BUTTERCUPP76's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUTTERCUPP76 BUTTERCUPP76'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/ It's a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758369 Oh my goodness, where to start! So much has been going on since the last time I posted a blog entry. Many changes some good, some not so good. A huge change that has happened is I started clinicals last fall and my stress levels went through the roof. My schedule also got crazy. I have to admit I haven't handled this well and have gained roughly 20 pounds since then. I could easily come up with a billion excuses but that is all it would be, an excuse. I have consciously made the decisi... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:52:33 EST Breaking the Excuse Cycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395635 <em>230</em> <em>228</em> Warning: This is a rant to me, about me!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Just get up and do it. Don't put crap in your mouth that you are gonna kick yourself for later and then complain about not being able to lose weight anymore. It is sad, pathetic and enough is enough. Go after your dreams and goals. You wanna wear a smaller size scrub for clinicals this fall? Guess what? YOU are going to have to get off your duff and make it happen. No one can do this for you, no on... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:10:02 EST Reset....Again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335870 It absolutely, completely totally sucks that weight comes back so easily. I worked my butt off to lose that 15 pounds since January. After all that hard work, BAM! a week and half of not watching what I eat and I gain half of it back! I want to lay in the floor and cry! It's not fair, it's just not fair!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, pity party over, lol! <BR> <BR> It is true however that weight comes back much easier than it goes away. However, I take full responsibility for the gain. And it ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:15:42 EST Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317805 I've had this blog rumbling around in my head for a while, but just haven't taken the time to type it out and post it. <BR> <BR> I had been toying with the idea of resetting all my goals to better reflect the ones I am currently pursuing. The only downside was that I would lose all my tracked info, weight, food, exercise, etc. I hesitated to do that, but decided to take the plunge and reset my goals as of April 1. Nothing really new there, just a way of recommitting to my journey, and b... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 23:38:23 EST Week 3 Challenge: Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278113 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846287676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, here it is. It has taken me a while to get this done and I am obviously not very artistic. The other collages I've seen are very cool looking and I just couldn't get my to look like that. But, it works, lol! <BR> <BR> My absolute favorite picture I found while searching for this is the salt shaker and light bulb picture. Matthew 5: 13-16 says: '13 You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses it... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:39:56 EST Just Random Stuff...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273605 Well, I knew this time would come and I am excited that I am doing this so quickly. I'm backsliding, and it is time to recommit. Normally, this would happen after 2-3 months or more of back sliding and then I would half-way recommit. <BR> <BR> I'm not talking about half-a$! recommittment, I'm talking about full recommitment. I will start measuring my food again, eating cleaner more wholesome food (sodium levels are over the top!) I've got a goal and I want to keep working to be able to... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:30:01 EST Week 2 Challenge: Workout Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264661 For this week's challenge, we were asked to create a workout game. I went to the link provided for inspiration and began to think about what I would create. I don't watch much television and don't watch any show regularly, so that really wasn't an option. Thank the Lord for creative team members though! I decided to do "Around the Apartment" workout game. I live fairly close to an international airport, with in five miles of both Saint Jude Research hospital and Leboheur Children's Hospi... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:08:51 EST Sparklers Challenge 1 w/Bonus Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255137 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Team! My name is Sara. I'm 36, married and currently have no children and no pets. I am a full-time student studying Medical Radiography. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I had my 'scare' when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 07. I lost some weight, got my numbers under control, then became complacent, gained some weight back (not all lost, thankfully), held steady for a while and now my numbers are creeping up where I don't like th... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:03:40 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247079 I am sitting here and just thinking over the past years and all the self-sabotage I've engaged in. I've never really had what you would call great self-esteem. It has truly only been in the last few years that I have gained enough confidence in who I am that I can really be me. Five years ago now I lost 60 pounds doing Weight Watchers and taking a medicine for my type 2 diabetes. It really felt like the weight was more or less melting off of me and even better I didn't have to closely gua... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:43:06 EST Progress..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235066 Well, I didn't make my actual goal, but I am REALLY close to it. I see no obstacles to being able to make it to my goal this week. <BR> <BR> I am starting a new challenge on Monday. A friend wants to sign up for a Warrior Dash in April and wanted people to do it with. I am completely freaking out, but I committed to going with her. So, my new challenge is to train to complete the run. It is a run with obstacles and is about the length of a 5k. Lots of work to do! But it will be loa... