C8TSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=C8TSON C8TSON'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/ Sometimes Bad Experiences Teach Us So Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994322 I am finally coming clean with a bad experience I had almost a year ago. I sought medical attention at my usual doctor last December, and had a horrible experience. I will not go into the details here, but essentially the nurse I saw told me everything was in my head. It sent me into a terrible depression, and months of binge-eating whatever I wanted. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until I began my 60 day juice fast that I began to see that my problem was not in my head one bit. I started to feel... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:33:44 EST This is Just Sick and Disturbing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968919 I have become highly passionate about where my food comes from. Therefore, I like to share it whenever possible. However, I absolutely, 100% DON'T like to share with people if they are not wanting to know. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> If you log in to social media and someone has posted grotesque pictures of dog abuse that show up immediately whether you want to see them or not. Yes, it's out there, and we know it exists, but some are not comfortable with actually seeing it. <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:06:51 EST Day 90 of My Total Health Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968282 Today is day 90 of my total lifestyle makeover. I can’t believe I have stuck to a health plan for 90 whole days! I don’t think I have ever been so committed to my overall health. <BR> <BR> I took this time to be away from sparkpeople, mainly to keep my focus in check. I still find it disturbing that spark is consistently promoting recipes that are “healthy” but so blatantly are NOT healthy. But, for my own purposes, I also removed myself from all the spark emails that could pos... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:46:02 EST Taking Some Time Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919817 Hello everyone! I haven't actually been very active on sparkpeople for a long time. I have tried to get into some sort of routine with it again, and it just isn't working for me. <BR> <BR> Today, I am preparing for another extended juice fast. This one is going to be a 60 day fast. I considered keeping a blog about my experience again, but I feel like this time should be for me to totally heal. I have been going through a very difficult time, and I feel like this fast is what I need s... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:39:44 EST Very Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899713 I'm sorry for being spark distant lately. I have a lot going on in life and this has just taken a huge back burner for me. <BR> <BR> In five weeks time, my baby has been sick with throwing up illness three times. I did get it confirmed as to what is wrong with him and it is all teething related. Each bout of sickness has brought a new tooth. So, it has been a tiring 5 weeks, and I have barely been getting any sleep at all lately. Now, I am battling a cold just due to being run down. ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:18:48 EST SMILE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061573251.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138120286.jpg"> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:21:45 EST New Routine and More Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864505 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post an update about my progress as well as detail some of the medical things I have been going through. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I am well established on a very balanced, yet strict, diet. Essentially, I'm 50% juicing my meals (veggie only juices) and 50% eating food--organic meats, veggies, fermented foods, nuts, seeds, and eggs. The weight is coming off, which is nice and I'm enjoying it while it is. I will explain further why I am on ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:54:04 EST Confessions, and One More Request for Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848816 Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> Lately, it's been hard for me to even get out of bed in the mornings. I still have continued pain that usually wrecks my day (and my night as I'm unable to get comfortable). I have hit a total standstill with my weight. I spent two solid weeks adhering strictly to the doctor's plans for me, and STILL had severe pain and weight stagnancy. So, I went crazy. I mean I ate everything in sight for a solid 6 days. Here's how it happened. I woke the morning we were... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:18:23 EST Important Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834415 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share an article I read this morning. Over these past few months of intense healing and life changes, I have discovered that I really do feel passionate about many things to do with our food supply. I once turned a blind eye to it, but now I am aware and I want to be an activist against "big food." I have many beliefs about why things are the way they are now, and I feel we are in grave danger if we continue to abuse our natural God-given food system.... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:23:04 EST Things Have Just Been Tough Lately.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830391 Hello! <BR> I have actually been on a bit of a spark break these past few weeks. Lately, things have been really tough all the way around. I feel bad for not being here offering my usual support, reading blogs, and general spark friendship. Things got to a point where I had to step back and really look at things carefully. I'm really still in this spot for the most part, but I felt I at least owed an explanation. <BR> <BR> My major issue is continuing health problems. Despite my 30 da... