercises I've done (on a calendar). I like to plan out my expectations for myself so I can see how reality matches up. I adjust my expectations when I need to, but for the most part I find the plan and the charting are one way I can bust some of my bad-ha... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:27:43 EST Getting Over Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331459 I have to say I've been working out for about two months and I still can't really say I like it. I like that I'm doing it, but I don't really love the experience. One of the things that gets in the way of my joy of exercise is self-consciousness. <BR> <BR> Self-consciousness can be an excuse for me to avoid pretty much any kind of exercise, if I let it. It's a mix of irrational fears and a few bad experiences that lead to a lot of negative thinking for me when I am exercising... one "nice ru... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:11:59 EST Stress and the Single Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328548 So, I'm buying a condo. It's my first major purchase and everything is sort of coming together and falling apart on an hourly basis. It's very exciting! And pretty stressful. <BR> <BR> My old habit in this situation would be to calm my nerves and focus by buying a 'treat' to eat, sit down at home with it, have some quiet time while I enjoy the food. Normally this would be my favourite burger, a particular kind of cake I have to go out of my way to get, or take-out from a nice Italian place. ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:10:15 EST Waylaid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322992 One of the things I find really frustrating is when things outside of my control stand in the way of my good intentions. I mean, I am enemy enough to myself on this front! "Oh, there's a 10% chance of lightning storms? Better not go for that run!"... "What's this? a tear in my shoe? Looks like my afternoon just turned into a trip to the mall instead of a workout!" The last thing I need is something else adding to my excuses to not to eat well or work out! ;) <BR> <BR> This weekend I planned ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:49:55 EST Changing it Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320803 One of the challenges I'm finding is how to maintain both variety and routine within my fitness and nutrition plan. As a person with ADHD I face this dilemma a lot: life is easier if I follow a routine, but a) it's very, very hard for me to do, and b) I don't LIKE routine. So now that I have added to my previous daily activities fitness and healthy eating, my limited attention is becoming pretty strained. <BR> <BR> So, at least I'm probably not in danger of doing that thing that I've heard p... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:19:05 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316849 Today I am inspired to remember what is truly important to me and to make sure that I am spending time every day on those things. I am inspired to take time for a walk at lunch in the midst of a busy workday, I am inspired to put great music on while I walk to work, I am inspired to respond to messages from people I care about, and I am inspired to take a moment every hour to remind myself to be grateful for everything I have. <BR> <BR> I lost a great mentor last week. Last fall I was in her... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:47:30 EST So many emotions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940824 I thought at first I had PMS, but then nothing happened. <BR> <BR> I've been eating balanced meals in a healthy caloric range and exercising for about three weeks now, and I think it might be making me crazy. I noticed that a lot of stuff was hurting my feelings, making me giddy with joy... I was crying during the Bachelorette. How was this not PMS? <BR> <BR> I considered, for the last few years, that I was using food as an emotional crutch. But I couldn't figure out what I was trying to co... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:02:33 EST