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:05:08 EST Honesty IS the Best Policy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229050 It's what my parent's always taught me and while I am honest with other people, I find that it is difficult to be honest with myself. It may sound crazy, but in my head it is easy to say: 'oh, this little bit of this won't hurt.' Unfortunately, it isn't always just one little bit, it is usually three or four or more! So a goal for me this week is to be more honest with myself, my portion sizes and my choices. <BR> <BR> Another goal I have set for myself this week is to be below 200 pounds ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:35:49 EST Accountability.......Ummmm, Yeah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223147 This can easily turn in to a whoa is me blog about how I am tracking my food and exercising and I'm still not seeing any weight loss. Unfortuanately, in all honesty I can't do that because I know it isn't 100% true. <BR> <BR> Yes, I did track my calories......mostly. But I didn't track the other night when hubby and I went to the Mexican restaurant and I had the deep fried mahi-mahi tacos with latin slaw, black beans and rice. Or the other day when I was standing in the kitchen at the h... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:47:00 EST And the verdict is........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212312 Two thumbs up for the slow cooker lasagna. I used baby spinach instead of eggplant as that is what I had on hand. The only thing different I will do next time I make is to put the ricotta cheese on each layer instead of making it one layer. For us, it is a definite keeper. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:22:47 EST Making Progress.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211759 Ok, so even though it was cold and overcast this morning, I made myself get out of bed and go to Zumba. My favorite workout of all time I'd have to say. I love music and dancing even though I can't really dance, lol! But I just try to keep up and in the process burn tons of calories. Over 800 for today's one hour class. Not bad at all. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to focus on cleaning up my nutrition as well. Hubby and I eat out a lot, not because I don't have time to cook, I just ty... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:37:53 EST Just Do It.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210170 Need to get my but in gear and exercise! Not sure what workout I will do today, but something is better than nothing so just go do It! <BR> <BR> Gonna go exercise now! <em>315</em> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>320</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:17:04 EST A New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188612 It is so incredibly hard to believe that it is already 2013! Wasn't I just a teenager? Time flies whether you like it or not I suppose! And here I am no closer, but thankfully no further from my ultimate goal. Exercise isn't my problem, for me, it is the eating. I quess I am what you would call fit and fat. No, I don't have lots and lots of weight to lose, but I still have a significant amount I would like to get off, approximately 50. I say approximately because I am exercising and stre... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:13:40 EST I Can Do This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005814 No, it won't happen tomorrow or the next, but one day at a time I will get better and better. I feel my attitude changing, my willpower is locking into place and you know what? It feels so GOOD! I am making slow steady changes in my eating and I am feeling those changes in a positive way. My endurance is increasing. I can feel muscles under the layers of fat that are just waiting to be seen. <BR> <BR> My mindset is so different, I went over my calorie range today (not much, 150 or so c... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:59:34 EST Tracking Does Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993949 I've really been on the bandwagon these last few days, and my motivation and my willpower are kicked into high gear. So definite YAY! for that. However, I really thought I was doing well with my eating but found out different today. <BR> <BR> I logged in all of my food and while I was under on my calories (not by much), I was over on some other things that really surprised me. It is honestly no wonder I have had such a hard time losing weight! So, tomorrow will be about tweaking my die... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:49:28 EST Moving Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983360 For once in my life I am saying no to excuses, I am in control of my life and I have the final say so. I have will power, it has just been buried under so many excuses I just couldn't find it. Well, I've done some mental digging and I found it, am dusting it off and trying it on for size. <BR> <BR> No one said this would be easy, but really! I've been on a four year break, come on get yo' butt in gear girl!!! Life has happened, like it always does, but that doesn't mean I can't take car... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:13:32 EST Clean Eating and Random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906558 On this journey to health, I am striving to eat clean. I do really well for breakfast and my morning snack, but then somewhere around lunch it all falls apart. I am not sure why I do this to myself. It is self-sabotage. Deep down I think to myself that I can't do this, it is to hard. Sometimes my mind is my own worst enemy. For quite a while I've been in a cycle of doing pretty well during the week, but then I completely blow it on the weekend and undo any good I might have done and end... Thu, 31 May 2012 22:06:21 EST Happy Birthday to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897792 On June 1, 2012, I will be 36. What better birthday present than to give myself the gift of health. Only four more years until I hit 40, my new 20, lol! I will be in the best shape of my life, I will treat my body as it needs to be treated, like a temple, and I invite you all to join me on my journey. I hope by making this more public than private that this will provide me the motivation to keep going even during the tough times, knowing (or at least hoping) that you are reading about thi... Fri, 25 May 2012 15:10:47 EST New Month, New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817757 28 day Bootcamp is over, I am so proud of myself, I did it! This last week was rough because it started out well and then I got really sick and couldn't work out. I haven't worked out in almost an entire week. It is going to be a least another day before I can really get back in to my workouts, so I will be taking it easy for a few more days. <BR> <BR> I also just finished my last assignment for the trimester and now just have 2 finals to take. I will only be taking one summer class so... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 23:27:46 EST Challenge Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808251 Well, I have successfully made it to challenge week four. I am on track to finish strong and hopefully will see a little progress on the scale. I have cleaned my eating up quite significantly in the last few weeks, and I feel so much better. Hubby and I have started sitting down on Sunday and making a menu for the week and then grocery shopping according to that. It makes such a difference. We are trying all different types of dishes and trying new foods. My favorite place to shop is a... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 23:37:27 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800622 Man what a crazy week this has been. Haven't gotten to exercise at all like I wanted, but eating has been really good so far. Lots of school work going on and still have 2 papers left to write before finals. <BR> <BR> Challenges are going well even though I've had to combine some days here and there but I've gotten them in. Planning on taking a me day tomorrow and get a good workout in before class and after. I am hoping to see a change in the scale this week and am going to try to not ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:21:08 EST Just Random :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787507 Haven't blogged in a few days, been quite busy studying for a test and writing a case study. I've been plugging away however at my two challenges and I've added Coach Nicole's 28 day Bootcamp DVD. On off days, I am going to just fill in with my other DVD's and walk trails in the park. Nutrition is going fairly well, hubby and I ate mexican (steak fajitas, beans and rice for 1) and shared it. Way to much for one but it worked out well for two. I love that he enjoys sharing, we waste so mu... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:39:29 EST Challenges Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778410 Thursdays are my busiest day because I have classes all afternoon. Today was even crazier because I had an appointment before class and then I went with my hubby and SIL to the local college basketball game as soon as class was over. So, all I was able to do today was just the videos from the challenge, but I got them done. I only have one morning class tomorrow and will have the rest of the day to make up for it. Went to a restaurant on Beale afterward and shared some BBQ nachos, hot leg... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 00:16:20 EST Boot Camp day 2 and a new Challenge :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776524 I joined a new challenge to run concurrently with the Boot Camp challenge. It is the Spring challenge. Joined late last night, so I did both day 1 and 2 today so I would be able to be on the same day as the Boot Camp. Enjoyed the videos, the cruchless abs video was pretty good, may have to mark that one to do it again. Over all enjoyed all three workouts I did today and then I went to the park and walked trails for 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> Logged all my food so far today and was over my c... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:46:57 EST Boot Camp Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774696 I signed up for the SP Bootcamp Challenge team today. Checking out all the info and did the first video in the series. I joined because I wanted to prove to myself that I could stick with something for a certain amount of time. I have certainly failed at my assorted attempts so far. So, it's just 28 days. And what better day to start this than our wedding anniversary? Talked it over with my husband and our gift to each other next year is going to be to be closer to our weight goals. W... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 23:14:01 EST A Walk in the Park :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772274 I am on a mission to eat healthier, more nutrient dense food. Hubby and I have started steaming lots of fresh veggies, getting one meat choice and sharing, eating more fruits as "dessert". I have come a long way. This was a 3 splenda/blue pack/pink pack per cup of coffee girl, and now nothing, just half and half. Same with tea, now we only drink unsweetened. Sometimes just to change it up, I might use about a fourth of a pack of splenda and it is almost to sweet for me. Amazing how tast... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:50:01 EST 2/28/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762053 Last 2 days have been pretty full, and I haven't exercise. Well, hubby and I did walk for about 30 minutes in our neighborhood last night. Had to get an MMR shot for school yesterday and today, I have a nagging headache and sore joints, which is normal. I don't feel bad, just not wonderful either. Tomorrow is going to be about 72 or so and off and on rainy, but still a great day to get out and walk or something. I wish my zumba classes would meet outside, that would be wonderful! My in... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:10:43 EST Day 1 Daily Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692456 I have decided to start doing a daily blog, mainly for me just to be accountable and if I need to vent or whatever can do it here. Despite being sick, today wasn't horrible until about 330 when I found out my first Physics test is next week. So completely not ready and I have a week to prepare for it. This class is really going to take a lot of effort, but I knew that going in and I am going to give it 100% and do the best I can. Thank goodness for tutors! <BR> <BR> Next week I am also... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:47:50 EST