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:05:42 EST Reboot Juice Fast Results--How it Changed my Life (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814829 Hello! I haven't written a blog in a while, so I would like to write a quick post about my juice fast results. I completed a total 30 day juice only fast and I can't begin to tell you how it has changed me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452295072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For starters..... I COMPLETED A 30 DAY JUICE ONLY FAST!!! Ok, it just sounds so surreal, I had to say it twice. I have never finished anything this big with my diet in my entire life. I don't even t... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:04:00 EST Day 20- Reboot Update and then a Planned Short Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805925 Good evening all! Today is the completion of day 20 of my fast. I'm excited about the changes going on in my body, and really hopeful in the end results. <BR> <BR> At the end of this fast, I will be posting my final results in a blog. I am no longer going to be blogging each day. It's difficult to find the time, and I have somewhat lost my readers--I'm sure because blogging just isn't my strength. <em>39</em> So, from here on out, I will be keeping a journal that is just for me. ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:05:13 EST Day 19-- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805283 Day 19 is done, and I'm looking forward to starting my last ten days. <em>104</em> Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. <BR> <BR> This is a short blog for tonight. Taking a quick break from painting the bathroom as my hands cramped up. <em>465</em> Goodnight all! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:33:24 EST Day 17/18 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804757 A little catch up this evening! I didn't wind up blogging yesterday because it was just kind of a yucky day. I was having really weird food cravings, and was feeling sad in general. I think it may be PMS rearing its ugly head, but I'm not really sure. It could have just been due to excruciating shoulder pain. I'm still getting some work done, and while I think the doc made a breakthrough on Thursday, I experienced intense soreness yesterday. It was so much better today though. I was ev... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:36:19 EST Day 16- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803521 Today has been fabulous! First of all, I got a new haircut last night that really made me feel better about myself. The last person who gave me a haircut.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061658243.jpg"> <BR> really disappointed me. (OK, not REALLY Sweeney Todd, but it was a terrible cut, and the person had a major chip on her shoulder). My haircut before was so bad, people today said, "whoah, your hair looks so much better." Yeah! I totally wasn't offended, ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:27:56 EST Day 15- Reboot I MADE IT HALFWAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802764 I can't believe it! Today is day 15 and the middle of my Reboot juice fast! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227265834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I woke this morning, I was excited to weigh in and see a dramatic change. At first, I was saddened that I had only lost 3 pounds since the first weigh in when I lost 8 pounds. Then, I realized, there is no reason to be sad about losing 11 pounds overall in 15 days. Not only that, weight loss was not my focus in this fast; it... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:29:54 EST Day 14- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802354 Nothing much to report here! Just feeling better every day. I did have a juice today that I did not like though. It was just not good at all. I have liked all of them so far, but this one took the prize on bad-tasting! <BR> <BR> I'm still dealing with chronic pains, which I had hoped would go away by now, but they haven't yet. I'm not sure if I'm still just healing/detoxing, or if there is something else going on, such as heavy metal toxicity. Either way, I'm sure I will get to the bo... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:52:42 EST Day 13- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801775 Good Evening! I'm a little late in the day with this blog, but it was a typical busy Monday! The day was lovely though, perfect temperature, wonderful sunshine--such a true blessing. <BR> <BR> So, in preparation of the future, I have been trying to come up with a new system for meal planning. In the past, I have skated by every week on a half done menu plan and wound up eating out half the time anyway. Sometimes I would just go stare at the menu with dread; I would dread what fancy mea... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:50:00 EST Day 12- Reboot and a Small Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801116 Day 12 went pretty well. Had some intestinal things going on, but I'm sure it's all just part of the cleanse. Nothing too disturbing or upsetting to my day though. It may have even been the fact that I juiced chard; I have never tried chard before, but I once had an "allergy" to beets. They are all in the same family, so it could have just been a little shock to my system. <BR> <BR> So, for my victory! We had to get out and do a little shopping, thankfully not grocery related. For an... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:25:44 EST Day 11- Reboot--Much Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800418 This is a really short post today, but I just wanted to say that today I feel <em>250</em> ! I'm so glad I didn't give in to temptations yesterday. It was tough, but I persevered and made it through ok. Not only that, I feel really good physically! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The reason today's post is so short is because we are working really hard to get through with as much of the remodel as possible. I can't believe it, but I just sat on the hardwood floor working on my part of th... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:42:40 EST Day 10- Reboot--Tough Day in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799949 I don't honestly know what is going on with me today, but I'm really having a hard time with food cravings. I thought I was past all of that. I woke up craving everything I'm not supposed to have. Not really sure why this is happening. And, I'm not only craving the normal things I can't have, like meat, dairy, or grains. I mean, I'm having strange cravings for foods I haven't eaten in close to a year, such as really bad for you fast food. I'm going to remain strong. I just need some un... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:31:45 EST Day 9- Reboot & Very First Vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799206 Clark has his first taste of one of our juices (kale, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger) and surprises us with his reaction! I'm glad that during our eating out days, we acquired the Rudy's cups--they have been amazing for juices! <BR> <BR> This was a few days ago, and I wanted to share sooner, but it took me a while to figure out how to get it fixed. Anyway, I think I finally got it all figured out for your enjoyment! He actually loves juices so much, we make him his own now and ge... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:11:30 EST Day 8- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798785 Just a quick update today--but my fast is going really well. I am feeling extremely good today. No more flu-like symptoms, no more intense hunger pangs, no more headaches. The only residual is slight congestion and feeling of tiredness. The tiredness is simply not getting enough sleep. There just aren't enough hours in the day, and thus, I don't get enough hours of sleep. Oh well! One of these days, when our remodel is complete, maybe it will add some structure back into life. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:46:12 EST Day 7- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798012 Today is the start of day 7, and I'm finally starting to feel human again. Yesterday I wound up feeling so ill, I left work around 3:00 and went to bed for two hours. I affirmed once again though, that it's just part of the detox. <BR> <BR> I am not feeling so sick anymore today. My sore throat is nearly gone, my congestion is slowly clearing, and I am certain I am done with fevers, as I had quite an episode with that in the night. I woke up freezing cold, despite my heavy pajamas, soc... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:58:57 EST Day 4,5,6 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797488 I had every intention of writing a blog each day through the weekend, but honestly, I just felt too yucky to keep up with it. I did jot some things down though, so I could keep track of my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Day 4 was the first unpleasant day, in terms of detox. I consistently felt cold, but ran no fever. Felt very tired, like I wanted to nap all day. The good thing is, I lost the headache somewhere between day 3 and 4—what a relief! Some of my pain intensified on day 4 that I chroni... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:33:10 EST Day 3- Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795854 <em>213</em> Today is day 3 of my Reboot Juice Fast. I am continuing to move forward each and every day...every meal. This has been so much better than I imagined. I have fought a slight headache off and on for the duration, but I think it may still be related to continuing shoulder problems more than anything. Sleep has been here and there, which is annoying, but I think it's because there is so much to think about for the fast. It's very time consuming to prepare all these meals, but... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:15:30 EST Day 2 Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795253 Good morning! First of all, thank you all for coming by and encouraging me on my blog yesterday! It really helped me feel like I can actually do this! So, <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> This is day 2 of my fast, and I'm still feeling pretty good. I got a headache last night about 7:ish that became unbearable by about 10, so I just tried to rest. Then, I thought I was super tired, so went to lay down in my bed, and was just awake. Wide awake. So, a headache a little insomnia, general feeli... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:30:37 EST Day 1 -Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794620 I began the day pretty exhausted, but very excited. Set my alarm for 6:00 am to play the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor for extra motivation. It worked, because I got right up! <em>334</em> Last night, it took us four hours to go to Sprouts, come home, clean out our fridge (yes, washing of shelves and drawers and all), wash all the veggies and fruits, and organize them into our fridge. It was a grueling process for the beginning, but now that we have a clean fridge, it should no... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:47:45 EST A Little Sadness, But Not Enough to Keep Me Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793501 Hello friends. My blog today comes from a little bit of sadness. All of the hard work I put in at the beginning of the year, when I was losing weight left and right is all gone. I have gained everything back I lost after Clark was born. I mean, I'm actually within 8 pounds of what I weighed right after he was born, which is absurd and horrible. <em>39</em> The only decent excuse I have is that I have been on a total exercise restriction for the past six or so months. <BR> <BR> I th... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:46:53 EST Clark's 1st Birthday Party (with Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791397 Clark had a wonderful birthday party with lots of friends and family here to celebrate with him! We really catered to Clark's likes, and he was so joyful and thankful. We hosted close to 30 people (which was completely scary to me) and managed to pull it off without too many issues. <BR> <BR> One thing we did that we were told we were crazy for, was provide a meal. Part of it was the original guest list was composed of family only, but then the list grew....and grew......and grew. So, ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:11:54 EST 10 Things I Would Like to Change Through a Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790428 1.) <em>33</em> Reduce or rid myself of chronic inflammation/pain <BR> 2.) <em>20</em> Reset my taste preferences from fat/sugar/salt to vitamins/minerals/whole & natural <BR> 3.) <em>204</em> Improve my physical appearance from looking tired and old to vibrant and my age! <BR> 4.) <em>363</em> Run. I have always wanted to run, and if the juice fast does what it claims, I should be able to. <BR> 5.) <em>334</em> A more positive attitude. More specifically, I hope it straightens o... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:42:02 EST Ready to Share My Plan Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790011 Hello! For a while now, I have been blogging here and there about a new diet that I had been planning on doing in October. I am ready to share the plan now, and I want to start out with a couple of disclaimers. One, I have not fallen into a fad trap with this diet plan. I have done extensive research, talked to many people (including several experts), looked at many different plans, and feel I have found the best fit for me. Two, I AM and will continue to be under the direct guidance of ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:30:00 EST One Year of Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786123 I love my sweet birthday boy, Clark! One year ago today, I was given the greatest blessing of my life--my beautiful son! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286095912.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l976798774.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248464472.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:25:01 EST Big, Bad Shoulder Pain (with pics) and an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783029 Happy Friday afternoon! I decided to write a blog this afternoon with some updates. In fact, I have decided that I'm going to blog far more often, because I rather miss it. And, I'm going to do so because it makes me feel better to write things down. I think it will help me sort out some things over these coming months of change. <BR> <BR> First off, I had the final procedure done to my shoulder yesterday...or at least that is the hope. If I don't have some significant pain relief, he... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:46:00 EST Last Day to be 20-something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778030 For the entire year that my husband was 29, I teased him relentlessly that it would be his last year to be "20-something!" I taunted him to the point of no mercy! Well, for the last year, I received reciprocal treatment! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I turn 30! How exciting! I spent a lot of the past two years setting goals for turning the "dreaded" 30. However, I have recently begun thinking in a different pattern. Two years ago, I would have said, "by the time I turn 30, I wan... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:16:19 EST Considering Letting Go of Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773610 Good evening. I have to be boldly honest here. I have been considering for a while now getting rid of my spark account. I have always loved it here, and felt a real sense of community. Lately, however, I have not felt that (with a few exceptions). <BR> <BR> I am not sure if my friends here are just not as active as before or if spark is losing some spark...or what it is. I have tried to reach out to others here, and even joined some teams to try and spread my wings and get to know s... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:25:35 EST Rough Week Behind Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769458 This has been one of THOSE weeks. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday night, I started to feel a little queasy and took to the couch because I was wide awake with a random case of insomnia. I just assumed it was extreme exhaustion from remodeling and running all weekend--you know, the point at which you get yourself so tired, you are too tired to sleep? It may sound strange, but I have dealt with it a few times. Anyway, I wish I had been so lucky. I was up super late, then back awake with... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:43:30 EST Updates, Some Pictures, & Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758897 Good morning! I have not been a very dedicated sparker lately. I have been on here everyday, reading people's blogs and trying to be in touch with my friends. I just haven't taken the time to spark for myself. We have had a ton of stuff going on lately, and I am doing well just to keep up with the normal responsibilities. <BR> <BR> First off, the remodel still isn't even close to being done in our bathroom. With work schedules and of course working around a baby's schedule, we really ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:04:32 EST Why, Oh Why, Do I Continue to Punish Myself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739456 Sparkfriends, I need some help, insight, encouragement...whatever you got, I could probably use it right about now. <BR> <BR> So, I'm supposed to be in the midst of my plan! Or at least PRE-planning for my ultimate plan in October. As of last week, I had proclaimed that I was done with wheat/gluten foods, and would be working towards elimination of soda for my next step. Friends, with the mess that remodel became (see previous blog for details about that), I totally didn't follow my no ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:54:26 EST Remodeling is a Pretty Good Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737259 This past week, my DH and I took off work for our annual vacation, although this year we decided to stick around and do some much needed remodel. We have been remodeling our home since we got married, and can only work on it gradually as we rebuild funding and time to do it. We hadn't done anything in a year, but that's because we have been having fun else-wise.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232277081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, here we are starting the biggest remode... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:13:52 EST Coming up with a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730203 For the past several weeks, I have been so busy with so much. Work this time of year is always very crazy for me as it is the end of our fiscal year. That means lots of extra hours (sometimes even at night) and not a lot of time to dedicate to me. Add on that I had company for about two solid weeks, and it has been a pretty crazy month. <BR> <BR> I'm very ready to get back to my daily routine again. During this time, I haven't been eating the healthiest, nor have I had the time to exer... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:41:47 EST Putting the Scale Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704272 Good morning! It's a lovely Tuesday morning after a nice long weekend of MUCH NEEDED rain. It rained off and on all weekend long and it was amazing! <em>27</em> We have been in a serious drought for a long time now, and with the threat of wildfires and blazing temperatures in the summers, it's always welcome to rain as much as it wants! <BR> <BR> The past week has been amazing for me in every way--physically, mentally, spiritually...just great! I can't believe how much better I have... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:31:36 EST Starting Over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700150 So, yesterday I worked on this blog for a while, and then I put it aside for a while. I thought on it, and contemplated it overnight, and this morning, I had a renewed sense of what I wanted to REALLY say. I think what I really need to say is much simpler than what I wrote down yesterday, and honestly, while I think yesterday was good writing, it was probably more for me than for the rest of the world to see. <BR> <BR> I have had a rough few weeks, as many of you know from looking at my ... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:24:03 EST Still been rough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693360 I would love to say that since my last blog, things have totally improved, but they haven't. Life has just been crazy lately. <BR> <BR> For one, it is nearly impossible to go exercise outside. It's not even pleasant to get out and go to the gym because the weather has been so crappy. The wind blew up to gusts of 44 mph--which is tame compared to many of the other days we have had. <em>234</em> The only real break we get SOMETIMES is in the evening, and since we are still in the most... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:43:23 EST Rough Couple of Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683173 Good morning! This is a venting blog, so reader beware. <BR> <BR> Since the BLC, I have just fallen off the good path. I have gained weight back, have gotten off of my healthy eating to a bad point, and I have just been downright depressed lately. The weather hasn't helped at all. The wind has been blowing sometimes 50-60 mph every day for almost a week. And, I was sick for a while last week. <BR> <BR> I don't know what has caused this slip. I feel like things have just caved in a... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:19 EST BLC 24 Results--So Much More Than the Scale (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672010 This BLC challenge was far more successful than I ever imagined. Really, I never imagined meeting my weight loss goal, much less exceeding it by 7 pounds! I had a total weight loss of 19 pounds in the challenge. Wow! It really inspired me though, and after seeing my after pictures, I KNEW that what we have been doing is working. One, the weight loss is obvious--particularly in my belly. Two----inches and lots of them! <em>7</em> Three, chiropractic work has improved my posture expon... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:15:13 EST An Important Health Message from Clark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663040 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1057957170.jpg"> <BR> Making sure you look cute all the time is hard work. Constantly, you have to watch what you eat, exercise, fix your hair (if you have some), and dress real nice. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391353810.jpg"> <BR> It's rough bein healthy sometimes! Sometimes I wanna be like, " you want me to eat WHAT?!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1914749962.jpg"> <BR... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:55:27 EST Some Reflecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661311 Lately I have struggled with feelings of inadequacy due to plateaus in weight loss, sluggish and tired feeling, lack of time, and the inability to eat the foods I always devoured without a second thought in the past. However, after spending some time talking with Justin, I realized that looking at what I haven't accomplished yet is a waste of energy, and may even be a contributing factor to my plateau. I need to embrace what I have accomplished since I started all of this journey two years ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:43:18 EST Clark is 6 Months Old Already! (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655682 I can't believe my baby is growing up so quickly! Some of you have been wanting to see updated pictures of him, so here he is! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902427322.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1850590221.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397441570.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92292064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What an amazing adventure this has been! Each day brings ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:38:51 EST My Worst Nightmare Seems to Be Coming True....Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651487 Ever go through a maze? Just when you think, "Aha! Just turn that corner, and I will find my way out!" only to find another dead end? Or, what about playing with a Rubik's cube? You think you have it all figured out, and then, much to your dismay, you find yourself scratching your head when you get all the reds matched up, but blue and green have somehow come together and messed it all up. This has been my life on a diet for the last two years. Just when I think I have the perfect answe... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:59:34 EST